The September 2012 New Music Releases calendar finds some of rock’s biggest bands helping to get the autumn off to a busy start at your local record store.

Leading the charge are “that little ol’ band from Texas,” ZZ Top, who will release their first album in nine years, the Rick Rubin co-produced ‘La Futura,’ on Sept. 11.

The ten song collection promises to honor the group’s past while keeping one eye on the future. As guitarist Billy Gibbons explains, “We wanted to recall the directness of our early stuff but not turn our backs on contemporary technology.”

Another legend who recently announced a new release for September is Bob Dylan, whose 35th studio effort ‘Tempest’ also arrives on Sept. 11. Among its ten songs are a 14-minute, highly fictionalized account of the sinking of the Titanic and a tribute to John Lennon.

You’ll also find a wide variety of essential re-issues, with Judas Priest including a vintage live concert alongside a 30th anniversary edition of their classic ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ the Grateful Dead unleashing a massive box set from their highly regarded 1990 tour and a six-disc edition of Velvet Underground‘s most famous album.

You can get all the September 2012 new music release dates below, and in most cases, learn more about the projects by clicking on the links in their titles.

For a continually updated list of new music, films and books headed your way from classic rock artists throughout the year, be sure to check out our 2012 New Music Releases feature.

New Music Releases – September 2012

September TBA
Bret Michaels, ‘Get Your Rock On

September 1
Grateful Dead, ‘Spring 1990′ Box Set

September 4
Ian Hunter, ‘When I’m President
Judas Priest, ‘Screaming for Vengeance – Special 30th Anniversary Edition
Freddie Mercury & Montserrate Caballe, ‘Barcelona: Special Edition
Various Artists, ‘Re-Machined: ‘A Tribute to Machine Head” (Deep Purple tribute)

September 11
David Byrne and St. Vincent, ‘Love This Giant
Bob Dylan, ‘Tempest
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, ‘Emerson, Lake & Palmer’ and ‘Tarkus‘ (Expanded Reissues, vinyl and digital)
INXS, ‘Kick‘ (three-CD + DVD reissue)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ‘The Magic Door
The Outlaws, ‘Anthology (Live & Rare) 1975-1981′
ZZ Top, ‘La Futura

September 18
Peter Gabriel, ‘Classic Albums: So‘ (DVD, Blu-Ray)

September 25
Freddie Mercury, ‘The Great Pretender‘ (DVD documentary)
Gary Moore, ‘Blues for Jimi‘ (CD, DVD, Blu-Ray)
The Outlaws, ‘It’s About Pride
Rolling Stones, ‘50 x 20‘ (photo book)
Pete Seeger, ‘A More Perfect Union‘ (featuring Bruce Springsteen)

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