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It can be tough to keep track of all the new music coming out in 2023. Impossible, really. But we can certainly try to cover the ones that stand out. We’ll continue to update this list of upcoming new album releases on our radar every Thursday throughout the year.

January 27

Aoife O’Donovan: The Apathy Sessions
Complete Mountain Almanac: Complete Mountain Almanac
Crosslegged: Another Blue
Deathprod: Compositions
Eddie 9V: Capricorn
Elle King: Come Get Your Wife
Fucked Up: One Day
Half Gringa: Ancestral Home (EP)
H.C. McEntire: Every Acre
King Tuff: Smalltown Stardust
Lil Yachty: Let’s Start Here
Meg Baird: Furling
Popcaan: Great Is He
Quinn XCII: The People’s Champ
R. Ring: War Poems, We Rested
Ruhail Qaisar: Fatima
Sam Smith: Gloria
Samia: Honey
Smashing Pumpkins: Atum: Act Two
The Arcs: Electronphonic Chronic
White Reaper: Asking for a Ride
You Me at Six: Truth Decay

Staff Pick | H.C. McEntire: Every Acre
When Durham, N.C. native H.C. McEntire began her solo career after fronting the revered indie rock band Mount Moriah, she began to explore an authentic Americana songcraft that showcased her exemplary ability to tie nearly unexpressable emotions to nature. But on Every Acre, McEntire reveals that the soil we stand on may not be as solid as it seems. In the liner notes of the album, McEntire acknowledges that Every Acre was written and recorded on traditional territory of the Eno, Lumbee, Occaneechi, Shakori, Saponi, Tuscarora, Catawba, Sissipahaw, Tutelo, Adshusheer, and Cheraw peoples. On the pulsing and spectral duet with S.G. Goodman “Shadows,” McEntire contemplates this predicament weighing Southern traditions against the steps it would take to “make room” for a new way of life. Her poetic lyricism inspires a new perspective, one that zooms out of your limited vision, to understand the places we occupy in a grand existential sense. With minimal arrangements, McEntire and her small circle of musicians—which includes guitarist Luke Norton, bassist Casey Toll and drummer Daniel Faust—never rush or overwhelm with complexity. Instead, McEntrie and Norton’s warm and often tremolo’d guitars hum and converse with Toll and Faust’s laidback southern swing. Every Acre is a profound listen, one that reveals more wisdom the more you surrender to it. McEntire has discovered painful truths in the process, without ever letting herself or our history off the hook. —Pat King

February 3

Ellie Goulding: Higher Than Heaven
Fantastic Negrito: Grandfather Courage
James Brandon Lewis: Eye of the I
John Frusciante: . I :
Robert Forster: The Candle and the Flame
Shania Twain: Queen of Me
Sunny War: Anarchist Gospel
SYML: The Day My Father Died
The Go! Team: Get Up Sequences Part Two
The Men: New York City
The Waeve: The Waeve
Tropical Fuck Storm: Submersive Behavior (EP)
Will Epstein: Wendy
Young Fathers: Heavy Heavy

Staff Pick | James Brandon Lewis: Eye of the I
James Brandon Lewis’ 2021 release The Jesup Wagon introduced scores of new fans to the work of this jazz saxophonist through the music’s fusion of spiritual jazz uplift and avant garde convulsion. For 2023, Lewis is leveling up to work with venerable label Anti- Records and, in response to the bigger budget and grander expectations, working with an even broader palette of sounds and collaborators. That includes a stirring track recorded with D.C. punk trio the Messthetics, devilishly swinging bop and a cover of Donny Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free” that grafts the R&B original to post-rock’s bombast and fuzz. — Robert Ham

February 9

Karen Jonas: The Restless

February 10

Amber Arcades: Barefoot on Diamond Road
Andy Shauf: Norm
Black Belt Eagle Scout: The Land, the Water, The Sky
CIVIC: Taken By Force
Famer Jason: Fish Wish
Kelela: Raven
Laraaji: Segue to Infinity
Liar’s Academy: Ghosts
Lisa O’Neill: All of This Is Chance
Liv.e: Girl in the Half Pearl
Maps: Counter Melodies
Mogwai: Mogwai Young Team
Paramore: This Is Why
Pearla: Oh Glistening Onion, The Nighttime Is Coming
Pink: Trustfall
Quasi: Breaking the Balls of History
Rob Ickles and Trey Hensley: Living in a Song
Supreme Beings of Leisure: 22
Tennis: Pollen
The Brian Jonestown Massacre: Your Future Is Your Past
Yo La Tengo: This Stupid World

