Small list of what I'm looking forward to, most are confirmed, a few are based on speculation.
As Tall as Lions
The Dear Hunter
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
Funeral For a Friend
A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Jimmy Eat World
The Joy Formidable
A Lot Like Birds
The Republic of Wolves
Tegan and Sara
This Is Hell
This Town Needs Guns
A Wilhelm Scream
The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die
I'll be honest, I glanced at this list initally and just thought it was another standard indie list that seems to get a lot of love around here. Now I'm kinda ashamed to admit after seeing it quoted I now see quite a few bands I like.
I'm so out of the loop, I see you have Glassjaw listed, so i went searching and found they put out two EPs since their last album and now they might have another full length in the pipeline? LOL, I had no idea they've done anything since 2004.
Also, good to see Funeral for a Friend are still making music, I always thought they put out solid albums.
Is Empire! Empire! putting out a full length or is it another EP?
Buying vs downloading debate, I'm much more likely to buy a bands album if they stream the entire album on their sites or something. If they don't, the only other avenue I have to listen to it is either finding it on some other streaming site, youtube, or downloading it(and if I end up doing this, I have no need to buy it after). I enjoy supporting bands I like, especially if they're independent.
I used to be like that. Now I take pride in supporting artists I enjoy listening to. Especially knowing many of them aren't millionaires and are still true to their art, stay genuine. It's good to support these indie artists and lesser known musicians and bands, they work hard and bring us joy, they deserve it IMO. Why the heck not support them financially? Most of their money comes from the grind of touring nowadays.
The thing that's particularly annoying is that CDs are the cheapest and most worthwhile purchase out there-- I doubt the medium will ever become obsolete (heck, Vinyls are still around, and sound quality has not improved much since-- on the other hand I'm much more careful and hesitant to buy films)-- The amount it costs to buy a CD is roughly the same as having lunch for crying out loud-- and that's a one time thing whereas you'll get a ton of lasting mileage out of a great CD.
Downloading without buying is a sign that you just don't care, IMO.
On the other hand, I love downloading, don't believe that it's stealing or feel that there's anything wrong with it. I download everything that interests me, let it sink in enough to gauge how much I like it and buy everything from the top of my favorites downwards.
I've bought a ton of albums directly as a result of downloading-- Without it, I would have zero, and probably wouldn't even have interest in music.
The more I listen to the new Local Natives album, Hummingbird, the less I enjoy it. It's still a fine album with a few really great standout tracks - Breakers, Heavy Feet, Columbia, etc. But yeah, it pretty much ends there.
I'm really digging the new album from "Indians" titled "Somewhere else". It's pretty great.