2018 Music Preview: 80+ Notable Upcoming Albums

  • Publish Date: January 11, 2018
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Listed below are over 80 of the most noteworthy albums expected to arrive in 2018. Release dates (when available) are for the U.S. unless otherwise noted.

Definitely

Our first group of releases are albums with firm release dates. They are listed below in order by release date.

Album coverFirst Aid Kit
Ruins
January 19 (Columbia) Amazon iTunes

The Swedish folk duo of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg follow their 2014 effort Stay Gold with a 10-song set that includes contributions from Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Glenn Kotche (Wilco).

WATCH: "Fireworks"
WATCH: "It's a Shame"
WATCH: "Postcard"

Album coverThey Might Be Giants
I Like Fun
January 19 (Idlewild) Amazon iTunes

While that title may suggest it is one of the band's periodic children's albums, I Like Fun finds TMBG in (slightly) older-skewing power-pop mode, and was recorded in the same studio as their 1990 classic Flood. In addition to the 15 songs here (recorded by the full touring band), They Might Be Giants have resuscitated their "Dial-A-Song" phone service, which will feature new music on a weekly basis throughout 2018. (Just call 1-844-387-6962, or use the web version if you are unfamiliar with the concept of dialing a phone.)

LISTEN: "All Time What"
LISTEN: "I Left My Body"
LISTEN: "Last Wave"

Album covertUnE-yArDs
I can feel you creep into my private life
January 19 (4AD) Amazon iTunes

The first Tune-Yards album from Merrill Garbus since 2014's Nikki Nack finds frequent collaborator Nate Brenner joining the band as its second full member. The latter also produced the new record.

WATCH: "ABC 123"
WATCH: "Heart Attack"
WATCH: "Look at Your Hands"

Album coverCalexico
The Thread That Keeps Us
January 26 (Anti-) Amazon iTunes

The Arizona-based Americana band headed to Northern California to record this ninth album, that—both lyrically and musically—appears to reflect the current state of the world. A tour begins in April.

LISTEN: "End of the World With You"
LISTEN: "Voices in the Field"

Album coverDjango Django
Marble Skies
January 26 (Ribbon) Amazon iTunes

Released in 2015, Born Under Saturn represented a sophomore slump that lacked the critical praise heaped upon the London art-rock band's Mercury Prize-nominated 2012 debut. So rather than go back to the proper studio setup where they recorded their second album, Django Django rented a warehouse space to serve as an informal setting more akin to that of their first album (which was recorded at home). Guests include Slow Club's Rebecca Taylor and Metronomy's Anna Prior.

WATCH: "In Your Beat"
WATCH: "Tic Tac Toe"

Album coverNo Age
Snares Like a Haircut
January 26 (Drag City) Amazon iTunes

The L.A.-based punk duo return with their fourth studio album and first since 2013's An Object. Snares does not include the new track the band released last year, "Separation," but it does have a dozen new songs.

LISTEN: "Drippy"
LISTEN: "Soft Collar Fad"

Album coverTy Segall
Freedom’s Goblin
January 26 (Drag City) Amazon iTunes

How many albums will the ever-prolific Ty Segall release in 2018? It's hard to say, but he'll start off the year on an album-a-month pace with the arrival of Freedom's Goblin in a few weeks. It's actually his first solo LP in a full year, following last January's self-titled effort, and it features 19 songs, several of which have been released as singles over the past few months.

LISTEN: "Alta"
LISTEN: "Every 1's a Winner" [Hot Chocolate cover]
LISTEN: "The Main Pretender"
LISTEN: "Meaning"
LISTEN: "My Lady's on Fire"
WATCH: "Fanny Dog" [live on Conan]

Album coverField Music
Open Here
February 2 (Memphis Industries) Amazon iTunes

The seventh album from the English art-rock band led by brothers Peter and David Brewis follows 2016's Commontime. Open Here finds the band backed by a horn section and a string quartet.

LISTEN: "Count It Up"
LISTEN: "Time in Joy"
WATCH: Album trailer

Album coverRhye
Blood
February 2 (Loma Vista) Amazon iTunes

The L.A.-based R&B duo Rhye recorded their debut album, Woman, in a bedroom, and the results helped them rise from anonymity to (semi-)stardom. Now, five years later, Rhye is releasing a follow-up, though no longer as a duo, with original contributor Robin Hannibal not a part of recording sessions (or recent live shows). That leaves Mike Milosh as the brains behind Rhye, though Blood is greatly influenced by the band's constant touring, taking on a more "psychedelic" and "soulful" sound that the debut.

