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    Mon, 07 May 2012 14:52:13

    Feature: Albums That Will Heat Up Summer - Nas, Linkin Park, Smashing Pumpkins, more - 2012 Summer Album Preview

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    Well, summer is almost here — which means the weather (and the music) are about to heat up. Just like the storylines on The Real Housewives of New Jersey! Summer is the busiest touring season of the year, which makes it a great time to launch a record. Here are the albums bound to make a splash during the year's hottest season. They're so hot, you'll need sunblock! Not literally, but it's still a good idea to apply sunblock early and often out there.

    ARTISTdirect.com editor-in-chief Rick Florino and contributor Mark Phillips run through the records that will make this one summer to remember!

    We wanted to cover as many genres as possible, so take a look and discover something from every nook and cranny of modern music.

    Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania (June 19)

    "Highly anticipated" certainly only begins to cover this release. Billy Corgan has described Oceania, Smashing Pumpkins' first new album in over five years, as a concept album a la Pink Floyd. Mr. Corgan’s camp has intentionally been mum on the music, but that hasn't kept people from chattering about this release. Word on the street is, it’s going to be big. [ARTISTdirect.com contributor Mark Phillips]

    Soundgarden - TBA

    Let's face it- Soundgarden are one of the best bands in rock and roll history. Period! And Exclamation point. With Chris Cornell's banshee vocals and Kim Thayil’s enchanted killer riffs, the rumors that Soundgarden have another album coming out in September have us and rock fans everywhere on the edge of our seats. Their swan song, Down on the Upside, was an unbelievable accomplishment, and a cruel way to leave their fans wanting more. Now that it’s coming, it proves the old adage, “better late than never!” [MP]

    Death Grips - The Money Store (Out Now)

    There is a huge buzz around this rap/ punk outfit, and for very good reason. With crazy beats, breakneck flows and an unbelievably innovative sound, Death Grips are out to change rap music for good, and good it is. Check out their track “I’ve Seen Footage” and you’ll see what we’re talking about. The group just canceled their summer tour so they could go back into the studio.[MP]

    Justin Bieber - Believe (June 19)

    You better tell your younger sister to watch out! Well, it's summer, so everyone's favorite teenage dream is no longer under the mistletoe. He's ready to drop a brand new album of original material. Now we shall see if Bieber Fever continues to spread during the hottest time of the year. [MP]

    Nas - Life is Good (July 17)

    Every time Nas hits the studio, he emerges with a classic. Life is Good is already preserving that tradition with not one but two powerhouse singles. First "The Don" stomped right through rap with a swaggering reggae bounce and some of the MC's fieriest verses. Then, "Daughters" dropped with an elegant sense of soul. Once again, Nas is ready to take you on a ride. Not only is life good, but Nas is as incredible and timeless as ever. [ARTISTdirect.com Editor-in-Chief Rick Florino]

    J Devil - TBA

    Korn mainman Jonathan Davis will be unleashing the first formal release from J Devil very soon. His electronic alter ego seamlessly conjures up a groundbreaking hybrid of dubstep, dance music, heavy metal, and more. J Devil's sorcery is capriciously captivating, and he slays on stage. Electronic music will never be the same. [RF]

    2 Chainz - Based on a T.R.U. Story (August 14)

    2 Chainz is everything that a legendary rapper should be. He's got a larger-than-life persona, but his rhymes are even bigger than that. Every time he takes the mic, he spits pure poetic fire, but at the same time, he can carry a club-burning chorus with the best of them. His forthcoming album, Based on a T.R.U. Story will undoubtedly showcase all of his talents and more. Get ready for one of the best hip hop records of 2012. [RF]


    There’s no longer any need to pretend (poorly crowbarred reference to MGMT’s hit debut album- ten points!) — MGMT have delivered one of the biggest anthems in recent years when they hit the scene. While their follow-up was met with mixed results, expect a big bounce back this summer from these crazy kids. [MP]


    Limp Bizkit - TBA

    Limp Bizkit's first release for Cash Money Records is on the horizon. It's a pretty momentous occasion too. Two juggernauts have forged an alliance to collectively flip the world upside down. It sounds like it could be a summer blockbuster film...Limp Bizkit galvanized rap rock with some of the best fusion of metallic grit and hip hop gusto ever. Lil Wayne and Cash Money Records remain one of the most important labels in the world, doing things their own way and leading the pack. Things are about to change for the better...[RF]

    Linkin Park - Living Things (June 26)

