Fall preview: Autumn's must-hear music
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.
Photos, from left: Miranda Lambert. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times; Maxwell. Credit: Patrick Semansky, Associated Press; Leona Lewis. Credit: EPA