I’ve acquired just a few new albums this summer, all of which I can recommend enthusiastically to anyone. There is no real coherence to the styles, but each album possesses its own virtues. Among those albums are the latest from No Age, James Blake, Bon Iver, and The Weeknd. I’m looking forward to the release of Lenses Alien by Cymbals Eat Guitars, whose Why There Are Mountains was my favorite release of 2009.
Summer, of course, is the festival season. Lots of great acts are on tour. If I could see one band right this moment, however, it would be Frightened Rabbit, who performed a couple years ago at CMU in Pittsburgh. This Scottish bunch may not be at the edge of the avant-garde, but if you ever want to see a band who is as excited to be playing as you are about listening, it’s difficult to outdo FR.