2015 Music Preview: 50+ Notable Upcoming Albums

  • Publish Date: January 19, 2015
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Listed below in alphabetical order are some of the most noteworthy albums expected to arrive in 2015. Release dates (when available) are for the U.S. unless otherwise noted.

Albums with announced release dates

Action Bronson
Mr. Wonderful
March 24 (Vice/Atlantic)

The rapper and food-lover's major-label debut will feature Chance the Rapper, Chauncy Sherod, and Party Supplies. The latter is also one of the album's producers, along with the Alchemist, Mark Ronson, and Noah "40" Shebib. Will there be a Billy Joel sample? Why yes, there will.

LISTEN: "Actin Crazy"
WATCH: "Easy Rider"

ImageAphex Twin
Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2
January 23 (Warp) Amazon iTunes

It looks like Richard James is making up for lost time. A mere four months after releasing Syro, his first new album in 13 years, he returns with even more new material in the form of a mini-album. Clocking in at nearly half an hour, the EP features 13 new tracks with typical Aphex Twin titles like "disk prep calrec2 barn dance [slo]" and "hat 2b 2012b." And, no, there was no part 1.

ImageJoey Bada$$
B4.DA.$$
January 20 (Pro Era/Cinematic)
Amazon iTunes

Two years after releasing his mixtape Summer Knights, the 19-year-old (who turns 20 tomorrow) Brooklyn rapper and Pro Era co-founder will finally release his debut studio album this week. Production comes from the likes of Statik Selektah, Hit-Boy, DJ Premier, and fellow Pro Era members Kirk Knight and Chuck Strangers.

LISTEN: "Big Dusty"
LISTEN: "Curry Chicken"
LISTEN: "No. 99"
LISTEN: "On and On"
LISTEN: "Run Up On Ya" (feat. Action Bronson and Elle Varner)
LISTEN: "Teach Me" (feat. Kiesza)
WATCH: "Christ Conscious"

ImageBelle and Sebastian
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
January 20 (Matador) Amazon iTunes

The Glasgow indie pop band's first studio album since 2010's Belle and Sebastian Write About Love was produced by Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective). Longtime fans might be surprised by the new album's disco-fied, synth-pop approach, but critics seem to approve of the new sound. A spring tour is also in the works.

LISTEN: Full album stream (NPR)
WATCH: Album trailer
WATCH: "The Party Line"

Björk
Vulnicura
tbd March (One Little Indian)

The Icelandic iconoclast's follow-up to Biophilia features tracks produced by the in-demand Arca (who has also worked with Kanye West and FKA twigs in recent years) as well as The Haxan Cloak. An apparent online leak of the album over the weekend suggests that the LP will feature nine songs, including a collaboration with Antony Hegarty. Björk has a number of New York City concerts (including a pair of dates at Carnegie Hall) scheduled throughout March and April, to coincide not just with the album's release but also an upcoming career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

ImageWill Butler
Policy
March 10 (Merge)
Amazon iTunes

The Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist (and brother of that band's frontman, Win Butler)—also an Academy Award nominee for his score (along with Owen Pallett) for the Spike Jonze film Her—will make his solo debut with this album recorded in just one week at Electric Lady Studios in New York. Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara also performs on the album.

LISTEN: "Take My Side"
WATCH: Album trailer

ImageChromatics
Dear Tommy
tbd February (Italians Do It Better)

Chromatics, one of several synth-pop projects led by Johnny Jewel (and perhaps best known for their contribution to the Drive soundtrack), are expected to release their follow-up to the excellent 2012 album Kill for Love within the next few weeks. The album will contain a new version of "Cherry" from last year's After Dark 2 compilation. Jewel may also release Body Work, a new album from his Glass Candy project, later this year.

ImageDan Deacon
Gliss Riffer
February 24 (Domino) Amazon iTunes

The electronic musician and composer's first album since 2012's America is a self-produced set that is smaller in scope than recent releases. Thus, you won't find a full orchestra playing on Gliss Riffer, though you will find a greater emphasis on Deacon's vocals.

