This past year was a weird one. Thankfully, music made the tough times easier. So many great records came out, almost too many to keep track of; so here's a slice, a mere sliver of the releases that caught my ear this year.
Cloud Nothings have made a lot of beautiful noise for a band that started out being fake.
In August 2009 and June 2010 I thought I was going to see Silversun Pickups. They were on the bill for festivals I was going to, I had circled them on my schedule as a set to see, and then, for some reason, both times I opted for other options.
If you put your ear to hot cement in the middle of a 100-degree-plus St. Louis afternoon, you may get a glimpse into the sound of Volcanoes erupting.