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Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and Films

Because the Annual Report wouldn't exist without these crucial inclusions

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    The behind-the-scenes work on this year’s Annual Report was never-ending.

    We voted, we came together, we voted again, we ate mounds of cashews. Eventually, our Albums, Songs, and Films of the Year lists surfaced to solidify our collective editorial voice. Still, Consequence of Sound is comprised of many unique individuals and strong opinions, so we felt there was no better way to honor these voices than to give each one the space to sum up their own 2015.

    If our weeks dedicated to Star Wars and Tarantino weren’t enough, stay tuned next week for an assortment of supplemental reports and a number of articles that look into the future rather than the past. That’s where we’re headed anyhow.

    In the meantime…


    Alex Young, Publisher

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    alexyoungAlbums:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    02. Lady Lamb – After
    03. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
    04. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
    05. The Dead Weather – Dodge and Burn
    06. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    07. Angel Haze – Back to the Woods
    08. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
    09. White Reaper – Does it Again
    10. Foo Fighters – Saint Cecilia EP

    Songs:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker the Berry”
    02. Vic Mensa feat. Kanye West – “U Mad”
    03. Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”
    04. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
    05. Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean?”
    06. Alessia Cara – “Here”
    07. Drake – “Back to Back”
    08. Drake & Future – “Big Rings”
    09. The Dead Weather – “Three Dollar Hat”
    10. Foo Fighters – “Saint Cecilia”

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    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


    Michael Roffman, Editor-in-Chief

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    roffman Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Grimes – Art Angels
    02. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    03. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    04. Disasterpeace – It Follows
    05. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
    06. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
    07. The Districts – A Flourish And A Spoil
    08. Jamie xx – In Colour
    09. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
    10. New Order – Music Complete

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    Songs:
    01. Grimes – “REALiTi”
    02. Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”
    03. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    04. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
    05. Florence + The Machine – “Ship to Wreck”
    06. Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
    07. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith – “Omen”
    08. The Districts – “Peaches”
    09. John Carpenter – “Vortex”
    10. Grimes – “Kill V. Maim”

    Films:
    01. The Revenant
    02. Mad Max: Fury Road
    03. Call Me Lucky
    04. Sicario
    05. Anomalisa
    06. Blind
    07. Inside Out
    08. The Overnight
    09. Tangerine
    10. Creed

    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: An Oral History of Dramarama’s Cinéma Vérité

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    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Whatever dreams M83 have up their sleeves. That album Sky Ferreira has been harboring.

    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016:  Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some. I know I do.


    Matt Melis, Senior Editor

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    IMG_0304Albums:
    1. The Districts – A Flourish and a Spoil
    2. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
    3. Tame Impala – Currents
    4. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    5. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
    6. Björk – Vulnicura
    7. Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer
    8. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
    10. White Reaper – Does It Again

    Films:
    1. The Look of Silence
    2. Mad Max: Fury Road
    3. Tangerine
    4. Spotlight
    5. Call Me Lucky
    6. Inside Out
    7. It Follows
    8. Sicario
    9. The Overnight
    10. Entertainment

    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: Jim Henson: A Belated Farewell

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    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: PJ Harvey

    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


    Adam Kivel, Managing Editor

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    kivel Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Circuit Des Yeux – In Plain Speech
    02. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
    03. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
    04. Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls
    05. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    06. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
    07. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
    08. Matana Roberts – COIN COIN Chapter Three: river run thee
    09. Bell Witch – Four Phantoms
    10. Julia Holter – Have You in My Wilderness

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    Songs:
    01. Circuit Des Yeux – “Fantasize the Scene”
    02. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    03. Majical Cloudz – “Downtown”
    04. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me”
    05. Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian at Best”
    06. Vince Staples – “Senorita”
    07. Drake – “Hotline Bling”
    08. Protomartyr – “Ellen”
    09. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment – “Sunday Candy”
    10. Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”

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    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Hail, Caesar!


    George “Sami” Jarroush, Video Director

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    sami jarroush Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    02. The Districts – A Flourish And A Spoil
    03. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
    04. Torche – Restarter
    05. Tame Impala – Currents
    06. FIDLAR – Too
    07. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
    08. Jamie xx – In Colour
    09. Bully – Feels Like

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    Songs:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
    02. The Districts – “4th and Roebling”
    03. Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin'”
    04. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
    05. Torche – “Minions”
    06. Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
    07. Jamie xx – “Good Times”
    08. FIDLAR – “West Coast”
    09. Sleater-Kinney – “A New Wave”

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    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


    Ben Kaye, News Editor

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    ben kayeAlbums:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    02. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
    03. My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
    04. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    05. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
    06. Lady Lamb – After
    07. FIDLAR – Too
    08. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
    09. The Dear Hunter – Rebirth in Reprise
    10. The Districts – A Flourish and a Spoil

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    Songs:
    01. Tame Impala – “Cause I’m a Man”
    02. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – “Slip Slide”
    03. Ezra Furman – “Lousy Connection”
    04. Bully – “Trying”
    05. Leon Bridges – “River”
    06. Ezra Furman – “Lousy Connection”
    07. Gallant – “Weight in Gold”
    08. Mas Ysa – “Margarita”
    09. EL VY – “I’m the Man to Be”
    10. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “S.O.B.”

