The season starts with the release of the new Animal Collective record and continues with new albums from Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, Wiz Khalifa, Green Day and Aerosmith. Dates are subject to change.
Animal Collective, "Centipede HZ": The experimental band from Baltimore aims for a more "live band sound" on its ninth studio album.
Bob Mould, "Silver Age: First album since 2009 from the Husker Du frontman is described as "punishingly loud, melodically sparkling pop/rock vein of the Sugar catalog."
Cat Power, "Sun": First album of original material in six years has an electronic flavor.
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, "When I'm President": First new recording since Mott the Hoople's historic 2009 reunion shows at London's Hammersmith Odeon has a political bent.
Mark Knopfler, "Privateering": Seventh solo album from the former Dire Straits frontman is a double set with guest spots from Kim Wilson, Tim O'Brien and Ruth Moody.
Matchbox Twenty, "North": First all-new album in a decade from Rob Thomas and the crew.
T.I., "Trouble Man": Troubled rapper's eighth album led with the single "Love This Life" and features guests spots from Lil Wayne, Cee Lo Green, Andre 3000, R. Kelly, Big K.R.I.T. and more.
Deerhoof, "Breakup Song": Twelfth album from the San Francisco noise-pop group.
Dave Stewart, "The Ringmaster General": The ex-Eurythmic is joined by Alison Krauss, Diane Birch, Joss Stone and others.
Calexico, "Algiers": First album in four years from the Tuscon Americana band.
Melissa Etheridge, "4th Street Feeling": The heartland rocker told Rolling Stone: "This has been my favorite, most enjoyable time in the studio."
Propagandhi, "Failed States": Sixth album from the Canadian punk/metal band is the follow-up to 2009's "Supporting Cast(e)."
Two Door Cinema Club, "Beacon": Second studio album from the Irish indie band feature the single "Sleep Alone."
Also: Lecrae, "Gravity"; Stars, "The North"; The Fresh & Onlys, "Long Slow Dance"; The Vaccines, "The Vaccines Come of Age"; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, "Rattle Them Bones."
Bob Dylan "Tempest": First new album in three years features an epic about the Titanic and a train song called "Duquesne Whistle."
The Avett Brothers, "The Carpenter": Seventh album from the North Carolina hillbilly folk/punk band and the second produced by Rick Rubin.
David Byrne and St. Vincent, "Love This Giant": Talking Heads frontman is joined by young indie sensation in this intriguing collaboration.
Dave Matthews Band, "Away From the World": The follow-up to its Grammy-nominated 2009 album was recorded in Seattle with Steve Lillywhite and features the single "Mercy."
The xx, "Coexist": London trio returns with the follow-up to its haunting debut, which won Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize.
The Raveonettes, "Observator": Sune Rose Wagner said the Danish duo's sixth album, "I wanted to get back to that classic verse-chorus-verse style of songwriting that The Doors managed so well on their best singles."
DMX, "Undisputed": Seventh album from the gangster rapper features a track with MGK.
ZZ Top, "La Futura": Billy Gibbons said of the trio's 15th album and first since 2003: "We wanted to recall the directness of our early stuff but not turn our backs on contemporary technology."
Akon, "Stadium": R&B singer's fourth album features help from David Guetta, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & T-Pain and T.I., among others.
Kix Brooks, "New to This Town": Debut album by member of Brooks & Dunn was co-produced by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.
Ludacris, "Ludaversal": ATL rapper worked with The Neptunes on his eighth studio album.
Patterson Hood, "Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance": Novelistic solo album from Drive-By Truckers frontman.
Pet Shop Boys, "Elysium": Eleventh studio album from the English electronic duo.
Aaron Lewis, "The Road": Second solo album from the Staind singer.
Tom Tom Club, Downtown Rockers: EP is the first release from the New Wave dance band since 2000.
Also: Bucky Covington, "Good Guys"; Chris Robinson Brotherhood, "The Magic Door."
Band of Horses, "Mirage Rock": Fourth album from the majestic Seattle indie band was produced by the legendary Glyn Johns and features the single "Knock Knock."
P!nk,"The Truth About Love": Sixth studio album from the hitmaker leads with the single "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)."
Carly Rae Jepsen, "Kiss": The Canadian pop star who hit with "Call Me Maybe" said of her second album, "It's inspired by Robyn, The Cars, Madonna and, believe it or not, James Taylor."
Nelly Furtado, "The Spirit Indestructible": The Canadian born singer said of her first English-language studio album since 2006's double-platinum "Loose": "This album is all about positivity, youth, good energy and the relentlessness of the spirit."
Ben Folds Five, "The Sound of the Life of the Mind": Pop trio reunites after a 13-year hiatus.
The Killers, "Battle Born": Fourth album from the glammed-up Las Vegas rock band.
