1) Anthems for Doomed Youth by The Libertines
Release Date: September 4th
Popular Track: “Don’t Look Back into the Sun” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLYsIESNtUc
— Forming in 1997, British pop rock band the Libertines almost immediately cemented themselves as one of the best bands in the U.K. with their debut release Up the Brackets in 2002. With their eponymous album and second release immediately reaching number one on the British charts, they became living legends across the pond. The band had broken up in late 2004, seemingly to never make new music. However, last year the band announced that a new album was to be released in 2015. Since then, a single has been released for the album entitled “Gunga Din” (link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEf27xuYcw4). Based on the single, this long-awaited release has some promise to be a strong album rooted in classic punk rock, with accents of alt rock and Britpop. This album, and other work by the Libertines, may appeal to you if you like Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, or Kaiser Chiefs.
2) The Story of Sonny Boy Slim by Gary Clark, Jr.
Release Date: September 11th
Popular Track: “When My Train Pulls In” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc5enXwfFwo
— Known as an a proficient guitarist, a smooth singer, and an incredible live act (see: Summerfest this year), Gary Clark, Jr. is a popular blues rock solo artist out of Austin, Texas. Famous for infusing classic rock, gospel, and even hip hop into his blues rock, Clark has been active since since 2004, releasing albums in 2004 and 2008 under an independent label, and releasing his first major label album entitled Blak and Blu in 2012. Reaching number six on the U.S. charts, Blak and Blu put Gary Clark, Jr. in the forefront of modern rock music. Since announcing his new album, he has released two songs from the album, entitled “The Healing” (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP1Zf04X1Jc) and “Grinder” (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUfEcbVfVng). Based on these songs, his album could go in a couple different directions, either more rock based or more soulful, but regardless should be an exciting release to listen to. This album, and other work by Gary Clark, Jr., may appeal to you if you like The Black Keys, Stevie Ray Vaughan, or Jimi Hendrix
3) Go:od A.M. by Mac Miller
Release Date: September 18th
Popular Track: “Donald Trump” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74TFS8r_SMI
— Originally coming to prominence off of mixtapes and music sharing websites, Mac Miller has been one of the driving forces of alternative and indie hip hop in the last half decade. With his first full album, entitled Blue Slide Park, being released independently and reaching number one on the charts, Miller has already become prominent for his signature style hip hop, citing his influences as artists such as Lauryn Hill, Beastie Boys and OutKast. He has just recently released two songs that will be on the album, entitled “100 Grandkids” (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDCoM1x7U38) and “Break the Law” (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu1Ayvmn_UU). Based on these releases, it sounds as though Miller may be trying to approach more organic, Macklemore-style beats, while still keeping his signature flow, punchlines and stylistic choices involved, which will be really interesting to hear develop on this album. This album, and other work by Mac Miller, may appeal to you if you like Kid Cudi, Asher Roth or Childish Gambino.