50 Anticipated Albums Coming in 2016

2016 will be another mighty year for music.

The Indie88 family has collectively prepared a dish of some of the tastiest releases that have been officially announced or are expected for delivery this year. From the exciting reunion of LCD Soundsystem, to the long awaited Bon Iver, it’s sure to be a big year of music.

Write these down. Turn these up. Wake your neighbours. Go dancing. Here’s 50 albums to look forward to in 2016. As with any list like this, it could have been way longer. Let us know what we missed in the comments.

Against Me! – TBA

Release date: TBA
“The last record was really personal,” says Laura Jane Grace. “I Want this one to feel like we’re all in it equally.” Their last effort was the prolific Transgender Dysphoria Blues and they have strapped down to the road, released a series of documentaries before submitting themselves into a Michigan studio where they have begun to capture the sonic imaginations born from their comradery.

Alvvays – TBA

Release date: TBA
Those beloved Canadian darlings that captured our everything with “Marry Me, Archie” are working on a “faster, more aggressive” album, according to an interview with NME, and it’s inspired by seminal British pop bands like Dolly Mixture and The Shop Assistants. Connect the dots!

Animal Collective – Painting With

Release date: February 19, 2016
Expect to experience the follow-up to 2012’s Centipede Hz this February. It features the usual cast of characters: Panda Bear, Avey Tare, Geologist with musicians that include John Cale and Colin Stetson. They’ve noted Cubism, Dadaism as influences and what Tare has described as: “really short songs: no B.S.”

Band of Horses – TBA

Release date: Spring?
Band of Horses rose from The OC soundtrack heyday into an alt-rock mainstream black hole and they have coasted through acoustic tours. Them late night indie rock sounds could be recalculated by the Ben Bridwell and company to re-achieve their inherent sense of euphoric audible with this one. Let us not ignore that the production is from Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, so the cinematic tendencies could be back in full gear!

Beck – TBA

Release date: TBA
He won the Album of the Year Grammy over Beyonce and Sam Smith for Morning Phase to cause an uproar with Kanye West and many affiliates. Then this summer, his sound shifted into a happier, poppier realm. Back tracking to 2012, Beck explained that his plans were to release two new albums: One will be recorded in Nashville which I may or may not finish” and the other “sonically dangerous.”


Blink 182 – TBA

Release date: TBA
Tom Delonge has (insert controversial argument here) lead to Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba being recruited by the Mark and Travis show to step in for vocal and guitar duties. They’ve tested the waters with several live performances earlier this year to solid reviews. Perhaps together they can assist in fulfilling Billie Joe Armstrong’s resolution: “my mission for 2016? to destroy the phrase “pop-punk” forever.”

Bon Iver – TBA

Release date: TBA
Bon Iver have released two albums in ten years that reimagined the genre and earned Justin Vernon critical praise, major awards (“Bonnie Bear!”) and a secret Kanye West handshake. We’re lucky to have it, but we want more. Although there has been no announcement of a full-length, there are a string of tour dates announced and the legendary status of mysterious bearded man that he must maintain. Stay locked.

Bloc Party – HYMNS

Release date: January 29, 2016
After a three year hiatus, frontman Kele has announced the triumphant return of the English art punkers Bloc Party. the band has already released the lead single from their fifth studio album HYMNS called “The Good News.” We suggest you take a listen and get in the zone.


Brand New – TBA

Release date: TBA
Those ever-elusive alt rockers from Long Island have been documented in and out of studio in 2015, since releasing their first new sounds in six years. According to one Redditor that spoke to drummer Brian Lane, the band was recording at Sonic Ranch outside of El Paso, preparing their fifth and possibly final album: “Actually got to talk to Brian a bit and he said they have been recording for a little over a week and still have a few weeks left… Got to hear a recording of a guitar riff from the new album as well. Sounds very reminiscent of Deja [Entendu].”

Chairlift – Moth

Release date: January 20, 2016
Caroline Polachek has collaborated with Blood Orange, co-written on Beyonce’s self-titled album and recorded an experimental solo album as Ramona Lisa. Four years removed from their debut, she will return with Chairlift’s tribute to New York and the inevitable soundtrack for your winter.

Chance the Rapper – TBA

Release date: TBA
The Chicago rapper has developed his sound on the Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment albums, heavily exemplified on the new tracks that he performed on both Colbert and Saturday Night Live. Chance continues to avoid major label signings, release his music away for free and there have been rumours of collaborations with J. Cole, Frank Ocean and Andre 3000 for this follow-up to 2013’s Acid Rap.


