50. Jeff Bridges-Sleeping Tapes 49. Gary Clark jr-The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim 48. Ultimate Painting-Green Lanes 47. Lionel O-MLO 46. California Wives-Heavy 45. Dave Rawlings Machine-Nashville Obsolete 44. Rhiannon Giddens-Tomorrow Is My Turn 43. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds-Chasing Yesterday 42. Hiatus Kaiyote-Choose Your Weapon 41. St Lenox-10 Songs About Memory And Hope 40. In Tall Buildings-Driver 39. Big Grams-Big Grams 38. Jessica Pratt-On … Continue reading Top 50 Albums Of 2015
It’s been a pretty good year for music so far. Last week I posted my top albums that have come out this year (up to Friday of last week). Now it’s time for the best songs list, which I’ve limited to 25 (and yes, two of those spots are taken by Leon Bridges so deal with it). 25. The Decemberists-“The Singer Addresses His Audience” … Continue reading Best Songs (So Far) Of 2015
It’s been a long time coming now. Since we collectively heard Kendrick Lamar’s single “i,” we’ve been waiting with bated breath to hear his new album. Over the past couple weeks the hype machine started working overtime-a release date, cover art, another single, and finally a surprise release a week early. If nothing else, Lamar has proven that he knows how to use the media … Continue reading Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp A Butterfly
Now that it’s all over, how was the festival? It was a lot of fun and we saw a ton of great bands over the three days we were there, that’s for sure. But some were definitely better than others, so here are my top 10 sets at Pitchfork 2014, followed by my bottom 3. (We haven’t had time to go through all the pictures … Continue reading Ranking Pitchfork 2014
Just a week after returning from Toronto to cover the new Urban Roots Festival we’re gearing up for one of the biggest fests in the world, Pitchfork. I’ve never been to this festival, but the people I’ve talked to that have all gave it good marks. With the polar vortex once again sharing that cold Canadian weather with us, there’s no reason we shouldn’t have a blast. There are a ton of great artists playing this year-probably the best overall lineup I’ve seen since I started paying attention. Yes, Neutral Milk Hotel are playing Saturday night right after St. Vincent, but the party starts way before that.
The reason I got tickets for this year, in all honesty, is to see Beck. I haven’t seen him live and he doesn’t tour as much as he used to-at least not in the Midwest. So, for the price of one ticket to see Justin Timberlake I got a three-day pass. No arguments here. All three days are packed with awesome bands to see. Here are the ones I’m most excited about.
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