05:21 AM on 04/29/13
(May 28) Man Overboard - Heart Attack NoteA complete bounce back from 2011's disappointing self-titled effort, Heart Attack features the band at its most aggressive. Songs like "White Lies" and "Open Season" are just the tip of the iceberg of what to expect, as "S.A.D." and "How To Hide Your Feelings" feel incorporate that Real Talk vibe, while "Wide Awake" feels like the sequel to "Sidekick." If you gave up on the band after its last release, Heart Attack is poised to win you back.
4) (May 28) Eisley - Currents NoteThe follow-up to the family band's darkly beautiful 2012 EP, Deep Space, Currents has the DuPree clan diving deeper into the world of ethereal sound. Just listening to the two new songs the band has released is enough to inform you that Eisley has once again expanded its musical palette. Expect wonderful things.
3) (May 21) The Front Bottoms - Talon of the Hawk NoteThe New Jersey duo is undoubtedly prepared to break out in 2013 with Talon of the Hawk - the undeniably catchy and poignant follow-up to 2010's self-titled release. "I Swear To God The Devil Made Me Do It" is a highlight while the feverish "Santa Monica" will be a fan favorite. Everything you loved about The Front Bottoms is cranked up to 11 on Talon of the Hawk.
2) (May 14) The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation NoteArguably the most anticipated album of the year from the majority of this site's readers, The Wonder Years' fourth studio album is a bonafide game changer for the pop-punk genre. What you might have felt about previous releases will be increased tenfold with The Greatest Generation, as it contains the 13 best Wonder Years' songs to date. "The Devil In My Bloodstream" is emotionally draining, "Chaser" and "A Raindance In Traffic" are absolutely massive, and the final track, "I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral," is just....I don't want to spoil anything about it, but it's a song that showcases why The Wonder Years is the class of the genre.
1) (May 21) The National - Trouble Will Find Me NoteI mean, what more is there to say about Cincinnati-turned-Brooklyn based quintet? We've already been wowed by "Demons" and floored by "Don't Swallow The Cap" (a contender for top 5 greatest National track of all time), while the two new songs played last week on Fallon ("Sea Of Love" and "I Need My Girl") only fanned the flames of desire I have for this album. Front man Matt Berninger's lyrics and vocals have never sounded better, and the two sets of brothers (the brothers Dessner and Devendorf) continue to find unique ways to construct and compose its brand of intelligent indie rock. Will this be my favorite album of 2013? I don't want to make any promises, but probably.