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Governors Ball

Governors Ball 2016 returns to NYC's Randall's Island from June 3-5, and today the daily lineups have been announced. Day 1 is the day with The Strokes and Beck, day 2 has The Killers and M83, and day 3 has Kanye West and Death Cab for Cutie. Check out the full day-by-day lineups below.

Single day tickets go on sale Thursday (2/11) at 10 AM, and they're on Citi presale now at citiprivatepass.com. Three-day passes are available now.

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Shaky Knees

Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival happens in 2016 from May 13-15 with Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket, and Jane's Addiction (playing Ritual De Lo Habitual) headlining. The rest of the lineup includes the re-reunited At the Drive-In, Deftones, The Decemberists, Huey Lewis & the News (playing Sports), Foals, Bloc Party, The Kills, Explosions in the Sky, Ghost, Phosphorescent, The Black Angels, Savages, Against Me!, The Sword, Eagles of Death Metal, Baroness, Frightened Rabbit, Parquet Courts, Brian Fallon, Wild Nothing, The Front Bottoms, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hop Along, Foxing, Kylesa, Saintseneca, Julien Baker, Ought, Beach Slang, Nothing and more.

3-day passes go on sale Wednesday (1/13) at 10 AM with an E-list presale starting Tuesday (1/12) at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

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Governors Ball

The Governors Ball Music Festival, which happens June 3-5 at Randall's Island Park in NYC, has announced it's 2016 lineup which includes headliners Kanye West, the Strokes, and The Killers, plus Beck, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Eagles of Death Metal, Purity Ring, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Miike Snow, Bloc Party, Miguel, Big Grams, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, De La Soul, Vince Staples, Against Me!, Bat for Lashes, Thundercat, Torres, Bully and more. Full lineup is listed below.

That'll make the second time that both The Strokes and Kanye West headline Governors Ball. Last time Kanye headlined, he debuted about half of his then-still-unreleased Yeezus, and he's got a new album on the way this year too. The Strokes have also said they're in the studio (though a new Strokes album is probably a lot less exciting than a new Kanye album).

Tickets are on sale now.

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photo: LJG w/ Against Me! at BV-RBSS in September (more by Kenneth Bachor)
Laura Jane Grace

Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace is one of the many musicians playing the American Songbook series in NYC in 2016, and she's now announced a tour surrounding that show. Support on all dates except the American Songbook show comes from Dave Dondero (Sunbrain, This Bike Is A Bike Pipe Bomb).

The new dates don't include another NYC show, but Laura will be nearby for a Connecticut show at The Space on February 12. That's a pretty intimate venue for her. Tickets for the CT show go on sale Friday (12/11) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a video of Laura playing an acoustic solo show, below...

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photos by Kenneth Bachor & Drew Gurian

Against Me! / Cakes Da Killa / Big Eyes
Against Me!
Cakes Da Killa
Big Eyes

The latest BrooklynVegan Red Bull Sound Select show happened Friday night at Asbury Park's Stone Pony (9/4). Against Me! headlined and they were awesome as always. Laura Jane Grace, new-ish drummer Atom Willard (of Rocket From the Crypt and Angels & Airwaves fame) and the whole band are seasoned professionals, so tight and barely pausing between songs. The Transgender Dysphoria Blues stuff is almost two years old now, but it still sounds fresh, and we got no lack of old favorites either. Plus, they played a cover of The Replacements' "Androgynous" which Laura Jane Grace said she wanted to do because she saw Joan Jett cover the song at that venue ten years ago. (Laura and Joan also recently covered that song together with Miley Cyrus.) The place was packed and there was hardly a moment where the majority of the crowd wasn't going insane.

Before Against Me! it was rapper Cakes Da Killa. We weren't sure how putting Cakes before Against Me! would go over, and Cakes seemed a bit worried about it too, but we shouldn't have worried. He almost stole the show. Cakes knows how to work a crowd and his humor and talent speak for themselves. The full room was cheering him and his dancers on through the whole set, and some even danced. At the end he even jumped into the crowd to finish a song. Catch Cakes again this month at Knitting Factory with Rome Fortune (another $3 RBSS show).