    Films:
    01. Honestly didn’t see enough of the year’s top films to say 🙁
    02. I feel so useless
    03. Why can’t all these be on Netflix already?
    04. I DID just watch Inside Out — that was great
    05. If I really did a list, it’d be all superhero movies
    06. And Star Wars, obvi
    07. No, I haven’t seen Mad Max: Fury Road yet
    08. I know
    09. I’m trying to see all the old ones first (again, I know)
    10. Still need to see Thunderdome

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    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Bon Iver

    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Ghostbusters


    Michelle Geslani, Assistant News Editor

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    GESLANIAlbums:
    01. Jamie xx – In Colour
    02. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    03. Tame Impala – Currents
    04. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    05. Grimes – Art Angels
    06. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
    07. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
    08. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
    09. Beach House – Depression Cherry
    10. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

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    Songs:
    01. Jamie xx feat. Popcaan, Young Thug – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”
    02. Drake – “Hotline Bling”
    03. Adele – “Hello”
    04. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
    05. Grimes – “Flesh Without Blood”
    06. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
    07. Jamie xx – Loud Places
    08. Jack Ü feat. Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now?”
    09. Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian at Best”
    10. Alabama Shakes – “Future People”

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    Sasha Geffen, Associate Editor

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     Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and Films

    Albums:
    01. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
    02. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    03. Torres – Sprinter
    04. Nicole Dollanganger – Natural Born Losers
    05. Grimes – Art Angels
    06. Circuit Des Yeux – In Plain Speech
    07. Holly Herndon – Platform
    08. Alex G – Beach Music
    09. Elvis Depressedly – New Alhambra
    10. The Variable Why – Looking at the Triangles

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    Songs:
    01. Nicolas Jaar – “No One Is Looking At U”
    02. Beach House – “Somewhere Tonight”
    03. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    04. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment – “Sunday Candy”
    05. Autre Ne Veut – “Age of Transparency”
    06. Jordaan Mason – “Of Hospitals”
    07. Katie Dey – “Unkillable”
    08. Shamir – “Vegas”
    09. Arca – “Vanity”
    10. Braids – “Sore Eyes”

    Films:
    01. Phoenix
    02. Ex Machina
    03. Room
    04. Goodnight Mommy
    05. Anomalisa
    06. Love and Mercy
    07. It Follows
    08. Iris
    09. Tangerine
    10. The Assassin

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    Album She’s Most Excited for in 2016: ANOHNI – Hopelessness


    Philip Cosores, Associate Editor

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    cosores Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    02. Jamie xx – In Colour
    03. Tame Impala – Currents
    04. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    05. Torres – Sprinter
    06. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
    07. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
    08. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
    09. Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?
    10. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete

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    Songs:
    01. Jamie xx – “Gosh”
    02. Hop Along – “Happy to See Me”
    03. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
    04. Courtney Barnett – “Depreston”
    05. HEALTH – “Stonefist”
    06. Natalie Prass – “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”
    07. Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”
    08. Carly Rae Jepsen – “All That”
    09. Alex Winston – “Down Low”
    10. Autre Ne Veut – “Age of Transparency”

    Films:
    01. Inside Out
    02. Spotlight
    03. Sicario
    04. It Follows
    05. The End of the Tour
    06. While We’re Young
    07. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
    08. The Gift
    09. Ex Machina
    10. Paddington

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    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Grandaddy

    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: X-Men: Apocalypse
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    Justin Gerber, Film Editor

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    justingerber1 Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsFilms:
    01. Sicario
    02. Call Me Lucky
    03. Mad Max: Fury Road
    04. The Look of Silence
    05. Spotlight
    06. Anomalisa
    07. Heaven Knows What
    08. It Follows
    09. Entertainment
    10. Creed

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    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: Ranking: Every James Bond Film From Worst to Best

    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups
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    Dominick Mayer, Film Editor

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    Songs:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    02. Titus Andronicus – “Dimed Out”
    03. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – “Sunday Candy”
    04. The Mountain Goats – “Werewolf Gimmick”
    05. D’Angelo and the Vanguard – “Ain’t It Easy”
    06. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
    07. A$AP Rocky – “Holy Ghost”
    08. Earl Sweatshirt – “AM // Radio”
    09. Vince Staples – “Lift Me Up”
    10. Titus Andronicus – “I Lost My Mind (+@)”

    Films:
    01. The Look of Silence
    02. The End of the Tour
    03. Tangerine
    04. Call Me Lucky
    05. Mad Max: Fury Road
    06. World of Tomorrow
    07. Heaven Knows What
    08. Youth
    09. Eden
    10. Son of Saul

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    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: The Movie Theater vs. The Couch: The War for Film

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    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some
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    Cap Blackard, Art Director/Senior Staff Writer

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    capblackard Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
    02. Polaris – Live at Lincoln Hall
    03. The Protomen – The Cover Up
    04. Twin Shadow – Eclipse
    05. Chamber Band – Careers
    06. Bleubird – Lauderdale
    07. The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
    08. Hot Dad – TV
    09. Björk – Vulnicura
    10. YACHT – I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler

    Songs:
    01. David Bowie – “Blackstar”
    02. My Morning Jacket – “Compound Fracture”
    03. Chamber Band – “Victory Tour”
    04. The Protomen – “Hold Back the Night”
    05. Justin Roiland – “Get Schwifty” [Andromulus Remix]
    06. Björk – “Stonemilker”
    07. Hot Dad – “Family Matters”
    08. The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
    09. The Decemberists – “A Beginning Song”
    10. Trevor Moore feat. Asmeret Ghebremichael – “Bullies”

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    Films:
    01. Mad Max: Fury Road
    02. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
    03. Crimson Peak
    04. Turbo Kid
    05. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
    06. Advantageous
    07. Kung Fury
    08. Inside Out
    09. Spectre
    10. Ant-Man

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    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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    Dan Pfleegor, Director of Marketing/Staff Writer

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    pfleegor Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    2. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    3. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
    4. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
    5. Tame Impala – Currents
    6. Grimes – Art Angels
    7. Disasterpeace: It Follows
    8. A$AP Rocky – At.Long.Last.A$AP
    9. Ratatat – Magnifique
    10. D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah

