Chance the Rapper at Soundset 2014
I love live music. There are few things in this world I enjoy more than going to a show and seeing an artist interpret their music in a live setting, so I get to as many shows as I can. In 2014 that means I’ve seen 88 different sets of music (with several more on the calendar before the year changes). Of those 88 sets, these are the 15 best:
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2013 was another banner year for the Twin Cities music scene. Prince introduced his new band, 3rdeyegirl, and started making more appearances than he had in the last few years (including a pajama party at Paisley Park), The Replacements (well, half The Replacements) reunited to record some music to raise money for former guitarist Slim Dunlap and to play some out-of-town festivals (we’re still waiting Westerberg and Stinson…as if you didn’t know), local O.G.s The Suburbs and Run Westy Run also reunited, Low played a 30 minute festival set consisting of a single drone, and Rhymesayers snagged Snoop Dogg for Soundset. Oh, and on top of all that a ton of great new music was released by artists both new and old, with a ridiculous amount of that music being released by one local label that is absolutely killing it right now.
For my “Top 20 of 2013” list I limited myself to a single word or phrase about each album. I think the technique worked in that context because each of the albums on the list already had thousands of words written about them. When it comes to the top releases by Twin Cities artists, however, that isn’t necessarily the case. Accordingly, while I’ll still be limiting the amount I write about each album, there will be more information than in the Top 20. Of note, four of the albums in the Top 10, and several more honorable mentions, are available for free download. So, if you’re at all interested in exploring the Twin Cities music scene circa 2013, get downloading!
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By Craig McManus. Posted in Electronic, Experimental, Funk, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Post Punk, R&B, Rap, Rock, Shoegaze | No Comments »
MiG jumps into the year end ‘Best of’ lists, with Craig McManus leading off with his Top 20 albums of the year:
In the past, I’ve always written a blurb about each album explaining it’s inclusion on my list. Over the years of checking other people’s lists, however, I’ve noticed that I rarely read similar blurbs. Instead I scroll through to see what made it, what I agree with, what I disagree with, and with what I am unfamiliar. Then I move on to the next list. As I highly doubt I’m alone in this technique, I’m going to dispense with the paragraph of explanation and instead simply note the word or phrase by which it is best encapsulated. Think of it as a ‘Best of’ word association. It’ll save me time, and perhaps someone will actually read it rather than skimming to the next image.
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