I just poured through the Fall Movie and TV previews and beyond Key and Peele, there’s not much to get excited about. Music on the other hand? Based on the power of these new releases, this Fall will be one for the record books.

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Duke Evers ‘Lions’

It has been way too long since we did a good power pop round-up, which makes this hot new track all the more exciting. If you want piles of guitars, monster hooks, thundering drums and vocals straight outta the 90’s alt rock heyday, then the new single off Duke Evers’ upcoming EP, Handful of Pennies (out 9/23) is for you. The Seattle-based duo of Kyle Veazey (drums) and Josh Starkel (guitar/vocals) met through a roommate wanted ad and soon ditched their day job bands when a few living room jam sessions spun some serious audio gold. Well received gigs at the Tractor Tavern and Crocodile club in Seattle set the stage for bigger gigs at the Capitol Hill Block Party, CMJ 2013 and Italy’s Botanique Festival. At the rate this band is ascending, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis soon won’t be the only mega popular duo to hail from the Emerald City.

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The rest of these aren’t premieres, exclusives or click baits of any kind, but if you haven’t seen them, they’re new to you…

Charli XCX “¢ ‘Break The Rules’

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Charli XCX may have scored top #1 hits around the globe with Icona Pop’s ‘I Love It’ and and Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’, but it’s harder out here to pimp her own music. After 2013’s, True Romance — my ‘Album of the Year’ for whatever that’s worth, failed to turn few heads beyond mine, she finally scored a Top 10 single with ‘Boom Clap’ from The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack. ‘Break The Rules’ leads the way for XCX’s sophomore platter, Sucker, that’s due out in October. Today she tells Buzzfeed, ”I spent about a month making a punk record and covering songs by Swedish punk bands like Snuffed By The Yakuza and stuff. This song was written when I came out of the other side of that punk phase and translated it into something more pop. Obviously, it’s about not giving a fuck.” It’s a good thing, a few of those punkier brewster tracks wound up on Soundcloud and they sounded like demo rejects from We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It. This track, on the other hand, is glorious.

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Haley Reinhart “¢ ‘Show Me Your Moves’

That ‘Jazzy Girl’ from the last good season of American Idol dropped, Listen Up!, perhaps one of the best albums to ever to come from a televised singing competition finalist, only to be dropped by her label and the clutches of the beast called 19 Entertainment. Freedom suits her well, she owns her new masters, her career and the summer of 2014 with this sexy, sultry, playful, booty shaker of an anthem. Get it here.

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The Pierces “¢ Creation

Creation, the fifth full-length platter from this Alabama circa NYC  sister act is due out September 1 in the UK with absolutely no Stateside release on the agenda. So why I am I even bothering to give them an inch of digital press? Well, because they are my favorite band. I shelled out a jackpot wad to buy their last album and two EPs on Amazon UK (close to a year before the US release) and I will do the same again this year. Their last outing, You & I, topped my 2012 Best Albums list, for whatever that’s worth. About $32.74 from what I gather.

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Keith Creighton

Keith is a music correspondent for Popdose and an advocate on women's empowerment, gender identity, and gender liberation issues. He is a monthly new-music contributor to the Planet LP Podcast and is a marketing writer by day for Sudden Monkey.

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