LxL’s 20 Best Songs of 2015

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We may be running a bit behind already in 2016, but better late than never. Here is what we at LxL agreed were the top tracks of 2015:

20. Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
From the moment Brittany Howards screeching intro to beers into your ears, you can feel in your bones that this track is going to be great. It does not let down one bit throughout either.

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CHVRCHES Review: Every Open Eye

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Every Open Eye

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When a band releases a huge smash debut that’s a critical and commercial success, I strangely feel sympathy for the band. Why? Well to follow up a debut that is the creative culmination of everything you’ve put together from your childhood until now in a year or two has to be overwhelming, and that’s not to mention fan’s crazy high expectations. It’s sort of a no-win situation for their second record.
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10 Best Scottish Music Acts (aka The Highest Music From the Highlands)

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With the release of the highly anticipated second Chvrches record, Every Open Eye, we thought we would look at our favorite acts from the Highlands, good old Scotland. When doing the list, we were pleasantly surprised with how teeming Scotland has been with independent talent. So here are our 10 favorite from Scotland Yard.

 

10. Frightened Rabbit

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Until sitting down to write this list, I had no idea Frightened Rabbit had been around so long (since 2003 or so).  I kind of thought their 2011 ep and subsequent album, State Hospital, were their beginnings, so to speak.  I’m almost less impressed now, as those were some of my favorite listens back then.  Continue reading “10 Best Scottish Music Acts (aka The Highest Music From the Highlands)”

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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CHVRCHES Review: The Bones of What You Believe

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The Bones of What You Believe
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It is no secret that electronic synthpop has been on the rise in recent years. M83, Grimes, MGMT, etc. are all recent acts that have pushed the limits and driven the genre to more modern heights. Now add to that list CHVRCHES. These Scottish synthpoppers have been garnering quite a buzz since their two EP releases in 2013, as well as their highly praised performance at this year’s SXSW festival. Now with the release of their first full length album, the world can welcome yet another bouncy, electronic whirlwind of a record full of bright noise and fun beats.
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LxListening: All Things New

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I know what you may be thinking/hoping, but no, this is unfortunately not a short playlist dedicated to the christian contemporary-Americana-folk-southern pop band (as they are described on their Wikipedia page) All Things New. This is in fact a short playlist dedicated to the bits of something new from the past week. We have all been gifted a nice latter year surplus of great albums and songs lately, and here are a few of my favorites from those recent drops (or in some cases, about to be dropped). I hope you enjoy:

 
CHVRCHES – “Tether”

CHVRCHES’ highly anticipated debut album officially releases next week, and here is what I consider to be the best track on the album. From the slow build up, to the epically great M83-esque breakdown toward the end, this tracks perfectly displays the depths of what this band can do and why they are easy to fall in love with.
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