New Music Out This Week 9/25: Prince ‘Sign O’ the Times’ Reissue, Sufjan Stevens, Deftones, Steve Hackett, Van Morrison, IDLES, Will Butler


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This Friday, Sept. 25 will bring with it some big-name new music releases from major artists — a mix of genres and music eras, including both new material and reissues of classic records.

PrinceSign O’ the Times Reissue (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

The estate of the Purple One is revamping his 1987 album in deluxe expanded format. It’s been previewed in recent weeks with a handful of previously unheard recordings, including “I Need a Man”:

And “Cosmic Day”:

Sufjan StevensThe Ascension (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

Acclaimed indie/experimental singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens will add to his rich legacy of recorded albums this week with The Ascension, the follow-up to his 2015 album Carrie & Lowell. Stevens has previewed the record with a few songs in recent weeks, the latest being “Sugar” — which received an impressively choreographed music video late last week:

Steve HackettSelling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live At Hammersmith (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

The legendary guitarist known for his work with early-era Genesis as well as his prolific solo career is doing just fine these days, thanks (as he says bluntly in our new I’m Still Standing feature) — and this week, Steve Hackett will release a new live album capturing his 2019 tour.

This tour saw Hackett and his backing band perform his favorite album from his era with Genesis — 1973’s Selling England By the Pound — as well as select tracks from his solo albums Spectral Mornings and 2019’s At the Edge of Light (read our 2019 interview here)

Van Morrison — “Born To Be Free,” the first of three Protest Songs Against Lockdown

Van Morrison is so fired up about COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the U.K. government that the Irish singer/songwriter wrote and recorded three songs in protest of the lockdowns — and the first, “Born to Be Free,” will premiere this week.

DeftonesOhms (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

Ohms is the ninth full-length album from Deftones, and the alt/metal pioneers previewed it with a pair of pre-release songs. The latest, “Genesis,” finds the band sounding as vital and unique as ever:

Will Butler (of Arcade Fire)Generations (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

Generations is the third full-length solo album from Will Butler, multi-instrumentalist known for his work with Arcade Fire over the years.

Butler previewed the album with a few songs, including “Close My Eyes”:

Said Butler of Generations:

“My first record, Policy, was a book of short stories,” Butler says. “Generations is more of a novel—despairing, funny, a little bit epic… A big chunk of this record is asking: What’s my place in American history? What’s my place in America’s present? Both in general—as a participant, as we all are, in the shit that’s going down—but, also extremely particularly: me as Will Butler, rich person, white person, Mormon, Yankee, parent, musician of some sort, I guess. What do I do? What can I do? The record asks that question over and over, even if it’s not much for answers.”

IDLESUltra Mono (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

Idles has earned a reputation in recent years, the Bristol, UK band’s in-your-face lyrical urgency and aggression and penchant for mind-blowing live performances earning the group legions of dedicated fans the world over.

Ultra Mono is the band’s third full-length album, and looks to be another powerful at at times devastating listen:


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