I think it’s safe to say that 2012 has been pretty generous. The last 11 months have decorated the masses with new releases from highlighted bands in addition to fresh debuts from buzzing artists. Stuff like Celebration Rock from Japandroids, Shields by Grizzly Bear, Cloud Nothings’ Attack on Memory, Centipede Hz by Animal Collective, and Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange — the record topping all of the annual lists — are products that 2012 catered to accommodate our antsy ears.
As we wrap up 2012 and make ourselves comfy for 2013, let’s take a look at some upcoming albums, tours and one confirmed reunion that we can all get ready to look forward to.
Atoms for Peace – Amok
[flickr id="8249725226" thumbnail="small" overlay="true" size="original" group="" align="right"] Thom Yorke’s successful solo-departed project is scheduled to release its debut album on Feb. 25. The highly successful “supergroup” featuring Nigel Godrich (the recording mastermind behind Radiohead, sometimes dubbed as the sixth member) and Flea (yes, the shirtless guy from Red Hot Chili Peppers) will bring us a nine-track set to be focused on an ambiance of electronica, alternative rock and classic Thom Yorke. The track “Default” can be checked out online and will appear in the album as well
Local Natives – Hummingbird
[flickr id="8249725100" thumbnail="small" overlay="true" size="original" group="" align="right"] The follow-up to the Los Angeles-based indie rock group’s Gorilla Manor (2009) is scheduled for release on Jan. 29. Their single off the sophomore album, “Breakers,” is already up for grabs. It is quite different from their archetypal sound but still features that classic Local Natives harmonization we all find ourselves impressed with.
Arcade Fire – TBA
While information regarding Arcade Fire’s fourth album is still being speculated upon, it is confirmed (and hoped) that the Canadian troupe will release it sometime in 2013 (Q4 is rumored). The band recently played some secret shows in Montreal and presented some new, fast-paced material that is highly likely to be on the new album, and sure to excite as well.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
[flickr id="8249725050" thumbnail="small" overlay="true" size="original" group="" align="right"] The upcoming fifteenth album (they’ve been going on since 1983, mind you) from the London, England alternative rock band is out on shelves Feb. 18. It’s already garnered some positive reviews from previewed streams and, interestingly enough, the album was recorded in a 19th century mansion in France. I’ve already previewed most of the record and it comes off with just the right amount of naturalism and warmth to make it as subtly beautiful as a classic Nick Cave album, and now there’s just the wait.
Earl Grey – Doris
[flickr id="8249725176" thumbnail="small" overlay="true" size="original" group="" align="right"] I think I’m with everyone reading this when I say that I saved the best piece of speculative information for last. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Earl announced that his major label debut would in fact be entitled Doris. The prodigal OFWGKTA member also released the official music video for “Chum” and to say the least, it was very, very good (a lot of toads). No confirmation on the date yet, but the rapper announced that Tyler, the Creator, Domo Genesis, The Neptunes, Thundercat, Alchemist, Frank Ocean and Pharrell Williams will all be featurettes on the new record. Tune in and follow him on @earlxsweat. You never know what kind of surprising info might be revealed — the kid thrives on spontaneity.
Unfortunately, as far as tours are concerned, not too many cool bands are scheduled for a pit stop in Las Vegas next year. Although I can’t help myself from some One Direction, Biebs, Celine Dion, and even Shania Twain, ticket costs for the measliest seats for every one of those gigs could probably cover my tuition for an entire semester. However, remember that one night at the Cosmopolitan when The xx played in October and regrettably got rained out? Well, the band is setting new dates for 2013, and I hope Las Vegas is on the list. My girlfriend and I are still holding on to our tickets and refuse to accept a refund until a comeback is revised. It’d be pretty cool saying that I saw this band 1.5 times, right?
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Vegoose is something long-gone and nearly forgotten by most. For those that don’t remember or weren’t here for it, it was by some of the same people behind the likes of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, and in its final of three years, 2007, it featured names ranging from Queens of the Stone Age, Daft Punk and Muse to Ghostface Killah, Gogol Bordello and Mastodon. Well, this upcoming fall will see the return of musical festival greatness, and it is sure to be awesome.
Fleetwood Mac — May 26, MGM Grand Garden Arena: The 35th anniversary of the classic rock band’s Rumours will prompt a much-needed reunion tour covering a good chunk from April to June of 2013. It is still rumored that the band will play new music, although when push comes to shove with these guys, you never know. Expect to hear classic Fleetwood Mac numbers, Rumours played out in full, the aura of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie encapsulating you, and those Glee fans with their parents wondering the entire night where they’ve heard “Go Your Own Way” and “Songbird” before.