In what will come to be known as the year of revealing, for music and world news alike, there is no question that 2012 had surprises around every corner. There have been an unprecedented number of standout albums this year and a frighteningly large amount of disappointments as well. Some bands reformed, some bands split up, and a record number of debut bands came racing out of the gates. The Superbowl XLVI halftime show featuring Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, MIA, and Cee Lo Green demonstrated the power of pop music by setting the record for the most watched TV event of all time (118 million). Let’s not forget that it was a year of sorrow for fans, family, and friends of musical legends Whitney Houston, who died at the untimely age of 48, Donna Summer, 63, and Doc Watson, who left us at 89, and then the very recent loss of the musical giants Dave Brubeck and Ravi Shankar. While 2012 had its ups and downs, we would like to reflect on all of the amazing music that was released over the last year. Here are our 2012 Albums of the Year:
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2012 was a thunderous year for music. So much is released on a daily basis, in fact, that many find it impossible to keep up with all these happenings. Fortunately for you, that’s what mxdwn does best. The following tracks signify what matters in music in our modern age. Sit down, chill out, and listen to what we consider to be the most important songs of the year.
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Watch: Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark Perform “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” With Cyndi Lauper
When girls want to have fun, they make sure they do it and with friends. Cyndi Lauper was recently joined on stage by St. Vincent’s Annie Clark and Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss for an incredible performance to her classic hit “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” Watch the video below.
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Wednesday, October 17th
La Zona Rosa
Doors @ 8
It looks like Guitarist Derek’s injury is all healed up, and music duo Sleigh Bells is back on the road, killing it with their explosive shows. This year’s sophomore release Reign of Terror takes the band’s signature glitched up power pop, and buzzing guitar to a much louder place. Alexis’ voice is still as sweet, and at once playfully menacing, as ever. Like kittens yielding chainsaws, Sleigh Bells provides an awesome time for all. Put on your Nylon mag inspired best, and make it out to La Zona Rosa for an amazing night.
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Sleigh Bells has cancelled their upcoming appearance on the 8th Annual Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign-Urbana, IL and the Midpoint Festival in Cincinnati, OH, both happening the weekend of September 27-29, due to a reported skateboarding injury sustained to guitarist Derek Miller. Read more…
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Two years ago the then fledgling FYF Fest run by FYF Presents saw an explosive up tick in popularity. Headliners The Rapture, !!! and Panda Bear brought in an unprecedented 20,000 attendees to the L.A. State Historic Park. Understandably, at the time the festival’s infrastructure could not handle the turnout. Heat, lack of water and intolerably long lines dominated the event, and throngs of people left before the night’s headliners even began. Fast-forward two years, FYF Fest is now partnered with Goldenvoice, and expanded to four stages. The stages are a bit more spread out, and the lineup is even a step more impressive than previous years featuring everyone from the reunited Refused to Beirut. Would this year’s festival successfully navigate the woes of two years back? Thankfully, yes, and done so with an impressive array of wildly diverse bands.