Opening the night was powerful punk trio Big Eyes, who (like at our April BV-RBSS shows with The Menzingers) were impossibly tight. Catch them again five times in the next month.

Against Me!

Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, The Stone Pony, and everyone who came out. Hopefully you grabbed one of the free limited edition posters on your way out.

Some pictures of Big Eyes HERE. More pictures from the show show and AM!'s setlist, below...

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photo: Against Me! in McCarren Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me!
Against Me

Against Me! will be touring Europe this August, leading up to their appearances at Reading and Leeds, and not long after returning to North America, they'll head to Chicago and Toronto for the Riot Fests in those cities. We're excited to announce that right in between that, they'll squeeze in an Asbury Park, NJ show on September 4 at The Stone Pony. That's the day their live album, 23 Live Sex Acts, comes out.

The show is a BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select. Like most RBSS shows, it's $3 with RSVP or $10 without. Even if you RSVP, entry is on a first come, first served basis. So make sure you get there early.

Opening this one is queer NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa and punk trio Big Eyes. We last asked Big Eyes to play a Sound Select show with The Menzingers, and they've also played with Against Me! before too. Doors are 7 PM. BV editor Andrew Sacher is DJing between sets. RSVP now.

This means we now have two upcoming BV-RBSS shows. There's also Vince Staples on August 10 in Brooklyn with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik (RSVP).

In related news, Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace recently filmed a Rolling Stone session with Scottish indie pop band Spook School, who like Against Me!, are also fronted by a transgender singer. Check out that video below.

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photo: Weezer at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Weezer

The blanks have been filled in for the Riot Fest Toronto 2015 lineup. Most excitingly, Weezer is playing their two best albums (Blue Album and Pinkerton), and in addition to that, there's The Prodigy, Cancer Bats, Bleachers, Courage My Love and Ritual.

The new additions join Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead (who announced a tour today), Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, Against Me!, Thurston Moore, and more. This year's Riot Fest Toronto happens September 19-20 in Downsview Park.

Tickets are back on sale. Updated poster below.

Riot Fest Chicago additions here. Denver here.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Toronto 2015 lineup additions (Weezer playing 'Blue' and 'Pinkerton,' The Prodigy, Cancer Bats, more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Against Me! / Mitski / Cayetana
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Mitski
Cayetana

After playing Bonnaroo on Friday, Against Me! brought their tour to NYC for a free afternoon show in McCarren Park, part of Brooklyn's Northside Festival. It was a great bill all around, with Brooklyn's Mitski and Philly's Cayetana opening the show. Both Mitski and Cayetana did similar sets to other recent NYC shows (mostly off their respective 2014 albums), and they both sounded excellent as always. Mitski had a new backing band with her this time (and at her Saint Vitus show a night earlier), and they sounded great, including the addition of electronic drum pads during "I Don't Smoke." Mitski has two more upcoming NYC shows on her tour with Elvis Depressedly and Eskimeaux.

Against Me! wrapped up the show, taking the stage at the early, sunny, and very hot hour of 5:30 PM or so. The crowd really packed in for them, and they sounded fantastic as ever. We got plenty off last year's Transgender Dysphoria Blues, plus a handful of others from throughout their career like "Sink, Florida Sink," "I Was a Teenage Anarchist," "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong" and more. They also opened the encore with their cover of The Replacements' "Androgynous." A short video clip of that is here. Against Me!'s full setlist, and more pictures from the McCarren Park show, below.

AM! also just announced a live album, 23 Live Sex Acts, which is due September 4 via Total Treble/Ingrooves. Check out the tracklist, a stream of "True Trans Soul Rebel" from the album, and the artwork (which may not be safe for certain work environments), below.

