The new year starts big with a release from one of rock’s greatest innovators, David Bowie, on his 69th birthday.
Over the next few months, we’ll hear from more classic artists (Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Loretta Lynn and Bon Jovi, among them) as well as some younger artists who push the envelope (Savages, Animal Collective, Ty Segall).
Here is a list that will surely change quickly.
David Bowie “Blackstar”: The beloved glam rocker went a decade between 2003’s “Reality” and 2013’s “The Next Day” and now he’s back already with a 25th album, produced by Tony Visconti and recorded with New York jazz musicians. According to Rolling Stone and hinted at in the single “Lazarus,” it is “one of the most aggressively experimental records the singer has ever made.”
Hinds “Leave Me Alone”: Debut album from all-female Spanish garage-pop band.
Panic! at the Disco “Death of a Bachelor”: Fifth album from the pop-rock band that headlined the Thrival Festival last summer was produced by Jake Sinclair (Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy) and led by the single “Hallelujah.” “It’s like some Beyonce beats with some Sinatra vocals,” frontman Brendan Urie said in a statement. “It’s really crazy… [Sinatra’s] music has been a major player in the soundtrack of my life. So it’s only right that I return the favor and/or pay it forward.”
Hank Williams, Jr. “It’s About Time”: The country hell-raiser will perform the new single “Are You Ready for the Country” with Eric Church at the 2015 CMA Awards, broadcast live on this night from Nashville on ABC.
Blaze Ya Dead Homie “The Casket Factory”: Sixth album from the Detroit rapper, the “zombie of a 1990s gangsta rapper” and a member of supergroup Dark Lotus.
Savages “Adore Life”: “Silence Yourself” was one of the most startling debuts of 2013. Now we find out what the breakout all-female British post-punk band does for an encore.
Ty Segall “Emotional Mugger”: New album from the Laguna Beach, Calif., psych-garage rocker was announced with a VHS tape he sent to Pitchfork. He has also set up a hotline at 1-800-281-2968 with a brief, weird personal message. Sample: “I am itching to hear how I can fill the holes in your ego.”
Tortoise “The Catastrophist”: First album in seven years from the Chicago-based instrumental quintet includes a cover of David Essex’s “Rock On,” sung by Todd Rittmann (U.S. Maple/Dead Rider) and a soul ballad sung by Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley. According to the press notes, “the spark came in 2010 when the group was commissioned by the City of Chicago to compose a suite of music rooted in its ties to the area’s noted jazz and improvised music communities.”
Santigold “99¢”: Follow-up to the electropop singer’s 2012 album “Master of My Make-Believe” is led by the single “Can’t Get Enough of Myself.”
Conrad Keely “Original Machines”: Debut solo album from the frontman of ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead. The first single, “In Words Of A Not So Famous Man,” is dressed with acoustic guitar and strings.
Jesu/Sun Kil Moon “Jesu/Sun Kil Moon”: Collaboration between British post-metal band Jesu and indie-folk singer Sun Kil Moon (aka Mark Kozelek) is led by a single, “America’s Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger,” that sounds like an edgier Counting Crows.
Megadeth “Dystopia”: Fifteenth album from the thrash metal band finds Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson joined by Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro.
Eleanor Friedberger “New View”: First album from the Fiery Furnaces’ singer since 2013’s “Personal Record.”
Bonnie “Prince” Billy “Pond Scum”: Collection of 12 songs from the indie-folk icon played mostly solo over the course of three John Peel sessions.
Charlie Puth “Nine Track Mind”: Debut album from the British singer who appeared with Wiz Khalifa on the Grammy-nominated chart-topper “See You Again” includes the single “One Call Away” (which sounds kind of like “See You Again”) and a collaboration with Selena Gomez on “We Don’t Talk Anymore.”
Sia “This Is Acting”: Sixth album from the Australian singer-songwriter is a quick follow-up to last year’s Grammy-nominated “1000 Forms of Fear” and is preceded by the single “Alive.” She told Spin, “I’m calling it ‘This Is Acting’ because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn’t go in thinking ‘This is something I would say’. It’s more like play-acting. It’s fun.”
Bloc Party “Hymns”: The British post-punk revival band returns with a fifth album that showcases the new rhythm section of bassist Justin Harris (Menomena) and drummer Louise Bartle.
Dream Theater “The Astonishing”: The progressive metal band’s 13th album is a concept album with a “fantasy-oriented plotline in which a determined band of rebels defies the might of an oppressive empire,” according to Rolling Stone.
Wet “Don’t You”: Full-length debut from the R&B-laced Brooklyn electro-pop trio that supported Chvrches on tour.
Elton John “Wonderful Crazy Night”: His 33rd studio album continues a songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin that goes back 48 years and has drummer Nigel Olsson and guitarist Davey Johnstone both on board for the first time since “The Captain & the Kid” in 2006. It was co-produced by Elton and T-Bone Burnett and recorded at The Village in Los Angeles, led by the single “Looking Up.”
The Cult “Hidden City”: Tenth album from the British hard rock band was produced once again by Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue).
Lucinda Williams “The Ghosts of Highway 20”: The alt-country diva’s quick follow-up to double album “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone” focuses on characters who live or travel along I-20 in Louisiana, and also includes covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “Factory” and Woody Guthrie’s “House of Earth.”
DIIV “Is the Is Are”: Second album from the indie-rock band was preceded by the single “Dopamine.”
