Popular Fall Hits
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9/11: Amanda Palmer – Theater is Evil (Alliance Entertainment)
Palmer, formerly known as lead singer for the Dresden Dolls, raised more than $1.5 million on Kickstarter to fund this album and its subsequent tour. The lead single, “The Killing Type,” is a flaming conversation kickstarter of its own.
9/18: Aimee Mann – Charmer (SuperEgo Records)
9/18: Ryan Bingham – Tomorrowland (Axster Bingham Records)
9/25: As I Lay Dying – Awakened (Metal Blade)
9/25: Ringo Deathstarr – Mauve (Sonic Unyon)
10/2: Jarrod Niemann – Free the Music (Sony Nashville / Arista)
The second major-label release for the country songwriter. From Rolling Stone: “At 33, Niemann is a reformed hat act with wildly catholic taste, and his second major-label LP subverts mainstream country tropes while chatting them up at the bar.”
10/2: Muse – The 2nd Law (Warner Bros.)
10/9: Wanda Jackson – Unfinished Business (Sugarhill)
10/9: KISS – Monster (UMe)
Twenty albums in, Kiss still can’t get that number one they so crave, but the reviews for this album are better than expected even when damning with faint praise. The LA Times writes: “KISS’s new album … is a fantastic dog — protective, loyal, fun to be around but ferocious when it needs to be.”
10/16: Daphni – Jiaolong (Merge) – Dan Snaith a.k.a. Caribou
10/16: Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos (Reprise)
10/16: The Herbaliser – There Were Seven (Redeye Label)
The seventh release for the funk and hip-hop duo of Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba. From AllMusic: “At 15 tracks, it’s a bit too full for newcomers to take in one go, but by mixing the strongest bits of their early days (song structure, smoky attitude) and their later years (technically gifted musicians who form a tight, but swinging band) the Herbaliser return to greatness and no fan should sit this one out.
10/16: K’naan – Country, God or the Girl (A&M/Octone)
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