2012 Fall A+E Guide: Albums

Battle Born drops September 18.

Bob Dylan, Tempest (September 11) Rumor had it that, because The Tempest is believed to be Shakespeare’s final play, this would be the 71-year-old Dylan’s final record. Ha. “Shakespeare’s last play was called The Tempest. It wasn’t called just plain Tempest. … It’s two different titles.” You tell ’em, Bob.

The Killers, Battle Born (September 18) Since the Las Vegas foursome released third album Day & Age in November 2008, they’ve: 1. been dogged by breakup rumors (not true, clearly), 2. dropped three solo records (where you at, Dave?) and 3. appeared on kids’ TV show Yo Gabba Gabba! (they met Foofa!). They’re probably as ready for the new disc to drop as we are.

Grizzly Bear, Shields (September 18) Brooklyn’s harmonic folk-rockers seem to get better with each album, a streak that might be tough to extend coming off 2009 powerhouse Veckatimest. But then, after watching the quartet’s rocking debut of new tune “Yet Again” on colbertnation.com, we’re not betting against the Bear.

Green Day, Uno! (September 25) Green Day fans, prepare to have the time of your life. Over the next four months, the trio intends to release three separate new albums—Uno!, Dos! and Tres!—with the first installment containing music frontman Billy Joe Armstrong has described as “power-pop, somewhere between AC/DC and the early Beatles.”

Mumford & Sons, Babel (September 25) The biggest American folk band to come out of London sold more than a million copies of debut Sigh No More in both countries. Which makes reports that follow-up Babel sounds a lot like that first album totally shocking, right?

No Doubt, Push and Shove (September 25) Gwen and the gang join in on this month’s big-record parade with their first album in 11 years. As for who’ll grab the top spot on the Billboard charts that week (Green Day, Mumford, No Doubt …) we wouldn’t bet against a certain DJ with a number in his name and a collection of giant mouseheads.

Flying Lotus, Until the Quiet Comes (October 2) How many electronic producers can get Thom Yorke and Erykah Badu to guest on the same record? Just one that we know of, and the kids call him FlyLo.

Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, Mad City (October 22) When Pitchfork places your self-released rap record in its year-end top 50, you’re kind of a big deal. When Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg dub you “the new king of the West Coast,” you can count on your major-label debut selling a few copies.

Taylor Swift, Red (October 22) Is new track “Never Getting Back Together” about Jake Gyllenhaal or Taylor Lautner? Or could it be John Mayer? Or Joe Jonas? These are the questions a 22-year-old country-pop star has to deal with … when she serial dates super-famous celebrities.

Also: The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter (September 11); Dave Matthews Band, Away From the World (September 11); The xx, Coexist (September 11); Band of Horses, Mirage Rock (September 18); Dinosaur Jr., I Bet on Sky (September 18); Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss (September 18); Pink, The Truth About Love (September 18); Deadmau5, Album Title Goes Here (September 25); Muse, The 2nd Law (October 2); Tame Impala, Lonerism (October 9); Paul Banks, Banks (October 23); Titus Andronicus, Local Business (October 23); Ne-Yo, R.E.D. (October 31); Aerosmith, Music From Another Dimension (November 6); Big Boi, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (November 13); Green Day, Dos! (November 13); Soundgarden, King Animal (November 13).

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