Notable releases coming this month
Our editors select the most notable albums announced for release during the month of October, listed alphabetically by artist.
Juice B Crypts
October 18 (Warp)
All that remains of the experimental-minded indie outfit Battles is the duo of drummer John Stanier and multi-instrumentalist Ian Williams. For their first album since 2015's La Di Da Di, they've filled out their ranks with a roster of guest vocalists including Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards), Jon Anderson (Yes), Shabazz Palaces, and Sal Principato (Liquid Liquid).
|WATCH:||"A Loop So Nice… / They Played It Twice" (feat. Xenia Rubinos)|
|WATCH:||"Titanium 2 Step" (feat. Sal Principato)|
October 11 (4AD)
Yes, Brooklyn indie-rockers Big Thief already released an album this year—the terrific U.F.O.F. back in May. But they already have a follow-up: a more stripped-down, live-sounding set billed as the "earth twin" to the prior album's "celestial twin" and recorded within days of completing work on that LP.
LφVE & EVφL 2xCD
October 4 (Third Man)
The Japanese metal band's follow-up to 2017's Dear is a double album, though it includes just seven tracks. It's their first new album since signing to Third Man Records, and the label will also re-release the band's two 2003 LPs (Feedbacker and Akuma no Uta) this week.
October 4 (Warp)
The acclaimed but far from prolific rapper last released an LP in 2016 (his career-best Atrocity Exhibition). His years-in-the-making follow-up, again on electronic music label Warp, is executive produced by Q-Tip and features contributions from Run the Jewels, Blood Orange, Flying Lotus, and JPEGMAFIA. A tour kicks off next week.
|LISTEN:||"3 Tearz" (feat. Run the Jewels)|
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
October 4 (self-released)
Announced on the sly (in an online Q&A) just a few weeks ago, Ghosteen is Cave's follow-up to Skeleton Tree, which was the best-reviewed album of 2016. The 11-track (including one spoken-word piece) double album arrives digitally this week but won't be available in physical formats until November 8th.
Closer to Grey
October 2 (Italians Do It Better)
It might not be Dear Tommy, but it's something. While Johnny Jewel's long-shelved follow-up to 2012's superb Kill For Love still hasn't arrived, he did release this 12-song LP this morning with less than 24 hours advance notice. The album includes covers of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" and Jesus and Mary Chain's "On the Wall" as well as the re-recorded title track, which dates back to 2014. Will Dear Tommy ever come out? That "VII" numeral on Grey's cover suggests it might; Kill for Love was the band's fifth album, leaving a gap for #6.
|LISTEN:||Full album stream (Spotify)|
|LISTEN:||Full album stream (Apple Music)|
There Existed an Addiction to Blood
October 18 (Sub Pop)
The experimental hip-hop trio fronted by actor Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Blindspotting) follow 2016's Splendor & Misery with their third album, which draws from horrorcore and the film music of John Carpenter.
|LISTEN:||"Nothing Is Safe"|
|WATCH:||"La Mala Ordina"|
October 25 (Merge)
Recorded in California's remote Idyllwild, the fourth solo album from the frequent Ty Segall collaborator follows 2015's MCIII. (It's the first not to reference his own name in the title.) Cronin will tour this fall in support.
|WATCH:||"I've Got Reason"|
October 11 (15 Passenger)
In 2018, Tim Kasher-led Omaha emo-rockers Cursive ended a six-year hiatus with Vitriola. But there's no long wait for a follow-up; the 11-song follow-up Get Fixed is out next week, and it includes tracks originally recorded (but since updated) during the same sessions that produced the prior album.
|WATCH:||"Black Hole Town"|
October 11 (Domino)
The Desert Sessions
Desert Sessions Vols. 11 & 12
(Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels)
October 25 (Matador)
An on-again, off-again (but usually off-again) side project for Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme, The Desert Sessions features a rotating group of collaborators improvising their way through recording sessions in the Southern California desert near Joshua Tree. Contributors on this first DS release in 16 years include Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Les Claypool (Primus), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), and Matt Sweeney.
October 4 (Captured Tracks)
Sonny Diperri produced this third album from the Brooklyn indie rockers, their first LP in three years (and their first since the departure of bassist Devin Ruben Perez).
Giants of All Sizes
October 11 (Verve)
The English alt-rock band's eighth album follows 2017's Little Fictions. Frontman Guy Garvey told NME that Giants, produced by the band's own Craig Potter, is "a bleak record." Jesca Hoop guests.
|WATCH:||"Dexter & Sinister"|
October 25 * (Young Turks)
It may have taken five years, but singer-songwriter Tahliah Barnett finally has a full-length successor to her Mercury Prize-nominated debut, LP1. The mostly self-produced set spans nine tracks and includes contributions from Skrillex, Future, Jack Antonoff, Nicolas Jaar, and Oneohtrix Point Never.
* At press time, several online stores are now listing the release date as November 8th, contradicting the official artist site; it is unclear if it has been delayed.
|WATCH:||"Holy Terrain" (feat. Future)|
October 18 (Ninja Tune)
Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 2
October 18 (Warner Bros.)
As you may have guessed, the English band's second release of 2019 is a companion to the Mercury Prize-nominated Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 1, which arrived in March.
