6 of Fall’s Most Anticipated Albums
Traditionally, late spring and early summer are viewed as the most ideal times to release an album, as warm-weather tours and summer radio play help to boost album and ticket sales exponentially. But some records, for creative, scheduling, or other reasons, need a bit more time; so, here is a list of some of the most anticipated albums that are slated to be released this fall.
Grouplove : Big Mess (September 9)
The L.A.-based alternative rock band Grouplove, known for their vibrant visuals and upbeat tracks, are set to release their third full length album, titled “Big Mess” on September 9th. The first release from the band since 2013’s Billboard 200-charting Spreading Rumours, Big Mess seems to be in line with previous releases, with poppy ballads teeming with synth beats. A world tour has been planned in conjunction with the release of this album, so take a listen to “Welcome to Your Life,” the lead single from Big Mess below, and decide for yourself if a trip to a Grouplove show should penciled into your schedule this fall.
Jack White : Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 (September 9)
Many consider Jack White to be one of the
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founding fathers of modern stadium rock, and with his The White Stripes reputation to back that statement, as well as a solo career and three currently active bands, it makes sense that he is looked to as a 21st century rock god. Despite his assumedly busy recording and touring schedule, Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 (a compilation of new mixes, alternate versions, and previously unreleased and unheard recordings of tunes from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and White’s solo work) is due out on September 9th. A two-disc special release, this collection will (hopefully) be a raw and unfiltered glimpse into White’s musical genius.
Die Antwoord : Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid (September 16)
Recent Lollapalooza headlining (and always confusingly weird) South African rap duo Die Antwoord are about to expand their discography of high-octane rave-rap. Their fourth studio album Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid, is set to be released on September 16, only a few months after the release of Suck on This, a mixtape that is intended to be a sort of prelude to the album. Band members ¥o-landi Visser and Ninja finally completed the record after months of creative blockages and multiple title changes, producing a 16-track full length with guest appearances from actor (and Tenacious D member) Jack Black, and Marilyn Manson’s ex Dita Von Teese, a high profile burlesque performer. Just today, Die Antwoord released a music video for the album single “Banana Brain,” and it undeniably lives up to the psychedelic and incredibly odd style of videos that they are notorious for producing. Watch it here:
Warpaint : Heads Up (September 23)
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American indie-rock band Warpaint, known for its dreamy harmonic synth sounds and inherent girl power message that challenges long-held views of women in rock, is back with a new LP. 2014’s eponymous sophomore release Warpaint was met with massive critical acclaim, charting high worldwide and receiving stellar reviews from multiple respected outlets. The band’s follow up album, Heads Up, is said to be inspired by artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Björk, and Outkast, and is described by founding member Jenny Lee Lindberg as “a more mature version of Warpaint.” Heads Up is slated for release on September 23, and will be supported with a world tour that will stop in Chicago at Thalia Hall on September 30.
Green Day : Revolution Radio (October 7)
Punk rock pioneer and worldwide musical sensation Green Day was at one time known for fast-paced politically driven rock propaganda that doubles as social commentary, but following 2012’s flopped release of the trilogy Uno!, Dos!, and Tré!, even die hard fans were concerned about the aging band’s ability to the produce quality punk rock like that found in the legendary LP American Idiot. The band cooled off for awhile (4 years!), as members Billie Joe, Mike, and Tré were all dealing wth pressing personal issues, but a statement released in early August shot the band back to the rock-n-roll frontlines, with a 12th studio album announced, titled Revolution Radio to be released on October 7. According to frontman Billie Joe, this album includes personal ballads as well as ones that are driven by social issues, like “Bang Bang,” which is a commentary on mass shootings in America; take a listen to “Bang Bang” below:
Kings of Leon : Walls (October 14)
Always surrounded in a shroud of “will they/won’t they break up” and “the band members are fighting/they hate each other” and other TMZ
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-esque statements, Kings of Leon is constantly treated as a sinking ship, with each album and tour viewed as its last. But the band has once again surprised fans and critics by announcing yet another album, entitled Walls, that is slated for an October 14 release. Walls was reportedly created through band tensions and newfound experimentation, where the band found a refreshed purpose in its music and thus created its boldest and most adventurous album to date.