The end of summer is more often than not a dreadful experience. Students start to hop on buses again and, in most cases, any sort of work load that ceased to exist is suddenly back again. Now all we have to do is look forward to the holidays, when we can once again basically stop having responsibilities again for a couple weeks. The one beautiful thing about the fall months creeping up, however, is that there always seems to be an abundance of awesome new music that comes out, almost too quickly to follow. Think about last year’s fall albums that included Muse, Green Day, Animal Collective, and Two Door Cinema Club to name a few. The next couple of months are looking to continue that trend, so here’s your guide to what you should be looking out for.
MGMT – MGMT
Tentative Release Date: September 17th
A little known fact about the Connecticut duo is that, in 2010, they released a pretty awesome album called Congratulations. It isn’t unknown that it was released, but despite generally positive reviews from critics, the album was not nearly as successful as their debut Oracular Spectacular. But apparently MGMT didn’t care, with their third album’s debut single “Alien Days” being very comparable to the sound of the 12+ minute “Siberian Breaks” from their previous release. What makes it even better is that frontman Andrew VanWyngarden has been very vocal about the groups consensus that they are having a blast, and are confident that they’re “making good songs”. After the more recent release of second single “Your Life Is A Lie”, the band proved that they are still the go-to when it comes to bridging the gap between expiremental, goofy, and just all-around good music.
Arctic Monkeys – AM
Tentative Release Date: September 9th
The Sheffield quartet has turned themselves into nothing short of a powerhouse, and it has been well over a year since the band’s first hint at their fifth studio album was released through “R U Mine?” when they were still on the road for 2011’s Suck it and See. After months of not-so-subtle teasing (ie drummer Matt Helders describing the new album as sounding “like 2013”), they released two singles, “Do I Wanna Know?” and “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”, along with…unique music videos. Their new-found knack for dirty and gritty rock n’ roll, along with a much-anticipated return of Alex Turner’s famous lyrical wittiness, is setting this up to be one of their best albums yet.
Yuck – Glow & Behold
Tentative Release Date: October 1st
After what seemed to be a band-ending transition between their first and second albums, the now Daniel Blumberg-less trio is showing no signs of stopping. After releasing new single “Rebirth”, sounding very similar to both the band’s debut and a more focused version of ex-frontman Blumberg’s new project Hebronix, fans woke up this morning to an album announcement with a cover, a tracklist, and a hefty second single titled “Middle Sea”. If these two singles say anything, the guitarist-turned band leader Max Bloom is out to prove he should have always been fronting this band. So far, he’s proved it.
Cage The Elephant – Melophobia
Tentative Release Date: October 8th
The Kentucky garage rockers have scored countless hits off of their first two albums, and they spent the first half of 2013 ensuring that they would be able to continue doing that on their third release. Since then, they’ve released lead single “Come A Little Closer”, which is significantly more tame than most things we’ve heard from the five-piece in the past. Nonetheless, with a slightly more jammy feel possibly to come and an already-announced fall tour in support of Muse, Cage The Elephant looks like they’re set up to have a successful year.
Grouplove – Spreading Rumours
Tentative Release Date: September 17th
The LA indie-dance kings behind songs like “Colours” and “Tongue Tied” have spent the last year or so tearing up the country, backed up by word of their unique and electrifying live show. Their debut LP Never Trust a Happy Song was an all-out success, and the recent release of single “Ways to Go” has only peaked interest in the quintet. It’s hard to make a judgement call on this album based on the exceptional lack of knowledge that has been released on the record, but Grouplove has never been a band to disappoint in their generally short careers. This will be the most surprising of all the albums on this list, but I can assure you it’ll be one of those surprises that you’re ecstatic about.
The Head And The Heart – Let’s Be Still
Tentative Release Date: October 15th
After the Sub Pop release of their debut album in 2011, The Head And The Heart’s unique blend of folk and indie pop has garnered them a lot of attention, along with acts such as Of Monsters and Men and Iron & Wine. Another album that hasn’t been very talked about, the Seattle six-piece’s sophomore LP is looking to be a big one that isn’t a far cry from the sound of their self-titled debut. The release of single “Shake” is giving this album a promising look, both energetic and dense with harmonies and a wide range of instruments. If the whole album sounds like this track, these guys better be ready to solidify themselves as one of the dominant indie-folk groups of our time.
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To end the week following Lollapalooza that was full of nothing more than festival chatter and “Top Moments” lists, Nutshell wanted to put together two more concert reviews of the weekend, the first one being of The Head and The Heart. After putting together one of the most underrated albums of the past few years, the band has been playing shows with bands like Dr. Dog, Vampire Weekend, and Death Cab For Cutie, and they made their first stop at Grant Park’s annual festival on the opening day. The outcome was a magical, hour long evening performance that can easily be called one of the best sets of the weekend.
The set opened up with flawless performances of “Cats and Dogs” and “Coeur D’Alene”, which made everyone camping at the Sony Stage for M83 take notice. The 12-song set was brilliant, including fan favorites like “Lost in My Mind” and lesser known songs like “Gone” and “When I Fall Asleep”. The band was able to coast through their entire first album (and then some) and left everyone in that crowd impressed.
The Head and The Heart was not one of the big name bands to play Lollapalooza this year, nor were they billed very high on the initial lineup list. They threw all of that out the window when they played last Friday and proved to everyone that they were ready to be a household name. They played a perfect set and kept everyone there and interested until the very end, and gained a handful of new fans in the process. The Head and The Heart’s Lollapalooza set gets an A with Nutshell Music Group, along with a guarantee that the festival will be bringing them back within the next few years. After a performance like this, Perry Farrell (and any other promoter for that matter) needs to stay on top of these guys.
Here’s The Head and The Heart’s setlist at Lollapalooza on 8/3/12:
- Cats and Dogs
- Coeur D’Alene
- Honey Come Home
- Heaven Go Easy On Me
- Lost in My Mind
- Winter Song
- When I Fall Asleep
- Sounds Like Hallelujah
- Down in the Valley
- Rivers and Roads