Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

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Are you looking for a reason to get excited about 2017? How about 20 reasons?

The xx – “I See You” — January 13 / Young Turks

The UK trio’s third studio album, was recorded in London, Texas, New York, Reykjavik, and LA. I was lucky enough to get an early listen and I can assure you, y’all are in for a treat!

Ryan Adams – “Prisoner” — February 3 / Blue Note

Ryan Adams mined his personal life – including his recent divorce – to write his latest album, an experience he describes as “cathartic.” He gave us some clues about the new release when he stopped by the station in August.

Ryan Adams by Larry Hirshowitz (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

Temples – March 3 / Fat Possum

English four-piece Temples achieved international acclaim with their debut album, “Sun Structures”. Our first taste from their sophomore effort – “Certainty” – is very promising

Portugal. the Man – “Gloomin and Doomin” — TBD

PTM’s new album has been in the works for some times. I heard rumors they were recording here in LA with Mike D (yes, of Beastie Boys fame) and we finally got a taste with the release of the single “Noise Pollution”.

The Shins – “Heartworms” — March 10 , Apothecary/Columbia Records

Around Halloween, The Shins shared the aptly titled “Dead Alive”, giving us a hint of new music to come. Now we can confirm that is indeed the case with the March 10th release of Heartworms. Check out the brandnew single below.

Ty Segall – “Ty Segall” — January 27 / Drag City records

The LA-based fuzz rocker is incredibly prolific and his self-titled 9th studio record is one we’re really looking forward to.

Electric Guest – TBD /early 2017
Word on the street is that a rough breakup inspired the songs behind this album. Whatever the inspiration, the results are fantastic judging by the lead single, “Dear To Me”, featuring backup vocals by Haim.

Elbow – “Little Fictions” – Feb/March release date

Longtime UK faves released a gorgeous single – “Magnificent (She Says)” – in the latter part of 2016, cueing up our excitement for fresh material. It will be their 7th studio album.

Tennis – “Yours Conditionally” / March 10

We love this husband-wife led band. They never disappoint.

Gabriel Garzon Montano – “Jardin” January 27 / Stones Throw

This NY-based artist is already a KCRW favorite and his soon-to-be-released full length is a stunner.

And a short list of other artists with albums due in 2017, all TBD

Dan Auerbach (solo album)
Fleet Foxes
Grizzly Bear
The National
Real Estate
The War On Drugs
Wolf Alice
LCD Soundsystem
Vampire Weekend
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Queens of the Stone Age