It’s that silly time of year when we ascribe arbitrary rankings to the music created by our favorite artists. And, I’ve already seen a few lists from the likes of Paste or Rolling Stone (among others) that I find completely off the mark. Now, our ATH End of Year list will be a team effort, so here is a list of records I adored that probably won’t end up on too many other “Best of Lists,” though I think they should! Again, no particular order, just ten albums you should enjoy. …that you might have forgotten about.
Start early over at Mohawk by checking out Mannequin Pussy and Joyce Manor…young sound, semi-emo, little punk. It’s outside, so if you want, you can go home after because it’ll end early.
But, you could also jump ship a bit early to catch a couple of great local releases. Lola Tried is jamming out over at Cheer Up Charlies to celebrate the release of their new EP or hit up Barracuda to get your hands on the new Letting Up Despite Great Faults EP!
Then go back to Mohawk, because Tyvek and Fred Thomas are jamming out. Or be cool, and just bounce all over if your wallet allows.
You could also go see Devendra Banhart play out near Buda at some place called Emos. It’s new, never heard of it.
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Fred Thomas has made his mark throughout the last decade with Saturday Looks Good to Me (I still adore Every Night). But, as he steps into his own, I think he’s making a statement as one of the great pop songwriters we’ve got around. There’s no frills and hiding behind studio tricks, instead just rocking this song with his voice and his guitar. I’m always amazed how much people can accomplish with so little, and there’s a lot here for great pop fans. Look for his solo effort, All Are Saved, which is being released by longtime label Polyvinyl on April 7th.