Top Ten Live Acts of 2013

Paul McCartney - best live act of 2013

This is one of my favorite things to write every year, as we get to look back at all the great shows we attended this year. While we no doubt love listening to music in our cars, at work, or with friends, undoubtedly the preferred method remains live music, as it is something that will never go away. One last quick disclaimer: we are only able to see so many shows between the three of us, and not all three of us went to each of these shows, so of course this list is a bit flawed. But with that note aside, our ten favorite live acts.
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Weak List Wednesday: Best Bonnaroo 2013 Moments

Greatest Moments of Bonnaroo 2013

Following in our week of Bonnaroo coverage which started yesterday with a full artist-by-artist recap, today we give you our five favorite moments of Bonnaroo this year. Every year Bonnaroo comes around, the Tennessee Festival brings a smattering a great moments, especially lots of moments with artist collaboration. I would say Bonnaroo has more of a collaborative culture than any other festival I have been to, so every year I go in not just excited about seeing my favorite artists, but excited to see what surprises might come about. And this year was a new record in terms of surprises. So here are our five favorite moments of Bonnaroo 2013.
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Weak List Wednesday: The Top 5 Biggest Disappointments of 2012

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So here we are, with our newest and shortest “End of 2012” list. A list of what we at LxL consider to be the biggest musical disappointments, let-downs, blunders, and missteps of 2012. With all the goodness that resided in the world of music in 2012 (which we will get to later, in the next few weeks), there was also a fair amount of disappointment. For this list we really pulled at what killed our expectations this past year. Yes, Lana Del Rey didn’t fully live up to what we expected, but she still had a few good tunes and looked amazing throughout the year.

Lana Del Rey, Hot Photo, sexy
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Yes, the Divine Fits weren’t as good as either Spoon nor Wolf Parade, but then again, how rare is it that a supergroup live up to the expectation anyways? You see, for this list, we chose what really cut us deep. Those artists or albums that we really thought were going to help define the year in music, or dig an artist out of the trenches, but instead fell totally flat. That is what this “Weak List” is really made up of … weakness. If you’d like to get a bit of a more in-depth analysis these blunders, each “disappointment” is linked with our review or write-up explaining exactly why the artist, album, or show didn’t live up to our expectations. Now, onto the list:
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Animal Collective Review: Centipede Hz

Animal Collective
Centipede Hz

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Like many other Animal Collective fans, I was introduced to the band by way of their album Feels. To be honest, after I first heard it, I don’t recall returning to the album until after Strawberry Jam had come out. Strawberry Jam was an album in which I particularly loved, thus necessitating a return to its predecessor. It was then I realized that “hey, these dudes have like 5 MORE albums before Feels!”, and I became a fan of parts of all of them. I say “parts” because to me Animal Collective albums usually have a way of being great on a track-by-track basis. Until Strawberry Jam, I feel they lacked an entire cohesively great album. Sure they had some killer tracks sprinkled about here and there, but they seemed to stick out like sore thumbs amongst the rest. Strawberry Jam and Merriweather Post Pavilion were large exceptions to this rule. Both albums from start to finish seemed to shine as prime examples of Animal Collective’s best work up until that point. Neither were home to tracks that belonged on anyone’s missed list. Unfortunately with Centipede Hz, it seems that Animal Collective has returned to their former strategy and dropped a few land mines on us.
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LxListening: A Total Cluster Cuss

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Sometimes our LxListening segment will have a certain theme or tone … this week I got nothing. Nothing but a cluster cuss of great tracks that is. Some have yet to be released, some have just been released, and some have been released for a long time. In any case, they are all fantastic, and have found their way into very heavy rotation in my playlist lately, and to be honest some of these tracks won’t be leaving that playlist for a good while. Listed in order of newest-to-oldest, here we go:
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Top Ten Thursday: Most Anticipated Albums of 2012

To continue this positive outlook on what music we have to look forward to in the upcoming 2012 music season, we have decided to dedicate this week’s list to what bands/artists we are most looking forward to hearing from this year. Overall this was a fairly easy list to come up with for the three of us. In fact, had it not been for one pro-longed scurfuffle about a producer that is no longer even relevant, I’d say this was our easiest list to come by yet …

10. Outkast

We at LxL have been too hurt by the false promises about the forthcoming Outkast album, that we feel like we need to keep it at arms length. If it were a guarantee release for this year, it would surely be our #1. However, we have been too let down by Andre before. So this time, we are excited, but not excited enough to ruin our year if it doesn’t happen.
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Five Reasons I’m an Album Man


There Will Be Blood's Daniel Plainview
I'm an album man, you see!


It would seem since the invention of iTunes, we have become a song generation. With us being such an A.D.D. society and our time being spare, people tend to like a song or two from a band or just buy the couple songs they know by an artist from iTunes for $.99 each rather than paying $9.99 or so for a bunch of songs they don’t know or necessarily care about. This makes a lot of sense no doubt, but I believe by just listening to a song here or a song there by a given artist, we are missing out on the point of what a lot of bands are trying to do, and missing out on the greater reward of what an album is.
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