Want to be in the know? Check out these upcoming new releases that you are not going to want to miss out on.
Over the arc of their three previous albums, Tame Impala has moved from Psychedelic Rock standouts to dance rock superstars. Now with the release of their newest LP, The Slow Rush, Tame Impala looks to truly conquer the world. The brainchild of Kevin Parker, Tame Impala are a hard band to resist and one that immediately get your foot tapping the minute one of their tracks comes on. While I wasn’t initially sure about the dance oriented direction of their previous LP, Currents, it quickly became my favorite Tame Impala album and is one that I’d highly recommend picking up along with their new LP.
Greg Dulli - Random Desire: Due out on 2/21
Greg Dulli is the lead singer/songwriter for The Afghan Whigs, one of my favorite bands on the planet. He has an incredibly soulful voice and his lyrics frequently lay bare feelings of longing and loss in ways that few writers can manage. This is his first solo LP and it follows 2017’s In Spades from his band The Afghan Whigs, an album that made my 2017 Top 10. If there’s an album that going to surprise some folks and blow us away, its probably going to be this one.
Ozzy Osbourne - Ordinary Man: Due out on 2/21
Ozzy’s first solo studio album in 10 years finds him hooking up with drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Slash on two tracks (Guns N Roses) and even Elton John on a song. The first two singles have been a blistering return to form for Ozzy and it feels like he’s found the right collaborators to really bring him back to his peak. His recent Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis puts any kind of full tour in doubt and maybe even a follow up LP, so grab this one and enjoy Ozzy at his finest.
Soccer Mommy - Color Theory: Due out on 2/28
Soccer Mommy is the vehicle for Nashville Singer/Songwriter Sophie Allison and is everything Indie Rock needs in 2020. Her 2018 album, Clean, was a revelation and ended up on many an end of the year list. One part Liz Phair and one part Dinosaur Jr, Soccer Mommy feels like a piece of the 90’s, but dropped into 2020. Its loud and laid back at the same time, introspective and yet shouting from the rooftops. Color Theory divided into three sections: blue, representing sadness and depression; yellow, symbolizing physical and emotional illness; and gray, representing darkness, emptiness and loss.
Pearl jam - Gigaton: Due out March 27
What went from a few weird viral online posts to Augmented Reality posters at various sites around the world ended up with the announcement of a new album from Pearl Jam, their first in 6 years. Little is known about the album outside of its 12 song tracklist and the fist single, Dance of the Clairvoyants which should be streaming once you read this. They’re also embarking on the first leg of a tour to support the album, with should across the US. I’m optimistic about this album, even if I didn’t end up being too much of a fan of their last LP, Lightning Bolt. Perhaps their 11th studio LP will find them finding that spark that made them one of the preeminent American Rock bands of the last 30 years.