With our mu­sic pre­view, fall never sounded bet­ter

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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.

Sam Smith

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.

St. Vin­cent

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.


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