Continue reading "Against Me! played McCarren Park w/ Mitski & Cayetana (pics, setlist), announce live album"

photo: Cayetana at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cayetana

Against Me! will begin their North American tour after their set at Bonnaroo this Friday (6/12), coming to NYC for a free Northside Festival show on Saturday afternoon (6/13) in McCarren Park. Since we last spoke, that show got even better with the addition of Mitski and Cayetana. RSVP is still open.

That's Mitski's second Northside show, after the Pitchfork show happening a night earlier at Saint Vitus (6/12) with Fred Thomas, Gun Outfit and Dreamcrusher (tickets). She's also touring with Elvis Depressedly and Eskimeaux, hitting NYC on 7/17 at Palisades (sold out) and 7/19 at Shea (tickets).

Cayetana don't have any other NYC shows coming up, but they were just here opening for Billy Idol and will meet back up with both Billy and Against Me! at Riot Fest Chicago.

Updated Against Me! dates are listed, with some videos, below...

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UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

Riot Fest Toronto returns in 2015 from September 19-20 in Downsview Park, and today the initial lineup has been announced. There's Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Alexisonfire, Eagles of Death Metal, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, The Thurston Moore Band, DOA, The Dead Milkmen, Moneen, Atmosphere, Doomtree, Andrew WK, FIDLAR, Tyler the Creator, and many more. Two of the headliners are TBA, one of which is performing an album in full, and a few other bands will be added too.

Tickets go on sale June 16, the same day that the full lineup will be announced.

UPDATE: Chicago and Denver announced too.

All currently announced Toronto bands are listed below...

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Miley

Miley Cyrus recently launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the goal of "rallying young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations." In honor of its launch, Miley has been filming live videos in a backyard (called the Backyard Sessions), and the newest one is a pretty amazing collaboration with Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace and Joan Jett, where the three of them cover The Replacements' "Androgynous." Watch the video below.

This collaboration (which follows the news that she and her friends The Flaming Lips are working on an album together) isn't the only interesting Miley news this week. In a new interview with Out she came out as gender queer:

Miley says she already spent a lot of time struggling with traditional gender expectations--and being resentful that she was a girl. "I didn't want to be a boy," she clarifies. "I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don't relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that's what I had to understand: Being a girl isn't what I hate, it's the box that I get put into."
Miley will also be honored, along with Andy Cohen, at the sixth annual Inspiration Gala to benefit amfAR, "in recognition of their contributions to the fight against AIDS." The gala happens June 16 at Spring Studios in NYC.

In other news, Against Me! are touring soon, including a free NYC show, and Laura is playing a solo show here too.

Joan Jett is currently on tour with The Who (check out pics and setlists of the recent Austin show), and that tour hits the NYC-area five times this year.

The Replacements are also on tour. They don't hit NYC but they have a Philly show this weekend with Superchunk. We recently posted pictures and setlist of their Chicago show with The Smoking Popes, as well as a live video of their new song.

Miley/Laura/Joan video below...

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photo: Dillinger Four at Chaos In Tejas 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Dillinger Four

Melodic punk greats Dillinger Four are still active, but chances to see them are few and far between and they haven't played NYC in years. So if you're a D4 fan and also looking to get out of the city on July 4th weekend, this news may be of interest to you. Dillinger Four will celebrate their 21st anniversary with the D4'th of July: D4 Turns 21! festival on July Fourth at Minneapolis' Triple Rock Social Club, and it's a pretty stacked lineup. Against Me!, Scared of Chaka, Toys That Kill, Off With Their Heads, Tim Barry and more are on board for the fest, and "surprise special guests" are promised. Tickets go on sale today (5/4) at noon CDT.

Against Me! are also touring and playing a free NYC show during Northside Festival. Singer Laura Jane Grace will be here for a solo show too.

Watch a couple D4 videos from Fest 10, with the full D4'th of July lineup, below...

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photo: Against Me! at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me!

