We won't lie: The warm months lack a definitive, headline-grabbing release. Still, these should sound plenty fine on a hot day with the windows down. A preview:

The Hold Steady — Heaven Is Whenever {May 4}
More anthem bar songs that will sound great sober and 10 deep.

Future Islands — In Evening Air {May 4}
B-more band with national-attention potential drops a second full-length.

The National — High Violet {May 11}
Indie rock's best baritone leads the way for the band's fifth album (left).


Band of Horses — Infinite Arms {May 18}

Beloved quintet makes major-label debut.

LCD Soundsystem — This Is Happening {May 18}

Trademark cheeky lyrics and sad beats to dance to.

Christina Aguilera — Bionic {June 8}

A “futuristic”-sounding album (right) will put Aguilera in an unfamiliar lane.

Drake — Thank Me Later {June 15}

Toronto’s great hope builds on a formula that earned him Grammy nods for a free mix tape.

Game — The R.E.D. Album {June 15}

Working with Dre and producer Pharrell, the West Coast problem child returns.

Eminem — Recovery {June 22}

Em works with super producer Just Blaze for the first time.

M.I.A. — TBD {June}

Hard to find details, but the “Paper Planes” artist will get our attention.


Big Boi — Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty {July 6}

It’s been long delayed, but we’re keeping the faith, thanks to the banging single “Shutterbugg.”

Kanye West — TBD {Summer?}

New material is rumored to be West rapping over hard, old school-sounding beats.

T.I. — King Uncaged {Aug. 17}

Tip’s first album since completing his sentence for weapons charges.