Jacuzzi BoysJacuzzi Boys (Hardly Art)

Release Date: September 10
There’s something about this trio of Miami boys that makes me unconditionally love them. Maybe it’s their constant partytime ‘tude, maybe it’s because they hang out with Iggy Pop or maybe it’s just the fact that their malt liquor garage rock about getting girls, crushing on girls and missing girls has yet to disappoint. They’ve also hinted at “getting freaky” on this album (all signs point to synths) and I’m pretty sure that’s a good thing. – LP
 


The MemoriesLove Is The Law (Burger Records)


Release Date: July 23
The Memories are currently circulating a press photo in which the band members are shown cradling two giant Ziploc bags of neon green weed, their faces smushed against the plastic like you would nuzzle the smooth chest of a lover. This is what I expect their second album to be like: spooning a bag of drugs. Like their self-titled debut, Love Is The Law will probably be fast, grimy, and contain lyrics about getting high and naked. And unlike their debut, Love Is The Law features the addition of bassist Izak Arida from goofball spit-punk band BOOM. What could this mean? Well, there’s gonna be bass, at least. – LP
 


Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (Anti)

Release Date: September 3
How could we not want more Neko Case? Especially after her timely gender-questioning new single, “Man,” was released, accompanied by M. Ward and a shot of her in drag. Neko, you can do no wrong. – LH
 


No AgeAn Object (Sub Pop)

Release Date: September 3
Much of the pre-release rumblings surrounding No Age’s latest studio album have centered around the album’s packaging, which the group prepared and assembled with designer Brian Roettinger. The duo may have taken on the role of manufacturers with this one, putting an increased emphasis on process, but the two songs they’ve released so far, “C’Mon Strumming” and “No Ground,” suggest that the band is still committed to crafting propulsive, speaker-breaking punk songs. Hopefully that process never changes. – DJ
 


Okkervil RiverThe Silver Gymnasium (ATO)

Release Date: August 20
It’s tough to know what to expect from Okkervil River. In a broader sense the band is always working with the same ingredients—lyrics filled with literary references and musical allusions, songs packed with orchestral flourishes, Will Sheff’s (occasionally) screaming voice—but the frame surrounding those elements is always changing. Sometimes it’s a concept album inspired by a ’60s folk song. Sometimes it’s a meta-textual double album split in two. Sometimes it’s a little overcooked (sorry, I Am Very Far). The new album looks to be another idiosyncratic addition to the canon, an album of songs inspired by Sheff’s childhood in New Hampshire. – DJ
 

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