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Pop and Jazz Fall Preview: 66 Albums, Shows and Festivals

EMILY HAINES Fresh off the release of a new LP by her longtime band, Broken Social Scene, this summer, Ms. Haines — who also fronts the synth-rock act Metric — is taking a moment to focus on her own work. “Choir of the Mind,” her first solo album since 2006, is a nuanced meditation on loss and injustice, and a stunning showcase for Ms. Haines’s vocal harmonies. She’ll tour under the name Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton in November and December. Last Gang Records/eOne. Sept. 15. (Vozick-Levinson)

SON LITTLE The songwriter born Aaron Livingston has sung with the Roots and RJD2 and produced the gospel singer Mavis Staples. His own R&B holds on to the grit of the blues amid modern production on his album “New Magic,” due Sept 15 on Anti-. (Jon Pareles)


Gucci Mane will be releasing an autobiography and more.

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GUCCI MANE Gucci Mane has been out of prison just over a year, and in that time he’s become a cuddly hip-hop elder — still a nimble rapper, but without some of his old tartness. He’s been a workaholic, putting out new music at a steady clip. “Mr. Davis” will be his fifth full-length body of work since prison, and a few days later, he’ll release “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane,” his first book. Atlantic. Sept. 15. (Jon Caramanica)

YUSUF/CAT STEVENS “The Laughing Apple,” the folk-rock star’s fourth album since ending his decades-long hiatus from pop music, is an open-hearted embrace of his past selves. The LP’s track list includes updated versions of several songs that Yusuf wrote in the 1960s, and its personnel — including the guitarist Alun Davies and the producer Paul Samwell-Smith — reunites him with the most important collaborators on his beloved 1970s albums. Cat-O-Log/Decca Records. Sept. 15. (Vozick-Levinson)

MARIA FRIEDMAN In a year that marks both Leonard Bernstein’s centenary and the 60th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of “West Side Story,” the British stage star makes her debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below with “Lenny & Steve” (Sept. 19-23). Hailed in Britain, the show brings Ms. Friedman’s caressing drama to songs from Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s vast separate catalogs as well as that fortuitous collaboration. Other scheduled artists include Christine Ebersole (Sept. 11 and 18, Oct. 9 and 30, Nov. 13), the audience favorite Ben Vereen (Nov. 21-25) and, in a welcome encore, the silver-voiced, sharp-witted mother and daughter Linda and Laura Benanti (Oct. 24, 26-28). (Elysa Gardner)


Katy Perry is touring starting in September to promote her album “Witness.”

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KATY PERRY Performances on “Saturday Night Live” and the Grammy Awards; a couch interview with Jimmy Fallon; a therapeutic 96-hour YouTube livestream. The rollout of Katy Perry’s fifth studio album, “Witness,” was so exhaustive it was easy to forget that she hadn’t technically gone on tour for it yet. On Sept. 19, she plays the first of her North American arena dates. This leg of the “Witness” tour runs through early February, with Noah Cyrus, Purity Ring and Carly Rae Jepsen rotating as openers. (Vozick-Levinson)

THE KILLERS One of the most popular bands of the mid-2000s is making a bold bid for renewed relevance this fall with “Wonderful Wonderful,” the first Killers album since 2012. Recorded in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with the producer Jacknife Lee (U2, One Direction), the LP is full of sleek synth-pop hooks with a hint of underdog attitude, as heard on the lead single “The Man.” Island Records. Sept. 22. (Vozick-Levinson)

IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL The radio conglomerate iHeartMedia’s annual music festival in Las Vegas is a reliable place to see many of pop’s biggest names in one weekend. This year, Lorde, Harry Styles, Kesha, Miley Cyrus, the Weeknd and Niall Horan are among the luminaries performing at T-Mobile Arena — but the two-day event, which is hosted by Ryan Seacrest, also has room for rock bands (Coldplay, Kings of Leon), country singers (Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett), rap stars (Big Sean, DJ Khaled) and more. Sept. 22-23. (Vozick-Levinson)

