In The News: Neko Case, Kings Of Leon, Julie Ruin, Okkervil River, Califone, Beach Boys, Sebadoh, Dead C, Richard Buckner, Múm, Grouplove And More


Anti- will issue Neko Case’s first album in more than four years, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, on September 3. Case will kick off a North American tour later this month in support … Mechanical Bull is the new Kings Of Leon album, set for a September 24 release. The band is currently on a European tour … Kathleen Hanna’s new project, the Julie Ruin, is set to issue debut album Run Fast on September 3 via TJR  … Okkervil River will release The Silver Gymnasium on ATO on September 3. A supporting North American tour will kick off in August … On September 3, Dead Oceans will issue the new Califone record, Stitches … The August 27 release of career-spanning, six-disc boxed set Made In California wraps up the Beach Boys’ 50th-anniversary celebrations. The set contains more than seven-and-a-half hours of music, including more than 60 previously unreleased tracks … Sebadoh has returned after a 14-year hiatus to bring us new LP Defend Yourself on September 17 via Joyful Noise. Preceding this release, the band will issue The Secret EP on June 25 … Ba Da Bing will release Armed Courage, the new album by the Dead C, on September 3 … Surrounded is the latest release from Richard Buckner, due out September 3 … The fourth full-length LP from múm, Smilewound, is set for a September 17 release via Morr Music … On September 17, Grouplove’s second album Spreading Rumors will be issued by Canvasback/Atlantic … Drag City will reissue all four vinyl releases from Venom P. Stinger, as well as a two-disc collection called 1986-1991, on August 20 … The first-ever compilation of Merry Clayton’s work, The Best Of Merry Clayton, which includes 17 tracks from her Ode Records years, will be out June 25. It coincides with the theatrical release of documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, featuring Clayton, Darlene Love and others … Independent Project Records founder Bruce Licher has announced the label’s re-launch with the June 11 release of a career-spanning, three-disc remastered package from Red Temple Spirits … July 9 marks the release of Status Quo’s double album Bulo Quo! via earMUSIC/Edel/Eagle Rock.

—Emily Costantino