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Most Anticipated of 2013

Posted by - 04:17 AM on 01/22/13
You smell that? That's the scent of hope, potential, and excitement. The aura of anticipation. After furiously putting a capper on the year that was music in 2012, we're already furiously putting together lists of the albums we hope end up on our best of lists. Today, the AbsolutePunk.net staff is pleased to present our most anticipated albums of 2013. These are the albums we're hoping shows up early every time we check our inboxes. These are the albums we can't wait to discuss and dissect with our wonderful users. These are the albums that have us excited for that specific Tuesday to hurry up so we can go to our local record stores and pick it up. The staff once again showed off how diverse and eclectic this group is. And while we did our best to cover a wide array of genres, there will be some omissions from the list (despite it being one of our longest lists yet). So sit back, read our picks, and let us know what we got right and where we missed the mark. After reading through what the staff are looking forward to playing, check out our reader poll - where we ask you to fill out what it is you're anticipating this year. We'll compile all of the answers, and run a feature at the end of the month that's put together from the top mentioned artists. Enjoy!

Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Release Date: Spring
Record Label: Total Treble

Why We’re Anticipating: The newest Against Me! record has been described as "fucking killer" by bassist Andrew Seward and we can't wait to finally hear what it sounds like for ourselves.The band has been recording on and off for almost a year, working on this concept record that's reportedly about a transgender prostitute. The band has also parted ways with Butch Vig and returned to a more DIY approach, which should make for an interesting listen. Laura Jane Grace is producing the entire thing and it's also being recorded at the studio she built in Florida.

The Almost - Fear Inside Our Bones
Release Date: April 16th
Record Label: Tooth & Nail Records

Why We’re Anticipating: It has been far too long since we’ve heard a record from The Almost. Aaron Gillespie has yet to take any steps in the wrong direction before, especially with The Almost, so we are highly anticipating Fear Inside Our Bones. Based on the sound of the first single, “Ghost,” it’s safe to say the record will surely will please fans of Southern Weather and Monster, Monster.

Arcade Fire - TBA
Release Date: Late 2013
Record Label: Mercury Records

Why We're Anticipating: It's been three years since Arcade Fire pretty much took over the world (and Tumblr) with the indie rock masterpiece that is The Suburbs and their impending return looks set to augment Arcade Fire’s place as, if not the best, at least one of the best indie bands of our generation. Since news broke that they were working in the studio alongside fellow hipster god, James Murphy, the anticipation for the album has been building steadily and it’s easy to see why. With a back catalog that already features two of the best albums you’ll ever have the pleasure to come across (let’s not talk about Neon Bible), Arcade Fire can do no wrong. Get ready for another album cycle with a musical masterpiece and, quite possibly, the world’s best live show. Music sort of belongs to Arcade Fire, the rest of the world has just had it on loan for a while.

Bad Rabbits - American Love
Release Date: Spring
Record Label: TBA

Why We’re Anticipating: 2012 came and went without a new BR record, so welcome American Love back to the list. We shouldn't be stood up this year - though the Teddy Riley-produced American Dream is still in limbo, the band promised a spring release for American Love (produced by Brad Lewis) and offered great collateral via tasty single "We Can Roll." Considering Stick Up Kids is nearly four years, new tunes from our favorite funk/r&b/fusion-rock/rabbity band couldn't come a second too soon.

Balance and Composure - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: No Sleep

Why We're Anticipating: Balance and Composure are on the verge of awesome things in 2013. Arguably the best band on No Sleep Records roster, B&C are about to release a split 7" with Braid before giving us the full length later this year. The two songs I've heard on that upcoming split have amped up my excitement however as it sounds like the band is taking the natural next step in its sound. Remember how Title Fight dominated the majority of end of year lists on AP.net in 2012? That's going to be Balance and Composure in 2013, but even bigger.

Belle & Sebastian - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: TBA

Why We're Anticipating: Chris Gedde stated in an interview in 2012 that that everyone’s favorite indie poppers, Belle & Sebastian already had some tracks records under their belt and that they’re probably going to see the world in 2013, so everyone should be stoked about that, because, y’know, Belle & Sebastian are legends. Also, more anticipation in B & S camp, with Stuart Murdoch’s upcoming film God Help The Girl seeing a screen release too.

Bombay Bicycle Club - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Island Records

Why We’re Anticipating: From a band who released three albums in as many years, with each one then being the best of their career, it's natural for fans to be incredibly excited about what is next in store for Bombay Bicycle Club. Touring across the world non-stop and playing some of their biggest live shows to date throughout 2011 and 2012, the band then started to focus their attention on album #4 by heading to Holland for the writing and recording of their follow up to the superb A Different Kind Of Fix. Whilst Lucy Rose is no longer with the band as a touring or recording member (due to her magnificent solo efforts) the band have previewed a few new songs at their most recent live dates, including one which is already a fan-favourite titled "Carry Me" and sounds like a progression of the highlights of the last album with the welcome return of Jack Steadman's baritone vocals. It seems that this is a band who won't stop evolving their sound to higher places, which just makes any news of the next release exhilarating.

Brand New - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: TBA

Why We're Anticipating: How could it be AP.net and now have Brand New? The thought of Brand New putting out new music made the largest thread in AP.net history. It just goes to show that the band has one of the most die hard and rabid fan bases out there. Although Daisy wasn't for everyone, it left people wanting more. Jesse has stated the band have been working on new material, we just don't know if it will ever see the light of day. We're coming up on the longest gap between albums from the band, so I expect them to pull one over our eyes and release an album before the year's over. It's just one of those feelings...

Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal
Release Date: April 30th
Record Label: Epitaph

Why We're Anticipating: After shocking fans and non-fans with its incredible 2010 release There Is A Hell..., Bring Me The Horizon enter the new year with what might be the most anticipated metalcore album of 2013. Sempiternal will feature the band expanding and further exploring the sound they introduced on There Is A Hell... and with producer Terry Date at the helm, that vision couldn't be in better hands. Front man Oli Sykes has never felt better about a BMTH release - the band's first single "Shadow Moses" showcases why Sykes is so excited for the rest of the world to hear it.

Butch Walker - TBA
Release Date: Spring/Summer
Record Label: Republic Records

Why We're Anticipating:
I had the pleasure of seeing Walker in Chicago to ring in the New Year (this side of Bruce Springsteen, there’s not a better live performer working today), and his new songs are sounding great: twangy and sentimental without feeling cheesy, anthemic and sing-along-ready without overreaching. The album should be along in time for spring or summer, and I frankly can't think of a better soundtrack for this year's sun-soaked summer drives.

The Cab - TBA
Release Date: Spring/Summer
Record Label: Republic Records

Why We’re Anticipating: Although The Cab are still slaying the airwaves with their first Top 40 single, "Endlessly," it hasn't stopped them from loading their arsenal with even more hits as they prepare for their follow-up to 2011's Symphony Soldier and, more significantly, their Republic Records debut. While the album isn't expected to see a release until spring/summer, the hype began not too long ago when vocalist Alex DeLeon met up with Justin Timberlake and discussed a possible joint effort for the full-length. Not only that, but collaborations with Andrew McMahon, Ed Sheeran, and Madeon could also be in the cards. Whatever does end up happening, you can bet that The Cab will be all in on what appears to be one of the biggest gambles of their career. Then again, these boys are from Vegas ... we're liking their odds.

Cady Groves - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: RCA Records

Why We’re Anticipating: Cady Groves is a timebomb just waiting to explode in the best ways possible. After signing to RCA Records in 2010, the cutesy teen that used to sing about pirates quickly developed a brand new identity, showing off a fierceness that will storm her way to the top of the charts. We've already seen the powerhouse singles "Love Actually" and "This Little Girl," and while her debut record has been subject to numerous delays, it's clear that she's only an anthem away from becoming one of music's future stars.

Chapel Club - Good Together
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Ignition Records

Why We’re Anticipating: It can be a mighty whirlwind when a band is signed so quickly that they have barely even been able to perfect their own craft, let alone get together to write an album's worth of material. When the writing and recording process of your debut becomes your first real learning curve, it's inevitable that things are going to change and you will be happy with some of the output, and the rest...not so much. Chapel Club released their debut album Palace in 2011 and whilst the Echo and the Bunnymen and Interpol influenced album was one that attracted many fans, the band needed time to go away and find their feet. They wanted to find the sound that they wanted to have to their name. With a pretty drastic transformation, the UK band are back with a new glistening sound and synth based R&B-influenced pop tunes. The songs are now allowed to breathe and you can tell the band are very confident and happy with where they are. Listen to their latest single "Good Together" for an idea of what's to come.

Chiodos - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Equal Vision Records

Why We're Anticipating: Chiodos has had quite the few couple years after becoming one of the top acts in the scene. The band lost their drummer Derek Frost and dropped their notorious front-man Craig Owens and found great replacements, but things just didn't seem to work out. The band extended an offer to play a few reunion shows with Derek and Craig last year and that's when the band began to rebuild. Both ended up re-joining the band to form the (basically) original lineup. Jason Hale finally announced his departure from the band which had been in the works but never officially announced up until November. And just recently it was officially announced that Thomas Erak of The Fall of Troy would be replacing Jason. Everyone seems to be revitalized and happy to be working with each other again and Thomas adds a completely different element to the already unique design of Chiodos. With the crazy past few years the band has had, this is looking like it's going to be their triumphant return to the top.

The Cinema - TBA
Release Date: Spring
Record Label: None

Why We’re Anticipating: Leighton Antelman (of Lydia) and Matt Malpass’s electronic pop collaboration, The Cinema, turned a lot of heads in late 2011 with My Blood is Full of Airplanes. The record sounded like The Postal Service meets Lydia, which turned out to be a fantastic combination. Now that Malpass has even more skills under his belt – he’s currently working with Tilian Pearson – it will be very interesting how much the two will be able to experiment with on their upcoming record.

Daughter - If You Leave
Release Date: March 18th
Record Label: 4AD

Why We’re Anticipating: Daughter's constantly growing fanbase has been built up from just two fantastic EPs so far. They are a band who are fresh in every sense of the word, being only a couple of years old as a unit, and they are now gearing up for the release of their debut album after recently signing to 4AD. Being said to be a "bold statement" and a record with maturity that "belies their youth" as a trio, If You Leave feels like the type of album that could be a silent assassin on everyone's end of year lists come December. Their brooding indie-folk styling of last single "Smother" can only be helped along into a truly stunning debut full length with the production aid of Igor, Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Adele), Jolyon Vaughan Thomas (Maps) ad the mixing skills of Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, M83). Expect Daughter to become a very well known and respected in 2013.

Daft Punk - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Virgin

Why We're Anticipating: Daft Punk are arguably the biggest electronic musicians in the world. They were making electronic music before it was cool to shave half of your head, wear neon clothes and sweat your face off at a tiny club. The last music we heard from the duo came in the form of the Tron soundtrack, which was great, but it wasn't the same Daft Punk everyone knows and loves. It's been rumored that the group is leaving the shadows and getting ready to release their first album since 2005. It's time for the guys to take back the spotlight from the thousands of DJ's and put it back where it belongs.

