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Things To Look Forward To 2015

20 upcoming releases to get pumped for. No particular order.
1Viet Cong
Viet Cong

If you haven't heard of this band yet, you should probably get on it. Post-Punk/Shoegaze, formed from the ashes of the beloved band Women, their Cassette EP was great, and the new album is excellent (leaked like three weeks ago). Set to dominate next year. "Continental Shelf" is most excellent. Due: 1/20/15
No Cities To Love

Girl punk rock titans return after an almost 10 year hiatus. First single "Bury Our Friends" was a nice slice of power punk. Due: 1/20/15
3Modest Mouse
No One's First, and You're Next

It's been a long time coming but it's finally here. Sort of. Monday we get the new single, and I'm guessing a new album announcement. News reports say that new album is set to drop Q1 2015.
4Panda Bear
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Indie darling Noah Lennox returns in January with his follow up to 2011's "Tomboy," and it's already floating around out there. Just based on preliminary listens, this one sounds more accessible to the casual listener, not as experimental at times. "Mr. Noah" is a great gateway for those unfamiliar with his style. Due: 1/13/15
The King of Limbs

They entered the studio in September. Past experiences show us that they are quick to release music after they are dong recording/mastering, without worrying about distribution. Some hope a more rock oriented return to form is in order, but I doubt it. Hopefully they'll give us a studio version of "Identikit" finally. Q2/Q3.
6 Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear

Follow up to his insanely lovable Fear Fun, FJM returns with the new single "Bored in the USA." Not my favorite track by him, but it's definitely enjoyable. Hopefully there will be something along the lines of Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings. Due: 2/10/15
10,000 Days

With legal battles set to be rectified in January, and the band already promoting studio work, maybe we'll finally get that long, long, long, long, awaited album. Personally, I'm more concerned about it actually getting released, regardless of it's good or not, just tired of waiting. Due: Who the hell knows
8The Dodos

Consistently solid folk-pop duo is set to drop their new album in Q1. First single "Competition" is nothing special, but the artwork for Individ is stunning. So far they haven't disappointed, so I'm expecting good things from them. Due: 1/27/15
9The Decemberists
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

This is already out there for you to enjoy, if you like doing that, and after a few listens, it's another solid entry in their vast catalog. I may still yearn for the days of Castaways, but this is the direction they are going with and it's not all bad. Due 1/20/15
10Courtney Barnett
The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

Singer-Songwriter is planning on releasing the follow up to her compilation EPs with a full studio album next year, supposedly Q1/Q2. "Avant Gardner" is amazing, so there are good things on the horizon from her hopefully.
11Beach House

Indie favorites have been dormant for awhile which usually means they are working on material. They've broken the 2 year tendency, so hopefully 2015 will see them drop a new LP. Plus, they just finished their "cold countries" tour which will open up some new insight for them. Due: Q4?
Silence Yourself

Post-punk ragers confirmed the debut of new material at their string of NYC shows next month, a new album is not far behind. Due: Q2/Q3.
13 The Soft Moon

For the last two albums, SM has fiddled with the shoegaze genre quite a bit. None of that has come to head quite as well as his new single "Black." Hard work and determination have paid off it seems. Due: 3/31/14 "Deeper"
14The Jesus & Mary Chain

In an interview last month, the band stated that they are working on new material. Should they put it out? Who knows, but the JAMC is amazing. Due: ??
15Tame Impala

They're one of the biggest indie bands in the world right now because of Lonerism. A few shows have been announced, and in this day and age you've gotta follow up that iconic album with another equally good album. Speculative on my part, but it seems about right. Due: Q4?

It was supposed to come in 2014, but after a brief tour, it was decided to push it back. I haven't heard any of the new material yet, but I'd expect to be on par with their debut. Due: Q2/Q3.
99th Dream

90s shoegaze band recently announced a return tour, and promises new music in 2015. My prediction: Q4.
18The Wrens
The Meadowlands

It's finally upon us! The band, their label, news outlets, all confirmed that the new Wrens album will finally drop in 2015. Due: Q3 or Q4 I bet.
The Whole Love

I haven't enjoyed much of their new material for the better part of the last decade but they tend to have a few gems here and there. Tweedy put out that record with his son last year, which could lead to a new album. The band hasn't stopped their typically ambitious and rigorous touring schedule either. Due: Q4.
20California X
Nights In The Dark

Not much to be said about this, but I'm looking forward to it since their debut was a nice chunk of 90s alternative rock in the vein of Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., and Nirvana. I expect this new record to be on par with that. It won't break any new ground, but still be a fun one. Due: 1/13/15.
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