New music: 5 hot albums that need to be on your radar in July

It’s a big month for new album releases, highlighted by offerings from two of pop music’s biggest stars — Lana Del Rey and Billie Eilish.

Here’s a look at some of the top releases for July:


“Blue Banisters,” Lana Del Rey

Del Rey has been on quite a roll over the past 10 years, beginning with the deliriously good major label debut “Born to Die” in 2012 and continuing through such stellar efforts as 2014’s “Ultraviolence” and 2017’s “Lust for Life.” All told, she’s fashioned one of the best pop music catalogs of the last 10 years. And we can’t to hear this new addition — Del Rey’s eighth studio album overall — which quickly follows the March release of “Chemtrails over the Country Club.” “Blue Banisters” is due out July 4.


“Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish

Millions of fans around the globe have been breathlessly awaiting Eilish’s sophomore effort, which follows 2019’s multiplatinum-selling, multi-Grammy-winning debut “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” From what we’ve heard from the four singles released already — “Therefore I Am,” “My Future,” “Your Power” and “Lost Cause” — those fans will likely be happier than ever with “Happier Than Ever.” Due out July 30.


“Into the Mystery,” Needtobreathe

The South Carolina alt-rock troupe returns with its eighth studio album, which follows 2020’s “Out of Body.” One of the standout cuts in the set is “I Wanna Remember,” which finds lead vocalist Bear Rinehart crooning alongside country music superstar Carrie Underwood. The album is due out July 30.


“Native Sons,” Los Lobos

Los Lobos pays tribute to some of their fellow musical greats from Los Angeles — including Buffalo Springfield, War, the Blasters and Jackson Browne — on this collection of (mostly) cover songs. (The title cut — “Native Sons” — is the only original composition on the album.) Of particular note is the group’s wonderful version of the Beach Boy’s “Sail On, Sailor,” which will hopefully be a staple of Los Lobos live sets for years to come. Due out July 30.


“Heart in Motion (30th Anniversary Edition),” Amy Grant

The acclaimed vocalist is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her biggest-selling album — 1991’s quintuple-platinum-selling “Heart in Motion” — by offering up an expanded two-disc set for fans. The collection includes a remastered version of the original Grammy-nominated album as well as bonus disc filled with new mixes and never-before-heard tunes. Due out July 9.

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