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STEELE PICKS: Best Albums of 2015

Although I’ve ostensibly been a music critic for several decades I’m not on the press lists I used to be so I rely on spotify to find much of my new music. So there are some favorite artists and bands here as well as new discoveries. Music that appeals to me must speak to my heart, soul, mind. The melodies are mostly dark, swirling, moody with unusual arrangements and instrumentation. Sometimes it’s folk or electro-pop. Mostly dark alternative. I favor female vocalists with varied range, strength and style.

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Chelsea Wolfe, Abyss [Sargent House]
–I love Chelsea Wolfe. always and forever. dark, swirling, atmospheric and emotive.

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Beach House, Depression Cherry [Sub Pop]
–a rich, beautiful album that I can [and do] play again and again.

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Chvrches, Every Open Eye [Glassnote]
–electropop. energetic and powerful. one of my favorite bands.

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Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon [Interscope]
–moody gorgeousness

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Sasha Siem, Most of the Boys
–a bit of Bjork, a bit of Florence and the Machine. quite beautiful, swirling and beguiling.

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The Decemberists, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World [Capitol]
–another favorite band that I find both comforting and subversive. extremely talented and inherently beautiful songwriting.

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Lauren Peacock, Euphonia
–what I said in my August review: “combines piano with lush arrangements for memorable, moving melodies. The vocals shimmy and simmer.”

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Torres, Sprinter [PTKF]
–Singer/songwriter Mackenzie Scott possesses maturity and presence beyond her years. beautiful, raw, haunting. echos of PJ Harvey and Amanda Palmer.

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Science and the Beat, Future Blue
–skilled duo of multi-instrumentalists Tasha Katrine and Rob Zilla that create the cool sounds and eclectic arrangements. moody, strong, electro-pop. read the review.

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Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
–powerful, outspoken and rocking

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Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp [Merge Records]

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Bjork, Vulnicura [One Little Indian Us]
–orchestral arrangements with Bjork’s cool weirdness. a bit slower than other albums and it’s fantastic.

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Wolf Alice, My Love is Cool [RCA]
–heard the single on a British radio station and was hooked.

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Grimes, Art Angels [4AD]
–unusually arranged songs about being weird, being an outcast. angelic vocals. what’s not to appreciate?

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Ellie Goulding, Delirium [Interscope]
–beautiful pop songs

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Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit [MOM & POP MUSIC]
–past, present and future infused with her witty lyrics and alt-pop melodies.

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Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell [Asthmatic Kitty]
–cool soothing folk. open and lovely.

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Furniture Girls, Chaos
–kick ass garage rock. review here.

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Callaghan, A History of Now
–happy, optimistic Americana/ folk/ alt-country mix. when it came out I wrote: “A History of Now will definitely make you feel 10% happier after listening to it.”

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Julia Holter, Have You in my Wilderness
–combines retro with current arrangements. gorgeous vocals.

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Wind Burial, We Used to Be Hunters
–immediately caught my attention as it manages to convey intensity, danger and beauty. review.

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Steele Picks: Top 30 Albums of 2013

–unfortunately I can’t possibly hear every album released. I don’t hear about things. I don’t get access to many until the public does. publicists don’t send me as many albums in advance as I wish.

–here are the the albums this year that moved me, inspired me, made me think.

–they’re in alpha order

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The Avett Brothers–The Magpie and the Dandelion [American]

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Arctic Monkeys—AM [Domino]

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Bleeding Rainbow–Yeah Right [Kanine]

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Camera Obscura–Desire Lines [4AD]

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Chvrches–Bones of What You Believe [Virgin]

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Cults–Static [Columbia]

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Foals–Holy Fire [Warner Music]

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Gliss–Langsom Dans [Modern Outsider]

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Grace & Tony–November [Rock Ridge Music]

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Haim–Days are Gone [Columbia/Sony]

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How to Destroy Angels–Welcome Oblivion [Columbia]

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The Joy Formidable–Wolf’s Law [Atlantic]

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The Julie Ruin– Run Fast EP [TJR]

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Lorde–Pure Heroine [Lava/Republic]

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Lovers–A Friend in the World [Badman Recording Co.]

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Luray–The Wilder

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Laura Marling–Once I Was an Eagle [Ribbon Music]

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MGMT– MGMT [Columbia]

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M.I.A.–Matangi [N.E.E.T./Interscope]

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Mirror Travel–Mexico [Outsider Records]

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My Gold Mask–Leave Me Midnight [Highwheel]

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The National–Trouble Will Find Me [4AD]

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Orbe Orbe–Invisible Kingdoms

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Super Water Sympathy–Hydrogen Child [In Music We Trust]

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Perhapst– Revise Your Maps [Jack Viking Music]

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Throwing Muses–Purgatory/ Paradise

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Frank Turner–Tape Deck Heart [Interscope]

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Violeta Vil–Lapidas y Cocoteros [Young Cubs]

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Waxahatchee–Cerulean Salt [Don Giovanni]

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Chelsea Wolfe–Pain is Beauty [Sargent House]

[all selections by Amy Steele 12/1/2013]

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Women in Music: Screaming Females/ Waxahatchee on TOUR

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I caught Waxahatchee (one of my favorite new bands) and Screaming Females at the Middle East Club in Cambridge on Friday night and it was one of the best shows I’ve seen all year. This was the first stop on their U.S. tour. Interestingly the audience was about 60% men and not a sold-out show. The Middle East holds 575. Label mates [Don Giovanni Records], the bands certainly attracted different audiences with some cross-over–Waxahatchee getting alternative and college radio buzz. Screaming Females a power-punk band from New Jersey with more of an underground following.

Waxahatchee plays higher energy and rawer live than on the album. Katie Crutchfield–the force and face of Waxahatchee [lead singer/guitarist/songwriter] has sweet vocals on “Cerulean Salt” that remind me Juliana Hatfield. Screaming Females, led by pint-sized powerhouse Marissa Paternoster on guitar and vocals, tore it up with jarring chords, guttural bass and super energetic songs. Amazing fun.

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TOUR DATES:

Monday, Sept 16—The Bowery Ballroom—New York
Tuesday, Sept 17—Black Cat—Washington, D.C.
Thursday, Sept 19—40 Watt Club—Athens, GA
Friday, Sept 20—Bottletree Café—Birmingham, AL
Saturday, Sept 21—Stone Fox—Nashville, Tenn.
Sunday, Sept 22—Russian Recording—Bloomington, Indiana
Monday, Sept 23—The Frequency—Madison, WI
Tuesday, Sept 24—Triple Rock Social Club–Minneapolis
Wednesday, Sept 25—Lincoln Hall—Chicago
Thursday, Sept 26—Ace of Cups–Columbus, Ohio
Friday, Sept 27—Pittsburgh, Penn
Saturday, Sept 28 and Sunday, Sept 29—First Unitarian Church–Philadelphia

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Women in Music this Weekend

Friday Night:

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ZOLA JESUS (with J.G. Thirlwell featuring the Mivos String Quartet) at the ICA Boston
7:30 PM

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SCREAMING FEMALES
WAXAHATCHEE
Middle East, Cambridge
9 pm

Saturday Night:

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RUSTY BELLE
Lizard Lounge, Cambridge
8pm

Sunday Night:

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CHELSEA WOLFE
The Sinclair, Cambridge
7pm

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