We already knew that one of the 2015 Northside Festival shows would have Against Me! but the venue for that remained unannounced for over a month. Now we know they're playing one of the free shows in McCarren Park that happen this year all four days of Northside, June 11-14.

Against Me! play June 13, and one day prior it's The Very Best and Heems (6/12). Stay tuned for the 6/11 and 6/14 lineups. The shows are free, but RSVP is required, and you can RSVP for Very Best/Heems HERE and for Against Me! HERE. Even with RSVP, admission is first come, first served, but you're guaranteed entry if you have a Premium or Music Badge.

Against Me! also have several other tour dates this year, and Laura Jane Grace plays a couple solo shows, including one in NYC.

Heems plays another free NYC show on May 1 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Michael Christmas, Pills, ZZZs and Iyez.

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And a few other Northside updates:

Girl Band were added to both Viet Cong shows. Sannhet are on night 2 as well. Both are sold out.

The legendary DJ Premier is playing a live full-band show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. Tickets are on sale.

Self Defense Family, Wildhoney and Somerset Thrower play the Iron Pier showcase at Acheron on June 13 (tickets).

Holly Miranda plays Knitting Factory on June 13 (tickets).

Shigeto, Michna and Lord Raja play Knitting Factory on June 13 later that night (tix).

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss and PC Worship play Palisades on June 11 (tickets).

Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise play a midnight show at Palisades on June 12 (tickets).

Sun Ra Arkestra and PC Worship play the Northern Spy showcase on June 14 at Rough Trade (tickets).

You can browse our "Northside Festival" tag for even more shows, including Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case, and more.

AM!

What was your immediate reaction to the "sellout" stuff? Did you feel zen about it, or were you more like, "Fuck this"?

I think that's the knee-jerk reaction that happens. Obviously, when I was 23 years old and going through this, people were physically trying to fight us, slashing our tires. Stuff like that puts you in a really dissenting place. I definitely, at times, had that attitude of "Fuck you." But the thing that I was taught with punk rock was: Think for yourself. Don't listen to what other people tell you. Be happy to live your life. So I've only ever made decisions based on the facts that I've known to be true. A lot of that, I'm sure, was hard to explain to people, especially if you look at an album like [2010's] White Crosses, thinking... well, obviously I was reconciling a lot of things in my life, and what happened next. I was still wrapped up in all that, so my narrative at the time of all of these records was completely different than other people's. [Laura Jane Grace to SPIN]

Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace already has two US solo shows coming up in May (including one in NYC - tix), and in the following two months, the full band will go on a North American tour. Support comes from former My Chemical Romance member Frank Iero and San Francisco's Annie Girl & The Flight.

They're set to play NYC for Brooklyn's Northside Festival on June 13, but that show is still TBA. Meanwhile, they also have a NJ show on June 19 at Starland Ballroom. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale Friday (4/17). All dates are listed below.

Laura recently performed a solo acoustic rendition of "Pretty Girls (The Mover)" from 2005's Searching For A Former Clarity (one of the first songs to hint at her gender dysphoria) for the AV Club. You can watch that here. She was also just interviewed by SPIN for their new feature on revisiting past albums that the magazine awarded "Album of the Year." The album in question here is Against Me!'s major label debut, 2007's New Wave, and the excerpt above is of Laura talking about the accusations at the time of "selling out." You can read the rest of the interview here. Also, keep up with Laura's new advice column at Noisey.

List of Against Me! dates below...

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photo: Against Me! in Chicago in 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
Against Me

Against Me! have a ton of upcoming tour dates, including international runs with Roger Harvey / Caves and Joyce Manor, and a TBA Brooklyn show during Northside Festival. Singer Laura Jane Grace also has two upcoming solo shows, LA and NYC.

The shows are billed as "Laura Jane Grace presents Killing Me Loudly, an evening of existential dread, fiending, and gender dysphoria in the brilliance of life's headlights." The LA show happens May 22 at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (tickets) and the NYC show happens May 25 at City Winery (tickets). Flyers for both shows, and list of tour dates, below.

