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Bruce, Jeff & Josh Top Today’s Album Annoucements

Springsteen, Lynne and Homme add their names to the fall lineup.


Good things really do come in threes — assuming you’re a fan of Jeff Lynne, Bruce Springsteen or Josh Homme. All three of them announced new albums on Thursday. Springsteen’s Western Stars Soundtrack, due Oct. 25, will feature live versions of the songs that appeared in the companion film to his recent Western Stars album. If that makes sense to you, you’re ahead of me. Also on Oct. 25, the hard-working singer-guitarist and producer Josh Homme will revive his Desert Sessions series after 16 years with Volumes 11 and 12, which are apparently titled Arrivederci Despair | Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels. Like their predecessors, these instalments will feature a typically star-studded cast of jammers, including Primus frontman Les Claypool, ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons, Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears, Royal Blood frontman Mike Kerr, Autolux’s Carla Azar, Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa, Chavez singer-guitarist Matt Sweeney and more. Finally, a week later, Lynne and his current incarnation of Electric Light Orchestra will return with From Out of Nowhere. It will be their followup 2015’s Alone in the Universe — and a great excuse for me to rerun my interview from that year with the former Traveling Wilbury and Move member. As always, they weren’t the only games in town when it comes to album announcements. See the rest of today’s additions below, and head over to the Upcoming Releases page to scope the whole fall roster, which is really getting out of control:

October 4

Down By Law | Quick Hits: Live In Studio
Monte Luna | Drowners Wives

October 11

John Mills-Cockell | Pangalactic Perforrmer

October 18

CUP | Spinning Creature
Current Swell | Buffalo

October 25

Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal | Back at the House
Bruce Springsteen | Western Stars Soundtrack
Various Artists | Desert Sessions 11 & 12: Arrivederci Despair | Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels.

November 1

Jeff Lynne’s ELO | From Out of Nowhere

November 8

Schammasch | Hearts of No Light

November 15

ings | Lullaby Rock
The Night Watch | An Embarrassment of Riches
Various Artists | Supergau

November 29

Beat Happening | We Are Beat Happening Box Set
Forest Management | After Dark
Josephine Foster | All the Leaves Are Gone

February 7

Giöbia | Plasmatic Idol