The best music you need to listen to this June

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There’s nothing quite like tapping your feet along to the latest hits, or having a listen to the latest piece of pretentious musical nonsense so you can be in with the cool kids.

After all, one of the great things about having unlimited broadband or unlimited mobile data is that you can stream and download as much music as you please. Here are some great earworms around this month to get you started.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway

Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway


It's taken them five years, and they've encountered a lot of problems on the way there, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers are finally ready with a brand new album.

The first single off the record, Dark Necessities, was released last month, so we have some idea of what to expect. The band is back with those funky bass riffs we've grown to love from the Chilis, only this time they've been paired with dreamy pianos and a bit of an 80s sound. Besides, the band wrote almost 30 songs over the last year ranging from "super danceable, funky" stuff to "some real introspective, pretty stuff" - so, really, who knows what we'll hear with The Getaway?

The album comes out 17 June. And speaking of rock bands who haven't released anything in ages, this month also sees new albums from Good Charlotte (15 July), Billy Talent (29 July), and Blink 182 (1 July).

Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger

Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger

In classic Paul Simon style, his new album Stranger to Stranger is, uh, experimental. There's folk; there's blues; there are instruments from around the world, like autoharps, marimbas, and hadjira; and there are custom-made 'microtonal' instruments invented by a guy who believes there are 43 tones in an octave. So yes, we'd say 'experimental' just about covers it.

But it's not all just weird noises. Beneath the chromelodeons and zoomoozophones, Simon has created music filled with emotion and heart. We're talking careful lyrics and touching tunes about loved ones. Stranger to Stranger is an album for when you have the time to sit and absorb, and it's out right now.

Tegan and Sara - Love You To Death

Tegan and Sara - Love You To Death

The Quin twins are back, and they're rocking some cool new eyeshadow. With their latest record, the Canadian duo are sticking with the mainstream pop shtick which has been working for them the last few years - and they're getting pretty darn good at it. Love You To Death is full of synth-infused, 80s-style pop tracks that pack enough oomph to blow Taylor Swift out of the water.

If you miss Tegan and Sara's earlier indie stuff, this one isn't for you, but if you want a good bop then you'll love it.

Love You To Death is out 3 June to buy, download, or stream.

Cat's Eyes - Treasure House

Cat's Eyes - Treasure House

Alt rock duo and hot young things Cat's Eyes have taken their sweet time to record a second studio album, but boy was the wait worth it. The London post-punk noise of Faris Badwan meets the delicate vocals of Canadian opera singer Rachel Zeffira, to create atmospheric, almost cinematic soundscapes. There's guitars, and keyboards, and strings, and everything in between.

It's artsy, and a little bit pretentious, but it makes for surprisingly easy listening. Plus, it's been met with rave reviews from every angle. Give it a listen from 3 June.

Leslie Odom Jr - Leslie Odom Jr

Leslie Odom Jr - Leslie Odom Jr

Caught Hamilton fever? In love with the dulcet tones of Aaron Burr? Want to hear Leslie Odom Jr singing as someone who isn't a former vice president? Well, you're in luck. Les is putting out an album of his very own, and you won't have very long to wait for it now.

Sure, Odom Jr's 'new' album is technically a re-release of one from a couple of years ago, but it's been injected with some serious new life. Comprised mostly of showtunes and jazz covers, the upcoming album has had songs changed out, everything re-organised, and some extra tracks thrown in.

Check it out in its newly improved form from 10 June.

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