WATCH: Album trailer
WATCH: "Feel the Lightning"

ImageDeath Cab for Cutie
Kintsugi
March 31 (Atlantic)

The band's first album since 2011's Codes and Keys will also be their last with founding guitarist/producer Chris Walla, who has left the band after 17 years. He did, however, stick around long enough to contribute every one of Kintsugi's 11 tracks—though it's the first DCFC album he didn't produce (with those duties falling to Rich Costey instead). Death Cab plan to continue on as a trio rather than replace Walla.

ImageDeath Grips
The Powers That B 2xCD
March 31 (Harvest) Amazon

For a group that broke up last year, Death Grips remain remarkably prolific. This month has already seen the Sacramento hip hop outfit release a free instrumental album, Fashion Week. Next up in the spring is the commercial release of their double (farewell?) album The Powers That B. That album will combine two previously released digital albums, the Björk-sampling Niggas on the Moon (out last year) and the delayed Jenny Death (not out yet, but should be soon). After that, who knows?

LISTEN: Fashion Week full album stream (or get as a free download)
LISTEN: Niggas on the Moon full album stream
WATCH: "Inanimate Sensation"

ImageThe Decemberists
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
January 20 (Capitol) Amazon iTunes

Tucker Martine returns as producer for the Colin Meloy-led indie band's seventh studio album, which comes after a rare four-year break from the studio. While still short of their mid-2000s peak, the new album is receiving reviews similar to those of the band's prior release, 2011's The King Is Dead.

LISTEN: Full album (iTunes Radio)
WATCH: "A Beginning Song" (lyric video)
WATCH: "Lake Song" (lyric video)
WATCH: "Make You Better"
WATCH: "The Wrong Year" (lyric video)

ImageBob Dylan
Shadows in the Night
February 3 (Columbia)
Amazon iTunes

Dylan's first studio album since 2012's Tempest (and 36th overall) is composed entirely of Frank Sinatra covers. Shadows in the Night finds the singer backed by a 5-piece band (rather than the larger orchestra typically accompanying Sinatra) on 10 tracks that include "I'm a Fool to Want You," "Autumn Leaves," and "That Lucky Old Sun."

LISTEN: "Full Moon and Empty Arms"

ImageErase Errata
Lost Weekend
January 20 (Under the Sun) Amazon iTunes

Bay Area-based post-punk outfit Erase Errata released a trio of albums in the early 2000s and then mostly disappeared from the music scene for much of the next decade (though they did issue a 2010 single, "Damaged"). This week, they make an unexpected return with their self-released fourth album Lost Weekend.

LISTEN: Full album (Noisey)

ImageFather John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear
February 10 (Sub Pop)
Amazon iTunes

Former Fleet Foxes member Josh Tillman returns with his second album as Father John Misty, following his well-received 2012 debut Fear Fun. The 11-track Honeybear was produced by Tillman with Jonathan Wilson and mixed by Phil Ek.

WATCH: "Bored in the USA" [live on Letterman]
WATCH: "Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)"
WATCH: Album trailer [NSFW]

ImageLupe Fiasco
Tetsuo & Youth
January 20 (Atlantic) Amazon iTunes

The Chicago rapper's fifth album (which thankfully has a more reasonable title than 2012's Food & Liquor, Vol. 2: the Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1) finds Lupe in a "transitional" phase. (Expect it to be his final album for Atlantic, with whom he has feuded.) Collaborations with Chris Brown and Ed Sheeran did not make the final tracklist, but Ty Dolla $ign, Nikki Jean, and Ab-Soul do appear on the album.

LISTEN: "Madonna"
WATCH: "Deliver"

ImageThe Go! Team
The Scene Between
March 24 (Memphis Industries) Amazon iTunes

One of indie music's most exuberant bands, England's The Go! Team returns this spring with their fourth album and first since 2011's Rolling Blackouts.

LISTEN: "The Scene Between"
WATCH: Album trailer

ImageJose González
Vestiges and Claws
February 17 (Mute) Amazon iTunes

The Swedish indie-folk artist has spent the bulk of the past eight years concentrating on his band Junip. But next month he returns with his first solo outing since 2007's In Our Nature. González once again produced the new LP himself.

