Some of 2017’s Most Anticipated Albums (The Alt Rock Version)

Some of 2017’s Most Anticipated Albums (The Alt Rock Version) 

Posted: 11:43 am Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

By Kyle Taylor


While 2016 was a terrible year for many music fans, and everyone else alike, it did provide us with some great albums. Beyonce, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, Panic! At the Disco, and Cage the Elephant are just a few to note (all of which are nominated for Grammy’s). However, if you can believe it, 2017 could possibly top last year’s list of fresh new albums. If you are a fan of 97x or alternative tinged music, you should be on the look out for these albums below. If not, then you should get on board and learn these artists!

The Shins

These indie rock heroes haven’t officially announced a release date, but lead singer James Mercer proclaimed back in August that the album was finished . They recently released the first single off of said new album in “Dead Alive”. With an upcoming headlining spot at April’s Highwater Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, it appears that they are ready to unveil their new material on the big stage.

Cloud Nothings 

Their 2016 single “Modern Act” has received widespread acknowledgement as one of the best songs of the year, especially among indie media outlets. If this song is anything like the rest of Life Without Sound due out January 27th, then we are in for a good one! The band sought help from veteran produced John Goodmanson, who’s worked with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie and Sleater- Kinney, which is good company to have.


If you liked his infectiously poppy single “Wow” that took off last summer, then you will be excited for the new album. That’s assuming that it’s on the way, because why wouldn’t it be? He’s remained quiet about any details, but given the hit single and recent Grammy win, it’d be silly to think he’s going to ride off into the sunset for another 20 years.

Arctic Monkeys 

Word just broke that the English rockers are back in the studio working on an album due out sometime in 2017.  Lead singer, Alex Turner, had taken much of last year to tour with his side gig Last Shadow Puppets, but recent sightings of the entire Arctic Monkeys band members in their hometown of Sheffield have sprung the rumors of a new album.

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The XX

We are a mere two weeks away from one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. It will be nearly 5 years since their last release, and 5 years too long for that matter. The lead single “On Hold” was released a couple of months ago, and could be the spark that ignites the trio’s commercial success. Several festivals such as Coachella are featuring the band as headliners, so it appears this will be a big year for the group from London.


Arcade Fire 

There hasn’t been an official announcement as of yet, but the evidence of a new album is in our favor. The Canadian indie rock outfit remained relatively quiet throughout much of 2016, only playing a few shows here and there, but their last appearance left us with an indication of what’s in store next year. One of their last spotting came during a “secret” show in a warehouse- esque space in New Orleans during the Voodoo Festival weekend, in which they premiered several new tracks. They were so new that front man Win Butler had a cheat sheet of lyrics by his side. Not only that, but they captured a live bit of the audience during their headlining set at Voodoo Fest, in which they announced it would be used as a sample in their next album.


Damon Albarn is back after a solo stint and is ready to bring back the cartoon visages. Also joining the cartoon brigade is an impressive guest list including Snoop Dog, Vic Mensa, and De La Soul. Who knows if we’ll get the equivalent of “Feel Good Inc.” from this album, but it should be fun nonetheless.

LCD Soundsystem 

The indie rock icons are back, something no one saw coming a couple of years ago. We can thank James Murphy’s influence for at least one of the already mentioned band’s success (Arcade Fire). Last year’s festival tour seemed like a money grabber at first, similar to the year Outkast sold out to corporate greed and less than amazed us accross every music festival known to man, BUT it turned out to be different. I haven’t read or heard a single negative thing about their live performances last year, and the fact that they went back into the studio proves they are for real.

Father John Misty 

Who knows with this guy. If there was a “Most Interesting Man in the World of Music” he could take the cake. This album could be from the heart, completely filled with political negativity, or be nothing but satire. Either way it should be interesting.

Grizzly Bear 

We’re basing this insert off of a tweet dating back to October that read: “Album 90 percent done. Last update until you hear it.” That will have to do, I guess, until it comes out, which could be any day… I guess.

The National 

Rumors of a new album have been swirling most of the year, based on the legendary indie band’s hints at being back in the studio coupled with live performances showcasing new songs. I haven’t seen their name thrown around festival lineups just yet, which would be a pretty strong indicator of new music on its way, but nonetheless we should have something by this time next year.

My Morning Jacket 

2017 appears to be the year of rock and indie legends to release new music. My Morning Jacket has been pleasing fans for years and years, and 2017 should be no different. Supposedly much of the album to be was recorded in 2015 during the recording for their last release, so it shouldn’t be too much of a departure from The Waterfall. 


A lot has happened since the Australian sensation burst onto the scene. David Bowie coining her as “the future of music” is just a minor praise… so you could say. I would expect to hear a more pop influenced sound, and that’s simply a layman’s guess based on her friendship with Taylor Swift. But hey, Taylor Swift has never made an alternative album, so here’s your chance! She can cross rap, EDM, pop, and country off the list.