Summer Music

By Caroline Anderson

Music has the ability to shape the mood of a summer. There’s almost always a few standout songs associated with fantastic memories, and musical events are a perfect way to make those memories. So in order to provide the best summer possible, here is a round-up of the biggest musical events of the summer, from new albums to concerts to just some really good music.



-Twilight Concert Series in Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City: Solange with opener Kaytranada, The Roots, Little Dragon, Cat Power, Kamasi Washington, and others. Every Thursday starting in June.

-Russ: June 27

-Travis Scott: May 31

-Black Bear: June 3

-Modest Mouse: June 5

-Milky Chance: June 8

-Glass Animals: July 25

-Def Leppard: June 19

-Train with Oar and Natasha Bedingfield: July 6

-Lady Antebellum: August 30

-Jason Aldean: September 14

-Deer Valley Music Festival: Starting in June, Park City hosts the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, who perform a series of concerts in their outdoor amphitheater.


New albums:

Melodrama, Lorde: June 16

Relaxer, Alt-J: June 2

Lust for Life, Lana Del Rey: TBA

Everybody, Logic: May 5

Harry Styles, Harry Styles: May 12

This Old Dog, Mac Demarco: May 5

Gone Now, Bleachers: June 2

Crack-Up, Fleet Foxes:  June 16

Chuck, Chuck Berry: June 16 (Posthumous album)

Kaleidoscope, Coldplay: June 2

Abysmal Thoughts, The Drums: June 16


Happy Summer Music:

-Chance the Rapper: His three albums, 10 Day, Acid Rap, and Coloring Book are perfect for dancing with your friends in the car. Great songs like “Cocoa Butter Kisses” to “Angels” make it impossible to be anything but happy.

-Vance Joy: His music has an indie-bliss feel. Primarily acoustic love songs are the signature sounds of his EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing, and his album Dream Your Life Away. Joy’s last name is fitting because his music will leave you feeling joyous and is perfect for summer drives with all the windows rolled down.

-Passion Pit: Their second studio album, Gossamer, is absolutely perfect for summertime adventures. It’s a high-pace, makes-you-want-to sing-along, kind of album and it is incredibly fun. Crank it up, embrace the glee that joins it, and sing (scream) along.

Summer Party Music:

-Beyonce: The Queen Bey’s released some killer party songs throughout her career. Her 2013 album Beyonce certainly has the most, from “7/11” to “Drunk in Love” this album will keep you jamming. But don’t forget Yonce classics like “Crazy in Love” and “Deja Vu.”

-Kendrick Lamar: This man is one of the greatest rappers out there, and with the release of his fourth studio album, he’ll be circulating on all the best party playlists. “Humble” the debut single from his newest album, Damn, and older songs such as “King Kunta” and “Backseat Freestyle” will put anyone in the mood to party.

-Drake: His new album, More Life, had every song chart and that’s for a reason. From his newer music such as “Portland” and “Too Good”  to older songs like “Hold on, We’re Going Home” and “All Me” Drake is perfect for dancing.