Dinosaur Jr, "I Bet On Sky": Tenth album from the noise-rock legends who reformed in 2005.
Various Artists, "Cruel Summer": Double set features artists from Kanye West's label GOOD, including John Legend, Common, Q-Tip, Kid Cudi and Mos Def.
Rickie Lee Jones, "The Devil You Know": Ben Harper produced this collection of covers that includes The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Play With Fire," Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and The Band's "The Weight."
Corin Tucker Band, "Kill My Blues": Second album from the singer-guitarist since the Sleater-Kinney split in 2006.
Grizzly Bear, "Shields": Fourth studio album by the Brooklyn-based indie band.
Aimee Mann, "Charmer": Singer-songwriter's eighth studio album features a track with The Shins frontman James Mercer.
Ne-Yo, "R.E.D.": Fifth album from the R&B/dance-pop star with title that stands for "Realizing Every Dream."
Little Big Town, "Tornado": Harmonious country quartet's fifth studio features the hit single "Pontoon."
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, "Meat And Bone": First studio album in eight years from the blues-punk primitivists.
Kreayshawn, "Somethin' 'Bout Kreay": Debut album from the female rapper features guest appearances from Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz, Chippy Nonstop and more.
Dwight Yoakam, "3 Pears": First new studio album in seven years features two tracks produced by Beck.
Big & Rich, "Hillbilly Jedi": Fourth studio album and first in five years from the country music duo of Big Kenny and John Rich features a song co-written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.
Sean Paul, "Tomahawk Technique": Fifth album from the Jamaican dancehall artist features Akon and Kelly Rowland.
Lymbyc Systym, "Symbolyst": Third album from Arizona post-rock band.
Projected, "Human": Debut album from guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby (Sevendust), drummer Scott Phillips (Alter Bridge/Creed) and guitarist Eric Friedman (Creed).
Ryan Bingham, "Tomorrowland": Fourth album from the Americana singer-songwriter is his first independent release, and is co-produced with Justin Stanley (Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, The Vines).
Various Artists, "Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe": A benefit CD for the victims of the 2010 Nashville flood features singer-songwriters Hayes Carll, Chatham County Line and Ron Sexsmith.
Robert Pollard, "Jack Sells the Cow": Second solo album this year from the Guided by Voices frontman.
Also: Easton Corbin, "All Over the Road"; Brad Mehldau Trio, "Where Do You Start"; Title Fight, "Floral Green"; Woods, "Bend Beyond"; Menomena, "Moms."
Green Day "¡Uno!" : Part one of a trilogy of new CDs from the punk superstars.
Mumford & Sons "Babel": Follow-up to the British indie-folk band's 2009 breakout "Sigh No More."
Lupe Fiasco, "Food & Liquor 2": The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1": Fourth album from the Chicago rapper.
No Doubt, "Push and Shove": The SoCal ska-punk band's first album since 2001.
Deadmau5, "Album Title Goes Here": Sixth studio album by Canadian electronic artist features collaborations with Cypress Hill, Imogen Heap and others.
Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt, "A More Perfect Union": Collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello and Emmylou Harris.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, "St. Peter and 57th": Live album features tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus, My Morning Jacket, Steve Earle and more.
Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, "YOKOKIMTHURSTON": A six-song collaboration between Ono and divorced Sonic Youth members.
Suzanne Vega, "Close-Up Vol. 4, Songs of Family": Stripped down arrangements from her back catalog.
As I Lay Dying, "Awakened": Sixth studio album by San Diego metalcore band was produced by Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Descendents).
Olly Murs, "In Case You Didn't Know": Debut from "X Factor" contestant.
John Hiatt, "Mystic Pinball": The gritty singer-songwriter's 21st album was recorded with his touring band, the Combo.
Talib Kweli, "Prisoner of Conscious": Sixth album from the rapper was in the works while he was making 2011's "Gutter Rainbows."
Also: Medeski Martin and Wood, "Free Magic"; Bettye LaVette, "Thankful N ' Thoughtful"; Ozomatli, "OzoKidz."
Van Morrison, "Born to Sing: No Plan B": The legendary singer moves to Blue Note for his first album since 2008.
Muse, "The 2nd Law": The British alt-rock band promises "something radically different" on its sixth album.
Heart, "Fanatic": The Wilson sisters rock hard on album 13, released in conjunction with an autobiography.
Beth Orton, "Sugaring Season": Anti- debut and first album in six years from the haunting British singer.
Jackie Evancho, "Songs From The Silver Screen": The 12-year-old vocal prodigy returns with a fourth album focusing on Hollywood film classics.
Cher Lloyd, "Sticks & Stones": Debut album by the British singer-rapper features the single "Swagger Jagger."
Iris Dement, "Sing the Delta": Americana singer returns with her first album in 16 years.
Kendrick Lamar, "Good Kid, m.A.A.d City": Major label debut from rapper who toured with Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller.
