2012 is in our rear-view mirror and our foot is on the gas- there’s no looking back now. Our gaze is set on the horizon- we’re eagerly anticipating what new sounds music artists will bring in the New Year. So, what’s marked on our calendar?

Definitely Dropping Soon

  • Atoms for Peace, Amok: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke teamed with legendary bassist Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to record this electronica-influenced side project. We’ll see if they live up to other supergroups such as Them Crooked Vultures– we certainly hope so!

  • Phoenix, TBA: The French electro-pop band scored one of 2009’s biggest hits with the undeniably catchy “1901”. They’ve been relatively quiet since- can their more experimental album recapture the momentum of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix?

Coming Out at Some Point

  • Katy Perry: Nearly every song from 2010’s Teenage Dream has been released as a single, so it’s probably time for a new album, don’t you think? We’d be shocked to not see it by summer.
  • Vampire Weekend: If it feels like the wait for Contra’s successor has been dragging, you’re not alone. The group hoped to release the album by the end of 2012, but that deadline came and went without any news. At least they performed a new song on Jimmy Kimmel Live to hold us over.

  • Beck: As cool as his 20 song sheet music project Song Reader is, we want to hear music performed by the man himself. He confirmed he’s working on previously shelved projects from 2008 and 2011, so we’re choosing to be optimistic.

Fingers Crossed, Please See the Light of Day

  • Eminem: You could hold your breath for Slim’s next album- we just wouldn’t recommend it. No actual recording has taken place and he always works with the notoriously meticulous Dr. Dre, so we could be in for a long wait. (How long have we been waiting for Detox? A decade?)
  • Arcade Fire: The band confirmed they will enter the studio in 2013 and hope to release new material by the end of the year. We would love to see it happen, but don’t want to raise our expectations too high. If it’s not released before the Grammy eligibility deadline on Sept. 30, it could be delayed until 2014.