Ashley’s Top 5: Anticipated Releases

The Charger Bulletin

2013 has been another breakthrough year for so many genres of music and with three months left, there is still so many good albums on the horizon. I thought I would take some time to get you pumped up about five new releases coming out in the next few months that are sure to rack up plays on your iPod. Note: these are in date order, not in favorite order.

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Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die – Panic! at the DiscoOver the years, Panic! has had its share of growing pains but has not once put out a bad album (Pretty Odd is a guilty pleasure of yours…admit it) or a bad live show. Brendon seems like he’s found a new font of energy and inspiration with this new album, citing a heavy hip hop influence and returning to Las Vegas being two major inspirations. I just caught the band on tour with Fall Out Boy a few weeks ago and I assure you that singles, “Miss Jackson” and “This is Gospel” sound phenomenal, and I’m looking forward to hearing the rest. Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die comes out Oct. 8.

Monsters in the Closet – Mayday Parade

Mayday Parade has been a staple in my music library for most of my teenage years and beyond. There is just something about Derek Sanders’ lyrics that resonates with the crowd so deeply, it’s powerful. The boys have been in the studio all year and the album title suggests another lyrically deep release, revealing what monsters have been hiding in their closets all along. Singles, “Ghosts” and “Girls” have gotten great feedback and I don’t doubt that even on such a busy release day, Mayday Parade will see some pretty high album sales. Monsters in the Closet will also be released on Oct. 8.

Prism – Katy Perry

I think it’s safe to say that Katy Perry is one of the most prominent forces in pop music right now. Ready to release her fourth studio album boasting countless number one hits worldwide, this girl has got the pop hit formula down to a science. While “Roar” got more bad press than good, regarding a Sara Bareilles “copy- cat” controversy, she seems to have redeemed herself with new single, “Dark Horse” featuring Juicy J. There’s a very dedicated fanbase of Katycats waiting for this album and it will very easily top the charts when it drops on Oct. 22.

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem

Making a sequel album is a ballsy move for any artist, but to make a sequel album to what might be considered your greatest piece of work might sound like social suicide to most musicians. Eminem is “Not Afraid” to try though, ready for the challenge of releasing The Marshall Mathers LP 2 this fall. The original LP features hits “The Real Slim Shady” and “Stan” which are two of my personal favorite songs he’s ever released, hard hitting lyrics and killer beats. Newest single “Berzerk” talks about going back to basics and sounds like classic Eminem which excites me like no other! “Life’s too short to not go for broke,” Mathers spits, and I feel like this line is a pretty accurate depiction of what we should expect Nov. 5.

Punk Goes Christmas – Various Artists

I have been waiting for this album to exist for far too long and I think anyone who is familiar with the “Punk Goes” series will agree. Released yearly by Fearless Records, popular punk bands are asked to cover a song within a given genre, offering up some of the greatest covers I have ever heard. For years now fans of the compilations series have been begging for some Christmas cheer and now they’ll have the perfect soundtrack to make it through the holidays. This year some of my favorite bands, Set it Off, The Summer Set, All Time Low, The Ready Set, and Jason Lancaster of Go Radio will be featured playing both covers and original Christmas tunes. Maybe now we can get our Punk Goes Disney album next year? Punk Goes Christmas hits shelves Nov. 5.