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STEELE PICKS: Best Albums of 2017

I’m not on as many press lists as I used to be, so I do the best I can as the C-list music critic that I am. here’s my list of the best albums of 2017, in modified alphabetical order.

Adna, Closure


Alvvays, Antisocialites


Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest


Chelsea Wolfe, Hiss Spun

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice


Cults, Offering

Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

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Gary Numan, Savage (Songs from a Broken World)


Juana Molina, Halo

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Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life

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Laura Marling, Semper Femina

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The Mountain Goats, Goths


The National, Sleep Well Beast

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Real Estate, In Mind


Ride, Weather Diaries


Saint Etienne, Home Counties


Slowdive, Slowdive


Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm

Zola Jesus, Okovi

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music review: Saint Etienne at ONCE Somerville– September 24, 2017


Saint Etienne
ONCE Somerville
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Blissful, positive vibes dominated the sold-out Saint Etienne show Sunday night at ONCE Somerville. The London band played a mix of older songs – a grooving “Kiss and Make Up,” “Lose That Girl,” an energetic “I’ve Got Your Music” and the popular Neil Young cover “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” –as well as songs from the band’s new album Home Counties—the brilliant “Magpie Eyes,” “Whyteleafe” and slow jam “Take It All In.” It’s the first tour for the band in five years. Three musicians, including a violin player, and a singer joined Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs and Sarah Cracknell onstage, which provided a grand, club sound. “You are familiar with Good Humor it seems,” Sarah Cracknell said after playing “Lose That Girl.” She also noted: “It’s a lot warmer here than it is in the UK.” It was a sweaty show because how can you not dance at least a little bit to Saint Etienne? Cracknell is an engaging and genuine front-person. She interacted just enough. An enthusiastic mostly GenX crowd danced and shouted out song requests. One couple said that their wedding song twenty years ago was “Tonight.” I saw two couples with children in tow. The band played for about an hour and a half including a three song encore. The show featured lots of groovy, potent bass lines [especially in “Help Myself”], dreamy, sweet harmonizing and overall warm fuzzies. It’s sparkly, fresh happy music.

Set list:

Kiss and Make Up
Lose That Girl
Out of My Mind
Who Do you think You Are
Hug My Soul
Magpie Eyes
I’ve Got Your Music
Take it All In
Like a Motorway
Split Screen
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Nothing Can Stop Us

Stop and Think It Over
Train Drivers in Eyeliner
He’s on the Phone


September 26—Brooklyn, New York—Music Hall of Williamsburg

September 27—Washington, DC—U Street Music Hall

September 29—Chicago, Ill.—Park West

October 2—Seattle, Wash.—Neptune

October 4—San Francisco, Calif.—The Fillmore

October 5—Pomona, Calif.—Glass House

October 6—Los Angeles, Calif.—The Fonda Theatre

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October Concert List [**= I should be there]

Wild Belle

Wild Belle and Tennis**
TT the Bear’s Place
Thursday, Oct 4

Crystal Castles**
House of Blues
Saturday, Oct 6

The Raveonettes
Sun, Oct 7

Perfume Genius
Johnny D’s
Sun, Oct 7

Adam Ant
Monday, Oct 8

Paradise Rock Club
Thursday, Oct 11

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion**
Middle East
Fri, Oct 12

Savoir Adore**
Brighton Music Hall
Sun, Oct 14

Rebecca Loebe/ Jenn Grinels**
Café 939
Fri, Oct 19

Electric Guest
Sun, Oct 21

Cat Power
House of Blues
Weds, Oct 24

The xx**
House of Blues
Thurs, Oct 25

Heartless Bastards [with Dana Falconberry]**
Royale Boston
Fri, Oct 26

Smashing Pumpkins
Agganis Arena
Sat, Oct 27

Saint Etienne
Sat, Oct 27

Shiny Toy Guns
Brighton Music Hall
Sun, Oct 28

Great Scott
Monday, Oct 29

Social Distortion
House of Blues
Tues, Oct 30

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