The Wallflowers, "Glad All Over": Jakob Dylan and company worked at Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye studio on this album, which includes the single "Reboot the Mission," featuring guitar and vocals from The Clash's Mick Jones.
Cody Simpson, "Paradise": Debut album from the Australian heart-throb features a single, "So Listen," with T-Pain.
Tori Amos, "Gold Dust": Singer-pianist's 13th album features previously released songs re-worked in an orchestral setting.
Blake Shelton, "Cheers, It's Christmas": Guests include Reba, Michael Buble and Shelton's mom.
Tift Merritt, "Traveling Alone": The alt-country singer's first album for Yep Roc features a guest appearance by Andrew Bird.
Diana Krall, "Glad Rag Doll": The Grammy-winning pianist goes from the bossa nova of "Quiet Nights" to this album, recorded with T-Bone Burnett, that harks back to her old love of 78 rpm records.
John Cale, "Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood": Velvet Underground member hooks up with Dangermouse on lead-off track.
Sandy Denny, "The Notes and the Words": A four-CD box of demos and rarities from the most haunting singer of the past half century.
The Mountain Goats, "Transcendental Youth": Fourteenth studio album from the California indie-folk band.
Also: Matt & Kim, "Lightning"; Papa Roach, "The Connection"; Tilly & The Wall, "Heavy Mood."
John Fogerty, "Wrote a Song for Everyone": A collection of his back catalog performed with of the Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, Bob Seger, Dawes and Kid Rock.
A.C. Newman, "Shut Down the Streets": Third solo album from the frontman of The New Pornographers.
The Script, "# 3": Third album from the Irish pop band is preceded by a single, "Hall of Fame," that features will.i.am.
Meshell Ndegeocello, "Pour une ame souveraine": Singer-bassist serves up a salute to Nina Simone.
Wanda Jackson, "Unfinished Business": The rockabilly queen returns quickly with a 31st album marking the producing debut of Justin Townes Earle.
Black Moth Super Rainbow, "Cobra Juicy": The Pittsburgh-area psych/electronic band used a Kickstarter campaign to self-release its fifth album.
Ellie Goulding, "Halcyon": British indie-pop artist has described her second album as "a journey from dark into light from confusion to understanding."
Jeff Lynne, "Long Wave": ELO frontman's first album since 1990 is a collection of old standards that influenced his work.
LCD Soundsystem, "Shut Up and Play the Hits": Three-disc set of New York electro-pop band's goodbye show at Madison Square Garden in April 2011.
Barbra Streisand, "Release Me": A compilation of previously unreleased material from 1963 to the present.
Coheed and Cambria, "The Afterman: Ascension": Part one of a double CD set once again in the alternative universe of Heaven's Fence.
Why?, "Mumps, etc.": Fifth album from the indie/hip-hop band.
Freelance Whales, "Diluvia": Second album from the New York indie rock band was produced by Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, Cults) and adds more electronics.
Ty Segall, "Twins": Third album (this year) from San Francisco psych rocker.
Tame Impala, "Lonerism": Sophomore album from Australia psych-rock band.
Young Guru, "Essentials Vol. 1": Engineer's debut album is a collection of all-original breakbeats.
Trash Talk, "119": Sacramento hardcore punk band releases its fourth album and first on Tyler, the Creator's Odd Future Records.
Also: Chrome Canyon, "Elemental Themes"; Citizens!, "Hear We Are"; Hostage Calm, "Please Remain Calm"; The Birthday Massacre, "Hide And Seek"; That's Outrageous!, "Psycho"; The Acacia Strain, "Death Is The Only Mortal."
Kiss, "Monster": The follow-up to 2009's comeback "Sonic Boom" is led by the single "Hell or Hallelujah."
Jason Aldean, "Night Train": The follow-up to 2010's double-platinum breakout "My Kinda Party" includes the hit "Take a Little Ride" and a summit with Luke Bryan and Eric Church on "The Only Way I Know."
Ben Gibbard, "Former Lives": First solo album from the Death Cab for Cutie frontman is a collection of previously unreleased songs that span the length of his career.
Trey Anastasio, "Traveler": Phish frontman's eighth studio album features contributions from Mates of State's Kori Gardner, The National's Bryan Devendorf and Matt Berninger.
Donald Fagen, "Sunken Condos": Eight new songs and a cover of Isaac Hayes' "Out of the Ghetto" from the Steely Dan singer.
Jamey Johnson, "Living for a Song": A tribute to Hank Cochran, featuring guests Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello and Alison Krauss.
Brandy, "Two Eleven": R&B singer's sixth album features songwriting credits from Frank Ocean, Chris Brown and Drake.
Jason Lytle, "Dept. of Disappearance": Despite the reunion of Grandaddy, here's a new solo album from its frontman.
