It was grueling– we broke a sweat– but we did it: we’ve hand-picked some of this fall’s most promising musical offerings for your listening pleasure. Help yourself to a heaping serving of this fall’s freshest, juiciest new album releases. Hungry for more? Venture out of the Inland Empire to catch these acts performing their new jams live at some of the L.A. area’s best venues. Post your own fall picks in the comments section. We’ll see you stage-side, CMC.
Blitzen Trapper- American Goldwing (9/13)
On Tour: 10/7 (Petaluma, CA), 10/8 (Santa Barbara), 10/9 (San Diego)
Judging from the title track and the critical buzz surrounding their new album, this Portland-grown folk-rock group will continue to serve up classic Americana with a 21st century twist. From Neil Young to Pavement, this band’s unique medley of sounds consistently surprises and amazes fans. Their sixth and newest album, American Goldwing, promises to be one of this fall’s most impressive indie releases.
On Tour: 10/3 (El Rey Theatre, L.A.)
USC alum Chazwick Bundick, AKA Toro Y Moi, mixes funk and electronic music in his cover of 1985 hit “Saturday Love” on his upcoming EP. Pumping out two albums in the last two years and on the road this fall with a slew of new tour dates, Bundick is one of the most prolific artists around. His music is pretty laid back. So, relax and get your chill-wave on at the El Rey Theatre in October.
GROUPLOVE – Never Trust a Happy Song (9/13)
On Tour: 9/22 (The Wiltern, L.A.), 10/26 (El Rey Theatre, L.A.)
After meeting in Crete at an artists’ convention, the members of the energetic rock band GROUPLOVE reunited in LA to start making music. They first caught the indie crowd’s attention with the catchy hit “Colours” from their 2010 self-titled EP. They release their debut album, Never Trust a Happy Song, on 9/13 (what is with that day?) and play in Los Angeles soon after.
On Tour: 11/3 (The Roxy, L.A.)
Brooklyn-bred rapscallions Das Racist release their first full-length album this September, under the Greedhead Music label belonging to the group’s own Himanshu K. Suri, AKA Heems. Following two hit mixtapes—Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man—the aptly titled Relax (there’s a flaming couch on the cover) features the trio’s collaborative efforts with everyone from Blood Diamonds to El-P to Punjabi-American bhangra artist Bikram Singh. Check out “Michael Jackson,” the first single off the LP.
Girls—Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (9/13)
On Tour: 9/3 (FYF Fest, L.A.)
With track titles like “Vomit” and “Honey Bunny,” we don’t know quite what to make of San Francisco-based crooners Girls’ upcoming release. But we think we like the excited confusion Christopher Owens and his fuzz-rock outfit are creating in anticipation of their forthcoming Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, which they supposedly recorded “in the bowels of an S.F. office building.”
The Dum Dum Girls—Only In Dreams (9/27)
If you haven’t yet fallen for the Dum Dum Girls’ (named for Iggy Pop’s “Dum Dum Boys”) swoon-worthy, jangling garage-pop, it’s time you gave this group a listen. They’ve been dubbed “unfailingly hip and wonderfully associative” for 2010’s debut album, I Will Be, and cite The Smiths, Nico, Bille Holiday, and The Jesus and Mary Chain among their chief influences. Catch this group of uber-cool chicks in L.A. this fall as they promote their sophomore album from Subpop, Only In Dreams.
Twin Sister—In Heaven (9/27)
On Tour: 9/2 (San Diego), 9/3 (FYF Fest, L.A.)
This “dreamy, spare, and languorous” 5-some hailing from Brooklyn-by-way-of-Long-Island releases In Heaven, their debut LP—a follow-up to their hit EP Color Your Life—this September. With funkadelic keyboarding from Dev Gupta and lead singer Andrea Estella’s sexy Portishead-like vocals, In Heaven is not to be missed. Catch them in San Diego with Explosions in the Sky, or at L.A.’s FYF Fest this fall.
Wilco- The Whole Love (9/27)
Indie rock superstars Wilco continue to create great rock and roll with their 8th studio album. As the first album on their brand new label dBpm records, expect Jeff Tweedy and the gang to take full control of their sound on The Whole Love. Their first single, “I Might,” celebrates everything Wilco has done in the past while asserting their place in the present. Wilco will not be touring near L.A. this fall, but humor us and our soft spot for the group Rolling Stone once called “America’s foremost rock impressionists.” Enough said.