LISTEN: "Count to Five"
LISTEN: "Taste"
WATCH: "Please"

Album coverJustin Timberlake
Man of the Woods
February 2 (RCA) Amazon iTunes

For his first album since 2013's two-part LP The 20/20 Experience, the actor/pop star worked with collaborators including Timbaland, Chris Stapleton, the Neptunes, and Alicia Keys, aiming to blend Americana and modern pop. Two days after the album's release, Timberlake will perform during the Super Bowl halftime show. Following that, a North American arena tour kicks off in March.

WATCH: Album trailer
WATCH: "Filthy"

Dashboard Confessional
Crooked Shadows
February 9 (Fueled by Ramen)

This Chris Carrabba-led emo band return for their first new studio album since 2009's disappointing Alter The Ending. It's their first release for their new label, Fueled by Ramen.

WATCH: "We Fight"

Album coverFranz Ferdinand
Always Ascending
February 9 (Domino) Amazon iTunes

The Scottish indie band's fifth album is their first since 2013's Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (though in the ensuing years they did collaborate on an album with Sparks). Ascending will be their first album with new keyboardist Julian Corrie and guitarist Dino Bardot; they will share the duties formerly held by original FF member Nick McCarthy. Philippe Zdar (Phoenix) produces.

LISTEN: "Feel the Love Go"
WATCH: "Always Ascending"

Album coverVarious artists
Black Panther: The Album
February 9 (Interscope) Amazon iTunes

Kendrick Lamar is the producer and (along with TDE's Anthony Tiffith) curator of this companion album to Ryan Coogler's highly anticipated new Marvel film Black Panther (which opens February 16th; watch the trailer). The album's tracklist is still a secret, though it will contain new music from Lamar, including a collaboration with SZA and (possibly) another with Vince Staples.

LISTEN: "All the Stars" by Kendrick Lamar and SZA

Album coverCar Seat Headrest
Twin Fantasy [2018 version]
February 16 (Matador)
Amazon iTunes

One of the most promising young indie bands to surface in the past decade, the Will Toledo-led Car Seat Headrest signed to Matador in 2015 following years of self-released records. Their Matador period has included two excellent releases: first, a compilation of re-recorded older tracks, followed by a proper studio debut. For album three, CSH is again going back to its past by re-recording their 2011 LP Twin Fantasy in its entirety. Matador will also release a remastered version of the original album on vinyl for Record Store Day in April (and it comes as a bonus disc on the CD version in February). Unsure which version you want? There's a flowchart for that.

LISTEN: "Beach Life-in-Death"
WATCH: "Nervous Young Inhumans"

Album coverBrandi Carlile
By the Way, I Forgive You
February 16 (Elektra) Amazon iTunes

The Grammy-nominated folk/country singer-songwriter returns with a follow-up to 2015's The Firewatcher's Daughter as well as last year's charity covers compilation Cover Stories. The 10-song set is produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings and features string arrangements from the late music industry legend Paul Buckmaster.

WATCH: "The Joke" [live]
WATCH: "The Mother" [live]

Album coverNipsey Hussle
Victory Lap
February 16 (Atlantic) Amazon iTunes

After releasing numerous mixtapes (some, like 2014's Mailbox Money, commercially available), the L.A. rapper will finally release his studio debut album next month. Victory Lap was actually completed early last year, but label disputes have delayed its release.

WATCH: "Rap Niggas"

Album coverOught
Room Inside the World
February 16 (Merge) Amazon iTunes

Montreal post-punkers Ought impressed critics with their first two albums, 2014's More Than Any Other Day and 2015's Sun Coming Down. Record #3 was produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Dirty Projectors) and finds the group moving to Merge Records.

WATCH: "These 3 Things"

Album coverSuperchunk
What a Time to Be Alive
February 16 (Merge) Amazon iTunes

Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), and Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) are among the guests on the veteran indie rock outfit's 11th studio album (and third of the past decade, following the excellent Majesty Shredding in 2010 and I Hate Music in 2013).