WATCH: "Every Age"

ImageJEFF the Brotherhood
Wasted On The Dream
March 10 (Warner Bros.) Amazon iTunes

With an album cover like that, how could we resist including the eighth album (and second as major-label signees) from the Nashville brother duo of Jake and Jamin Orrall. Whereas the brothers spent just one week in the studio to record their previous album Hypnotic Nights, Wasted on the Dream is the result of a much lengthier writing and recording process, and the result is what the band describes as their most fully realized album to date.

LISTEN: "Coat Check Girl"
LISTEN: "What's a Creep"

ImageLightning Bolt
Fantasy Empire
March 24 (Thrill Jockey) iTunes

The noise-rock duo of Brian Chippendale and Brian Gibson haven't released a full-length album since 2009's Earthly Delights. Their latest, album #6 overall, is their first release for new label Thrill Jockey, and the label describes it as both stranger and more reflective of their live shows than past releases.

ImageMadonna
Rebel Heart
March 10 (Interscope) Amazon iTunes

Looking to rebound from her 2012 critical disappointment MDNA, Madonna instead has gotten off to an inauspicious start in the months leading up to the release of her 13th studio album. Among other things, she has feuded with Ariel Pink, seen 13 demos leak online in December, another 14 tracks leak shortly thereafter, and has been forced to apologize for promoting her album with pictures of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. As a result of the leaked tracks, Madonna has already released six of the 19 songs that will make up Rebel Heart, which features production from Diplo, Blood Diamonds, Kanye West, and Avicii, and piano from Alicia Keys. Oh, and there's a song called “Bitch, I’m Madonna," which features Nicki Minaj.

LISTEN: "Bitch, I’m Madonna" (Spotify)
LISTEN: "Living for Love"

ImageModest Mouse
Strangers to Ourselves
March 3 (Epic) Amazon iTunes

Nearly eight years to the day since the release of their previous studio album, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, Modest Mouse will finally return with new material in the form of the 15-song Strangers to Ourselves. It is unclear if the new album (just the sixth in the band's 22-year existence) will include previously reported collaborations with Big Boi and Krist Novoselic.

LISTEN: "Lampshades on Fire"

ImageMount Eerie
Sauna
February 3 (P.W. Elverum & Sun) Amazon iTunes

Recorded over a 15-month period, Phil Elverum's latest Mount Eerie release follows a pair of studio albums (Ocean Roar and Clear Moon) in 2012, and a re-recording of some of those tracks (Pre-Human Ideas) the following year. The 12-song Sauna will bypass a CD release in favor of vinyl and digital formats.

WATCH: "This"

ImagePurity Ring
Another Eternity
March 3 (4AD) Amazon iTunes

The Canadian electronic-pop duo of Megan James and Corin Roddick impressed many with their 2012 debut Shrines. Their second studio album (first announced a year ago) will finally arrive in March, with production from Roddick.

LISTEN: "Begin Again"
LISTEN: "Push Pull"

ImageSleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love
January 20 (Sub Pop) Amazon iTunes

2015's first album of the year candidate is this surprise reunion release from indie-rock legends Sleater-Kinney, their first album since 2005's The Woods. While lead vocalist Corin Tucker released a solo LP in 2010, and the other two members of the trio, Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein, released an album as half of the band Wild Flag the following year (and Brownstein has also kept busy starring alongside Fred Armisen in the IFC comedy series Portlandia, which just returned for its fifth season), Sleater-Kinney itself had been on hiatus since an August 2006 performance. The band will tour in support of the new LP, which is currently this year's highest-scoring album thanks to great early reviews.

LISTEN: Full album (NPR)
WATCH: "No Cities to Love"

ImageSufjan Stevens
Carrie & Lowell
March 31 (Asthmatic Kitty) Amazon iTunes

Billed as a return to his "folk roots," Carrie & Lowell is also a return, period: it'll be Stevens' first proper album since 2010's The Age of Adz, ending an unusually long absence for the once-prolific artist. (Not that he has been away completely; he has been working with his side project Sisyphus, among other endeavors.) The new 11-song set is titled after Stevens' mother and stepfather and features contributions from artists like Laura Veirs and Sean Carey. Expect the lead single to arrive about a month from now.

