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[2014 Fall A&E Guide]

2014 Fall A&E Guide: Albums

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Singer Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performs during the Big Star USA concert at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.
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Annie Zaleski
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      Robert Plant, Lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar

      The Zeppelin man’s second act as a more genteel troubadour infected by sepia-toned alt-country and spacey blues continues apace with this new LP. (September 9).

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      Karen O, Crush Songs

      Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O tones down the electro-rock riots for a collection of lo-fi, Cat Power-y guitar pop. (September 9).

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      Death From Above 1979, The Physical World

      The underground heroes’ first album in a decade promises to deliver more of its grinding, punishing dance-punk. (Playing Brooklyn Bowl November 15.) (September 9).

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      Alt-J, This Is All Yours

      Judging by the first two songs, the British phenoms will delve even further into heavy folktronica and psychedelics on their sophomore effort. (September 23).

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      Steve Aoki, Neon Future I

      The newish Vegas resident gives the people what they want on this new studio album: high-octane EDM and banging club jams drawing from a hodgepodge of genres. (September 30).

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      Lucinda Williams, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

      The alt-country icon’s double-album sounds audacious: Guests include Bill Frisell and Elvis Costello’s rhythm section, and the tracklist features a JJ Cale cover and a song based on a work by her poet father. (September 30).

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      Taylor Swift, 1989

      Dubbed her first “official pop album,” 1989 is inspired by the radio earworms and chart hits of the late-’80s. Judging by frothy single “Shake It Off,” the endgame is nothing short of global domination. (October 27).

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      Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways

      How can Dave Grohl top recent collaborations with Paul McCartney and Stevie Nicks? By creating a new Foo album song by song in eight different cities while soaking up local culture and music lore. (November 10).

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      TV on the Radio, Seeds

      The indie band’s long-gestating new album is an enigma; other than a brief teaser video with soaring electronic textures, the musical direction remains shrouded in mystery. (date TBD).

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