With 2014 more than halfway in the books, AlternativeNation.net takes a look at many of the most anticipated rock releases of the rest of the year. From punk rock to acoustic rock, noise rock to indie rock, and more, the alternative rock scene has a varied group of promising upcoming releases.
Antemasque Antemasque July 15
Fans of The Mars Volta were pleasantly surprised when Antemasque, consisting of ex-Mars Volta vocalist, guitarist, and drummer, released their punkish single “4AM” earlier this year and announced a new LP. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea played on a few tracks of their self-titled debut, which will be backed by tour dates in California, Texas, and Arizona this August. Listen to Antemasque’s lead single “4AM” below:
Morrissey World Peace Is None Of Your Business July 15
Influential artist and former The Smiths vocalist Morrissey is set to release his Joe Chiccarelli-produced (Beck, The Strokes) tenth studio album this July via Harvest/Capitol. Ahead of its release, Morrissey has revealed several spoken word performances of his new tracks with music videos featuring cameos from Nancy Sinatra and Pamela Anderson. Below, listen to a non-spoken word version of “Earth Is The Loneliest Planet”:
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Tuatara Underworld August 5
Seattle instrumental group Tuatara, led by Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season) and includes Mike McCready (Pearl Jam, Mad Season), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), and saxophonist Skerik (Mad Season), are releasing a new double album this August. The new LP was mixed by Jack Endino and is the group’s first record in six years. Stream Billboard’s exclusive premiere of Tuatara’s “The Skeleton Getdown” here, and read Barrett Martin’s interview with AlternativeNation.net contributor Greg Prato here.
Naomi Punk Television Man August 5
Olympia, Wash. rock group Naomi Punk is set to release their sophomore album on independent Brooklyn label Captured Tracks next month. The punk trio’s “visceral” debut LP was hailed by Pitchfork in 2012 for its “emotional resolve.” Naomi Punk blends a driving beat with heavy, sludgy guitars inspired by its Washington predecessors. Their work is aggressive, abrasive, and deceivingly catchy. Listen to their lead single “Television Man”:
The Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt August 19
New Brunswick, NJ group The Gaslight Anthem will release their fifth studio album via Island Records. The group recorded their follow-up to 2012’s Handwritten in Nashville and will tour the United States and Europe this fall. Listen to the album’s lead single “Rollin’ and Tumblin'” below:
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J Mascis Tied to a Star August 26
Dinosaur Jr. frontman and accomplished solo artist J Mascis will reveal his follow up to 2011’s Several Shades of Why this August on Sub Pop Records. The new album, which Mascis calls “acoustic, mellow stuff,” will be backed up by an extensive United States tour this fall. Listen to J Mascis’ “Every Morning”:
Earth Primitive and Deadly September 2
Dylan Carlson’s drone band Earth returns this summer with its tenth album, distributed by Southern Lord. Although the band will maintain its heavy sound, Earth’s new album will feature more vocals and will include guest appearances from Mark Lanegan and Built to Spill’s Brett Nelson. Earth will tour Europe and the United Kingdom in October. Below, listen to Earth’s “From the Zodiacal Light”:
Robert Plant lullaby and … The Ceaseless Roar September 9
Legendary artist and former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant recently released a poignant trailer on YouTube introducing his new album, which will be released later this year via Warner Bros. “These songs are an ode to life and love, and the fragile adventure that you set out upon unknowingly and unwittingly,” Plant says. The vocalist will tour Europe, the UK, and Japan with his Space Shifters band for the rest of the year. Below, listen to his new song “Rainbow”:
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Shellac Dude Incredible September 16
Shellac, the noise rock group fronted by Steve Albini (Big Black, Rapeman), will release their long-awaited fifth LP this September via Touch and Go Records. The nine-track album is Shellac’s first output since 2007. The band notes in a press release that there is “no correlation between shows and record releases.” Read Steve Albini’s interview with AlternativeNation.net’s Doug McCausland’s here.
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Tyanny September 23
The Strokes lead vocalist Julian Casablancas is set to release his new album with The Voidz this fall on his indie label Cult Records. While The Strokes will headline festivals in Los Angeles and Las Vegas this August, Casablancas and The Voidz will tour the United States in October. View an album preview for Tyranny below:
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The Vaselines V For Vaselines September 29
Influential Scottish pop rockers The Vaselines are back with their first release since 2010. V For Vaselines takes on a more energetic, punk-inspired sound than the duo’s previous work, and will feature appearances from Belle & Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson, Teenage Fanclub’s Frank Macdonald, and more. Nirvana famously covered The Vaselines on their albums Incesticide and MTV Unplugged in New York. Below, listen to their lead single “One Lost Year,” which is also available as a free MP3 download:
Philip Selway Weatherhouse October 7
Radiohead is currently on a brief hiatus, so drummer Phil Selway will release his second solo album on Bella Union Records. In addition, Selway is currently performing new compositions this summer with London’s Rambert Dance Company. Listen to Phil Selway’s Radiohead-esque “Coming Up For Air”:
The Flaming Lips With a Little Help From My Fwends October 28
The Flaming Lips have announced a track-by-track cover album of The Beatles’ legendary 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which will be released this October on Warner Bros. Fans that pre-order the album can download the band’s cover of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” featuring Moby and Miley Cyrus, which you can listen to below:
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To Be Announced
Foo Fighters TBA Fall 2014
The Foo Fighters are returning with their eighth studio album this fall via Roswell/RCA Records. The album’s release will coincide with the band’s 20th anniversary and Dave Grohl’s new HBO series, which will document the album’s recording process. Each song on the album was recorded in a different city with “local legends.” Cities visited by the band include New York and Seattle, while studios visited include Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio and Rancho De La Luna in California. Below, watch the teaser trailer for Dave Grohl’s upcoming HBO series “Sonic Highways”:
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Mark Lanegan TBA Summer/Fall 2014
Singer-songwriter Mark Lanegan is set to release a new album later this year. It is rumored to be called No Bells on Sunday and is said to be an EP with a release date in August. Lanegan premiered two songs at London’s Meltdown Festival, “Judgement Time” and “I Am The Wolf.” It’s possible that the album will feature Duke Garwood, who collaborated with Lanegan on 2013’s Black Pudding. A press release from Vagrant Records and Heavenly Recordings is expected soon, and we’ll update you when it arrives.
Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End 2014
Weezer’s new album and follow-up to 2010’s Hurley was produced by the Cars’ Ric Ocasek and is due by the end of the year. The band has been teasing the album with snippets released every Wednesday, which you can find on their official Tumblr page.
The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments to an Elegy, Day For Night, additional releases 2014-2015
Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins are currently busy at work on their ninth album Monuments to an Elegy, which will enlist the drumming talents of Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee. The album’s lead single is expected by the end of 2014, with album releases coming in 2015 via BMG. The band is also expected to release reissues for 1998’s Adore and 2000’s Machina/The Machines of God by the end of the year.
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