MACKLEMORE “Gemini” will be Macklemore’s first solo album following the breakout success and subsequent tail-off he experienced partnered with the producer Ryan Lewis. The album’s early singles don’t move far from the sound that took him to the top of the pop charts, but they do align his brand of exuberance with the one that hip-hop’s center is beginning to embrace. Self-released. Sept. 22. (Caramanica)

CHRISTIAN McBRIDE BIG BAND “Bringin’ It” is the second large-ensemble recording from Mr. McBride, a prodigious bassist, who uses his horn section to its greatest percussive potential. This is as close as you can get to a classic big band recording in 2017, without blending into the patterned drapes of history. The band plays street-corner-soul originals, balladic standards and a portentous reading of McCoy Tyner’s “Sahara.” Mr. McBride will appear at the Village Vanguard from Nov. 28 to Dec. 10, though without the big band. Mack Avenue. Sep. 22. (Russonello)

LEON RUSSELL Leon Russell’s catalog included both piano-pounding rockers and traditionalist pop ballads. The last album he worked on before his death last year, “On a Distant Shore” leans toward those ballads, with orchestral arrangements behind his reflections on a well-traveled life. Palmetto. Sept. 22. (Pareles)

MOSES SUMNEY Moses Sumney’s debut album, “Aromanticism,” is pure reverie, placing his high tenor and weightless falsetto above slowly undulating grooves that keep drifting toward unexpected places. Jagjaguwar. Sept. 22. (Pareles)

HENRY THREADGILL Last year, this storied multi-reedist and composer released a recording of “Old Locks and Irregular Verbs,” a rumbling composition with keyhole focus and acres of vision. A few weeks later, he won the Pulitzer Prize (it was technically awarded for a different album). On Night 1 of this engagement, he’ll perform the “Old Locks” suite with an expanded ensemble of improvisers, including three pianists. The following evening he’ll debut a new work with a different group, called 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg. Jazz at Lincoln Center. Sep. 22-23. (Russonello)

GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL Do-gooder nongovernmental organizations share the spotlight with pop hitmakers at the annual Global Citizen Festival, a free (with tickets) concert and webcast intended to celebrate and generate antipoverty and human-rights activism. Stevie Wonder and Green Day are the top headliners, along with the Killers, the Lumineers, the Chainsmokers, Pharrell Williams and others. Great Lawn, Central Park. Sept. 23. (Pareles)


Miley Cyrus’s new album, “Younger Now,” will be released on Sept. 29.

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MILEY CYRUS Maybe it was a phase: The wild, lewd, weed-loving Miley Cyrus who twerked on Robin Thicke and toured with the Flaming Lips has been replaced with a more Abercrombie & Fitch version of herself. “Younger Now” features songs written by Ms. Cyrus and performed by the producer Oren Yoel that reach deeper into the singer’s country roots and her personal life; the lead single “Malibu” is a love song about her fiancé, Liam Hemsworth. RCA Records. Sept. 29. (Ganz)

BEN FROST The album’s title is more an affirmation of resolve than a lament: “The Centre Cannot Hold.” Staticky, combustive and crumbling, the latest from this electronic musician is an assault on all forms of reassurance. With titles like “A Single Hellfire Missile Costs $100,000” and “All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated,” it’s all an ab-ex snarl, where pitch and melody become irrelevant. “Centre” has plenty in common with Blanck Mass and, going further back, Big Black. (Steve Albini, the latter’s influential frontman, recorded the album.) Mute. Sep. 29. (Russonello)

NELLIE McKAY Having found musical inspiration in women ranging from Doris Day to the convicted murderer Barbara Graham, Ms. McKay discovered her latest muse in a fellow funny lady who shared her creative fearlessness. “The Big Molinsky — Considering Joan Rivers,” Ms. McKay’s new “musical biography,” will run at Joe’s Pub Sept. 29, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17. Also on tap at the venue: the Illustrious Blacks (Sept. 7, Oct. 26, Nov. 30), Judy Collins (Nov. 21-22, 24-25, 27-30), Betty Buckley (Oct. 12-15) and Justin Vivian Bond, summoning Karen Carpenter (Sept. 15-17). (Gardner)