Crystal Castles – TBA

Release date: TBA
Toronto’s distorted electronic heroes will return with a new conspirator and post-industrial ambience. After the departure of vocalist Alice Glass, Ethan Kath recruited another female vocalist that we only know as Edith. Make your assessment with their demos of “Frail” and “Deicide” and stay tuned for Glass’ anticipated solo release.


David Bowie – Blackstar

Release date: January 8, 2016
Bowie is back! The Thin White Duke unveiled a continuance in his revitalized seventies canon with 2013’s The Next Day. What we do know about this upcoming, unconventional record is that it is distilled in jazz production, heavily influenced by King Kendrick Lamar. The offerings of the ten-minute-long title track and his Michael C. Hall-inducted song, “Lazarus” – this might be the genre-fusion that we didn’t know we need. Bowie knows best.


The Dirty Nil – High Power

Release date: February 26 2016
Following their steady delivery of 7” singles, mixtapes, EPs and limited edition records – they’ve submitted a dynamic set of songs to the Dine Alone family. Them boys from Dundas, Ontario will celebrate the debut album with a trek through Germany. Bank on a homecoming show soon.


Drake – Views From The Six

Release date: TBA
As anyone who frequents the Gardiner knows, the 6 God is watching. Always. His past few projects were released completely by surprise, so this could easily be in your ears and subtweets as soon as you read this very post. Rumoured guests collaborations have ranged from Beyonce to Skepta. Trust me, Papi.


Explosions in the Sky – TBA

Release date: TBA
The Austin multi-instrumentalists have evolved to full-time film soundtrack composers, but now they are “coming out of hibernation.”

Gorillaz – TBA

Release date: TBA
Damon Albarn is a man who does not rest. With 2015’s return of Blur and a recent OBE from the Queen of England to his name, his achievements in service to the United Kingdom will continue to prosper as told Rolling Stone that he was working on another Gorillaz album. A David Bowie collab has also been hinted at through Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett’s Instagram.

Bad David

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Grandaddy – TBA

Release date: TBA
We learned about this project through a series of casual tweets from Jason Lytle, documenting his work on what will be their first album in a decade. They’re in the same late-90’s alt family as the Flaming Lips, Radiohead and were documented as one of Scott Weiland’s favourites. They’re back. Everything is good.

Grizzly Bear – TBA

Release date: TBA
Grizzly Bear began as a DIY home recording project in Brooklyn and has continued to grow into a chart-topping, critically acclaimed project with several records challenging the expectations of indie. Ed Droste confirmed an “adventurous” fifth album in an interview with The Standard. Unlike the recording process for Shields, where Grizzly Bear ensconced themselves at studios in Marfa, Texas and Cape Cod, Massachusetts to construct a truly collaborative album, Droste says the creative process now will be “more fractured.” While two members still live in New York, the other half, including Droste, have traded coasts and now reside in Los Angeles.

Saturday is for demoing

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Release date: TBA
Well, the California sisters have created music with artists of nearly every genre: Calvin Harris to Tame Impala, Kid Cudi to Lorde, Major Lazer to M83, Pusha T to Tobias Jesso Jr. and they’re members of the eternal squad with T Swift. Their next move will be worth paying attention to, plus they’ve been working with Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij. Names on names on names, not to mention they’re mighty talented minstrels in their own right. Allow this to be a friendly reminder to revisit their debut release.

James Blake – Radio Silence

Release date: TBA
There have been rumours aplenty about James Blake’s collaborators, from Kanye West to Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. The UK crooner finally cut to the chase this July in an interview with Esquire: “If it doesn’t end up on the album, you know it hasn’t worked.” Keywords: new album. To keep you occupied in the meantime, indulge in his cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s perennial heartbreaker, “The Sound of Silence.”


Japandroids – TBA

Release date: TBA
Several years ago, this Canadian duo released a sophomore album that launched a celebratory career. If you don’t know what we’re talking about – get into it. If you do know what we’re talking about, say it with us: WHERE ARE YOU JAPANDROIDS!?

July Talk – TBA

Release date: TBA
Hard to believe that it has been over 3 years since these guys released their scorching debut. Since then they have began a slow but steady journey towards musical domination, getting a big release south of the border and features on everything – including Hockey Night and Canada. If you’ve seen July Talk play live, you’ll know their success and admiration is completely earned.


Kanye West – Swish

Release date: TBA
Unless you were Lamar Odem or an orderly near that hospital bed, odds are that you haven’t heard anything short of a few tracks, including his New Year’s Eve drop: “Facts”. With good faith, we can expect that Yeezy Season is approaching as he tweeted: “no offence to anyone… I’m asking everyone DON’T ASK ME FOR ANYTHING TILL AFTER I’M FINISHED WITH MY ALBUM.”


