ALT 105.3's most-anticipated albums of 2021

Here's who's expected to drop new music in 2021
Red Hot Chili Peppers
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By The New ALT 105.3

As touring has completely ceased due to the pandemic in 2020 many of our favorite artists have returned to the studio to make new music for us. The year has also caused bands with big 2020 plans to hold off on releasing new music until the world returns to some sort of normal. 2021 comes with a hope that we might get back to that sooner than later and here's who should have new records ready for us at some point in the new year:

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters had huge plans for their 25th anniversary as a band in 2020, but those plans have had to be pushed. We do know that we'll get their groovier tenth studio album 'Medicine At Midnight' on February 5, 2021

Red Hot Chili Peppers

At the end of 2019 Red Hot Chili Peppers let us know that guitarist John Frusciante was back in the band and they've made it clear that their upcoming album, which they've been working on in 2020, will feature him.


It seems every 4 years we're graced with a new album from New Zealand superstar, Lorde. She began work on it prior to the pandemic with Jack Antonoff and shared an update on it back in May. We are still awaiting official details on it, but new Lorde music appears imminent.

Billie Eilish

Perhaps the most-anticipated sophomore album in recent memory, Billie Eilish has 16 songs ready for us that she's crafted alongside her brother FINNEAS while the two had to cut her 2020 world tour short. She's shared a pair of singles over the latter half of the year with "my future" & "therefore I am" to give us a taste of what's to come.

Twenty One Pilots

After their touring plans were squashed in 2020 twenty one pilots quickly put together "Level of Concern" back in the spring and singer Tyler Joseph has hinted at the band releasing the follow-up to 2018's 'Trench' much sooner than anticipated. Meanwhile, the band's fans have been busy scouring the internet for whatever clues they can find regarding new music.


Weezer had planned to release their latest studio album, 'Van Weezer,' back in May, but have put those plans on hold. They did give us the single "Hero" in 2020 to hold us over for now.

The Cure

In the fall of 2019 Robert Smith told us that The Cure were finishing up work on THREE new albums. It seems that at least one of those could come out in 2021 as he's been spending time in isolation wrapping up work on the group's first record since 2008.

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey gave us a spoken word album in 2020, but the proper follow-up to 2019's 'Norman F***ing Rockwell' should arrive in early 2021 with 'Chemtrails Over The Country Club'.

Imagine Dragons

It's been an unusually quiet year for one of the 2010s biggest alternative acts and it seems that they've been busy working on their fifth studio album. More on that soon.


By the time Garbage will *hopefully* be opening for Alanis Morissette's delayed 'Jagged Little Pill' anniversary tour next summer the band could have a new album out, per singer Shirley Manson.


Bastille are closing out 2020 with a brand new EP release, but it could be a precursor to a bigger release in the new year.

Panic! At The Disco

Brendon Urie has been busy Twitch streaming from his studio in 2020, but has he been making any new tracks in that time? We're hoping that Panic! release the follow-up to 2018's massively successful 'Pray For The Wicked' in 2021.

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man have been hard at work on the follow-up to 2017's mainstream breakthrough 'Woodstock'.



Time in quarantine has given the Scottish electro/pop trio more time to finish the follow-up to 2018's 'Love Is Dead'.