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The most anticipated albums of 2024

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Denzel Golatt
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<i>GRIP</i>, the upcoming album from serpentwithfeet, is one NPR Music's most anticipated albums of 2024.

There's only so far ahead we can look with any certainty when it comes to new album releases, but the year is already shaping up to be a big one for returns:

  • Brittany Howard's new solo album arrives in February
  • Grandaddy is back after a seven-year break with Blu Wav, also out next month
  • Mary Timony, known for her work in the bands Helium and Wild Flag (among others), will release an album under her own name, something she hasn't done in 17 years

On this week's show, host Robin Hilton sits with NPR Music editors Hazel Cills and Sheldon Pearce to talk about these and other albums they're excited about this year, including Sleater-Kinney's Little Rope, The Smile's Wall of Eyes, Hurray For The Riff Raff's The Past Is Still Alive and more.

We also dream about some rumored releases: Will we get a new Joanna Newsom album this year, or one from My Bloody Valentine? Will Chance The Rapper return to form on a much-teased, but still uncertain new LP?

Featured albums

  • Sleater-Kinney — Little Rope
  • The Smile — Wall of Eyes
  • Brittany Howard — What Now
  • Mary Timony — Untame the Tiger
  • Lee Scratch Perry — King Perry
  • Grandaddy — Blu Wav
  • Hurray For The Riff Raff — The Past Is Still Alive
  • serpentwithfeet — GRIP
  • Chelsea Wolfe — She Reaches Out To She Reaches Out To She
  • Erika de Casier — Still

Other notable 2024 releases

  • Jan. 12: Kid Cudi — Insano
  • Jan. 12: Kali Uchis — Orquideas
  • Jan. 19: Green Day — Saviors
  • Jan. 26: Future Islands — People Who Aren't There Anymore
  • Jan. 26: Torres — What an enormous room
  • Jan. 26: Ty Segall — Three Bells
  • Feb. 9: Helado Negro — PHASOR
  • Feb. 16: Laura Jane Grace — Hole In My Head
  • Feb. 16: IDLES — TANGK
  • Feb. 29: Jacob Collier — Djesse Vol. 4
  • March 1: Sheer Mag — Playing Favorites
  • March 8: Bleachers — Bleachers
  • March 29: Chastity Belt — Live Love Laugh