Greg's Top 5 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013

We’re saying farewell to our co-op Greg, who was a lifesaver for us here at OurStage, as he picked up tasks ranging from Community to Account Management, to Editorial. If you’re a frequent reader of Plugged In, you’ve no doubt read his work. We asked Greg to list some of his music picks for 2013:

Last week, we recapped our favorite releases from the past year. Now, as we bid 2012 adieu, we welcome 2013 and all of the awesomeness it has in store. While there are so many great releases to look forward to, coming up with this list couldn’t have been easier for me. Most of these records are still in the early stages of post-production, but I say it’s never too early to get excited. So here are my top 5 most anticipated albums of 2013 (in no particular order):

City and Colour – (Title TBA)
2011’s Little Hell really put Canadian rock star Dallas Green on the mainstream map. His 3rd full-length solo album was his most powerful yet. Now, after leaving Alexisonfire, his band of 10 years, to focus full time on City and Colour, we can only imagine that the sky is the limit for this talented singer-songwriter. Green wrapped up recording for the fourth album this past November and expects to release it sometime early-mid 2013.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – (Title TBA)
Dillinger are one of those legendary bands who go years without releasing a new album, but then when they do, you realize the wait was worth it. 2010’s Option Paralysis was possibly the most eclectic and eccentric installment by the brutal math-core wizards. With recording for their fifth full-length in the bag, fans are primed for the release this Spring.

Bad Rabbits – (Titles TBA)
In 2009, these Boston locals burst onto the scene with their groundbreaking debut EP Stick Up Kids, 7 songs of non-stop head banging funk soul party pop. On that release alone, they’ve had outstanding momentum, including their run on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. However, as infectious as those songs are, three years is too long to go without giving fans more. Luckily, Bad Rabbits have a whole arsenal of finished recordings just waiting to be released via shotgun blast in 2013. Get ready for two more EPs, along with videos, limited edition merch, new live dates, and more.

Queens Of The Stone Age – (Title TBA)
The most anticipated rock album of 2013 may be the new Queens Of The Stone Age record. Not only has it been over five years since Josh Homme‘s last release with the project, but now, among all of the rotating members that have played in the band, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has returned on drums along with Nick Oliveri on bass. As two of the quintessential members of QOTSA’s breakthrough album Songs For The Deaf, they helped define the band as many fans know it today. Now that they’re back on board and finished recording, we can only imagine the sheer magnitude of this next album, due out early this year.

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Looks like the guys in Alexisonfire have one last trick up their sleeve before bowing out for good. According to, the Canadian post-hardcore band will release a new EP called Death Letter through Dine Alone Records on December 4th. The album will contain 6 “acoustic and noise-rock interpretations” of previously released AOF songs, recorded by guitarists and vocalists Dallas Green and Wade MacNeil.

Consider it an early Christmas present—or going away gift, rather—as they take to the road one last time for their farewell tour this December. Check out the album art and tracklisting after the jump.

1) Born and Raised
2) Midnight Regulations
3) You Burn First
4) Accept Crime
5) Burial
6) Happiness By The Kilowatt

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All you City And Colour fans out there, get ready for Dallas Green’s next installment of folksy sorrow through soulful singing. According to the Canadian singer-songwriter’s Instagram, recording for the new album is finally done “right before the final #alexisonfire tour!” For those of you who don’t know, Green’s former post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, who broke up last year, are about to embark on a long overdue farewell tour starting on December 2nd in London, UK. While it is sad to see them go, the world has a lot to look forward to with City And Colour’s newest release.

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OS: Through the titles and lyrics of your new records, you seem to be making a clear statement about your status as a band, particularly with the EP title Death Is Birth followed by your upcoming self-titled album. Do you see this as a new beginning? If so, what would you say it is the start of?

WM: It’s the rebirth of old ideas, old politics, old attitudes.  I’ve stopped waiting for a new band to come along and challenge the way people think and live their lives.  I want us to be that band.  I want us to be the soundtrack.


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Side projects are standard for musicians who want to push their creativity beyond the immediate boundaries of their main bands. Not as common, however, are musicians whose side projects sound completely different from their original groups. Standing firmly in the latter camp is Dallas Green, the guitarist of now defunct screamo/post-hardcore heroes Alexisonfire. Though he became known through his work with the band, Green actually began writing solo acoustic songs before he even joined the group. After the 2005 release of his first solo album Sometimes, he continued to write, record and tour under the moniker City and Colour while playing simultaneously with Alexisonfire. With the recent breakup of Alexisonfire and the June release of Little Hell, Green’s third solo album, City and Colour has since proved to be much more than a mere side project. We caught up with Green to talk about his vision for City and Colour, his advice to musicians in a similar position and his favorite spot to skate in Canada.

OS: You play a lot of different instruments including guitar, piano, banjo and drums. If you could learn to play any other instrument, what would it be?

DG: The pedal steel guitar. I think it is the most beautiful sounding instrument in the world.

OS: You had jobs at a Footlocker, a record store and a movie theater before your music career took off. How did these different jobs affect your musical creativity?

DG: Haha. Not at all!

OS: I’ve heard that you’re also a big skateboarder. Where’s your favorite place to skate, and do you still get to do it while you’re on tour?

DF: There’s a pretty low key park in downtown Toronto at Bathurst and Dundas that I like to go to. I’m not as good as I once was, and my thirty-year-old bones feel it a lot more than my eighteen-year-old bones!

OS: You obviously have a very diverse group of interests and talents. Does that explain your decision to explore different musical projects?

DG: I guess so. I’m just a fan of music. I listen to a ton of different bands and artists, so in turn it creates a myriad of ideas in my writing.

OS: In your past endeavors you’ve been very active in the Canadian indie scene. With all your international touring how do you manage to stay connected to that tight-knit community?

DG: I’m not sure if I’m still connected to any one scene. I’d like to think that I’m a proud Canadian musician, but I’m not sure what those “indie” folks would say.

OS: With the recent breakup of Alexisonfire, what’s your vision for City and Colour now that you’ve made the total commitment to this one project?

DG: First and foremost, I’m going to go and tour all of the places I haven’t been able to in the past. Then I’d like to take some time away from music for the first time in a long while and see what happens.

OS: Can you give any advice to people in heavy bands who secretly want to play a softer kind of music as well?

DG: I don’t think there should be any secrets! There aren’t rules when it comes to music. If you feel good about something, then listen to it. Same goes for making music. Who cares what anyone else thinks?

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