Goldring Arts Journalism grad student Kate Drozynski picks the best recordings, the best live shows and the best musicians from 2014.
Music is personal. With a bevy of end-of-the-year best-of lists streaming from every outlet, it’s easy to forget that what matters most is how you felt about what you heard in 2014. I’ve been fortunate enough to see and hear a lot of things this year. Sifting through the musical memories and compiling a list of favorite moments is what these wrap-ups are all about. Here are a few moments that made my 2014 worth listening to.
Give your head a break from cramming for finals and treat your ears to these five home-stretch tunes instead.
We get it -- finals week is tough. If you're not frantically trying to cram names and dates into your noggin, you're likely pounding out a term paper in the midnight hour. I speak from experience here. Luckily, music is always here to help.
The former Rilo Kiley singer led a spirited, impressive, career-spanning solo show at the State Theatre of Ithaca on Nov. 8.
Inside the State Theatre of Ithaca Saturday night, it might as well have been 1978. Jenny Lewis, the former lead singer of Rilo Kiley who’s now fortifying an impressive solo career, wears her sonic influences proudly.
Review: The Radiohead frontman steps back into the studio for an eight-song experimental album that isn't worth much past its delivery method.
Like plenty of music makers in 2014, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke hates the corporate hold on the industry. But Yorke is actively working to change it, devising new ways to deliver music directly to listeners without any major-label meddling.
Review: Despite being down one guitarist, the Nashville-based power rockers charmed a tiny crowd at The Haunt in Ithaca on Sunday, Oct. 26.
What’s in a name? That which we call Diarrhea Planet by any other name would sound as sweet. Despite, or perhaps in virtue of, having what could possibly be one of the worst band names of the decade, Diarrhea Planet rocked The Haunt in Ithaca, N.Y. last Sunday with their brand of heavy metal, '90s tributes and just plain rock 'n’ roll.
A study conducted by a software application writer charted college students' SAT scores over their top 'liked' musical artists on Facebook.
Though you may think it easy to spot a Jack Johnson fan via his flip-flops or a Sublime listener via her penchant for Rastafarian colors, one researcher has shown that all you need to do is look at SAT scores. That's his plan, anyway.
Some are spooky, some are campy and some are just really good -- but none should be overlooked when compiling your ultimate trick-or-treat mood music.
Forget the witch decorations and the viral-ready jack-o-lanterns: No Halloween is complete without a killer playlist. For 2014, we compiled a little bit of everything -- gothic guitars, stuttering electronics, filthy hip-hop hypotheticals -- for a 10-song soundtrack for your undead endeavors. Prime your Spotify account with these tracks to make yourself the star DJ of this year's Halloween parties.