The Year of Sad Melancholy Dominated a Lot of Artistic Expression in 2017

Artists responded in different ways to tumultuous recent events. Some turned up the party, some expressed their rage outwardly, while others responded more internally. Here are five excellent albums that embraced sadness as a means expression.   Julien Baker Turn Out the Lights (Matador) For Julien Baker, sadness is no cause for despair. She instead […]

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Diplo and Baauer Blast FCC Chairman over Illegal Use of "Harlem Shake"

Yesterday (December 14), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to kill the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules in the United States, taking another step towards controlling free speech and restricting the flow information. The decision hinged on FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who has become the scapegoat for the whole thing. Leading up to the vote, Pai released […]

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Exclaim!'s Top 11 EPs of the Year Best of 2017

As our annual rollout genre-specific album lists for the Best the Year — which so far has covered the Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums, Top 10 Soul and R&B Albums, Top 10 Metal and Hardcore Albums, Top 10 Folk and Country Albums, Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums and Top Ten Dance and Electronic Albums 2017 […]

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5 Strategies For Safer Music Spaces, Including Lido Pimienta's

Conversations on making musical spaces more inclusive are far from over; there’s plenty more work to be done. But thanks to several thoughtful initiatives this year, we can continue to inch ever closer to making concert and festival spaces safe for everyone.   Lido Pimienta Colombian-Canadian musician Lido Pimienta achieved international fame after winning the Polaris […]

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Laurie Anderson Teams Up with Kronos Quartet for 'Landfall'

No strangers to collaboration, Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet have announced a team-up for a new LP set to arrive next year. Titled Landfall, the 30-track disc will arrive February 16 through Nonesuch. Inspired by Anderson’s experiences during Hurricane Sandy, the album features tracks titled “CNN Predicts a Monster Storm” and “The Electricity Goes out and […]

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Exclaim!'s Top 10 Underrated Records 2017 in Lists

Look, we all know democracy is flawed. And so, in our annual voting for Exclaim!’s Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums, Top 10 Soul and R&B Albums, Top 10 Metal and Hardcore Albums, Top 10 Folk and Country Albums, Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums and Top 10 Dance and Electronic Albums 2017, there are always going […]

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Exclaim!'s Top 10 Dance and Electronic Albums Best of 2017

We’re nearing the end the rollout our annual genre-specific album lists for the Best 2017. So far, we’ve published our Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums, our Top 10 Soul and R&B Albums, the Top 10 Metal and Hardcore Albums the Year, the Top 10 Folk and Country Albums and the Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums […]

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Talib Kweli and Friends Perform 'Traveling Light' on 'Conan'

reactid=”108″> Talib Kweli is on his promotional grind for his new project, Radio Silence. On Thursday (Nov. 30), the Brooklyn rhymer paid a late-night visit to Conan to perform his latest single, “Traveling Light.” Backed by a full band, which included Anderson .Paak on the drums and Kaytranada on the turntables, Kweli delivered a fiery […]

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100% Silk Announces Benefit Compilation in Memory of Deadly Ghost Ship Fire

Tomorrow (December 2) marks the one year anniversary the deadly Ghost Ship fire, which claimed 36 lives. In honour the tragedy, record label 100% Silk has announced a new benefit compilation. Two artists from 100% Silk were on the bill for the show at the DIY space in Oakland, CA. Now, the label will donate […]

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Exclaim!'s Top 10 Soul and R&B Albums Best of 2017

This week, Exclaim! is rolling out our annual, genre-specific album lists for the Best 2017. Yesterday (November 29), we wrapped up our Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums. Today (November 30), we’re presenting the best Soul, Funk and R&B albums 2017.     Top 10 Soul and R&B Albums 2017:     10. Pierre Kwenders MAKANDA […]

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