F all is just around the corner and as leaves start dropping from the trees, new albums will be dropping from an exciting selection of artists.
Though there are few albums announced past early October, the list so far is packed with good stuff. Veterans like Dinosaur Jr. and Bob Dylan both have new music on the horizon, and another vet, David Byrne, has teamed up with new-ish indie star St. Vincent.
Other powerhouses, like Dr. Dre, Mumford & Sons, No Doubt and M.I.A. also have records due out in the coming months.Here's our list of what to keep your ears and eyes open for this fall.
The Vaccines , Come Of Age
The Vaccines are underrated here in the States. The Brit rockers deserve your attention, so check out their sophomore record. Get started with the first single, "No Hope," which has a Strokes-like sound.
Animal Collective , Centipede Hz
Prolific experimental indie rockers Animal Collective have already released some eye-damaging cover art and an intriguing track list ("Monkey Riches" and "Applesauce"!) for their latest LP.
The Sheepdogs , The Sheepdogs
The Sheepdogs were the first unsigned band to ever make the cover of Rolling Stone, but they didn't stay unsigned for much longer. The Canadian rockers major label debut, The Sheepdogs, was produced by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, and the first single, "The Way It Is" sounds very promising.
The xx , Coexist
It's been about three years since The xx lulled us into a happy electro-pop coma with their super minimal debut. We're ready to be sedated again.
David Byrne & St. Vincent , Love This Giant
This is an iconoclastic collaboration to die for. Bryne (formerly of the Talking Heads) and Annie Clark, who performs as St. Vincent, are both a little odd and they're both incredible songwriters whose creative output stands apart from their peers. The pair wrote 10 of the 12 songs on the album together, and the first singles released -- "Who" and "Weekend In The Dust" -- are very promising.
Bob Dylan , Tempest
Early reviews from a lucky handful of music writers have said that, as ever, Dylan has an ear for rootsy rock and an eye on the world around him. The 10-track record closes out with a 14-minute telling of the story of the Titantic, followed by a tribute to John Lennon.
Pet Shop Boys , Elysium
These guys just cannot be stopped. Elysium is the electro duo's 11th studio album, and among the many reasons to be excited about it is the song title "Requiem In Denim And Leopardskin."
Dinosaur Jr. , I Bet On Sky
It's not often reunited bands can recapture the feeling and sound of their old music, but Dinosaur Jr. has been doing just that since they got back together in 2005.
Mumford & Sons , Babel
These guys came charging out of the London folk scene and into big-stage touring with their Grammy-nominated debut. Now it's time to see what they've got for round two.
No Doubt , Push and Shove
It's been more than a decade since we've heard from No Doubt, but we're about to hear them again, loud and clear. Judging from the first single, "Settle Down," this album will be more Rock Steady than Tragic Kingdom.
Matt & Kim , Lightning
This tirelessly spunky indie pop rock duo can't be stopped. Every album is a little different, but the blissful keys, relentless drums and glass-half-full lyrics are a constant.
Kendrick Lamar , good kid, m.A.A.d. City
Lamar said the follow-up to the excellent Section 8.0 will sound nothing like that critically acclaimed record. We do know that it features guest work from Dr. Dre, including some help on the first single, "The Recipe."
Azealia Banks , Broke With Expensive TasteIt's hard to believe this will be Azealia Banks' first LP. She's already released an EP and a mixtape this year, both of which blew critics and fans away.
M.I.A. , Matangi
A taste of Matangi (M.I.A.'s birth name, by the way) back in April with a song titled "Come Walk With Me." It felt more poppy than the usual Maya, but abrasive beats and global sounds still dominate.
Dr. Dre , Detox
We've been waiting, mostly patiently, for what is supposed to be Dr. Dre's final album for years. Singles randomly surface, everyone gets excited, then it's all delayed again. We continue to keep hope alive.
MGMT , MGMT
With the group's third studio album, frontman Andrew VanWyngarden has said MGMT is looking to move away from the categorization as an electro-pop act. This is bound to make fans nervous, but we'll be listening anyway.