2017 Music Preview: Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, The Killers

What new music can we expect in the new year?

December 20, 2016

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2016 was a big year in music, but 2017 is poised to be even bigger. 

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Here's what we're hearing might be slated for 2017. 

Vampire Weekend
RUMORED (mid-2017)

It is rumored that Vampire Weekend has a new record deal with Columbia, which could mean brand new music in 2017, the first in four years (the last being Modern Vampires in the City). Ezra Koenig confirmed via Instagram the band is working on new music, despite losing Rostam Batmanglij as a member, although he will remain as a frequent collaborator. No date has been confirmed for the new album, though the working title is Mitsubishi Macchiato.

A couple years ago, Rostam and I sat down at his house & talked abt whether our collaboration was dependent on being members of the same band. We both firmly agreed that nope, it was not. In fact, we agreed that our collaboration was more important. I'm psyched about the work we've already begun for LP4 and I'm psyched to hear anything else Rostam is a part of. Also very excited to continue playing music with CT and Baio but there will be plenty of time to talk about that later in the year. For now in the Vampire Weekend universe, it's all about recording the next album. There will be a lot of familiar faces in the studio but also some fresh, new ones. Working title is "Mitsubishi Macchiato"...for obvious reasons. Shout-out to the fans who have been waiting for new music - it's coming. ------------ Also tomorrow, we gotta talk abt Iowa.

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Arctic Monkeys
RUMORED

It's about time for a new Arctic Monkeys album. While frontman Alex Turner has been busy with his other band, The Last Shadow Puppets, the tour has wrapped up and outlets like NME are speculating it could mean Turner is getting back in the studio with the rest of the boys. This could be the biggest drop of the year, in my opinion.

Gorillaz
CONFIRMED

Gorillaz were coy for a long time, kicking around a lot of rereleased material and music videos throughout 2016, but they have confirmed that a new album is done and should be released in 2017. When exactly? We don't know, but I am thinking late winter (February) or early spring (March). It will be the first new material since 2011's The Fall, which we all pretend didn't happen, so we'll say since Plastic Beach. 

LCD Soundsystem
LIKELY

While the band is reunited and has already announced a few shows in 2017 and said they are working on new music for 2017, they haven't technically confirmed that fact and no official announcement has been made. It appears the band will be on the festival circuit meaning they are a Sasquatch! hopeful, and signing a new deal with Columbia Records means new music is most definitely on the way, we just don't know when.

The xx
CONFIRMED (January 13)

Along with a new song, "On Hold," released in November, The xx announced a new album, I See You, to be released January 13. So far, it sounds like it might have a heavy dose of the Jamie xx solo treatment. Give the first single a listen and let us know what you think.

The Killers
LIKELY

While promoting the release of a new Christmas single for charity, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers let it slip that the band will "definitely have a new record in 2017." Should that be true, it will be the first album from The Killers since 2012's Battle Born, which was ranked Rolling Stone's second best album of 2012.

Other new music we might see in 2017
LORDE - Confirmed
Flaming Lips - Confirmed
The Shins - Confirmed

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