David Bowie - The Next Day
Release Date: March 11th
Record Label: Iso Records/Columbia

Why We’re Anticipating: It's David Bowie. I wish it could be left at that, but to add some more anticipation and build-up to this highly significant release let's look at everything surrounding The Next Day: this is David Bowie's first album in a decade and one that has been two years in the making. The first single "Where Are We Now?" is such a magnificently restrained, melancholy...almost sad, retrospective track that flourishes in the last third. His voice still sounds incredible, as displayed on the single where it sounds truly beautiful. This will be Bowie's 24th solo studio album. All of the details and information about this release were kept so tightly secured, that it was a rare treat and a real surprise when he announced the album details and debuted the single on January 8th, his 66th birthday. He is one of the most important, innovative and influential artists living today. It's David Bowie.

The Dear Hunter - Migrant
Release Date: April 2nd
Record Label: Equal Vision Records

Why We're Anticipating: Casey has already solidified himself as one of the most prolific songwriters to emerge from this scene in his short time in music. Releasing what some consider a masterpiece with Between The Heart and The Synapse to his various acts in the ongoing story of The Dear Hunter to his release of the lengthy, but never stale Color Spectrum release. He's said he wants to take a break from the actual concept of The Dear Hunter, but that doesn't mean the music will be any less spectacular. You know what to expect with Casey and this year won't be any different.

Drake - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Cash Money/Universal Republic

Why We're Anticipating: Aside from Kanye West, nobody catches my attention in hip-hop like Drake. He's released two of the best hip-hop albums of the last five years and brings something different to the game. Sure, he gets a bad wrap for being too emotional, but that's his thing and that's what music needs. The growth and progression from Thank Me Later to Take Care was phenomenal and we can only assume that Drake still hasn't shown his best material yet.

Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
Release Date: TBA
Record Label:Columbia Records/Tan Cressida/Odd Future Records

Why We're Anticipating: Remember when Odd Future was a thing? After being the talk of the town a few years ago, the only member worth paying attention is Frank Ocean and Earl Sweatshirt, only because of the mystery that surrounds him. Earl finally returned from Samoa last year and showed up to drop a verse on Odd Future's last mixtape and people got excited again. The most talented wordsmith of the group, fans are hoping that his major label debut Doris stands up to his much-loved tape Earl. When Earl released "Chum" a few months ago, some fears were calmed and the anticipation was ramped up. Let's just hope this album goes the route of Frank Ocean rather than Tyler, The Creator.

Eisley - TBA
Release Date: Spring
Record Label: Equal Vision

Why We're Anticipating: Maybe one of the most underrated indie-pop acts around, Eisley followed up its majestic 2011 release The Valley with some of its best songs to date (2012's Deep Space EP). The family band only continues to improve in its song composition and after a year that featured a lot of life changes in the DuPree clan, I expect Eisley to release some of its most inspired material yet.

Fireworks - TBA
Release Date: Summer/Fall
Record Label: Triple Crown Records

Why We’re Anticipating: Gospel was Fireworks writing the best Fireworks record that Fireworks could write in 2011. The band has been oddly quiet recently after being a touring machine for a while, so buzz around a new record hasn't been too high - in fact, they haven't yet announced recording plans. But with a slot supporting The Wonder Years on a spring tour in March / April, the wheels should begin turning again for the Detroit natives to have another strong year, highlighted by Gospel's follow-up.

Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart
Release Date: April 22nd
Record Label: Epitaph Records

Why We’re Anticipating: Turner is a robotic songwriter. He offers consistent output that never feels stale. In 2011, he released his fourth LP, England Keep My Bones, which ranged from the quietest music he's ever written - an entirely a cappella number - to the most rocking material he's ever recorded. The Sleeping Souls, Turner's backing band, have come into their own as an entity as well, and all signs point to April's Tape Deck Heart as being just the next step in one of the best punk-frontman-turned-singer/songwriter careers we've ever seen.

Gob - N/A
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: TBA

Why We’re Anticipating: It's been almost six years since Gob released Muertos Vivos and while there's been talk about a follow-up they haven't really had anything to show for it until recently. Now the band has officially confirmed its in the mixing stage and they even released a short song clip, making it safer to assume new Gob material will surface sometime this year. These guys are one of Canada's best pop-punk bands by far and hopefully they still have what it takes to write another amazing record.

Happy Body Slow Brain - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: TBA

Why We’re Anticipating: With a full-length, an EP, and three years since their inception, we should be ready to focus on the band at hand instead of whatever group they came from. On LP2, expect the jams to be jammier, the grooves to be groovier, and more of everything you love about the Happy Bodies. The band's played several new songs live, all of which were guitar-heavy - if "Emperor" and "Time" were your favorites on the last album, expect to be pleased. Here's to hoping 2013 is the year jam-bands' best kept secret becomes well-known.

I The Mighty - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Equal Vision Records

Why We’re Anticipating: Releasing an essentially-perfect EP will earn any band a slot on the most-anticipated list the following year. After Karma Never Sleep rocked everyone in 2012, the pressure's on I The Mighty to take over in 'Thirteen - but with some seasoning and Erik Ron back on the boards, we shouldn't worry. Watch for I The Mighty to join the ranks of their influences this year and establish themselves as a staple in the scene.

Into It. Over It. - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: No Sleep

Why We're Anticipating: Back in 2011, I wrote that Evan Weiss, the man behind Into It. Over It., would be properly introduced to punk fans with the fantastic Proper. Not only has Weiss become one of the more popular artists on the site, he has also a generated a lot of momentum with his appearance on the Glamour Kills Tour, playing a few full-band sets in late 2012, and working on another project with Mike Kinsella and and Matthew Frank. But honestly that only feels like the beginning. Details about his upcoming new LP have been scarce, but because of Weiss' talent, I totally expect the next IIOI album to be some next level shit.