PROTOMARTYR The Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr makes knotty ideas visceral on its fourth album, “Relatives in Descent.” Its guitars can meditate and roar; its rhythm section is ready to drive a song or fracture it. And Joe Casey’s lyrics — cryptic or blunt, spoken or crooned or snarled — confront all the dire contradictions of the present moment. Domino. Sept. 29. (Pareles)

CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT On “Dreams and Daggers,” a new double-CD (or triple-LP), Ms. Salvant culls from jazz standards, vaudeville oddities and originals. She is wry and unflinching, stating the songs so boldly that their male chauvinism, untenable romanticism or high morality start to form a genre of dark humor. From Sep. 26 to Oct. 1, Ms. Salvant celebrates the album’s release at the Village Vanguard, where much of it was recorded. Mack Avenue. Sep. 29. (Russonello)

NICOLE MITCHELL AND HAKI MADHUBUTI Ms. Mitchell is now the jazz world’s most indefatigable and influential flutist. When she met Mr. Madhubuti, the poet and veteran of the Black Arts Movement, she was just beginning her career. She spent over a decade working at his publishing house and bookstore, Third World Press, and drew inspiration from his example as an artist cum organizer. “Liberation Narratives” is their first collaborative project; the album features a midsize ensemble under Ms. Mitchell’s direction, accompanying Mr. Madhubuti’s poetry. Third World Press. Sep. 29. (Russonello)

THE-DREAM After spending the past two years working mostly behind the scenes — his name appears in the songwriting credits of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” Jay-Z’s “4:44,” Rihanna’s “Anti” and Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo,” among other high-profile LPs — Terius Nash is making his formal return to performing as The-Dream. His sixth solo album, “Love Affair,” features a collaboration with Fabolous. Roc Nation. Sept. 29. (Vozick-Levinson)

TORRES Mackenzie Scott, the songwriter who performs as Torres, trades her former indie-rock band arrangements for brooding, programmed electronic tracks — with long-breathed melodies and electric-guitar incursions — on “Three Futures,” her third album. She’s still grappling with obsessions, betrayals, sexuality, memories and self-revelation. 4AD. Sept. 29. (Pareles)



Benjamin Clementine’s second album, “I Tell a Fly,” will be out in October.

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BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE The unexpected poetry of a bureaucratic document — a visa issued by the United States government, calling him “an alien of extraordinary abilities” — helped inform this British singer-songwriter’s approach to his second album, “I Tell a Fly.” As on his 2015 debut, which won that year’s Mercury Prize, Mr. Clementine uses his striking tenor voice to convey a vision of life on Earth that’s equal parts unsettling and lovely. Capitol Records. Oct. 2. (Vozick-Levinson)

DUNCAN SHEIK The singer/songwriter/composer, who parlayed his knack for moody, shimmering melodies into a complementary career in musical theater (“Spring Awakening,” “American Psycho”) will make his first Café Carlyle engagement Oct. 3-7, showcasing both his solo albums and his Broadway fare. The Carlyle’s lineup also includes a returning Rita Wilson (Oct. 10-21), the fall regulars John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey (Nov. 7-18) and another club debut, by Mandy Gonzalez, a current star of “Hamilton” (Oct. 24-Nov. 4). (Gardner)

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY What’s a rock star to do after writing a best-selling memoir and selling out stadiums for years on end? In Bruce Springsteen’s case, the answer is simple: Head to Broadway. This fall, he’s leaving the E Street Band at home for “Springsteen on Broadway,” an eight-week solo residency at the 960-seat Walter Kerr Theater. The shows will run five nights each week, with Mr. Springsteen interweaving stories from his life with acoustic performances on guitar and piano. Oct. 3-Nov. 26. (Vozick-Levinson)

BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN Two of the world’s most accomplished and innovative banjo players happen to be a married couple: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn. They both push far beyond the bluegrass expectations of their chosen instrument: toward Africa, Asia, jazz and math-rock. “Echo in the Valley,” their second duet album, is both constrained — only what the duo can play and sing live in real time — and audacious as it traverses a world of possibilities. Rounder. Oct. 6. Live at the Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Nov. 11. (Pareles)

LIAM GALLAGHER “As You Were” is the solo debut album of Liam Gallagher, one half of Oasis — the one who looks better in a parka. His voice can be soothing, or sensual. And in moments, he displays his signature snarl, though it would be almost impossible to top the bark he shows off on his Twitter account, on which he routinely pokes at his older brother, Noel. Warner Bros. Oct. 6. (Caramanica)


“Take Me Apart,” from Kelela, will be out Oct. 6.

