Now that 2015 is about to be an afterthought, it's time to look forward to the amazing action of what's to come in 2016. So far, based on the slate of heavyweight releases announced, it looks like next year will be action packed. Here are the albums were looking forward to hearing in 2016, with both firm and speculative releases included.
David Bowie — ☆, Columbia, January 8
Whenever the Thin White Duke does something, it's news. With his album coming out in 10 days, like anything Bowie releases these days, there's a lot of anticipation since it could be his swan song. So far, we like what we hear.
The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, Dirty Hit/Interscope, February 26
Can the end of February get here soon enough? The spunky '80s infused pop sound that's marked the 1975's latest album sounds like a band on the rise and unafraid to move their vision forward. If "UGH!" and "Love Me" are merely a taste of what the Mancunians have geared up, then you shouldn't be surprised if they take the next step towards superstardom. Nine Inch Nails — TBD
Trent Reznor recently said that he'd be bringing Nine Inch Nails back in 2016. Since that probably includes new music and a tour, to say we're excited is merely an understatement. With a few years of rest from NIN and with his composing career taking off, the sky is the limit for what Reznor has in store. Gorillaz — TBD
Lost in the shuffle of Blur's latest album and tour has been Damon Albarn's news that he plans on releasing another Gorillaz album next year. Whenever the Britpop icon has dusted off his fun side project, the result has been an edgy, experimental album. We expect the same from one of the best, and perhaps underrated, musicians in the world.
Savages — Adore Life, Matador, January 22
The British post-punk rockers have been on our radar for a while now, but their January album leaves no doubt that these gals mean business. Though little has been leaked nor known about Adore Life, we can be sure that whatever the band is up to won't just be good, it'll be great.
Panic! At The Disco — Death of a Bachelor, DCD2/Fueled By Ramen, January 15
It looks like Brendan Urie is at it again on the Las Vegas-natives' fifth studio release. We've heard a chunk of the album already, and so far, so good.
Animal Collective — Painting With, Domino, February 19
The Maryland alt-folkies have already unveiled their latest batch of songs to confused listeners at BWI airport back around Thanksgiving time. Come February, we'll know than the joy of what "FloriDada" has brought us so far and see if whatever Avey Tare and Panda Bear have been working on with their solo projects will make it onto the record.
PUP — TBD
The Canadian punks are in the studio recording right now, but if their last album and thunderous live shows are any indicator, the band's next record could be one quite memorable. Tonight Alive — Limitless, Easy Life/Sony Red, March 4
At this point in their career, the Australian pop punk outfit has little, if anything to prove to fans. But with their third album on the horizon, the band's mantra is about extending themselves as musicians and pushing their artistic vision forward. With a highly anticipated tour to follow, 2016 could be a great year for Tonight Alive.
Ty Segall — Emotional Mugger, Drag City, January 22
If you can expect anything from the lo-fi guitar hero is that whatever he does will be both eccentric and fantastic. That's what's been the common thread in the buildup to his latest album. Between the announcement of the record through his website and a 1-800 number, you know that Segall has a lot more up his sleeve to hype a strong effort. Wolfmother — Victorious, Universal, February 19
When we caught up with Andrew Stockdale a few months ago, we had a feeling the singer was up to something big. It's hard to believe that it's been a decade since his band's seminal debut, but on Victorious, Stockdale and company are ready to stake their claim as one of the best hard rock bands of their generation
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