LISTEN: "Erasure"
LISTEN: "What a Time to Be Alive"

Album coverWild Beasts
Last Night All My Dreams Came True
February 16 (Domino) Amazon iTunes

After releasing five acclaimed studio albums (most recently, 2016's Boy King), the English indie rockers announced last fall that they would be disbanding. Before they go, however, there's one last release: a collection of new live-in-the-studio recordings of previously released tracks.

LISTEN: "The Devil's Palace"

Album coverS. Carey
Hundred Acres
February 23 (Jagjaguwar) Amazon iTunes

Bon Iver drummer/vocalist Sean Carey has yet to earn the critical acclaim for his solo material that seems to come with every release from his main group. Perhaps LP #3 will change that. Hundred Acres includes numerous contributions from fellow Jagjaguwar artist Gordi (who is touring with Carey in March) and was recorded in Justin Vernon's studio.

LISTEN: "Fool's Gold"

The Breeders
All Nerve
March 2 (4AD)

The Breeders are not exactly the most prolific of bands—All Nerve will be just their fifth album since forming in 1989. But the project led by former Pixies member Kim Deal is now almost fully reunited, with Kim's sister Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson all performing on a Breeders record together for the first time since their 1993 classic Last Splash. Courtney Barnett guests, and a tour follows in April.

LISTEN: "All Nerve"
WATCH: "Wait in the Car"

Album coverLucy Dacus
Historian
March 2 (Matador) Amazon iTunes

The Richmond, Virginia-based artist follows her 2016 debut No Burden with a 10-song set that marks her debut for new label Matador. Historian again finds Dacus working with producer Collin Pastore, while John Congleton handles the mix.

LISTEN: "Night Shift"

Album coverSuperorganism
Superorganism
March 2 (Domino) Amazon iTunes

The young, cosmopolitan, collage-pop collective Superorganism features eight relatively anonymous members (sample names: B, Tucan) who originally lived all over the world and collaborated via the internet, but now mostly share a house and studio in London. (Why Viceland hasn't turned that into a reality show yet is beyond us.) The group, fronted by 17-year-old Japanese vocalist Orono, was signed to Domino on the strength of their viral track "Something For Your M.I.N.D.," and they'll make their full-length debut in March.

WATCH: "Everybody Wants to Be Famous"
WATCH: "It's All Good"
WATCH: "Nobody Cares"
WATCH: "Something for Your M.I.N.D."

Album coverTitus Andronicus
A Productive Cough
March 2 (Merge) Amazon iTunes

The indie-punk band's first studio album since 2015's The Most Lamentable Tragedy is almost the polar opposite of that ambitious release, spanning just six lengthy tracks rather than 29 short ones. Some versions also include a cover of Bob Dylan’s "Like A Rolling Stone." In keeping with the ballad-heavy nature of the new album, TA will embark on a rare acoustic tour this spring.

WATCH: "Number One (In New York)"

Album coverDavid Byrne
American Utopia
March 9 (Todomundo/Nonesuch) Amazon iTunes

One of the rock world's true Renaissance men, David Byrne has had a productive decade, whether it is writing musicals with Fatboy Slim, organizing Color Guard performances, or recording albums with artists such as St. Vincent and Brian Eno. But his last solo album? That would be 2004's Grown Backwards. That changes with the arrival of American Utopia, which features contributions from Eno, Oneohtrix Point Never, Thomas Bartlett, and Sampha and is inspired by Byrne's recent quest to find aspects of the present world that aren't terrible. A major tour is in the works for 2018 (and already includes a stop at Coachella).

WATCH: "Everybody's Coming To My House"

Album coverFrankie Cosmos
Vessel
March 30 (Sub Pop)

What's the next thing for Greta Kline's Frankie Cosmos after releasing Next Thing in 2016? A third studio album (her first since signing with Sub Pop). Hunter Davidsohn returns as producer, and Vessel once again finds Kline backed by a full band, though with a slightly different makeup.

LISTEN: "Jesse"

Album coverManic Street Preachers
Resistance Is Futile
April 6 (Columbia)

Despite once claiming that they would never record another album, the 32-year-old Welsh trio will return in April with LP #13, which deals with themes of memory and loss. It's their first since 2014's Futurology.

LISTEN: "International Blue"
WATCH: Album trailer

Maybe

These artists are expected to release new albums at some point in 2018, but nothing has been officially announced. Consider it an encouraging sign if an album title has been announced (those are listed below, where available).