School Of Seven Bells “SVIIB”: Fourth album from the New York indie duo comes in the wake of the December 2013 death of Benjamin Curtis to lymphoma. Alejandra Deheza released a note to fans saying, in part: “Benjamin and I wrote this record during a tour break in the summer of 2012. I can easily say that it was one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives. What followed was the most tragic, soul shaking tidal wave that life could deliver, but even that wouldn’t stop the vision for this record from being realized. This is a love letter from start to finish. It’s the story of us starting from that first day we met in 2004, and that’s the story of School of Seven Bells.”
Lissie “My Wild West”: Third album from the Illinois folk rocker was named Paste magazine’s best new solo artist of 2010.
Animal Collective “Painting With”: The follow-up to 2012’s “Centipede Hz,” led by the single “FloriDada,” was recorded by Panda Bear, Avey Tare, and Geologist at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles and features contributions from John Cale, as well as Colin Stetson. The album in CD and LP formats will be available in three different covers, featuring each Animal Collective member — Avey Tare, Geologist, and Panda Bear — as painted by Brian DeGraw.
Lake Street Dive “Side Pony”: For the follow-up to 2014’s “Bad Self Portraits,” the band worked with Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Secret Sisters) who tried “recording fast and loose, as live-in-the-studio as possible, and to embrace the unorthodox,” according to a Nonesuch release.
Yoko Ono “Yes, I’m a Witch Too”: The LP features collaborations and remixes from Death Cab For Cutie, Moby, Peter Bjorn and John, Portugal. The Man, among others.
Simple Plan “Taking One for the Team”: First new album from the pop-rock band since 2011 is led by a single, “I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed,” that features a guest spot from Nelly.
Bonnie Raitt, “Dig In Deep”: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame blues rocker self-produced her 20th album and first in four years. There are five originals, the most on one of her albums since 1998’s ‘Fundamental.” “I was really inspired to come up with some songs that went with grooves that I missed playing in my live show, and to dig deeper into some topics I hadn’t yet mined,’ she said in a statement.
The 1975 “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It”: Follow-up to the British band’s 2013 self-titled debut, which entered the UK charts at No 1 and went on to sell 1 million albums worldwide.
Anthrax, “For All Kings”: The 11th album from the thrash metal band, touring with Lamb of God, is the first with new guitarist Jon Donais.
Mothers “When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired”: Debut album from the Atlanta indie-folk band was produced by Drew Vandenberg (Of Montreal, Deerhunter) and features collaborations with Josh McKay of Deerhunter and McKendrick Bearden of Grand Vapids.
Loretta Lynn “Full Circle”: First album from the 83-year-old country legend since 2004’s “Van Lear Rose” features 13 new recordings “that bounce between the Appalachian folk songs she learned as a child to newer versions of past hits like ‘Fist City,’ ” according to Rolling Stone. Willie Nelson and Elvis Costello both appear.
Violent Femmes “We Can Do Anything”: The post-punk band’s ninth album and first full-length collection in 16 years features newly written songs and others that Gordon Gano found in his archives.
Miike Snow “III”: Third album from that Swedish-American indie-rock trio that will be playing Coachella in April.
Jeff Buckley “You And I”: Unreleased songs the late singer-songwriter recorded in February 1993, discovered in the Sony archives, include originals and covers of Bob Dylan and Sly and the Family Stone.
Brian Fallon “Painkillers”: With The Gaslight Anthem on hiatus, the singer-guitarist issues his first solo album, produced by Butch Walker (Taylor Swift, Keith Urban) in Nashville.
Primal Scream “Chaosmosis”: The 11th album from the Scottish alt-rock band.
Damien Jurado “Visions Of Us On The Land”: Twelfth album from the indie-folk singer-songwriter is the last in a trilogy that “completes the tale of an individual who has had to disappear from society in order to discover some universal truths.”
Bon Jovi “This House Is Not for Sale”: The pop star said of the 14th album, “The record is about our integrity. Integrity matters and we’re at a place in our career where we don’t have anything left to prove.”
Soul Asylum “Change of Fortune”: The veteran Minneapolis band’s 11th studio album is the first in four years and the first without founding member and guitarist Dan Murphy.
Black Stone Cherry “Kentucky”: Guitarist Ben Wells says the Southern rock band’s fifth album “is by far the heaviest, most aggressive album we’ve ever made.”
Also coming in 2016:
Kanye West “SWISH”: The rapper has described the follow-up to 2013’s “Yeezus” as a “sonic painting.”
Frank Ocean “Boys Don’t Cry”: The follow-up to the R&B singer’s 2012 smash debut “Channel Orange” was set to be released last summer, but was postponed.
Drake: The follow-up to mixtape “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and Future collaboration “What a Time to Be Alive” will be his first studio album since 2013’s “Nothing Was the Same.”
Ryan Adams: The singer-songwriter told Entertainment Weekly that for his 16th album he drew inspiration from Springsteen and The Smiths: “I wanted to find this combo of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ and ‘Meat Is Murder’ — the sonic geography of those records but with me in them…”
Radiohead: Jonny Greenwood said in October that “lots has been recorded” for the follow-up to 2011’s “The King of Limbs.”
Run The Jewels: Third collaboration between El-P and Killer Mike will follow their acclaimed 2014 album.
M83: Frontman Anthony Gonzalez told Entertainment Weekly that the follow-up to French synthpop band’s “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” (2011) is “more fun and fresh than my last album, but it’s good to take your listeners into a different maze...”
Beck: Beck is said to be working on a more uptempo follow-up to his Grammy-winning “Morning Phase.” Maybe something like a Beyonce record?
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