Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Year in Music: Best Albums and Concerts of 2017

I never have a problem coming up with 10 strong contenders each year. Here are my picks for the Best Rock Albums (not just favorites, but ones I felt were solid from start to finish), ranked in order...

1. Dreamcar/Dreamcar


2. Kasabian/For Crying Out Loud


3. Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie


4. The Killers/Wonderful Wonderful


5. Little Steven/Soulfire


6. Robert Plant/Carry Fire


7. Ryan Adams/Prisoner
8. Warbly Jets 


9. Shout Out Louds/Ease My Mind


10. The Luxembourg Signal/Blue Field


11. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness/Zombies on Broadway
12. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds/Who Built the Moon? 
13. Jesus and Mary Chain/Damage and Joy 
14. Elbow/Little Fictions 
15. U2/Songs of Experience 
16. Matthew Sweet/Tomorrow Forever 
17. Ride/Weather Diaries 
18. Jake Bugg/Hearts That Strain 
19. The Charlatans/Different Days
20. Niall Horan/Flicker

These are my Top Americana/Country Albums in order:

1. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit/The Nashville Sound
2. Justin Townes Earle/Kids in the Street
3. Thomas Rhett/Life Changes 
4. Rodney Crowell/Close Ties
5. JD McPherson/Undivided Heart and Soul
6. Pokey LaFarge/Manic Revelations
7. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
8. Nikki Lane/Highway Queen
9. Lee Ann Womack/The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
10. Sam Outlaw/Tenderheart

And finally, my Best Concerts of 2017 (out of 51 - including multiple day festivals):

1. Midnight Oil, The Wiltern, Los Angeles, May
2. Elbow, Observatory, Santa Ana, November
3. New Order, Coachella Festival #1, Day 3, Empire Polo Field, Indio, April
4. Depeche Mode, Hollywood Bowl, Show #4, October
5. Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, August
6. Anderson East, Stagecoach Festival, Day 1, Empire Polo Field, Indio, April  
7. Dreamcar, Coachella Festival #1, Day 2, Empire Polo Field, Indio, April
8. Eric Church, Staples Center, Los Angeles, March
9. X, Grammy Museum, Los Angeles, October
10. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, House of Blues, Anaheim, March  

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