Deerhunter – Title TBA (4AD)

Release Date: TBA
2012 was a relatively quiet year for Bradford Cox, which can only mean one thing: 2013 is going to be a very busy year for Deerhunter. Now that guitarist Lockett Pundt has officially established his side-project bona fides with his band Lotus Plaza, it will be fascinating to see how Deerhunter’s internal dynamics continue to develop beyond the shoegaze-meets-’50s pop sheen of 2010′s Halycon Digest. Here’s one prediction: It’s gonna be loud. -DJ

GunplayMedellin (Def Jam)

Release Date: TBA
After nearly stealing one of the best rap songs of the year from hip-hop’s current poster boy for good taste, this drug-sniffing, Nazi-tattoo-sporting, Maybach-affiliated rapper ended up having a tumultuous year. He released two great mixtapes—Bogota Rich, 601 And Snort—but he also fought with G-Unit and got arrested for allegedly robbing his accountant at gunpoint. The question isn’t necessarily will his scheduled major label debut be good, but will it ever see the light of day? -DJ

Youth LagoonWondrous Bughouse (Fat Possum)

Release Date: March 5
The youthful dream-pop troubadour is upping the intensity with more crashing crescendos but still retaining a charming bedroom aesthetic. If the joyful anxiety of “Dropla” is any indication, Wondrous Bughouse will solidify Trevor Powers’s spot as a psychedelic songwriting powerhouse. -LH

M.I.A.Matangi (Interscope)

Release Date: April 16
M.I.A. hasn’t released an LP since 2010′s meh-worthy /\/\/\Y/\, but she did issue her own mea culpa that same year with the Vicki Leex mixtape. Then in early 2012, she took the mixtape song “Bad Girls” and used it as the soundtrack to our favorite video of the year. She also gave us a brand-new track in December, and now M.I.A. is ready to return for real with Matangi. The LP is planned for an April release, as long as M.I.A. learns to curb her positivity. I imagine this absurd idea being broached by an Interscope exec who then suggested M.I.A. return to her ginger period. -CW

Nick Cave And The Bad SeedsPush The Sky Away (Bad Seed)

Release Date: February 19
You can finally get out of that funk you’ve been wallowing in since Nick Cave disbanded the excellent in-your-face Grinderman. Slated for release on February 19 is Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ 15th studio album, and the lead single, “We No Who U R,” is cold and calculating and far less abrasive than the Bad Seeds’ latest output. But these maniacal ballads are a welcome trend, as Cave’s wistful baritone is more menacing than ever before. -LH

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