Earlimart, "System Preferences": LA indie-rock duo returns from a four-year hiatus with a seventh album that focuses on "disillusionment with and the acceptance of technology, complex relationships, and lost weekends."
Smoke & Jackal, "EP1": Six-song side project of Jared Followill of Kings of Leon and Nick Brown of Mona.
Also: Cee Lo Green, "Cee Lo's Magic Moment"; Dethklok, "Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III"; Anberlin, "Vital"; Kem, "What Christmas Means"; King Dude, "Burning Daylight."
Taylor Swift, "Red": The follow-up to 2010's "Speak Now" features the hit single "We Are Never Getting Back Together" and a duet with Ed Sheeran. She said of the album: "All the different emotions that are written about on this album are all pretty much about the kind of tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships that I've experienced in the last two years."
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, "Lost Songs": Eighth album from the Austin indie band includes a track, "Up to Infinity," about the Syrian civil war.
Paul Banks, "Banks": Second solo album from the Interpol frontman.
Titus Andronicus, "Local Business": Third album from the New Jersey punk band contains the songs "Food Fight!" and "My Eating Disorder."
Tony Bennett, "Viva Duets": The legendary crooner's third duets pairs him with Latin artists, including Marc Anthony, Miguel Bose, Robert Carlos, Ana Carolina, Chayanne, Franco DeVita and Gloria Estefan.
Anita Baker, "Only Forever": First album in seven years from the R&B diva.
Stone Sour, "House of Gold and Bones, Part 1": Corey Taylor describes the alt-rock band's double set as a "morality play."
Further Seems Forever, "Penny Black": First album in eight years finds the Florida emo band reunited with original singer Chris Carrabba, of Dashboard Confessional.
P.O.S., "We Don't Even Live Here": Minneapolis indie rapper gets help from Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Ryan Olson of Gayngs, Boys Noize, and members of the Doomtree collective.
Also: Bat For Lashes, "The Haunted Man"; Diamond Rings, "Free Dimensional"; Peter Gabriel "So" (25th-anniversay edition).
Rod Stewart, "Merry Christmas, Baby": Features a "virtual duet" with Ella Fitzgerald, along with real ones from Cee Lo and Mary J. Blige.
Andrew Bird, "Hands of Glory": Indie-pop artist's companion piece to "Break it Yourself" will have an old-time feel with reinterpretations of ""BIY" songs and country covers.
Calvin Harris, "18 Months: Third album from the Scottish DJ will feature contributions from Rihanna, Kelis, Ne-Yo, Florence Welch and Dizzee Rascal.
Meek Mill, "Dreams & Nightmares": Debut album from the Philadelphia rapper.
Tracey Thorn, "Tinsel and Lights": Holiday album by the singer from Everything But the Girl.
Thrice, "Anthology": A double live set recorded during the heavy alt-rock band's recent farewell tour.
Also: Lulu Gainsbourg, "From Gainsbourg To Lulu"; The Scenics, "Dead Man Walks Down Bayview"; The Soft Moon, "Zeros."
NOV . 6
Aerosmith "Music From Another Dimension!": First all-new album since 2001 paired the band with Jack Douglas, who produced 1975's "Toys in the Attic" and 1976's "Rocks."
Streetlight Manifesto, "The Hands That Thieve": Fifth album from the New Jersey ska-punk band.
Prince Rama, "Top Ten Hits of the End Of The World": Genre-busting Brooklyn group promises "cosmic disco, motorcycle rock, new-wave grunge, tribal goth, Arabic pop, and ghost-modern glam."
Green Day, "Dos!: Second part of the trilogy of albums from the punk band.
Big Boi, "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors": Second solo LP from the Outkast rapper features guest appearances from Phantogram and Little Dragon.
Soundgarden, "King Animal": Kim Thayil told Rolling Stone that the Seattle band's first albums since the '90s "re-establishes that we still rock, we're still heavy, and we're still a little weird."
One Direction, "Take Me Home": Second studio album from the British boy band sensations will include the single "Live While We're Young."
50 Cent, "Street King Immortal": Long-awaited fifth album from the ganger-rapper is said to feature Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, Lloyd Banks, Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy.
Celine Dion, "Water and a Flame": Canadian diva is joined by Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo and Babyface, and produced by Eg White (Adele).
Oneida, "A List of the Burning Mountains": Twelfth album from the Brooklyn noise band.
OneRepublic, "Life in Color": Third album from the Colorado pop-rock band, which had a Top 10 hit with "Good Life."
Wiz Khalifa, "O.N.I.F.C.": Second major label album from the Pittsburgh rapper led with the hit single "Work Hard Play Hard" and will feature contributions from 2 Chainz, Curren$y, Cam'ron, Pharrell and The Weeknd.
-- Scott Mervismusic
First Published September 6, 2012 4:00 AM