So far, what can we say about 2018? If you were anywhere on the eastern seaboard, you probably experienced some excruciatingly cold weather. Black Panther broke records. Then Camila Cabello broke a few more records. Then Kanye West granted a legitimate miracle, The Weeknd cut ties with H&M over a poorly-executed ad campaign and oh yeah, Justin Timberlake finally released new music. While we’re almost past the part of the month where it’s ok to say “Happy New Year” earnestly, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to share the music we hope the next eleven and a half months delivers.
The groundwork for pop punk trap was laid out in 2016, but this was the year it really took off, thanks to the ubiquity of Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Lif3.” One of the most exciting breakout acts of this style of music this year was Trippie Redd, whose snotty, charismatic flow was instantly recognizable whenever it appeared in a track. Trippie noticeably improves with each new release, and it’ll be exciting to see how he takes 2018 over. — Phil Maye
I’m stoked for Screaming Females’ seventh record, All At Once, out via Don Giovanni Records on February 23. “Black Moon” is a great first taste. — Luke Ottenhof
Fall Out Boy
As for 2018, I’m looking forward to the Fall Out Boy album I was promised in September 2017. The singles for this album (“The Last Of The Real Ones,” “HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T,” “Champion”) have been absolutely classic Fall Out Boy turned up to a 10. For a band I started listening to in junior high, I’m both surprised and extremely impressed with their lasting power— it feels like the music matures with me, and I’m always excited to be a part of a new release.
Honestly, though, while it is part nostalgia, I really do think that Fall Out Boy constantly and consistently deliver—with the exception of Save Rock And Roll, which just wasn’t that good, each of their albums has resonated with a particular time in my life, and I look forward to sharing this one with the band as well. — Sofie Mikhaylova
For 2018, I am excited to see the rise of some Jamaican-American artists and producers I’ve had my eyes on. Very interested to see how they do in this market and how they how they will craft their sound to be more “marketable”. One of the artists that I have my eye on was Tessellated. — Sharine Taylor
I am still putting out new music very soon though & have been working on it the entire time.
— Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira) November 21, 2017
Sky Ferreira has been promising a follow-up to 2013’s Night Time, My Time for a long time now, but her recent assertion that new music will be out by or before February 2018 still got me hyped. She’s a blunt, honest musician with tremendous vision, and I can’t wait to see what she’s been working on. – Stuart Oakes
I’m not going to lie, I really like pretty much everything Franz Ferdinand has ever released. Their near-perfect self-titled debut album? Hell ya. Their criminally underrated 2013 album, Right Words, Right Thoughts, Right Action. You bet. Is it possible to grow up in the mid-2000’s and not feel a personal connection between the your IPod, their Apple Commercial and the state of music in 2009? Well their newest album is coming out February 9th and I am, as they say, here for it. — Melissa Vincent
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Season 2
I had no expectations for Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel when I started watching it; I wasn’t a Gilmore Girls fan, the “like Mad Men, but funny” blurbs I’d glossed over weren’t enough, and while I liked Rachel Brosnahan enough in House Of Cards, my first thoughts weren’t exactly “she should have her own spinoff!”
I finished it in less than a week.
The show is fantastic — fast, and fun, without being fluffy. And Brosnahan is a revelation as the titular M(r)s. Maisel, which is how she beat out heavy favourites like Alison Brie, Issa Rae, and Pamela Adlon at this year’s Golden Globes.
We don’t have a premiere date. That doesn’t matter. It’ll be here in 2018, and I’ll be refreshing Prime Video until it shows up. — Tyler Munro
Tory Lanez’s new album
Looking forward to a tighter sophomore album from Tory Lanez. While the early singles, “I Sip”, “Shooters,” and the Future-assisted “Real Thing” feature the ace beat selection Tory’s been winning with for last few years, he’s somehow turned his mind-boggling versatility into a bit more of an exclusive sound. — Chayne Japal