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Black Lips

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.

Neil Young

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.

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