RADAR: Upcoming April Releases

Karen O of Yeah Yeah YeahsPhoto courtesy Robert Maxwell for New York Times
Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Photo courtesy Robert Maxwell, New York Times

Three days into April, we’ve already heard the new albums from Kurt Vile and The Knife, as well as the first taste of Deerhunter’s first album since 2010’s fantastic Halcyon Digest. While the blizzard of new music has been fascinating, if not downright overwhelming, even more releases await us during these upcoming 26 days.

Here’s a look at the month’s most anticipated musical returns.

– As previously mentioned, The Knife and Kurt Vile are releasing new albums due out on 9 April. The two albums are available to listen to now (via legal means, no less!) thanks to the good folks over at Pitchfork and NPR Music, respectively. Merchandise‘s new EP, Totale Nite, is also set for release that week. Other releases include the 10th anniversary rerelease of the classic Give Up, from The Postal Service as well as the sophomore album from James BlakeOvergrown.

– For everyone who feels like it’s been way too long since Karen O has graced us with her incredible vocals (and really, who doesn’t?), the week of 16 April will surely be one of joy as Mosquito, the fourth album from Yeah Yeah Yeahs hits shelves and digital outlets. Also eyeing a release that week is Charli XCX, who is receiving some national support thanks to Icona Pop’s “I Love It” finally landing stateside, with her album True Romance. Iron & Wine returns with Ghost On Ghost and Major Lazer‘s Free the Universe is finally freed from production hell.

– The week of 23 April sees Jose Gonzalez return, not with a cover of “Full of Fire,” but with his band Junip, and their new self-titled album. Diplo plays heavily in another April release, this time helping Snoop Dogg’s Snoop Lion alter-ego come to life in the form of Reincarnated, while Phoenix look to somehow outdo their last album with Bankrupt! The following week, 30 AprilAkron/Family return with Sub Verses and Big Black Delta‘s Jonathan Bates opens up his bag of tricks after the thrilling “Side of the Road,” with the release of his second, and this time self-titled, LP.


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