“Good luck, 2014.” I find myself saying this every time we get another piece of shocking news. The Replacements reunion? New music from the Pixies? Another Dismemberment Plan album? Neutral Milk Hotel? The Postal Service? The Kids in the Hall? Mr. Show? Dave Chappelle? Actual, physical, tangible albums by Bowie, My Bloody Valentine, Daft Punk, and Boards of Canada? Trent Reznor’s return to Nine Inch Nails? It’s The Year of Demystification, where all of modern music’s myths are taken out back and, well, you get the image. It’s where fantasies become reality, leaving some of us to legitimately wonder if we’re in some sort of Inception-style situation.
So, what say you, 2014? What do you have in store? What could possibly measure up to this year’s insanity? Well, considering there are still five more months left in 2013, plenty of time to keep us in cardiac arrest, it’s a little too early to tell. But, what the hell, we decided to speculate regardless, and because reunions offer the best surprises, we assembled a list of 20 acts that could come together once again next year. They’re not all OMFG-worthy, but a handful might leave you SkyMiles-less and vulnerable to your credit card. One can only hope, right?
Last Seen: 2006
OMFG Rating: 7.4
After the 2005 release of the roaring The Woods, Sleater-Kinney announced an indefinite hiatus. In retrospect, that album stands as a magnificent swan song, the epitome of their inventive guitar work, intricate songwriting, and furious energy. There were no signs of trouble, no one saw that announcement coming, and the shock still hasn’t quite worn off. Since then, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss have been tearing things up with Wild Flag, while Corin Tucker flexes her solo muscles. Back in 2010, Brownstein claimed that Sleater-Kinney would reunite within the next five years, even reaffirming that statement in interviews a couple of years later. Well, the clock is ticking. –Adam Kivel
Last Seen: 2009
OMFG Rating: 6.5
It’s been years since Cee-Lo Green and Danger Mouse have teamed up together, and if The Voice judge is to be believed, it’s because the producer has been strictly in the lab since the duo last reunited. “I got to get Danger Mouse out of the house,” Cee-Lo told VIBE earlier this year. But the two do expect to record again, which, for anyone still jamming “Transformer” (as you should be), is fantastic news. Logistics might get in the way with a Goodie Mob reunion and, of course, The Voice to contend with, but the psycho-soul that the Odd Couple nailed on their first two records is worth navigating busy schedules. –Chris Bosman
Last Seen: 1997
OMFG Rating: 6.6
In an age where Pussy Riot’s making worldwide headlines and new female-led acts like Savages reign critically, it would be fitting to see a return by Bikini Kill. Here’s the problem: While both Billy Karren and Tobi Vail are busying themselves with music and various projects in and around the Pacific Northwest, singer Kathleen Hanna and bassist Kathi Wilcox have gone ahead and formed The Julie Ruin, with plans for a debut album out in September. So, the chances of seeing the four together next year are nary to slim, though, didn’t Reznor have time for NIN and his side projects this year? If only everyone were great at multi-tasking. –Michael Roffman