Lily Allen The Fourth Wall

The English star is expected to release her fourth album (a follow-up to 2014's disappointing Sheezus) this year, and recently released a new track ("Trigger Bang") that could appear on the record. She has hinted that the LP will be extremely autobiographical in nature, making it a perfect fit with her upcoming memoir, due this fall.

Arctic Monkeys

In September, the English rock outfit began work on a follow-up to 2013's AM. It is expected to arrive in 2018, with the five-year gap between albums the biggest in the band's discography. Good sign: AM just announced their first festival date for the summer—which will be their first concert in over three years.

A$AP Rocky

The rapper originally announced that his follow-up to 2015's At.Long.Last.A$AP would arrive in 2017. That didn't happen, obviously, but perhaps 2018 will be the year—though Rocky removed a few Instagram teases about new music that he briefly posted last week.

The Avalanches

No, really. Though the Australian outfit typically takes 16 years between albums, they revealed in a radio interview last year that they are already eight songs into the recording process for their third LP and could have a full album ready to go as soon as 2018.

Courtney Barnett

The Australian singer-songwriter already followed her impressive 2015 debut with a collaborative LP with Kurt Vile last year. This year should bring her second solo album, as Barnett suggested she was nearly done with recording in November.

Baroness

One of the best-reviewed metal bands around, Baroness could release their first album since 2015's Purple this year, though recording was only about halfway done as of November. It'll be the band's first album with new guitarist Gina Gleason, who replaces Peter Adams (who had been with the group since 2008).

Beak>

Portishead's fourth album does not appear likely to surface anytime soon, but Beak>, the excellent Krautrock side project from that group's Geoff Barrow, will release a new album in 2018. It follows their recently released charity single "Merry Xmas (Face The Future)".

Belly Dove

To be clear, we're talking about the Tanya Donelly-fronted college rock band, not the rapper. After breaking up in 1996, Belly reunited as a live act in 2016, and they launched a crowdfunding campaign to record their third album last year. Dove should arrive this spring, though the originally planned April 6 release date no longer seems to apply, since a "pre-release" listening party is planned for Providence on April 14.

Beyoncé + Jay-Z

The celebrity couple (known collectively to absolutely no one as Jay-Cé) confirmed late last year that they had recorded music together prior to Beyoncé's Lemonade. While some of those sessions served as the basis for Jay's recent album 4:44, he did reveal that some of their collaborations remain unreleased. Will that change?

Blood Orange

In October, Dev Hynes reported that he was "78% done" with his fourth Blood Orange album (and first since 2016's Freetown Sound). He suggested that his own uneasy childhood in England will be the focus of the new material.

BROCKHAMPTON Team Effort

Like Superorganism (above), the Texas/California hip-hop collective Brockhampton got its start by collaborating over the internet (originally putting out material under the name AliveSinceForever). Even though they released a trilogy of albums in 2017—concluding only last month with the well-received Saturation III—there's even more new material coming in 2018 in the form of a fourth studio album, Team Effort. A 32-date tour kicks off next week.

Danny Brown

The rapper scored the best reviews of his career to date for his 2016 album Atrocity Exhibition. In November, he revealed that he was at work on his next studio album with a "legendary" producer.

Cardi B

After becoming the first solo female rapper to release a #1 single in nearly 20 years (with 2017's "Bodak Yellow"), the Love & Hip Hop: New York cast member and internet celebrity is expected to release her highly anticipated debut album in 2018.

Chance the Rapper

All that Mr. The Rapper has done so far in his career is score phenomenal reviews, headline Lollapalooza, win three Grammy awards, and receive an Emmy nomination for performing on SNL. What hasn't he done? Release a studio album. But that "debut" (his fourth full-length project overall) could arrive this year, and Chance may even sell it rather than give it away for free as he did his past releases.

Charli XCX

After releasing a pair of mixtapes (Number 1 Angel and Pop 2) in 2017, the English pop artist should return with her third studio album in 2018 after completing recording of most (or possibly all) of it last summer.

Chromatics Dear Tommy

One of several repeats from prior years on this list, Dear Tommy actually had a fairly firm release date at one point in time: February 2015. But Chromatics leader Johnny Jewel destroyed every copy of the completed album following a near-death experience. He has since re-recorded the album in its entirety, though no new release date has been announced. Jewel, who contributed quite a bit of music to last year's Twin Peaks revival, does have a solo instrumental album, Digital Rain, arriving on January 26th; listen to the title track.