Jimmy Eat World - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: TBA

Why We're Anticipating: Jimmy Eat World are like a fine wine, they get better with age and their music becomes more personal. They are arguably one of the greatest alternative bands of all time, always releasing high quality music. Although they haven't topped Futures (in my opinion), the band still continues to release music that makes their peers jealous. Longevity and quality are two things that don't always go together in music, but it's the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Jimmy Eat World. Their new album is more than just a chapter in the band's career, it's a new chapter in all of our lives.

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
Release Date: March 19th
Record Label: Jive Records

Why We're Anticipating: It seemed like we may never hear new music from Justin Timberlake as he had been pretty silent when it came to music. Only doing a few guest spots here and there, which was depressing seeing as Future Sex/Love Sounds was one of my favorite pop albums of all time. That all changed when JT announced a new album and dropped his first single in six years. He's back with Timbaland and he's ready to take back his throne.

Kanye West - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: GOOD Music/Def Jam

Why We're Anticipating: Kanye is already a legend. He's one of the few artists that can transcend basically any genre and still make it genius and accessible. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was a prime example of how Kanye can step out of his comfort zone and knock any test out of the park. While he's been working on his GOOD Music compilations, he's also been working on his new solo album after the past couple years. It seems that 2013 is going to be the year for his next release, if he can pull himself away from Kim and his new baby. If it ends up seeing the light of day, there's no doubt that it will be fantastic and put the rest of hip-hop to shame.

Kevin Devine - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Self-Released

Why We're Anticipating: It's no secret that Kevin Devine is one of our favorite song writers around AP.net, he's been our poster child for a singer-songwriter. So when he launched a Kickstarter to fund his TWO new albums, we couldn't be more excited. After raising the money to fund both albums in a day, it was apparent that we aren't the only ones excited for new music, let alone two albums. And what's not to like about Jesse Lacey being involved with one of them? 2013 is a new year and it looks like Kevin is taking it by the horns.

Killswitch Engage - Disarm the Descent
Release Date: April 2nd
Record Label: Roadrunner Records

Why We’re Anticipating: Killswitch Engage's sixth album marks a literal return to form for the metalcore titans. Original vocalist Jesse Leach has rejoined the group after more than a decade away, and guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz is back in the producer's chair. Leach auditioned and won over the band to regain his frontman position, and he intends to win back the fans with his intense performance as well. Following the misstep of 2009's self-titled effort, the band is prepared to once again prove that they are a force to be reckoned with in the realm of heavy music.

The Lawrence Arms - N/A
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: TBA

Why We’re Anticipating: In 2012 this band made it quite clear that they were writing new songs and hopefully that new material will surface sometime before the year is over. The band's last full-length was released in 2006, making this release especially anticipated and long overdue. Brendan Kelly wrote a blog saying it "continues the Lawrence Arms tradition of being totally different than what we did before" and we can't wait to judge for ourselves.

letlive. - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Epitaph

Why We're Anticipating: Real heartfelt lyricism mixed with aggressively fast instrumentation. When asked about the upcoming record, vocalist Jason Aalon Butler told us "More specifically I can say that it's about my relationships with others and myself, and finding a balance between the two and realizing how to assimilate myself into a process where I can feel comfortable with everything and everyone...if that's even possible.". You can count on this album to say something, to be sporadic at times, and for it to be your soundtrack through every season in 2013.

Lily Rose Cooper - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Capital

Why We're Anticipating: It's hard to believe that we're coming up on four years since Lily Allen released It's Not Me, It's You. Which happened to be one of the stronger pop albums of 2009. After the album's release, Lily announced that she would be retiring from music. For three years everything remained quiet from the Lily camp up until late last year when she announced she would be making new music under the name Lily Rose Cooper. Nothing has been officially announced as of yet, but she's slated to release her comeback album this year and it will be like she never left.

Living With Lions - N/A
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: TBA

Why We’re Anticipating: The guys announced they were writing a new record last August and we're assuming something could surface later this year. This will also be the band's first recording with Chase Brenneman on vocals and it will be interesting to see what he brings to the table. It's not too often a band releases three different albums with three different vocalists, but Living With Lions seem determined to stick with it and we can't wait to hear what they come up with next.

Local Natives - Hummingbird
Release Date: January 29th
Record Label: French Kiss Records

Why We're Anticipating: Local Natives released one of the finer debut albums in 2009, so it's no surprise that they are on our most anticipated list. Originally coming from our very scene, the band has taken a abrupt left turn to indie stardom, easily becoming one of the most talked about and revered acts out there today. From the songs that have been released so far, it seems like the band has no intention of slowing down and are on track to release a monster of an album.

Lydia - TBA
Release Date: February
Record Label: None

Why We’re Anticipating: Lydia didn’t lose any footing from their brief hiatus, as 2011’s Paint It Golden was everything we love about Lydia once again. Since then, the release of a surprise acoustic EP and constant touring has kept the excitement buzzing. Also, the switch from long-time producer Matt Malpass to Colby Wedgeworth has us very interested in what Lydia’s next record will have in store. The band has been playing “Knee Deep” live, and it sounds like a step in the right direction, so here’s to having high hopes for Lydia’s fourth full-length come February.

Mallory Knox - Signals
Release Date: January 21st (UK)
Record Label: A Wolf At Your Door

Why We're Anticipating: Okay, it's out this week, but we've been anticipating this hard since the clock struck 12 on New Year's Eve. These young Brits have an ear for humongous choruses and an album full to the brim of urgent, fist-in-the-air rock. Bonus: you can get your sticky mitts on it right now.

Manchester Orchestra - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Sony

Why We're Anticipating: Manchester Orchestra have grown from being one of diamonds in the rough to a full blown alternative rock powerhouse. With three extremely solid releases under their belt, the band is sure to release another gem with their fourth LP. Always daring to try different things with their music, the band is one to always keep your eye on. If the band does happen to release an album this year, I expect it to be huge.