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KELELA “Cut 4 Me,” the acclaimed mixtape that Kelela released in 2013, established her as a versatile singer who’s equally comfortable on the vanguards of club music and R&B. Four years later, she has completed a studio debut, “Take Me Apart,” which foregrounds her cool, charismatic vocals over production from her longtime associate Jam City and the envelope-pushing Björk collaborator Arca. Warp Records. Oct. 6. (Vozick-Levinson)

JOHNNY O’NEAL Mr. O’Neal, a dazzling pianist and winsome vocalist, has lived out one of jazz’s great redemption dramas. After years off the scene, he returned to New York in 2010, deeply hobbled by HIV/AIDS and rather unknown. Since then, he’s beaten the disease back while building a devout following at a few Manhattan clubs. One of them is Smoke; “In the Moment” — his first studio album in 15 years, and an impressive one at that — was recorded for the club’s in-house label. Smoke Sessions. Oct. 6. (Russonello)

JACOB SARTORIUS Jacob Sartorius was catapulted to fame by Musical.ly, the lip-syncing app, which solved the fame problem but not the, you know, singing problem. Yet, bolstered by top-notch songwriting and producing talent, singing is a problem no more. He has been releasing his own songs for several months now, and his first major-label release will be an EP, “Left Me Hangin’.” The impressive kickoff single, “Hit Me Back,” displays an easy combination of vulnerability and attitude. RCA/Sony. Oct. 6. (Caramanica)

TOKIMONSTA This Los Angeles-based producer has done time at nearly every level of the dance-music industry, recording for the left-field hothouse Brainfeeder and the big-tent operation Ultra Records before forming her own label a few years ago. Her music has only gotten better and more distinctive since then, and her latest album, “Lune Rouge,” is a delightful tumble through hip-hop, EDM, pop and much more, with vocalists including MNDR, Isaiah Rashad and Yuna taking on Tokimonsta’s inventively laid-back beats. Young Art Records. Oct. 6. (Vozick-Levinson)

BECK “Dreams,” the serotonin rush of light psychedelia Beck released in 2015, is indeed on his new album, “Colors,” his first for Capitol Records. It sets the scene well: “Colors” is a bright, goofy amalgamation of the many Becks we’ve met over the years: folky, rappy, punky and funky. Feist guests on the buoyant “I’m So Free”; Greg Kurstin oversees the whole album. Oct. 13. (Ganz)

KING KRULE The baritone-voiced English eccentric Archy Marshall first found fame as a teenager, with a series of strangely compelling recordings that bridged post-punk, hip-hop, jazz and other sounds under various aliases. His best and best-known work has appeared under the name King Krule — as will his new album, “The Ooz,” where Mr. Marshall, now 23, takes listeners on a dark, restless trip down his never-ending stream of consciousness. True Panther Sounds. Oct. 13. (Vozick-Levinson)


Pink will release “Beautiful Trauma” in October.

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PINK Pink is the rare pop star who can rule the world but still come off like a convincing underdog. Five years after “The Truth About Love” — and 17 years after her debut — she returns with “Beautiful Trauma,” an album filled with big-voiced anthems and strong-attitude songwriting featuring collaborations with Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, and the team that assisted Ed Sheeran on “÷,” Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac. RCA Records. Oct. 13. (Ganz)

ROBERT PLANT As sure-footed and wayward as he chooses to be, Robert Plant and his band, the Sensational Space Shifters, continue to forge their own rock hybrids behind his voice, which can be a tender entreaty or a clarion wail. The songs on his new album, “Carry Fire,” contemplate love, history and even a little bit of politics while they continue to juggle ever-shifting proportions of rock, blues and pop along with Celtic, Arabic and African music. Nonesuch. October 13. (Pareles)

