The live music scene might have ground to a halt, but there is still a lot of exciting new music coming out in the next few months. Here are the upcoming releases we're most excited about in order of release date; let us know if you'd like us to hold a copy for you!
Bob Dylan -- Rough and Rowdy Ways Dylan's first album of new music in eight years. The man from Hibbing teased the release back in March with "Murder Most Foul," a 17-minute commentary on the JFK assassination. Rough and Rowdy Ways proves that Dylan is still at the top of his game, 58 years after his debut. (June 19)
Neil Young -- Homegrown As legend has it, one night in 1975 Neil played Homegrown and Tonight's The Night for some famous friends to get their opinion about which release would be a better successor to On The Beach. Tonight's The Night--the second of the famed "ditch" trilogy--won the debate back then but Homegrown, which contains seven never-released tracks and spotlights the folkier side of Neil, is finally seeing the light of day this month. (June 19)
HAIM -- Women in Music Pt III LA's pop-rock sister act pushed back their third release when the pandemic started, but have since reconsidered and will be dropping Women in Music Pt III later this month. All indications are that the record is a strong return-to-form for the trio that updated the Fleetwood Mac SoCal sound for the 21st century with their stunning debut, Days are Gone.
Khruangbin -- Mordechai Few acts combine surf, funk, dub and world music better than wig-wearing Houston trio Khruangbin. Mordechai, their third studio album (not including the dub remixes of last year's Hasta El Cielo), finds the band pumping up the vocals on what has been a largely instrumental groove. Judging from the first two tracks, "Time (You and I)" and "So You Won't Forget," the new album will have fans dancing in their living rooms. (June 26)
Margo Price -- That's How Rumors Get Started Another disciple of Buckingham-Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac, Margo Price promises a marriage of Nashville and Hollywood on her long-awaited third release. Hopefully this is the record that garners the multi-instrumentalist Price the larger audience she so richly deserves (July 10).
Fiona Apple -- Fetch The Bolt-Cutters Apple's latest finally hits CD and vinyl (July 17).
X -- Alphabetland X's first album of new material in 27 years, and their first with original guitarist Billy Zoom since 1985's Ain't Love Grand. One of the founders of the LA punk scene, X's lyrics never fail to be angry and topical. Alphabetland should reinforce their power and far-reaching influence. (August 21)