Wow, we’re not even halfway into 2017 and already there have been some great releases in the music world. From Kendrick Lamar, to Mastodon, to the so-close-you-can-taste-it new Gorillaz album, there’s been no shortage of great music of all variety to listen too. May of this year is looking to be no different, and there are some exciting albums in the near future. With that in mind, here are about 13 albums that are probably worth your attention in May. This list obviously does not account for surprise releases, and also assumes that none of these projects are delayed past May. With that out of the way, onto the list!
At the Drive-In - in·ter a·li·a (Release Date: May 5)
After a 17-year hiatus (wow) legendary post-hardcore band At the Drive-In will be releasing their fourth studio album as part of their second reunion. If you’re a fan of post-hardcore, then you’re no doubt already pumped for the return of the masters to the craft.
Black Lips – Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art? (Release Date: May 5)
Georgia-based garage rock band The Black Lips is releasing it’s eighth album, with the return of guitarist Jack Hines. The Sean Lennon-produced album also claims to be the Lip’s “most musically evolved to date” and features guest vocals from the one and only Yoko Ono. I don’t know about you, but that alone has got me curious enough to give this one a listen.
Blondie - Pollinator (Release Date: May 5)
The eleventh album from Blondie looks to be a star-studded yet old-school return to form for the band. This album looks to have quite a few notable contributors, like Sia, The Strokes, Joan Jett, and Charli XCX to name a few. Based on the released singles, it seems like Blondie will once again come through with some thoughtful yet upbeat music to cheer anyone out of a bad mood.
Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Vol 1 (Release Date: May 5)
Country Singer Christ Stapleton made some serious waves in the country music scene, and the larger music world in general, with his 2015 debut album Traveller, and he looks to be doing the same with his upcoming album From a Room: Vol 1. What’s even better is Stapleton’s announcement that we can expect a Vol. 2 to follow up in 2017.
Logic - Everybody (Release Date: May 5)
Rapper Logic certainly has been busy, with his surprise mixtape Bobby Tarantino in 2016. While Logic has stated his intention to tackle tough social issues of the modern day, potentially the most exciting part of the album is the continuation of the meta storyline started in the last album The Incredible True Story.
Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog (Release Date: May 5)
Mac DeMarco’s latest record is sure to be a godsend in the midst of stressful exam time, as Demarco is one of the best there is when it comes to making spacey yet laid back music. Personally this is one of my most anticipated in this list, and will hopefully appeal to new and old fans alike.
Harry Styles – Harry Styles (Release Date: May 12)
Despite the devastating haircut Harry Styles’ received for the upcoming film Dunkirk, the former One Direction member still has legions of loyal fans, and it will be exciting to see if he can match the high expectations set in his debut solo album.
Machine Gun Kelly - Bloom (Release Date: May 12)
Celeveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly is releasing his new album in May, and he is confident that it will be a record that fans will appreciate, claiming he “doesn’t need to prove anything to anybody,” hopefully indicating a confident sound coming May 12.
Paramore – After Laughter (Release Date: May 12)
Paramore’s fifth album will also be their first in four years. It also features the return of drummer Zac Farro, and nearly didn’t happen, as the band was considering retiring prior. Hopefully this indicates that they are quite inspired on this latest record.
Zac Brown Band – Welcome Home (Release Date: May 12)
The Zac Brown Band is one of the best country acts in the business right now, having a blend of styles that can attract all sorts of fans. Their latest record promises not only to be a return to their roots in terms of style but also the launching pad for a massive tour that starts on the same day as the album’s release.
Linkin Park – One More Light (Release Date: May 19)
Linkin Park’s newest studio effort is also shaping up to be one of their most diverse. Not only will there be features from the likes of Pusha T and Kiiara, but also cowriters on songs from Jon Green, Julia Michaels, and more. This should definitely be highly anticipated for Linkin Park fans.
The Mountain Goats - Goths (Release Date: May 19)
John Darnielle is looking to bring back his powerful and moving lyricism on the sixteenth record from The Mountain Goats, Goths. The album plans to be themed around, well, goth, and will not be featuring any guitars, their first to do so. Hopefully that means there will be a great original sound off this record on May 19.
Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life (Release Date: May 26)
After a title track single featuring the Weeknd, Lana Del Rey is preparing to release her new album. Not much is known about it at this point, but if the album cover is any indication, perhaps this record will be a more upbeat and less brooding affair than previous efforts.