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5 New Albums We Can't Wait To Hear in 2018

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While many of the year's future releases have yet to be announced, what we do know about new music to come in 2018 is more than enough to tell this is going to be another really great year for music. Here's five confirmed (or semi-confirmed) new albums that we're so excited to jam this year:

Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending
Release Date: Feb. 9th

The Scottish dance-punk outfit is finally back this year with a brand new album, a new lineup, and a massive world tour to celebrate it all. New members Dino Bardot and Julian Corrie have joined on guitar and keys following the departure of founding member, Nick McCarthy, and will make their debut on the upcoming tour which kicks off Jan. 25th in Tokyo and makes its way all the way over to Austin, Texas May 9th for our 101X Concert Series at Emo's. If their debut title track is any indication, Always Ascending is sure to ascend the band to new heights with its irresistably catchy guitar hooks and melodies that we still can't shake out of our heads. Watch the brand new music video for the album's first single, "Always Ascending", below.

 

 

Dashboard Confessional - Crooked Shadows
Release Date: Feb. 9th

Emo is alive and well! The nearly nine-year wait for new music from Dashboard Confessional is finally about to be over; the Florida-based emo rockers are coming back stronger than ever this year with a new full-length out on their new label Fueled By Ramen this February. We we're lucky enough to have DC frontman Chris Carrabba stop by for an intimate 101X Session in December, where he talked to one of his biggest fans (Jason) about the upcoming release and played acoustic renditions of two Crooked Shadows tracks, including the lead single "We Fight", which you can watch down below. 

 

 

Arctic Monkeys – TBA
Release Date: TBA

Arctic Monkeys are about due for a follow-up to 2013's acclaimed AM, and rumor has it we might be getting a new album from them in 2018. Bassist Nick O'Malley confirmed these suspicions last September in an interview with For The Ride magazine, where he shared they were preparing to record in a top-secret location, and that if the album wasn't out next year, "we've got problems".  Spanish music blog Mainstage has also reported rumors that recording for the Brits' sixth studio album has already completed, and that we may even get to hear the first single as early as sometime in January. Until more details materialize, here's the group's last hit single, "Do I Wanna Know".

 

 

Gorillaz – Title TBA
Release Date: TBA

Gorillaz fans will be relieved to know there wont be another five year wait for new music following last year's Humanz: the virtual art-pop gang lead by Blur's Damon Albarn have opted not to get any sleep this year and will keep their momentum going by immediately returning to the studio to crank out their next record, which will be out sometime this year. The group's visual artist Jamie Hewlett confirmed the 2018 release to NME in December, sharing their decision to forgo their usual several-year break and just keep going, "because there’s ideas for a few more albums so we’re going to go straight into that". Hewlett, who is responsible for all of Gorillaz' signature artwork including the iconic characters of 2-D, Murdoc, Noodle, and Russel, also announced that he'll be changing things up a bit and re-inventing their visual style for the new album. While we still don't know when the album will be released or what it could sound like, their most recent single, "Garage Palace" may be giving us a taste of what's to come.

 

 

Jack White – Boarding House Reach
Release Date: TBA

On December 12th, Jack White surprise-released a cryptic looking collage video titled "Servings and Portions from my Boarding House Reach", which we now know to be in reference to his upcoming third full-length solo album. We're not entirely sure what to make of the mash-up style sneak peek which sporatically hops from jazz chords, into more of White's signature fuzzy rock and roll sound, then into a clip of him trying out a rap-style vocal (not too sure how we feel about this part yet...), and then a blast of harsh noice before settling back into another clip of experimental jazz, but it sounds like a very new direction for the former White Stripes frontman and we can't wait to hear it in full.

 

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