15 new albums to look forward to in 2018

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2018 appears to be bringing a slew of interesting and potentially fantastic album releases for many different music genres. Rock music in particular has a couple potential albums on the horizon that should draw a large amount of attention, and sales figures.

There’s a long list of albums that potentially could be on the horizon next year that music listeners should be looking forward to — a list that runs far beyond what we’re about to have here. But here’s a look at a few in particular we’re looking forward to, from rock and other genres:

Arctic Monkeys: The band’s fifth album, 2013’s AM, was a big hit, and fortunately the follow-up appears to be on the way sooner rather than later. If it happens in 2018, there’s no question it’ll be one of the most anticipated rock albums of the year.

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Clutch: The hard rockers are expected to be back soon with their 12th studio album and their first since 2015’s Psychic Warfare.

Courtney Barnett: The collab album Lotta Sea Lice with Kurt Vile worked well, but we’re very much looking forward to hearing the solo follow-up to 2015’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, which could be on the way in 2018.

David Byrne – American Utopia: Byrne has had collaboration albums over the past decade with St. Vincent, Fatboy Slim and Brian Eno, but this is his first pure solo album since 2004’s Grown Backwards.

Father John Misty: The follow-up to the critically-acclaimed 2017 album Pure Comedy is already on the way next year. Our Father John Misty fans at Rocknuts will be sure to sink their teeth into that one.

Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
: (February 9) Fans seem to have really liked the upbeat, electronic-flavored title track. It was enough to get us interested as well.

Grimes: Pop fans will certainly be looking forward to what Claire Boucher a.k.a. Grimes has in store. Her fourth album, ArtAngels, was one of 2015’s best, and each one of her albums has been a progression from her previous work. Given the leap she’s made over the course of her career, there should be plenty to like on this one.

Jimi Hendrix: Both Sides Of The Sky: Previously unreleased material from Jimi Hendrix on the way? That alone makes this a must-hear.

Judas Priest – Firepower: The metal icons missed out on the Rock Hall in 2017, but we’re guessing fans are more excited that their first album since 2014’s Redeemer of Souls is on the way.

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page got fans excited with news that there would be unheard audio on the way for the band’s 50th anniversary. Even if it turns out to be nothing more than a few studio outtakes, we’ll be among the first in line to get our hands on whatever is in store.

My Bloody Valentine: After MBV broke a 22-year album drought in 2013, the iconic shoegaze band will be back for more in 2018.

The 1975 – Music For Cars: Their sophomore album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It was a 2016 hit, so their expected follow-up should be big as well. It could be a busy 2018 for The 1975, who also have a live album and an EP in the works.

Tool: Yeah, yeah, it’s frustrating, but as long as the chance of a new Tool album is still hovering out there, they need to be on the list. We’ll believe it when it’s actually in our hands, however.

Jack White: Anything from White demands attention, but he has many intrigued with his weird descriptions of what will be his first solo album since Lazaretto (2014).

Vampire Weekend: Is the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City finally on the way? Details are slim, but we can hope.

Photo (Arctic Monkeys) By Vedran Metelko (http://www.inmusicfestival.com/) [Public domain or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

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