Against Me! are also releasing the "Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ" 7" on Record Store Day (4/18) with a live version of the track, and the previously-unreleased "Extra Dysphoric Version."

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Worriers

Brooklyn punks Worriers wrapped up a tour with Against Me! last month, and now they're in the studio with AM! singer Laura Jane Grace working on the followup to 2013's Don Giovanni-released Cruel Optimist. LJG is producing, and among the musicians playing on the record is drummer Mikey Erg.

Worriers are on board for the upcoming She Shreds Magazine NYC showcase (hosted by Don Giovanni Records) happening April 3 at Knitting Factory. It's a great lineup all around with Mirah, Slothrust, Aye Nako, Mal Blum and DJ SAD 13 (aka Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis). Tickets are on sale now.

Worriers last played the Knitting Factory at the Don Giovanni showcase there in February. Watch a video of them playing a new song at that show, below...

Continue reading "Worriers working on new album with Laura Jane Grace, playing She Shreds showcase w/ Mirah, Aye Nako & more"

(photo: RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 more by James Richards IV)
Run the Jewels

As mentioned before, the music portion of the 2015 Northside Festival happens June 11 - 14 at venues all over north Brooklyn. We already knew Viet Cong, Lower Dens and Ex Hex were playing and the fest has now official announced them in their initial lineup. Also in that list: Run the Jewels, Best Coast, Vince Staples, Rhye, Built to Spill, Neko Case, ALVVAYS, Against Me!, Jacco Gardner, Majical Cloudz, The Business and more. Badges are on sale now (and currently 20% off) and you can check out all announced 2015 artists, below.

Built to Spill have a new album and many other dates on the way too.

Best Coast also have a new album.

Both Vince Staples and Alvvays will be in NYC even sooner.

The wild Oi! punks The Business' Northside show was announced for June 11 at Saint Vitus with more TBA (tickets).

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photo: fans at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Roo

Bonnaroo returns in 2015 from June 11-14 in Manchester, TN and the lineup is now announced.

It includes Billy Joel (!?!), Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Flume, Slayer, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, The War on Drugs, Ben Folds, Atmosphere, Atomic Bomb! (William Onyeabor tribute), Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Caribou, SBTRKT, Run the Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Against Me!, Rudimental, Mac DeMarco, Tears for Fears, Tycho, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, Courtney Barnett, Woods, Iceage, Between the Buried & Me, Rustie, Strand of Oaks, Pallbearer, Dej Loaf, Hiss Golden Messenger, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and many more.

Tickets will be available Saturday (1/17) at noon on bonnaroo.com.

Full lineup below...

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The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
The Knife

BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.

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intro by Andrew Sacher

TE

There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)

Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.

Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...

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Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.

Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.

The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.

DG year-end lists below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni bands list their favorite LPs of 2014 (Screaming Females, Cali X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, more)"

Pitchfork

Yesterday, Pitchfork put out their top tracks of 2014 and today they continue their year-end coverage with their 20 honorable mention albums, a list they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." They included Against Me!'s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and wrote, "Against Me! is a punk band making their most necessary album as they approach 20 years of existence. (The kids I knew in high school never would've predicted that.)"

There's also Frankie Cosmos' Zentropy, which P4k gave plenty of buzz this year, emo revival band The Hotelier's Home, Like Noplace Is there, iLoveMakonnen (who did really well in their tracks list), the US release on Run for Cover of Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan's 2013 album II, Pallbearer's Foundations of Burden (the only metal album to get best new music this year), Protomartyr's Under Color of Official Right, rising and BCC Sound of 2015 longlisted Shamir's Northtown EP, Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit and more.

Find out who else made the list, below...

Continue reading "Some Albums You Won't See on Pitchfork's Top 50 of 2014"

Pitchfork

Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

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SPIN

SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Rolling Stone

The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.

Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...

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