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Fall Music Preview

by Emilyann Kerr

Pop/Rap
    Taylor Swift has spent the time since her last album experimenting with different genres. One track on her upcoming album, according to Rolling Stone, has a “dubstep-inspired bass breakdown” another will be a “howling, U2-style epic with reverb-drenched guitars.” We know it'll be Taylor Swift, though, because it's set to have quite a few breakup songs. “Red” will come out Oct. 23. Key Track: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
    Pop-punk giants All Time Low will put out “Don't Panic” Oct. 9. Alex Gaskarth, guitarist and singer, told Hopeless Records that “the goal was to make an album that we felt reflected the best aspects of our previous releases.” Key Track: “The Reckless and the Brave”
    Oft hyped up-and-coming rapper A$AP Rocky has his official full-length debut album, “LongLiveA$AP,” coming Oct. 31. With production work on the album from producers Diplo, Clams Casino and Hit Boy, the young Harlem rapper’s official debut album has the potential to be a complete game changer.  Key Track: “Goldie”
    Kendrick Lamar's “good Kid, m.A.A.d City” is set to feature Dr. Dre, Lady Gaga, and Drake, among other guest artists. Lamar has worked with an impressive number of musicians—and after having Dr. Dre mention the young Compton rapper’s mixtape, he gained a lot of attention. The album will be released on Oct. 22. Key Track: “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Rock/Metal
    In the past 16 years, grunge masters Soundgarden hasn’t released a single album. But all that is about to change Nov. 13. When “King Animal” drops, expect it to have many now well-adjusted former grunge kids reminiscing on the days of their dirty, flannel, Doc Marten-filled youth. Key Track: “Worse Dreams”
    Muse has been known for their typical rock style, but over the summer many fans were outraged at the genre shift on their track “Unsustainable,” which featured an angry robot and lots of dubstep. Muse hasn’t let on if the rest of the album will be like this, but “The Second Law” comes out Oct. 2. Key Track: “Unsustainable”
Indie/Alternative
    Indie darlings Matt & Kim broke onto the scene with their hit single “Daylight” in 2009 and quickly found themselves entrenched in the hearts of many. Their much anticipated sophomore release, titled “Lightning,” is slated to release Oct. 2.  Key Track: “Let’s Go”
    Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard has found success throughout his career and with multiple projects that have garnered a dedicated following. Thanks to the swooning voice of the singer and his immensely popular side project Postal Service, there is much excitement surrounding Gibbard’s debut solo album, which features songs he has recorded across the entirety of his career. Look for “Former Lives” on Oct. 16. Key Track: “Teardrop Windows”

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