2016 was filled with extreme ups and downs, but one thing that kept it consistent was the high caliber of music that was released throughout the year. Listen to the soundtrack of my 2016 (songs are in no particular order) and check out my other favorites of this year!
Favorite Albums of 2016
1. Angel Olsen - MY WOMAN
2. Beyoncé - Lemonade
3. Margaret Glaspy - Emotions And Math
4. Whitney - Light Upon the Lake
5. Kid Freud - American Boy EP
6. Big Thief - Masterpiece
7. Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing
8. Bon Iver - 22, A Million
9. Amanda Shires - My Piece of Land
10. Wye Oak - Tween
Favorite Shows of 2016
1. LCD Soundsystem at Bonnaroo: I'd never seen LCD live and I was really anticipating having a great time at this show, but it exceeded my expectations. With a spot near the front with all of my friends, I really did dance myself clean...
2. Angel Olsen at Terminal West in Atlanta: This was obviously going to be high on my list since it's my favorite album of the year. Angel is mesmerizing with her million mile stare, cool demeanor and emotionally cutting songs.
3.The Secret Sisters at City Winery New York: Our gals always put on an impressive performance, but the crowd in NYC was part of the reason this show was so special. It was my first time visiting, and I didn't expect the audience to be so responsive, but they were really showing The Secret Sisters how much they were enjoying themselves; the sisters were definitely feeding off of that excitement.
4. Allen Stone at Cumberland Caverns: Allen Stone. In a cave. Need I say more?
5. Adele at Bridgestone Arena: I couldn't not include this on my list. I lucked out because my friend had an extra ticket. You can't say no to a free Adele show. Her performances are special because you get just as much talking as you do singing, which I personally like. You leave feeling like you've just hung out with her for a couple hours.
6. Jill Andrews at Moon River Festival: (pictured above) This festival was fun for many reasons. It was one of my first few weeks with Olivia, the company my best friend works for put on the fest, and it was the first time I saw Jill perform. Most magical moment: at the end Jill joined Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, David Ramirez and Johnnyswim to sing "All You Need is Love".
7. The Weeks and Kid Freud at 3rd & Lindsley for Nashville Sunday Night by L100: TWO ROCK BANDS TO LOVE FROM NASHVILLE! Both of these performances were just so much fun and all of these guys are extremely talented.
8. Amanda Shires at City Winery Atlanta: This was the first time I got to see the entirety of Amanda's show live. Her performance is captivating and authentic, and you experience a wide range of emotions between her witty stories, heartfelt ballads and KILLER fiddle skills.
9. Dawes at Live on the Green: One of my favorite bands and one of my favorite parts of the year. Dawes always gives me all the feels.
10. Tame Impala at Bonnaroo: The last time I saw Tame Impala, I experienced the worst migraine of my life, so I was very stoked to be able to see them uninhibited this time around. My friend and I fought through the mass of bodies to get a spot, made friends while dancing and soaked up every second of Kevin Parker's glory.
What I'm looking forward to in 2017...
1. The Secret Sisters will be releasing new music: guys, you're going to LOVE IT
2. Fleet Foxes new album and tour!!!
3. Margaret Glaspy at the High Watt in February
4. Big Thief at the High Watt in January
5. Olivia Management has some really exciting new things coming in 2017 that we can't wait to share with everyone! Check back here on the blog to stay posted!