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posted Friday, July 25 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 30
Ten album releases to get excited about
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Ten album releases to get excited about

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Everybody from Madonna to Frank Ocean to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are in the planning stages for their next albums, if not already in the studio. But some recordings are already completed and set for release in the coming weeks and months. As we settle into the second half of 2014, here are ten records to get super stoked about.

1) Trouble in Paradise - La Roux
Okay, this album is actually in stores now. But it's so good that it couldn't be omitted from the list, especially when 'Uptight Downtown' is clearly one of 2014's best singles, thus far. Now a solo act, the androgynous looking singer-producer embarks on an upcoming tour that brings her to The Showbox Market on September 19.

2) Dance Like You Don't Give A...Greatest Hits Remixes - LeAnn Rimes
Blue, she isn't. Grammy-winning country artist LeAnn Rimes is kicking up her stilettos...er, cowgirl boots...on her forthcoming offering, a remix album of her bestest singles, from 'How Do I Live' to 'Can't Fight the Moonlight,' on August 5. Maybe, just maybe, she'll perform a couple of mixed versions of her songs when she saddles up to Snoqualmie Casino on August 20.

3) Sparks - Imogen Heap
She's a little out there, but we love her for that. The British experimental-pop artist drops her fourth studio effort, Sparks, on August 18. Though the album is new, most of the 14 tracks have already been released as part of the Grammy nominee's idea to deliver them to fans in piece meal dating back to 2011.

4) My Everything - Ariana Grande
The next big thing could be Ariana Grande, who at 21 years old is quickly becoming a household name. That's because her single 'Problem' (with Iggy Azalea) stormed the charts this spring and her follow-up hit, 'Break Free,' is getting a lot of airplay in the U.S. and international market. I fell head over heels for this girl when I saw Grande croon elegant versions of hip hop songs with Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show.' My Everything is released on August 25. Grande is an LGBT ally; her brother Frankie is Gay.

5) V - Maroon 5
The bad news is that Adam Levine is off the market. The good news is Maroon 5 has a new album coming out September 2. The hit-making pop group's latest record, V, features 11 fresh tracks, including a collaboration with Gwen Stefani called 'My Heart is Open.' However, 'Maps' is the official lead off single.

6) Crush Songs - Karen O
Karen O has made a name for herself outside of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Aside from earning her first Academy Award nod this year for 'The Moon Song' (from Her), she's appeared on various motion picture soundtracks and directed several music videos on her own and with former beau Angus Andrew. Her debut full-length release hits store shelves on September 8.

7) Everything Will Be Alright in the End - Weezer
The kings of whimsical rock are back, Weezer. The SoCal alternative band haven't released anything since 2010, but that'll change on September 30 with Everything Will Be Alright in the End featuring the first single, 'Back to the Shack.' A final cut of songs is still being decided, though the album is expected to include 8 to 10 tracks.

8) Super Critical - The Ting Tings
The duo that gave us 'That's Not My Name' are at it again. English pop act The Ting Tings return on October 20 with Super Critical, which features the brand new single, 'Wrong Club.' In total, there are 9 tracks on the album ranging from 2:37 to 4:14 minutes.

9) Put Your Back N 2 It - Perfume Genius
From Death Cab to Cutie to Pretty Girls Make Graves to Minus the Bear, a number of Seattle acts have risen to fame on the most interesting names. Add to the list Perfume Genius. Behind this moniker is singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas, an Emerald City transplant from New York, who unveils his sophomore effort, Put Your Back N 2 It, on September 23.

10) Listen - The Kooks
Talk about your fun English rock bands, The Kooks are such a blast to listen to and see in concert. That's why the anticipation of their forthcoming record, aptly titled Listen, is beyond normal excitement level. Besides 11 fresh cuts, it also features a new drummer, Alexis Nunez, who completes the four-piece group that has seen a series of fill-ins since Max Rafferty's departure. The Kooks play The Showbox Market on September 29.

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