Turn It Up: Upcoming Music of 2013

2012 was a good year to be a music fan. Numerous new artists rose to prominence, like the Death Grips, AWOLNATION, and Frank Ocean. New albums by beloved bands like Tame Impala, Radiohead, and Rush were also well received. Overall, I probably enjoyed the debut of new artists the most this year, rather than more of the same from established bands. Many debuted by self-releasing albums over the internet with no need for a contract with a record label, only an internet connection and a desire to play music.

But what’s to come this year? Of course, I can’t really speak on behalf of those unknowns who are hard at work to release their first albums this year, but hopefully the indie scene will be as strong as it was last year.

I can, however, tell you to get hyped, because this is going to be a great year for established artists. Many bands announced last year that they were planning to release a new project, as have groups with tentative albums that have languished in creative purgatory for a while. With that said, let’s look at this year’s lineup.

Tentative cover of "Bankrupt!"

Tentative cover of “Bankrupt!”

Phoenix— “Bankrupt!”

(Due April 2013)

Announced at their website with a page-filling, seizure-tastic flashing strobe light, the French electropop group Phoenix has announced their new album “Bankrupt!”. According to a Rolling Stones interview, the album will drop sometime this April. If it’s anything like their 2009 release, “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,” then it’ll definitely be a hit.

Cover of The Flaming Lips new album, "The Terror"

Cover of Flaming Lips new album, “The Terror”

The Flaming Lips— “The Terror”

 (Due April 2, 2013)

According to band frontman Wayne Coyne, their new album “The Terror” will be “the best Flaming Lips record we’ve ever made.” That’s a bold claim for a group with thirteen albums under their belts. He also stated, “It’s bleak and disturbing, and it’s about why that’s ok.” The group released one of their songs, “Sun Blows up Today,” for their Super Bowl ad collaboration with Hyundai. The album is up for pre-order on iTunes and will have nine tracks.

French Electronic duo Daft Punk.

French Electronic duo Daft Punk.

Daft Punk—“No End”/TBA

(Due 2013 -- TBA)

When it comes to electronic superstars Daft Punk, you can never be too sure about what they’re up to. Rumors have been swirling for the past year about a new album called “No End” accompanied by a pretty official looking album cover. While it’s been mostly accepted that this was probably fake, the group has apparently left their label EMI to sign with Sony Columbia and will releasing a new album this year. It will be their newest album since 2005 (TRON sidetrack aside) and will definitely be hugely anticipated.

Leaked cover of The Stroke's "Comedown Machine"

Leaked cover of The Stroke’s “Comedown Machine”

The Strokes— “Comedown Machine”

(Due March 2013)

Rock group The Strokes’ fifth album is expected to release late March. They released one of the songs, “One Way Trigger,” via their website, and “All the Time” will release Feb. 19 as the album’s first single. The band announced it will be “classic Strokes sound.” News of the album’s name and cover came about when “One Way Trigger” was released, and a savvy fan was able to find these items from the website’s code.

Arcade Fire's debut album, "Funeral"

Arcade Fire’s debut album, “Funeral”

Arcade Fire—Album TBA

(Due Late 2013)

Arcade Fire has said they expect to release their fourth album sometime later this year. According to their manager, the group has been working with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem fame.

The Black Keys—Album TBA

(Due 2013 -- TBA)

The band’s eighth album will come out in 2013 according to drummer Patrick Carney. Frontman Dan Auerbach said, “we won’t really know what it’s going to be like or what’s going to happen till we get in the studio.”

Sadly, this is the cover of Bowie's new album "The Next Day"

Sadly, this is the cover of Bowie’s new album “The Next Day”

David Bowie— “The Next Day”

(Due March 12, 2013)

Laughably bad album cover aside, Bowie’s new album is sure to be full of good music. His first in ten years, Bowie says the album will be all original tracks and no covers. “It’s going to be classic Bowie, but a little of the experimental Bowie, too,” said producer Tony Visconti in a Rolling Stone interview.

They Might Be Giants— “Nanobots”

(Due March 5, 2013)

Brooklyn alternative rock group They Might Be Giants, as always, had a penchant for the weird, and their new album “Nanobots” will probably carry on that tradition. The album will ship this month with 25 songs and will last about 45 minutes.

Queens of the Stone Age—Album TBA

(Due 2013 -- TBA)

QOTSA’s next hard rock album will drop sometime this year and will feature collaborations from Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, and more.

AWOLNATION's 2012 debut, "Megalithic Symphony"

AWOLNATION’s 2012 debut, “Megalithic Symphony”


(Due 2013 -- TBA)

After how much of a hit their debut “Megalithic Symphony” was last year, it’s no surprise that AWOLNATION is back in the studio for a second album. Nothing has been revealed about it other than that they hope to release it late this year.

Of course, there will be many more albums by established artists this year, and with music from new groups as well, 2013 is sure to be a great year for music.

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