Staff Pick | Andy Shauf: Norm
Andy Shauf threads the needle with his typical gentleness, subtle as he treads over trepidation on “Catch Your Eye,” off Norm. His vocals pull everything together so carefully that you can just imagine him nervously hovering, bated breath setting the atmosphere for the track. The song turns around the story of a grocery store missed connection, the whole thing shivering with an air of melancholy undeniably covering everything as Shauf repeats, “I need to meet you / I need to catch your eye.” The singles released off Norm create a confusing logistics puzzle as we are handed pieces of a concept album, left to figure out the clues preemptively. “Wasted On You,” the first release from the LP, carried a lighter sound than most Shauf material, with a flourishing bounce to it grounded by opening line, “What happens when they die?” In a collection of small moments, the artist intends to leave us with a lot to think about, with even seemingly simple lyrics lingering in one’s mind for hours. —Rosa Sofia Kaminski

February 14

Staff Pick | Caroline Polachek: Desire, I Want to Turn Into You
What better release date than Feb. 14 for Caroline Polachek’s new album, Desire, I Want To Turn Into You to that list. Happy day of love, indeed. On the single “Welcome To My Island,” Polachek’s pure and piercing vocals arc over the intro to the song, becoming a scream that explores a range of octaves. Electric guitars mix in for the artist’s signature sound, with elements of hyperpop, choral music and supporting undertones of indie rock. With a number of producers—Dan Nigro (who worked with Polachek before on her break out track “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings”), Danny L Harle, A. G. Cook, Jim E-Stack and Polachek herself—the track is a mix of flavors, most of them distinctly Polachek. The tone bounces between deeply in love and claustrophobically obsessive, with that wry twist of humor that marks Polachek’s lyricism. And when Polachek sings “Flew / The ocean blue,” she truly does sound like she’s taking off. —Rosa Sofia Kaminski

February 15

Shonen Knife: Our Best Place

February 17

Anna B. Savage: in|Flux
Avey Tare: 7s
Pile: All Fiction
Ron Sexsmith: The Vivian Lane
Runnner: Like Dying Stars
Screaming Females: Desire Pathway
Secret Machines: The Moth, The Lizard, And the Secret Machines
V/A: Birthright: A Black Roots Music Compendium

Staff Pick | Runnner: Like Dying Stars
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Noah Weinman has announced his debut album as Runnner, Like Dying Stars, We’re Reaching Out, on Run For Cover Records. Lead single “i only sing about food” is out now alongside a music video. Our first preview of Like Dying Stars, lead single “i only sing about food,” finds Weinman continuing to refine his sound, splitting the difference between the ghostly indie-folk of his peer (and collaborator) Skullcrusher and the hooky bedroom-pop confessionals of Field Medic. Looping banjo plucks and acoustic guitar chords fade in over a rapid-fire drum loop, with whirling synths flickering in and out of the mix. Meanwhile, Weinman wrestles with his own internal monologue, struggling not only to express himself, but also to deal with the emotions that disconnect engenders (“I cried in your car / When I couldn’t find the words I was looking for”). Hooky and brief, the track pairs its lightness with the urgency of a search for badly needed relief from the pitfalls of one’s own mind. Piano and wordless vocal harmonies carry the track through its home stretch, Weinman’s vocal falling silent as if he’s focused on imagining a future in which he can just be understood. —Scott Russell

February 24

Adam Lambert: High Drama
Algiers: Shook
Braxton Cook: Who Are You When No One Is Watching?
Death Valley Girls: Islands in the Sky
Dierks Bentley: Gravel & Gold
En Attendant Ana: Principia
Gina Birch: I Play My Bass Louder
Godsmack: Lighting Up the Sky
Gorillaz: Cracker Island
Heinali: Kyiv Eternal
Iris DeMent: Workin’ on a World
John Lee Hooker: Burnin’
Logic: College Park
Lucero: Should’ve Learned by Now
Miss Grit: Follow the Cyborg
Neutral Milk Hotel: The Collected Works of Neutral Milk Hotel
Philip Selway: Strange Dance
Shame: Food for Worms
The Church: The Hypnogogue
The Necks: Travel
Tiësto: Drive
U.S. Girls: Bless This Mess

