2015 has been a solid year in music so far as we examined last week with our list of best albums up to this point. This week, we take a look at some of the best tracks 2015 has had to offer. I think we have a very nice diverse list, although many of the songs have some sort of electronic element, but that’s just been the trend in the music industry the past few years. Enjoy the list, and please let us know your favorite tracks from 2015.
10. Viet Cong – “Silhouettes”
We all like post-punk with some teeth, and Viet Cong is currently hearkening back to some of our favorite artists of the early 80’s. “Silhouettes” is a great example of what Viet Cong has burst onto the scene with, not just settling into the genre, but expanding on it.
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Arcade Fire, Dan Deacon, and Devo
August 30th, 2014
United Center, Chicago, IL
Groupon is best known in the concert world for getting you discounted tickets on bad 90’s acts like Scott Stapp or 80’s hair bands like Poison, but for once, it paid off in the world of indie rock. Arcade Fire, the overly-ambitious suckers they are, put on two nights at United Center, where the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks play which seats over 20,000, and since the band isn’t quite on that level, we landed Groupon tickets (and pretty good seats at that) for just $22. We’ve made our lack of love for Arcade Fire known over the years, but for $22, you get to at least see Funeral songs and Dan Deacon and Devo (who we love), so you can’t miss.
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July 11th, 2013
Millennium Park, Chicago, IL
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters
July 12th, 2013
Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Yes, I realize this will probably be the first and the last time Robert Plant and Dan Deacon will be mentioned in the same sentence or review for that matter, but I saw both acts play in Chicago last week for free on back-to-back nights, and I figured why not take them both on together. You could say I was inspired by fellow LxLer Austin’s “Battle of the ‘J’s’” review which looked at J. Cole and Jay-Z’s new albums, although Plant and Deacon have an incy bit less in common.
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Our best of the year coverage continues with our favorite rockers of the road, highlighting the ten best live shows we saw this year. This year LxL was able to get out to Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and the Pitchfork music festival, which many shows on this list stem from. So without further ado, here are our ten favorite live acts of the year.
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St. Louis, MO
September 2, 2012
Question: What do you get when you combine eight Dan Deacon newbies, an America theme, and complete lack of inhibitions?
Answer: A text message from one of your fellow attendees the following morining that says “I’m pretty sure I got ghosted” followed simply by “Holy what the f***”. Let me set the stage for you a little more completely.
If you aren’t familiar with Dan Deacon, he recently released a new album titled America, which I so happen to be a big fan of. Deacon, an indie composer of electronic music, has reputation for mass crowd participation, and I stumbled late last week upon him playing at local St. Louis venue, The Firebird. A group of eight of my friends decided it would be awesome to all dress in America gear and head to The Firebird, and more than anything, make a spectacle of ourselves. Mission accomplished and as I tell the tale of the night, I’m gonna try to leave names out of the events.
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So many good albums are released over the course of a calendar year that we don’t even pretend to be thorough in our coverage of current music. Its even harder for someone like me to absorb the amount of music I would like to, whereas Wes and Todd are human encyclopedias of all things past, present and future music. Wes in particular is usually able to listen to an album once and form an opinion I usually agree with, but would take me upwards of five or six listens to form.
Due to my mongoloid nature of absorbing new music, it often takes me weeks, or even months to decide that I like an album, sometimes putting it on the shelf for quite some time after a first listen, only to give it one more shot and come around on it. Due to my deficiency, I would like to bring to you a song from five albums that I’m pretty sure we won’t be able to review in whole, as a sign of respect that they are more than worthy of review. Some have been released this week, some are weeks old, and some months, but all these artists are worthy of note. Let these five tracks be your Friday Sizzurp.
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