Fall is in the air and that means two things: sweater weather and a big push by record companies to get lots of CDs into the hands of hungry music lovers. We're premiering some of it on the show today — a diverse selection of well-known artists and rising stars. The music is playful, serious, fun and even celebratory. There's at least one bona fide anthem and a couple of discoveries that we just can't get out of our heads.
One of the key concepts for music this fall seems to be merengue, that fast, hip-moving dance groove from that Caribbean jewel known as the Dominican Republic. It's running a close second to Colombia's cumbia as the rhythm of the moment, and artists like Shakira and Calle 13 are using it in interesting ways.
We also dive deep into indie rock territory to find young artists who we think are worth watching. All we'll say is four words: Girl In A Coma. OK, twist my arm, two more words: Maneja Beto. So we're weak. Here's two more: Carla Morrsion.
As always we weren't able to include every artist with an upcoming release; so, listeners, we're counting on you to complete this list: What are you most excited to hear this fall?