KURT VILE AND COURTNEY BARNETT These two musicians, from Philadelphia and Melbourne, Australia, are both deadpan, observant, wily guitar-strumming songwriters. They met on the indie-rock circuit and started recording together when their schedules intersected. As duet partners on the album “Lotta Sea Lice,” they meet on a musical common ground of folk-rock that shades into psychedelia, though they’re well aware of punk and grunge. Matador/Marathon Artists/Milk. Oct. 13. (Pareles)

ST. VINCENT Pop is a vehicle, a form, a challenge, a temptation and an adversary for St. Vincent — the songwriter Annie Clark — on “Masseduction,” her fifth album. Its crisp, catchy but still idiosyncratic songs ponder, among other things, what to make of fame and success. Loma Vista. Oct. 13. (Pareles)


The trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has two simultaneous releases coming in October.

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WADADA LEO SMITH He never really disappeared, but this stouthearted trumpeter is in the midst of a prolonged career resurgence. With “Najwa” and “Alone: Reflections and Meditations on Monk,” to be released on the same day, he’s spreading love and gratitude. “Najwa” includes four gripping, electric-soup originals dedicated to heroes of 20th-century black music, plus one torch song. “Alone” is a solo-trumpet paean to Thelonious Monk. TUM. Oct. 20. (Russonello)

CHARLES TOLLIVER TENTET This fall will be replete with Thelonious Monk tributes: Oct. 10 marks the 100th anniversary of the bebop hero’s birth. This four-day run of concerts might be the best sleeper pick. Mr. Tolliver, a golden-toned trumpeter, has decades of experience helming large ensembles; here he will lead a 10-piece group through a program drawn from Monk’s fabled 1959 concert at the Town Hall. On piano is Mr. Tolliver’s longtime associate, Stanley Cowell. Jazz Standard. Oct. 19-22. (Russonello)

CIRCUIT DES YEUX Haley Fohr has a voice out of a Harry Smith folk anthology: sweeping, shuddering, androgynous, distant, immediate. But she flees old-time shibboleths; hers is its own kind of otherworldly. Some of the songs on “Reaching for Indigo,” her fourth album, feel like laments for lost connections, others like solitary exorcisms. Drag City. Oct. 20. (Russonello)

COLLEEN “A Flame My Love, a Frequency” finds this French multi-instrumentalist and loops artist leaping even further into the watery abyss. Gone is her ancient viola da gamba (until now, a calling card); on this LP, her voice is the only earthly sound. Otherwise, it’s all braided analog synths, blinking and murmuring and afflicting your pulse. She appears Nov. 8 at Good Room in Brooklyn. Thrill Jockey. Oct. 20. (Russonello)


Margo Price has a new album coming out 18 months after her first.

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MARGO PRICE Just 18 months after her debut, “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter,” announced her arrival as a top-flight country singer-songwriter with a taste for sounds from the past, Margo Price is back with a similarly sharp new album, “All American Made.” With its rollicking honky-tonk piano and tender ballads — and on “Learning to Lose,” a duet with Willie Nelson — the LP is more proof that Ms. Price is among Nashville’s most gifted traditionalists. Third Man Records. Oct. 20. (Vozick-Levinson)

JESSIE WARE The British singer-songwriter Jessie Ware is one of pop’s subtlest powerhouses, as many new fans learned from her scene-stealing appearance on Nicki Minaj’s 2014 song “The Crying Game.” Her third album, “Glasshouse,” features contributions from hitmakers like Ed Sheeran and Julia Michaels, but none of them overshadow Ms. Ware as she explores the ups and downs of long-term love with her signature understated passion. PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope Records. Oct. 20. (Vozick-Levinson)

CAROL WOODS The stage, screen and soul veteran, whose credits range from singing backup for Freddie Mercury to Broadway revivals of “Chicago” and “Follies,” will present “Ain’t We Got Fun: The Richard Whiting Songbook,” a tribute to the composer of “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Till We Meet Again” and many songs and film scores between the World Wars, at the Metropolitan Room at Triad on Oct. 20. Others set to play the room include Annie Ross (Oct. 17) and John O’Hurley (Nov. 24-25). (Gardner)