What do you do after spending three decades in one of the most legendary American guitar rock bands of all time? If you are Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, you move to Los Angeles and record your very first solo album. The nine-song set includes her 2016 solo debut track "Murdered Out" and features production from Justin Raisen and Shawn Everett.
Guided by Voices
Sweating The Plague
October 25 (self-released)
Ending an improbably long six-month gap between albums, Robert Pollard returns with his third GbV LP of 2019. It's just 12 songs long.
|LISTEN:||"Heavy Like the World"|
My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James teams with composer Teddy Abrams and a full orchestra to reimagine his solo material (including some previously unreleased tunes) as a symphonic suite.
|WATCH:||"Set It to Song"|
|WATCH:||Making-of documentary (part 1)|
|WATCH:||Making-of documentary (part 2)|
Jimmy Eat World
October 18 (RCA)
The veteran emo band's first album since 2016's Integrity Blues (and 10th overall) was produced, like its predecessor, by Justin Meldal-Johnsen. Surviving includes a new version of last year's single "Love Never."
|WATCH:||"All the Way (Stay)"|
Mark Lanegan Band
October 18 (PIAS)
The Screaming Trees frontman's latest solo album follows 2017's Gargoyle and finds him detouring into New Wave-inspired synth music.
|LISTEN:||"Letter Never Sent"|
|WATCH:||"Night Flight to Kabul"|
October 11 (Thrill Jockey)
The latest sonic assault from the Providence-based duo is their first since 2015's well-reviewed Fantasy Empire. The band's relatively new label home Thrill Jockey will also re-release the band's early albums over the coming months.
On a Clear Day I Can See You Forever
October 11 (Smalltown Supersound)
With a title inspired by the similarly named Barbra Streisand musical, the fifth studio album from Norwegian electronica producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm originated in a series of live shows commissioned by the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter museum in his native country and is his first LP recorded on equipment other than a computer.
|LISTEN:||"Really Deep Snow"|
Stephen Mallinder is the longtime frontman for the seminal electronic outfit Cabaret Voltaire (which continues today as a solo project for co-founder Richard H. Kirk), and Um Dada is his first solo album in 35 years.
|LISTEN:||"Working (You Are)"|
October 4 (Epitaph)
Will Yip produced this sixth album from the Philadelphia punk band. It's the follow-up to 2017's After the Party.
|WATCH:||"America (You're Freaking Me Out)"|
October 25 (Autotelic)
The Alabama singer-songwriter's 10th solo album (and first since 2015's Down to Believing and a 2017 collaboration with her sister Shelby Lynne, Not Dark Yet) will be accompanied by the publication of Moorer's memoir, also titled Blood.
|LISTEN:||"The Rock and the Hill"|
October 4 (Jagjaguwar)
Critics are already raving about the singer-songwriter's first studio album since 2016's My Woman. The 11-song set is produced by John Congleton and features a 14-piece orchestra.
October 18 (Columbia)
|WATCH:||"Ocean of Tears"|
|WATCH:||"So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings"|
October 25 (Fantasy)
Benmont Tench is among the guests on the Nocturnals frontwoman's third solo album, which follows 2015's Midnight.
|WATCH:||"Love Is Love"|
October 25 (Southern Lord)
Arriving just six months after Life Metal, the Seattle drone metal band's ninth LP was recorded during the same two-week sessions with producer Steve Albini.
October 25 (Young God)
The fifth album from the 21st century incarnation of Michael Gira's band, leaving meaning follows 2016's The Glowing Man. The 12-song set features an all-new lineup (aside from Gira) that includes members of Gira's side project Angels of Light.
|LISTEN:||"It's Coming It's Real"|
The 1990s power-pop band return this week with their first album since 1997's Retreat From the Sun. Now a trio consisting of original members Anna Waronker, Rachel Haden, and Tony Maxwell (but not Petra Haden), that dog. first began working on new material back in 2012 when reuniting for some live dates. Guests include Maya Rudolph (who can be seen in the Funny or Die video for "Just the Way" along with Jack Black) and Randy Newman.
|LISTEN:||"If You Just Didn't Do It"|
|WATCH:||"Just the Way"|
October 18 (Nonesuch)
Rescheduled (and retitled) from its original September release date, the second album from Lætitia Tamko finds her embracing electronic instrumentation.
|LISTEN:||"Water Me Down"|
Ode to Joy
October 4 (dBpm)
The latest gem from Chicago's alt-rock champions is their 11th album overall and first LP since 2016's Schmilco. (In the interim, frontman Jeff Tweedy released a pair of solo albums.) A tour kicks off next week.
|LISTEN:||"Love Is Everywhere (Beware)"|
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
October 25 (Reprise)
Neil Young's first album with frequent collaborators Crazy Horse since 2012's Psychedelic Pill finds Nils Lofgren replacing the now-retired Crazy Horse guitarist Frank Sampedro. (Lofgren is no outsider, however; he first played with Crazy Horse on their 1971 album.) A making-of documentary titled Mountaintop Sessions is also headed to theaters this month, though you'll have to wait until 2020 to see Young on tour.
|LISTEN:||"Rainbow of Colors"|
What are you looking forward to?
Which albums are you looking forward to this summer? Let us know in the comments section below, and visit our Album Release Calendar for even more upcoming music release dates.