4: Ugly God – The Booty Tape – The debut mixtape from meme-rapper Ugly God, best known for his hilarious Top 100 single “Water” and his brutal self-diss track, “Fuck Ugly God”.
11: Kesha – Rainbow – Kesha’s first release since her lawsuit against Dr. Luke. While known for her semi-trashy anthems such as “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R”, producer Ryan Lewis’s involvement may indicate a new direction for the 30 year old popstar.
25: Iron & Wine – Beast Epic – The eighth album release from indie folk singer Samuel Beam, which will be the first album by him in four years without a co-artist. He is known for his soft, soothing style, as well as his song “Naked As We Came” and his Postal Service cover “Such Great Heights”.
25: Queens of the Stone Age – Villains – QOTSA’s first album in four years. Villains should be a highly anticipated album for any fan of hard rock, stoner rock, or art rock. QOTSA frontman Josh Homme is a very prominent member of the music community and, aside from his many bands, he has collaborated with Arctic Monkeys, Iggy Pop, Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, and Nine Inch Nails.
25: Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 – The long-awaited followup to Bronson’s acclaimed breakthrough mixtape series, Blue Chips 7000 shows Bronson reunited with original Blue Chips producers Party Supplies, as well as Rare Chandeliers producer and general-hip-hop-legend The Alchemist. Fans of boom bap beats and culinary rhymes should keep their ears peaked.
1: LCD Soundsystem – American Dream – After a four-year hiatus and two year reunion tour, acclaimed dance-punk group LCD Soundsystem returns with their first album since 2010’s This Is Happening. Known for songs such as “All My Friends”, “Someone Great”, and “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”, LCD’s new album should be anticipated by fans of both electronic music and indie rock aficionados alike.
8: Rostam – Half Light – The debut LP from former Vampire Weekend keyboardist & producer Rostam Batmanglij. After several promising collaborations showing Rostam’s potential, such as Frank Ocean’s “Ivy” and Hamilton Leithauser’s “I Had A Dream That You Were Mine”, my hopes are high for this release.
8: Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives – The 3rd full-length effort from post-dubstep pioneers Mount Kimbie, featuring guest appearances from frequent collaborators James Blake and King Krule.
15: Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold – While their most recent release, 2014’s Sonic Highways, did not quite live up to expectations, Foo Fighters’ newest single “Run” showed a lot of promise for their latest LP by showing a return to their raw and heavy roots.
22: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers – This experimental post-rock band has been a modern staple in the genre ever since their 2012 release Alleluia! Don’t Bend! Ascend! With music that can turn an everyday routine into an epic film, it’ll be exciting to hear what Godspeed You comes up with next.
22: The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful – The Killers’ first album in five years. On top of their hits, such as “Mr. Brightside”, “When You Were Young”, and “Human”, the entire Killers catalog is filled with indie rock gems. After the release of their new single “The Man”, it’s evident that the Killers are intent on taking a new musical direction this time around.
6: Liam Gallagher – As You Were – Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is releasing his first album on October 6th. Everyone and their mothers knows “Wonderwall”, and although the majority of Oasis’ quality material is attributed to Liam’s brother Noel, it will be interesting to see what a Liam Gallagher solo album will sound like.
20: Sufjan Stevens – The Greatest Gift Mixtape – A mixtape of outtakes, remixes, and demos from his 2015 release, Carrie & Lowell, which was widely considered one of the best albums of 2015, and featured a very personal look into the life of Stevens following the death of his estranged mother. It will be exciting to hear more from it, and interesting to see how some of the songs sounded in their original forms before their ultimate release, as well as what didn’t make the final cut.
TBA (The Section of Hopes and Dreams)
MGMT – Little Dark Age – MGMT’s first album in four years. The two-piece hipster electropop duo is known for hits such as “Kids” and “Time to Pretend”. Since then, they’ve moved in a very psychedelic direction, and none of their albums sound similar. One can only imagine what kinds of sounds they’ll create this time.
Modest Mouse – TBA – Modest Mouse’s first release since their 2015 album Strangers To Ourselves. Modest Mouse is one of the most important bands in the rise and evolution of indie rock, and with hit songs such as “Float On” and “Dramamine”, their rich guitar textures and unique vocal styles have always stood out in the indie scene.
Travis Scott – AstroWorld – If there is one thing Travis Scott is consistent at, it has to be setting inaccurate release date expectations (in the time since he first announced AstroWorld, Scott has announced, delayed, delayed again, and finally released an entirely different project). That said, many fans remain hopeful to hear from the Houston MC sometime this year.
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V – The long awaited follow up to Lil Wayne’s most famed series of albums. Weezy has been relatively vocal about getting this album released recently, but let’s not get our hopes up.