This year, the astronomical fall begins on Sept. 23 (at 4:21 a.m. EDT, to be exact) and ends Dec. 21. In those two months before winter, there’s the usual slew of new music releases on the horizon.
Get those iTunes and Amazon gift cards ready: This is Pauseandplay.com’s Fall Music Preview. Here are just a few of the highlights … click on the dates for expanded listings.
Artist: Title: Label: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern” (a mix of new originals and classic American tunes; Hear ; here Read ; here ) MP3 (RPM / Columbia) The Dead Weather (Jack White, Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence) “Dodge and Burn” (new single: “I Feel Love [Every Million Miles]”; Hear ; here See ; here ) MP3 (Third Man) Disclosure “Caracal” (guests: Gregory Porter, Nao, Lion Babe, Kwabs; first single: “Holding On”; Hear ; here ; MP3 ) MP3 Deluxe Edition (PMR / Island) Don Henley “Cass County” (guests: Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Lucinda Williams; Hear ; here Read ; here ; MP3 ) MP3 Deluxe Edition (Capitol) New Order “Music Complete” (their first album in 10 years; producers: New Order, Tom Rowlands, Stuart Price; guests: Brandon Flowers, Iggy Pop Elly Jackson of La Roux; Hear ; here ) MP3 (Mute)
ALSO: Shawn Colvin … Julio Iglesias … Kaskade … Los Lobos … Parkway Drive … Skylar Stecker
Artist: Title: Label: Avicii “Stories” (guests: Jon Bon Jovi, Billie Joe Armstrong, Chris Martin, Wyclef Jean, Serj Tankian, Matisyahu, etc.; new single: “For a Better Day”; Hear ; here ; MP3 iTunes) (PRMD / Island) Collective Soul “See What You Started By Continuing” (their first album in six years; first single: “This”; Hear/read ; here ) MP3 (Vanguard) Janet Jackson “Unbreakable” (her first album in seven years; producers: Jackson, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis; guests: Missy Elliott, J. Cole; first single: “No Sleeep”; Hear ; here ; MP3 iTunes) (Rhythm Nation / BMG) Joe Jackson “Fast Forward” (his first album of original material in seven years; recorded in four cities: New York, Amsterdam, Berlin and New Orleans; guests: Bill Frisell, Regina Carter, Brian Blade, Graham Maby, Mitchell Sink, Tindersticks drummer Earl Harvin, Stanton Moore, Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines, etc.; first single: “Fast Forward”; Hear ; here See ; here Read ; here ) MP3 (Work Song / Caroline) Sevendust “Kill the Flaw” (producers: Sevendust; first single: “Thank You”; See ; here ) MP3 (7Bros.) Squeeze “Cradle to the Grave” (their 14th studio album, featuring the first collection of new songs from Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook since 1998; producers: Tilbrook, Laurie Latham; Hear ; here Read ) here (U.K. – Virgin EMI)
ALSO: Queensrÿche … The Selecter … Wavves … EODM (Eagles of Death Metal) … Editors
ALSO: John Grant … Little May … Cord Lund … Jon McLaughlin … New Found Glory
ALSO: Deerhunter … !!! (chk chk chk) … The Charlie Daniels Band … EL VY … Here We Go Magic
ALSO: The Cox Family … Band of Merrymakers … Half Moon Run … Shawn Mullins … Killing Joke
Artist: Title: Label: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “It’s a Holiday Soul Party” ( Hear ; here ; Vinyl ) MP3 (Daptone) Nigel Kennedy (British violinist and violist) “Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons” ( Hear ; here ) MP3 (Sony Classical) Steve Martin & Edie Brickell “So Familiar” (producer: Peter Asher; guests: Mike Einziger, Béla Fleck; first single: “Won’t Go Back”; Hear ; here ) MP3 (Rounder) The Neighbourhood “Wiped Out!” (first single: “R.I.P. 2 My Youth”; Hear ; here ) MP3 (The Revolve Group / Columbia) Various artists “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 56” (NOW Music) Various artists “We Love Disney” (covers of Disney songs by Ariana Grande, Ne-Yo, Jessie J, Jason Derulo, Gwen Stefani, Jhene Aiko, Fall Out Boy, Tori Kelly, Kacey Musgraves, Rascal Flatts, etc.; producer: David Foster; Hear ; here ) Deluxe Edition (Verve / Walt Disney)
ALSO: Lalah Hathaway … GEMS … Escape the Fate … Beach Slang … Drive-By Truckers
Artist: Title: Label: Coasts (Bristol, England, rock band) “Coasts” (producers: Mike Spencer, Mark Crew, Elliot James, Fraser T. Smith, Duncan Mills, James Rushent; Hear ; here , with six extra tracks; Deluxe Edition ; MP3 ) MP3 Deluxe Edition (Capitol) Steve Forbert “Compromised” (his 16th studio album; producers: Forbert, John Simon; Hear ) here (Rock Ridge Music / ADA) MC Lars “The Zombie Dinosaur LP” (producers: Lars, Jim Greer, Damondrick “D.J.” Jack; guests: Watsky, Kool Keith, Spose, Roger Lima of Less than Jake, STZA Crack of Leftöver Crack, Brian Mazzaferri of I Fight Dragons; Hear ) here (Horris) Natalie Merchant “Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings” (all-new recordings revisiting her 1995 solo debut album, “Tigerlily”; accompanied by a documentary DVD containing live performances, archival footage and interviews; Hear ; here ) MP3 (Nonesuch) Charlie Puth “Nine Track Mind” (guests: Meghan Trainor, Shy Carter; new single: “One Call Away”; Hear ; here See ; here iTunes) (Artist Partner Group / Atlantic) Billy Sherwood (currently the bass player for Yes) “Citizen” ( Hear ; see related reissue below) here (Frontiers)
Artist: Title: Label: Dan Baird & Homemade Sin “Get Loud” ( Hear ; here ) MP3 (Jerkin Crocus Promotions) Justin Bieber (title TBA; first single: “What Do You Mean?”; Hear ) here (RBMG / Def Jam) Girlschool “Guilty As Sin” (producer: Chris Tsangarides; first single: “Come the Revolution”; Hear ) here (UDR Music) Chris Isaak “First Comes the Night” (his first album of new material in six years; producers: Paul Worley, Mark Needham; Hear ) here (Vanguard) Little Mix (British girl group won U.K. “X Factor” in 2011) “Get Weird” (first single: “Black Magic”; Hear ; here ; Deluxe Edition ; MP3 ) MP3 Deluxe Edition (Syco Music / Columbia) Trans-Siberian Orchestra “Letters From the Labyrinth” (their first full-length album since 2009’s “Night Castle”; Hear ) here (Lava / Republic) Chris Young “I’m Comin’ Over” (producers: Young, Corey Crowder; guest: Cassadee Pope; first single: “I’m Comin’ Over”; Hear ; here Read ) here (RCA Nashville)
Artist: Title: Label: Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets “The Quality Holiday Revue (Live)” ( See ; here ) MP3 (Yep Roc)
Artist: Title: Label: Kevin Gates “Islah” (first single: “La Familia”; Hear ; here See ; here ) MP3 (Bread Winners Association/Atlantic)