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

Rays, Splashh, Anna Altman, Pile, White Reaper: Five albums to grab now


The Rays

There’s a lot of good music to catch up on. So, here are my latest recommendations for five truly killer albums, including some under-the-radar releases you should be diving into.

Rays – Rays

This is a great debut from a super cool Oakland garage punk/post-punk band. This album nods to a number of great musical tastes, including Modern Lovers, Wire, Velvet Underground and ’80s new wave. These guys, who appear in Chicago at Do Division this weekend, draw on some of the same influences copped by Parquet Courts.

And these albums are excellent as well:

Splashh – Waiting a Lifetime

Waiting a Lifetime is an impressive sophomore album from this solid English pop-rock band.

Anna Altman – Freightliner

The New York duo Anna Altman makes haunting, immediate music. This should appeal to fans of Sonic Youth and the many like-minded bands.

Pile – A Hairshirt of Purpose

Boston band Pile careens between punk, post punk and rock. The album is really compelling.

White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band

This album really rocks and is a lot of fun, much like it’s last album. Did I mention it’s from the great music city Louisville?