We have entered into the final stretch of the semester, and if your schedule looks anything like mine, it is about to be a stressful couple of weeks. But once the exams are up, why don’t you celebrate the end of the semester by going to a concert or picking up a new album? As Future says, “you deserve it!” Here’s a list of just some of the great releases and shows coming up in May.
First up, are albums. Famed slacker, Mac Demarco, will release his highly anticipated third album, “This Old Dog,” on May 5. Recorded alone in his new Los Angeles home, the record will span thirteen tracks, including the three singles “My Old Man,” “This Old Dog” and “On The Level.” The album was leaked in April, and the special edition vinyl copy is sold out, but you could purchase a totally legal cassette for six dollars through Captured Tracks. Mac will also be performing with Raleigh’s Boulevards at a sold out show at the Meadow in Asheville on May 21.
Mike Hadreas will release his fourth studio album under the name, Perfume Genius, on May 5. Titled “No Shape,” the thirteen track LP will be released on Matador Records with features by Weyes Blood, and production by Blake Mills.
Australian psych-rock group, Pond, will release their seventh album, “The Weather,” on May 5. Produced by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, the LP is set to be a concept album spanning ten tracks. Four singles, “Sweep Me Off My Feet,” “30000 Megatons,” “Paint Me Silver” and “The Weather” have already been released through Marathon Artists.
Indie-pop duo, Girlpool, will release their sophomore album, “Powerplant,” on May 12 through Anti-. Unlike previous works by the duo, this album will have drums on it. Two singles, “123” and “it gets more blue,” are already out on bandcamp and streaming services. They will also be playing at the Pinhook in Durham on June 13 with Snail Mail. Doors will open at 7 p.m., the show will start at 8 p.m., and the show will only cost $15.
The fabulous queer punk duo, PWR BTTM, will release their second album, “Pageant,” on May 12 with Polyvinyl records. Three previous singles “Answer My Text,” “Lol” and “Big Beautiful Day” will all appear on the album. Having gained a large amount of hype over the last year, the duo has added four backing members to their tour, which will make a sold-out stop at The Pinhook on June 15.
Following up his work on Frank Ocean’s “Endless” and “Blonde,” Philadelphia’s Alex G will release his new album “Rocket” on May 19 through Domino Records. In order to promote the album, Alex G has already released three singles, “Proud,” “Bobby” and “Witch.” The album was mixed by Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait.
North Carolina indie-folk group, The Mountain Goats, will release their sixteenth studio album, “Goths,” through Durham’s Merge Records on May 19. “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds,” was released as the only single, although the band premiered new material at Bond Brother’s Brewery in Cary on April 1.
Now, for some upcoming concerts. On May 1, The New Pornographers and Waxahatchee will play at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh. The show will start at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $30 in advance.
On May 2, Mick Jenkins will play at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro. The show at will start at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $20 in advance.
On May 6, Don’t Be Mean To People: A Concert For The ACLU Of NC will be held at Ponysaurus Brewery in Durham. Hiss Golden Messenger, Megafaun, Mount Moriah and many others will perform throughout the day. A $20 donation to the ACLU or $25 at the door is required for entry. Children under twelve can enter for free.
On May 12, Twin Peaks will rock the Cat’s Cradle back room in Carrboro with Chrome Pony and Post Animal. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. and the tickets cost $15.
On May 15, Real Estate and Frankie Cosmos will play the Lincoln Theatre.
Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets will cost $20 in advance.
Whitney will play at Cat’s Cradle with Natalie Prass on May 16. Tickets cost $16 in advance and the show starts at eight-thirty.
Lastly, on May 24, Beach House will play at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte. Tickets cost $28 in advance.