After greater than a yr with reside efficiency in hibernation, the music scene revs up significantly this summer time, with a slew of recent albums and live shows. The musician and former Vampire Weekend member Rostam brings a newfound jazz inspiration to “Changephobia” (June 4), his follow-up to “Half-Light,” from 2017. The pop historian Lana Del Rey releases her second album of the yr, “Blue Banisters,” on Independence Day. Following a sweep of the foremost classes on the 2020 Grammys, Billie Eilish returns with the extremely anticipated “Happier Than Ever” (June 30). The identical day, the Prince property plans to launch “Welcome 2 America,” a never-before-heard venture from the icon’s vaults.
Venues start the sluggish strategy of reopening, with reveals rescheduled from early within the pandemic. At Radio City Music Hall, two R. & B. stalwarts will sit earlier than pianos to run by means of aching ballads from their award-winning discographies—Alicia Keys (Aug. 13) and John Legend (Aug. 23). New York’s SummerStage live performance collection begins reside, in-person performances at out of doors venues with the indie-folk band Dawes (Sept. 16). The Governors Ball strikes to Citi Field with headliners Eilish, Post Malone, A$AP Rocky, and J Balvin (Sept. 22-24). As the summer time winds down, gifted singer-songwriters arrange in additional intimate venues, together with Julien Baker, who brings gorgeous, sobering songs to the Beacon Theatre (Sept. 14). And with the return of reside music comes the return of scheduling conflicts: Soccer Mommy involves Brooklyn Steel to share the gentle glow of her indie-pop songcraft the identical day that the cheeky, R. & B.-influenced folksinger Faye Webster performs the Music Hall of Williamsburg (Sept. 21). ♦