New season, new music.
Fall 2018 is full of highly anticipated new tracks from artists like Elvis Costello and the Imposters and Muse. Below, a look at the new albums slated to drop in the coming months.
Crystal Method — ‘The Trip Home’ (Sept. 28): The duo is now a solo act; Ken Jordan retired from the music business at the end of 2016. Now, Scott Kirkland returns under the moniker with what’s being called a “warmer” version of the group’s sound.
Cat Power — ‘Wanderer’ (Oct. 5): It took six years for her follow-up to “Sun” to find its way to the public. Singles like the title track and “Woman,” featuring Lana Del Rey, sound like Power hasn’t been away for a day.
Phosphorescent — ‘C’est La Vie’ (Oct. 5): It took five years for Matthew Houck to follow up on 2013’s “Muchacho,” but he’s been busy. In that time he got married, had two kids, moved to Nashville and built his own recording studio.
Adrianne Lenker — ‘abysskiss’ (Oct. 5): The Big Thief lead singer goes solo for her new effort, coming out four years after her pre-Thief “Hours Were the Birds.” A prolific songwriter, this is the third straight year for Lenker releasing either a solo album or a Big Thief record.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters — ‘Look Now’ (Oct. 12): When you’re a legendary songwriter like Costello, you attract legendary co-writers; the only songs on “Look Now” he didn’t write by himself were collaborations with either Burt Bacharach or Carole King.
Kurt Vile — ‘Bottle It In’ (Oct. 12): The ex-War on Drugs guitarist follows up last year’s collaborative record with Courtney Barnett with a collection that, based on early singles “Bassackwards” and “Loading Zones,” is a return to the form that has made him an indie-rock favorite.
MØ — ‘Forever Neverland’ (Oct. 19): Early singles from the Danish singer-songwriter’s upcoming album find her mining that same dance pop that lead to worldwide smash hits like “Lean On.” In fact, EDM superstar Diplo is found producing “Sun In Our Eyes, one of those released tracks.
Tenacious D — ‘Post-Apocalypto’ (Nov. 2): Jack Black and Kyle Gass reunite to rock our collective face off with a new album and a YouTube series (debuting Sept. 28). Maybe they’ve finally remembered “The Greatest Song in the World,” from “Tribute”?
Muse — ‘Simulation Theory’ (Nov. 9): The latest from the British rock superstars comes, like its four most recent predecessors, three years after the previous entry into the canon. Expect to see Muse taking the “rock” slot at the top of summer festivals throughout 2019.
Ace of Cups — ‘Ace of Cups’ (Nov. 9): In the late ’60s and early ’70s, this all-women rock group took the stage with acts like The Band, Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix. But only now has the quintet gotten the chance to put music to record.