Staff Pick | U.S. Girls: Bless This Mess
In 2020, U.S. Girls, Meg Remy’s electro-pop stage name, released Heavy Light, one of the year’s sweetest experimental records. It would garner an Alternative Album of the Year nomination at the Juno Awards in 2021 and set expectations high for whatever Remy’s next record would become. Fast-forward to 2023 and Remy has returned with Bless This Mess a sign-of-the-times project conducted in the wake of a still-going pandemic and Remy’s pregnancy in 2022. From the seething guitars of “Futures Bet” to the scaled-back, stringed balladry of the title track, Remy is uninterested in making the same record twice. Bless This Mess, the Toronto-based musician’s eighth studio album since 2008, is daring, diverse and enchanting. If Bless This Mess marks an apex for Remy, whose 2018 record In a Poem Unlimited remains one of the best electronic projects of the last decade, may it continue burning on in perpetuity. —Matt Mitchell

March 3

Daisy Jones & The Six: Aurora
Ella Vos: Superglue
Elvis Costello: The Songs of Bacharach & Costello
Fake Names: Expendables
Kate NV: Wow
Macklemore: Ben
Ron Gallo: Foreground Music
slowthai: Ugly
Tanukichan: GIZMO
The Minks: Creatures of Culture
Whitney Walker: A Dog Staring Into a Mirror
Xiu Xiu: Ignore Grief

March 10

Ane Brun: Portrayals
Fever Ray: Radical Romantics
Frankie Rose: Love As Projection
Godcaster: Godcaster
Lana Del Rey: Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd
Lonnie Holley: Oh Me Oh My
Meet Me @ the Alter: Past/Present/Future
Miley Cyrus: Endless Summer Vacation
Rival Sons: Darkfighter
Shalom: Sublimation
Shana Cleveland: Manzanita
Sleaford Mods: UK Grim
Van Morrison: Moving On Skiffle

Staff Pick | Lonnie Holley: Oh Me Oh My
Alabama visual artist and musician Lonnie Holley has a new album on the way. Oh Me Oh My comes out March 10th on Jagjaguwar, and the first single “Oh Me Oh My,” featuring R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe is already out. Following his 2018 debut MITH—one of Paste’s best albums of that year—Oh Me Oh My features several collaborators beyond Stipe, including Sharon Van Etten on “None of Us Have But a Little While,” Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on “Kindness Will Follow Your Tears,” Moor Mother on two tracks and Rokia Koné on “If We Get Lost They Will Find Us.” Produced by Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., The Cure, Modest Mouse), Oh Me Oh My focuses Holley’s stream-of-consciousness lyrics over gorgeously layered droning instrumentation. “The deeper we go,” he sings on the title track, “the more chances there are, for us to understand the oh-me’s and understand the oh-my’s.” —Josh Jackson

March 15

Aly & AJ: With Love From

March 17

100 Gecs: 10,000 Gecs
All Time Low: Tell ‘Em I’m Alive
Black Honey: A Fistful of Peaches
M83: Fantasy
Say Hi: Elecrocution Prattle
Sonny Rollins: Go West!: The Contemporary Records Albums
The Cash Box Kings: Oscar’s Motel
The Lost Days: In the Store
U2: Songs of Surrender

Staff Pick | M83: Fantasy
French electronic legends M83 are back for their first full-length album since 2019’s DSVII. Fantasy was recorded over the past two years by Anthony Gonzalez, Joe Berry and Justin Meldal-Johnsen after wanting to make a record that felt like a room of musicians jamming. Lead single “Oceans Niagara” is atmospheric, gentle and sprawling. “I wanted to create this sense of friendship. Listening to that song, I imagine people running, driving fast, or riding spaceships together,” Gonzalez said about the single. “It’s this sense of going forward, like a magic potion that you take to discover new worlds.” The fusion of synthesizers and guitars serves as a callback to the band’s great 2005 album Before the Dawn Heals Us. After celebrating the 10th anniversary of their seminal album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming in 2021, M83 aims to further solidify their places among the echelons of dream pop on Fantasy. —Matt Mitchell

March 24

Caroline Rose: The Art of Forgetting
Fall Out Boy: So Much (For) Stardust
Kate Davis: Fish Bowl
Katie Melua: Love & Money
Kele: The Flames Pt. 2
Matt Corby: Everything’s Fine
Nickel Creek: Celebrants

Staff Pick | Nickel Creek: Celebrants
After an extended hiatus that saw all three of its members reaching new heights of acclaim in the music industry, Americana/bluegrass supergroup Nickel Creek has reunited to release and tour on their first new album in nine years. The group announced the release of Celebrants, out March 24 via Thirty Tigers.. Since releasing their last album, 2014’s A Dotted Line, each member of Nickel Creek has been constantly busy. Thile hosted American radio variety show Live From Here (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) from 2016-2020, until the show concluded. Sean Watkins released solo material and recorded with fellow Nickel Creek member Sara Watkins in the sibling project Watkins Family Hour. And Sara may have been the most dizzyingly active of all, working on the aforementioned sibling duo, along with Grammy-winning roots trio supergroup I’m With Her, alongside Aoife O’Donovan and Sarah Jarosz. She’s likewise recorded in recent years with everyone from Phoebe Bridgers to The Killers. Celebrants, meanwhile, apparently “explores the inherent dynamics of human connection,” according to the band, across a surprisingly lush 18 tracks that “address love, friendship and time with lyrics both poetic and plain-spoken, as they see bridges built, crossed, burned and rebuilt.” The album was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A, where the band will return to debut the new material with three “very special” sold-out shows at the historic Ryman Auditorium on April 27, 28 and 29. Additional tour dates will be announced soon. —Jim Vorel

