A lot of great music was released in 2017 and made it quite difficult to narrow down the field of a list of the top albums of the year. After much deliberation and discussion, we've gathered a list of the top 11 rather than inundate you with a list of
Kittens, Graves, and R.L. Grime stopped off in Nashville as part of their Nova Tour, drawing in a packed house despite it being the night after Halloween. Lauren “Kittens” Abedini started the night off, increasing the energy as the crowd steadily grew. The L.A. based DJ got her start mixing
London based rock band Wolf Alice released their romantic and noisy second album Visions of a Life September 29th, displaying growth as a band and a step in the right direction from their 2015 debut, My Love is Cool.
My Love is Cool debuted the quartet’s distinct sound as a mixture
The first weekend of Austin City Limits 2017 was welcomed with the stereotypical weather as remnants of the recent storms left behind a streak of humidity and mosquitoes. Regardless, the sun was shining and numerous Austinites were prepared for the weather and amazing music ahead of the 2017 edition
I love good, midwestern rock n roll. Like really love it, almost as much as I love Iron Maiden, Snoop Dogg, or The Sex Pistols. There is just something inherently good about a John Mellencamp song, Ryan Adams lullaby, or Tom Petty (sob) cut. I also found that same Midwestern
The Killers burst onto the scene in the early 00s with a fresh sound and approach with a hint to the past. Hot Fuss was a magical ride of 80s inspired pop riffs with a swanky songwriting ability that caused earworms in the brain. Sam’s Town went a little darker,
Electronic duo Odesza stray little from their comfort zone with their third studio album A Moment Apart, and indeed continue to make comfortable, chill tracks. Released September 8th, A Moment Apart offers insight into the experience and success that Odesza has gained since their 2012 debut.
Lord knows that I am a sucker for sappy, heartfelt, acoustic, Americana. There is something about riding down a two-lane, winding, highway somewhere in bum-fuck Ohio that intersects small towns, villages, and lands with single stop lights for miles. Where there are still hardware stores not called Lowe’s or Home
Finding really truly unique pop music is becoming increasingly hard to do with many just taking a shock value angle rather than a musical one. Many are going back in time to the 50s and 60s for musical inspiration, but while unique to this time and place, is really just
The War On Drugs return with their masterful A Deeper Understanding, released on August 25. The band, fronted by Adam Granduciel, have found a wonderful place to draw inspiration from, contrasting their signature dreamy space rock with a little more upbeat accessibility.
Five years since their last release, Grizzly Bear return with Painted Ruins, released August 18, 2017. More tightly woven musically than any previous release, the band retains their distinct sound while knitting together everything you love about them while improving upon all the things you didn't.
The tenth anniversary of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco took place over the weekend, and represented the diverse music tastes as well as the artists' fans. Veteran acts like headliners Metallica and The Who expressed their approval over the number of younger attendees who
As a human of the world, I really love music. All music… it doesn’t matter. If it has a pulse, and breathes life into something, I am hooked. Unfortunately, this has proved harder and harder to accomplish the older I get. Maybe I am turning curmudgeon, but much of the
Since 2001, Arcade Fire has risen from little known indie band to an arena filling household name. All along this ascension the band has transformed musically in a dramatic fashion, adding noisy complexity and ambitiously fusing genres. Everything Now, released July 28, is a continuation and exploration of this same