As soon as the label publicists get back to work, new record announcements are going to come fast and furious.
What we know so far is that the first quarter of 2015 will bring new music from the likes of Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Bob Dylan, Fall Out Boy, Madonna and Joey Bada$$. (Dates are subject to change)
Mark Ronson, “Uptown Special”: Fourth album from the Grammy-winning musician and producer (Amy Winehouse) was written and produced with Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Drake). It comes with lyrics written by Pulitzer-winning American novelist and former Pittsburgher Michael Chabon and a single, “Uptown Funk,” featuring Bruno Mars.
Justin Townes Earle, “Absent Fathers”: After recording “Absent Fathers” as part of a double album with “Single Mothers” (released in September), the bluesy Americana singer-songwriter (and son of Steve) decided to split this off as its own record.
Panda Bear, “Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper”: On his fifth album and first since 2011’s “Tomboy,” Animal Collective member Noah Lennox leaves “airy minimalism” for a more “dense and playful” sound.
Jazmine Sullivan, “Reality Show”: Third album from the Philly native and Best New Artist nominee reunites her with Grammy-winning producer Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse).
The Decemberists, “What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World”: First full-length studio album since 2011’s chart-topping “The King Is Dead,” was produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Neko Case) and is promised to be “the group’s most varied and dynamic work yet.” It includes a song, “12/17/12,” that frontman Colin Meloy wrote after watching President Obama address the nation following the Newtown school shootings.
Fall Out Boy, “American Beauty/American Psycho”: Fall Out Boy’s comeback record, “Save Rock and Roll,” was a surprise chart-topping success in 2013. The pop-rock band follows it with a sixth record that will feature a different version of “Immortals,” the song that appeared in the movie “Big Hero 6.”
Sleater-Kinney, “No Cities To Love”: The first record in a decade from the Pacific Northwest riot grrrls was produced by longtime Sleater-Kinney collaborator John Goodmanson and, according to Corin Tucker, “we went for the jugular.”
Belle & Sebastian, “Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance”: The first album in five years from the Glasgow indie-pop darlings was recorded in Atlanta with producer Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective) and finds the band trying on some danceable beats.
Marilyn Manson, “The Pale Emperor”: Manson collaborated with film composer/producer Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “300,” “The Watchmen”) who is also joining the band on “The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour.” Manson told NME, ““This album is real rock and roll, and it happened naturally.”
Joey Bada$$, “B4.DA.$$”: Debut from the Brooklyn rapper and Pro Era collective member is being released on his 20th birthday. Pronounce it “Before Da Money.”
The Waterboys, “Modern Blues”: The 11th album from the veteran UK folk-rock band is its first recorded in Nashville.
Fifth Harmony, “Reflection”: Full-length debut from the “X Factor” girl group is led by the singles “Boss” and “Sledgehammer.”
Ne-Yo, “Non-Fiction”: The smooth R&B singer worked Dr. Luke, Juicy J, Candice, David Guetta, Jeezy, Charisse Mills, Schoolboy Q and T.I on this album in which every song is derived from a true story, some submitted by fans on Twitter and Instagram.
Doomtree, “All Hands”: The latest from the Minneapolis hip-hop collective that includes Cecil Otter, Dessa, Lazerbeak, Mike Mictlan, P.O.S, Paper Tiger and Sims.
Howlin Rain, “Mansion Songs”: Acclaimed psych-rock band set out to make a record that was “very San Francisco” and “showed raw nerves in the end.”
Napalm Death, “Apex Predator - Easy Meat”: Fifteenth album from British grindcore legends.
The Dodos, “Individ”: Sixth album from San Francisco indie-rock duo Meric Long and Logan Kroeber.
Funeral For A Friend, “Chapter and Verse”: Seventh album from the UK hardcore band is led by the single released the track ‘You’ve Got A Bad Case of The Religions’
Pond, “Man It Feels Like Space Again”: Second album from the Australian psych band that features members of Tame Impala.
Bob Dylan, “Shadows In The Night”: Believe it or not, an album of Frank Sinatra covers from a legend whose voice has weathered over the years. Dylan commented: “I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band. That’s the key to all these performances.”
Diana Krall, “Wallflower”: Jazz diva teamed with noted producer David Foster on a collection of pop covers including the Dylan title track, “California Dreamin’,” “Desperado,” “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” and “I Can’t Tell You Why.” It also features previously unreleased Paul McCartney tune “If I Take You Home Tonight.”
Ricked Wicky, “I Sell The Circus”: Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard calls his new project “a sophisticated arena rock band.”
Butch Walker, “Afraid Of Ghosts”: Seventh album from the power-pop star was produced by Ryan Adams, features guest spots from Johnny Depp and Bob Mould and leads with a track called “Chrissie Hynde.”
American Aquarium, “Wolves”: Raleigh, NC, roots-rock band calls it “an ode to last calls, lost love and long horizons.”
