(RNN) - After an unexpectedly long winter (we're looking at you Punxsutawney Phil), spring has sprung ... and with it, lots of fantastic new albums on the way for your listening ears.
Grab your earbuds. It's going to be an awesome couple of months.
Saying 2012 was "a year of deconstruction for me," singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles is ready to take that raw life material out on the road ... and into the studio.
Bareilles will embark on an 18-city tour in April ahead of releasing a brand new, currently unnamed album over the summer.
"The songs on this album are a true reflection of everything I've come to experience in recent months and I'm going to celebrate that with the next most terrifying thing I can do … go back on the road … totally alone. Just me. And my piano. And maybe a guitar. And some whiskey. And some jokes. And my songs," the quippy artist said in a statement.
The first single, Brave, releases April 23.
For tour dates, visit http://www.sarabmusic.com/going-on-tour.
While Bareilles is best known for her upbeat piano-pop, happy-yet-not radio hits like Love Song and King of Anything, the prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist also writes ethereal acoustic pieces like Basket Case and the breathtaking break-up recovery song Gravity.
Since a very public band split at the end of 2010, the question has lingered in the minds of Paramore fans: Will they be OK?
But the mess of life is the stuff lead singer Haley Williams has always knit and spun into lyrical "angst and love and whatever else she's feeling" masterpieces. And with more than two years of metaphoric death and rebirth as fodder, the band has made it clear they aren't going anywhere.
"There's a time and a place to die, but this ain't it. If there's a future, we want it," Williams asserts on Now, the first single from their fourth studio album Paramore, self-titled as a resetting of the band.
Through Thursday, Paramore is streaming a few tracks from their upcoming April 9 release at http://www.paramore.net/4sides4nights.
And they've released a lyric video for Still Into You.
If the album leaks are any indication, Paramore is still the same band you've always loved, just a little older, a little wiser.
No school. Weekend beach trips. Ice cream for breakfast 'cause it's so darn hot. Let's face it - there is absolutely nothing to not love about summer.
Particularly the music festivals and overabundance of summer tours.
One of the best tours of the last few years, the Honda Civic Tour, features a tour de force of pop this summer. Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson team up for 31 dates, starting August 1 in St. Louis.
Before they were winning Grammys for We Are Young and Some Nights, a little band called fun. was producing their debut album Aim and Ignite - a 10-track contemporary rethinking of late '70s pop.
Fun. is currently offering a few of their songs from Aim and Ignite as a free download at http://noisetrade.com/fun/selections-b-sides-from-aim-ignite.
The download includes a studio track of All the Pretty Girls, a live rendition of Take Your Time (Coming Home), b-side Stitch Me Up and a RAC collective remix of Walking the Dog.
We recommend starting with All the Pretty Girls and Walking the Dog.
Walk Off The Earth, an unconventional band based in Ontario, became a YouTube sensation with their five-people-playing-one-guitar rendition of Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know - which is currently approaching 150 million views.
As if five people playing one guitar wasn't interesting enough, these guys one-upped themselves with their five-people-playing-one-huge-guitar version of Red Hands - an original song from their debut album R.E.V.O.
On April 1, the band added a more personal touch to their extensive video library by releasing their first video from the road titled Road Stories. Whether they're eating garlic to stay healthy or celebrating the fact that being pregnant gets you presents, the video has just enough humor and charm to keep you glued to the screen. Take a look and tell us you don't love these guys even more after watching.
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Brad Paisley: Wheelhouse - April 9
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You may or may not be a fan of Macklemore's Thrift Shop, but if you like acoustic music then this video is a must-see. YouTube artist Madilyn Bailey took a risk by completely re-covering the No. 1 hit, but the result is a catchy and enjoyable change-up.
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