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Fall music preview 2017: From the Foo Fighters to Taylor Swift to Shania Twain

By Darryl Sterdan, Special to Postmedia Network



It’s September, and you know what that means: Summer’s over. Time to go back to school. Time to get back to work. And time for me to crank out another Fall Music Preview intro. But here’s the thing: After 20 years, I’ve used every fall pun, harvest quip and seasonal metaphor in the book. So how about we just cut to the chase? As always, artists of all styles and stripes are dropping albums between now and December. In fact, some already have — LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream, The National’s Sleep Well Beast and Tori Amos’s Native Invader are all out now. But there’s plenty more where they came from. Here’s a chronological list of upcoming new additions to your playlist, along with Canadian content, reissues and more. Naturally, it’s all subject to change without notice. Just like autumn weather. (Sorry; old habits die hard.)

Foo Fighters | Concrete & Gold

Dave Grohl and co. head down a new sonic highway for their ninth album, augmenting their anthemic arena-rock with lush Beatle-pop (and a cameo by Paul McCartney). Sept. 15

The Killers | Wonderful Wonderful

Five years after Battle Born, Brandon Flowers and his Vegas bandmates return to active duty, armed with another arsenal of glossy dance-rock and grand pop epics. Sept. 22

Shania Twain | Now

The pride of Timmins shakes the dust off her cowgirl boots with her first album since 2002’s Up! Pity the island-pop single Life’s About to Get Good don’t impress us much. Sept. 29

Miley Cyrus | Younger Now

Another wrecking ball-riding rebel bites the dust when Cyrus puts down the bong, puts on some clothes and reconnects with the feather-weight pop of old for her sixth disc. Sept. 29

Liam Gallagher | As You Were

Noel Gallagher | TBA

It’s the next best thing to an Oasis reunion as the battling Gallagher brothers up the ante on their lifelong feud with duelling solo releases. May the best fooker win. Oct. 6 / Nov.

Beck | Colors

What goes down must come up. So no wonder the ever-changing Beck is following up the moody Morning Phase with more upbeat fare like singles Wow and Dreams. Oct. 13

St. Vincent | Masseduction

Adventurous singer-guitarist Annie Clark’s upcoming sixth album supposedly includes songs titled New York and Los Ageless. Expect her to be all over the map once again. Oct. 13

Pink | Beautiful Trauma

Raise your glass and get the party restarted — the artist formerly known as Alecia Moore is up to her old pop tricks with the help of Max Martin, Jack Antonoff and more. Oct. 13

Robert Plant | Carry Fire

Percy and his Sensational Space Shifters continue to mix sounds and styles on his 11th disc. Meanwhile, old pal Jimmy Page continues to pretend he’s still a musician. Oct. 13

William Patrick Corgan | Ogilala

Don’t let the fancy handle fool you — it’s Smashing Pumpkins dictator Billy Corgan, returning to the solo-album waters with the assistance of super-producer Rick Rubin. Oct. 13

Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett | Lotta Sea Lice

Meet the new Kurt and Courtney as laid-back American singer-guitarist Vile and his clever Aussie counterpart Barnett join forces. This could be a slice of indie-rock nirvana. Oct. 13

Kelly Clarkson | Meaning of Life

The former American Idol returns to reality TV next year on The Voice — and returns to the charts this fall with her first new music in two years. You be the judge. Oct. 27

Weezer | Pacific Daydream

Singer-guitarist Rivers Cuomo and his pals go back to the beach, following up last year’s summery self-titled set with their 11th batch of crunchy pop-rock nuggets. Oct. 27

Taylor Swift | Reputation

Are you ready for it? Well, get ready; the revenge-pop queen is taking more names and kicking more butt on her edgy sixth disc. Keep your hands where she can see them. Nov. 10

Morrissey | Low in High-School

The controversial former Smiths singer’s 11th release will supposedly address “the zeitgeist of an ever-changing world.” And tick off everyone in the process, most likely. Nov. 17

U2 | Songs of Experience

Three years after stuffing Songs of Innocence down everyone’s throat via iTunes, Bono and his mates have presumably learned their lesson with this hotly awaited followup. Dec. 1



The Icelandic eccentric just released a new single titled The Gate, and promises that the sequel to 2015’s breakup disc Vulnicura will follow “very soon.”