WATCH: Album trailer

ImageSwervedriver
I Wasn't Born to Lose You
March 3 (Cobraside)

Speaking of reunions, England's Swervedriver are nearing the release of their first studio album in 17 years, part of what appears to be a shoegaze revival that has seen both a new My Bloody Valentine album and a Slowdive reunion tour in recent years (with a Ride tour to follow this year). I Wasn't Born to Lose You follows Swervedriver's own reunion shows that have occurred off and on over the past five years (after a hiatus that lasted nearly a decade).

LISTEN: "Setting Sun"
WATCH: "Deep Wound"

ImageTorche
Restarter
February 24 (Relapse) Amazon iTunes

Following 2012's well-reviewed Harmonicraft, the Miami sludge metal band's fourth album (produced by bassist Jonathan Nuñez) finds them jumping to a new record label, Relapse. Torche have U.S. tour dates lined up for this month as well as March.

LISTEN: "Annihilation Affair"
LISTEN: "Minions"

Twin Shadow
Eclipse
March 17 (Warner Bros.)

How will the jump to a major label change George Lewis, Jr.'s sound on his third Twin Shadow album (and first since 2012's Confess)? We'll find out in March with the arrival of Eclipse, though Warner Bros. has yet to release any details about the LP. A tour (rescheduled from last year) will follow.

WATCH: "Turn Me Up"

ImageWaxahatchee
Ivy Tripp
April 7 (Merge) Amazon iTunes

Katie Crutchfield will release her third album as Waxahatchee this spring on her new label, Merge. The new LP follows the Alabama native's 2013 sophomore set Cerulean Salt. A North American tour begins on the day of the album's release.

LISTEN: "Air"

ImageMatthew E. White
Fresh Blood
March 10 (Domino) Amazon iTunes

Virginia-based artist Matthew E. White follows his acclaimed 2012 debut Big Inner with a sophomore set that finds him backed by lush orchestration and a choir (though a deluxe edition comes with a bonus LP featuring a stripped-down, orchestra-free version of the album).

WATCH: "Rock & Roll Is Cold" (lyric video)
WATCH: Album trailer

Likely releases (but no release dates yet)

James Blake
Radio Silence

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Previous album:

Overgrown 82 (2013)

It looks like we are getting close to a third album from James Blake (last seen winning the Mercury Prize for 2013's Overgrown and releasing the 2014 EP 200 Press), since we now have an official title for the LP. The new set is expected to include collaborations with Kanye West and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

Chance the Rapper
Surf

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Previous album:

Acid Rap 86 (2013)

The Chicago rapper's 2013 mixtape Acid Rap was our highest-scoring hip hop album of that year, besting even Kanye West. For a follow-up, he has recorded a new album with his band The Social Experiment, and he plans to release it for free (though Surf's original late-2014 release window came and went without it showing up).

The Chemical Brothers

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Previous album:

Further 70 (2010)

After an atypically long five-year break, the electronica duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons will return with a new studio album sometime in 2015. There's little info about the upcoming album, though it will be tied into a new live show.

Chvrches

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Previous album:

The Bones of What You Believe 80 (2013)

The Scottish trio finally entered the studio late last week to begin work on their second album, so it seems likely we'll have some new material from the group this year.

Coldplay
A Head Full of Dreams

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Previous album:

Ghost Stories 61 (2014)

The good news for Coldplay fans is that Chris Martin & co. have already begun work in the studio on a successor to last year's so-so Ghost Stories, and even have a title for what will be their 7th studio album. The bad news is that Martin has suggested it could be the band's final album.

The Cure
4:26 Dream / 4:14 Scream

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Previous album:

4:13 Dream 69 (2008)

When The Cure recorded their 2008 album 4:13 Dream, they had a few leftover tracks that didn't make the final cut. Make that a lot of leftover tracks, as Dream was originally intended to be a double album, and 33 tracks were recorded in total. Fourteen of those songs are set to be included on a new album, 4:14 Scream. Another new release, the limited-edition double album 4:26 Dream, will basically present the double album as originally conceived, and include 10 previously unreleased songs (as well as some repeats from the other discs, but possibly in different mixes, though, as Robert Smith helpfully notes, a few of the songs will somehow have "words and no vocals"). At least, that was the plan last year, when the albums were originally supposed to arrive.

