We might have passed the halfway point of summer, but don’t start getting depressed about having to go back to school just yet. There are plenty of reasons to look forward to the rest of this month and August. Here are five:
The Lemon Twigs – “Go to School”
When The Lemon Twigs perform live, 21 year old Brian D’addario sings for half of the show. He stands in a Todd Rundgren-like manner as he sings and plays guitar. When he switches spots to drum with his 19 year old brother, Michael D’addario, you’re met with the youngest D’addario’s Keith Moon-esque thrashing. The two released their latest single “If You Give Enough” on July 10th, and it’s the first single off of their follow up to 2016’s “Do Hollywood.” To be released on August 24th via 4AD, “Go to School” will be a rock opera, or as the Twigs call it, a “musical about a pure of heart chimpanzee.”
And who’s set to play the chimpanzee’s father? Todd Rundgren. Of course.
Edit: Their newest single off of “Go to School,” called “Small Victories,” came out on July 17th. Check it out for a Jack Johnson-meets-Marc Bolan vibe (I know it sounds weird, but trust me on this).
Ty Segall and White Fence – “Joy”
The last time the ever prolific Ty Segall released an album with White Fence (Tim Presley’s project), it was 2012’s “Hair,” which was a masterfully psychedelic take on typical garage rock (listen to the track “Time” and you’ll see what I mean).
They released the new single “Body Behavior” earlier this month. The full album “Joy” will be out on July 20th via Drag City, who just released the majority of their catalog on Spotify (praise the lord).
The Internet – “Hive Mind”
“If you Google what ‘Hive Mind’ means, it’s basically just a collective ego, a collective mind, you know, when people are together they have a collective mindset and I think that when we’re together we all have a common goal,” said Matt Martians, when asked about the meaning of The Internet’s newest album name. Literally just a couple of hours ago, the group dropped the track “La Di Da” from the July 20th release, after releasing singles “Come Over” and “Roll (Burbank Funk).” You know, just to torture us until the full release.
Houndmouth – “Golden Age”
Houndmouth released “This Party” back in May, a poppy groove of a track that was produced by Jonathan Rado of Foxygen and Shawn Everett, known for his work with bands like Alabama Shakes and The War on Drugs. Their newest album “Golden Age” will be released on August 3rd.
Gringo Star – “Back to the City”
Scheduled to be released on August 24th, Gringo Star’s “Back to the City” is the highly anticipated followup to “The Sides and In Between” (listen to the track “Rotten” here). They released single “Easy” on Spotify on June 7th, taking more of a pop vibe than their earlier stuff, but they still manage to hold onto the vintage nostalgia that their past music brought to the table.
Greta Van Fleet – “When the Curtain Falls”
If you haven’t already been able to tell by my constant social media fangirling, numerous mentions in articles, and deep aspiration to interview them at some point (let’s go ahead and get #GetNicoleToGreta2k18 trending, honestly), then it’s worth saying that I’m obsessed with Greta Van Fleet. Not only is their music the reincarnation of everything that was great about 70’s rock, but they’re incredibly talented musicians, and their newest single “When the Curtain Falls” totally emphasizes that fact. Expect a new album sometime either in late August or October.
Blood Orange – “Negro Swan”
Blood Orange, also known as multi-instrumentalist and producer Dev Hynes, has announced that his new album “Negro Swan” will be out on August 24th via Domino. He released two singles earlier this year for Black History Month, “Christopher & 6th” and “June 12th,” which were his first singles since 2016’s “Freetown Sound.”
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