Mansions - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: TBA

Why We're Anticipating: Dig Up The Dead was easily the biggest surprise album for me in 2011. It was very reminiscent of Death Cab For Cutie but unique in it's own right. Christopher Browder has shown to be one of the best songwriters to emerge from this scene, leaving raw emotion and heart on every track. He's only released a couple tracks since 2011 which is rare considering how much material he's released in the past. I expect Chris to change that this year and release one of the best albums from not only our scene, but music in general.

Moving Mountains - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Triple Crown Records

Why We're Anticipating: Moving Mountains have slowly been inching their way into the elite group of AP.net core bands and they took a huge leap with their last album, Waves. Not completely ditching their post-rock ways of the past, but completely expanding and creating an album that dropped a lot of jaws. The band has been hard at work for their third full length and it looks like the sky is the limit for the guys.

The National - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: 4AD

Why We're Anticipating: When not recording cover songs for television shows like Bob's Burgers and Game of Thrones, The National has been busy writing and recording its follow-up to 2010's fantastic High Violet. If the live debut of three new songs - "Lola," "Sullivan," and "Prime" - this past winter are any indication, then this album will be at the top of many people's end of the year lists. Add in the fact that the band will be headlining a concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and it looks like 2013 will be a huge year for The National.

NGHBRS - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: TBA

Why We're Anticipating: So few do rock right anymore - that's why NGHBRS is here. As if 2011's Hellomind wasn't already all kinds of win, the band only progressed and perfected themselves with a free mixtape and singles "Paper Limbs" and "Animals." Don't expect the awesome to let up with their debut full-length; the band spent two months in the mansion of American poet William Cullen Bryant to get the album just right. Few bands manage to rock this well while bringing something new to the table, and few bands will create as much noise this year as NGHBRS.

Night Verses - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: TBA

Why We're Anticipating: The swelling surrounding Night Verses seems to be ever-growing. Their free EP was praised by all; their limited live shows packed shoulder-to-shoulder, with bodies flying everywhere. Though the band slow-played their hand last year, they came out swinging in 2013 - in January alone, Night Verses announced a support spot on Letlive.'s next tour as they recorded their debut full-length with Kris Crummett, all while drummer Aric Improta competed as a Grand Finalist in the Guitar Center Drum-Off. With new tunes comprising most of their live set, show-goers will tell you to expect big, big things from Night Verses in the new year.

North Korea - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Triple Crown Records

Why We're Anticipating: What is there not to be excited about? Take members from Envy on The Coast and mix them with The Dillinger Escape Plan and you have North Korea. The band's released two free releases so far that were fantastic, so a real full length release has got to be even better. It's been quiet from the band's camp of late, but I expect that we'll be hearing a lot of chaotic noise very soon.

Off With Their Heads - Home
Release Date: March 12th
Record Label: Epitaph

Why We’re Anticipating: After releasing a near perfect punk album called In Desolation in 2010, it will be interesting to see what Off With Their Heads come up with next. "Nightlife" has already been unveiled, a song which already shows lots of promise for this release that was recorded with Bill Stevenson last summer. Ryan Young's vocals sound better than ever and it sounds like the band we already know and love, just a little bit more polished. Hopefully the rest of Home will be this good.

Panic! At The Disco - TBA
Release Date: Spring/Summer
Record Label: Fueled By Ramen

Why We're Anticipating: Panic! At The Disco's last album was a nice return to their pop ways of the past but just didn't have the lasting power of the first two records. While there was plenty of stand out tracks, nothing quite hit like the band's debut. I have a feeling that this album is going to be a sleeper with Paramore releasing a new album this year. I think the band's taken a step back and know how to recreate what made them so special in the first place. I could be wrong, but I think Panic! just might release the best album of their career with this release.

Paramore - Paramore
Release Date: April 9th
Record Label: Fueled By Ramen Records

Why We’re Anticipating: Everything we've heard about Paramore's fourth studio full-length tells us that the band is recreating itself. A lost drummer was replaced by Ilan Rubin (Angels & Airwaves) playing drums in the studio. A lost guitarist was replaced by Hayley Williams writing most of this new album with Taylor York, who previously hadn't held a main songwriting role in the band. On top of that, Hayley told us that this record was influenced by electronic music, and Taylor told Rolling Stone to expect songs that are poppier than ever before. At the same time, lead single "Now" is pegged as heavier than most of the record - which, oh by the way, is self-titled (always a bit of a lightbulb to indicate when a band is changing, as if it weren't obvious enough here) and has a total of 17 songs, a mammoth beast of a record in today's industry. Why are we anticipating this? Because as cliché as it may be, perhaps the only reasonable thing to expect is the unexpected.

Peace - TBA
Release Date: March 25th
Record Label: Columbia

Why We’re Anticipating: There's something to be said for a band who are able to combine a doomy and brooding sound with infectious pop hooks that make you want to dance around and sing out loud and that's precisely what Peace have managed to craft with their recent singles "Wraith" and "Bloodshake". Molding glittery and shimmering reverberated guitar tones, grunge influenced songwriting, vocals and attitude with percussion and keys that recall the likes of Friendly Fires it all ends up being a very inviting mixing pot and consequently a debut album to look forward to from one of the more interesting UK bands this year.

Phoenix - Bankrupt!
Release Date: April, 2013
Record Label: Glassnote Records

Why We're Anticipating: Lets be honest, Phoenix released one of the better indie pop albums in years in 2009 with Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Every song had a some form of hook that was stuck in your head for months. And if it wasn't, the insane amount of placement in the media would eventually do the trick. It's been four years since then and a day hasn't gone by that we've been waiting to hear something new from the French group. Luckily, news just broke that the band would be releasing Bankrupt! sometime this year and we couldn't be more excited.

