Welcome back to reality. You’ve probably still got a cracking headache from New Year’s Eve. You’re not up for work or whatever else you do. You’re broke. Fat. Angry. Cold. Don’t panic! Focus on these upcoming events in the music world and repress the January misery. It’s the only way through.
Hopefully you’ll have seen the cover of this week’s NME by now. It’s our annual new music special, kicking off 2013 with our tips on which bands are going to own the next 12 months. What can I say? I had a right nightmare picking out the ten acts we were to go big on – purely because there’s so much good stuff out there. And I don’t always feel that way about new music, I can assure you. Anyway, I’m a pedantic sod and in the end I couldn’t even decide on 10 (hence the 11 biggies profiled in the magazine). So choosing a mere few acts to highlight here is even more difficult.
Here goes though: Palma Violets and Haim are the two most exciting new bands to come into NME’s world since I started working here in 2008. Not only do they have the tunes, they have the attitude, looks and hunger to be big, and the savvy to make it happen without turning into wankers along the way. They’re the ones to watch, for me.
Florida threepiece Merchandise are up there too. They’re still the best unsigned act around, and while you won’t see them in many other lists like these, we felt had to go big on them because they’re too good to ignore. Their last album ‘Children Of Desire’ is a 9/10 classic, and with any luck this year’s follow-up will match it. Then there’s Savages and Peace, two of the best British bands around who’ve just finished recording their debut albums. They both deserve to be massive.
Associate Editor Hamish McBain on the albums he’s excited to hear
It’s an extremely good sign that the most exciting albums coming out next year are debuts: Palma Violets being the most obvious, but Peace and Deap Vally and quite a few others, too (personally I’m not jazzed about Haim or Savages, but plenty are).
That said, at the other end of the scale and in terms of what you might impolitely term veterans, the Primal Scream album is going to be amazing, as is Queens Of The Stone Age album, as is the Johnny Marr album, while the Beady Eye album with Dave Sitek should have everyone from the Liam-haters to the Liam-die-hards at least intrigued (although I’ve got a feeling you’ll be able to add that to the ‘amazing’ pile).
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Plus straight out of the blocks, you’ve got career-bests from Foals, The Courteneers and Biffy, and the prospect of the Arctic Monkeys, The Horrors and – of course – The Stone Roses to come later on.
Reviews Editor Tom Howard on the live events of the year
There are many, many, many reasons why 2013’s going to be a biggie for live music. Most exciting, of course, are the NME Awards Shows which start in London in February. Go see Hurts, Everything Everything or Tribes play tracks from their new albums. Go see a trio of legends – Dinosaur Jr., Killer Mike, The Cribs – play the highlights from their back catalogue. Or go see Fidlar, Doldrums, Gabriel Bruce, Savages or Kodaline for a taste of what’s new and amazing in 2013.
Not in London? Not keen on those guys? DON’T WORRY. Django Django, Miles Kane, Palma Violets and Peace are touring the country together on the NME Awards Tour. Do the right thing, and get your tickets here.
Before all that though, the world’s hottest new rapper is in town. This month, Compton’s Kendrick Lamar will hit the UK for the first time since ‘Good Kid MAAd City’ came out last year, and the dude’s gonna be greeted like an all-conquering hero.
As the year drifts towards summer, gig chatter will be all about festivals. Blur will probably pretend to retire again at Primavera in Barcelona in May before we get a run of gigantic comebacks from Queens Of The Stone Age (Download), Eminem (Reading & Leeds) and Kings Of Leon (their own tour, in June).
If that all sounds too dinky, Muse and Green Day are both doing a run of stadium shows in May and June. That’s a lot of gigging to be done. And we haven’t even mentioned Kraftwerk’s ‘The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8’ shows at the Tate Modern in London in February.
“2013 is going to be the year of Fleetwood Mac”
Said Stevie Nicks, announcing the first leg of their 2013 tour in December. Nicks also teased that fans would be treated to new songs at the shows, revealing: “We actually have two new Fleetwood Mac songs that I cut with Lindsey two weeks ago we might play”. Please, please, please play…
After a year off, we imagine the grass at Worthy Farm is soft and ready for 135,000 music fans to come a-trampling. But who will play? The Rolling Stones? Stone Roses? Daft Punk? Prince? Rihanna? Bon Iver? Skrillex? Psy? Bonehead?
Jay-Z’s just confirmed he’s working on the soundtrack to Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. He’ll be joined by Prince and reportedly Lady Gaga. Could be good, could be completely over-egged. We’ll have to wait and see.
New Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds!
‘Push The Sky Away’ will be released on February 19. If you’re struggling to wait that long, check out the trailer.
Hip-hop fans have been waiting for ‘Detox’, Dr. Dre’s follow-up to 2001 for 10 years and Missy Elliot’s ‘Block Party’ has been pushed back since 2009. Will this be the year? Let’s hope so.
Personally I’m excited about new albums from Atoms For Peace, Mount Kimbie and Solange. Put down your spirulina detox shake and let us know what you’re looking forward to.