Five Summer Releases We're Excited About

Fiona Apple
Fiona Apple

To our extreme delight, there are quite a few artists that are dropping new music this year for the first time in a long time. We've been waiting seemingly forever for No Doubt's next album. Thankfully a few other artists didn't leave us hanging for as long.

We've selected five albums you definitely need to know about before their release. We're pretty sure they'll be ridiculously fantastic, too.

Check out our picks for great upcoming summer albums after the jump...

The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Chords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, Fiona Apple, due out June 19

Fiona Apple has kept us on the hook for a new album for seven years. The people have spoken, and they say she has delivered a great package. The goddess who never smiles debuted some of her new songs at this year's SXSW Festival (also known as the annual Texas music industry circle jerk), and everyone ate it upStream the album courtesy of NPR.

The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, The Flaming Lips, due out June 26

The Record Store Day 2012 best-selling release is being reissued/more widely released for further enjoyment due to popular demand. Wayne Coyne and "fwends" collaborated with Ke$ha, Biz Markie, Bon Iver, Neon Indian, Yoko Ono, Jim James, Nick Cave, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, among many others, so there's definitely a great mix of styles on the album.

Gossamer, Passion Pit, due out July 24

The band's single "Sleepyhead" off their 2008 EP Chunk of Change was what initially hooked in new listeners, and they reeled in tons of fans with their hit 2010 album Manners. Lately their live performances have consisted of DJ sets that have made us eager for new material. Frontman Michael Angelakos is still capable of hitting really ridiculously high notes, and with gems like "Take a Walk," we're expecting greatness on Gossamer. In other news, the band is coming to the Marquee Theatre on September 11 in support of the album.

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