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."
Duran Duran, All You Need Is Now: The Duran Dudes come back swinging with an album produced by It Boy Mark Ronson.
Iron & Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean (January 25): You more than likely heard most of this new stuff during Sam Beam's show at Fitz last month.
Lady Gaga, Born This Way: Paws up, little monsters. BTW better be like Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak mated with Madonna's Bedtime Stories but with more blood, fire, and leather hot shorts, like it is being touted.
Avril Lavigne, Goodbye Lullaby: It's back, it's sad and it's divorced.
Nickelback: Our hands are already trembling, like we are going back to 'Nam. This means another tour, which means Rocks Off will be on the front-lines. Is this how soldiers feel when Kim Jong-Il runs his mouth?
Beyonce: Possibly, if she isn't carrying a baby HOVA. But then again, it could be too soon for Bouncy to climb back into the studio.
Kanye West & Jay-Z, Watch My Throne
PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
My Morning Jacket
Buxton (Spring/Summer): The men in Buxton have been toiling for what seems like years on their third LP. Word has it that it's a game-changer.
Fat Tony & A.D.D.: Fat Tony follows RABDARGAB with an album with friend A.D.D. He literally just told us about this today.
Robert Ellis: The new songs that have seeped out are scary good. Ellis has been playing them around town at various solo acoustic gigs.
Roky Moon & BOLT, American Honey (Early 2011): The band, plus horns and back-up singers, jumps into their second album on January 17 at SugarHill Studios with Dan Workman, aiming for a quick turnaround by the spring.
Black Congress: The band is said to be culling new material for a full-length by summer.
Grandfather Child: The band adds to their legend with an LP, with details under wraps. We were in Sig's Lagoon the other day and a guy our dad's age was begging for their "Waiting For You" 45. If their live shows are any indication, babies will be made to this album.
The Ton Tons (Late Spring): A quick EP is on the way, as the band begins activity in earnest again after a few months off.
Mike Stinson: Early word is that it's a rock album. Someone is gunning for his second Best Song HPMA...
Trae The Truth: The truth is on its way.
Chamillionaire, Venom: This has been pushed back for much too long. Along with the Bun B, Slim Thug and Fat Tony albums, this could have helped cap of a monumental year for Houston rap.
J-Dawg, Behind Tint Vol. 2 (Re-release)
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