THE YEAR IN MUSIC 2017: NOTHING BUT THE BEST
1. Shredders, Dangerous Jumps
An aggressive throat punch to passive listening. Paper Tiger, Lazerbeak, P.O.S., and Sims are here to kick your ass.
2. Suburbs, Hey Muse!
Proving that 2013’s Si Sauvage was no fluke, Chan, Hugo, and their band are back like they never left. “When We Were Young” is the tough autobiography you never knew you wanted. Hit repeat.
3. Thomas Abban, A Sheik’s Legacy
Shockingly interesting, this young musician should be on all the local lists. Robert Plant, Jeff Buckley, and Prince had a baby, and this is him.
4. Mary Bue, The Majesty of Beasts
From the fierce freedom of “The Shit I Left in Duluth” to the harrowing rage of “Petty Misdemeanor,” Bue released a potent EP this year.
5. Suicide Commandos, Time Bomb
Did anyone expect a new Suicide Commandos record in 2017? No, and that’s part of what makes it so great. The pure, unrefined rock and roll joy of the tracks should keep your party hopping well into 2047.
1. Margo Price, All American Made
She’s here to burn the honky-tonk to the ground. Don’t believe it? Shut up and listen to “Pay Gap.”
2. Alex Lahey, I Love You Like a Brother
Lahey isn’t here to change the course of history, but this buzzy guitar album will make you roll the windows down in the middle of a Minnesota winter.
3. Matthew Ryan, Hustle Up Starlings
Ryan has always been a singer/songwriter who also knows how to rock, and this album is maybe his most perfect combination yet of wide open rock and introspection.
4. Algiers, The Underside of Power
Dense, propulsive, and supremely pissed-off, The Underside of Power is not something to put on at your office holiday party. It’s something to put on when you’re looking up “how to make Molotov cocktails” at 2 a.m.
5. Downtown Boys, Cost of Living
Their name says, “cock-rock from the ‘80s,” but their mixed gender, multiracial, bilingual mutant punk rock says, “Fooled ya, pendejo.”
1. Astronomique, “Mimic Forms”
Local mood for late nights/early mornings.
2. Thea Gilmore, “Sounds Good to Me”
Dramatic, danceable mission statement from the UK singer/songwriter that we could all use today.
3. Ghostpoet, “Immigrant Boogie”
A brooding wall of emotion that’s almost too powerful and sad for words.
4. Dead Cross, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”
Great cover of a great song. Is there anything Mike Patton can’t do?
5. Living Colour, “Who Shot Ya”
Living Colour covers Biggie Smalls, and ultimately changes the meaning and nature of the original.
- Chad Werner, Minneapolis City Pages