Before we get to it, I think we owe 2011 a big thank you for another solid year in rock music.

Artists like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Black Keys[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Florence + the Machine[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cage the Elephant[/lastfm] proved they have staying power. Newbies like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foster the People[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Young the Giant[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Awolnation[/lastfm] refreshed our pallets. And let’s not forget reunions from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Blink-182[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jane’s Addiction[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bush[/lastfm] who rewarded our patience.

As we turn the page and set our eyes on 2012, some of the biggest names in rock music from generations now and then are slated to release new albums. No one likes a tease, but I can’t help myself with names like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Killers[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Muse[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Green Day[/lastfm] making this year’s list.  Oh, and by the way, none of them claimed our number one spot.

15. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neon Trees[/lastfm]

Neon Trees busted out of the shell in 2010 with their debut LP Habits.  Lead by the colorful and impassioned exuberance of front man Tyler Glenn, Neon Trees stormed the airwaves with chart topping material in “Animal” and “1983.” Their energetic blend of pop-rock is set to return this spring with a second full-length album entitled Picture Show.  You can check out the first track released off the new record called “Everybody Talks” below.

“Everybody Talks”

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Silversun Pickups[/lastfm]

Bursting through the airwaves on KROQ’s Locals Only with Kat Corbett, Silversun Pickups catapulted to worldwide success in 2009 with their sophomore effort Swoon.  The Silver Lake inhabitants had flirted along a top-tier status before, but it was the guitar-centric and insanely absorbing “Panic Switch” that made Silversun Pickups a major force in rock music.  Jonesy’s been playing a previously unreleased track titled “Seasick” on his jukebox as of late.  A song void of any dullness even after clocking in at nearly seven minutes in length.


[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]U2[/lastfm]

Legendary rock band U2 will release their thirteenth album in 2012 and first since 2009’s No Line on the Horizon.  We’re all quite familiar with U2’s musical recipe, but since the news broke that Danger Mouse will handle production, the possibility of encountering a completely different side of the Irish rockers makes this effort all the more intriguing.  For those of you who think Danger Mouse is a cartoon character, he’s actually a full-fledged musician/producer who’s worked with Gorillaz, Beck, Jay-Z, and The Black Keys.

If you’re an OG U2 fan, do you love this or hate this?

“Sunday Bloody Sunday”


12. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Offspring[/lastfm]

SoCal punk rock deities The Offspring have been hinting at a new album for the past two years, but 2012 sounds like Dexter and company will finally drop their ninth studio album.  Described by the band as a continuation of 2008’s Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, The Offspring are tentatively expecting its release in late 2012. 

“You’re Gonna Go Far Kid”

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nine Inch Nails[/lastfm]

As usual, musical mastermind Trent Reznor is working like a madman.  Besides scoring David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and wrapping up the debut LP for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]How to Destroy Angels[/lastfm], Reznor recently expressed he will spend the majority of 2012 writing new NIN material.  While the first batch of NIN albums took several years to complete, recent years suggest Reznor works at a more efficient pace.  Don’t be surprised if we’re treated with a new single by the end of 2012.

“Immigrant Song” – Karen O, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack)

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Soundgarden[/lastfm]

One of the touchstone bands for 90’s rock music have settled all qualms and will return with new music in 2012.  We’ve witnessed all four members disperse into separate projects during Soundgarden’s 13-year split, but not even Chris Cornell’s solo ventures or his run with Audioslave could match his original band’s acclaim.  By all accounts Soundgarden is putting the finishing touches on a dozen new tracks, which are set for a spring 2012 release.

“Black Hole Sun”     


9. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phoenix[/lastfm]

French electro-pop band Phoenix will return with their fifth studio album in 2012, hoping to build upon their 2009 breakthrough Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.  An album in which both “1901” and “Lisztomania” ran prevalent throughout commercials and the airwaves.  However, don’t expect their new work to consist of all things pop music.  The band has admitted a more “experimental” approach will take precedence in the new album, leaving them some breathing room and allowing the band to go where they’ve never gone before.


[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Killers[/lastfm]

If I had a dollar for every time someone called the request line asking if The Killers were breaking up, I’d be as wealthy as Brandon Flowers himself.  The debonair rockers from Vegas have put all rumors to bed by announcing their fourth album, tentatively titled Battle Born, will be released this summer.  So there’s really no need to break down into hysterics kids, you will be basking in The Killer’s epic domain before long.

“Read My Mind”

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Queens of the Stone Age[/lastfm]

Swaggering desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age are approaching the finish line with their follow-up to the highly satisfying Era Vulgaris.

One must wonder what multitasking lead vocalist Josh Homme has up his sleeve this time around, but all signs point to some of the best batch of rock music out there.  Between fronting QOTSA, drumming for Eagles of Death Metal, and manning lead vocals in rock triumvirate Them Crooked Vultures, everything Homme touches is bona fide rock splendor.

Check out this new QOTSA cover of Bob Dylan’s “Outlaw Blues.”