Crack a bottle and cross your fingers, Stans: Rumour is that Slim Shady is finally finished with the followup to 2013’s return to form The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

Sam Smith

By the time you read this, the British soul crooner’s new single Too Good at Goodbyes will already be out — so expect to say hello to his sophomore album in short order.


CanCon Calendar

Sept. 8

Lowest of the Low | Do the Right Now

Chad VanGaalen | Light Information

Death From Above | Outrage! Is Now

Sept. 15

Bruce Cockburn | Bone on Bone

Comeback Kid | Outsider

Elliott Brood | Ghost Gardens

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton | Choir of the Mind

Sass Jordan | Racine Revisited

Sept. 22

Cold Specks | Fool’s Paradise

Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Luciferian Towers

Lights | Skin&Earth

Metz | Strange Peace

Sept. 29

Hedley | Cageless

Propagandhi | Victory Lap

Oct. 6

Wolf Parade | Cry Cry Cry

Oct. 13

Stars | There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light

Oct. 20

Destroyer | Ken

Oct. 27

Theory of a Deadman | Wake Up Call

Son of Dave | Music for Cop Shows

Nov. 17

Barenaked Ladies | Fake Nudes


Box Sets & Reissues

Neil Young | Hitchhiker

Shakey serves up solo acoustic recordings — including versions of Powderfinger, Pocahontas and Human Highway — cut one stoned night in 1976. Sept. 8

Rolling Stones | Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th Anniversary Edition

The World’s Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band’s psychedelic sojourn hits the half-century mark with newly remastered SACD and vinyl versions. Sing it all together. Sept. 22

David Bowie | A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982)

The third Bowie archival box anthologizes the Thin White Duke’s albums from Low to Scary Monsters, joined by a new mix of Lodger, plenty of B-sides and more. Sept. 29

Michael Jackson | Scream

The King of Pop returns from beyond — and just in time for Halloween — with a compilation of spooky goodies like Thriller and Scream. Trick or treat? Your call. Sept. 29

Max Webster | The Party

We’re all here for a celebration — in the form of remastered versions of the Kim Mitchell-fronted ’70s rockers’ entire catalogue. About time. Sept.29

Stone Temple Pilots | Core 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

The landmark debut from Scott Weiland and co. gets a plush makeover, returning as a four-disc set with demos, alternate takes, live performances and more. Sept. 29

The Replacements | For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986

Two discs of raggedly glorious punk classics and half-soused covers from Minneapolis’ mighty Mats in their hard-drinking heyday. Colour me impressed. Oct. 6

The Residents | 80 Aching Orphans: 45 Years

Eyes front: San Francisco’s experimental art collective compiles four discs of singles, fan favourites, album tracks, live recordings and previously unreleased material. Oct. 13

The Jam | 1977 40th Anniversary Edition

Punk modfather Paul Weller and his bandmates revisit their first two albums, tossing in demos, live recordings and a DVD. Talk about all the mod cons. Oct. 20

The Smiths | The Queen Is Dead Deluxe Edition

There is a light that never goes out. Morrissey and Marr’s 1986 master stroke returns, augmented with B-sides, demos, concert fare and a film by Derek Jarman. Oct. 20

Metallica | Master of Puppets Deluxe Box

It’s a battery, all right — this limited-edition version of Metallica’s third disc includes 10 CDs, two DVDs, one cassette housing umpteen live gigs, interviews, riffs and more. Nov. 10

Hüsker Dü | Savage Young Dü

Everything comes together for fans of the Minneapolis punk power trio in this three-disc set of early recordings and performance. Just don’t hold your breath for a reunion. Nov. 10

Queen | News Of The World: 40th Anniversary Edition

They will, they will rock you more extensively than ever before as Queen’s sixth album gets expanded into a five-disc set with tons of rarities, a documentary and extras. Nov. 17

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic | Squeeze Box: The Complete Works

He isn’t kidding. The comedy rocker’s box set includes all 14 of his albums, packaged in a replica accordion. How white and nerdy can you get? Nov. 24




Sept. 8

Tony Allen | The Source

Gregg Allman | Southern Blood

Alvvays | Antisocialites

Tori Amos | Native Invader

Arch Enemy | Will to Power

Deerhoof | Mountain Moves

Dream Syndicate | How Did I Find Myself Here?

