Two, I know there is a lot of music I missed this year, but some artists caught my ear with new releases that I found myself enjoying in the moment and returning to again and again. I have compiled them in a playlist below.
Loving in Stereo, Jungle
High Dive, SHAED
Ventura, Sofia Valdes
Seventeen Going Under, Sam Fender
Today We’re the Greatest, Middle Kids
Head of Roses, Flock of Dimes
Sidelining, Royal Canoe
Typhoons, Royal Blood
Poster Girl, Zara Larsson
Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land, MARINA
Come Back to Life, The Zolas
Hey u x, BENEE (released in 2020)
Every Window is a Mirror, Joywave
Yeah Yeah Yeah, Fickle Friends
Weird Years (Season 1), Fickle Friends
something about a fig tree, Roseville
Everything Will Be OK Eventually, Michigander
I Should Get Some Rest, Joel Ansett
Peachy, Bad Suns
Adult Movies, Litany
Heat Lightning, Mitski
Above is me realizing I have no idea how to use my new phone camera, which is what happens when you give a new phone for the first time in five years. Small Black was killing it, and I was just like "how do I switch between the three cameras on this thing??" This show in August was also the first time I'd been to live music since fall of 2019, and it was just jam-packed with joy. I danced all night, made new friends, and got to say hi to Josh after the show (who I first met back in 2014 when they played Turf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota). A night I won't easily forget.
Hands down, Jungle puts on the best live shows in music. They always inspire me to dance to the point of collapse and just like I did in Boulder a couple years ago, and this October in Denver I danced so hard I almost passed out. Yeah okay so, I jumped for the entirety of "What D'You Know About Me?" and let myself absorb every piece of energy in that room. I probably seemed crazy to those around me, but that memory still gives me such strength!