July 291. Death Grips, “Bottomless Pit”After two breakups and a slew of canceled concert dates, experimental hip-hop mad men Death Grips are back. A seamless but jarring blend of rap, industrial, breakcore and general chaotic noise, one of the best bands to make you feel like you know more about music than your friends.
2. Descendents, “Hypercaffium Spazzinate”The first album from the punk legends in 20 years, Hypercaffium picks up as if the band had never taken a break. Summertime is the best time for punk rock, and this one is sure to satisfy that punk itch we all sometimes feel.
3. Bouncing Souls, “Simplicity”If you like your punk rock a little more approachable and a little more anthemic, then you probably already know the Bouncing Souls. They have been crafting expert-level pop punk for almost 30 years now, and they show no signs of slowing down.
4. Brian Wilson, “and Friends”Originally recorded as a fundraiser for PBS, this live show from 2014 has finally made its way to a full release. Comprised of longtime Beach Boys collaborators as well as Kasey Musgraves, She and Him, and others, this concert will be long-remembered.
5. Chris Robinson, “Anyway You Love We Know How You Feel”A new record from the former Black Crowes frontman, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood is set to bring the jam band sound into a new era. If you’re a fan of the Gov’t Mule/Hard Working Americans side of the style, this is not one to miss.