It’s May, which means it’s almost summer, which means car windows rolled down and stereos cranked up. Here to start off our summer preview week are 25 albums set to appear in the next three months that we can’t wait to blast while speeding through the heat.
1. Menomena, Mines, July 27, 2010
We named the Portland trio Band of the Week. Here’s what we had to say (and why we’re eager to get our hands on Mines): Menomena’s brand of loop-based pop is twice as experimental as most of its peers, and yet somehow thrice as catchy. —Matthew Grayson
2. Tokyo Police Club, Champ, June 8, 2010
We’ve enjoyed them live, and heralded them as one of the best-named bands of all time. Now we’re really excited to hear their latest LP.
3. Wolf Parade, Expo 86, June 29, 2010
We’ve given Wolf Parade lots of love over the years, recently in a 2008 review of At Mount Zoomer saying: They’re masters of adroitly braided melody: On “Soldier’s Grin,” melodic lines helix together like a medieval round. Hadji Baraka’s spacey synthesizer embellishments remain subtle, but are more crucial than ever before in this cavernous, craggy context. Post-punk has seldom sounded so refined. —Brian Howe
4. Rhymefest, El Che, May 18, 2010
A teaser from our June issue: On Che Smith’s second full-length as Rhymefest, he showcases the lyrical precision and rhythmic diversity that won him a Grammy for co-writing “Jesus Walks” with fellow Chicago native Kanye West. —Anna Swindle
5. Tift Merritt, See You On The Moon, June 1, 2010
From June: [T]hough See You On The Moon has retained the singer’s classic polish, it’s her first that successfully captures the intimate tone of her songwriting. —Matt Fink