Kings of Leon – TBA

Release date: TBA
According to drummer Nathan Followill, “We’ve already started pre-production in our studio for the next record, but the main thing on the calendar for 2016 is getting the record finished. And then the whole press machine kicks up and doing press for the record.”. This looks pretty promising for a 2016 release.

LCD Soundsystem – TBA

Release date: TBA
Shortly After it was announced that LCD Soundsystem would reunite for Coachella 2016, frontman James Murphy posted a lengthy note to Facebook announcing that “we’re not just having some reunion tour. we’re releasing a record.” Subsequently the singer also apologized to fans who’d made the journey to LCD Soundsystems goodbye show at Madison Square Gardens. Murphy had also released a the first new song from the band in years on Christmas Eve. Take a listen below.


Local Natives – TBA

Release date: TBA
Response to their sophomore album Hummingbird that earned them roadwarrior status, they’ve posted an infrequent dusting of Instagram posts about recording process in locations that include Thailand, Los Angeles and Nicaragua. Their sound could shift into varying directions or perhaps they’re learning what to contrast against. Shimmering guitars with a slight marimba.

Lorde – TBA

Release date: TBA
And like the word Chumbawumba, get ready to allow “Royals” back into your mind. It’s been a moment hasn’t it? Her debut album lead to headlining festival stages and at the beginning of last year, the New Zealand singer and Taylor Swift BFF (who isn’t?) took a few months off to prepare her “next body of work” that has noted influence from Swedish electro-popper Robyn.

M83 – TBA

Release date: TBA
The namesake behind Indie88’s Midnight City is expected to return with his hands on another galaxy, the most affordable ticket out of reality. As the follow-up to the commercial love toward Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, the expectations are loud. Let’s listen.

M.I.A. – Matahdatah

Release date: TBA
Here’s what we know: she has released a number of visual art projects, a politically charged video for “Borders” and has enlisted Skrillex. Borders dials focus in on the refugee and migrant suffering throughout the ongoing European crises as part of her album project that was detailed in a press release: “Matahdatah Scroll 01 ‘Broader Than A Border’” is the first in a series of truly global and characteristically DIY M.I.A. releases over the coming months. Each bundle will feature a collection of new M.I.A. songs, each accompanied by videos directed and edited by M.I.A. herself with each video filmed in a different country. The individual sections will ultimately come together to form Matahdatah — a full-length album and film experience about borders.”


Miike Snow – III

Release date: March 4 2016
Working between New York, Stockholm and Los Angeles producing their first new album in three years, Swedish indie-pop trio have taken a break from their busy schedules to produce the new Miike Snow album. The band has already shared a sample-laden, soulful new single “Heart is Full”. Pontus Winnberg of the group says III will be the “most innovative and creatively unified work thus far. It’s the original Miike Snow sound, but taken to the next level.”


Missy Elliott – TBA

Release date: TBA
It happened. She returned during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime show and then dropped her first new song since 2005 with the Pharrell collaboration, “WTF (Where They From?).” We’ve been without Misdemeanor for far too long. Take a look at her latest video here for “WTF (Where They From)”


Operators – TBA

Release date: Spring
While we don’t have any specifics, Operators have confirmed their new album is done and almost ready for release. They recently premiered a number of new tunes live on KEXP.


Phoenix – TBA

Release date: TBA
The French Four released the holiday gift that kept on giving on these airwaves with their Bill Murray collaborative effort, “Alone On Christmas Day”. That was enough to get our motor running and fingers crossed for the BANKRUPT! follow-up in sweet 2016.



Release date: TBA
Toronto’s punk outfit have spent two consecutive years touring across North America, Europe and Australia and somehow found the time to lay down their sophomore. In December, they had to reluctantly pull out of the remainder of their tour with Modern Baseball due to frontman Stefan Babcock’s health issues, announced on their Instagram account. After a lengthy apology describing his diagnosis, Babcock ended his note stating: “…in 2016, PUP is going to release a new record, and tour the world like crazy, and play a billion shows. Just like we’ve always done. I can’t wait. I’ll see you all then…”

Radiohead – TBA

Release date: TBA
Somewhere, right now, Radiohead are preparing their ninth album and everything will soon change. But like any Radiohead release, it is a treasure hunt to crack the code. Dial through the static into those Russian radio stations, analyze their past setlists and get impatient. Both drummer Phil Selway and guitarist Jonny Greenwood have suggested in recent interviews that it is indeed coming, but we do not have any indication of the date. They’ll presumably drop a Beyonce or – uh – Radiohead. Yes, let us not forget who did it first.


Run The Jewels – RTJ3

Release date: TBA
Hip-hop’s most bombastic and relevant duo announced that their third act is underway with a short, roving clip of a dark studio and percussive beats blaring. In the meantime, Meow the Jewels.


