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25 Albums We're Looking Forward to in 2013

January 9, 2013  |  12:01pm
It’s only nine days into the year, and already we’ve heard so much about what to expect in music. Most notably, we got a surprise announcement from David Bowie for his first album in a decade, but we also can’t wait to hear what new material comes from Arcade Fire and the much-buzzed-about My Bloody Valentine album. Below, we’ve listed 25 albums we’re really looking forward to this year. List your own in the comment box below.

Danny-Brown.jpeg15. Danny Brown – Old
Release Date: TBA
“If people are looking for dick-sucking jokes, there isn’t too many of them,” Detroit rapper Danny Brown recently told Pitchfork about his forthcoming album, Old (It comes from the “O” in “ODB”—Not what you might assume it stands for, but Old Danny Brown). If his latest release, XXX, was a foul-mouthed introduction to Brown’s unmistakable flow and delivery, it looks like the follow-up is going to be its “more mature” (Brown’s words) older brother. With collaborations from Kitty Pryde and Purity Ring, we’re all ears.—Tyler Kane

black-keys-468x351.jpeg14. The Black Keys – TBA
Release Date: TBA
While few official details about this band’s new album have been released, frontman Dan Auerbach seems adamant that The Black Keys will release its eighth album sometime in 2013. The follow-up to 2011′s El Camino is also rumored to feature the production work of Danger Mouse, who has worked with the blues rock duo on their past three records.—Hilary Saunders

Yeah+Yeah+Yeahs.jpeg13. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – TBA
Release Date: Expected in spring
It’s incredible to think of how the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have changed in just a decade. They were a fast and dark trio on their debut “Fever to Tell,” but their most recent album, 2009’s “It’s Blitz!” was a dance-filled release that even was accessible for Glee to tackle. You never know what you’ll get from a new YYY release, but we’ll know when their fourth album hits this spring.—Ross Bonaime

mia-photoshoot.jpeg12. M.I.A. – Matangi
Release Date: April 15
Why are we excited for this particular album from M.I.A.? Because it’s been a whole year since she released the intensely hooky Bad Girls with no album attached to it. We’ve been waiting a while. Also, according to the Los Angeles Times, it’s reported to be different from her previous works: less dark and more “positive.” That is, if her label will let go on with it. She thought she’d finished it, the British-born artist said, but her label asked her to “darken it up a bit” as she’d already been marketed as a rebel. But don’t they see? She still is one. With Matangi, M.I.A. is just rebelling against her label, Interscope, now.—Anita George

bowie_next.jpeg11. David Bowie – The Next Day
Release Date: March
Amid Facebook tributes to David Bowie on the singer’s 66th birthday, and following years of rumors regarding the health of the legend, would anybody have guessed that he would use the occasion to announce his first new album in 10 years? No, no one would have guessed that. But the promise of 14 new Bowie tracks is one that’s completely welcome.—Philip Cosores

nick-cave-bad-seeds-push-the-sky-away-300-x-300.jpeg10. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
Release Date: February
We could go on and on about why we’re looking forward to the latest from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The group’s 15th studio album and follow-up to 2008’s Dig, Lazarus, Dig!! was recorded in a 19th-century French mansion and produced by Nick Launay (Gang of Four, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire). But perhaps it’s best to let Cave himself explain why it’s worth your attention as only he can: “If I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push The Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warren’s loops are its tiny, trembling heart-beat.”—Bonnie Stiernberg

breakers_localnatives.jpeg9. Local Natives – Hummingbird
Release Date: January 29
It has been more than three years since Local Natives’ breakthrough Gorilla Manor, and Hummingbird promises to reflect the band’s musical growth and life experiences that marked the last few years. The Los Angeles’ foursome left their home to record with The National’s Aaron Dessner in Brooklyn, while drawing upon time spent with Arcade Fire, the loss of their bassist, and personal tragedies to shape a more ambitious sound and more personal lyrics. Could lose fans looking for radio-ready hits, but could gain some if it’s a masterpiece.—Philip Cosores

Thumbnail image for Telekinesis-Dormarion-608x608.jpeg8. Telekinesis – Dormarion
Release Date: April 2
After a quiet 2012, Michael Benjamin Lerner (better known as Telekinesis) is back with a new album on Merge Records. It follows two rock-solid albums, including 2011’s 12 Desperate Straight Lines and 2009’s self-titled debut, so we can’t wait to see what the evolving songwriter surprises us with next. Throw in a touring lineup of Lerner, Erik Walters of The Globes on guitar, Say Hi’s Eric Elbogen on bass and Wild Flag’s Rebecca Cole on keyboards, and 2013 is looking bright for Telekinesis.—Tyler Kane

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7. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
Release Date: February 5
We’ve been sold on this Scottish quintet’s fourth studio album since September, when the band released an impressive EP of b-sides excluded from the LP. If State Hospital is any indication, Pedestrian Verse will continue Frightened Rabbit’s tradition of crafting excellent textured folk rock.—Hilary Saunders

amok-300x300.jpeg6. Atoms for Peace – Amok
Release Date: February
Let’s, for a moment, move past the surreal notion that Thom Yorke—that pasty, cerebral saint of British rock—and Flea—the crazed, man-child/bass god of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame (and Back to the Future II scene-stealer)—actually decided to form a band together. What ultimately matters is the music that comes from it. With the combined creative output of these men, the result will surely be nothing to sneeze at. After adopting the name Atoms for Peace (much improvement over their original name, “??????”) and booking the occasional venue and festival gig, the band—consisting of Yorke and Flea as well as longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, R.E.M. drummer Joey Waronker and additional percussionist Mauro Refosco—is finally set to release the music previously only heard by those lucky enough to attend their sporadic get-togethers. Titled Amok, their debut album is set to be released by XL in February. The lead single “Default” demonstrates a sound that favors King of Limbs-esque-Radiohead, with its intrinsically layered, staccato electronic beats augmenting Yorke’s reliably haunting tenor. If this single is any indication, Amok will be something to behold. Too often, supergroup can be a dirty word. In this case, it sounds crazy enough to work.—Mark Rozeman

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