Kevin Devine is not only a great musician, he's a great tastemaker too. As his awesome Devinyl Splits series and his tendency to take great newer/smaller artists on tour prove, Kevin always has his ear to the ground when it comes to new music, so we were excited to find out what his favorite albums of 2017 are, and his list does not disappoint.
He has two albums that tie for number one -- Big Thief's great sophomore album Capacity and Mount Eerie's depressingly powerful A Crow Looked At Me -- and the rest of his list is in alphabetical order. He included artists he has collaborated with like Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms and The Mynabirds, artists he has toured with like Julien Baker, Adult Mom and Torres, and bigger artists that appear on lots of year-end lists like Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and St. Vincent. His list also finds room for Slaughter Beach, Dog (the solo project of Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball, who Kevin almost toured with this year), Phoebe Bridgers, David Bazan (who Kevin has covered), and more. Check out his full list below.
Kevin has a few shows coming up before the year ends, including two special shows in NYC. On December 14 at The Bell House, he'll do an acoustic set performing 2003's Make the Clocks Move and this year's We Are Who We’ve Always Been in full with Worriers opening (tickets). On December 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, he'll play a full-band set including 2006's Put Your Ghost to Rest and last year's Instigator with Petal opening (tickets). (In case you haven't heard it, We Are Who We’ve Always Been is the acoustic version of Instigator. Stream it below).
Today, Kevin announced solo shows happening in Upstate NY and Vermont in February. All dates are listed below.
Kevin Devine's Favorite Albums of 2017
1A.) Big Thief, Capacity
1B.) Mount Eerie, A Crow Looked At Me
And, in (artist) alphabetical order:
Adult Mom, Soft Spots
Julien Baker, Turn Out The Lights
David Bazan, Care
Megan Michelle Bird, Sad Songs For Happy People
Phoebe Bridgers, Stranger In The Alps
Father John Misty, Pure Comedy
The Front Bottoms, Going Grey
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile To The Surface
The Mynabirds, Be Here Now
Slaughter Beach, Dog, Birdie
St. Vincent, Masseduction
Torres, Three Futures
Kevin Devine -- 2017/2018 Tour Dates
Dec 14 The Bell House Brooklyn, NY w/ Worriers
Dec 16 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY w/ Petal
Dec 31 The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA w/ The Get Up Kids
Feb 15, 2018 Funk N Waffles Syracuse, NY
Feb 16, 2018 The Colony Woodstock, NY
Feb 17, 2018 ArtsRiot Burlington, VT