Now that there are only 27 days left in the year, we’ve begun to look ahead. The next 12 months is shaping up to be a spectacular year for music, so here are five albums we’re looking forward to in 2018!

“Little Dark Age” – MGMT

Psychedelic rock duo MGMT released the title track “Little Dark Age” earlier this October. The band’s first single in four years, it’s time people understand the harsh truth that they will never, ever go back to “Kids” or “Electric Feel”. More details about their upcoming album are yet to be released but seeing as how they finished it up in June, we’re looking at first quarter release.

“Combat Sports” – The Vaccines

With drummer Pete Robertson off the bill and two new members, The Vaccines are marking a triumphant return in 2018. “Combat Sports” plays out with the musicality of their last album “English Graffiti” combined with the spirit and energy of their debut album “What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?”. Early on in the year, they debuted three new songs from the record: “Your Love Is My Favourite Band”, “Surfing In The Sky”, and “Rolling Stones”. No release date has been confirmed as of writing.

TBA – Julian Casablancas+The Voidz

JCVZ’s 2014 debut album “Tyranny” was a compelling piece that struck a chord with fans of The Strokes and newer fans of his side band. It looks like he’ll continue with his cold-served dish of society’s ugly truths in their sophomore album, although we’re all still in the dark about it. Casablancas himself calls it “more sleek and polished, but it’s still futuristic prison-jazz.” Count on him to know what futuristic prison-jazz is, but we’ll keep an eye out for a release date.

“Mitsubishi Macchiato” – Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend’s upcoming album will be the first without multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij as a full-time member. Batmanglij departed in 2016, although said he contributed to the record. “Mitsubishi Macchiato” (we don’t know if that’s actually the name or if they’re just kidding) follows the band’s Grammy Award-winning album “Modern Vampires of the City”, and according to frontman Ezra Koenig, “has elements of spring time you know because life has to keep going.”

TBA – Arctic Monkeys

The Arctic Monkeys tapped a whole new market with their fifth album “AM”, so naturally the music industry awaits what Alex Turner and company will be cooking up for AM 6. The boys apparently spent some time in their hometown of Sheffield to record the album, thanks to the mass amount of photos circulating the interwebs. They’ve kept mum about the album with no signs of a title track, musical direction, and even rumored singles anywhere. Drummer Matt Helders was hopeful for a late 2017 release but since the odds of that happening are slim to none, we’re looking at (fingers crossed) February 2018.

Will Alex Turner maintain his “AM” swag? What will Julian Casablancas talk about in the next album? Is “Mitsubishi Macchiato” really the album title? How will “Combat Sports” compare with a new lineup? What will MGMT think of next? These are questions we want answered ASAP!

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