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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Skye Leppo’s most heavily rotated albums of 2014

photo courtesy of jessieware.tumblr.com
photo courtesy of jessieware.tumblr.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, contributing writer Skye Leppo shares her most heavily-rotated albums of the year.

While I maintain that my first love is pop music, I was very surprised—and delighted—by a lot of new projects and genres new to me this year. There’s a few albums I would have loved to include (Chet Faker’s electronic Built on Glass was THISCLOSE to making my list, as was LDR’s Ultraviolence). I tried to find common themes in my favorite 2014 releases, but as I sought guidance from my “Year In Music” charts on Spotify I realized this year’s releases pulled me in a lot of different directions without traipsing into too much common territory (although pop music did take the lead of my 39,000 listening minutes at 29%, or approximately 11,310 minutes of pop music). In no particular order, here are my most heavily-rotated albums. Continue reading →

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Lykke Li gave an enchanting and engaging performance at Union Transfer

Lykke Li | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Lykke Li | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Swedish indie pop singer-songwriter Lykke Li took the stage to a packed Union Transfer on Wednesday night. Touring in support of her third LP I Never Learn, which was released in May, Li performed a set of upbeat and evocative songs of heartbreak primarily off her latest album and her previous LP Wounded Rhymes. Midway through her set, she broke out two audience favorites from her debut album Youth Novels, “Dance, Dance, Dance” (during which she encourage the crowd to dance along) and “Little Bit.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lykke Li at Union Transfer, Catfish and the Bottlemen at MilkBoy, and Rise Against at The Tower Theater

Lykke Li | photo via facebook.com/lykkeli
Lykke Li | photo via facebook.com/lykkeli

Swedish indie pop singer Lykke Li plays Union Transfer tonight with Mapei. After emerging on the scene in the late 2000s, Lykke Li has continued to pump out evocative new material that has been incorporated into major motion films including Twilight and The Fault In Our Stars. Her latest album, I Never Learn, was released in May and was caleld”both spartan and expansive” by Pitchfork. Sharing the stage with Mapei, the Swedish-American  R&B pop singer, the show tonight is sure to draw out quite a crowd. Check out her video for “Gunshot” below and visit the XPN Concert Calendar for more information. Continue reading →

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Best Coast to be featured in new Fleetwood Mac Tribute Album; playing Union Transfer in July


Direct Current has announced that there will be a tribute album to Fleetwood Mac to be released on August 14th. The album was produced by Randall Poster, a music supervisor and producer who did the Buddy Holly tribute album last year.

Direct Current said:

Another difference with the tribute album is that each of the contributing artists had complete independent control over the style and vision for their songs. The result is a collection of often radically reworked versions of well-known (and some more obscure) Fleetwood Mac songs.

Entrance Band – Green Manalishi
Crystal Ark – Tusk
Best Coast – Rhiannon
New Pornographes – Think About Me
MGMT – Future Games
Marianne Faithful – Angel
Anthony Hegarty – Landslide
Ranaldo and Mascis – Albatross
Trixie Whitley – Before the Beginning
Washed Out – Straight Back
Super Wolf – Storms
The Kills – Dreams
Gardens and Villa – Gypsy
Billy Gibbons – Oh Well
Lykke Li – Silver Springs

Best Coast,  who cover “Rhiannon,” is no stranger to Fleetwood Mac covers. They previously did a cover of “Storms” which you can listen to below. Best Coast is playing at Union Transfer on July 16th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

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Tonight’s Picks: Sonni Shine And The Underwater Sounds at North Star Bar + Buffy Sainte-Marie, Lykke Li

Sonni Shine And The Underwater Sounds perform with Abstract Verses and Ill Dootsat at 8 p.m. at North Star Bar; tickets to the 21+ show are $8. Tonight’s show is a benefit for The Shakedown Project, which “was founded to create innovative, thought provoking experimental theater which blurs the disciplinary lines of entertainment, combining different art forms into unique coherent narratives.”

Also playing: Buffy Sainte-Marie performs at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $27-$50); XPN Welcomes Lykke Li + Grimes at Theater Of Living Arts (8 p.m., $40)

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This Week’s Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Lykke Li at TLA on Monday, May 16th!

This week, we’ve got a handful of tickets to give away for Lykke Li‘s performance at Theatre Of Living Arts on Monday, May 16th. For a chance to win the tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 12th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; winners can pick their tickets up from the WXPN/World Cafe Live building. (Just, you know, make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)