Very clever of me to choose 15, right? Well anyway this was certainly a fun activity. It reminded me what an incredible range of great music got made this year. By putting them in order by month it plays like a walk down memory lane.
Since this is obviously more than 15 minutes feel free to pick and choose by clicking on the songs you want to hear – or – for the full year experience, click the full playlists below.
Chicano Batman: This Land is Your Land This video is actually a commercial, but it is a great production. This band has lots of great music. Look them up. Powerful and musical and a clear statement against some of the anti-immigration stuff coming out of Washington.
Middle Kids: Edge of Town This new band out of Australia is my first choice to make it big when they release their first full-length album. Their debut EP and their live performance knocked me out.
Orwells: Heavy Head The Orwells are a Rock and Roll band in the old school style. Great banging rock and crazy lead singer.
Animal Collective: Kinda Bonkers Electronic psychedelic bonkers music for sure. Their live show was mind-warpingly good.
Temples: Certainty This English psychedelic guitar rock band has amazing musical and can definitely get into your head.
Sylvan Esso: Die Young I can’t get enough of this band. Saw them in Brooklyn twice this year and would go again anytime. It’s hard to just pick one song from the great, Grammy nominated 2017 album, “What Now”.
New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions My favorite from the album of the same name. An album full of deep tracks that get more interesting the more you listen.
Lana Del Rey: Love What an epic song, and sung by a woman who performs like someone inhabited by the music.
The War on Drugs: Holding On I’m certain this will be number one one someone’s list. This band keep delivering awesome music with deep roots. With a bit of an “E Street Band” feel, this song is absolutely one of the best of the year.
LCD Soundsystem: I Used To LCD Soundsystem’s return in 2017 was one of the biggest Indie Rock events of the year. They headlined at Coachella and have been playing night after night of sold-out shows everywhere they go. Hard to describe, LCD combines electronics with their own off-center vision of the world.
Alvvays: In Undertow This band our of Toronto, Canada, got the world’s attention with “Marry Me Archie” in 2014 with its happy retro feel with and indie vibe. They scored again in 2017 with great upbeat melodic songs that are hard not to like.
King Krule: Dum Surfer On a much more challenging note, here is an artist from a distinctly different part of England, who can move easily from post-punk to the blues. There is a lot more here than meets the eye.
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile: Continental Breakfast What happens when two very popular independent musicians with similar, somewhat out of tune, sing-song styles collaborate between Australia and Pennsylvania? A video so cute it is curing millennial depression everywhere.
Tune Yards: Look at Your Hands If you don’t know Tune Yards, check them out. Be sure to watch the whole video, the second half is electric! I hear a city vibe, a multi-cultural vibe, an experimental vibe, a great voice, and music that you can listen to, dance to, or, just vibe to! This song was just released, but the full album won’t come out until January. So check out their catalog, and look for them in next year’s list.
Sleigh Bells: Rainmaker Sleigh Bells is back and looking to combine their noise-pop, M.I.A. inspired intense beats, into something that works on the dance floor at high volume or in the living room, just hanging. But my suggestion, turn it up!