8 Things for Music Fans to Look Forward to in 2017

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6. Fewer legendary rock and pop star deaths
The odds must be in our favor on this one, right? Right?

7. Finally getting to hear that new Beck album
Yeah, lead single "Wow" was pretty silly. But see Thing to Look Forward to #5.

8. A Best New Artist Grammy for Anderson .Paak
OK, he's probably a long shot considering he's up against the equally deserving Chance the Rapper and the totally-undeserving-but-will-probably-fucking-win-it-anyway Chainsmokers. But I'm putting it out into the universe anyway: Anderson .Paak will win Best New Artist at the Grammys in February. Call it my own small way of keeping The Audacity of Hope alive.

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Andy Hermann has written for L.A. Weekly since 2012 and joined the staff as music editor in 2014. Previously he was the national music editor for Metromix and managing editor for ArtistDirect. His work has also appeared in XLR8R, the Daily Dot,, and the Boston Phoenix among others. He lives in Highland Park and still holds out hope for a Talking Heads reunion.
Contact: Andy Hermann