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Favorite Concert Photos of 2018

By Will Oliver, December 30th 2018

When I started this blog 10 years ago (yes, it’s really been that long), my goal was just to share some new music with my friends and anyone that would listen. It turns out a few people ended up wanting to listen. But the goal was never more than that, which makes our transition to live music photography and coverage such a surprising development, even today. It’s funny to think that we primarily operate in that format now.

Thinking back at those days running this on Blogspot, I never saw any of this in the plans, let along anyone else joining the team, as it was just me. But here we are in 2018 and we now have over 20 photographers who contribute to the site – a number that is spectacular and stunning.

This isn’t a way to pat ourselves on the back, but rather a way to celebrate all the hard work and passion that all of these people have put into this site. We covered a lot of ground in 2018, more so anyone, including myself, ever thought possible.

Below you can find a huge selection of photos from throughout the year posted in chronological order, some of our favorites photos that were taken by our tired shutters throughout 2018. A huge thank you to all the photographers on our team, we look forward to whatever 2019 brings our way.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2018

By Will Oliver, December 30th 2018

I spent a good chunk of 2018 at concerts. Try nearly 58% of the entire year was spent in some of the best places on earth: concert halls. From festivals and the big rooms like MSG and Barclays Center to the smaller clubs and intimate venues, some of the best memories I had all year were made in those rooms.

I saw over 200 shows this year, so you can imagine how hard it was to pick a top 50, and to find some way to rank them all. But I widdled it down and without further ado, here are the best 50 shows I saw in 2018:
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Will’s Best Films Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 22nd 2018

Will's Best Films of 2017

[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

2017 was a strong year for film. There were a ton of emotional indie films that broke out at film festivals, as well as the big budget comic book movies that did their job and entertained the masses. Too often, I see lists that lean all the way one way or the other. To me, the beauty of cinema is seeing the worth of every film and going into each one with a fresh pair of eyes and an open mind. Read the rest of this entry »

We All Want Someone’s Best Songs Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2018

[artwork by Anthony Bauer]

And the time has come for the one post that all my friends actually read on these here pages, my best (or favorite) songs of 2017. These are the songs that I obsessed over throughout all of last year and many are still getting heavy rotation into the new one.

You’ll find select highlights from many of the albums that appeared on my best albums list but also a few new acts who blossomed or select songs that stood out on albums that didn’t quite shine as bright. Either way, I hope that you find at least one new song or artist that you didn’t know beforehand and that they make your day that much brighter. Thanks again for sticking around with us for another year and here’s to a bigger and better year in 2018.

As usual, the list is posted in a countdown format from 100-1 and I have made a Spotify playlist which you can find here or embedded at the very end of the post. All the songs are in there except for Ty Segall’s “Orange Color Queen,” as the album is not on Spotify.

Without further ado, here are my favorite songs from 2017:
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Best Albums of 2017: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 12th 2018 — with 1 comment

Before we dive into my favorite albums of 2017, lets quickly visit some of the years best EP’s.  There were a lot of really fantastic EP’s released this year but that doesn’t mean any of these skimped out on quality.  Here are my favorite, or most listened to EP’s of 2017:
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Best Songs of 2017: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 11th 2018

This ‘top 100 songs of 2017’ post could have easily been ‘top 200 songs of 2017’ due to the insane (yet absolutely amazing) amount of great music that was released this past year.  While it is near impossible to listen to it all, here were my favorite 100 songs from 2017 (with a bonus 5, because… why not?):
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We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2018 — with 6 comments


[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

Was 2017 a good year for music? Was it a bad year? Who knows, it seems like every year your social media pages are bombarded with think pieces about it being the best year of music ever, the worst year, the end of rock music, or the album as we know it. But every year I seem totally and utterly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of musical releases in a year. It’s one thing to keep up with the high volume of new releases that seem to come out at an increasing pace with every passing week. Before you know it, the year is over and you’re somehow trying to rank all the stuff that occupied your ears.

Whether it was alone in your room, on the subway, stuck in traffic on the highway, or at a party with friends, albums have the power to create literal soundtracks for our lives. While these rankings are where I am at during this particular moment in time if you checked back in with me in a couple of weeks who knows how it would change. But rankings aside, these are a bunch of albums that had some sort of effect on me throughout the year.

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Best Albums Of 2017: Dana’s Picks

By Dana Pacifico, January 9th 2018

[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

Trying to put words to my feelings on these albums has proven hard when much of my emotional connection comes from my experiences of seeing them performed live. Finding an order was as difficult of a task when 2-6 each grasped me to the same deep level but in different ways. It’s all subjective but here’s my 10 favorites of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Albums of 2017: Bryan’s Picks

By Bryan Lasky, January 8th 2018

[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

First, this isn’t going to be your run of the mill, “Here are your best albums of the year in a specific order,” type of list. I’ve never done one of these before and who the hell am I, mostly a photographer, sometimes reviewer, to say who has the “best” record of the year. If a song moves me or makes me feel something, I enjoy it. Yes, in my eyes St. Vincent’s Masseduction is definitely in my top three, but even for me, I don’t know if it’s number one. Regardless, I hope you enjoy these little blurbs about some of my favorite music that has come out in the calendar year of 2017 that I can’t stop playing. Also, there were, of course, other great albums released this past year that while I listened to, I just didn’t come back to. It may not appear on this list, but doesn’t mean I didn’t find something fantastic about it and didn’t enjoy it throughout the year.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2018

We covered a few shows in 2017, well, probably the most in the site’s history. My personal count was well over 200 shows, not to mention all the other coverage from the rest of the gang.

It was impossibly tough to narrow it down to even 50 shows, which probably seems like a lot (and is), but the reality it was just a fraction of what we actually saw and heard in 2017.

You’ll notice that a lot of the top list is big bands playing small spaces, as there’s nothing quite like that. A few festival sets found their way onto the list as well, which speaks volumes about how great those performances truly are, as most of the time I’m running around from set to set, not even allowed proper time to really take a set in, or for once to really grab a hold of me.

This was the year of Brooklyn Steel, with an asinine 34 trips from me there. Apologies to the staff and security for having to put up with me that much, but equally as frequently was the great Bowery Ballroom, which I visited 32 times. It’s no surprise that it handily appears the most on my list, a true testament to the Bowery’s consistent ability to put on some of the best shows that you’ll find in New York.

Alright, enough rambling. Here are the 50 best shows that killed my hearing in 2017.
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