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Fall preview: Autumn's must-hear music

September 11, 2009 | 10:01 am


Autumn is a glutton's feast for pop fans, full of blockbuster albums, buzzed-about debuts, spectacular arena tours and rare small-venue performances. This year offers the usual mix of veterans aiming for another moment of impact, and young pretenders working to make a mark in an ever-widening field.

That's good news for those with eclectic tastes: no one subculture dominates right now, so the listening is best for people who are a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll -- and a little bit dance and folk and Latin, too. What follows is a look at the best bets for recorded and live music in the coming months, album release dates subject to change, of course.


Kid Cudi, 'Man on the Moon: The End of the Day'

Monsters of Folk, self-titled

Miranda Lambert, 'Revolution'

Shakira, 'She Wolf'

KISS, 'Sonic Boom'

R. Kelly, 'Untitled'

Tiesto, 'Kaleidoscope'

Norah Jones

Leona Lewis, 'Echo'

Adam Lambert, self-titled



Pearl Jam

Kylie Minogue

Travis' Fran Healy and Andy Dunlop

The Raincoats

Bob Dylan / Roger Daltrey

Maxwell / En Vogue

Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer


Monster Massive

Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser / Kris Kristofferson


'West Coast, Left Coast' festival

--Ann Powers

Photos, from left: Miranda Lambert. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times; Maxwell. Credit: Patrick Semansky, Associated Press; Leona Lewis. Credit: EPA