Last week we presented the 10 hip-hop albums we’re looking forward to in 2013 so it’s only fitting that we do the same for rock albums. Like our hip-hop equivalent, the list excludes those who have already released albums this year like My Bloody Valentine and those whose albums are merely rumored like TOOL and Pearl Jam.
It seems the Year of the Snake has plenty of rock veterans like Black Sabbath and David Bowie coming out of the woodwork to show these youngins how it’s done. As a disclaimer, since rock is such a loose term and encompasses so much of today’s music, we tried to stick with the bands that have strong and obvious rock and roll characteristics. Take a look below for all 10 in chronological order.
1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
Expected release date: February 18
Straight from the land down under, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have been in the studio or on the road for the better part of the last 30 years. Their 2008 album, Dig Lazarus Dig!!!, brought them a new legion of fans while keeping their cult-like following in tow. Even though the band’s lineup has changed constantly throughout their career, each member’s own unique experience gives the Bad Seeds a sound that is entirely their own. Here’s hoping Push the Sky Away continues the Australian band’s legacy.
2. David Bowie – The Next Day
Expected release date: March 12
David Bowie hit us right in the feels with his latest track ‘Where Are We Now‘ off of his unexpected and upcoming album The Next Day. Despite not releasing any music in 10 years, the English musician’s influence continues to be felt in genres across the board. For better or for worse, no one besides David Bowie can be David Bowie. Thus, we’re waiting patiently and eagerly for the artist’s 24th studio album.
3. The Strokes – Comedown Machine
Expected release date: March 26
The New York rockers brought garage rock back to the masses with their phenomenal debut Is This It in 2001, which saw them explode onto the world stage practically overnight. Noted for their energetic live shows, The Strokes have released a total of 4 albums – along with numerous solo side projects – and show no signs of slowing.
4. The Flaming Lips – The Terror
Expected release date: April 2
Another veteran act, The Flaming Lips have won over audiences from the US to Japan for the past 30 years thanks to their theatrical and interactive live shows. They even went as far as to takeover Jay-Z’s Guinness World Record for most live concerts in 24 hours by playing 8 shows beginning in Memphis and ending in New Orleans. Considering that the space rock band is comprised of 40 and 50 somethings, the accomplishment is no small matter. With a comprehensive and experimental discography in tow, the Oklahoma rockers are sure to push their endless search for truth and beauty on the upcoming The Terror.
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
Expected release date: April 16
The Oberlin art-rock trio has invaded almost every genre of popular music since their formation in 2000 by writing radio-friendly, edgy post-punk dance floor music. 2009’s ‘Heads Will Roll’ for instance, spawned dozens of remixes that brought them to the attention of club-goers around the world who might not have otherwise heard their music. With 3 full-length albums behind them – of which all 3 have been nominated for Grammys – 2013 might just be the year they take one home. We’ll have to wait until Spring to find out.
6. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
Expected release date: April
Bringing this list’s classiness up a notch is Versailles’ Phoenix. According to the band itself, Bankrupt! will be a departure from the pop sounds of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and will be more experimental in scope. In any case, Phoenix’s experience mixing genres and styles and writing tracks for films give them the ability to expand their musical reach toward one we’re looking forward to hearing.
7. Black Sabbath – 13
Expected release date: June 2013
The English legends are set to return in 2013 with a new album tentatively titled 13. Since their heyday in the late 60s and early 70s, bands from all over the world have taken the sounds Black Sabbath created and brought them to the next level in their absence.
For their upcoming release, 3 of the band’s 4 original members came together to write and record what should be an exceptional album. In place of Bill Ward, Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk sat in on recent recording sessions to finish off the band’s 19th studio album.
8. Arcade Fire – TBA
Expected release date: Late 2013
With 3 critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Arcade Fire have yet to not deliver. After taking home the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year, the indie rockers from up north saw their popularity spill over into the mainstream. Even though the amount of members seems excessive at times, the band knows which instruments to use for that unmistakable Arcade Fire sound. If their track record is any indication, we’re in for a treat by the time the holidays roll around.
9. Queens of the Stone Age – TBA
Expected release date: TBA
The desert’s premier stoner rockers are back in 2013 with an album that is set to include a few rock music heavyweights like Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor. Their upcoming album marks the longest amount of time between albums for Queens of the Stone Age due to Josh Homme’s commitments with side projects like Them Crooked Vultures. Thus, our deaf ears eagerly await their yet-to-be-titled album.
10. The Black Keys – TBA
Expected release date: TBA
After nearly 10 years of being overlooked and playing the small club circuit, the rock duo exploded onto the scene with 2010’s Brothers. Next came 2011’s remarkable El Camino which brought them even more legions of fans. Since then, The Black Keys have been playing arenas and headlining music festivals all over the world. Now, the Ohio duo looks to continue their rock and roll dominance with their much-awaited release later this year.
Honorable mentions include Iceage, How to Destroy Angels, Wavves, Kurt Vile, Beck, Atoms for Peace, Depeche Mode, HAIM, and whatever your personal favorite band is.
Which albums are you looking forward to this year? Sound off in the comment section below.