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May the Fourth Be With You: May Album Releases

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Fresh from the rain showers of April, the month of May is seemingly off to a good start (especially with the nerdy Star Wars holiday of May 4th coming up). The grass is turning green once again here in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, with trees budding and the birds making an insane amount of noise. Fortunately for that last one, a slew of new albums are set to come out this month to help block out the noises of mating season (ahh, the circle of life). Buy these albums, plug in your headphones to your music player of choice, turn it up as loud as you can... and enjoy!

Lily Allen
Lily Allen -

Lily Allen

Artist: Lily Allen

Album: Sheezus

Genre: Pop, ska, reggae fusion

From: England

Released: May 5

Sheezus is Lily Allen’s third studio album and is the first since her hiatus from music in 2009. This album is said to contain "diverse mix of vibrant pop hooks, snappy commentary and a fearlessly perceptive outlook.”

Atmosphere
Atmosphere -

Atmosphere

Artist: Atmosphere

Album: Southsiders

Genre: Hip hop

From: United States

Released: May 6

Southsiders the seventh studio album from the hip hop group. Special shoutout for a band from my home state of Minnesota! Atmosphere hails from Minneapolis.

Lykke Li
Lykke Li -

Lykke Li

Artist: Lykke Li

Album: I Never Learn

Genre: Indie rock, dream pop, electronic, soul

From: Sweden

Released: May 6

It is said to be the third and final entry in a thematic trilogy Lykke Li started with her first two albums (Youth Novels and Wounded Rhymes). One of her producers on the album also worked/works with Lily Allen.

Current Swell
Current Swell -

Current Swell

Artist: Current Swell

Album: Ulysses

Genre: Folk, rock, reggae, ska

From: Canada

Released: May 6

Ulysses is the fourth studio album from Current Swell. The band’s music is prominently influenced by their travels and their experiences from them.

Morning Parade
Morning Parade -

Morning Parade

Artist: Morning Parade

Album: Pure Adulterated Joy

Genre: Alternative rock, indie rock

From: England

Released: May 6

Pure Adulterated Joy will be the band’s second studio album. Morning Parade also plans to tour the United States with Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro.

Natalie Merchant
Natalie Merchant -

Natalie Merchant

Artist: Natalie Merchant

Album:  Natalie Merchant

Genre: Alternative rock, pop, folk

From: United States

Released: May 6

With her first full album of original works since 2001, Natalie Merchant’s self-titled album will be her sixth solo album. She can also be heard with band 10,000 Maniacs.

Young Magic
Young Magic -

Young Magic

Artist: Young Magic

Album: Breathing Statues

Genre: Electronic, dream pop, experimental rock

From: United States (members from Australia and Indonesia)

Released: May 6

Breathing Statues is the second full-length album through Carpark records.

Killer Be Killed
Killer Be Killed -

Killer Be Killed

Artist: Killer Be Killed

Album: Killer Be Killed

Genre: Groove metal, hardcore punk

From: United States

Released: May 13

This eponymous album from Killer Be Killed is the band’s debut. Featuring former members of Mastadon and the Mars Volta.

The Black Keys
The Black Keys -

The Black Keys

Artist: The Black Keys

Album: Turn Blue

Genre: Garage rock, blues rock, indie rock

From: United States

Released: May 13

Eight studio album from the rock duo. While recording the album, guitarist Dan Auerbach had finalized his divorce, which is said to give Turn Blue its moody feeling.

Conor Oberst
Conor Oberst -

Conor Oberst

Artist: Conor Oberst

Album: Upside Down Mountain

Genre: Indie rock, alternative rock, folk

From: United States

Released: May 20

Upside Down Mountain is Conor Oberst’s ninth solo album, working with the likes of Swedish duo First Aid Kit. Oberst is known for his work with band Bright Eyes, although he has played in several other bands as well.

Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten -

Sharon Van Etten

Artist: Sharon Van Etten

Album: Are We There

Genre: Indie rock, folk

From: United States

Released: May 27

As the fourth album from Sharon Van Etten, Are We There was self-produced by Van Etten herself with Stewart Lerman and includes a variety of other musicians. Fun Fact: some of the instruments on the recording are said to be used by John Lennon and Patti Smith.

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