With our music preview, fall never sounded better
It’s September, and you know what that means: Summer’s over. Time to go back to school. Time to get back to work. And time for me to crank out another Fall Music Preview intro. But here’s the thing: After 20 years, I’ve used every fall pun, harvest quip and seasonal metaphor in the book. So how about we just cut to the chase? As always, artists of all styles and stripes are dropping albums between now and December. In fact, some already have — LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream, The National’s Sleep Well Beast and Tori Amos’s
Native Invader are all out now. But there’s plenty more where they came from. Here’s a chronological list of upcoming new additions to your playlist, along with Canadian content, reissues and more. Naturally, it’s all subject to change without notice. Just like autumn weather. (Sorry; old habits die hard.)
Foo Fighters | Concrete & Gold
Dave Grohl and co. head down a new sonic highway for their ninth album, augmenting their anthemic arena-rock with lush Beatle-pop (and a cameo by Paul McCartney). Sept. 15
The Killers | Wonderful Wonderful
Five years after Battle Born, Brandon Flowers and his Vegas bandmates return to active duty, armed with another arsenal of glossy dancerock and grand pop epics. Sept. 22
Shania Twain | Now The pride of Timmins shakes the dust off her cowgirl boots with her first album since 2002’s Up! Pity the island-pop single Life’s About to Get Good don’t impress us much. Sept. 29
Miley Cyrus | Younger Now
Another wrecking ball-riding rebel bites the dust when Cyrus puts down the bong, puts on some clothes and reconnects with the feather-weight pop of old for her sixth disc. Sept. 29
Liam Gallagher | As You Were Noel Gallagher | TBA
It’s the next best thing to an Oasis reunion as the battling Gallagher brothers up the ante on their lifelong feud with duelling solo releases. May the best fooker win. Oct. 6 / Nov.
Beck | Colors What goes down must come up. So no wonder the ever-changing Beck is following up the moody Morning Phase with more upbeat fare like singles Wow and Dreams. Oct. 13
Pink | Beautiful Trauma Raise your glass and get the party restarted — the artist formerly known as Alecia Moore is up to her old pop tricks with the help of Max Martin, Jack Antonoff and more. Oct. 13
Robert Plant | Carry Fire
Percy and his Sensational Space Shifters continue to mix sounds and styles on his 11th disc. Meanwhile, old pal Jimmy Page continues to pretend he’s still a musician. Oct. 13
William Patrick Corgan | Ogilala
Don’t let the fancy handle fool you — it’s Smashing Pumpkins dictator Billy Corgan, returning to the soloalbum waters with the assistance of super-producer Rick Rubin. Oct. 13
Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett | Lotta Sea Lice
Meet the new Kurt and Courtney as laid-back American singer-guitarist Vile and his clever Aussie counterpart Barnett join forces. This could be a slice of indie-rock nirvana. Oct. 13
Weezer | Pacific Daydream
Singer-guitarist Rivers Cuomo and his pals go back to the beach, following up last year’s summery selftitled set with their 11th batch of crunchy pop-rock nuggets. Oct. 27
Taylor Swift | Reputation
Are you ready for it? Well, get ready; the revenge-pop queen is taking more names and kicking more butt on her edgy sixth disc. Keep your hands where she can see them. Nov. 10
Morrissey | Low in High-School
The controversial former Smiths singer’s 11th release will supposedly address “the zeitgeist of an ever-changing world.” And tick off everyone in the process, most likely. Nov. 17
U2 | Songs of Experience Three years after stuffing Songs of
Innocence down everyone’s throat via iTunes, Bono and his mates have presumably learned their lesson with this hotly awaited followup. Dec.
Crack a bottle and cross your fingers, Stans: Rumour is that Slim Shady is finally finished with the followup to 2013’s return to form The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
By the time you read this, the British soul crooner’s sophomore album may already be out — based on billboards teasing some sort of event slated for Sept. 8.
Adventurous singer-guitarist Annie Clark’s upcoming sixth album supposedly includes songs titled New York and L.A. Expect her to be all over the map once again.