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September Music Guide – 13 Albums to Listen For This Month

Over a dozen noteworthy albums are on the way, as the Summer season gives its last dose of greatness.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

With school back in action and our old enemy the alarm clock firmly back in our lives until next Summer, we need all the great music we can get to keep those late-season blues at bay. Lucky for all of us, September is an enormous month for album releases, with highly anticipated new offerings on the way from Cat Power, The Killers, Mumford & Sons, Green Day, No Doubt, Bob Dylan and many more.

We've sifted through the release schedule to bring you a little over a dozen albums you need to keep an ear out for this month, with out September Music Guide!


Imagine Dragons – Night Visions

Release Date: Sept 4

After rocking Las Vegas and Los Angeles for years, the rest of the world has started to take notice after their breakout hit "It’s Time" set fire to radio stations across the country. After four celebrated EP’s, they're finally releasing their first full length album Night Visions this fall.

Sample every track on the album below:

Order the album from the band's official site.


Cat Power – Sun

Release Date: Sept 4

Cat Power‘s new record Sun is finally nearing its release, a beautiful collection spearheaded by "Ruin," the first single off the new LP, and her first original song since the release of 2006′s The Greatest. The album has a very distinct production and arrives as Chan Marshall's most confident and artistically developed collection yet.

Check out the video for her excellent new song "Ruin" below:

Order the album from Cat Power's official site.


Azure Ray – As Above So Below

Release Date: Sept 4

Breathy breakup-soundtrack architects Azure Ray are set to deliver their next round of dreamy soundscapes and delicate vocal melodies, and we're looking forward to embracing the sadness this month when they return with As Abover So Below. But who needs to wait? Listen to the entire album before you buy over at Rolling Stone

Order the album from the band's official site


The xx – Coexist

Release Date: Sept 11

After reaching a celebrated ubiquity with their gorgeously enigmatic, nuanced self-titled debut in 2009, the trio of lovesick Londoners stay the course with a new collection of heartstealers. Beautifully ethereal first single "Angel" is indisputably lovely, while the word “love” is reiterated time and time again, laying out the over-arching theme of this record – which is, once again: love.

Preorder the new album at the group's official site, before its arrival.


Dave Matthews Band – Away From The World

Release Date: Sept 11

Still going strong through a second generation of sandal-clad collegiates, DMB's new studio album, Away From The World, was recorded with returning superproducer Steve Lillywhite, who produced the band's first three studio albums – Under The Table And Dreaming, Crash and Before These Crowded Streets. The album's pre-order includes a free 5-track bonus disc of new songs recorded live on DMB's 2012 Summer Tour. Listen to lead single "Mercy" below:

Order the album from the band's official site.


Bob Dylan – Tempest

Release Date: Sept 11

Featuring ten new and original Bob Dylan songs, the release of Tempest coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the artist’s eponymous debut album, which was released by Columbia in 1962. Produced by Jack Frost, the album marks the 35thth studio set from Bob Dylan, and follows 2009’s worldwide best-seller, Together Through Life.

Bob Dylan’s four previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. The Platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, while “Love and Theft” continued Dylan’s Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for Best Contemporary Folk album. We expect the course to continue this time around.

Check out a taste of the new album below:

Order the album now over at iTunes.


David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love this Giant

Release Date: Sept 11

When two weirdo geniuses get together, every so often some true magic unfolds. Annie Clark's latest project is a collaborative work with David Byrne, the undisputed elder statesman of modern avant-garde pop. The sound is highly varied, from traditional instrumentation to vocal point-counterpoint volleys between Clark and Byrne, to alternating urgent funk and funereal procession with flexible ease.

Listen and order here.


The Killers – Battle Born

Release Date: Sept 18

The Killers will make their return with a new album called Battle Born, and in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Brandon Flowers revealed the source of the album’s title – a nod to their personal recording studio: “In a sense, all Americans are battle born. Our ancestors came here for something better.”

Huh? We’ll leave the Mormon jokes alone this time. Our first taste of Battle Born is "Runaways," a taste of revitalization in what The Killers do best. Amid a wash of synths and a galloping pulse-racer rhythm, "Runaways" reignites an excitement for what Flowers and friends have made a name for themselves with thus far.

Order the album from the band's official site.

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Band of Horses – Mirage Rock

Release Date: Sept 18

Band of Horses are set to make a celebrated return with their fourth studio album, out Sept. 18 via Columbia Records. The 11-track effort was produced by Glyn Johns (The Who, Ryan Adams). Check out the lead single, “Knock Knock,” featuring a run through the wilderness. It's good to get outside from time to time.

Order the album from the band's official site.


No Doubt – Push & Shove

Release Date: Sept 25

Push And Shove, No Doubt‘s first album in a over a decade, is a celebrated return for the multiplatinum 90s pop-rockers. The band are clearly looking to shake things up, as evidenced in the Diplo-produced “Push And Shove” – listen below:

Order the album from the band's official site.


Mumford & Sons – Babel

Release Date: Sept 25

Produced by Markus Dravs and set for a release through Glassnote Records, Mumford & Sons' highly anticipated return is prefaced by the following message from the band:

“We are more than excited to release Babel into the world. We had started writing new songs well before we got into the studio to record. At first, we peeled ourselves off the road quite reluctantly. We love playing live, obviously, but it had also become an important part of our creative process, we had been writing and rehearsing in soundchecks, and sort of ‘road-testing’ new songs on our very gracious audiences. But then we fell in love with recording again. The album started to come together, and with the help of Markus Dravs once more (and engineer Robin Baynton), we started to relish the challenge of making this album. As a band, we’ve never been closer or more collaborative, all working to our strengths. And so we feel that this record is a natural progression that we’re proud of, and we cannot wait to take it out on the road.”

Color us excited. Listen to the first single from the album, "I Will Wait," below:

Pre-order now at, and don’t forget to catch the boys on their ‘'Gentlemen of The Road’ tour.


Green Day – Uno!

Release Date: Sept 25

The pop-punk superstars will follow up their 21st Century Breakdown release with not one but three new albums, one in September, one in November and one in January. Called '¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!' the album will be released in three installments, each possessing its own unique personality. ¡Uno! leads the pack, and you can check out lead single "Oh Love" below:

Order the album from the band's official site.


Deadmau5 – >Album Title Goes Here<

Release Date: Sept 25

Having recently overhauled his home studio and following his full-scale European tour this past spring, Deadmau5 found a well of new determination and inspiration. He locked himself inside and went on a creative spree to finish >album title goes here<, his new album due out September 25 (Ultra Music).

All the tracks on > album title goes here < are deadmau5 original productions. This is not a play-button mashup of someone else's music. Tracks include collaborations with “Animal Rights” co-producer Wolfgang Gartner (“Channel 42”); vocalists Imogen Heap (“Telemiscommunications”) and Chris James (“The Veldt,” the critically acclaimed track inspired by the Ray Bradbury short story); and legendary hip-hop outfit Cypress Hill (“Failbait”).   There are also new pieces like the Close Encounters of the Third Kind classic film-inspired“Closer,” the dance floor burner “There might be coffee” and electronica piece “Sleepless.”  Like “Fn Pig” and “October,” many of these tracks have been available on deadmau5’sSoundCloud as rough edits. For > album title goes here < they come together as finished songs in the format the way he intends them to be heardby his fans.

Check out the video for "Professional Griefers" below:

Order the album from iTunes.


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