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Coming soon: A new music preview for early 2019

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A number of mega-selling artists in multiple genres have scheduled new albums for 2019, including some still awaiting an assigned release date (Adele, Coldplay, Carly Rae Jepson, Madonna, The Raconteurs, Tim McGraw, and The Who, among many others). Here’s a sampling of the titles we expect to hear over the next month.

Florida Georgia Line“Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” (Big Machine; February 15)

After promising a “90s throwback” record, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley gradually released a few previews of their fourth album, due in full next week. Number one country single “Simple,” released last summer, sets the tone of the 16-song album which will also include four recorded skits featuring the character Brother Jervel. Jason Derulo guests on “Women,” while Jason Aldean joins in on “Can’t Hide the Red.”

Tedeschi Trucks Band“Signs” (Fantasy/Concord; February 15)

One of the best bands on the planet have promised a record to counter “all of the negativity” currently dividing the country, lead vocalist Susan Tedeschi says in a press release. Her husband, guitarist Derek Trucks, says of the album, “It puts me in a zone and hits some raw nerves.” Recorded at the couple’s home studio, “Signs” will feature guest appearances from Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Doyle Bramhall II, and Marc Quiñones.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium“South of Reality” (ATO; February 22)

You’d expect a record by two delightful weirdos to be a little out there – and you’d be right. But it’s also bursting with hooks and surprises. Les Claypool of Primus and Sean Lennon have crafted an album of psychedelic pop that might leave you wondering what the songs are really about but there’s no doubt that you’ll want to hear them again.

Hozier“Wasteland, Baby!” (Columbia; March 1)

The Irish singer’s full-length follow-up to his 2014 self-titled debut will include 14 songs, including lead single “Almost (Sweet Music).” Two tracks from last year’s “Nina Cried Power” EP reappear here, including the powerful title duet with the immortal Mavis Staples.

Dido“Still On My Mind” (BMG; March 8)

After a recording break of nearly six years, Dido credits motherhood for recharging her desire to write new material and reteam with her record producing brother, Rollo, to create a record she calls “a truly magical experience.” According to a press release, most of the album was recorded at home with lead vocals captured from her position on the sofa. Preview tracks “Give You Up,” “Hurricanes” and “Friends” reveal a voice and songwriting chops in peak form.

Patty Griffin“Patty Griffin” (PGM/Thirty Tigers; March 8)

The Grammy Award-winning Old Town native writes an elegy for the area on “Where I Come From,” the lead single from her upcoming self-titled 10th studio album. “Where I come from is a land of many islands,” Griffin sings. “Two rivers run to the east and to the west.” Citing our long winters, closed mills and abundance of fair-weather tourists, some may hear the song as an indictment, but Griffin makes clear her fondness for the Maine of her youth. “I wanted to run far away as I could as fast as I could get, but no matter where I've been I can't escape who I am or forget.”

Weezer“Weezer (Black Album)” (Atlantic/Crush; March 8)

A mere six weeks after releasing a covers record (check out Allen Adams’s review of “The Teal Album” in last week’s issue), Rivers Cuomo and company are set to unveil their 13th studio effort, teased nearly three years ago upon release of the band’s “White” album. In conversation with Britain’s NME, the frontman said “I think it’s going to be maybe like The Beach Boys gone bad. I’m thinking of swearing which is something I’ve never done in songs.”

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