What can be said about the music of 2013 to this point? Jay-Z has done something nobody else has ever done. He had a platinum album (1 million copies sold) before the release date, dancing with the previous opening week sales records of N’Sync and Pearl Jam. Justin Timberlake returned to music and released one of the most successful albums of the year to date. However, amidst all the musical horrors consumers have been faced with in 2013, the fall and winter seasons are thankfully shaping up to be pretty interesting. From the mainstream to the not-so-obvious picks, this fall has some promising upcoming releases.
For those of you obsessed with Miley Cyrus’s ass on the VMAs, you can quit reading now as this won’t interest you. For everyone else, here’s what we have to look forward to musically in the couple of months.
Nine Inch Nails – “Hesitation Marks” due out September 3rd
Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails are making a triumphant return with their first new album in more than 5 years. Although the lead single, “Come Back Haunted” is strong, it isn’t quite “Pretty Hate Machine” or “The Downward Spiral.” Along with this, an extensive tour is set for 2013 and 2014.
Tonight Alive – “The Other Side” due out September 10th
Having paid their dues on Warped Tour after Warped Tour, “The Other Side” could be the album to bring Tonight Alive to the forefront of rock music. This Australian band has released some great substream music over the past few years and is continuing to gain ground in the United States. The lead single “Lonely Girl” is also gaining ground via YouTube and even deemed “Buzzworthy” by MTV even though they no longer have music on their channel.
Kings of Leon – “Mechanical Bull” due out September 20th
“Mechanical Bull” will be their first release since 2010’s “Come Around Sundown.” The Kings of Leon have seen their share of speed bumps over the past few years, however the first couple of peeks into “Mechanical Bull” have been very promising. The pre-release single “Wait For Me” shows the same feel of soul and desperation as anything on their massive hit record “Only By the Night.”
The Horrible Crowes – “Live at the Troubadour” due out September 24th
Although this band only played 3 live shows, one of them made it to a live album. A portion of this concert has previously aired on Palladia; however it is now getting a proper release. Along with performing their debut album “Elsie” in its entirety, the set list also features a Katy Perry cover as well as an INXS cover. This CD/DVD set could be sleeper hit if it is marketed well.
Nirvana – “In Utero” (20th Anniversary Edition) due out September 24th
It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since Nirvana released their final album of new material. That being said; the 20th anniversary re-release of “In Utero” is packed with alternate takes, B-sides, live tracks, as well as a never-heard-before track. With 94 tracks in all, this is a must for any Nirvana fan. The original album is newly re-mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, England.
Dave Hause – “Devour” due out October 8th
Though not a household name, Philadelphia-based sing-songwriter Dave Hause is set to release his second solo record on October 8th. This follow-up to his 2011 solo record, “Resolutions” includes the singles “We Could be Kings” and a track he premiered throughout the 2013 Revival Tour called “Shine.” Hause maintains an impressive cult following through his live shows which are performed mainly as a one-man show and with as much feeling and emotion as if an entire orchestra were accompanying him.
Lindi Ortega – “Tin Star” due out October 8th
Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega is set to release her fifth full-length album October 8th. As with Dave Hause, Ortega is not a household name, but is an extremely talented artist to watch grow. Being a mix of country, folk, and rock, nobody has found a solid way to market her work as of yet. Ortega gained a great deal of notoriety in the rock community opening for Social Distortion in 2012. The title track is currently streaming online and is available on iTunes with the pre-order of “Tin Star.”
Pearl Jam – “Lightning Bolt” due out October 15th
Pearl Jam’s highly-anticipated 10th studio album has been in the works for more than two years. Again working with famed producer Brendan O’Brien, guitarist Mike McCready has stated the album has a bit of ‘Pink Floyd’ feel to it. However, that isn’t evident from the lead single “Mind Your Manners,” which about as ‘Dead Kennedys’ as it gets. Pearl Jam also announced a U.S. tour for the fall to coincide with the album release.
Katy Perry – “Prism” due out October 22nd
Talk about marketing; to promote the release of “Prism” Katy Perry’s label has a solid gold 18-wheeler cruising around Sunset Strip with Prism written across the side of the trailer. The lead single, “Roar,” is already a massive hit which indicates Perry again will be a heavy hitter on the Billboard charts with this, her third album.
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor” due out October 29th
No, it’s not the McPoyle family from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It’s Montreal’s own Arcade Fire returning with a new album. A graffiti campaign has been going on throughout New York City to promote the release of “Reflektor.” As much success as this has had the past several years and based on the following they have created, this will be one of the biggest rock releases of 2013.
Lady Gaga – “Artpop” due out November 11th
Meat dress or not, bare assed or not, love her or hate her this will be one of the biggest releases of the year in any genre. The lead single “Applause” has been battling with Katy Perry’s “Roar” for the top single on iTunes since they debuted the same day. Say what you want, it’s better than the Backstreet Boys ruling the planet!
This fall is jam-packed with new music from both mainstream popular to the obscure fighting their way to the top. Other artists such as The Pretty Reckless and Paul McCartney are also planning releases before the end of year, but details seem to be forthcoming. Happy music shopping!
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