Protest the Hero - TBA
Release Date: Summer
Record Label: Vagrant

Why We’re Anticipating: All it really took was a statement from the band to confirm such slight suspicions – the members of progressive metal group Protest the Hero are planning a new album. There's been enough teetering between which of the band's three LPs stands the tallest, and a presumed continuation of Scurrilous' lyrical writing through vocalist Rody Walker argues that we'll again be without a hardline concept for the album. But if that album taught us anything, it is that these guys haven't run out of steam or ideas yet – and that perhaps the switch was just a blessing in disguise. Still, LP4 suggests to be another technical display of wicked guitars and brash lyricism, and you'd be foolish not to be excited for it.

Rat Attack - Rat Attack
Release Date: March 11th
Record Label: Self-release

Why We're Anticipating: These gentlemen play music like it's meant to be played - at 120 miles per hour and with zero fucks given. Loose guitars and punishing drums are the order of the day on their forthcoming self-titled EP. We're not 100% sure, but it sounds like they're going to down their drinks and kick 2013 in the balls on or around March 11th. Cover up.

Relient K - TBA
Release Date: Spring
Record Label: RCA Records

Why We’re Anticipating: It has been 4 years since Forget And Not Slow Down…far too long since Relient K have released a new record – although K is for Karaoke was very entertaining. Following up their most daring and innovative record will be difficult for the band – but come on, it’s Relient K. The band hitting the studio with Paul Moak and Aaron Sprinkle throughout the recording process leads to very high hopes for this record. The new tracks the band has played live all have a different feel to them. Working with Evan Bogart on “Boomerang” results in one of the most addictive, poppy sounds they’ve ever experimented with, while the tentatively titled “When You Were My Baby” could have fit perfectly on Forget And Not Slow Down. It’s safe to say we are in for the most dynamic records from Relient K yet.

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- With Time Comes The Comfort
Release Date: Jan 15th
Record Label: Rise Records

Why We're Anticipating:
Move over Touché Amore et al, there's another hardcore band ready to take centre stage. By now you might have heard their stonking debut full-length With Time Comes The Comfort, but if you haven't, you're missing one of the most cathartic, breathtaking records of the year. One of the most exhilarating bands Rise have signed for years.

Savages - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Pop Noire

Why We’re Anticipating: Savages, from London, England, are an all-female post-punk group who are able to make you feel like you are experiencing the genre at its birth. Their electrifying live shows and tunes that recall all of the genre's greats, from Joy Division to Siouxsie and the Banshees as well as the likes of Nick Cave and The Slits without any sense of gimmick make them one of the most exciting bands right now. They have an attraction to the twisted, an attitude to blow other bands out of the water and the songs to back it all up. Savages will kick down the door of 2013 and here's their single "Husbands" to prove it.

Saves the Day - TBA
Release Date: Summer
Record Label: TBA

Why We’re Anticipating: 2011's Daybreak ended Saves the Day album trilogy that began in 2006, while winning over fans both old and new. With the ambitious trilogy completed, the band has free reign over their storied saga. Following a wildly successful PledgeMusic campaign, it's clear that fans are eager to see where Chris Conley and company will take their eighth album. If the new demo, "Ain't No Kind of Love," is any indication, they have another winner on their hands.

Senses Fail - Renacer
Release Date: March 26th
Record Label: Staple

Why We're Anticipating: I know the new year is young, but Senses Fail's new record Renacer might be one of the boldest records you hear in 2013. Renacer means "to be reborn" in Spanish, which is exactly what these scene veterans accomplish on its fifth full-length album. Produced by Shaun Lopez, Renacer is the most aggressive and heaviest album from Senses Fail, as vocalist Buddy Nielsen unleashes his best vocal performance to date. There's even a song that's 90% in Spanish. There are two things to expect with Renacer: the unexpected and the best album of the band's career.

Spycatcher - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: TBA

Why We're Anticipating
: Featuring members of Gallows and Cry For Silence, it's time for Spycatcher to pump out the album their pedigree warrants. 2010’s Honesty was good, but we know that these tuneful Brit-punks are capable of digging in and producing something spectacular. Case in point: new song “All This Pressure”. Absolute banger.

State Champs - TBA
Release Date: Summer
Record Label: Pure Noise Records

Why We're Anticipating: Remember when pop-punk was blowing up and actually interesting? Me too. While the genre has made a resurgence thanks to emotional tumblr users, it seems to be flooded by new bands every day that want to be included in the movement. This isn't bad, but it makes it tough to find bands that are actually worth listening to. State Champs are a band you definitely want to be listening to. The guys are bringing back the sound of the early Drive-Thru record days that is timeless to us that grew up on it. With arguably the best vocalist in the game right now, reminiscent of old school Patrick Stump. The band's releasing their debut full length this summer and I truly believe it will be the new Take This To Your Grave for the new wave of pop-punk kids. Only time will tell...

The Story So Far - What You Don't See
Release Date: March 26th
Record Label: Pure Noise Records

Why We’re Anticipating: If you heard an early version of "Mt. Diablo" on The Story So Far's 2010 split with Maker, you probably weren't too shocked that the band's debut LP, Under Soil and Dirt, was as good as it was. But the 2011 full-length took everyone else by storm. Whereas other 2011 releases from bands like The Wonder Years, Transit and Fireworks fascinated pop-punk fans with the new directions those bands explored with their music, The Story So Far made a name for itself by executing a tired-and-true brand of the genre perfectly. There is no band that plays the new-school style of pop-punk as well as TSSF played it on Under Soil and Dirt, and the Pure Noise Records flag-bearers are primed for an enormous year in 2013. Take this literally - don't be surprised if they swell to an A Day To Remember-esque level of popularity sooner rather than later.

