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Ben Koller’s (Converge, All Pigs Must Die, Mutoid Man) top 10 LPs of 2017

Converge at Royale Boston
Ben Koller with Converge in Boston in August (more by Ben Stas)

Powerhouse drummer Ben Koller has had a ridiculously busy year, having released killer albums with three of his bands: Converge‘s The Dusk In Us, All Pigs Must Die‘s Hostage Animal, and Mutoid Man‘s War Moans. We asked him what music he was digging this year, and he sent us a top 10 that includes Chelsea Wolfe and Marty Friedman (who both contributed to War Moans), Power Trip, Ryan Adams, Elder, Queens of the Stone Age, Blondie, Run the Jewels, and more. Check out Ben’s full list below.

Converge have ended up on some year-end lists already, like Decibel‘s and Igor Cavalera’s. They recently began an East Coast tour that hit Brooklyn for sold-out shows at Saint Vitus on Saturday (12/9) and Sunday (12/10). They’re in DC tonight (12/12) and they also have a West Coast tour lined up for January. Updated dates are listed below.

Ben Koller’s Top 10 LPs of 2017
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
Royal Thunder – Wick
Ryan Adams – Prisoner
Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
Marty Friedman – Wall of Sound
Queens of The Stone Age – Villains
Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
Blondie – Pollinator
Run the Jewels – RTJ3
Pile – A Hairshirt of Purpose

Converge — 2017/2018 Tour Dates
Dec 12 Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, DC
Dec 13 Motorco Music Hall Durham, NC
Dec 14 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Dec 15 The Broadberry Richmond, VA
Dec 16 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
Jan 19 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, Canada
Jan 20 El Corazon Seattle, WA
Jan 23 Cornerstone Berkeley Berkeley, CA
Jan 24 The Catalyst Club (Atrium) Santa Cruz, CA
Jan 25 The Regent Los Angeles, CA
Jan 26 The Constellation Room Santa Ana, CA
Jan 27 Brick By Brick San Diego, CA
Jan 28 Nile Theatre Mesa, AZ
Apr 19 Roadburn Festival 2018 Tilburg, Netherlands
Apr 22 Dudefest Karlsruhe, Germany
Apr 23 Les Docks Lausanne, Switzerland
Apr 24 Muziekodroom Hasselt, Belgium
Apr 25 2 Academy Manchester, United Kingdom
Apr 26 The Electric Ballroom London, United Kingdom
Apr 27 Essigfabrik Cologne, Germany
Apr 28 Conne Island Leipzig, Germany
Apr 29 SO36 Berlin, Germany
Jun 15 Download Festival France Le Plessis Pate, France
Aug 02 Wacken Open Air Festival Wacken, Germany

December dates with Pile and GIVE
January dates with Sumac and Cult Leader

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