Best 20 Albums of 2013

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As Austin noted in our introduction to our favorite songs of 2013 list yesterday, it is much more difficult to list a years worth of favorites than one might think. 2013 was quite an interesting year in music. Many big names (or at least big expectations) left a disappointing taste in fans’ mouths (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, The Strokes, Jay-Z, etc.). This left the door wide open for smaller, and sometimes even unheard artists to really pave the way to a brighter future, and in some cases, all-out overnight stardom (Lorde, Savages, CHVRCHES, etc). This also left a lot of room for controversy. Who is worth the listen, and who is just going through the motions while filling our ear buds with noise? Well the controversy was not absent in making this list. With all three of us at LxL listing out our top 20 albums separately and then combining them into a normalized list, there was bound to be some peoples favorites left off. Mean things were said, blood was spilled, and opinions hotly thwarted. Nonetheless, the list must go on. Here is what we considered to be our favorite albums of 2013:

20. AlunaGeorge – Body Music
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Last year, Alunageorge’s “Your Drums, Your Love” ranked in at #20 on our favorite songs of 2012. This year, the soulful pop R&B duo returned with a full LP to support the single, as well as a grip of other ripe-for-the-shaggin’ type of tunes. The duo now garnered another #20 slot, but this time on our albums list with Body Music.
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2013: The Year Dance Music Became King

2013: The Year Dance Became King

It’s been a steady shift over the past few years, but I believe 2013 was finally the year dance music (more specifically of the electronic persuasion) took the throne from hip hop as the most dominant genre in music today. There were multiple signifiers to me throughout the year that this shift has finally occurred, and below I will lay out the four biggest signs the robots have finally taken over.
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Autre Ne Veut Show Review

Autre Ne Veut

Lincoln Hall

Chicago, IL

July 21, 2013

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Back in 2007, I attended a show by The Killers at Red Rocks Amphitheater just outside Denver, CO.  My sister was living in Denver at the time and we planned a trip for me to go out there pretty much every year around making it to a show at Red Rocks.  In 2007, off the heels of their sophomore release, Sam’s Town, we really wanted to see The Killers.  I had seen The Killers once or twice before, but if memory serves me, it would be my sister’s first time seeing the Vegas rockers.  We were beyond excited to fulfill our yearly tradition.  We got to the venue nice and early, ate a picnic dinner, drank our fair share of beers, and entered the venue.  Everything was going as planned.

Then, after three songs (“Sam’s Town”, “Enterlude”, and “When You Were Young”) this happened…

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Lxlistening: Back in the Game…Kinda

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I have been ungodly amounts of busy/occupied pretty much since the new year.  Lots of work mixed in with intense bouts of play has made my attentiveness to what’s new in music quite low.  Well, it’s about time that changed.  I’ve made it my goal to catch up on everything I have missed, starting perhaps with maybe actually reading my co-writer’s posts from the past month and a half to see what’s good.  The process may just be beginning, but with a little work, I’m sure I’ll be up to speed in not time.  Here are a few newer nuggets that have struck me in the past week, and one old standard.  Enjoy.
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