Jack Johnson | All the Light Above It Too

Toby Keith | The Bus Songs

Jonny Lang | Signs

Living Colour | Shade

Sparks | Hippopotamus

Mike Stern | Trip

Toadies | The Lower Side of Uptown

Various artists | Twin Peaks (Music from the Limited Event Series)

The Waterboys | Out of All This Blue

Sept. 15

Antibalas | Where the Gods Are In Peace

Big & Rich | Did It For the Party

Hot Water Music | Light It Up

Wyclef Jean | Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee

Gucci Mane | Mr. Davis

Musiq Soulchild | Feel the Real

Nine Inch Nails | Add Violence EP

Gary Numan | Savage

Ariel Pink | Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

Prophets of Rage | Prophets of Rage

Lee Ranaldo | Electric Trim

Rostam | Half-Light

Son Little | New Magic

Esperanza Spalding | Exposure

Ringo Starr | Give More Love

Yusuf / Cat Stevens | The Laughing Apple

Philip Selway | Let Me Go

Sept. 22

Marc Almond | Shadows and Reflections

Black Country Communion | BCCIV

The Bronx | (V)

Cradle of Filth | Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay

Cut Copy | Haiku From Zero

Enter Shikari | The Spark

Fergie | Double Dutchess

Fischerspooner | Sir

Flamin’ Groovies | Fantastic Plastic

Chris Hillman | Bidin’ My Time

The Horrors | V

Jon Langford | Four Lost Souls

Macklemore | Gemini

Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers | The Long-Awaited Album

Van Morrison | Roll With the Punches

Leon Russell | On a Distant Shore

Stephen Stills & Judy Collins | Everybody Knows

Virginmarys | Sitting Ducks

Sept. 29

Herb Alpert | The Christmas Wish

Black Stone Cherry | Black to Blues

Belinda Carlisle | Wilder Shores

David Crosby | Sky Trails

Demi Lovato | Tell Me You Love Me

Marilyn Manson | Heaven Upside Down

Jessica Lea Mayfield | Sorry Is Gone

Ronnie Montrose featuring Ricky Phillips and Eric Singer | 10×10

Primus | The Desaturating Seven

Chris Rea | Road Songs for Lovers

TORRES | Three Futures

Nik Turner | Life in Space

UFO | The Salentino Cuts

Lucinda Williams | This Sweet Old World

Wolf Alice | Visions of a Life

Oct. 6

Jeff Beck | Live at the Hollywood Bowl [CD / Blu-ray]

Carla Bruni | French Touch

Cults | Offering

The Darkness | Pinewood Smile

Fantasia | Christmas After Midnight

Dhani Harrison | IN///PARALLEL

JD McPherson | Undivided Heart & Soul

Mister Heavenly | Boxing the Moonlight

Kele Okereke | Fatherhood

Whitney Rose | Rule 62

The Selecter | Daylight

Richard Thompson | Acoustic Rarities

Oct. 13

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard with Mild High Club | Sketches of Brunswick East

L.A. Guns | The Missing Peace

98° | | Let It Snow

Rural Alberta Advantage | The Wild

Wu-Tang Clan | Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues

Oct. 20

GWAR | The Blood of Gods

NRBQ | Happy Talk

Margo Price | All American Made

Darius Rucker | When Was the Last Time

Oct. 27

Julien Baker | Turn Out the Lights

Chris Brown | Heartbreak on a Full Moon

Kenny Chesney | Live in No Shoes Nation

Bootsy Collins | World Wide Funk

Lee Ann Womack | The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone

Nov. 3

Anti-Flag | American Fall

Kelsea Ballerini | Unapologetically

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown | Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

Converge | The Dusk In Us

Shamir | Revelations

Stereophonics | Scream Above the Sounds

Nov. 10

Quicksand | Interiors

Radnor & Lee | Radnor & Lee

Nov. 17

Cindy Wilson | Change


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