LEA DELARIA Big Boo does Bowie, and more: The wry, multifaceted performer and “Orange Is the New Black” star offered jazzy interpretations of an earlier genre-bender’s tunes on her last album from 2015, “House of David: delaria + bowie = jazz” — the focus of Ms. DeLaria’s current tour, which swings by Birdland Oct. 24-28. The charming, fluid actor and singer Santino Fontana will also make his club debut, as part of the Broadway at Birdland concert series, on Oct. 9, and the sultry-voiced Natalie Douglas will return with a monthly residency, “Tributes,” celebrating Nina Simone (Sept. 25) and Shirley Bassey (Oct. 30). (Gardner)

JULIEN BAKER In her quiet, crystalline songs, Julien Baker reaches into private abysses of pain, longing and self-doubt. Her second album, “Turn Out the Lights” has a luminous intimacy she’ll bring to Town Hall on Oct. 27. Matador. Oct. 27. (Pareles)

KELLY CLARKSON Kelly Clarkson has been talking about releasing a country album for several years. This is not that album. The singer’s eighth studio record is her first for Atlantic Records after 14 years at RCA following her “American Idol” victory. The vibe is pop, and collaborators include Greg Kurstin, Jesse Shatkin and Mick Schultz. And her voice is as big as ever. Oct. 27. (Ganz)

ZACHARY CLAUSE Mr. Clause, a theater artist with a cabaret alter ego named Sherry Duvall-Covington, wasn’t yet born when the cultural moment that inspired his new show took place. But he created “Zachary Clause Does Bette Midler at the Continental Baths, 1971,” premiering at Pangea on Oct. 27 (with additional performances Nov. 4 and 11), after spotting video footage of Ms. Midler as a budding star, accompanied by a then-unknown Barry Manilow, bonding with a largely gay audience. Mr. Clause’s channeling of Ms. Midler will not be drag, he stresses; “Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall” is a better (and obvious) point of reference. (Gardner)


Jay-Z will embark on a highly anticipated tour.

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JAY-Z “4:44,” the album that Jay-Z released this June, is his best work in many years — an unsparing self-criticism session that’s also a reminder of how charming and quick on his feet he can be. The LP went platinum and drew widespread praise, including from some fans who had previously written him off as past his prime. This fall, Jay-Z is taking on the challenge of translating its intimate scale to arenas throughout North America, for a tour that is the most eagerly awaited rap event of the season. Oct. 27-Dec. 21. (Vozick-Levinson)

MARILYN MAYE At 89, Ms. Maye remains one of cabaret’s most stalwart and effervescent crowd-pleasers. After popping up at different Jazz at Lincoln Center venues, the veteran entertainer will stage her first full feature performance there, with a big band, at the Appel Room, Oct. 27-28. Preceding her are the pianist/composer Fred Hersch with Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry, reprising their performances in Mr. Hersch’s Walt Whitman tribute, “Leaves of Grass” (Sept. 15-16); Mary Stallings and the Mike LeDonne Trio hold court at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Sept. 21-24. (Gardner)

GREGORY PORTER The jazz singer to beat these days is a man with a vast, noble voice and a way of winning your trust in a matter of seconds. On “Nat King Cole & Me” he pays tribute to one of his earliest influences, with help from a shoe-tight trio and the London Studio Orchestra, playing arrangements by Vince Mendoza. Blue Note. Oct. 27. (Russonello)

JOHN MAUS It’s been six years since we’ve gotten a full dispatch from the radiated depths of Mr. Maus’s mind. The Ariel Pink collaborator spent a lot of that time getting his doctorate in political philosophy, but his musical formula apparently didn’t change much. On “Screen Memories,” he gives us synths with the glow of an old TV screen, New Order bass lines (minus the exuberance), and lyrics ranging from the deftly ominous (“It’s written on the walls of silence”) to the simply gratuitous (“Your pets are gonna die”). Ribbon Music. Oct. 27. (Russonello)

