Album watch: Summer 2017


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Jill O'Brien

With sunny days and long, wild nights comes new music to accompany summer adventures. Here are a few new albums coming out this summer to add to your party playlists and driving songs.

Harry Styles- Harry Styles, May 12th

The former One Direction singer has gone solo, and his first album is set to drop in just a few weeks. Styles’ self-titled album features tracks like “Ever Since New York”, which he performed on Saturday Night Live, and the album’s first single, Sign of the Times.

Paramore- After Laughter, May 12th

After Laughter will be the 5th studio album from rock band Paramore, and is the first album since their self-titled release from 2013, and the first album since the return of drummer Zac Farro, who left the band in 2010, and departure of bassist Jeremy Davis, who left in 2015. The album’s first single “Hard Times” was released with a music video on April 19th.

Bleachers- Gone Now, June 2nd.

The 2nd full length album from Bleachers, the solo project of fun.’s Jack Antonoff, Gone Now is set to be released on June 2nd, and has already released 2 singles from the album over the last few weeks.  

alt-J- Relaxer, June 2nd

Relaxer will be the 3rd album from British alt-rock group alt-J, and 2 singles from the record, “3WW” and “In Cold Blood” were released in March of this year. alt-J will also be headlining Hinterland Music Festival in Saint Charles, Iowa, over the weekend of August 4-5.

Lady Antebellum- Heartbreak, June 9th

The country trio will be releasing their first full-length album since the announcement of their hiatus in 2015. The album’s lead single, “You Look Good” was released in January of this year, and was the band’s thirteenth Top 10 single on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Lorde- Melodrama, June 16th

After months of hinting at new music, Lorde released “Green Light”, the lead single from her new album, Melodrama. The New Zealand native later debuted another single, “Liability” when she was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on March 11.