Embrace the heat with our most anticipated albums of summer 2016

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Anagrams - Stephen Steinbrink ($9.49)

Ever-touring Phoenix musician Stephen Steinbrink brings the ethereal late-night vibes to this year’s summer release party, by way of his seventh album Anagrams. A mishmash of sounds which ranges from crystal-clear pop to layered noise rock, the record should have plenty to offer those looking for a bit of mid-year escape. Plus, it will carry with it enough hooks that people won’t ask you why you’re blasting it from the porch stereo. Anagrams is out July 1st on Melodic Records.

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Friday Night - Will Butler ($11.49)

Arcade Fire frontman Will Butler is a fiery ball of musical energy — a fact he looks to further instill in fans’ minds by way of his upcoming live record Friday Night. An amalgamation of songs which includes several comedic interludes (and album artwork from Broad City star Abbi Jacobsen), Butler describes his latest work as, “an album based on working out ideas in a room full of people, playing off their energy and expectations.” Given the musician’s prolific history as a live performer, and the overwhelmingly awesome video he has already shared for track Take My Side, there should be plenty of material to look forward to here. Think of it as fuel for a fire of the BBQ variety. Friday Night is out June 17 on Merge Records.

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Inner Journey Out - Psychic Ills ($9.49)

Warm, analog, and classic, Psychic Ills craft decidedly vintage-sounding pop songs out of acoustic guitars, synthesizers, and pedal steel. As such, upcoming album Inner Journey Out promises to be among the greatest road trip jams of summer. No matter how deep the band’s songwriting may be, the songs manage to stay catch and easy on the ears — perfect little morsels which don’t require much attention to digest, but whose sonic energy brings good vibes to all those with a seatbelt. Inner Journey Out will drop June 3 on Sacred Bones Records.

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The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers ($11.49)

The Southern California giants return this summer with a slap bass-laden group of singles, this time from famed hip-hop producer Dangermouse. Featuring a decidedly more reserved aesthetic (and much more piano) than we’ve heard from the band previously, the new album promises to be an interesting — if somewhat tried-and-true — addition to your new music playlist. The Getaway comes out June 17 on Warner Bros.

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Why Are You OK - Band of Horses ($9.49)

A spiritual sequel to 2011’s Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms that was four years in the making, Band of Horses’ Why Are You OK received its final push via a phone call to frontman Ben Bridwell from iconic hip-hop and rock producer Rick Rubin. Based on the first two tracks, the upcoming album appears to be what fans probably most wanted it to be: A classic Band of Horses blend of folk and pop sensibilities. Think of this band as a musical tribute to the South without the “Hey-Ho” and frantic banjo clicks of early Mumford & Sons. Why Are You OK comes out June 10 on Interscope Records.

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