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 10 Best Musical Trios

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Editor’s note: This originally published in 2014. Thanks to Nirvana being back in the spotlight with the new HBO documentary, Montage of Heck, we thought we would bring back our list that celebrates Nirvana and many other trios.

The best things in life come in threes. Primary colors, three-piece suits, movie trilogies, and creators of this here blog all come in threes. Schoolhouse Rock, the bedrock from which we have built our collective cultural knowledge and fortitude, even went as far as saying “3 is a Magic Number”.  We at Little by Listen, just hit our three year anniversary, and are happy to still have this format to talk music with each other and you the reader. So in honor and thanks for three wonderful years, we give you our favorite musical trios of all time.

10. Rush

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Beyond the quality of the music, an important criteria for this list was strong contribution from all three members, rather than it being more of a one-man show. Rush certainly fits this criteria to a T, even if I don’t think their music is of the highest quality.
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Top Ten Thursday: Super Supergroups

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In honor of the Divine Fits album dropping next week we decided to craft a list of the top 10 supergroups to form throughout the years.  What makes a supergroup is a little hard to define, so we decided to create just a few quick guidelines when discussing various groups eligibility for the list.  First, the group must consist of 3+ members, and those members must have had a previous notable project prior to the formation of the group.  This eliminates The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye) and other notable duo collaborations.  In addition, the supergroup must have released a studio album, and not just performed together live and/or released solely live recordings.  We also eliminated outfits that might be termed more of a “collective” with a lot of rotating members (i.e. Broken Social Scene, New Pornographers), which made it ambiguous to determine the mindset of actually forming a cohesive group.  That is pretty much it.

With those guidelines, the stable of supergroups was a little thinner than we thought going into making this list.  Not many of the groups have even released more than one successful album.  Supergroups often burn hot but also burn very quickly.  Another issue we noticed is that when bringing together several ultra-influential members from disparate groups it appears difficult to gain a cohesive focus on the project at hand.  Often, the members seem either too overbearing when all combined, or sometimes too passive.  Either way, all the groups below have had some measure of success when combining their collective powers.  Enjoy, and as always let us know what we overlooked, missed, or overstepped our bounds.
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