Ten June Albums Worth Checking Out

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Ah, June. It’s the month that kicks off summer, the month where music festivals start popping up like weeds, the month where your humble correspondent is suddenly covered with red, itchy greetings from winged enemies, swollen presents that will persist for the next three months, without relief, wholly unrelenting, like some awful reminder that regardless of man’s dominance over beast, he is not impervious to a mere insect bite. Sigh. So, uh, where were we? Oh yes, new music. Yeah, there are some good albums coming out this month. Have a look below. I have much scratching to do:

Rhymefest – El Che [Rosehip, June 8]
Review (7.9/10) excerpt: “On Che Smith’s second Rhymefest full-length, 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

Here We Go Magic – Pigeons [Secretly Canadian, June 8]
Review (7.3/10) excerpt: “The music is richer, more atmospheric and stranger than ever. For all of Temple’s artful ambition, his catchy choruses and dance-ready beats give this album its pulse.” Jeremy Medina

Suckers – Wild Smile [Frenchkiss, June 8]
Artist of the Day excerpt: “And now, with a new album to promote, what does Walker want to do? He’d like the band to release four albums a year instead of taking what he calls ‘the more tasteful approach.’” Evan Minsker

Samantha Crain?You (Understood) [?Ramseur Records, June 8]
Review (7.3/10) excerpt: “Like a prairie-bred, meat-and-potato-fed Joanna Newsom, Crain’s vocals are quivering and emotive but visceral, shining.” Liz Stinson

Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions [Partisan Records, June 8]
Review (8.2/10) excerpt: “After two albums of wily, adolescent country, Rhode Island’s Deer Tick hits adulthood—and all the heartbreak and fear of mortality that comes with it—hard on these ragged, shadowy ballads. Dirt is pensive, painful stuff, tougher than leather and rawer than a bleeding steak—but that’s life, right?” Justin Jacobs

The Henry Clay People – Somewhere on the Golden Coast [?TBD, ?June 8]
Review (7.9/10) excerpt: ”?Amid pounding E-Street keys and scuzzy guitar squall, brothers Andy and Joey Siara intone anthem after townie anthem with the cadence of Stephen Malkmus and the brassy enthusiasm of The Hold Steady. You don’t have to have schlepped your way through a restaurant kitchen in support of your music habit to enjoy Golden Coast; we’ve all been “dyin’ for a Saturday night” before, and that’s just the kind of fun this foursome’s third album delivers.” Rachel Bailey

Various Artists – Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine [Oh Boy, June 22]
Review (8.0/10) excerpt: “This smartly-assembled tribute album is long overdue. It draws from the legion of neo-folk acolytes he’s undeniably help shuffle into the spotlight, with the Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket and the Drive-By Truckers, among others, scribbling the margins of Prine’s well-thumbed volumes in their own shorthand…all providing graceful spins on the American experience and Prine’s sharpened take on the impossible mess that humans make of it.” Jeff Vrabel

Chemical Brothers – Further [?Astralwerks, June 22]
Review excerpt: “The Brothers sincerely want you to dance, and they spend Further’s 52 minutes creating alternately spacey (‘K+D+B’) and vicious (‘Horse Power’) electronic sketches.” Justin Jacobs

Alejandro EscovedoStreet Songs of Love [Concord, June 29]
Review (7.8/10) excerpt: “With writing partner Chuck Prophet and former T. Rex producer Tony Visconti in tow (and a fiery Springsteen cameo on the standout ‘Faith’), Street Songs of Love finds Escovedo celebrating the gritty intersection between the Stones and the Velvet Underground.” Jeff Leven

Wolf Parade – Expo 86 [Sub Pop, June 29]
Review excerpt (8.3/10): “Occasionally things get a little too wacky (“I had a vision of a gorilla / And he was a killer, a killer!” co-frontman Dan Boeckner yelps on rollicking closer “Cave-o-Sapien”) but you can hardly fault the band. The quartet’s weirdness is eminently infectious and, as always, theirs’ and theirs’ alone.” Michael Saba

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