Megan Buerger

When Fleetwood Mac released Rumours in 1977, the band's lush instrumentals and melancholic harmonies reignited an obsession with bright, shining California pop.

Glass Animals' members are taking the concept album to a new level. The U.K. indie-pop band's forthcoming album, How To Be A Human Being, follows an overarching storyline, with chapters rolled out one by one as if part of a TV miniseries.

German producer Roosevelt has spent the last decade honing his sound, a gleaming, dubbed-out blend of '80s new wave and electro-pop that feels like Human League at the beach. His self-titled debut album features surfy synths, wistful pop hooks and imaginative instrumentals, including tambourines, shakers, live guitar and even a glockenspiel to give his vocals a dreamy echo. Melancholic and hazy, it's a bittersweet way to wind down the summer.

In 1977, Island Records' founder, Chris Blackwell, opened Compass Point Studios, a secluded, seaside hut in the Bahamas that became a popular recording spot for David Bowie, Talking Heads and AC/DC.

It's been four decades since Chaka Khan made her solo debut with "I'm Every Woman," an instant smash that earned her the title "Queen of Funk" and penetrated nightclubs everywhere. But the R&B legend isn't done with dance music. Last Thursday, April 14, the eve of the Coachella music festival, she surprised partygoers at a nearby villa when she arrived just after 2 a.m. with her two siblings — fellow singers Taka Boom (born Yvonne Stevens) and Mark Stevens — and grabbed the mic.

It's hard not to wonder: After 35 years together, what could Karl Hyde and Rick Smith possibly cook up that's new? The Englishmen better known as Underworld have been filling arenas and festival mainstages with gargantuan, gorgeous techno for more than three decades, and are at this point considered one of the most influential electronic bands of all time.

Steve Angello's new album, Wild Youth, is many things. It's his first release since Swedish House Mafia's very public breakup in 2012. It's an attempt to bridge dance music with rock-pop, enlisting support from Dougy Mandagi (the Temper Trap) and Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons). And it's billed as retaliation against mainstream EDM, which Angello's called "safe" and "gimmicky." Given the dramatic scene setting, you'd expect Wild Youth to be a defiant fist. It isn't.

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