    Songs:
    1. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    2. Future Islands – “The Chase”
    3. Vince Staples – “Norf Norf”
    4. Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”
    5. Viet Cong – “Continental Shelf”
    6. Grimes – “Kill v. Maim”
    7. A$AP Rocky (feat. Juicy J & UGK) – “Wavybone”
    8. Kanye West (feat. Allan Kingdom, Theophilus London, Paul McCartney) – “All Day”
    9. Colleen Green – “Deeper Than Love”
    10.Janet Jackson – “No Sleeep”

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    Films:
    01. Mad Max: Fury Road
    02. It Follows
    03. Call Me Lucky
    04. Tangerine
    05. Ex Machina
    06. The Hateful Eight
    07. Heaven Knows Best
    08. Sicario
    09. The Gift
    10. Spotlight

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    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: The Jungle Book 


    Steven Arroyo, Senior Staff Writer

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    stevenarroyoAlbums:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    02. Tame Impala – Currents
    03. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    04. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
    05. D’Angelo – Black Messiah
    06. Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
    07. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
    08. Low – Ones and Sixes
    09. Joanna Newsom – Divers
    10. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

    Songs:
    01. Tame Impala – “’Cause I’m a Man”
    02. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
    03. Panda Bear – “Tropic of Cancer”
    04. Courtney Barnett – “Depreston”
    05. Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”
    06. Ought – “Beautiful Blue Sky”
    07. Grimes and Bleachers – “Entropy”
    08. Torres – “Ferris Wheel”
    09. Wilco – “Magnetized”
    10. Car Seat Headrest – “Maud Gone”

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    Ryan Bray, Senior Staff Writer

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    ryan bray Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes
    02. Wilco – Star Wars
    03. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
    04. Ryan Adams – 1989
    05. Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love
    06. Ceremony – The L-Shaped Man
    07. Blur – The Magic Whip
    08. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    09. Ought – Sun Coming Down
    10. Fuzz – II

    Songs:
    01. Wilco – “You Satellite”
    02. The Chemical Brothers – “I’ll See You There”
    03. Ryan Adams – “Wildest Dreams”
    04. Leon Bridges – “River”
    05. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    06. Sleater Kinney – “A New Wave”
    07. Blur – “Ohm Ohm”
    08. Yo La Tengo – “Friday I’m In Love”
    09. Bjork – “Black Lake”
    10. Ceremony – “Your Life In France”

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    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Grandaddy

    Jason Lytle’s two solo ventures were decent enough substitutes for Grandaddy’s sweetly dystopic brand of indie rock, but they were just that. The news that Lytle is penning and recording tracks for a new Grandaddy record couldn’t come at a more opportune time. With election season propelling American culture to a whole new level of crazy absurdism, Grandaddy’s sly but somber outlook on 21st century life has the potential to speak louder and with more force than any of their past efforts.
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    Collin Brennan, Senior Staff Writer

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    photocollinbrennan Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and Films

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    Albums:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    02. Downtown Boys – Full Communism
    03. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
    04. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
    05. Grimes – Art Angels
    06. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    07. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
    08. Eskimeaux – O.K.
    09. Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
    10. Bully – Feels Like

    Songs:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
    02. Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds”
    03. Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”
    04. Torres – “Ferris Wheel”
    05. Titus Andronicus – “Dimed Out”
    06. Eskimeaux – “I Admit I’m Scared”
    07. Travi$ Scott – “Antidote”
    08. Vince Staples – “Norf Norf”
    09. Lupe Fiasco – “Deliver”
    10. Courtney Barnett – “Depreston”

    Films:
    01. The Look of Silence
    02. Mad Max: Fury Road
    03. Queen of Earth
    04. While We’re Young
    05. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    06. Mommy
    07. Dope
    08. Amy
    09. Brooklyn
    10. Tangerine

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    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: The End of Expression: A Conversation with Rick Alverson and Gregg Turkington

    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Savages – Adore Life

    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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    Dan Caffrey, Senior Staff Writer

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    dancaffrey Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    02. Grimes – Art Angels
    03. Advance Base – Nephew In the Wild
    04. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
    05. Bully – Feels Like
    06. Destroyer – Poison Season
    07. Sun Kil Moon – Universal Themes
    08. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
    09. Robert Stillman – Rainbow
    10. The Kickback – Sorry All Over the Place

    Songs:
    01. Destroyer – “Dream Lover”
    02. Craig Finn – “Newmyer’s Roof”
    03. Advance Base – “Kitty Wynn”
    04. Titus Andronicus – “Fatal Flaw”
    05. Bully – “Trying”
    06. John Carpenter – “Vortex”
    07. Tim Heidecker – “Our Values Are Under Attack”
    08. Deerhunter – “Snakeskin”
    09. Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin'”
    10. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – “Sunday Candy”

    Films:
    01. It Follows
    02. Bone Tomahawk
    03. Mad Max: Fury Road
    04. Tangerine
    05. The Hateful Eight
    06. Creed
    07. Entertainment
    08. Hard To Be a God
    09. White God
    10. Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

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    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: Tim Heidecker: A Man With a Country

    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: M83

    Film He’s Most Excited for in 2016: The Witch
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    Randall Colburn, Senior Staff Writer

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    randallcolburn Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    02. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    03. Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
    04. Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?
    05. Grimes – Art Angels
    06. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
    07. Mountain Goats – Beat The Champ
    08. Turnover – Peripheral Vision
    09. Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle
    10. Advance Base – Nephew In the Wild

    Songs:
    01. Mountain Goats – “Heel Turn 2”
    02. Advance Base – “Christmas in Dearborn”
    03. Majical Cloudz – “Silver Car Crash”
    04. Modern Baseball – “The Waterboy Returns”
    05. Turnover – “Humming”
    06. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Let’s Get Lost”
    07. Julien Baker – “Rejoice”
    08. Ryan Adams – “Blank Space”
    09. Iron Chic – “Subhumanoid Meltdown”
    10. Hop Along – “Texas Funeral”

    Films:
    01. The Look of Silence
    02. Entertainment
    03. Furious 7
    04. It Follows
    05. Tangerine
    06. While We’re Young
    07. Spotlight
    08. Mad Max: Fury Road
    09. Montage of Heck
    10. The Nightmare

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    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: How Parenthetical Girls Took Back Christmas

    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Modern Baseball!