Stray from the Path - TBA
Release Date: Summer/Fall
Record Label: Sumerian Records

Why We’re Anticipating: The standalone single "Landmines" only fueled the fire that is Stray from the Path - no frills hardcore with an alternative edge that literally gives no fucks about who might stand in the way. While Make Your Own History made these guys truly standout, Rising Sun was a reasonable step forward that moved the band's bombastic style into a broader scope of lyrical ideas. It appears though that Stray from the Path have already entered the studio to being work on the new record – the only question is where will their passion and fire take us, and them, this time.

The Summer Set - TBA
Release Date: Spring
Record Label: Fearless Records
Why We’re Anticipating: Just when you thought you've seen it all in pop music, The Summer Set takes it up a notch and changes the course of what's expected. Every brand of the genre that they've charged their way into, from the sugar-rushed Love Like This, to the mid-tempo Everything's Fine, they've made it their own in style. With their first release on Fearless Records, The Summer Set makes a dominant return to Love Like This' energy with an added flare that we haven't seen from the pop-rock scene since The Academy Is. Our first taste of new material came in the form of promo single "Fuck U Over," but that was just the calm before the storm as winds will pick up speed when the record crashes onto shelves later this spring.

Swim Deep - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: RCA

Why We’re Anticipating: There have been many hubs of great "scenes" from all over the UK throughout the decades which seem to produce batches of new and interesting bands all at one time. 2013 is the turn of Birmingham in England where, like Peace, Swim Deep hail from. With their melancholy alt-pop that has the ability to be feel good at the same time, they are attracting new fans in droves. Described as "beach grunge" this can often cheapen the quality tunes and melodies the group can create but at the same time, there's a sense of accuracy in this new found (albeit ridiculous and throwaway) term. Listen to their latest tracks "Honey" and "The Sea" to see what's in store for another great debut this year.

Taking Back Sunday - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Self-Released

Why We're Anticipating: Fighting to live up to your past and staying relevant was probably the biggest problem that faced Taking Back Sunday for the longest time. From releasing one of the most beloved records to ever come from this scene to releasing mediocre at best material was a tough pill for Taking Back Sunday fans. This all changed when the original lineup reformed and put out the band's Self-Titled album. And lucky for them, it was a breath of fresh air and gave the band a new energy that had been missing. That's not to say it was stellar, but it was easily the band's best work in five years. After shaking off the cobwebs, I expect the band's new album to be a return to form that everyone came to know and love. The band is doing it without a label this time around so all bets are off and I couldn't be more excited.

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
Release Date: January 29th
Record Label: Warner Bros.

Why We’re Anticipating: It's been over three years since Sainthood, an album that featured the Quin sisters evolving and taking risks with their music. Well, it's time to forget all that, as this record is the twins darkest, most depressing record yet. It's also Tegan and Sara's biggest departure musically from its previous albums. Heartthrob is a huge pop record that will either really please fans or lose them. I'm banking on the former as I believe Heartthrob is going to be a huge commercial success for Tegan and Sara but also a huge hit amongst the band's most diehard fans.

Touché Amoré - TBA
Release Date: Summer
Record Label: Deathwish

Why We're Anticipating: TA has taken the hardcore world by storm since its 2011 release Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me - anytime you bring up the genre, Touché Amoré is one of the first bands to be brought up. While the Los Angeles quintet has mastered the art of bashing your face in in two minutes or less, the band is looking to expand its sound this summer. Hopefully the song they released earlier this year - the emotional roller coaster that is "Gravity, Metaphorically" - is a sign of things to come. Regardless, Touché Amoré will continue to dominate the conversation this summer.

Transit - TBA
Release Date: April/May
Record Label: Rise Records

Why We’re Anticipating: While Keep This To Yourself was a solid release, Transit left its comfort zone and struck gold with its Rise Records debut, Listen and Forgive, in 2011. Ditching the double-time punk beats for a more polished sound, the album was one of the most surprising of that year, finishing No. 3 on our staff AOTY list whereas KTTY wasn't in our top 30 just a year before. But this time around, we're already expecting big things from the Boston band. We fully expect some new wrinkles to be thrown into the mix and for Transit to take the next step in its career and become a force of its own. This is a band that could dominate 2013...and we won't be surprised this time around if they do.

Twin Atlantic - TBA
Release Date: Spring/Summer
Record Label: Red Bull Records

Why We're Anticipating: Twin Atlantic are kind of a big deal right now. They enjoyed breathtaking festival appearances, sold out shows and a tonne of UK national radio airplay last year without even bringing out an album, so who knows what number the hype meter will read once their forthcoming full-length is actually released.

U2 - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Mercury/Island/Interscope

Why We're Anticipating: Ever since the resounding return to form that was 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind, this legendary quartet has been on a “roughly every four years” album release schedule. Provided that the trend continues, 2013 is the year for the band’s long-awaited thirteenth studio album. Rumors about the new album have been flying around for ages, from comments following the release of their last record—2009’s No Line on the Horizon—that the band had enough material for another disc, to news that they were working with noted producer Danger Mouse on a “club-inspired” set. But Paul McGuinness, the band’s longtime manager and friend, has told fans to expect a new album this year, so anticipation is building. Bonus points if it comes with another tour, since no one does the “concert-as-religious-experience” thing quite like these guys.

Vampire Weekend - TBA
Release Date: May 6th
Record Label: XL Records

Why We're Anticipating: In their short existence, Vampire Weekend has gone from Pitchfork's feel good music of the week to one of the most beloved indie pop bands out. They took a huge musical step with their sophomore album, Contra which ended up being a lot of people's album of the year in 2010, even though it was released in January. It's been three years since then and the excitement for new tunes from the band are at an all time high. The band has yet to put out any bad material yet and their third album looks like it will be the same.