Chvrches

The Scottish band spent 2017 in the studio with producers Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics) and Greg Kurstin to record their more pop-oriented third album, a follow-up to 2015's Every Open Eye.

Deafheaven

There's no official word yet on a fourth album from the massively acclaimed metal band whose last release was New Bermuda in 2015. But Deafheaven spent the fall posting pictures of themselves in a recording studio, which certainly suggests they have new material coming soon.

Drake

The hip hop star's follow-up to his 2017 mixtape More Life and his 2016 album VIEWS could arrive sometime this year, though few details are known yet (other than the fact that he announced plans to record the album last August).

Earl Sweatshirt

The young L.A. rapper has been working on his third studio album for at least a year, and reiterated on New Year's Eve that he'll have new music out in 2018. When it arrives, the LP will be his first album since 2015's I Don't Like Shit: I Don't Go Outside.

Father John Misty

Yes, Josh Tillman just released a Father John Misty album, Pure Comedy, only nine months ago. But he was already mixing his follow-up LP as of last summer, though he had a bit of follow-up work to do in the fall.

Sky Ferreira Masochism

Ferreira's full-length follow-up to her 2013 debut Night Time, My Time has been in the works since 2014, with the title announced as long ago as 2015. While there's still no release date for Masochism, the artist just announced that she will release a "visual" EP in February or March.

FKA twigs

Though she hasn't released any new music since her 2015 EP M3LL155X, the English artist has been performing new songs in recent years, leading to speculation that a new album could be on the horizon.

Flying Lotus

After a detour into film directing, FlyLo apparently returned to the studio, since he teased an upcoming new album (for Warp Records) in November. It would be his first LP since You're Dead! in 2014.

Gorillaz and/or The Good, The Bad & The Queen

Gorillaz albums often arrive years apart, but Damon Albarn has suggested that there will be a quick follow-up to 2017's Humanz arriving this year. Albarn has also been working on a second The Good, The Bad & The Queen album with producer Tony Visconti, and that LP (which he described as "an Afro-soul Parklife") could also arrive in 2018. (In fact, that one is likelier than the Gorillaz record, since the band was already well into the recording process in October.)

Hot Snakes

The San Diego post-hardcore act hasn't released an album since 2004's Audit in Progress. But a recent reunion tour led to a return to the studio, and a new album is due this year. Their new label, Sub Pop, will also reissue all three of the band's previous albums next week.

Iceage

After taking some time off so that frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt could pursue his Marching Church solo project, the Copenhagen-based indie rockers will return with their fourth album in 2018.

Carly Rae Jepsen

As of last fall, the pop star reportedly had at least 50 potential tracks ready for a follow-up to her 2015 hit E-MO-TION, with the goal being to narrow those down for a 2018 release.

Kamaiyah Don’t Ever Get It Twisted and/or Woke

The Oakland, California rapper was expected to release her debut album Don't Ever Get It Twisted last April, only for the LP to be held up by sample clearance issues. Instead, she dropped her second mixtape, Before I Wake, in November. This year could bring not only the full album (which could include 2017 singles "Build You Up" and "Successful") but also a mixtape follow-up called Woke.

KMD Crack in Time

The 1990s hip-hop trio of Zev Love X (aka Daniel Dumile, better known later as MF Doom), DJ Subroc, and Rodan dissolved in 1993 shortly before the planned release of their sophomore album Black Bastards after the sudden death of Subroc (Doom's real-life brother) when he was struck by a car. But Doom revived the KMD name last year for a new single, "True Lightyears", with Jay Electronica. A full KMD album should follow this year.

Jenny Lewis

Since releasing her 2014 solo album The Voyager, the one-time Rilo Kiley frontwoman ventured into winemaking and formed a new trio, Nice As Fuck. She spent the early part of 2017 recording new solo material with Ryan Adams (who also worked on her previous album), so a 2018 release seems very likely.

Paul McCartney

The former member of a popular English rock band (Wings) has been working on a follow-up to 2013's New with super-producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck), though it is unclear when the album will arrive.

Migos Culture 2

The Georgia rap trio will release a sequel to their 2017 breakthrough Culture sometime this year (possibly as soon as later this month, though if so, it'll be a surprise release). The new LP will include "Stir Fry" and "MotorSport", with the latter featuring Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.

