The 10 Best Cranberries Songs

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The Cranberries were one of the alt-rock era’s biggest successes. That’s true in numerical terms: The Irish band’s first two albums, 1993’s Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? and 1994’s No Need To Argue, went platinum five and seven times over, respectively, yielding enough hit singles to keep the Cranberries all over … More »

32 Bands We Want To See Reunite For Coachella 2018

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It’s a new year, and very soon the music events of 2017 will fade further into the rearview and we’ll be greeted with 2018’s first big releases and announcements. As far as the latter goes, we’re nearing that time where all the big Spring and Summer festivals begin to unveil their lineups. And if recent … More »

The 40 Worst Songs Of 2017

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The internet was a lot less fun this year. With Russian propagandists invading Facebook, neo-Nazis overrunning Twitter, child predators exploiting YouTube comments, ransomware attacking our Gmail, and Eminem infiltrating Tinder, every swipe brought the potential to ruin our day, assuming @realDotardTrump hadn’t ruined it already. Now we’ve got the FCC repealing net neutrality rules: … More »

Favorite Graphic Novels of 2017

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Largehearted Boy's Favorite Graphic Novels of 2017

Every year, comics seem to become more entertaining and diverse.

These are the poetry collections I have most recommended to friends, family, and anyone else who has crossed my path this year (my personal metric for “favorite”), listed alphabetically by title.

What was your favorite graphic novel of 2017? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook.

The Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do is a profound and beautifully illustrated memoir of the Vietnamese refugee experience.

Boundless

Boundless by Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki’s Boundless includes a remarkably varied collection of stories.

Everything is Flammable

Everything is Flammable by Gabrielle Bell

Bell deftly explores friendship and humanity in this poignant memoir.

Imagine Wanting Only This

Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke’s graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This is one of the most moving and thoughtful comics I have read in years.

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Hands down the most thought-provoking and moving graphic novel I have read all year, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a truly remarkable book and one of the year’s finest (regardless of genre).

Spinning

Spinning by Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden’s Spinning is an elegantly told coming-of-age story that will appeal to both adults and children.

also at Largehearted Boy:

list of online “best of 2017” book lists

Largehearted Boy favorite albums of 2017
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2017
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2017
Largehearted Boy favorite poetry collections of 2017
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2017

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews

Noteworthy Movie Soundtracks From 2017

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Ideally, a great movie soundtrack should be just as immersive as the film itself, whether as a result of a singular vision or good curation. It should have the ability to mirror a specific feeling or scenario so evocatively that the music can’t help but pull you back to a specific scene. A movie soundtrack … More »

Favorite Albums of 2017

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Largehearted Boy's favorite Albums of 2017

2017 was the year of the sophomore album, with many second releases showing up on this list.

These are the eleven albums I have recommended most to friends, Largehearted Boy readers, and complete strangers over the year. (my personal metric for favorite music).

My favorite album of the year? Both Waxahatchee’s Out in the Storm and Mount Eerie’s A Crow Looked at Me deserve that title, and have been on my turntable far more than any other new releases.

Stream these albums on Spotify:

My favorite eleven albums of 2017:

Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me

Jay Som: Everybody Works

Charly Bliss: Guppy

Kelly Lee Owens: Kelly Lee Owens

Laurel Halo: Dust

Vagabon: Infinite Worlds

Priests: Nothing Feels Natural

Waxahatchee: Out in the Storm

Protomartyr: Relatives In Descent

Japanese Breakfast: Soft Sounds from Another Planet

Julien Baker: Turn Out the Lights

also at Largehearted Boy:

List of essential and interesting 2017 year-end music lists

2016 Largehearted Favorite Albums
2015 Largehearted Favorite Albums
2010 Largehearted Favorite Albums
2009 Largehearted Favorite Albums
2008 Largehearted Favorite Albums
2007 Largehearted Favorite Albums
2006 Largehearted Favorite Albums
2005 Largehearted Favorite Albums
2004 Largehearted Favorite Albums
2003 Largehearted Favorite Albums
2002 Largehearted Favorite Albums

Every Zing Now: 19 Memorable Music Tweets From 2017

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The world went through a lot this year — Trump, an investigation into Russian election interference, Nazis, an Arcade Fire album rollout. Twitter also went through a lot this year — Trump, an investigation into Russian election interference, a controversy about verifying Nazis, and, perhaps most shockingly, a new 280 character … More »

The 10 Best Country Albums Of 2017

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Well, it certainly looked like the CMAs got political this year after all. More »

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »

27 Reissues From 2017 You Should Check Out

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It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of new releases in stores in a given week, and even more daunting to stay on top of archival reissues. In addition to straightforward LP pressings capitalizing on the vinyl boom, labels are banking on love of physical product and nostalgia when they plan out their release schedule. More »