Summer Music Preview: 29 New Albums to Check Out

From country icons to newbie rappers, it'll be a good season for new music.

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Clockwise from top left: Fiona Apple, Willie Nelson, Usher, Smashing Pumpkins, Niki & the Dove, Japandroids, Regina Spektor, Big K.R.I.T.

The contest for "song of the summer" is already well publicized, but the warm months ahead also mark a fantastic time for full-length album releases. This week alone sees big records from classic-radio legends and up-and-coming indie rockers. The streak of promising-looking CDs doesn't let up till mid-August. Here's what we're looking forward to. Give the tracks a few moments to load, and let us know what we've missed.

See also: The 18 Films to Catch This Summer

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Spencer Kornhaber is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers pop culture and music. He was previously an editor at Patch.com and a staff writer at OC Weekly. He has written for Spin, The AV Club, and RollingStone.com.

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