Ready the MP3 player, new June music is just around the corner to warm you up and chill you out as you head out on the highway (and skyway).
Arctic Monkeys, Suck It and See (June 6)
This young buzzed about U.K. band has felt the pressure of so much praise so early in the game, but they keep delivering. And some claim this album, their fourth, is their best yet, but you can be the judge of that.
*Choice track: “Piledriver Waltz”
*Hear where: Spreading out and sunning yourself in London’s Hyde Park.
Black Lips, Arabia Mountain (June 7)
Sometimes the on-stage and off-stage antics of this Atlanta, Georgia band get them more attention than the music they’re in the business of making. How rock ‘n’ roll. Bad boy stunts aside, their garage rock is good.
*Choice track: “Go Out and Get It” (video NSFW)
*Hear where: On a speed boat cruising the Florida Keys.
Ziggy Marley, Wild and Free (June 14)
Following in the footsteps of his famous father, Ziggy has taken over the family business of making groovy reggae. A Grammy win and children’s album under his belt, he returns with a fourth album, which includes a guest vocal spot from Woody Harrelson (not kidding) in a pro-pot song (also, not kidding).
*Choice track: “Get Out of Town”
*Hear where: In Jamaica man, obviously. Jammin’ at Geejam perhaps?
Bon Iver, Bon Iver (June 21)
This falsetto-favoring Wisconsin native has singed the edges around his folk ballads with electronic pulses and it works. Many tracks are named for places, both real and imagined, so it’s innately imbued with the wandering feeling.
*Choice track: “Calgary”
*Hear where: Road tripping through middle America where vast wide open spaces dominate on your way to a quiet lakeside property somewhere.
Beyoncé, 4 (June 28)
The big-voiced diva is back. As the album title suggests, it’s her fourth, but it’s also a lucky number, what with it being her, her mother and Jay-Z’s birthday, not to mention their wedding anniversary. Here’s hoping it continues to be blessed, in a Billboard way. Most things B touches (or wears, for that matter) seem to turn to gold, so we’re sure she’ll be fine.
*Choice track: “Run the World (Girls)”
*Hear where: At a beach bar in Rio de Janeiro.