Category Archives: Top Ten Thursday

The 10 Best Acts at Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

St. Vincent at Pitchfork

As fellow LxL’er Todd wrote Monday, regardless of what you think of Pitchfork, the hipster music mecca, their annual festival at Union Park in Chicago is bar none the best thing they do.  This year’s fest was largely dominated by shoegaze and hip hop acts, but the real theme that emerged is the female dominance of the fest, just as women are also dominating the larger landscape of what’s going right in music today. Five of our top six acts

Apocalypse NOW: The 10 Best Apocalyptic Tracks

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Editors note: We originally posted this last summer, which was full of apocalypse comedies. This summer is full of high tension apocalypse thrillers in the movies (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and on TV (HBO’s intense The Leftovers and FX’s The Strain). Enjoy the end of the  world with us through these songs. We all love us some Edgar Wright (and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for that matter), so with the opening of The World’s End this weekend, we thought it appropriate

The 10 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

Best Albums of 2014 So Far

This has been an odd year in music by all accounts. There have been nearly no big-time rap albums (except arguably Future’s Honest), it’s been a down year for electronic music (just months after I declared 2013 the year dance music became king), and rock music has made an unexpected comeback (with three albums on our list being unabashed guitar rock records). The albums on our list are also decidedly slower, and more relaxed, as I would say half the

The 10 Best Instrumental Tracks

Best Instrumental Only Tracks

Thanks to a recent run in great rock instrumentals (Jack White’s raucous “High Ball Stepper” and Real Estate’s chillaxed “April’s Song” to name a couple), we thought we would take a look at the best all-time vocal-free tracks. First, a few guidelines: we decided to exclude electronic, classical, jazz, and any other genre that is primarily instrumental only. We also avoided artist who release primarily instrumental tracks (sorry Explosions in the Sky). So without further ado, here are our 10

Top Ten Thursday: Sounds of Summer

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So here we are, deep into this relentlessly hot and sticky summer of 2012, and hopefully you are enjoying it as much as we are. It’s the time of the year for swimming pools and popsicles, baseball and biking, and sweating your ass off not matter what, no matter where. Thus we bring you our favorite albums to accompany such occasions. What makes a summer album you ask? In our opinion it is somewhat upbeat, but not overly so. Something

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