2017 best albums: The rest of the top 40

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Here are the rest of the top 40 albums of 2017 listed in alphabetical order by artist.

Click here to see this year’s top 10.

John Andrews & the Yawns

Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

Mac Blackout Band – Burning Alive

Blanck Mass – World Eater

The Courtneys – The Courtneys II

EMA – Exile in the Outer Ring

The Feelies – In Between

Fresh & Onlys – Wolf Lie Down

Kendrick Lamar – Damn

Land of Talk – Life After Youth

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

The National – Sleep Well Beast

Oh Sees – Orc

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Echo of Pleasure

Pile – A Hairshirt of Purpose

Priests – Nothing Feels Natural

Rays – Rays

Run the Jewels – RTJ3

Ty Segall – Ty Segall

Sheer Mag – Compilation

Splashh – Waiting a Lifetime

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

Colin Stetson – All This I do for Glory

Torres – Three Futures

Uniform – Wake in Fright

The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference

Woods – Love is Love

The xx – I See You

From Priests to Solange: Pitchfork fest must-sees


Granted, it’s a rough endurance test to weather 10-plus hours a day for three straight days of live music. Not to mention it’s summer in Chicago.

But the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park this weekend (July 14-16) is stacked, especially Friday and Saturday.

Here are my picks for must-see acts day by day.



Vince Staples

Thurston Moore

Danny Brown

LCD Soundsystem


Cherry Glazerr


The Feelies

Angel Olsen

PJ Harvey

A Tribe Called Quest


Kilo Kish


The Avalanches


Short takes: LCD Soundsystem, Solange, A Tribe Called Quest play Pitchfork

Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival announced its headliners today: LCD Soundsystem, Solange and A Tribe Called Quest.

This is one of the strongest top billings for Pitchfork in years. Read more here.

Elsewhere …

Death By Unga Bunga plays Empty Bottle

Here’s a fun midweek show: The Norway garage rockers Death By Unga Bunga play Empty Bottle March 1.

This looks like a high-energy set. Check out the video below.

Thursday at Empty Bottle is a blistering lineup …

Crocodiles, AJ Davila and Chicago’s own The Bingers play the Bottle March 2.