Classics return with new material, neo-folk has a big day, and hip-hop may find its new posterboys. There’s a good deal of new releases to choose from today. Here are eight that have us particularly pumped.
The Avett Brothers – “Magpie and the Dandelion” [Republic]
Should be an interesting release from the Carolina songwriters who helped launch the neo-folk frenzy of the past few years. Will the bros reexamine their punk and folk roots or continue to hone their craft for pop balladry? Either way, “Magpie and the Dandelion” will be one to hear.
Cults– “Static” [Columbia]
It’s been two years since the Brooklyn duo released its self-titled debut. Expect a more aggressive sound from the follow-up but don’t forget to look a bit deeper, too. Cults’ Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin were a couple when their first album was released, but this time, sadly, no longer.
Happy Jawbone Family Band– “Happy Jawbone Family Band” [Mexican Summer]
The Vermont weirdo-pop collective throws curveballs with every release. On its new self-titled album, there’s a tragic, feel-good vibe that could translate with oddballs, squares, and everyone in between. If these folks aren’t on your radar yet, make sure to check out this album and watch an exclusive video that band debuted on BDCwire today.
A$AP Mob– TBA [Polo Grounds/RCA]
A$AP Rocky was the first, then A$AP Ferg signed with a major label, but now the entire Harlem crew is putting out its first full-length. Hip-hop needs a new crew and this could be the next one to grab our attention.
The Head and the Heart– “Let’s Be Still” [Sub Pop]
The Seattle acoustic outfit struck folk-pop gold with its first album, shuffling into the same network as Newport Folk Fest favorites Dawes and Deer Tick. Hopefully the harmonies will remain strong on “Let’s Be Still.”
Heavenly Beat– “Prominence” [Captured Tracks]
Former Beach Fossils bassist John Pena released his debut album “Talent” last year to a quiet response. Expect “Prominence” to turn a few more heads this time, as it digs a bit deeper and even scrapes the catchy side of synth-pop.
Paul McCartney– “New” [Hear Music/MPL]
Anything he touches is worth your attention.
Pearl Jam– “Lightning Bolt” [Monkeywrench/Republic]
Eddie and the boys’ 10th release is their first in four years and will trace back to darker, earlier sounds in the band’s history. It’s a bit weird to think of Pearl Jam as a classic but it’s always intriguing to hear how the band mixes in its own brand of yesteryear while continuing to evolve.