Before we get into it, make sure to follow our Anthem of the Day Playlist 2016 or check out the Anthem of the Day April 2016 Mixtape if you want just the freshest jams of the past month. Make sure to follow as we update it real time!
The past month of music has been has been one of the best in recent memory. With new releases from Queen Bey and Drake, we had something for the ladies and then for the … ladies. Sadly, I think Drake might have more female listeners at this point, although I will say that I enjoyed Views more than I think the general public did. Beyond the heavyweights, we had some awesome singles from regular contributors to Entry Revel’s mixtapes including The Knocks, The Joy Formidable and Flume. On the lesser known side we have some tracks from Monopol, Youngr and George Maple w/ GoldLink so make sure to follow the playlist and listen to them all.
Best Upcoming Albums (In Order of Release Date)
- Drake – Views (April 29th): Yes, I’m technically cheating including this on the May article but it’s deserved. Unless you have been living under a rock, Drake released his new album this past Friday. It’s been critically lauded and panned so it’s up to you to decide for yourself.
- Keith Urban – Ripcord (May 6th): This guy straddles the line of country and rock and it’s truly the only reason that I can listen to anything that is labeled as country. This guy is legit … even for country music haters.
- Kaytranada– 99.9% (May 6th): This guy kills every production and has worked with a ton of major artists including The Internet and Vic Mensa.
- Kygo– Cloud Nine (May 13th): Kygo has seemingly overnight crept into superstar status. Virtually unknown two years ago, he’s now headlining arena tours … and this is his first actual album.
- Car Seat Headrest– Teens of Denial (May 20th): Saw these guys at SXSW and they were pretty good. I’m gonna make sure to catch a few listens to this album to see if the live show matches my earbuds.
- Bob Dylan– Fallen Angels (May 20th): This will be Dylan’s 37th album. His first album was released 54 years ago in 1962. That is almost unfathomable to think of. Legend status.
- Thrice– To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere (May 27th): Flashback to your middle school punk days. I’ve already listened to a few singles and I have a feeling this album is going to be spectacular. Can’t want to reminisce to some new music.
- Flume– Skin (May 27th): Probably the album I am most excited to get my hands on. Flume has created an enormous fanbase who have been awaiting this album for a while. Let’s hope the Australian doesn’t disappoint.
Best Upcoming Festivals
- Hangout Fest– Gulf Shores, AL (May 20-22): Hangout gets remarks as having one of the best festival locations. With your feet on the sand and everyone renting villas, it’s a great time. The lineup doesn’t disappoint either with acts like The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Leon Bridges, Atlas Genius, Vince Staples and Magic Man.
- Rock On The Range– Columbus, OH (May 20-22): There’s an inner rocker in all of us and one of the best festivals for rock music happens to take place in Columbus. Legendary acts include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed, Sevendust and relative new heavyweights Bring Me The Horizon
- Bottlerock– Napa Valley, CA (May 27-29): I honestly had never heard of this festival and now I’m very jealous of the people that are able to attend. On top of being in Napa, there are some great acts booked with a very deep lineup which includes Florence + The Machine, Grouplove, Ziggy Marley, Death Cab For Cutie, The Lumineers and The Joy Formidable.
- Boston Calling– Boston, MA (May 27-29): This up and coming festival which takes place in City Hall Plaza has finally started to attract some top level talent. This year includes Sia, Disclosure, Odesza, Charles Bradley, Sufjan Stevens and Miike Snow.