Prepare to kick back and bask in the creeping summer heat because this week’s new album releases are mellow and relaxing with a mix of some head-banging rock. KONGOS deliver nod-worthy alternative, while Audion comes back after 11 years with some soothing synths.

Today Matthew Dear, also known as Audion, releases his first album since his 2005 Suckfish. Packed with entrancing bass lines and psychedelic keyboards, the Texas-born producer says his new LP was “born from modular synthesizers, drum machines, computers, and a good old fashioned head nodding to the beat in a late night daze.”


Band of HorsesWhy Are You OK
South Carolina’s Ben Bridwell brings fans an upbeat summer album with soothing guitar and head-nodding vocals.


BRONCHODouble Vanity
BRONCHO has experienced some positive influences ever since adding bassist Penny Pitchlynn from the 2014 tour of Just Enough Hip to Be Woman. The changes have inspired a relaxed, mellow album that suits them well.


Diarrhea PlanetTurn to Gold
When a taste of pop meets country, you get Nashville, Tennessee’s Diarrhea Planet. The energetic drums, guitar riffs, and vocals result in instant summer classics.

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Eli “Paperboy” ReedMy Way Home
Reed’s exposure to a wide range of music in Brookline, Massachusetts helped him find his love for soul and blues. My Way Home has touches of gospel and R&B that will have you swaying throughout the album.


Fitz and The TantrumsFitz & The Tantrums
Fitz and The Tantrums’ self-titled album is upbeat, and its retro sound “inspired by Motown and Stax Records” will certainly catch the ear of any chorus-loving listener.


KONGOS third studio album is where alternative rock has been hiding. Filled with mesmerizing guitar and lively vocals, the band has embraced their sound and delivers it flawlessly.


Letlive.If I’m The Devil
Three years out of the game, and Letlive. brings a rock album that will make for a great live tour. Definitely a head banger with a cool mix of low-toned vocals, it’s a soul-punk original.


Nite JewelLiquid Cool
Los Angeles-based musician Nite Jewel’s newest project includes simple beats and singing, letting her eclectic style shine through.


The Temper TrapThick As Thieves
Say hello to The Temper Trap’s third full-length album, packed with a range of different sounds and encompassing vocals that complement their upbeat rock lyrics.