Deafheaven

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Previous album:

Sunbather 92 (2013)

San Francisco metal band Deafheaven earned Metacritic Album of the Year honors with their second LP, Sunbather, back in 2013. While there are no details about their next album, this recent tweet indicates that it should be out this year.

Lana Del Rey
Honeymoon

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Previous album:

Ultraviolence 74 (2014)

The pop star has already written nine songs for her fourth album, which will also include a cover of the Nina Simone staple “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood." Del Rey has suggested that Honeymoon will be closer in sound to 2012's Born to Die than to her recent release Ultraviolence.

Django Django

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Previous album:

Django Django 80 (2012)

After picking up a Mercury Prize nomination for their self-titled debut album, the London-based art-rockers look poised to return with a follow-up this year, having just released the still-untitled new album's lead single, "First Light".

Drake
Views From the 6

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Previous album:

Nothing Was the Same 79 (2013)

Drake may have announced the title for his fourth album last summer, but that was before he had recorded a single track for it. But numerous new tracks (which may or may not appear on the album) surfaced as 2014 progressed, suggesting that the originally rumored spring 2015 release window may not be unrealistic.

Faith No More

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Previous album:

Album of the Year (1997)

1980s/'90s rock band Faith No More called it quits in 1998 after releasing six albums, including their 1989 hit The Real Thing. The band reunited nearly six years ago and has performed on and off since then, but only now have they returned to the studio. The result, due this spring, will be their first album in 18 years. The still-untitled set was produced by the band's bassist Bill Gould and, like all Faith No More releases since 1989, features Mike Patton on lead vocals. The only taste of the LP released so far is the single "Motherfucker".

Florence + The Machine

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Previous album:

Ceremonials 75 (2011)

Florence Welch confirmed last year that her third album (and first in four years) was in progress, and a leaked photo earlier this month suggested that the album was currently being mixed, further suggesting that the release date may not be far away. Already scheduled summer festival dates also would seem to point to a new album release within the first half of 2015.

PJ Harvey

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Previous album:

Let England Shake 86 (2011)

Expect a 2015 release from Harvey, as she is currently in the studio recording her ninth album. So far, so normal—except that, in this case, her "studio" is actually a glass-enclosed installation at London's Somerset House, where a live audience can watch her recording the album over the next month. (Before you start getting any ideas, note that it's completely sold out, though you can read Time Out's account of the first day.) Producers are expected to include Flood and longtime collaborator John Parish.

Kendrick Lamar

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Previous album:

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City 91 (2012)

His stunning major-label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D City was easily one of the top releases of 2012 (and earned seven Grammy nominations), but fans hoping that the L.A. rapper's follow-up would arrive late last year were disappointed. But don't expect to go another year without a new Kendrick Lamar album; the latest word is that an album will arrive by summer. Production may come from Dr. Dre and Top Dawg Entertainment's in-house crew, and the still-untitled LP will include his most recent single "i", but likely not the unnamed track he performed on The Colbert Report in December.

Giorgio Moroder
74 Is the New 24

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Previous album:

Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder (1985)

The hugely influential dance music producer and songwriter is undergoing an unlikely career revival as a septuagenarian, thanks in no small part to an appearance on Daft Punk's most recent album. His first new album in three decades is expected to arrive this spring, and it'll feature collaborations with Sia, Charli XCX, Foxes, Kylie Minogue, and Britney Spears. Watch the video for the title track.

Muse

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Previous album:

The 2nd Law 70 (2012)

Muse returned to the studio last fall to commence work on their seventh album, which they hope to complete in time for a summer release. It's their first time working with veteran producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, The Cars), and the band have hinted at a heavier, more guitar-oriented sound.

My Morning Jacket

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Previous album:

Circuital 76 (2011)

It has been four years since the last studio album from the Kentucky rock outfit, but they are making up for lost time by recording two new albums (though one of the pair may be held back until 2016). With mixing underway on one album in December, a release could happen sooner rather than later, perhaps in April. Frontman Jim James has also begun work on a solo album, though that too may not show up until next year.