March 31

Alberta Cross: Sinking Ships
Boygenius: The Record
City and Colour: The Love Still Held Me Near
Deerhoof: Miracle Level
Eddie Chacon: Sundown
James Holden: Imagine This Is a High Dimensional Space of All Possibilities
Michigander: It Will Never Be the Same (EP)
Murray A. Lightburn: Once Upon a Time in Montreal
Peter Case: Doctor Moan
The Hold Steady: The Price of Progress
The New Pornographers: Continue As Guest
The Zombies: Dropped Reeling & Stupid

Staff Pick | Boygenius: The Record
Back in 2018 a trio of beloved singer/songwriters announced a new supergroup. Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus had united to become boygenius, releasing a self-titled six-song collection that Paste named that year’s best EP. If we complained that it’s only (forgivable) flaw was that it was too short, the trio has just announced it’ll be righting that wrong with a full-length album, the record, coming out on Interscope Records. The album was produced by Baker, Bridgers and Dacus, along with Catherine Marks, and recorded at Shangri-la Studios in Malibu, Calif., over a month of 10-hour days of writing and re-writing and recording an unfathomable number of guitar parts. The album announcement comes with the release of the first three singles: Baker wrote ”$20,” the hardest-hitting of the trio of new tracks. “In another life we were arsonists,” she sings, as they all seem to set virtual fire to their instruments. It’s a joy to hear boygenius turn it up to 11 as the song crescendos with a chorus of singing and shouting and shredding and beating holes into the drums. “Emily I’m Sorry,” on the other hand is a lovely Bridgers-penned ballad. The harmonies and counter-singing on the chorus are a wonderful reminder of why we loved this particular supergroup. The three friends complement each other so well, adding a musical complexity to the most straight-forward songs. Dacus wrote and takes lead on “True Blue.” “I can’t hide from you like I hide from myself,” she sings. “I remember who I am when I’m with you / Your love is tough, your love is tried and true blue.” The care and craft of a month in the studio comes through beautifully in this soaring anthem built on top of atmospheric guitar that gives weight to the sisterly love she celebrates. —Josh Jackson

April 7

Blondshell: Blondshell
Daughter: Stereo Mind Game
Mudhoney: Plastic Eternity
Overcoats: Winner
Ruston Kelly: The Weakness
Wednesday: Rat Saw God
Yaeji: With a Hammer

Staff Pick | Wednesday: Rat Saw God
Asheville rockers Wednesday have returned with their fifth studio album, Rat Saw God. It’s the band’s first project of new music since Twin Plagues in 2021, though they released a record of covers, Mowing the Leaves Instead of Piling ‘em Up last year. Twin Plagues established Wednesday as a premiere rock band unafraid of mixing the soft and the loud. Kicked off by the heavy, sprawling, eight-minute single “Bull Believer,” Wednesday are proving why Rat Saw God is one of the most-anticipated albums of 2023. The track covers an entire country of sounds, pointing to Wednesday’s continued growth as a collective. The production is tight, the guitar work is immense and Karly Hartzman’s vocals are aweing. Hoping to build on the successes of their past two records, along with guitarist MJ Lenderman’s acclaimed 2022 solo effort Boat Songs, Wednesday are back with a well-curated vengeance. —Matt Mitchell

April 14

Bodywash: I Held the Shape While I Could
Fenne Lily: Big Picture
Fruit Bats: A River Running to Your Heart
Kid Koala: Creatures of Late Afternoon
Metallica: 72 Seasons
Natalie Merchant: Keep Your Courage
Temples: Exotico

