Every Tuesday we’ll take you through the prominent new albums released that day. First up: Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, The Avett Brothers, and The xx.
Tuesdays are to the music industry what Fridays are to the film industry. New albums, having been in the making for years and promoted by labels for months, are finally released to patiently waiting fans. For artists, releasing an album is only the beginning of a new cycle, followed by video shoots, interviews and constant touring. The artists responsible for today’s new albums are remarkably diverse, from one of music’s living legends to a hot indie band dropping its highly anticipated sophomore effort.
Bob Dylan, Tempest
Incredibly, the 71-year-old Dylan returns with his 35th(!) studio album, a testament to his talent, passion, and popularity. When the legend announced the album’s title, it was tempting to think this would be his last studio recording. Shakespeare’s last play was similarly titled The Tempest, and such a reference would be fitting for a wordsmith like Dylan. If anything, this album proves that he has no intentions of slowing down. Dylan is touring North America this fall with former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and his setlists are sure to include new tracks and old favorites.
Dave Matthews Band, Away From The World
DMB Crash-ed into the mainstream music scene in the mid-90’s with popular hits such as “So Much To Say,” “Stay” and “The Space Between.” The group’s loyal fan base has only solidified over the years, making them one of the most popular touring bands of the last two decades. Make sure to pick up DMB’s new album so you can sing along from your lawn seats next summer.
The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
The North Carolina-based folk rock outfit slowly built up its following over the last 10 years. With the success of other folk bands such as Of Monsters and Men, The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers seem poised to burst into the mainstream. The Carpenter marks the group’s second record with famed produced Rick Rubin, who recently won a GRAMMY® for his work on Adele’s chart-topping album 21. The Avett Brothers are on tour now.
The xx, Coexist
The xx shot to the front of the indie scene in 2009 with its debut album, xx, which Rolling Stone ranked as the ninth best album of that year. After extensive touring, the trio now looks to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump with the highly anticipated Coexist. Only time will tell if they can craft a career as long as the previous artists, but you can form your own opinion by catching them in a city near you!