New Order

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Previous album:

Waiting For The Sirens' Call 63 (2005)

While bassist Peter Hook is off performing old Joy Division and New Order material with his new-ish band The Light, his former bandmates in New Order (plus newer members Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman) have continued on under that name, and have recently signed a contract with Mute Records in anticipation of releasing their first new New Order material in a decade, not including 2013's unreleased track compilation Lost Sirens. It is unclear whether the new release will be an EP or an LP, but it is expected to surface during the first half of the year.

Passion Pit

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Previous album:

Gossamer 76 (2012)

Frontman Michael Angelakos recently confirmed that the band's third album would be out in 2015, though no other details have been released.

Radiohead

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Previous album:

The King of Limbs 80 (2011)

Recording of the band's ninth studio album began last fall, with a 2015 release the likely result. It seems safe to guess that the finished product will arrive without advance warning and through a previously unused distribution method.

Rihanna

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Previous album:

Unapologetic 61 (2012)

After releasing a new album every November from 2009-2012, Rihanna failed to do so in 2013 ... and was absent again in 2014. But album #8 (or is that #r8?) is expected to arrive this year, likely within the next few months.

Savages

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Previous album:

Silence Yourself 82 (2013)

After emerging in 2013 with their Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, the London post-punk band took a detour in 2014 with a 37-minute single-track collaboration with Bo Ningen called Words to the Blind. This year, Savages are expected to return with a proper follow-up to Silence Yourself, and it could happen soon: after spending the last half of 2014 in the studio, the band has recently begun performing new material live.

Gwen Stefani

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Previous album:

The Sweet Escape 58 (2006)

Stefani has been in the studio with producer Pharrell in recent months, completing her first solo release in nine years. A release is expected soon, with album tracks "Baby Don't Lie" and "Spark the Fire" already in the wild. Also in the works is a new No Doubt album (their first since 2012's Push and Shove), which could arrive in 2015 as well.

Tame Impala

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Previous album:

Lonerism 88 (2012)

Though there's no firm date or title yet, Tame Impala will definitely release their third album in 2015, their first release since their highly acclaimed 2012 album Lonerism, and potentially one that takes the band in a more electronic direction. Tame Impala leader Kevin Parker also makes an appearance on the just-released Mark Ronson album Uptown Special, while the band's Jay Watson will release a new album (Man It Feels Like Space Again) from his Pond side project at the end of this month.

Kanye West

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Previous album:

Yeezus 84 (2013)

West's follow-up to Yeezus obviously didn't arrive late last year as many had speculated, but it is almost certain to show up in 2015. As a consolation prize, we did get Kanye's Paul McCartney collaboration "Only One," the first of what could be many tracks from the unlikely pairing—including another song that could arrive soon that will also feature Rihanna. What any of this means for the album is uncertain, but it is safe to say that when it does arrive, it'll be an event.

The Wrens

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Previous album:

The Meadowlands 85 (2003)

Yes, we know this is still the "likely" section, but that's how confident we are that the long-long-long-delayed fourth album from the legendary (in the sense that they appear at this point to be fictional) New Jersey indie rock band will arrive in 2015. The reason for the optimism is the signing of a new record contract in November, and a note from the band the following month stating, among other things, "The record's done." If it's anywhere near as good as The Meadowlands, it'll be worth the wait.

Possible additional releases

Adele

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Previous album:

21 76 (2011)

The Grammy-winning singer's highly anticipated follow-up to 21 (which has sold more than 30 million copies since its release four years ago today) now looks likely to arrive at the end of 2015, if it even comes out this year at all. Fans are just hoping that the title doesn't wind up being 30.

Beach House

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Previous album:

Bloom 78 (2012)

The dream pop duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have now gone an atypically long three years without a new album. While there is no official word about a fifth LP, the band did perform new material in concert last fall, always an encouraging sign.

Big Boi

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Previous album:

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors 72 (2012)

The OutKast member signed a new record deal (with Epic) last year, but neither his planned solo album nor a collaborative EP with Phantogram (reportedly already in the can) surfaced in 2014, leaving 2015 a possibility for one or both.

