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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Dan Auerbach & The Arcs perform “Outta My Mind” on Colbert, & listen to Brian Eno deliver John Peel Lecture on music culture

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The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach may just be the busiest man in music and recently brought his new project- “The Arcs” to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform “Outta My Mind” from the Arcs debut album: “Yours, Dreamily.” The album comes out in early November. Watch the video. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Top 15 Albums of 2014

top 15 albums of 2014
This is the music that moved us this year.

Here at The Key, we’ve gone through four year-end best-of seasons since launching in August of 2010 without weighing in on top albums. Why did we change that this year? Simply put: music in 2014 was outstanding. On the local front, on the national front, from pop to rock to experimental and hip-hop, there was a tremendous offering of front-to-back solid records. Annie Clark got mind-bendy on St. Vincent; Tim Showalter got emotional on HEAL; Sylvan Esso caught us by surprise on their self-titled debut; Cayetana blew up in a big way on their debut Nervous Like Me, voted the best record of the year by our staff of contributors. To narrow it down to the top 15 albums of 2014 is to exclude hundreds of other worthy inclusion, so you can read our contributors’ individual top fives here. Then again, there is power in consensus, and these are the albums we collectively agreed were the best. Continue reading →