The most anticipated Alternative albums for 2022

Some big releases are on the way in 2022...
Avril Lavigne, Mark Hoppus (blink-182), Hayley Williams (Paramore)
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2021 gave us the long-awaited return of live music and tons of new releases from acts that spent 2020 locked down and in the studio.

In 2022, more music festivals and major Alternative artists are set to get back on the scene -- and here are some of the bands we can't wait to hear from!

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

At the end of 2019, the Red Hot Chili Peppers announced that guitarist John Frusciante was returning to the band and a few years later it looks like we'll get to hear what they've been working on. The band has mapped out a massive world tour for summer 2022 and drummer Chad Smith confirmed this fall that the new record is "almost done". Listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers Radio now, only on Audacy.

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Cage The Elephant

Nearly three years removed from their GRAMMY-award winning 2019 album Social Cues, Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant have been busy working on the follow-up, guitarist Nick Bockrath confirmed to Audacy at BottleRock Napa in September. Listen to Cage The Elephant Radio now, only on Audacy.

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Weezer

After giving us two albums in the first half of 2021, Weezer appears poised to double up on that for 2022 with four albums planned - one to be released at the start of spring, summer, fall, and winter. Listen to Weezer Radio now, only on Audacy.

Avril Lavigne
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Avril Lavigne

2022 will mark 20 years since Avril's debut Let Go took over the world and she's readying her first release on Travis Barker's DTA Records. She recently shared her first single, "Bite Me," as a taste of the pop-punk to come. Listen to Audacy's Women Of Alt exclusive station.

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Arctic Monkeys

Going on four years since the release of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, Arctic Monkeys reportedly took over a UK venue over the summer to record their seventh studio album. Listen to Arctic Monkeys Radio now, only on Audacy.

Zachary Scott Carothers of Portugal. the Man
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Portugal. The Man

It has been nearly five years since Portugal. The Man dropped one of the biggest alternative hits of the 2010s with "Feel It Still" off of the critically-acclaimed Woodstock. PTM's Eric Howk and Zachary Carothers confirmed to Audacy this fall that a new album is coming, but that it's never fully done until the moment it's released. Listen to Audacy's New Indie exclusive station.

Maxwell Hughes of The Lumineers
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The Lumineers

One of the first albums we'll get to enjoy in 2022 will be the fourth studio offering from Audacy Beach Festival performers The Lumineers and their new album BRIGHTSIDE coming January 14th. Listen to Audacy's Alt Quiet Car exclusive station.

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Jack White

One of our favorite rockers, Jack White, recently announced that he didn't have just one record on the way in 2022, but two. The first record, Fear of the Dawn, is set to be released on April 8th while the second album, Entering Heaven Alive, will be released on July 22nd. Listen to The White Stripes Radio, only on Audacy.

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alt-j

We haven't had a studio album from British indie rockers alt-j since 2017, but that changes on February 11, 2022 when they'll drop The Dream. The band is also set for a massive 2022 arena tour alongside Portugal. The Man. Listen to Kevan Kenney's Music Discovery exclusive station, only on Audacy.

Dan Smith of Bastille
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Bastille

After several singles and EPs, Bastille will deliver a proper full-length follow-up to 2019's Doom Days with Give Me The Future on February 4, 2022. Listen to Audacy's Alt New Arrivals exclusive station.

Hayley Williams of Paramore
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Paramore

Nearly five years since we last heard from Paramore, Hayley Williams has hinted that new music could be on the horizon in 2022 after she dropped solo records each of the last two years. Listen to Paramore Radio, only on Audacy.

Mark Hoppus of blink-182
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blink-182 has been hinting at a new album since 2019 including collaborations with Lil Uzi Vert, Pharrell, and Grimes. With bassist Mark Hoppus on the mend after beating cancer, 2022 could be the year these new songs finally come out. Listen to Audacy's blink-182 Radio exclusive station.

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