Built to Spill

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Previous album:

There Is No Enemy 75 (2009)

This one might be another longshot—we've had no new material from the Doug Martsch-led indie rockers in six years—but the recent addition of live dates (including at the upcoming Coachella festival), as well as constant hints about an album in the works, give fans reason to hope.

The Clientele

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Previous album:

Bonfires On The Heath 81 (2009)

After ending a three-year hiatus last year to tour in support of a reissue of 2000's Suburban Light, the UK band hinted at beginning work on new material, though there's no official word on a new album yet.

The Dead Weather

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Previous album:

Sea Of Cowards 70 (2010)

Although we haven't had any updates recently, Jack White previously indicated that the third album from The Dead Weather, his project with Alison Mosshart of The Kills, would likely be released in 2015. The album is expect to include the band's new singles released in the past year-plus, including "Buzzkill(er)" and "Open Up (That's Enough)".

Sky Ferreira

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Previous album:

Night Time, My Time 79 (2013)

The singer-songwriter began work on her second album last summer, and while no new material has been released yet, she did debut a new track ("Guardian") in her live show late last year. Producer Ariel Rechtshaid and Bobby Gillespie (of Primal Scream) are among the potential collaborators on the new album. Possibly delaying the album's release, however, is Ferreira's acting career; she has just been cast alongside Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey in the upcoming film Elvis & Nixon.

Grimes

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Previous album:

Visions 80 (2012)

Claire Boucher has already recorded a follow-up album to her 2012 breakthrough Visions, but last fall she revealed that she scrapped the entire thing (because the material "sucked") to start again anew. The only taste of that album released to the public (to a lukewarm at best response from fans) was the pop single "Go", and it is unclear what direction her new material will take—though she has been in the studio, so it could surface this year.

HAIM

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Previous album:

Days Are Gone 79 (2013)

The group was known to be in the studio last fall recording material for a second album, having written new songs while on a lengthy tour in support of their debut record.

The Libertines

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Previous album:

The Libertines 80 (2004)

While there are certainly numerous obstacles to a Carl Barât and Pete Doherty reunion lasting long enough to produce a new album (which would be the short-lived band's third), The Libertines did sign with Virgin EMI late last year, announcing that an LP would indeed follow in 2015. Before that happens, Barât will release Let It Reign, a solo LP with his new band The Jackals, on February 16.

Male Bonding

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Previous album:

Endless Now 70 (2011)

The English indie-rock trio haven't officially announced their third LP, but with two brand-new tracks ("Falling" and "A Kick to the Face") arriving without warning last month after several years with no new material, it certainly looks like an album could be headed our way.

Massive Attack

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Previous album:

Heligoland 72 (2010)

There's good news for upcoming TV shows in need of theme music for their opening credits: Massive Attack reportedly has a full album's worth of material already recorded in at least rough form (though, as of last summer, it was still unfinished). The new tracks include at least one with former Massive Attack member Tricky, which would mark his first appearance on a Massive Attack album since 1994's Protection.

Metallica

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Previous album:

Lulu 45 (2011)

The metal band revealed last month that they were in the early stages of recording their first proper album since 2008's Death Magnetic. A recent Instagram post from the recording studio suggests that recording is still ongoing.

Miguel

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Previous album:

Kaleidoscope Dream 86 (2012)

One of R&B's rising stars, Miguel ended a quiet few years in December by dropping a surprise three-song EP. A new full-length could follow this year, though there's nothing definite yet.

Joanna Newsom

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Previous album:

Have One On Me 85 (2010)

Even Joanna Newsom's husband has managed to release two albums since the harpist last gave us an LP (2010's Have One On Me). But 2015 could finally bring some new material, with Newsom confirming last month that she has been "working on something new."

Frank Ocean

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Previous album:

Channel Orange 92 (2012)

Three years after dropping one of the strongest debut albums in recent memory, R&B singer Frank Ocean could finally be closing in on a follow-up. Danger Mouse, Pharrell Williams, Rodney Jerkins, and Hit-Boy are among the producers who have been rumored to be working on the upcoming LP. Ocean was recently spotted in the studio with Lil B, though it is unclear whether they were working on something for Ocean's album

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Previous album:

I'm With You 63 (2011)

Peppermen rejoice! As of late last year, RHCP had written up to 30 new songs for a new album, which will be their second with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Flea reported to Rolling Stone last fall that the process was going more smoothly than with the band's disappointing 2011 album, though recording has yet to commence.

