Your soundtrack to summer
As the season heats up, you’re going to need some cool tunes. Metro has your fix. We’ve got the latest from indie acts (Black Lips), rappers (Pitbull), old-timers (Neil Young) and even someone dead (Queen!).
Arabia Mountain (Vice)
Release Date: June 7
Who: Sharp garage rockers from Georgia, home of the rebel yell.
What: Courtesy of producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Adele), the sixth studio album from these Atlanta braves is more crafted than crafty, adding R&B horns and a pop curve.
Why buy: While it’s the band’s most accessible record, Arabia Mountain retains the Lips’ essential snot and spit.
International Harvester: A Treasure (Reprise Records)
Release Date: June 14
Who: The man who rivals Dylan for world’s biggest road hog title.
What: These live cuts date from a time when Young pissed off corporations (including his then label) and went rogue, touring in 1984 and 1985 with this stellar country combo.
Why buy: Completist alert: Whether on CD, limited edition vinyl or the deluxe CD/Blu-ray package, this includes five previously unreleased songs.
Planet Pit (J-Records )
Release Date: June 21
Who: Miami rapper Armando Christian Pérez nails vice-like rhymes into hit singles. You’ve heard him on tracks from T-Pain and the latest from Jennifer Lopez.
What: Pitbull’s team on his sixth album reads like a block party A-list: Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer join in on first single, Give Me Everything. T-Pain and Sean Paul add their two cents worth later. Everyone hugs.
News of the World, Jazz, The Game, Flash Gordon, Hot Space (Hollywood Records)
Release Date: June 28
Who: The band that put the wham bam in glam celebrates its 40th anniversary.
What: Following the winter reissues of Queen’s early ’70s gems, round two re-ups records from 1977 to ’82.
Why buy: To top out the volume and crank We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and Fat Bottomed Girls.