This week brings us the official release of one of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year by a certain Grammy-winning Canadian collective. If you’re not into that whole to-do, check out the long-awaited release from a trouble-seeking synth-pop starlet, a new mixtape from a rambunctious Queens MC, and the debut LP of a former Wormtown rat. (And don’t forget to download our free music mixtape, “Get Local: Vol 1.”)

1. Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
Following up 2010’s “The Suburbs,” which surprised by winning the Grammy for album of the year, clearly isn’t going to be a simple task. But it seems to be the Arcade Fire way to not even attempt to replicate success and instead create something totally different. Working with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy is a good start. Still, it will be interesting to see how nuts people will go for “Reflektor.”

2. Action Bronson – “Blue Chips 2″ (out 11/1)
Queens-based chef-turned-rapper Action Bronson released one of the best mixtapes of 2012 with “Blue Chips,” and on Friday, he’s self-releasing Volume 2. With an aggressive flow reminiscent of Ghostface Killah, Bronson is one of the most entertaining lyricists out there, with his humor as on point as his assonance.

3. Sky Ferreira – “Night Time, My Time”
There have been a number of obstacles in the way of the LA pop starlet’s debut album — Label quarrels and drug arrests, to name a couple. But people seem to have rooted for her along the way. If the title track is any sample of what the rest of the album will sound like, we’re in for one of the next big pop endeavors, especially for folks who are a bit Miley’d out.

4. Kiss 1O8 – “HYPERFANTASY XL” (out 10/31)
In 2010, Worcester’s DOM recorded one of the best debuts our state has seen in recent years with “Sun Bronzed Greek Gods.” Since then, Dom, the lead man in DOM, has moved to Brooklyn, become a solo act, and started recording under the moniker “Kiss 1O8.” He will self-release his first full-length on Halloween.

5. The Audacity – “Butter Knife”
Fullerton, Calif., punk group The Audacity cleans up its sound for its new LP but continues to deliver a heavy batch of jolted garage-pop in a similar vein to The So So Glos. There’s rowdiness to the record, but it’s hi-fi enough to be digested by radio types.

6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Blue Record EP”
UMO’s “II” was an early highlight in 2013 and now in the quiet period between full-lengths, the band is releasing a modest EP containing acoustic versions of three songs from “II” as well as covers of Beck’s “Puttin’ It Down” and a particularly chilling rendition of Dirty Projectors’ “Swing Lo Magellan.”

7. White Denim – “Corsicana Lemonade”
The Austin psych-blues quartet pulls influences from ZZ Top to Bobby Bland to The Black Keys out of its front pocket for its latest album. Busy guitar work is complemented by soulful grooves that go down as easy as the title suggests. Don’t give up on soul as long as White Denim is around.

8. Widowspeak – “The Swamps EP”
The Brooklyn psych-folk group delivers its follow-up to last fall’s noteworthy “Almanac.” The new EP continues with the band’s spacey, echo-y charm, which gives brawn to the duo’s breathy harmonies. It’s the extended instrumental jams, though, that make this release a great psychedelic offering.