With Robin Hilton out for one more week, NPR Music's Ann Powers and Lars Gotrich join me for a whirlwind tour of a busy release day. We've got the first album in five years by the spiky pop-rock band Swearin' (featuring the great and good Allison Crutchfield); the gorgeous first album in six years by Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power; the heavy, almost absurdly ambitious rock and roll of F***** Up; the versatile country of Eric Church; the springy and inspirational anthems of multi-hyphenate powerhouse Tunde Olaniran; the sprawling, deeply searching rock of mewithoutYou; the rugged metal of Matt Pike's long-running band High on Fire; and Phosporescent's Matthew Houck, whose beatific folk-rock sprawls with winsome approachability.
- Swearin': Fall Into the Sun
Featured Song: "Grow Into a Ghost"
- Cat Power: Wanderer
Featured Song: "In Your Face"
- F***** Up: Dose Your Dreams
Featured Song: "Accelerate"
- Eric Church: Desperate Man
Featured Song: "Monsters"
- Tunde Olaniran: Stranger
Featured Song: "I'm Here"
- mewithoutYou: [Untitled]
Featured Song: "Julia (or, 'Holy to the LORD' on the Bells of Horses)"
- High On Fire: Electric Messiah
Featured Song: "Electric Messiah"
- Phosphorescent: C'est La Vie
Featured Song: "C'est La Vie No. 2"
Other Notable Releases For Oct. 5: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack; Adrianne Lenker, abysskiss; Cursive, Vitriola; Windhand, Eternal Return; Nathan Bowles, Plainly Mistaken; Molly Burch, First Flower; T.I., Dime Trap.