The Best Albums of 2016


Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s well past midyear when most of these lists appear, but it’s also still too early for the fall releases. So here’s the definitive list of the best albums of the year (so far).

And this is the best list you’re going to see. Dig into each one of these albums. You will be rewarded.

The picks are listed alphabetically by band.

Big Thief – Masterpiece

Bleached – Welcome the Worms

GØGGS- Self titled

Omni – Deluxe

Parquet Courts – Human Performance

Psychic Heat – Sunshower

Savages – Adore Life

Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger

Whitney – Light Upon the Lake

Woods – Sun City Eater in the River of Light

Night Beats, the Mystery Lights play Beat Kitchen

Night Beats
Night Beats

Mystery Lights
The Mystery Lights

There’s a great rock ‘n’ roll lineup at Beat Kitchen Friday.

Headliner Night Beats put out a cool (and recommended) album, Who Sold My Generation, earlier this year.

Recently, I’ve been immersed in the Mystery Lights, which just put out its self-titled debut album last month. These guys are a blast. Definitely try to catch these guys as well.

Opening for both bands is the promising Chicago group the Evening Attraction.