    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: The Witch!
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    Nina Corcoran, Senior Staff Writer

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    Nina Corcoran picAlbums:
    01. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    02. Jamie xx – In Colour
    03. Joanna Newsom – Divers
    04. Viet Cong – Viet Cong
    05. Grimes – Art Angels
    06. Krill – A Distant Fist Unclenching
    07. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
    08. Leapling – Vacant Page
    09. Pile – You’re Better Than This
    10. Keita Sano – Holding New Cards

    Songs:
    01. Ought – “Beautiful Blue Sky”
    02. Chairlift – “Ch-Ching”
    03. Krill – “Tiger”
    04. Eugene Quell – “London Pollen”
    05. Palehound – “Molly”
    06. Rebel In The Morning – “Flickering Out”
    07. Missy Elliott – “WTF (Where They From)” [ft. Pharrell]
    08. Leapling – “Crooked”
    09. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
    10. Paul de Jong – “Age of the Sea”

    Films:
    01. Son of Saul
    02. The End of the Tour
    03. World of Tomorrow
    04. The Tribe
    05. The Lobster
    06. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
    07. The Wolfpack
    08. White God
    09. Anomalisa
    10. Heart of a Dog

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    Article She’s Most Proud of in 2015: Needle In The Hay: Elliott Smith’s Self-Titled Album Turns 20

    Album She’s Most Excited for in 2016: Radiohead

    Film She’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Andrea Arnold’s American Honey


    Katherine Flynn, Senior Staff Writer

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    head Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    02. Jamie xx – In Colour
    03. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
    04. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
    05. Beach House – Depression Cherry
    06. The Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home
    07. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
    08. Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
    09. Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer
    10. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

    Songs:
    01. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Warm Blood”
    02. Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”
    03. Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”
    04. Jeremih – “Planez”
    05. Grimes – “California”
    06. Modest Mouse – “Wicked Campaign”
    07. Drake – “Now & Forever”
    08. FKA twigs – “In Time”
    09. Father John Misty – “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”
    10. The Tallest Man On Earth – “Beginners”

    Article She’s Most Proud of in 2015: Shift Change: 15 Surprising Leaps By Musicians

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    Album She’s Most Excited for in 2016: Drake – Views From The 6

    Film She’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Knight of Cups
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    Blake Goble, Senior Staff Writer

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    goble blake Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah
    02. Tame Impala – Lonerism
    03. AM & Shawn Lee – Outlines
    04. Los Lobos – Gates of Gold
    05. Thundercat – The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
    06. Wilco – Star Wars
    07. Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern
    08. Jamie XX – In Colour
    09. Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight
    10. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

    Songs:
    01. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “The Charade”
    02. AM & Shawn Lee – “Outlines”
    03. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
    04. Raury – “Demo 1: By The Sea”
    05. Sam Dew – “Desperately”
    06. Wilco – “Random Name Generator”
    07. Thundercat – “Them Changes”
    08. Ennio Morricone – “L’Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock”
    09. Los Lobos – “When We Were Free”
    10. Midnight – “Cool Kids (DFWU)”

    Films:
    01. Iris
    02. Taxi
    03. Inside Out
    04. 45 Years
    05. The Forbidden Room
    06. The Treasure
    07. A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting on Existence
    08. Mad Max: Fury Road
    09. Chi-Raq
    10. The New Girlfriend

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    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: I feel slightly guilty about this, but Film Review: Paul Blart 2.

    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: David Bowie – ★

    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters (secretly Turtles 2)


    Jon Hadusek, Senior Staff Writer

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    hadusek cropAlbums:
    01. Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
    02. Windhand – Grief’s Infernal Flower
    03. Elder – Lore
    04. Bell Witch – Four Phantoms
    05. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    06. Susanne Sundfor – Ten Love Songs
    07. Marching Church – This World Is Not Enough
    08. Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls
    09. Monolord – Vaenir
    10. Kill West – Smoke Beach

    Songs:
    01. Elder – “Compendium”
    02. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me”
    03. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    04. Susanne Sundfor – “Fade Away”
    05. Colleen Green – “Deeper Than Love”
    06. Wand – “Melted Rope”
    07. Dungen – “Franks Cactus”
    08. Baroness – “Chlorine & Wine”
    09. Holy Serpent – “Fools Gold”
    10. Drake – “Hotline Bling”

    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: Psycho California 2015 Review + Photos

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    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Deftones
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    Brian Josephs, Senior Staff Writer

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    briansuit Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Vince Staples – Summertime 06
    02. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
    03. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    04. Future – 56 Nights
    05. Jamie xx – In Colour
    06. Miguel – WILDHEART
    07. Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment – Surf
    08. DΔWN – Blackheart
    09. Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show
    10. Jeremih – Late Nights: The Album

