We’re halfway through 2012 already. Tons of great new music has been released already this year even though I feel like we’ve just begun.
I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the following releases.
This is a real rock ‘n’ roll record with plenty of soul, blues-rock riffs and horns that tie the whole thing together. Lucero’s country-style punk has matured into solid rock and the results are wonderful.
When this album from the local rockers was released, I couldn’t stop listening to the song “Reagan Era.” This Americana-rock record is my favorite local album so far this year.
Springsteen doesn’t ever slow down. With “Wrecking Ball,” he’s produced one of his best albums in recent memory. From “We Take Care of Our Own” to “American Land,” this is a patriotic record. And a great one.
Forget the White Stripes. If this is what he’s going to produce, I’d rather have Jack White on his own. This record rocked my socks off and I can’t stop playing it.
Released locally this week, the album got into this column just under the wire. The band’s debut album is the best dance album released in recent memory.
I initially didn’t give this album a stellar review, but it’s definitely grown on me. The band’s great Stir Cove concert certainly helped, but the album really is another step down The Shins’ already-solid path.
Worst album I’ve reviewed this year
Train, “California 37.” The band’s certainly popular, but I could barely get through this album when I reviewed it.
Best concerts of 2012 (so far)
South by Southwest in March was, as always, quite amazing.
Deer Tick’s May show at The Waiting Room was one of the best concerts I’ve seen in the last few years.
Lucero’s show earlier this week was incredible and featured a lot of their new songs as well as older material.
McCarthy Trenching’s first set in months was at O’Leaver’s in the spring and even featured a few old ragtime tunes. I loved it.
Finally, Desaparecidos made the biggest splash with a secret show at Slowdown where they debuted new material. How big of a splash? My review made international music news. Seriously. It was featured by Rolling Stone and by blogs and news sites in the UK, among other countries.