The hot albums and festivals this summer

Kayne West, seen here performing in New York City in 2012, is releasing a new album this summer.

Story highlights

  • There are some promising albums and music festivals on the horizon
  • Releases are expected from everyone from Beyonce to Wu-Tang Clan
  • Festivals rockin' the USA: From Bumbershoot in the West to Bonnaroo in the South
Summer is the best time for outdoor musical festivals and blasting music with all the windows open. We've done the legwork for you, and compiled what should be some of the best albums of the season, and the most tent-worthy festivals, organized by region.
Find the ear candy that suits your taste best, and get busy listening:
Queens of the Stone Age, "... Like Clockwork," due June 4
The band's sixth album, a follow-up to "Era Vulgaris," welcomes founding bassist Nick Oliveri back into the band, and includes guest spots by Dave Grohl, Elton John, Trent Reznor, Mark Lanegan, Brody Dalle and Jake Shears, among others. It's one of the first meaty rock records of the summer and can be heard here.
The Lonely Island, "The Wack Album," due June 11
An anecdote to the oh-so-earnest music out there, Andy Samberg, Jorma Tacc