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    Songs:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    02. Future – “March Madness”
    03. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
    04. Erykah Badu & Andre 3000 – “Hello”
    05. Kamasi Washington – “Re Run Home”
    06. WOKE – “The Lavishments of Light Looking”
    07. Jamie xx – “Girl”
    08. Vince Staples – “Get Paid”
    09. Dr. Dre feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, and Candice Pillay – “Genocide”
    10. Drake – “Know Yourself”

    Article He’s (Choose One) Most Proud of in 2015: Revisiting the Radical Black Fever Dream of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Radiohead

    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Martin Scorsese’s Silence
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    Pat Levy, Senior Staff Writer

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    me and rtjAlbums:
    01. Future – DS2
    02. Jamie xx – In Colour
    03. Young Thug – Slime Season
    04. Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?
    05. Carly Rae Jepsen – E-MO-TION
    06. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
    07. Migos – Yung Rich Nation
    08. Destroyer – Poison Season
    09. Milo – So The Flies Don’t Come
    10. Shamir – Ratchet

    Songs:
    01. Post Malone – “White Iverson”
    02. Future – “March Madness”
    03. Chance the Rapper – “Angels”
    04. The Internet – “Girl”
    05. Lower Dens – “To Die In L.A.”
    06. Action Bronson – “Falconry” feat. Mayhem Lauren and Big Body Bes
    07. Young Thug – “Quarterback” feat. Quavo, Offset, and Peewee Longway
    08. Girlpool – “Chinatown”
    09. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me”
    10. Ought – “Beautiful Blue Sky”

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    Films:
    01. What We Do In the Shadows
    02. Kingsman: The Secret Service
    03. It Follows
    04. Mad Max: Fury Road
    05. Furious 7
    06. The Overnight
    07. Creed
    08. Sicario
    09. Entertainment
    10. Spy

    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: Album Review: Migos – Yung Rich Nation

    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Charles Bradley – Changes

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    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room
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    Sheldon Pearce, Staff Writer

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    sheldonpearce e1399061862568 Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
    02. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
    03. The Internet – Ego Death
    04. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    05. Tame Impala – Currents
    06. Young Thug – Barter 6
    07. Beach House – Depression Cherry
    08. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
    09. Future – Dirty Sprite 2
    10. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

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    Songs:
    01. Future – “March Madness”
    02. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    03. Jack Ü feat. Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now?”
    04. Sleater-Kinney – “Price Tag”
    05. Young Thug – “Pacifier”
    06. Kacey Musgraves – “Die Fun”
    07. Kelela – “Rewind”
    08. FKA twigs – “In Time”
    09. Drake – “10 Bands”
    10. Fifth Harmony – “Worth It” (Feat. Kid Ink)

    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: Dan Deacon: Weird Transparency

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    Lior Phillips, Senior Staff Writer

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    randallcolburnAlbums:
    01. New Order – Music Complete
    02. Nils Frahm – Solo
    03. Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down
    04. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
    05. Circuit des Yeux – In Plain Speech
    06. Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?
    07. Squarepusher – Damogen Furies
    08. East India Youth – Culture of Volume
    09. Hey Colossus – Radio Static High
    10. Carter Tutti Void – f (x)

    Songs:
    01. Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”
    02. Majical Cloudz – “Dowtown”
    03. Anohni – “4 degrees”
    04. Hot Chip – “Dark Night”
    05. Titus Andronicus – “Dimed Out”
    06. J Fernandez – “Between the channels”
    07. Jenny Hval – “The Battle is Over”
    08. David Bowie – “Blackstar”
    09. Viet Cong – “March of Progress”
    10. A-WA – “Habib Galbi”

    Article She’s Most Proud of in 2015: Who the Hell Are Titus Andronicus?

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    Album She’s Most Excited for in 2016: Radiohead


    Derek Staples, Senior Staff Writer

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    Derek Staples PictureAlbums:
    01. Shamir – Ratchet
    02. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    03. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
    04. DJ Paypal – Sold Out
    05. Jamie xx – In Colour
    06. Arca – Mutant
    07. Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer
    08. Darkstar – Foam Island
    09. Tame Impala – Currents
    10. Ratatat – Magnifique

    Songs:
    01. Vince Staples – “Norf Norf”
    02. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    03. Ecstatic Vision – “Astral Plane”
    04. Majical Cloudz – “Are You Alone”
    05. Shamir – “Make A Scene”
    06. Father John Misty – “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment”
    07. Drake & Future – Jumpman
    08. Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)
    09. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – “Siren Fen”
    10. Denney – “Low Frequency”

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    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: Detroit’s Techno Epoch: An Interview with Movement’s Sam Fotias 

    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Death Grip’s Bottomless Pit and holding out hope for Jay Electronica’s debut studio full-length.
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    Sean Barry, Staff Writer

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    sean barry Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
    02. Bell Witch – Four Phantoms
    03. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
    04. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
    05. Horrendous – Anareta
    06. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
    07. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    08. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
    09. Saintseneca – Such Things
    10. Vattnet Viskar – Settler

    Songs:
    01. Death Grips – “On GP”
    02. Panda Bear – “Boys Latin”
    03. Deafzeaven – “Brought To The Water”
    04. Django Django – “Found You”
    05. Saintseneca – “Rare Form”
    06. Horrendous – “Acolytes”
    07. Bell Witch – “Suffocation, A Burial: I – Awoken (Broken Teeth)”
    08. Sufjan Stevens – “Death With Dignity”
    09. Yellow Eyes – “Ice in the Spring”
    10. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: Album Review: Deafheaven – New Bermuda

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    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Animal Collective – Painting With


    David Buchanan, Staff Writer

    david buchanan Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor
    02. Faith No More – Sol Invictus
    03. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
    04. Screaming Females – Rose Mountain
    05. Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful
    06. Muse – Drones
    07. Lindemann – Skills In Pills
    08. Teenage Time Killers – Greatest Hits, Volume 1
    09. Ghost – Meliora
    10. Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues

    Songs:
    01. Faith No More – “Motherfucker”
    02. Seether – “Words As Weapons”
    03. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
    04. The Weeknd – “Earned It”
    05. Amorphis – “Death Of A King”
    06. Muse – “Dead Inside”
    07. Slayer – “When The Stillness Comes”
    08. Drake – “Hotline Bling”
    09. Michael C. Hall – “Blackstar”
    10. Nero – “The Thrill”

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    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: Ranking: Every Faith No More Song From Worst to Best

    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Suede’s Night Thoughts
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    Karen Gwee, Staff Writer

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    karen gwee Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    02. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    03. Braids – Deep In The Iris
    04. Carly Rae Jepsen – EMOTION
    05. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
    06. Eskimeaux – O.K.
    07. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
    08. Tame Impala – Currents
    09. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
    10. Jamie xx – In Colour

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    Songs:
    01. Protomartyr – “Why Does It Shake?”
    02. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
    03. Courtney Barnett – “Depreston”
    04. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    05. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me”
    06. Braids – “Taste”
    07. Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”
    08. Miguel – “Coffee”
    09. Grimes – “Flesh Without Blood”
    10. Eskimeaux – “Broken Necks”

    Article She’s Most Proud of in 2015: Rock ‘n’ Roll Is for Everyone: The Fight for Safe and Inclusive Shows

    Album She’s Most Excited for in 2016: The Last Shadow Puppets


    Tony Hardy, Staff Writer

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    tonyhardy Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Bearpark – Wilderness End
    02. Eyes For Gertrude – Residential Bliss
    03. Secret Someones – Secret Someones
    04. The Mynabirds – Lovers Know
    05. Mercury Rev – The Light In You
    06. Laura Marling – Short Movie
    07. Morton Valence – Another Country
    08. Owl & Mouse – Departures
    09. Lady Lamb – After
    10.Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Motorcade Amnesiacs

    Songs:
    01. Mercury Rev – “The Queen Of Swans”
    02. Eyes For Gertrude – “Rag And Bone”
    03. Bearpark – “Boxers”
    04. Secret Someones – “I Won’t Follow”
    05. Belle & Sebastian – “Nobody’s Empire”
    06. Owl & Mouse – “Misfits”
    07. Lady Lamb – “Penny Licks”
    08. Courtney Barnett – “Depreston”
    09. The Mynabirds – “Hanged Man”
    10.Guy Garvey – “Courting the Squall”

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    Films:
    01. The Lady in the Van
    02. Amy
    03. Far From The Madding Crowd
    04. Ex Machina
    05. Sicario
    06. Carol
    07. Still Alice
    08. The Revenant
    09. 45 Years
    10. Spectre

    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: Live Review: “Weird Al” Yankovic at London’s Eventim Apollo (10/4)

    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Daughter – Not To Disappear

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    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: My Cousin Rachel starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin
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    Lyndsey Havens, Staff Writer

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    Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAlbums:
    01. Tame Impala – Currents
    02. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
    03. Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Balcony
    04. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
    05. Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love
    06. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
    07. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    08. Wilco – Star Wars
    09. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
    10. The Dead Weather – Dodge and Burn

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    Songs:
    01. Beck – “Dreams”
    02. Tame Impala – “‘Cause I’m A Man”
    03. Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
    04. The Weeknd – “The Hills”
    05. Sia – “Alive”
    06. Florence and the Machine – “What Kind of Man”
    07. Adele – “Hello”
    08. Leon Bridges – “Smooth Sailin'”
    09. Modest Mouse – “Lampshades on Fire”
    10. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”

    Article She’s Most Proud of in 2015: Jacked: What’s Jack White’s Best Project?

    Album She’s Most Excited for in 2016: Frank Ocean


    Dusty Henry, Staff Writer

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    dustyhenry e1399054045219 Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    02. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
    03. All Dogs – Kicking Every Day
    04. Jamie xx – In Colour
    05. Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Style
    06. Chastity Belt – Time To Go Home
    07. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    08. Freddie Gibbs – Shadow Of A Doubt
    09. Ilyas Ahmed – I Am All Your Own
    10. Aero Flynn – Aero Flynn

    Songs:
    01. Majical Cloudz – “Downtown”
    02. All Dogs – “Black Hole”
    03. Chastity Belt – “Drone”
    04. Korallreven – “Here In Iowa”
    05. Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”
    06. Kendrick Lamar – “Wesley’s Theory”
    07. Bully – “Trying”
    08. Sufjan Stevens – “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”
    09. Colleen Green – “TV”
    10. Jame xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”

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    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: John Congleton’s Quest For The Truth in Five Records

    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Radiohead

    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: The Disaster Artist


    Danielle Janota, Staff Writer

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    DJ CoS Profile PicAlbums:
    01. Jamie xx – In Colour
    02. Grimes – Art Angels
    03. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    04. Le1f – Riot Boi
    05. Colleen Green – I Want To Grow Up
    06. The Internet – Ego Death
    07. Hudson Mohawke – Lantern
    08. The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes
    09. Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
    10. Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love

    Songs:
    01. Jamie xx – “Gosh”
    02. Kanye West ft. Allan Kingdom, Paul McCartney & Theophilus London – “All Day”
    03. Grimes – “Kill V. Maim”
    04. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
    05.The Chemical Brothers – “Taste of Honey”
    06. Shamir – “On The Regular”
    07. Mas Ysa – “Margarita”
    08. Battles – “The Yabba”
    09. FKA twigs – “Figure 8”
    10. Justin Bieber – “Sorry”

