We're honored to team with Squarespace to present a special screening of This Is Home, the beautiful new Leon Bridges mini-documentary directed by legendary photographer Danny Clinch. The screening goes down in the building that started it all, Shipping & Receiving in downtown Fort Worth, TX, and will be followed by an increasingly rare, intimate stripped-down set by Leon...
We're thrilled to present Leon Bridges' return to DFW in September, for a homecoming show at Dallas' historic Fair Park Music Hall, with special guest London's Lianne La Havas. We're giving away a signed poster (pictured) + a pair of tickets for this one; just let us know your favorite Leon song in the comments below or on Facebook or Instagram, and I'll pick a winner in the coming weeks...
We've mentioned a time or two what an unreal year 2015 has been for new music, and that was certainly reflected in our recent lists of the best albums, songs, videos, and Young Thug tracks of the year. Today, we've teamed up with Spotify in collaboration with their Year in Music — where they're highlighting the top music + culture stories of 2015, as well as the year's most streamed artists, songs, and albums — to share our own most-listened-to artists of the year (shout out to Grimes, Young Thug, Bop English, Prince Innocence, Autre Ne Veut, and somewhat surprisingly, Knxwledge), and our personal top music story of the year. If you're curious who you actually listened to the most in 2k15 or exactly how many days you spent listening to music this year, you can check out Year in Music for your personal, sometimes embarrassingly enlightening stats, such as:
We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site. So many stars seemed to serendipitously align this year — our 10th as a blog — for sounds that veered right into our own personal, sometimes insular little lane: the triumphant return of Grimes; the improbable meteoric rise of Leon Bridges from seemingly out of nowhere (i.e., right here in our own backyard); a sweet, thoroughly relatable, '90s-hip-hop-inspired record from Panda Bear (our favorite artist); two Beach House albums in the span of two months; D'Angelo with probably the best show we've seen since the last time he rolled through town 15 years ago; Grouper started a pop group; the summer of Jamie xx; and on and on. If 2015 had seen the release of Dear Tommy and new music from Shabazz Palaces or Burial (all still possible, I suppose), our blog might have imploded.
With all of that said, I still feel like we went as deep as ever this year, and as always, there were some genuinely incredible hidden gems to uncover if you spent a little time digging. Let us know how your year went as you check the full list of our 50 favorite records of the year, and lose yourself in our nearly 3-hour-long spotify playlist:
Leon Bridges live at the Fonda Theatre in LA, shot by David on Impossible Project x Third Man black + yellow duochrome film.