A Look Ahead – Music in 2018 by Killian Laher
As is traditional at this time of year we like to look ahead to 2018 to see what’s imminent. Hard-rocking duo No Age will be one of the first, releasing their first album in five years in January, Snares Like A Haircut, with Soft Collar Fad giving an idea of what to expect.
March should see a new album from Yo La Tengo ahead of a planned visit to Whelans, while Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks are rumoured to have an album ready for release in April. The Hedge Schools have completed their third album Magnificent Birds which we should get to hear in the early part of the year. Low will have a new album in the spring and RM Hubbert has made an album with Aidan Moffat.
Mark Lanegan continues his prolific work-rate with a rumoured album with Duke Garwood, With Animals. Also due for release are albums from The Amazing, Ryley Walker, an EP from Nine Inch Nails and believe it or not a new My Bloody Valentine album! Mark Kozelek is preparing (threatening?) to release 2 Sun Kil Moon albums, in the summer and November, plus a film score. Dakota Suite have 2 projects in the works, which may be the final Dakota Suite work: The Indestructibility of the Already Felled with Quentin Sirjacq and Moving On Is Its Own Rebuke with Dag Rosenqvist and Emanuele Errante.
Live-wise it looks to be a year of heavy hitters with visits from Morrissey, The War On Drugs, Nick Cave and The National in the coming months.