Fall is a big time of the year for new music releases. I always find myself jotting down release dates and albums to check out, full of anticipation for new tunes and shows to go with them. Today I thought I’d share 8 upcoming releases that I’m excited about – and please share yours in the comments, I’m always on the hunt for new bands!
Haim, Days Are Gone
I’ve been a fan of these amazing girls for some time now, and the rest of the world is clearly catching on. They deserve every ounce of praise they get though, because they are insanely talented. Every time they release something new I eat it up, and lately their song “The Wire” has been in my head repeatedly. I can’t wait to hear more – their album Days Are Gone will be out September 30th!
Darkside is made up of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, who together create dark, moody soundscapes that are like a book you can’t tear yourself away from – you have to know how it ends. Their new single “Golden Arrow” is a slow burner… you may be tempted to change it as the intro takes its time to build, but don’t miss out on what happens when it kicks in. I’m addicted! Their debut album Psychic is out October 8th – to get a little taste of their music beyond “Golden Arrow” check out their Darkside EP.
Man Man, On Oni Pond
I’ve mentioned Man Man and their completely irresistible song “Head On” before, and we just have one more week to wait before the release of the album On Oni Pond! If “Head On” is any indication of what we can expect, I know I will love it. The experimental Philly band has been together since 2004 and have definitely made the shift towards more relatable music with this song, but if it opens more ears to their amazing sound than there’s nothing wrong with that.
Arcade Fire, Reflektor
I think I have a love hate relationship with Arcade Fire. I never really hate them, but sometimes when bands get a ton of hype you get a little sick of them. But that doesn’t change the fact that I love their music, and once I got around to listening to their last album “The Suburbs” I couldn’t stop. Reflektor doesn’t come out until October 29th but there are rumors we may hear a single on September 9th, and collaborator James Murphy has called the album “epic.”
After seeing photos of MGMT performing live at First City Festival last week, it reminded me of just how much I love these guys and can’t wait to hear their new material. I love how experimental they are and how they aren’t afraid to do something different that may not be what everyone expects of them. They’ve been vocal about their unwavering stance against commercialism and of the new album, Andrew VanWyngarden says “I don’t even know if it’s music we would want to listen to…It’s just what’s coming out of us. We didn’t make a single compromise.” I have to respect that.
Dr. Dog, B-Room
Dr. Dog can’t seem to STOP making new music, and that makes me so happy. It’s like amazing music just seems to constantly pour out of their minds and souls, and they just keep putting it out there in such a seemingly effortless way. They never stray from what they love and feel passionate about, and you can see how much they love it when they perform – it’s infectious. They are without a doubt one of my all-time favorite bands and I can never wait to see what they do next. B-Room comes out on October 1!
The Head and the Heart, Let’s Be Still
The Head and the Heart broke out in a big way with their debut album in 2010, a gorgeous album of folksy ballads and catchy melodies. It left them with a lot to live up to with their second album, likely the reason for the long wait. It seems appropriate for this album to come out in fall, their music has a very autumnal feel like it’s meant to be listened to on dusty, leaf-covered roads. The first single off of Let’s Be Still is “Shake,” a song that just keeps getting better as you listen to it.
Arctic Monkeys, AM
The new album from the Arctic Monkeys comes out on September 10th but you can stream it now over on iTunes! The British band makes music with a cheekiness to it, and it’s so catchy you find yourself humming their songs later without realizing it. AM has a bit of a different sound to it, a darker quality and a heavy bass to offset smoothly delivered lyrics. I dig it.
Who would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!
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