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Dig out the crystal ball, shuffle the tarot card deck and start reading some palms: We’re looking into the future and making predictions for 2013. Some of these premonitions seem obvious. Others border on insane. Nevertheless, we’re convinced these will be the big alt- and indie rock headlines in the new year. Only time will tell if these 2013 predictions are right, but as of today, we’re not wrong…

 

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Green Day

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10

Green Day Nail It With ‘Nieve!’

 

 
Green Day finally hit their stride by following up 2012′s ‘¡Uno!,’ ‘¡Dos!’ and ‘¡Tre!’ with another couple trilogies. Expect big things from July’s ‘Nieve!,’ which will document singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s recent stint in rehab.

 

Dave Grohl

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9

Dave Grohl Hits the Road With Led Zeppelin

 

 
With the Foo Fighters on hiatus, Dave Grohl gets back behind the kit, filling in for late drummer John Bonham on a massive Led Zeppelin reunion tour across Europe and North America. If this 2013 prediction comes true, it’ll be the ticket of the year.

 

Guided By Voices

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8

Guided By Voices Slack Off

 

 
Guided By Voices release somewhere between two and 17 albums, including the double LP ‘We Are Aerodynamics.’ Singer Robert Pollard will try to account for the slacker year by pointing to the number of EPs and singles (between one and two-dozen combined) he also dropped, but fans will still be disappointed.

 

Frank Ocean

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7

Frank Ocean Cleans Up At the Grammys

 

 
The 2013 Grammy Awards turn out to be a serious coming-out party for Frank Ocean, who’s nominated in six categories. He grabs hardware in all six, including Record of the Year (‘Thinkin Bout You’), Album of the Year (‘Channel Orange’) and Best New Artist. Congratulations, Frank!

 

Lou Reed

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6

The Velvet Underground Release Another Box Set

 

 
The surviving members of the Velvet Underground shock the world by issuing yet another box set to commemorate their watershed 1967 debut album, ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico.’ This time around, the collection offers previously released, un-remastered original versions of all songs on the disc with absolutely no bonus material, demos or other rarities. It still manages to sell about a thousand times more than the original 1967 pressing. (This may be our most bankable 2013 prediction.)

 

Sonic Youth

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5

Sonic Youth Don’t Break Up

 

 
The future of Sonic Youth was cast into doubt in 2011 with the shocking announcement that Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon were splitting up after 27 years of marriage, and many fans worried that the band’s concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that fall would be there last. But a new album and tour in 2013 put the doubts to rest, with the expectations now that the Youth will carry on well into their octogenarian years.

 

The Stone Roses

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4

The Stone Roses Tour America

 

 
Are you as tired of reading about the lack of North American Stone Roses reunion tour dates as we are tired of writing about them? That all changes in the summer of 2013, when Ian Brown and the boys finally take their comeback trek across the States — their first visit here in 18 years. 

 

Trent Reznor Katy Perry

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3

Trent Reznor Collaborates With Katy Perry

 

 
Trent Reznor has been known to collaborate with a wide swath of musicians over the years — David Bowie, Queens of the Stone Age, Saul Williams — but nobody could have expected the Nine Inch Nails frontman to team up with ‘Teenage Dream’ pop superstar Katy Perry on a one-off. Even less expected? That the song is actually pretty amazing.

 

Kevin Shields

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2

My Bloody Valentine Release ‘Loveless’ Follow-Up

 

 
Finally, after more than two decades of empty promises, Kevin Shields unleashes the long-long-awaited follow-up to My Bloody Valentine’s 1991 masterpiece ‘Loveless.’ How do MBV celebrate finally finishing indie rock’s answer to Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Chinese Democracy?’ By hooking up with none other than Axl Rose and his gang of ringers for the most bizarre double-bill stadium tour of all time.
 

Nirvana

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1

Nirvana Voted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 

 
Nirvana are selected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in December and enshrined in its hallowed halls with the class of 2014 the following spring in New York City. It’s the Seattle grunge greats’ first year of eligibility, and this 2013 prediction is a virtual lock.

 

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