Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 9:00 am
It's hard to keep track of new artists these days. Anyone with a credit card can start a Bandcamp page, and there are only so many hours in the day you can listen to music.
In an effort to make it a littler easier on you, we asked some colleagues around the country to share their favorite new discoveries of 2012, bands that made a real dent in their communities. Here are the artists you should have known in 2012.
Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 9:23 am
This is how we sum up 2012: beats, harmonies, struggles, breakdowns, recoveries, party starters, raw-voiced rallying cries, song suites, storytellers, pop experimenters, never-more-devastating septuagenarian poet-crooners, never-more-devastating 285-year-old oratorios, epic statements, perfect miniatures, instant classics, hard-won achievements and explosions of joy. The albums we loved in 2012 — presented here in alphabetical order — spanned genres and borders, and each one got its hooks into us. We hope you find something here that does the same for you.
Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 5:33 pm
Lianne La Havas has toured with Bon Iver, sung with Willy Mason and recorded her debut album with producer Matt Hales, better known as Aqualung. More than most, she can attest to the benefits of knowing the right people, but La Havas also has heaps of talent on her side.
Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 2:15 pm
The Poll Is Now Closed... Check back later for the results!
You've listened to us blather all year about the music we love most. Now, it's your turn to tell us your favorites. We've got a monster list below that (we know) doesn't come close to covering everything that came out in 2012. But it's a good place to start, and we hope it'll help remind you of some of the amazing records you might have forgotten.
Pick up to TEN albums. If you don't see one of your favorites listed, use the write-in slots at the bottom of the poll.
Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 5:46 pm
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Holiday music is often the domain of musicians who do the bare minimum. Available shortcuts abound: So many standards reside in the public domain, the arrangements write themselves, and expectations for the work as a whole generally hover somewhere in the neighborhood of "This could be nice, I suppose."
The multicultural group The Soul Jazz Orchestra will perform their blend of soul, jazz, latin and carribean sounds during the Global Village! Tune in for the live session and a chance to win tickets for the show that night at Woodland's Tavern!