    Article She’s Most Proud of in 2015: North Coast 2015 Festival Review: Top 10 Moments

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    Album She’s Most Excited for in 2016: Kanye West’s SWISH (or whatever dumb title he changes it to next)

    Film She’s Most Anticipating for 2016: David Ayer’s Suicide Squad


    Kevin McMahon, Staff Writer

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    mcmahon e1419281623451 Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    02. D’Angelo – Black Messiah
    03. Death Grips – Jenny Death
    04. Jamie xx – In Colour
    05. Four Tet – Morning/Evening
    06. Jeremiah Jae – The Night Took Us In Like Family
    07. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    08. Tame Impala – Currents
    09. The Chemical Brothers – Born in the Echoes
    10. Julio Bashmore – Knockin’ Boots

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    Songs:
    01. Sufjan Stevens – “Fourth of July”
    02. Death Grips – “Pss Pss”
    03. D’Angelo – “Really Love”
    04. Floating Points “Silhouettes (I, II, & III)
    05. Father John Misty – “True Affection”
    06. Kendrick Lamar – “You Ain’t Gotta Lie”
    07. DJ Koze – “I Haven’t Been Everywhere But It’s On My List”
    08. Jamie xx – “Loud Places”
    09. Nils Frahm – “Some”
    10. Throwing Snow – “Xema”

    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: Long Nights and Inalienable Rights: A Conversation with Mr Twin Sister

    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: I’d be lying if I didn’t say Radiohead, but they may very well take until 2017 so I’m going to go with the Gorillaz.

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    Film He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Deadpool


    Leah Pickett, Staff Writer

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    Leah PickettAlbums:
    01. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    02. Joanna Newsom – Divers
    03. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    04. Grimes – Art Angels
    05. Chvrches – Every Open Eye
    06. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
    07. Björk – Vulnicura
    08. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    09. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
    10. Wilco – Star Wars

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    Songs:
    01. Sufjan Stevens – “4th of July”
    02. Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian at Best”
    03. Chvrches – “Leave a Trace”
    04. Joanna Newsom – “Sapokanikan”
    05. Grimes – “Flesh without Blood”
    06. Wilco – “Random Name Generator”
    07. Bully – “Trying”
    08. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    09. Sleater-Kinney – “New Wave”
    10. The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

    Films:
    01. Spotlight
    02. Ex Machina
    03. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    04. Mad Max: Fury Road
    05. Sicario
    06. It Follows
    07. Anomalisa
    08. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
    09. While We’re Young
    10. Call Me Lucky

    Honorable Mentions: Carol, Brooklyn, Tangerine, Amy, Inside Out, and The Big Short

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    Article She’s Most Proud of in 2015: Comedian of the Year: Aziz Ansari

    Album She’s Most Excited for in 2016: Radiohead

    Film She’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Tie: Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


    Phillip Roffman, Staff Writer

    roffman Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Grimes – Art Angels
    02. Tame Impala – Currents
    03. Kendrick Lamar – How to Pimp A Butterfly
    04. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
    05. Jamie xx – In Colour
    06. Silversun Pickups – Better Nature
    07. Will Butler – Policy
    08. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    09. Beach House – Depression Cherry
    10. Big Grams – Big Grams

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    Songs:
    01. Grimes – “Realiti Demo”
    02. Future Islands – “The Chase”
    03. Warpaint – “Ashes to Ashes”
    04. Tame Impala – “Let it Happen”
    05. Kendrick Lamar – “For Free?”
    06. Silversun Pickups – “Nightlight”
    07. Missy Elliott – “WTF (Where They From)”
    08. Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole – “Blackfriday”
    09. Jamie XX – “Gosh”
    10. Vallis Alps – “Young”

    Films:
    01. Me Earl and the Dying Girl
    02. Mad Max: Fury Road
    03. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    04. It Follows
    05. Love and Mercy
    06. The End of the Tour
    07. Ex Machina
    08. Straight Outta Compton
    09. Inside Out
    10. Krampus

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    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


    Zack Ruskin, Staff Writer

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    zackruskin1 Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    02. Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton OST
    03. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
    04. Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down
    05. Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
    06. Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer
    07. Atticus Ross – Music From Love and Mercy OST
    08. Eugene Mirman – I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome)
    09. Frank Turner – Positive Songs for Negative People
    10. Joanna Newsom – Divers

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    Songs:
    01. Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”
    02. Sufjan Stevens – “All of Me Wants All of You”
    03. Dan Deacon – “When I Was Done Dying”
    04. Joanna Newsom – “Sapokanikan”
    05. Sleater-Kinney – “A New Wave”
    06. Lin-Manuel Miranda – “My Shot”
    07. Courtney Barnett – “Depreston”
    08. Adele – “Hello”
    09. Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”
    10. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”

    Films:
    01. Love and Mercy
    02. Spotlight
    03. The Look of Silence
    04. Jurassic World
    05. Carol
    06. Ex Machina
    07. Trainwreck
    08. Steve Jobs
    09. Trumbo
    10. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

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    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Radiohead’s ninth studio album

    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Hail, Caesar!
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    David Sackllah, Staff Writer

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    sackllah Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    02. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah
    03. Future – 56 Nights
    04. Torres – Sprinter
    05. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
    06. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    07. Grimes – Art Angels
    08. Lower Dens – Escape From Evil
    09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
    10. Rae Sremmurd – Sremmlife

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    Songs:
    01. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – “Sunday Candy”
    02. Jamie XX (ft. Young Thug & Popcaan) – “I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times”
    03. Future – “March Madness”
    04. Courtney Barnett – “Depreston”
    05. Heems – “Flag Shopping”
    06. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Warm Blood”
    07. Sheer Mag – “Button Up”
    08. Justin Beiber – “Sorry”
    09. Jamie XX (ft. Romy) – “Loud Places”
    10. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