Run the Jewels

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Previous album:

RTJ2 89 (2014)

After scoring terrific reviews for their first two albums, the duo of El-P and Killer Mike have expressed interest in returning to the studio in the very near future (possibly even this month) to begin work on a third album. Even if RTJ3 doesn't surface this year, Meow the Jewels probably will, finally providing justification for the internet's cat obsession.

Saint Etienne

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Previous album:

Words & Music by Saint Etienne 82 (2012)

The trio were reportedly set to begin writing new material last year, though it is unknown whether an album will be ready this year.

Sturgill Simpson

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Previous album:

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music 81 (2014)

The buzzy country star's second LP, released last year on a tiny budget, landed on numerous best-of-2014 critic lists and earned Simpson his first Grammy nomination. The result is a brand-new major-label deal (with Atlantic), and Simpson has commenced work on his next album (again with producer Dave Cobb), though a busy touring schedule means that it may not be completed anytime soon.

Slowdive

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Previous album:

Pygmalion (1995)

The shoegaze band's 2014 reunion tour seems to have motivated Rachel Goswell, Neil Halstead, and co. to record new material, as the band's record label seems to think that a new LP (which would be their first in two decades) is currently being recorded.

Spiritualized

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Previous album:

Sweet Heart Sweet Light81 (2012)

Spiritualized are currently in the studio in London with producer Youth (of Killing Joke), according to a recent Facebook post by Killing Joke.

Tool

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Previous album:

10,000 Days 68 (2006)

Will the prog-metal band ever release their fifth album? After teasing fans with (obviously false) news of an impending release last year, the band does finally seem to be making progress in the studio, with talk last fall of "writing," "arranging," and even "recording" sessions. So ... maybe 2019?

The xx

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Previous album:

Coexist 79 (2012)

The xx spent much of 2014 recording their third album in locales as diverse as Marfa, Texas; Reykavik, Iceland; Los Angeles; and London. There's no word yet on a finished product, either from the full group or from band member Jamie xx, who is simultaneously working on a solo album.

Years & Years

The English synth-pop-ish trio, who just topped the BBC's influential Sound of 2015 poll as this year's most important new artist to watch, are at work on their first studio album after releasing a series of EPs in 2013 and 2014 that blended 1990s R&B, pop, and house music influences. The band's 24-year-old frontman Olly Alexander is also a rising acting star, having appeared in the UK version of Skins and landing one of the lead roles in last year's Stuart Murdoch musical God Help the Girl.

Almost certainly not coming out, obviously

What are you looking forward to?

Which albums are on your most-anticipated list for 2015? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

Comments (11)

  • MoneyMaker101  

    50 CENT STREET KING IMMORTAL!!!

  • RealMusic  

    Your features are always top notch guys, great reference guide. Kudos!

  • kshep71  

    Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase - Mar 3

    Possible David Gilmour, and possible Roger Waters.

  • Samarqand  

    I'm absolutely ecstatic about Modest Mouse finally releasing a new album - its been 8 years, their rivaling Tool in terms of how slow they are working. But I've heard a few of the new songs and they all sound great... my favorite band so yeah, really excited for it.

    Also looking forward to Purity Ring's next album after the brilliant, subversive first album...

    And I do hope Grimes does put together a record she's proud of and releases it this year - she may be the most impressive new talent in music...

  • greebs  

    Sleater-Kinney's album was the one I was the most excited about, but the fact that SWERVEDRIVER is also releasing a new album this year might make 2015 my favorite music year in awhile, just for those two releases alone.

  • ajax7  

    You forgot FROOT by Marina and the Diamonds. Kesha might release an album too.

  • blackwaterside  

    New Bill Fay record in April.

  • EMGC  

    I'm a little disappointed to not see Laura Marling's name on this list. Her last few albums have been outstanding.

  • fnnelson  

    might want to take out Lou Reed's Lulu as Metallica's last album haha

  • j1train  

    Kelly Clarkson

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