The 30 Best Albums of 2013? 

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Wavves,
Title TBA, Spring

As a bulk of circa 2008 lo-fi bands fade into the sunset and R&B again becomes the genre du jour among the indie minded, it makes sense that Nathan Williams is finishing up his third LP with producer John Hill, whose credits include Rihanna, Santigold, M.I.A. and Theophilus London. It’s too early to tell, but perhaps Williams is taking a page from his sunbaked (or just baked) beat project Sweet Valley and transferring it into the punk realm. (Side note: weed jokes!)

Weekend,
Title and date TBA
With the Mayan prophecy debunked and the world still spinning, 2013 is the year everything turns pretty and we all get happy, right? Maybe? What? That’s why the first tastes of the follow-up to Weekend’s 2010 LP (that is, the noise-rock trio who recently relocated from San Francisco to Brooklyn, not the R&B smooth operator) boasts more pop hues than its predecessors’ twisted blacks and grays. Melody and noise have always gone hand in hand; no reason to think that’s going to change this year.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs,
Title TBA, Spring

It’s been four years since YYYs lovely third record, It’s Blitz!, impressed us with quiet sophistication and well-deployed synths. Karen O’s been busy covering Zeppelin and writing rock operas, so a wide vocal scope is probably a given. We’re more than ready for some new world-eating Nick Zinner guitar solos though, right? (Sleigh Bells have been eating your lunch, Zinner. Show some pride!) James Murphy won’t actually be producing this, by the way, an increasingly common thing for us to have to note.

Yo La Tengo,
Fade, January 15
It's hard to believe it's taken Yo La Tengo nearly 30 years to collaborate with the inimitable producer and all-around indie rock mainstay John McEntire. Fade, recorded almost entirely at McEntire's Soma Studios in Chicago, is a beautiful, sprawling album that focuses less on incessant genre-hopping (like their past few albums) and more on establishing a consistent tone: relaxed, but far from comfortable.

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