Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Year in Music: Best albums, singles and concerts of 2018

Here are my picks for best albums (not just favorites - these are ones that I felt were strong throughout), ranked in order, across all genres. They are followed by my top singles and concerts...

1. The Fratellis, "In Your Own Sweet Time"
2. The Wild Feathers, "Greetings from the Neon Frontier"
3. Tom Bailey, "Science Fiction"
4. Django Django, "Marble Skies"
5. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "While We're at It"
6. Kacey Musgraves, "Golden Hour"
7. Anderson East, "Encore"
8. Christine & the Queens, "Christine"
9. Neko Case, "Hell-On"
10. The Decemberists, "I'll Be Your Girl"

Honorable Mention:

11. Manic Street Preachers, "Resistance is Futile"
12. Suede, "The Blue Hour"
13. Johnny Marr, "Call the Comet"
14. David Byrne, "American Utopia"
15. Brian Fallon, "Sleepwalkers"
16. The Vaccines, "Combat Sports"
17. Tom Odell, "Jubilee Road"
18. Rhett Miller, "The Messenger"
19. Roseanne Cash, "She Remembers Everything"
20. Simple Minds, "Walk Between Worlds"


1. Beck, "Colors"
2. David Byrne, "Everybody's Coming to My House"
3. Kacey Musgraves, "Space Cowboy"
4. Anderson East, "Girlfriend"
5. Death Cab for Cutie, "Gold Rush"
6. Mumford & Sons, "Guiding Light"
7. Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, "The Middle"
8. Tom Odell, "If You Wanna Love Somebody"
9. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, "Ohio"
10. The Struts, "Body Talks"


photo: U2.COM
1. U2, The Forum, Inglewood
2. Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, House of Blues, Anaheim
3. Stray Cats, Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa
4. Simple Minds, The Orpheum, Los Angeles
5. Beck, Hollywood Bowl
6. Johnny Marr at Ohana Festival, Dana Point

7. Sugarland, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles
8. Trash Can Sinatras (acoustic), The Regent, Los Angeles
9. The Fixx, Coach House, San Juan Capistrano
10. Jason Isbell, Stagecoach Festival, Indio

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