We Are The In Crowd - TBA
Release Date: Summer 2013
Record Label: Hopeless Records

Why We're Anticipating: We Are The In Crowd released one of the catchiest pop rock EPs that I can remember from the past few years. They finally released their long awaited full length debut in 2011 which was praised by most but seemed to lack the punch the band needed. The band's back with Ken and Zack working on their sophomore album which I expect to be anything but a slump. After nonstop touring and growing as a band, their new material looks like it's going to shine brighter than anything they've ever done.

We Came As Romans - TBA
Release Date: Spring
Record Label: Equal Vision

Why We're Anticipating: This is a band that gets better and better as time goes on, and with three new songs on the re-release of Understanding Of What We've Grown To Be that has grabbed many people's attention, the band's upcoming third record has the potential to be one gigantic rallying cry. Any time the band has something to offer fans, you know it's going to be something good - always uplifting, and always catchy. 2013 is going to be a gigantic year for We Came As Romans, and this record is only a small part of what they're up to.

The Wonder Years - TBA
Release Date: Late Spring/Summer
Record Label: Hopeless Records

Why We’re Anticipating: When was the last time you went more than a month or two without hearing The Wonder Years' name pop up since January 26, 2010? The release of The Upsides catapulted this band into a steady, methodical climb through the pop-punk world that has kept rolling for three years. They've managed to turn themselves into a strange brand - one that harkens a cult-like adoration but still retains massive appeal. Just like they did in January 2011, the band holed up through the first month of 2013 in the hell-of-a-lot-warmer-than-Philadelphia city known as Los Angeles to record a new album with producer Steve Evetts. The last time they did that, Suburbia I've Given You All And Now I'm Nothing was released in June of that year to a cacophony of critical praise and fanfare. There was a suffocating amount of pressure accompanying that album's release - pressure that was alleviated when Suburbia turned out to be a step up from The Upsides in every single way, finishing No. 2 on our staff's compiled AOTY list in 2011. Some might say the pressure is on again, but it's not comparable. We know this band isn't a one-and-done; we know based on songs like "Me vs. The Highway" that The Wonder Years can do many different things with their sound. The question that remains is not whether this album will take them farther than they've ever been...but rather just how far can they go?

The Xcerts - TBA
Release Date: TBA
Record Label: Xtra Mile Recordings

Why We're Anticipating:
The Xcerts in three words: good, good, good. Their Anglo-Caledonian noise-pop takes in everything from Brand New to Nirvana; it's disorientating, groove-ridden and frankly, absolutely wonderful. After a relatively quiet 2012, expect this band to step up in a huge way over the next 12 months.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito
Release Date: April 16th
Record Label: Interscope

Why We’re Anticipating: It's almost hard to believe that by the time we hear a brand new Yeah Yeah Yeahs record it will have been four years since their last, It's Blitz! This may be due to Karen O's various solo efforts and collaborations or Nick Zinner and Brian Chase's "appearances" but none of these truly scratched the itch that only the work of the three members combined can produce. It's Blitz! was a different approach for the band with the more electronic influence becoming more prominent so it will be very interesting to see what direction this new album takes. Always progressing without losing any of their raw characteristics, it's a more than welcome return.

Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse
Release Date: March 5th
Record Label: Fat Possum

Why We're Anticipating: Youth Lagoon, a.k.a San Diego’s Trevor Powers came out of nowhere in 2011 to deliver to the world The Year Of Hibernation, a beautiful, flowing album that instantly captured the hearts of indie fans and critics alike. The album pushed 22 year old Powers head and shoulders above his peers and with it’s almost childish feel, brought a refreshing edge to a genre that was slight stagnating. Two years later and it’s nearly time for Youth Lagoon’s sophomore release and we can only hope that he recaptures some of the magic of his debut; but the recent first taste of (the excellently titled) Wondrous Bughouse in the form of “Dropla” suggests that, once again, Mr Powers is on to a winner.
 
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10:24 AM on 01/22/13
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10:27 AM on 01/22/13
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Surprised hellogoodbye didnt make the list.
10:28 AM on 01/22/13
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Now it's time for the staff to play our unspoken game of "let's see who likes who's blurb most!"
(I don't know who wrote Paramore, but that'll win).

Also, I'll pretty much listen to anything these people recommend.
10:29 AM on 01/22/13
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I'm liking this list...
10:30 AM on 01/22/13
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2013 sounds promising. Many of these bands are on my own most anticipated list. I'm also highly anticipating Cartel, Silvestein, Shai Hulud, Gatherer, Heart In Hand and Half Hearted Hero.
10:30 AM on 01/22/13
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So much good
10:30 AM on 01/22/13
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Surprised Coasta didn't make the list. (and maybe Seahaven?)
Either way I think JEW and Brand New are my most anticipated.
10:32 AM on 01/22/13
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2013 sounds promising. Many of these bands are on my own most anticipated list. I'm also highly anticipating Cartel, Silvestein, Shai Hulud, Gatherer, Heart In Hand and Half Hearted Hero.
Crap, I should have written about Hulud too. HHH is already out and awesome.
10:36 AM on 01/22/13
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Crap, I should have written about Hulud too. HHH is already out and awesome.
So this means that I'll be anticipating both the new SH record and your review of it.
10:36 AM on 01/22/13
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What is the deal with The Starting Line? I heard in 2012 at some point that they were going to get in the studio. Any insight?

I am pumped for Saves The Day and TWY
10:39 AM on 01/22/13
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Also - Can't forget Andrew McMahon's solo EP... Feb 2013....
10:41 AM on 01/22/13
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so stoked for the new Jimmy Eat World record. They already said it will be "grittier" and "not as polished" as Invented. Winning!
10:41 AM on 01/22/13
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Okay, who wrote that bullshit about Neon Bible?

Are you deaf, dumb or high? Jesus Christ.
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No Mogwai, Frightened Rabbit, Biffy Clyro or Olafur Arnalds!

Most of these haven't even been announced anyway.

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