John Carpenter, “Lost Themes”: The legendary horror movie director refers to his debut solo record as a “soundtrack sampler.”
Father John Misty, “I Love You, Honeybear”: A new concept from former Fleet Foxes member Josh Tillman comes with the song “Bored in the USA” that he performed with a string section on “Late Show With David Letterman.”
Fat Mike, “Home Street Home”: Punk-rock concept album from NOFX frontman about teen runways written with “Avenue Q” creator Jeff Marx and Fat Mike’s dominatrix girlfriend Soma Snakeoil.
The Dreaming, “Rise Again”: New band reunites Stabbing Westward’s Christopher Hall and Walter Flakus and adds guitarist Carlton Bost (Orgy, Deadsy), bassist Brent Ashley (Static X) and one-time Stabbing Westward drummer Johnny Haro.
Melissa Manchester, “You Gotta Love the Life”: First album in a decade from the “Midnight Blue” singer features special guests Al Jarreau, Dave Koz, Keb’ Mo’, Joe Sample, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder and includes a cover on the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby.”
Steve Earle & The Dukes, “Terraplane”: New blues album produced by R.S. Field (Buddy Guy, John Mayall) takes its title from the 1930s Hudson vehicle, which also inspired the Robert Johnson song “Terraplane Blues.”
Kate Pierson, “Guitars And Microphones”: Solo debut from The B-52s singer features collaborations with Sia and Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi.
Estelle, “True Romance”: Fourth album from the British R&B star who has worked with Kanye West and John Legend.
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, “Sour Soul”: Collaboration between Toronto jazz trio and Wu-Tang Clan rapper.
The Juliana Hatfield Three, “Whatever, My Love”: Indie rocker from the Blake Babies teams with drummer Todd Philips (Lemonheads) and bassist Dean Fisher (Tanya Donelly, Dylan in the Movies) for a sophomore album that arrives more than 20 years after the 1993 debut.
Kid Rock, “First Kiss”: Kid Rock follows 2012’s “Rebel Soul” and the accompanying “$20 Best Night Ever Tour” with his first album for Warner Bros. Records, which he produced at his studio in Michigan.
Gang of Four, “What Happens Next”: For the follow-up to 2011’s “Content” frontman Jon King has been replaced by John “Gaoler” Sterry and guest vocalists, including Alison Mosshart (the Kills/Dead Weather), Herbert Grönemeyer and the Big Pink’s Robbie Furze. Guitarist Andy Gill is the only remaining member of the band ... but he's pretty good.
The Pop Group, “Citizen Zombie”: First album in 35 years from the post-punk band was produced by Paul Epworth (Coldplay, Adele, Florence & the Machine).
All That Remains, “The Order Of Things”: Seventh album from the Massachusetts metal band was helmed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira)
Dan Deacon, “Gliss Riffer”: Baltimore electronic musician who opened for Arcade Fire on recent tour returns to a simpler way of writing and recording, similar to that of 2007’s “Spiderman of the Rings.”
Screaming Females, “Rose Mountain”: The New Jersey DIY-punk trio actually worked with a producer, Matt Bayles (Mastodon, the Sword), on this sixth LP that celebrates 10 years as a band.
Modest Mouse, “Strangers To Ourselves”: First album in eight years from the indie legends is led by the single, “Lampshades on Fire.”
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, “Chasing Yesterday”: First album written and produced by the Oasis star was influenced by everything “from West Coast rock to classic rock ’n’ roll and even some space jazz (!).” On producing he said, “It was a major pain in the arse.”
Of Montreal, “Aureate Gloom”: Thirteenth full-length album from the indie-rock band reflects “a very stormy period in my life,” according to frontman Kevin Barnes, who recorded it at Sonic Ranch near El Paso, Texas.
Moon Duo, “Shadow Of The Sun”: Droning psychedelic side project from Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson and musician Sanae Yamada.
Madonna, “Rebel Heart”: The Material Girl has already charted with the singles “Living for Love,” “Devil Pray” and “Bitch I’m Madonna (featuring Nicki Minaj),” among others. The full album, recorded in London, Los Angeles and New York, features production from Diplo, Kanye West, Billboard, DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds.
Will Butler, “Policy”: Debut solo album from Arcade Fire member was recorded in one week in Jimi Hendrix’s old living room (upstairs at Electric Lady Studios).
Cancer Bats, “Searching For Zero”: Fifth album from the hardcore-punk-metal band was produced by Ross Robinson (At The Drive-In, Slipknot).
Twin Shadow, “Eclipse”: Third album from Los Angeles-based George Lewis, Jr., aka Twin Shadow, is led by the single “To The Top.”
Laura Marling, “Short Movie”: The 24-year-old British singer-songwriter who’s drawn comparisons to Joni Mitchell is on a Ryan Adams-style pace with her fifth album in eight years.
Vetiver, “Complete Strangers”: Sixth album by the San Fran indie-folk band led by Andy Cabic.