Santigold – 99¢

Release date: TBA
Santigold will be back in 2016 with a new album, 99¢, following up her 2012 album Master of My Make Believe. She’s already premiered the single “Can’t Get Enough of Myself.”


Sigur Ros – TBA

Release date: TBA
Jónsi, Georg Hólm, and Orri Páll Dýrason dropped a surprise statement: “we can only ask you to trust us on this one.” We can expect these Icelandic pioneers to draw the map, so pack your astrolabe and explore.

Spiritualized – TBA

Release date: TBA
Early in 2015, frontman Jason Pierce revealed via Facebook he was enlisting the talents of Killing Joke’s YOUTH to produce his yet-to-be-titled eighth full-length studio album. If their fresh sonic magic at Massey Hall in 2014 was any indication, the official announcement will not disappoint. Afterall, it’s the neo-classic space rockers that have consistently cemented their role as the Velvet Underground of the digital age.

St. Lucia – Matter

Release date: January 29, 2016
Jean-Philip Grobler (aka St. Lucia) dropped his first single in two years with the announcement of his sophomore album to chase the island-flavored 2013 synth-pop of When The Night. In a press release, the South African-born, Brooklyn-based Grobler compared the two records, saying, “If the last album sounded like the tropics, this album is the desert.”


Tegan & Sara – TBA

Release date: TBA
Tegan & Sara are the twin Canadian sisters of melody, who announced in December that their eighth album was slated for mastering, tagging on the parenthesized: “ps that means it’s done.” This would be their follow-up to the poppier effort Heartthrob, which earned them Polaris nominations, JUNO Awards, Katy Perry tour dates and it was all at the turn of their tenth anniversary. Whatever comes next, we can sure of one thing: Everything is awesome.

The Shins – TBA

Release date: TBA
It has been several years since James Mercer parted ways with his longtime bandmates before 2012’s Port Of Morrow and musical experiments with Danger Mouse on a little project called Broken Bells. And that begs the question: Will this be another Zach Braff-approved anthem or a cinematic-pop dance record? Through way of an email from their label, there is promise of “new year, new music!”


The Strokes – TBA

Release date: TBA
For those that are not too familiar with the reason that tight jeans, flannel, dark shades and the grungier side of the hipster evolution formulated in the turn of the millennium, turn your attention to The Strokes. They’ve been spending some scarcely documented time this past year at various studios to prepare the follow-up to the media blackout that was 2013’s Comedown Machine.


The Wrens – TBA

Release date: TBA
Because it was 2015, the New Jersey rockers that loudly wave the flag of their forefather Springsteen as intensive live performers released a limited cassette with a reveal of their forthcoming album. That cassette featured a collaboration between them and artist Beth Campbell on a song called “Three Types of Reading Ambiguity” that was apparently written seven years earlier. It’s been twelve years since they released The Meadowlands. Get them on your radar.

The XX – TBA

Release date: TBA
Jamie XX has been everywhere with the release of his solo album In Colour, garnering him massive critical acclaim and fan-praise. His three piece band The XX are likely to make a massive comeback in 2016, after posting a photo of them recording to their Facebook recently describing it as “Winter studio hibernation.”

Winter studio hibernation. xx The xx

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Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger

Release date: January 22, 2016
Technically, this album is already available on a series of VHS cassette tapes with various scenes of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He’ll bring it to all other platforms this month followed by a tireless touring schedule.

Vampire Weekend – TBA

Release date: TBA
While their guitarist Rostam Ratmanglij seems to be involved in some way with half of the most anticipated releases of this upcoming year and bass player Chris Baio has plans to get busy with his self-titled solo project, let’s hope that the rest of the gang can get together. Frontman Ezra Koenig opened up about the upcoming fourth in a No Effect podcast: “In some ways those three albums was like kind of one massive period of obsessing, making music, touring, all those things,” he said. “And I think now for the first time in a long time I kinda feel like, a little bit more relaxed like ‘Yeah we’ll definitely make a fourth album.’ I’m not in a rush to dive into making an album because I feel like I want the next album to kinda feel like a new era anyway, so I’ve been kind of enjoying this time just chilling.”

Weaves – TBA

Release date: TBA
Buzz Records in Toronto have “select sonic mutants” that have dished out game changers, including Greys, Odonis Odonis, HSY and Dilly Dally. 2016 brings the debut album from Weaves. We’ve heard sun-soaked grooves with Pixies-esque guitars, lead by singer Jasmyn Burke and we’re in. What more?

The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

Release date: February 26, 2016
For those that prefer the eighties Bowie, The 1975 have decided to apply it like a trendy Snapchat filter. It’s potential that teases a more flamboyant, exciting record from Matt Healy and that gang of misfits.