Staff Pick | Fenne Lily: Big Picture
Bristol-born musician Fenne Lily’s third album Big Picture is one of the best forthcoming singer/songwriter projects on the docket in 2023. A follow-up to 2020’s BREACH, Big Picture is beautiful and tender, brimming with sharp lyricism and storytelling. The album was mixed by Jay Som’s Melina Duterte and some of the songs were done with contributions from Christian Lee Huston and Katy Kirby. Headlined by the mystical lead single “Lights Light Up,” Lily, again, is showcasing why she is one of the brightest songwriters we’ve got right now. “Lights Light Up” features a hypnotizing, supple guitar part paired with a well-paced snare drum. “We held each other while everything burned up ’round us / And inside of me, too / That’s called love,” Lily sings on the track. Big Picture is a detour from Lily’s tales of retrospect on BREACH, as she fills the tracklist with vivid imagery of the present, sketching out a novela-in-song about two people doing whatever they can to keep their heads above water. “Writing this album was my attempt at bringing some kind of order to the disaster that was 2020,” Lily said of the album in a statement. “By documenting the most vulnerable parts of that time, I felt like I reclaimed some kind of autonomy.” Big Picture is a confident catalog of love amid a mirage of unanswerable questions and doubts. —Matt Mitchell

April 21

Cinder Well: Cadence
Everything But The Girl: Fuse
Ian Hunter: Defiance Part 1
The Smashing Pumpkins: Atum
The Heavy: Amen

April 28

Braids: Euphoric Recall
Country Westerns: Forgive the City
Joseph: The Sun
The National: First Two Pages of Frankenstein
Neil Gaiman and FourPlay String Quartet: Signs of Life
Zoon: Bekka Ma’ingan

Staff Pick | The National: First Two Pages of Frankenstein
For the first time in four years, Brooklyn rock band The National have returned with new music. First Two Pages of Frankenstein, the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2019 record I Am Easy To Find, will arrive on April 28 via 4AD. The record will be the National’s ninth studio album since their self-titled debut in 2001 and will feature guest appearances from Sufjan Stevens, Phoebe Bridgers and Taylor Swift. First Two Pages of Frankenstein serves as the band’s first new music since their 2021 single “Weird Goodbyes,” which featured vocals from Bon Iver. The first single teased from First Two Pages of Frankenstein, “Tropic Morning News,” points to the National taking an upbeat direction akin to their 2013 project Trouble Will Find Me. With glittering guitars, atmospheric synths and Matt Berninger’s sprawling vocals, “Tropic Morning News” is an amalgamation of everything that makes a perfect National song work: fine-tuned arrangements, contemplative yet vulnerable lyrics from Berninger and a great, soul-awakening Aaron Dessner guitar part. —Matt Mitchell

May 12

Cattle Decapitation: Terrasite
Esban and the Witch: Hold Sacred
Eluvium: Whirring Marvels In) Consensus Reality
Overmono: Good Lies

May 19

Allie Crow Buckley: Utopian Fantasy
Dave Matthews Band: Walk Around the Moon

May 26

AJJ: Disposable Everything
Arlo Parks: My Soft Machine
Miya Folick: Roach
Sparks: The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte

Staff Pick | Arlo Parks: My Soft Machine
After a year spent touring with Harry Styles, Clairo and Billie Eilish, among others, Arlo Parks’ sophomore album, My Soft Machine, the awaited follow-up to her Grammy-nominated debut Collapsed in Sunbeams, is finally on the horizon. With a title lifted from Joanna Hogg’s 2019 film The Souvenir, Parks is aiming to reckon with the highs and lows of her 20s. “This record is life through my lens, through my body—the mid-20’s anxiety, the substance abuse of friends around me, the viscera of being in love for the first time, navigating P.T.S.D. and grief and self-sabotage and joy, moving through worlds with wonder and sensitivity—what it’s like to be trapped in this particular body,” Parks said of My Soft Machine in a statement. Lead single “Weightless” is a fit of electronic joy that puts Parks’ soft vocals on a pedestal at the track’s forefront, a trend that continues across the singer-songwriter’s entire record. —Matt Mitchell

June 2

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: Council Skies


A$AP Rocky: Don’t Be Dumb
Aly & AJ: With Love From
Azealia Banks: Fantasea II: The Second Wave
Bat For Lashes: The Dream of Delphi
Beyoncé: Act II & Act III
Danny Brown: Quaranta
Depeche Mode: Memento Mori
Diddy: No Way Out 2
Grimes: BOOK 1
GZA: Dark Matter
J. Cole: It’s a Boy
Janet Jackson: Black Diamond
Jennifer Lopez: This Is Me… Now
Mac Ayres: Comfortable Enough
Meek Mill: Dream Catching
Morrissey: Bonfire of Teenagers
Playboi Carti: Music
Rihanna: R9
Sky Ferreira: Masochism
Snoop Dogg: Missionary
Sum 41: Heaven and Hell
Swans: Is There Really a Mind?
Wesley Joseph: Glow