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New albums from Patti Smith and the Beach Boys

On June 5, music legends Patti Smith and the Beach Boys release albums of new material, while summer music festivals kick into high gear with Bonnaroo, North by Northwest, and Sónar Festival.

music Updated: Jun 04, 2012 19:03 IST
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On June 5, music legends Patti Smith and the Beach Boys release albums of new material, while summer music festivals kick into high gear with Bonnaroo, North by Northwest, and Sónar Festival.

Patti Smith: Banga
June 5, Worldwide

American singing legend Patti Smith is releasing her 11th studio album, Banga, her first collection of new material since 2004's acclaimed trampin. Produced by Smith herself and band members Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty, and Lenny Kaye, the new album arrives on June 5. A tour kicks off June 23 with 36 stops, including concerts in Amsterdam, Rome, London, Berlin, Stockholm, and Vienna.

The Beach Boys: That’s Why God Made the Radio
June 5, Worldwide

Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston have reunited for a new album, coinciding with the band’s 50th anniversary. All of the current Beach Boys wrote songs for the new album, including collaborations by Wilson and Love. The late Carl Wilson is also involved -- a song called Waves Of Love features his vocals, recorded before his death in 1998. The band is now on tour through North America, Europe, and Japan through August 19.





Bonnaroo Festival
June 7-10, Manchester, Tennessee, USA

The four-day Bonnaroo Festival, now in its 11th year, brings nearly 90,000 people to Great Stage Park, a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. It is the top-grossing festival in North America, and Rolling Stone named it as one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll. The bill includes headliners Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phish. The reunited Beach Boys will also perform for their 50th anniversary tour, joined by Bon Iver, The Shins, Foster the People, and Feist.

North by Northeast Music, Film & Interactive Festival and Conference

June 11-17, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Now in its 18th year, North by Northeast festival and conference celebrates independent music and film with some 650 music acts and 40 films slated this year, in addition to industry panels and talks, with events happening all around Toronto. Acts include The Flaming Lips, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Bad Religion, Matthew Good, Of Montreal, Purity Ring, and many others. Tickets prices vary.

Sónar Festival

June 14-16, Barcelona, Spain

An annual event since 1994, the Sónar International Festival attracts nearly 80,000 participants for three days and nights of music and art events, with a special focus on electronic music and multimedia art. Lana Del Rey, New Order, The Roots, Hot Chip, Fatboy Slim, Amon Tobin, Azare & III are on the bill. Tickets are €155.

Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel
June 18/19, UK/US

American singer Fiona Apple is gearing up to finally release her first album since 2005's critical hit Extraordinary Machine. The album is due out June 18/19 on Clean Slate/Epic Records with the first single, Every Single Night, now available digitally on iTunes. The album will feature 10 new tracks, including several debuted during her recent tour dates in the US -- her first shows outside of Los Angeles in five years.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

June 21-24, Telluride, Colorado, US

Now in its 39th year, Telluride Bluegrass Festival is held annually in Telluride, Colorado's Town Park. Although traditionally the festival focuses on bluegrass music, the lineup often includes a range of genres. The bill features Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, John Fogerty, Sam Bush Band, k.d. lang, Jerry Douglas and Omar Hakim, and Laura Marling. Tickets are soldout.

Isle of Wight Festival

June 22-24, Isle of Wight, England

This festival held at Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight claims headliners Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Pearl Jam, Elbow, Noah Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Biffy Clyro, Lana Del Rey, Noah and the Whale, among others.

Hackney Weekend
June 23-24, London, England

Held at London's Hackney Marshes, the BBC's Hackney Weekend is the biggest free ticketed music event in the UK and hosts Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Ed Sheeran, David Guetta, and Tinie Tempah on its stages this year. Tickets are sold out.

Rock Werchter

June 28 - July 1, Werchter, Belgium

One of Europe's biggest festivals, attracting more than 110,000 visitors a year. Lineup includes Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, The Editors, Mumford and Sons, Snow Patrol, among many others.

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

June 28 - July 7, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Now in its 33rd year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazz-focused events, with more than a thousand concerts, many of them free, happening in downtown Montreal. Acts include George Thorogood and the Destroyers, B.B. King, Norah Jones, Beirut, Liza Minelli, and Seal.

Montreux Jazz Festival

June 29-July 14, Montreux, Switzerland

The prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, held annually along the shores of Lake Geneva, welcomes Alabama Shakes, Rufus Wainwright, Tony Bennett, Bobby Womak, and Katie Melua, among others. Ticket prices vary.

Rock in Rio - Spain
June 30-July 7, Madrid, Spain

Rihanna, Pitbull, David Guetta, and Lenny Kravitz are among the major acts at Madrid's iteration of Rock in Rio, with other festivals happening Portugal and Brazil. Tickets are priced at €69.