Music doesn't just come from stages and amphitheaters. It's blasting out of your speakers in your car, from your alarm clock radio and from that big stereo you've been piecing together in your basement.
Lots of new songs will flow from your headphones and radio stations this fall, and we recommend the following 16 new albums (designated by the dates they drop).
2 Chainz, “B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time” — Drake, Lil Wayne, T-Pain and Pusha T guest on this record from one of the most hyped rappers around right now.
Drake, “Nothing Was the Same” — Drake's music has a knack for getting into our heads and our culture (“YOLO” gained traction after popping up in his song “The Motto”), and we expect “Nothing Was the Same” will be just the same.
Elvis Costello & The Roots, “Walk Us Uptown” — We're excited for this collaboration, which should be a trip. The Roots' funky instrumentation and Costello's, well, interesting voice will be a fascinating pairing.
MGMT, “MGMT” — The trippy, electronic indie band's second album was sort of a letdown, and we hope it bounces back with this one. (Its first record was so, so good.)
Icona Pop, “This Is ... Icona Pop” — Who knew a pair of Swedish women would be the best thing in American pop?
Kings of Leon, “Mechanical Bull” — It's been three years since the rock band's triumph, “Come Around Sundown,” but some time off has been good for the group, which has now moved past its internal troubles.
Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” — We loved “Suit & Tie” and “Pusher Love Girl” from part one of “The 20/20 Experience,” so we expect good things from our current king of pop.
Haim, “Days Are Gone” — This trio of sisters blew us away at Lollapalooza. They amazed others, too, as they announced a major label contract to release this record shortly thereafter.
Miley Cyrus, “Bangerz” — You're still focusing on her MTV performance, but we're listening to her single, “We Can't Stop,” on repeat.
Pearl Jam, “Lightning Bolt” — If the anticipation for news of the album's name and release date was any indication, fans are going to be freaking out for the actual thing.
The Avett Brothers, “Magpie and the Dandelion” — The folk band was so inspired while writing its last album, “The Carpenter,” that they went ahead and wrote another whole record.
The Head and the Heart, “Let's Be Still” — Since self-releasing its debut album in 2009, the band has played countless tour dates, re-released the record with Sub Pop and saw its songs pop up on TV shows and movies. Finally, the band has recorded “Let's Be Still,” and fans are ready.
Katy Perry, “Prism” — How can she keep pumping out such awesome, fluffy pop hits? We love “Roar,” the bouncy first single from this record.
Arcade Fire, “Reflektor” — Arcade Fire, which won the best album Grammy for its last effort, has been pretty tight-lipped on its new album. We know it's out on Oct. 29 (which we found out after the band tweeted to a fan), and we're pretty sure it's called “Reflektor” (which the band is calling its ad campaign). That's it.
Eminem, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” — Have you listened to “Berzerk” yet? There's a reason he's dyed his hair blonde again and will include the song on a sequel to one of his best (and earliest) albums: It brings Eminem back to his hard-hitting, eccentric early stuff. And we love it.
Lady Gaga, “ARTPOP” — Much like Lady Gaga in general, we're not sure what we're gonna get here. We have heard “Applause,” wherein Gaga confesses that she “live(s) for the applause.” We had kinda figured that out already.