Eight Albums to Look Forward to in 2014

I know we're still all digesting the musical releases of 2013, but it's officially a new year and time to start talking about 2014's offerings. With the early part of the year's release schedule set in stone, we know we have a lot to look forward to, and it won't stop there. With albums expected to be released, we're looking at a hell of a year.

So to get you an early start, here's a guide to what I'm looking forward to and what you should be anticipating going into the new year. It's an eclectic bunch.

Iron Reagan/Exhumed Split This split release by two of hardcore's most exciting bands is going to be released January 7, but you can already check it out by streaming it over at Metal Injection. A hell of an offering from both bands, it especially shows a lot of growth in Iron Reagan, who are shaping up to be not only a great supergroup but one of the best bands in the scene today.

Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes It's always an event when the Boss puts out a new record, and he's getting started early this year. His latest comes out January 14 and features reworkings from his classic discography along with a few covers. While it's not exactly new Springsteen material, for diehard fans it should prove to be exciting nonetheless.

Warpaint, Warpaint Warpaint has long been a favorite here in Houston, playing some excellent shows with locals like sIngs and Buxton. Their self-titled second full-length is due in mid-January, but the singles show it's already shaping up to be one of the best indie psych-rock records of the year.

RiFF RaFF, Neon Icon I'll admit, I don't really get RiFF RaFF. Nevertheless, the Houston native has a loyal following here and I know hordes will be grabbing this one when it drops on January 28. You can already peep a few singles, including "Dolce & Gabbana" and "How to Be the Man."

Beck, Morning Phase Beck's first full-length studio album since 2008's Modern Guilt doesn't have an announced release date yet, but will supposedly be coming out in January or February. According to the man himself, it's a follow-up to 2002's über-sad Sea Change.

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La Dispute, Rooms of the House Maybe the best post-hardcore band in the world today, La Dispute will finally follow up their 2011 album Wildlife with a brand-new record, due March 18. They'll be hitting Houston at Fitzgerald's just three days later. Don't sleep on these guys.

Johnny Cash, Out Among the Stars Another posthumous release from the Man in Black should hopefully live up to the high standard of the last few we've received from him. This one was recorded around 1981, but is finally set to see the light of day on March 25.

Raekwon, Fly International Luxurious Art Wu-Tang Clan's notorious perfectionist will finally put out his next album sometime in 2014. Fly International Luxurious Art already has a few singles out, though, and they sound characteristically awesome.


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