• Fall Preview: New Releases to Keep on Your Radar

    By J. Brown

    While January may be the technical start of each new year, those of us who can’t shake thinking of life in terms of school reserve September as the real start of the year, even if we’ve left behind textbooks and classes years ago. As the hot summer months turn colder with the arrival of autumn, September is when the expectation of change hangs in the air (or here in Southern California, we have to be satisfied with blistering heat turning to a medium heat as we enter fall). So if we think of September as a fresh start, music lovers have a lot to look forward to because autumn is set to bring an array of exciting new releases. Here is a rundown of albums, in no particular order, that you can look forward to:

    The Avett Brothers
    The Carpenter
    September 11
    With a dash of country, bluegrass, folk, rock, and indie sounds, the wide and rabid fan base for this North Carolina band continues to grow. The newest album is likely shaped by the struggles the band has gone through after learning that bassist Bob Crawford‘s two-year-old daughter has cancer. Listen to “Live and Die“:

    The Avett Brothers – Live and Die

    Mumford & Sons
    September 25
    The much-anticipated second album for this skyrocketing band can’t come soon enough. Mumford & Sons have experienced an amazing amount of success around the world and the pressure is on to please an ever-growing fan base. “I Will Wait” is the first track that has been released and it falls under a similar formula that has found the band so much popularity. Listen to it here:

    I will Wait- Mumford and Sons

    David Byrne & St. Vincent
    Love This Giant
    September 11
    These two distinctive artists joining forces certainly caught my attention. NPR currently allows you to stream the album in full and it’s fun and funky, as well as bold and brassy. NPR notes that “There’s a funky, live-wire, anything-goes feel throughout the record, as it honks and soars through strange ruminations on aging, culture and nature, while showcasing a persistent flair for movement and mayhem.” Listen to “Who” from Love This Giant:

    Who (David Byrne & St. Vincent)

    No Doubt
    Push and Shove
    September 25
    It’s been 11 years since their last release, but No Doubt is back. Time will tell if the new album is reminiscent of Tragic Kingdom, but NME has called the new album “a catchy, colorful mix of modern pop and 1980s retro.”. Here is the title cut from Push and Shove:

    No Doubt – Push and Shove (feat. Busy Signal, Major Lazer)

    Grizzly Bear
    September 18
    Building on the success of 2007’s Yellow House and 2009’s Veckatimest, these art rockers are back in the game and their fan base has likely grown after appearing on The Colbert Report and receiving the infamous “Colbert Bump.” Here is “Gun Shy” off Shields:

    Grizzly Bear – Gun-Shy from the new album Shields released by WARP Records [WARP229]

    Nelly Furtado
    The Spirit Indestructible
    September 18
    This pop star has had an interesting career and exploded onto the music scene back in 2000. Her new release is expected to sound like her early work, which is probably welcome news for many of her fans. Here is the title cut off The Spirit Indestructible:

    Nelly Furtado – Spirit Indestructible”

    The Killers
    Battle Born
    September 18
    The beloved rockers have been working hard on their 4th album. Here is “Runaways” from Battle Born

    The Killers – Runaways

    Alicia Keys
    Girl on Fire
    November 27
    This will be the first album from Alicia Keys since the birth of her son and she has described the newest release as more “grown-up.” The popular R&B/soul star has been making popular and heartfelt albums for over a decade, but she has ventured far off from the piano ballads of her earlier work. Here is the title cut from Girl On Fire:

    Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire [Original Version]

    Cat Power
    September 4
    NPR has described Chan Marshall’s – A.K.A Cat Power – next album as “the best record she’s ever made.” Sun is the first album of original material from Cat Power in over six years. Here is “Ruin” off Sun:


    Bob Dylan
    September 11
    In what will be his 35th album, the legendary Bob Dylan shows no signs of stopping. Dylan has been in the business for 50 years and his next release has been described as a return to “story-driven songwriting.” NPR has one song you can preview here.

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