LEE ANN WOMACK When she was at her pop-country peak in the late 1990s, Lee Ann Womack’s sweet, plangent voice seemed best suited to broad-spectrum ballads. But it turns out that it’s ideal for all sorts of nostalgic country styles as well, from the countrypolitan sound she explored in the mid-2000s to the various rootsy styles on her new album, “The Lonely, the Lonesome and the Gone.” ATO. Oct. 27. (Caramanica)

CAMILA CABELLO This singer’s departure from the popular group Fifth Harmony caused a major stir last year, with Ms. Cabello and her former bandmates trading rival accounts of the break and its origins. Now comes a moment of truth: After scoring a moderate hit with her song “Crying in the Club,” she is making her official full-length solo debut. Syco/Epic. October. (Vozick-Levinson)

DEJ LOAF Three years after her breakthrough hit, “Try Me,” the Detroit-born rapper and singer DeJ Loaf is making her full-length debut with “Liberated.” Executive-produced by Ricky Reed, best known for his work with Jason DeRulo and Meghan Trainor, the album is a savvy play for A-list pop stardom, with glossy beats provided by such Top 40 standbys as BloodPop (Britney Spears, Lady Gaga) and a guest turn from the sweet-voiced soul revivalist Leon Bridges. Columbia Records. October. (Vozick-Levinson)


Jennifer Lopez is coming out with her second Spanish-language album.

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JENNIFER LOPEZ Ms. Lopez’s successful Las Vegas revue, “All I Have,” puts substantial demands on her schedule, but she found time this year to rekindle another passion project: A decade after her last Spanish-language album, the pop star and actress is returning to singing en Español with “Por Primera Vez.” The new LP was produced by her former husband, Marc Anthony, and includes collaborations with the Puerto Rican reggaetón artist Wisin, the Cuban duo Gente de Zona and the Colombian singer Maluma. Sony Latin. October. (Vozick-Levinson)


SWANS The long-running experimental rock act Swans’ reformation in 2010 was followed by three acclaimed albums and one serious allegation: Last year, the group’s leader, Michael Gira, was accused of sexual assault by a former collaborator, whose account he strongly contested. Mr. Gira has said he is dissolving the band’s current lineup after three final shows at the Brooklyn club Warsaw, though he intends to continue recording and performing as Swans with other musicians. Nov. 2-4. (Vozick-Levinson)

KELSEA BALLERINI The breakout success of the young country singer Kelsea Ballerini with her 2015 debut album, “The First Time,” came as a surprise only to those who didn’t listen to the songs, which were smartly written, empathetic and catchy. She returns with her second album, “Unapologetically,” which finds her embracing the pop mantle she’d been fighting for, and scored. Black River Entertainment. Nov. 3. (Caramanica)

SHEILA JORDAN It’s autumn in New York, and at Iridium, a jazz survivor will remain in bloom. Steeped in bebop, Ms. Jordan’s singing is still limber and adventurous, but also marked by discretion, that increasingly elusive virtue. She’ll perform with the Steve Kuhn Trio Nov. 4-5; on Sept. 17, the venue hosts another bebop champion whose work is widely known to former kids of a certain age, presenting the Bob Dorough Trio’s “Back to … Schoolhouse Rocks!” (Gardner)

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG During the six-year break since she last released an album, Ms. Gainsbourg left New York for her native France and focused on film work. The singer and actress has described her new LP, “Rest,” as her most personal yet, with French lyrics that address the deaths of her father and a sister, among other subjects she’s rarely if ever broached in public. Paul McCartney and Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are among the songwriters and producers who helped her get there. Because/Atlantic. Nov. 17. (Vozick-Levinson)


Björk’s new album leaves heartbreak behind.

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BJÖRK After the string-laden heartbreak of “Vulnicura” in 2015, Bjork’s next album turns to hope, new love and a search for utopia. It’s an airy, full-length collaboration with her co-producer Arca, the Venezuelan musician with an ear for edgeless electronic sounds and jolting beats. One Little Indian. November. (Pareles)

Correction: September 8, 2017

An earlier version of this story misstated the name of Margo Price’s duet with Willie Nelson. It is “Learning to Lose,” not “Learn to Lose.”

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