White Lies, Ritual: They killed at festivals in 2008 and 2009, but do London's Interpol-styled lads have longevity?
Dr. Dre, Detox: It's been on hold or gestating since at least Clinton was in office. Will it continue to be hip-hop's Chinese Democracy?
R.E.M., Collapse Into Now: The band hasn't released decent, well-received slab since at least 1998's Up. Could this be their return to late-'80s form?
The Decemberists The King Is Dead (January 18): The band follows up folk opera The Hazards Of Love with a set of roots-rock work, with Peter Buck helping out on the Neil Young-inflected "Down By the Water."