Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Album title: Here
Management: Bryan Ling, New Community
Release Date: May 29
With excitement running high for "Here," the follow-up to Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' 2009 debut, "Up From Below," the indie folk group and manager Bryan Ling took to Facebook and invited fans to submit proposals to hold local listening parties. Ling understands the power of engaging directly with dedicated fans, who he calls "your best marketers." The band also plans to release another album later this year.
Album title: Celebration Rock
Release Date: June 5
Vancouver rock duo Japandroids was about to call it quits when the fiery arena-via-garage anthems of its 2009 debut, "Post Nothing," suddenly caught on, making the act one of the hottest young rock bands and a must-see live act. After more than two years of relentless touring and a handful of 7-inch singles comes the group's long-awaited follow-up. First single "The House That Heaven Built," which has already attracted much praise, signals even louder shout-along choruses to come.
Album title: In Our Heads
Management: Nick Dewey and Robert Linney, Fleet River Music
Release Date: June 12
The follow-up to 2010's highly praised "One Life Stand," "In Our Heads" is Hot Chip's fifth album (and first with new label Domino) and finds the London-based electro-pop act crafting increasingly joyous, infectious and danceable earworms. These traits have helped Hot Chip's audience grow, and to that devoted fan base the group offered, in exchange for an email address, the chance to win a limited-edition, signed white-label 12-inch promo single of "Flutes" in March. Hot Chip will hit the festival circuit this summer, as well as larger venues, including the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 9.
Album title: Synthetica
Label: Metric Music International/Mom + Pop
Management: Mathieu Drouin, Crystal Math
Release Date: June 12
Metric offered more than just a new song when it released "Youth Without Youth," the first single from "Synthetica." Revealing the lyrics stanza by stanza on its website (ilovemetric.com), the band also rewarded fans with song commentary from singer Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw; a free download of another new cut, "Reflections #2"; and the sheet music to "Youth Without Youth," encouraging fans to record and post their interpretations on YouTube. Metric is also selling 500 handmade "stereoboxes"-3-D viewers complete with a booklet and slides to accompany a "Synthetica" premium pack for $64.99.
Ty Segall Band
Album title: Slaughterhouse
Label: In the Red
Release date: June 26
San Francisco garage rock wunderkind Ty Segall has already released one album this year, the collaboration "Hair" with psych rocker White Fence. "Slaughterhouse" is his second and the first recorded with his touring band under the new Ty Segall Band moniker. A prolific songwriter (a third album is also expected this year), Segall will release "Slaughterhouse" as a special double 10-inch vinyl, on which he and his crew kick out fuzzed-up jams like first single "Wave Goodbye."
Album title: Swing Lo Magellan
Management: Jake Friedman, We Are Free
Release date: July 10
On street date, avant-pop outfit Dirty Projectors will perform at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn for its largest headlining show - a fitting cherry to top off the release of "Swing Lo Magellan" (Domino). It's the band's first record since 2009 breakout "Bitte Orca," and following its sudden success, the group kept busy collaborating with Björk (2010's "Mount Wittenberg Orca") and touring, which left little time for songwriting. So in 2011 frontman Dave Longstreth retired to a house in upstate New York and set to work, with the rest of the band later joining him to record the album in the attic. In April, the group released first single "Gun Has No Trigger." "Dave's always trying to approach things for the first time," band manager Jake Friedman says. "And it's been an exciting, creative moment for him."
Dirty Projectors have plenty planned for the album's rollout, including such deluxe packages of "Swing Lo Magellan" as a limited-edition square vinyl single for "Gun Has No Trigger" with lyrics translated into Sumerian Akkadian cuneiform. It's a full plate, but Friedman doesn't bat an eye. "Do I have expectations? I don't need to," he says. "I'm just working with what we have: a great album, a great band, and we all just want to get to work again.