This month, most artists took a knee as leaders of the industry decided to release new albums this month. From rock legends to hip-hop leaders, June is going to be sounding good across the board. Here are the albums Texans will be listening to this month.
With a band like The Strokes, you’re never really sure what you’re going to get – or if you’ll get anything at all. But here we are, three years since they’ve released any new material to the masses and we’re met with a four-track EP that looks to be a unique project taking inspiration from the talents of the band members’ solo projects. While it’s unclean what this release means for the band — a return to the past, or ushering in a new era perhaps — fans can only hope for more great work from a band with such esteem.
In late March Nick Jonas announced the title of his upcoming album, and while most of his fans were probably screaming in excitement, many were wondering what would be in store on the Dallas-born crooner’s third solo album. Last year likely was a complicated time for Jonas, as he balanced touring with Maroon 5, performing at the Billboard Music Awards, and teaming up with the likes of Demi Lovato and Phil McIntyre to start Safehouse Records. The album looks promising, with appearances from Tove Lo, Ty Dolla $ign and Big Sean mixed in the 12-track session.
Nick Jonas may be three albums into his career, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers are already on their third decade, and don’t look to be losing steam anytime soon. This album marks a big change for the band, as they move in a different creative direction with Danger Mouse producing this album — making it the first of their albums that Rick Rubin hasn’t produced since 1989. If their single, “Dark Necessities” is any indication of what’s in store than fans are sure to love the band’s cultivation of a new sound that’s still got that classic Red Hot Chili Pepper flavor throughout the album as a whole.
Hip-hop has seen some interesting acts come and go, but few have seen the unique success that this duo has achieved in such a short time. Having gained national notoriety with singles like “No Flex Zone” and “No Type,” and it looks like they’re swinging for the fences with this 11-track sophomore album. Chances are, we won’t find the lyrical substance that has built hip-hop legacies, there’s bound to be a few songs to help listeners vibe out and catch the wave.