There are so many great bands out there to follow this year.

Whether you’re new to the genre or already familiar with them, it’s impossible to avoid picking up a handful of them to pick up your next album.

And for some reason, the best ones are always those that can be found in your local music scene.

Here are the 10 bands you’ll want to pick a listen to this year!

1.

M.I.A. The M.A.’s latest release, The Love Below, is the album that started the trend of releasing the most diverse album of 2018, and it’s already proving itself to be a huge success.

A new album that also features guest appearances from The Weeknd, the Chainsmokers, Tame Impala, and more, The Time Machine is sure to be an exciting one.

2.

The National This year’s debut album from the British band, The National, was one of the biggest hits of 2018 and now the band is heading to the studio to record their sophomore effort.

This is a very different band than their first album, and The National is clearly aiming for greatness, with a full-band album that will definitely get everyone excited.

3.

The Black Keys The Black Kisses is a huge release for this band, as the new album will feature an original song written and produced by the late, great Michael Franti, and features the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Lzzy Hale, and the late Jon Hopkins.

The record will also feature guest appearances by the likes, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, and many more.

4.

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds The Bad Seed have been working on their next album for a long time, but with The Time Is Now, it looks like they’ll be taking their time with it.

This one will definitely be one to watch, as Nick Cave is no stranger to releasing a massive album, so you can bet he’ll be pushing the envelope with his newest project.

5.

D’Angelo The D’Aerosmith has been one of my favorite artists of all time, so I’m sure that you’re all excited to hear some of their newest music.

The group’s third album is already being produced by The Bad Moonz and is sure one of those records that will keep you up at night.

6.

The Shins I have to admit, I never heard anything about The Shin, and I was hoping for the best.

Well, it turns out the band has been quietly recording their fourth album for years, so hopefully we’ll get something really exciting this year that you’ll be excited to listen to. 7.

The Killers If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the years, it is that you never know what is going to come out next.

That’s exactly what the Killers have been doing with their new album, The Final Cut, which has a lot of great songs written by longtime Killers singer-songwriter David Lowery and is definitely going to be one of their biggest hits to date.

8.

The Smiths The Smith, who has always been one to write songs with great lyrics, is coming back with a new album with a lot to live up to.

This time around, the group is going back to the roots of metal with their latest effort, The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me. 9.

P!nk, T-Pain, and Young Thug The Blacklist, which featured a whole slew of other bands, is one of P!

Nk’s most critically acclaimed albums to date, and with a great tracklisting like this one, we’re definitely going for it. 10.

SZA The Atlanta rapper is also bringing her skills to the table with her first solo album in almost a decade, and this one is definitely worth checking out.

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