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Fall culture guide: Albums

<p>Bob Dylan</p>

Bob Dylan

Battle Born, The Killers

Night Visions, Imagine Dragons

Unnecessary Maps, Most Thieves

Fall looks to be a huge month for major releases by Las Vegas bands. Already out is Most Thieves’ debut full-length, a swelling modern-rock effort with understated and occasionally subverted pomp. Our take on Vegas/L.A. quartet Imagine Dragons’ own premiere long-player can be found on page 18. And The Killers finally give birth to studio album No. 4, reports of which suggest a balance of the foursome’s signature glam with some bonafide rockers, a la 2005’s Sam’s Town. (Unnecessary Maps: out now. Night Visions: Sept. 4. Battle Born: Sept. 18)

Tempest, Bob Dylan

His last album, 2009’s Together Through Life, went south of the border. Where will Tempest, Dylan’s 35th album, venture? To the bottom of the sea, as the title-track centerpiece is a 14-minute rumination — equal parts fact and fiction, apparently — on the Titanic. Expect more of Dylan’s now-standard reappropriation of classic blues and Americana there and everywhere else. (Sept. 11)

Coexist, The XX

Growing pains may never sound so beautiful. At least that’s what Coexist’s debut single “Angels” predicts for the rest of the album, the second for the young British trio. Expect a production thicker and more developed than that of 2009’s self-titled debut, one of the most beloved indie pop works of the past five years. (Sept. 11)

Love This Giant, St. Vincent and David Byrne

The brassy intro and 4/4 thump kickoff of the duo’s single “Who” — in heavy rotation on our iPods all summer — portends an equally invigorating and flavorful album by Byrne, the former head of The Talking Heads, and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, a one-time member of The Polyphonic Spree and the touring band for Sufjan Stevens. (Sept. 11)

Cruel Summer, G.O.O.D. Music

G.O.O.D. Music is Kanye West’s record label, featuring John Legend, Common, Mos Def, Kid Cudi and Q-Tip, et al. That team is putting out a collabo record. With the straight and old-school mentality of the O.Gs of the crew, and the eccentricity of Yeezy, we’ll be listening to this clear through winter and into the next cruel summer. Start with “Mercy” and “New God Flow.” And brace yourself. (Sept. 18)

Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, Lupe Fiasco

2011’s Lasers sucked. Lupe checked out on his third full-length album, and this we see as an unimpeachable truth. Fortunately, he knew that. And with that in mind, he’s putting out an album that feels like the Lupe we heard on the first Food & Liquor. Just a quick listen through “Around My Way,” and its sax riffs and early ’90s drum smacks, is a great omen. And thank God for that. (Sept. 25)

Until the Quiet Comes, Flying Lotus

Steve Ellison blew our minds with his act’s 2010 Cosmogramma, and we expect nothing less of its follow-up, which he says will be a quieter, more ethereal take on collage-style, low-end electronic music. Collaborations include Erykah Badu and Ellison’s buddies from Radiohead. (Oct. 2)

Livin’ For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, Jamey Johnson

His last album was a widely acclaimed double-album of old-school country, the sort normally shunned by the pop-minded record executives on Nashville’s Music Row. This time, he pays homage to one of the most successful and influential songwriters of the genre: Hank Cochran, who died in 2010. Nearly every track features a guest performer; Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferon and Emmylou Harris are just a handful of the legends joining Johnson here. (Oct. 16) MIKE PREVATT, MAX PLENKE

ALSO …

Cat Power, Sun (Sept. 4), Avett Brothers, The Carpenter (Sept. 11), Grizzly Bear, Shields (Sept. 18), Green Day, Uno (Sept. 25), Mumford & Sons, Babel (Sept. 25), No Doubt, Push and Shove (Sept. 25), Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City (Oct. 2), Titus Andronicus, Local Business (Oct. 23), P.O.S., We Don’t Even Live Here (Oct. 23), The Coup, Sorry to Bother You (Oct. 30), Muse, The Second Law (October TBA), Big Boi, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (Nov. 13), Soundgarden, title TBA (Nov. 13).

Animal Collective’s fresh complexities

I’ve cranked Animal Collective’s new disc, Centipede HZ, three times, and I’m still discovering new sounds and left turns throughout its 11 tracks. Whatever you say of the equally revered and misunderstood Baltimore quartet, this much is undeniable: Its music is almost always a blast of sunshine, even if refracted to the nth degree with complex rhythms, layered samples and loops, and mucho distortion. Hard to say if this weirdo work will resonate with listeners in the same way as its predecessor, the 2009 breakthrough Merriweather Post Pavilion. But listening to it certainly whets the appetite for its live re-creation — which Las Vegas will experience when the band returns for what ought to be another epic, psychedelic hoedown. (Centipede Hz release: Sept. 4. Concert: Sept. 25, House of Blues) MIKE PREVATT