The Best Live Acts of 2015

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When it comes to end of year lists, you tend to just see half of the music world covered: recorded music. But many more people are interested in live music, and in turn want to know who are the acts I should be spending my hard-earned dollars to go see. That’s what we try to accomplish each year with our favorite live acts list. While certainly not comprehensive, these are the 10 acts we saw that we would say are definitely worth it.
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The Top 10 Songs of 2015….so far

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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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LxListening: RIP Death Grips

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Retirement letter written by Death Grips

It was unfortunate news that came about last week when Death Grips posted on the interwebs a picture of a hand-written letter announcing their retirement as a band. Death Grips short-lived career began a few years ago in late 2010 (essentially 2011), but it wasn’t until they released two full LP’s in 2012, The Money Store and No Love Deep Web, until they really began creating a buzz nationwide. The albums were released within six months of each other, and both albums garnered a lot of praise across the board. Their highly sought after live shows were amongst the most insane and intense shows around, but quickly became controversial as they began showing up for their own shows less and less frequently. Self-described as a “conceptual art exhibition”, their music was anything but the normal brand of hip-hop or industrial punk that the band was normally categorized as. They successfully bread a new genre of music that hasn’t existed prior to their arrival to the scene. The Powers That B, their new double LP is still set for a full release later this year, but the tour they were set to embark on with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden (kind of a surprising bill anyways if you ask me) has been completely cancelled. Fortunately we were gifted with loads of great music in their short career span, with the second half of their newest still on the way. In tribute, below are a few of my favorites from this insane experiment that I will always love and remember. Thanks for the great art boys!
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Death Grips Release Disc 1 of New Double Album

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Yesterday, the Death Grip sneakily dropped half of their new double album, The Powers That B. The first half entitled ni**as on the moon prominently features Bjork and can be downloaded: HERE or HERE

You can also stream the album via Soundcloud as well:

Disc 2 of The Powers That B will be titled jenny death, and is set for release later in 2014. Get ready to rage!

LxListening: So 2000 and Late (Part 2)

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This time of year, everyone (including us at LxL) are terribly obsessed with creating “end of the year lists”. Not only is it a fun topic of conversation and heated debate, but I also think it is appropriate because it is a good way to categorize eras of music. However, part of me always has a problem with the rush of the “end of year lists”. With the amount of music that comes our way in a year these days, it is hard not to miss a few things here and there. This is why last year I posted a LxListening reflecting on the songs of the year prior. For this year I am going to stick with the concept, but switch to albums. These are all albums that are now staples of mine. They have made my “go to” list of albums that will forever be tagged in my library as favorites, yet last year at this time, I’d hardly even listened to them (or in some cases, had not listened to them at all). In no particular order:
Death Grips – The Money Store
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The fact that this album was not even on my radar last year is almost depressing to me. Since really discovering The Money Store this past spring, it has been a staple for me in many moods and atmospheres … especially ones that involve extreme thrashing of any kind.
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Death Grips Release Yet Another Free Album

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Death Grips, album, cover art Government Plates

Death Grips have yet again turned to the free space of the inter-webs as their medium of release for a new and unexpected album. This marks the second full LP the band has released online without prior notice, and I am guessing this will not be the last. They seem to give zero shits about maximizing profit on their music and rather focus on just being as in everyone’s face as possible lately. Apparently for them that means not showing up for shows to prove a point and releasing all of their music and videos online for free, so for that Death Grips (well at least the latter part) we thank you. Since this album was just dropped today, the review will have to come at a later date, but for now, go download the full album at the below link while it is still active:
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