“Outlaw Blues”


6. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Linkin Park[/lastfm]

Linkin Park has been all business these days, choosing to diss notions of a post-album hangover by opting to record a new album instead.

2010’s A Thousand Suns was another smashing success for the multifarious rock troupe, and evidently their creative momentum will allot fans a fifth studio LP in 2012.  With the advantage of modern technology, Linkin Park have stated their goal is to release a new album every 18 months.

“New Divide”

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paramore[/lastfm]

It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for Paramore. After losing Josh and Zac Farro to differences subject to opinion, the future of Paramore was very much uncertain. Dave the King of Mexico from the morning show was even having panic attacks at work. But a sweet sigh of relief was delivered to fans when the band released the single “Monster” off the Transformer’s: Dark of the Moon soundtrack, and subsequently three other tracks off their “Singles Club” that can be downloaded from their website.

Fingers are crossed for a late 2012 release.


[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mumford and Sons[/lastfm]

Banjo abusing folk rockers Mumford & Sons return in 2012 with their much-anticipated follow-up to Sigh No More.  Harmonies will soar and hearts will melt as one of Britain’s finest quartets look for back-to-back magnificence.

Fun fact: Lead singer Marcus Mumford was actually born in Anaheim, California before his parents moved back to England.

“Roll Away Your Stone”

3. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Green Day[/lastfm]

Green Day has never been considered an average run-of-the-mill band, and their recent expansion into Broadway and film certainly showcases their exceptional abilities.  As Green Day closes in on their 25th anniversary of punk rock greatness, an impressive ninth studio album will be unleashed and rocking skulls in 2012.

Who could have guessed a band which titles its first major label debut after fecal matter would become so successful?

Word has spread one track entitled “Amy” will be dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse.

“21 Guns”

2. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Muse[/lastfm]

Muse is well-known for blowing our minds with a grandiose brand of rock music, swooning fans with their aural assault that intertwines operatic soundscapes with outer space.  However, signs suggest Muse is traveling towards previously uninhabited musical terrain.  Bassist Chris Wolstenholme cited Muse’s sixth album will take a “radical” departure from their earlier work.  As long as they continue to provide a continuity of eargasms I’m all for it.



1. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]No Doubt[/lastfm]

Once upon a time, a small ska-pop band from Anaheim, California called No Doubt became one of the most successful and decorated groups in the world. Multiple Grammy awards were won, a lead singer became an international sex symbol, and singles were busting out like Octomom does babies. Then…zilch.

For the past ten years, what was very much in doubt was whether No Doubt would ever return with new music.  After two years of innumerable hours in the studio, No Doubt have pretty much guaranteed their sixth LP will finally hit the public forum in 2012.

“Don’t Speak”

Comments (21)
  1. Matt says:

    Wow, can’t believe you left off 2 bands that pretty much set the foundation that KROQ stands on. Both Depeche Mode and The Cure are working on new albums with the latter supposedly coming out sometime in 2012 and the former in late 2012 if all goes well!

    1. RC2011 says:

      I think its gonna be 2013 when we hear a new Depeche Mode album….along with some new NIN and SOAD

      1. Matt says:

        Yeh,probably…..but if I was a betting man, I’d say close to half of those albums listed above won’t see the light of day till 2013.

  2. Anthony says:

    Not to be “that guy” but first off, Mumford and Son’s album is entitled “Sigh No More” not “Sight No More.” Also, the so-called “new KROQ single Roll Away Your Stone” is a song off their previous album, Sigh No More. It’s not their first single from their upcoming release.

    1. Lightning says:

      All fixed. We are less-than-proficient writers. Doh!

  3. James Winter says:

    Morrissey HAS an LP ready to produce …just no label to attach it to…kinda surprised you didn’t say anything about him at all…

  4. cndluv says:

    Uuummm… Tool?
    Lest you believe it’s only rumor….again.
    The timing of the current tour suggests otherwise.

  5. Josh says:

    No Line on the Horizon was a terrific album (and gave an amazing tour), with the rumors of Danger Mouse I am totally looking forward to new U2… the trick will be to get KROQ to play it for more than a week! 😉

  6. MGMT Fan says:


    Pearl Jam??

  7. can’t wait for the new offspring album

  8. Brock Sanders says:

    Marilyn Manson’s “Born Villain” comes out in 2012.

  9. So excited for LP! I can’t wait to see my boys again. ❤ (Especially after such an amazing Secret Show.) Hopefully show number 8 will be the show that I get a photo pass. :]

  10. Johnny says:

    I cannot wait for The Killers new album!

  11. joe says:

    No Doubt sucks.

    In terms of rock, there are a lot better albums out there this year: Tool, MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Mumford & Sons, Nick Cave, (possibly) Nine Inch Nails.

  12. The Silversun Pickups track was released on vinyl. I got it at Record Store day. Very excited for new music from them. Also stoked for new releases from Trey Anastasio, Brother Ali and of course Justin Bieber.

  13. phil says:

    Green Day? My chemical romance? :O

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