    With the release of Linkin Park’s brand new single, “Burn It Down,” LP continues to show their penchant for melody and song structure. Like their last album, the new track signifies a departure from the distorted guitars that build Linkin Park’s massive city of rock and roll in favor of a more electronic presence. Ever evolving, LP make sure that this will be one of the biggest releases of the summer and the year. [MP]

    Aaron Lewis - The Road (August 7)

    On his debut solo EP, Town Line, the Staind frontman broke into the country world with a gold-selling single, "Country Boy", and some truly powerful numbers including "Massachusetts" and "Vicious Circles". His first full-length solo effort, The Road, builds upon that with more poetic and potent lyrics and old school Nashville soul. It's bound to be one of the best albums of the year and a landmark for Lewis. [RF]

    Flyleaf - TBA

    Flyleaf have been hard at work on their third full-length album, and we just can't wait for it. 2009's Memento Mori proved to be an opus of epic proportions, elevating the group's patented sound to another level. Album number three will undoubtedly propel them to the next stratosphere altogether. Lacey Sturm remains the ultimate female frontwoman, brandishing both lyrical vulnerability and visceral stage presence. Her lyrics remain nothing short of inspiring, and those hooks will never leave your head. This is by far one of our most anticipated all year! [RF]


    Mumford & Sons - TBA

    I'm going to say it — Mumford & Sons is hands down the best band to dress like they were alive during the Civil War. Bold statement, I know- but that's what we do here at ARTISTdirect. Mumford and his kin exploded onto the scene in such a way that banjos actually became cool! If they can do that, the sky is the limit for these young men. [MP]

    Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe (Out Now)

    Santigold's debut album was a complete and impressive surprise, eventually proving to be one of the best albums of the year. Master of My Make-Believe figures to be another great mix of sing-song vocal melodies over infectious grooves. Get ready! [MP]

    Jack White - Blunderbuss (Out Now)

    Jack White is the premiere guitar hero today, taking his bluesy, fuzzed out brand of licks all the way to the bank. I’m sure he has literally done that, by the way. With a new solo album among us, fans of rock will rejoice and be ready to jam to it all summer. Play “Free Bird”! [MP]

    Silversun Pickups - Neck of the Woods (Out Now)

    Speaking of Smashing Pumpkins, Silversun Pickups are a band that has clearly taken a page out of the Pumpkins’ book to develop their sound. And boy, has it worked! SSPU have turned their fuzzy, ethereal cache into some of the best rock albums of the last ten years. Neck of the Woods is sure to continue that tradition for these Silverlake-based rockers. [MP]

    Black Light Burns - TBA (August 28)

    Cruel Melody, the debut album from Wes Borland's Black Light Burns, remains a deep psychological journey punctuated by industrial soundscapes, inventive six-string sorcery, and lyrics steeped in blood and raw emotion. It's a wild and alive record that illuminated its architect's diversity behind the mic and axe. The 2012 follow-up has been long-awaited by fans, and if anything, it's going to up the ante immensely. Get ready for another ride into the unknown driven by Borland. [RF]

    Hollywood Undead - TBA

    The masked sultans of industrialized rap rock will drop their third record very soon. American Tragedy was a masterful exercise in lyrical bravura and tough genre-smashing music. It seems like every time Hollywood Undead hit the studio they emerge with a game-changer. Expect nothing less from their forthcoming third album. Get ready for an ass-kicking you can shake your ass to… [RF]

    Tremonti - All I Was (July 17)

    Mark Tremonti gets to flex the metal muscle like never before on his solo debut All I Was, and the results remain simply staggering. Firing off fleet-fingered solos, thrash riffs, and massive vitriolic refrains, this is Tremonti unleashed. That's a wonderful thing if we do say so ourselves. [RF]

    Otherwise - True Love Never Dies (Out Now)

    Have you ever heard a new band that made you excited about music again? Well, that band is Otherwise. The Las Vegas quintet has created a journey from top to bottom with their full-length debut, True Love Never Dies. Skull-splitting six-string fireworks give way to swaggering grooves as singer Adrian Patrick delivers hooks you'll never forget. It's a thrilling, dynamic, and diverse outing that's not to be missed. [RF#93;

    HELLYEAH - Band of Brothers (July 17)

    Brain-bashing drumming from Vinnie Paul, intense guitar warfare from Greg Tribbett and Tom Maxwell, volatile bass runs from Bob Zilla, and unfiltered aggression from Chad Gray solidify Band of Brothers as the quintessential HELLYEAH record. Get ready for a proper beatdown. You'll leave bruised, battered, drunk, and wanting more. [RF]

    Now you know what to load on your iPod while heading to the beach! Hang loose, hang ten, but just don’t hang out with strangers.

    What summer releases have you excited? Let us know below!

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