Nicki Minaj

Though she frequently appears on tracks by other artists, Nicki Minaj hasn't released an album of her own since 2014's The Pinkprint. But her fourth album should finally arrive this year.

Muse

The English rockers last released an album in 2015 (that would be Drones). But in early 2017, Muse revealed that they had returned to the studio to record their 8th LP, and the first single ("Dig Down") arrived last May. The band was just announced as a Bonnaroo headliner this summer, so it would seem that they are gearing up to release something soon.

Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour

The country artist will likely release her third major album (following 2015's Pageant Material and 2013's Same Trailer Different Park) during the first half of the year.

My Bloody Valentine

The shoegaze legends will return with a (relatively) quick follow-up to their 2013 comeback record M B V sometime in early 2018. Band leader Kevin Shields describes the new album as "more all over the place" than the last, though it will be short (likely just 5-7 songs). Also on tap for 2018 are newly remastered, all-analog, vinyl reissues of the band's classic albums Isn’t Anything and Loveless, and, possibly, a tour.

My Morning Jacket

At the time the band released their 2015 album The Waterfall, they revealed that sessions for that album produced enough new songs to fill two albums, spurring speculation over the past several years that a sequel album would surface. It hasn't yet, but frontman Jim James told Rolling Stone last summer that he recently rediscovered the "lost" material and that it would come out at some point once it was mixed.

Frank Ocean

Could a follow-up to 2016's excellent Blond(e) arrive in 2018? Ocean hasn't made any official announcements, but he has been hinting in recent months that work on his fifth album was complete.

Parquet Courts

The prolific indie rockers have promised a "raw" and angry new album for 2018. It'll be their first proper LP since 2016's Human Performance (though they also collaborated with composer Daniele Luppi and Karen O for last year's Milano).

Natalie Prass

We last heard from the Virginia-based singer-songwriter in 2015, when she released her stunning, self-titled debut album. Prass claimed to have finished work on her second album as of last April, though there haven't been any additional details since then.

Pusha T King Push

The rapper has been pushing back the release of his third studio album (which already has a prelude) since it was originally announced for 2016. As of last summer, he was "85% done" with the LP, which features production "mostly" from Kanye West.

Rae Sremmurd SremmLife 3

The hip-hop brother duo's third album follows 2016's SremmLife 2, which featured their hit "Black Beatles." A January release has been mooted, though we're almost halfway through January and there's still no firm date. But the duo performed multiple new songs from the album in concert last month, so a release may indeed be close.

Ray BLK

Over the past decade, winners of the BBC's annual "Sound of" poll for identifying top upcoming talent included Adele, Sam Smith, HAIM, and Ellie Goulding. (In other words, they seem to know what they are doing.) Last year? It was Nigeria-born, London-based singer-songwriter Rita Ekwere, who goes by the name Ray BLK (with the second half short for "Building Living Knowing"). Her debut album, revolving around the theme of "female empowerment," could arrive in 2018, though as recently as November she described process on the album as "slow."

Run the Jewels

Can the duo of Killer Mike and El-P make it a perfect 4-for-4? After releasing three straight classics to start their collaboration, the pair had a relatively quiet 2017. But in recent weeks they have been hinting that a RTJ4 is forthcoming.

ScHoolboy Q

Though a follow-up to 2016's Blank Face LP was originally supposed to arrive in 2017, the rapper was only 90% done with recording as of late September. Surely, he can complete the remaining 10% over the next 12 months, right?

Sleater-Kinney

The indie-rock legends recently returned to the studio, though they admit that progress will move "very slowly" on their new material, which would be their first studio output since their expectation-exceeding 2015 comeback No Cities to Love.

Speedy Ortiz

The Sadie Dupuis-led indie rockers have already released two great records (most recently, 2015's Foil Deer). A third album is rumored for 2018, though there haven't been any formal announcements. The new LP will feature Andy Molholt on guitars; he replaces Devin McKnight, who left the band last year to form his own project (Maneka).

Spiritualized

Jason Pierce's long-delayed follow-up to 2012's Sweet Heart Sweet Light should finally arrive this year. Work on the album was actually mostly complete in 2016, but Pierce decided to re-record some of the tracks after performing a few shows with a full orchestra and choir.

