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By Kirsten Raper, News Editor –

It’s only February, but so far this year is proving to be a great year for music, as an array of artists have either already put out new albums or are planning to soon. Because of this, I decided to compile a list, which is in no particular order, of albums (some of which are already out and some of which are not) that have me excited for music in 2018.

1. Little Dark Age

MGMT released their fourth album on Feb. 9, and so far it is one of the best albums of the year. It’s full of gems like “When You Die,” “One Thing Left to Try” and “Hand It Over.”

2. Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)

This is the 11th album by the indie rock band Car Seat Headrest, and it was released on Feb. 16. It is is a rerecorded and reworked version of the band’s sixth album Twin Fantasy (Mirror to Mirror), which was released back in 2011. The original version of the album was recorded on a laptop back when lead singer Will Toledo was 19, and Toledo said his reasoning for redoing the album was because he just felt like it wasn’t ever finished. The newer version of the album is a masterpiece from start to finish, especially the 13 minute song “Beach Life-In-Death.”

3. Boarding House Reach 

Jack White announced earlier this year that he will be releasing his third album on March 23. This highly anticipated album will be White’s first solo album in four years, following his 2014 album Lazaretto. So far he has released two singles “Connected by Love,” and “Respect Commander,” both of which prove that Jack is back.

4. The Universe in You

If you don’t know the Nashville based indie rock band, The Lonely Biscuits, then you should familiarize yourself with them before their debut album The Universe in You comes out on March 30 of this year. Back in January, the band released the album’s first single, “Blue Glass,” which was created with the help of Nick Bockrath from Cage the Elephant. Other songs on the upcoming album include “Endlessly,” “San Francisco”, and one of my favorites “Talk About.”

5. Blue Madonna

Børns released his second album on Jan. 12. On it are the singles “Faded Heart” and “Sweet Dreams,” and he also teams up with Lana Del Rey for the track “God Save our Young Blood.” My favorite from this album, though, is the hauntingly beautiful song “Bye-bye Darling.”

6. Layers of Us

Mimicking Birds is a rock band from Portland, Oregon that is signed to Isaac Brock’s (of Modest Mouse) record label, Glacial Pace Recordings. On Jan. 26, they released their third album Layers of Us, which explores a multitude of themes, including climate change. This whole album is absolutely fantastic, but some noteworthy songs are “Another Time,” “Great Waves” and my favorite “Belongings.”

7. Real Love 

Lo Moon is set to release their debut album on Feb. 23, and mark my words, this band is going to be the next big thing. Real Love was produced by Chris Walla from Death Cab for Cutie and Francois Tetaz, and Adam Granduciel and Charlie Hall from the band The War on Drugs are set to make appearances on the record. The band has already released some songs off the album including “Loveless,” which will provided you with seven minutes of pure bliss, especially if you listen to it with headphones.

8. Life is Good on the Open Road

The bluegrass/folk-rock band Trampled by Turtles announced that they will be releasing their ninth album on May 4. In 2014 the band went on a hiatus, and haven’t really been heard from until recently. So far the band has only released one single, “Kelly’s Bar,” from their upcoming record, but it is perfectly representative of the classic Trampled by Turtles sound that fans like myself have been waiting to hear again for the last four years.

9. Earthtones

Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen, known by his stage name Bahamas, released his fourth album on Jan. 19. If you’re unfamiliar with Bahamas, he previously played guitar with Feist, and his hit song “All the Time” was once used in a Motorola commercial starring James Franco. His music reminds me of Jack Johnson, so if you’re a fan of Jack, then give him a listen. Some notable songs from his new album are “Way with Words,” “No Depression” and “Any Place.”

10. Mania

This is the seventh album from Fall Out Boy, and it was released on Jan. 19. I’ve been a fan of FOB since Take This to Your Grave, and couldn’t resist putting their newest record on this list.  FOB is known for experimenting with their sound and making sure that no two albums sound the same, and Mania is no different. With songs like “Young and Menace,” “Sunshine Riptide” and my favorite, “Bishops Knife Trick,” this record proves to be unlike anything they’ve done before.

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