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    Album He’s Most Excited for in 2016: Radiohead
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    Janine Schaults, Staff Writer

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    janine schaults Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Adele – 25
    02. Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble
    03. Joan Shelley – Over and Even
    04. Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color
    05. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,’ Florence and the Machine
    06. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
    07. Josh Ritter – Sermon on the Rocks
    08. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
    09. Torres – Sprinter
    10. Dwight Yoakam – Second Hand Heart

    Songs:
    01. Little Big Town – Girl Crush
    02. Adele – Water Under the Bridge
    03. Glen Hansard – Winning Streak
    04. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B.
    05. Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake?
    06. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk
    07. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment – Sunday Candy
    08. Sia – Alive
    09. Coldplay 0 Adventure of a Lifetime
    10. Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin

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    Films:
    01. Spotlight
    02. Mad Max: Fury Road
    03. It Follows
    04. Steve Jobs
    05. Brooklyn
    06. Room
    07. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    08. The End of the Tour
    09. The Martian
    10. Sicario

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    Album She’s Most Excited for in 2016: Sia

    Film She’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters


    Allison Shoemaker, Staff Writer

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    allison shoemaker Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    02. Grimes – Art Angels
    03. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
    04. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
    05. D’Angelo & the Vanguard – Black Messiah
    06. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
    07. Joanna Newsome – Divers
    08. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
    09. The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ
    10. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Original Broadway Cast – Hamilton

    Songs:
    01. Wondaland Records – “Hell You Talmbout”
    02. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
    03. Grimes – “Realiti”
    04. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me”
    05. Courtney Barnett – “Depreston”
    06. The Mountain Goats – “Heel Turn 2”
    07. Kasey Musgraves – “Pageant Material”
    08. Rachel Bloom – “I’m a Good Person”
    09. Adele – “Hello”
    10. Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”

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    Films:
    01. Mad Max: Fury Road
    02. Tangerine
    03. Inside Out
    04. Spotlight
    05. While We’re Young
    06. Sicario
    07. Call Me Lucky
    08. Ex Machina
    09. Amy
    10. Spy/Magic Mike XXL)

    Article She’s Most Proud of in 2015: From Dog Day Afternoon to Dallas Buyers Club: The Danish Girl Predecessors

    In thinking a lot about how trans* people are portrayed on film, I—surprise surprise—learned a lot about the representation of trans* and gender-nonconforming people in general. Not to sound all bleeding heart, but I feel like a better, more informed ally now than I was two months ago.

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    Album She’s Most Excited for in 2016: David Bowie –

    Film She’s Most Anticipating for 2016: Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters

    I don’t care that it’s not a new idea. I don’t care that it’s a little silly. I have zero fucks to give about any of that nonsense. Do you know how often people get all worked up, months—nay, years—in advance about a movie starring four women? I cannot fucking wait. I hate the term ‘haters,’ but hey, HATERS: who you gonna call? Those ladies, that’s who.
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    Clint Worthington, Staff Writer

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    clint worthington Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsFilms:
    01. Mad Max: Fury Road
    02. Spotlight
    03. The Assassin
    04. The Look of Silence
    05. Tangerine
    06. Creed
    07. It Follows
    08. The Big Short
    09. Son of Saul
    10. 99 Homes

    Article He’s Most Proud of in 2015: Film Review: The Ridiculous 6

    As the new kid on the block, part of my journey through the last few months is just finding my footing as a critic: balancing personal taste with acknowledgement of craft, examining both the politics of a film and the filmmaking itself, and so on. One of the ways I did that was to dive headfirst into the job, which is why I actively volunteered to watch/review The Ridiculous 6 upon release. For better or worse, my complicated (and largely negative) feelings for that movie led to a review of which I’m particularly proud. I’m always looking to improve as a writer and critic, but that review was the one where I felt most comfortable. While I’ve gotten to do some cool interviews already in my first few months here (Alex Ross Perry, Jay Roach, Michael Shannon), it’s the reviews that bring me the most joy and cathartic anger – this was certainly no exception.

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    Film He’s Most Anticipating for 2016: The Purge: Anarchy

    Though, like any red-blooded American white nerd, I’m looking forward to Captain America: Civil War, I’ll go for the deep cut and say The Purge 3. While the first Purge was a limp home-invasion flick with limp stabs at political commentary, last year’s The Purge: Anarchy somehow fixed most of the first film’s problems by leaning into the cartoonishness of the premise, making its politics even more bold and strident, and giving us an awesome protagonist in Frank Grillo’s Punisher-like lead. With Grillo and some of the other characters from Anarchy returning for the third one, here’s hoping director James DeMonaco has solidified the premise (and his directorial prowess) further.


    Killian Young, Staff Writer

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    killianyoung Staff Lists 2015: Top 10 Albums, Songs, and FilmsAlbums:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    02. Tame Impala – Currents
    03. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
    04. CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
    05. Sorority Noise – Joy, Departed
    06. Grimes – Art Angels
    07. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment – Surf
    08. Florence and the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
    09. Young Jesus – Grow/Decompose
    10. The Front Bottoms – Back on Top

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    Songs:
    01. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
    02. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
    03. CHVRCHES – “Never Ending Circles”
    04. Sorority Noise – “Nolsey”
    05. Father John Misty – “The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt.”
    06. Kanye West – “All Day”
    07. The Front Bottoms – “Plastic Flowers”
    08. Speedy Ortiz – “Raising the Skate”
    09. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment – “Wanna Be Cool”
    10. Grimes feat. Janelle Monáe – “Venus Fly”

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