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The Key’s Top 15 Albums of 2015

The albums that moved us in 2015
This is the music that moved us in 2015

It was a year of powerful records. Of loud guitars and brazen beats, of electronic tapestries and vocal abandon. It was a year of personal introspection and rallying cries for social change. It was a year when music felt inextricably tied to the world around us. When it felt more important than it had in a long time. Like we’ve said before, to narrow 12 months of incredible music down to a “top 15 albums of 2015” list is to exclude dozens of other worthy releases. This year, we had 26 writers and photographers cite a collective 82 albums as their favorites – you can view everybody’s top fives here, and I know fully well that had I asked The Key crew to give me top tens, I’d be easily looking at quadruple the titles. But we’ll go deep when our annual Year-End Mania roundup launches tomorrow. Today we take the long view and explore what rose to the surface of consensus in 2015, from the expressive moments of Kamasi Washington, Joanna Newsom and Jamie xx, to the pop permutations of Carly Rae Jepsen and Grimes , rock and/or roll from Courtney Barnett and Alabama Shakes, Philly representation from The Districts, Waxahatchee and of course, Hop Along‘s incredible breakout LP Painted Shut, which alongside the great Kendrick Lamar rose right to the top of our voting. Let’s recap the year. 
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Let It Happen: Tame Impala blissed out a sold-out crowd at The Tower Theater

Tame Impala | Photo by Doug Interrante
Tame Impala | Photo by Doug Interrante

Last night, Tame Impala took the Tower Theater stage to a sold-out crowd of eager fans awaiting their first taste of live music from the band’s third studio album, Currents. After much anticipation, the opening “Let It Happen” set the tone for the evening of truly immersive audio and visual experience. Highlights included “Alter Ego,” “Eventually” and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” and midway through the set, lead singer Kevin Parker took a passionate fan’s request for “Half Full Glass of Wine” to the crowd’s delight. Check out photos from the show, the setlist and videos below. Continue reading →

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Dimed Out: Titus Andronicus, Diane Coffee and Youth Lagoon on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Titus Andronicus | Photo by Matthew Greeley
Titus Andronicus | Photo by Matthew Greeley

You’ve waited and now your patience will pay off. The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm on WXPN with a major new show. We’ll be spotlighting the massive new album from Jersey’s Titus Andronicus, The Most Lamentable Tragedy. Since we’ve been away, a metric ton of new tracks have come along, so there’s plenty of fresh stuff to get through tonight. Like maybe a few of these:

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Arise and Walk: Tame Impala, Protomartyr & Jamie xx on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Tame Impala | Photo by Pooneh Ghana
Tame Impala | Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Tonight, the Indie Rock Hit Parade brings you (among other things) a spotlight on an album that’s been at the top of our list of ‘Most Anticipated Releases’ for months. Tune in starting at 11pm to hear a full two-hour show includes several tracks from Tame Impala‘s newly released Currents. We’ll also check out a few of these tracks, freshly picked for your discerning ears:

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Rounding up the best and brightest of Governors Ball 2015

Governors' Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish
Governors Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish

The annual Governors Ball festival is held at Randall’s Island in New York, wedged in between Upper Manhattan and Queens. The rain trickled down on Friday but that didn’t stop the ticket holders from trekking through to make it over for their favorite acts, most especially Philly’s The Districts who started off the fest Friday afternoon at 12:15. A bit too early for most, one would think, but they ripped through their set with a medium sized but lively crowd cheering along to the words of “Young Blood.” Continue reading →