Bruce Springsteen

The rocker revealed the existence of an upcoming solo album back in 2016, but the project has been delayed while Springsteen has busied himself with other projects (including an autobiography and near-constant performing). Much of the material for the new album (which could finally arrive this year) was actually written prior to 2012's Wrecking Ball, so don't expect a political bent to the new songs.

Tinashe Joyride

Fans have been expecting Joyride for at least two years, but the only thing the R&B singer has released since 2014's Aquarius is the mixtape Nightride, intended to hold fans over until she could release a proper follow-up. When the new album does finally arrive, it will likely include her 2017 single "Flame".

Todd Terje

The hard-to-dislike Norwegian dance artist titled his well-received 2014 debut It's Album Time. Well, it looks like 2018 may be album time once again for Terje, and we hope he keeps the tentative title for his sophomore set: Numero Twomero. He recently released a cover of the obscure 1982 track "Maskindans" by Det Gylne Triangel, which could be included on the new album.

Tool / A Perfect Circle

Could 2018 see releases from both of Maynard James Keenan's studio-averse projects? (Of course the answer is "no," but it's not technically impossible.) Tool last released an album in 2006 (10,000 Days); APC's most recent was 2004's eMOTIVe. But the latter group signed a record deal (with BMG) in 2017 and released two new songs ("The Doomed" and "Disillusioned") in the past few months—both very encouraging signs. For Tool, you'll have to take the word of drummer Danny Carey, who swears the band's new album will be out in 2018. That's something, we suppose.

Vampire Weekend Mitsubishi Macchiato

The indie band's previous album, Modern Vampires of the City, is nearing its fifth birthday. In the ensuing years, longtime member (and producer) Rostam Batmanglij not only departed the group, but managed to release his own solo album and another with Hamilton Leithauser. As for VW? Aside from revealing a potential title for their fourth album, and reporting every few months that progress was being made on recording, they have yet to release any new material (unless you count frontman Ezra Koenig's Netflix animated series). The new album appears to be mostly produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, with Rostam helping out on a few tracks.

The Voidz

The side project from Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has shortened its name for album #2, a follow-up to 2014's Tyranny. The album doesn't have a title yet, though it does have a trailer.

Kanye West Turbo Grafx 16

After a relatively quiet 2017 spent mostly producing other artists' work, will 2018 bring West's follow-up to The Life Of Pablo? Or even G.O.O.D. Music's delayed Cruel Winter compilation? Without any updates—other than hints from collaborators suggesting the album could have a videogame theme—little is known about West's next project or when it will arrive.

Jack White Boarding House Reach

Boarding House Reach doesn't yet have a release date, but the former White Stripes frontman will release his solo follow-up to 2014's Lazaretto early this year on his own Third Man label. The new album will include his just-released songs "Connected by Love" and "Respect Commander".

Yo La Tengo

Though they haven't yet announced a title or a release date, Hoboken's best-known indie-rock trio have been strongly hinting that they will release a new album this year, and they have about four months worth of tour dates already booked. It'll be their first release since the 2015 covers album Stuff Like That There (and their first album of originals since Fade in 2013). The album could arrive as soon as March.

Young Fathers

The surprise winners of the Mercury Prize in 2014, the Scotland-based hip-hop trio already have a pair of acclaimed releases on the books, most recently White Men Are Black Men Too in 2015. They recently announced that work on their third album was complete, and they dropped the lead single, "Lord", in November.

What are you looking forward to?

Which albums rank among your most anticipated for 2018? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

Comments (6)

  • joethealien  

    new Kimbra and Janelle Monáe for sure!

  • evii1975  

    The 1975

  • Editors-Choice  

    No "JOON WOLFSBERG" on this list = EPIC FAIL !!!
    Rock Album Of The Year 2018 >>> https://open.spotify.com/album/6274UWHJAPcpus1O6BQWJB

  • ian_mpls  

    How about Typhoon and Porches? Check out favorites from both of those and the already released above on my weekly-updated 2018 Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/iihde/playlist/5mGTQK2oxNaiRU79LxUZmr?si=i2IoMkx0RGy6SG-1vHJAyw

  • mjp1900  

    No Troye Sivan on this list = fail

  • michaeln  

    Asteroids Galaxy Tour has a new album due out in early 2018. The first single should drop any day now. I am excited!

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