Emo vets The Get Up Kids have had a great year, with the release of the Kicker EP -- their first release in seven years and first for Polyvinyl -- which sounds more like their classic '90s era than anything else they've done since the '90s. It's not overly retro though; it sounds urgent and fresh too. As mentioned, The Get Up Kids are wrapping up the year with a BrooklynVegan-presented New Year's run in Brooklyn that includes shows on 12/30 & 12/31 at Rough Trade with Active Bird Community and Retirement Party opening both nights (tickets to 12/31 still available). They also play Massachusetts and New Hampshire right beforehand -- all dates are listed below.
As the year is winding down, we asked the band what music they dug this year, and co-frontman Jim Suptic sent a list of his ten favorite albums. He included the new album from one of the band's biggest influences, Superchunk, as well as other veterans like Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco), Gaz Coombes (of Supergrass), and Graham Coxon (of Blur), plus younger artists like Courtney Barnett and Shame, and more. Check out his full list below.
Jim Suptic is also in the supergroup Radar State (with fellow Get Up Kids co-frontman Matt Pryor and The Anniversary's Josh Berwanger), and they're releasing an album and touring in 2019.
Jim Suptic's top 10 albums of 2018
Gaz Coombes - World’s Strongest Man
Graham Coxon - The End of the F**ing World (Original Songs and Score)
Art Brut - Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!
Lily Allen - No Shame
Albert Hammond Jr. - Francis Trouble
Superchunk - What a Time to be Alive
Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
Shame - Songs of Praise
Jeff Tweedy - Warm
The XCERTS - Hold on to Your Heart
The Get Up Kids -- 2018 Tour Dates
Dec 28 Gateway City Arts Holyoke, MA^
Dec 29 3S Artspace Portsmough, NH^
Dec 30 Rough Trade Brooklyn, NY^
Dec 31 Rough Trade Brooklyn, NY^
* – w/ Remember Sports
^ – w/ Active Bird Community and Retirement Party