M&T Best Songs of 2017


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M&T Best Albums of 2017


The moment you've all been waiting for...our favorite albums of 2017. We've compiled a list of the 40 best albums of the year and highlighted a Read More

February 2018 Spotify Playlist of the Month


We're rolling deeper into 2018 and into Super Bowl weekend (Go Pats) so if you're looking for your soundtrack to February look no further Read More

February 2018 Spotify Playlist of the Month

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We’re rolling deeper into 2018 and into Super Bowl weekend (Go Pats) so if you’re looking for your soundtrack to February look no further than our playlist of the month. Check out new tracks from Lauren Ruth Ward, Born Ruffians, The Ballroom Thieves, Hop Along, Typhoon, and many more.

Check out the full 45-track playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

January 2018 Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Welcome to 2018. Hopefully we never hear the words ‘bomb cyclone’ ever again after this far-from-temperate January day here in NYC. To keep you warm through whatever this storm might be called here are 15 brand new tracks to kick off your first full weekend of the new year. Check out new tracks from BROCKHAMPTON, Bloom Twins, Jonathan Wilson, Jim James, and more.

Check out the full playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

M&T Best Albums of 2017

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The moment you’ve all been waiting for…our favorite albums of 2017. We’ve compiled a list of the 40 best albums of the year and highlighted a track from each of our top 20 albums below. 2017 was an interesting year to say the least, and we’re looking forward to even more incredible new music in 2018. Check out our top 20 below and make sure to subscribe to the full Spotify playlist of this year’s top albums.

20. Pool Cosby- Blind Gold 

Essential Tracks: “Little Do They Know”, “New York Band Plays New York Venue”, “Lanikai”

19. Ted Leo- The Hanged Man

Essential Tracks: “Can’t Go Back”, “You’re Like Me”, “Let’s Stay on the Moon”, “Lonsdale Avenue”

18. Pickwick- LoveJoys

Essential Tracks: “Turncoat”, “Never Gonna Be Enough”

17. Tall Tall Trees- Freedays

Essential Tracks: “Being There”, “Backroads”, “Freedays”, “A Place to Call Your Own”

16. Marrón- Cometa

Essential Tracks: “Stairs to Stars”, “Cometa”, “Sándalo”

15. Spoon- Hot Thoughts

Essential Tracks: “Do I Have to Talk You Into It”, “Tear It Down”, “Hot Thoughts”

14. Big Thief- Capacity

Essential Tracks: “Mythological Beauty”, “Shark Smile”

13. James McAilister, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner- Planetarium

Essential Tracks: “Saturn”, “Mercury”, “Neptune”

12. Mondo Cozmo- Plastic Soul

Essential Tracks: “Hold On To Me”, “Thunder”, “Plastic Soul”, “Shine”

11. Rostam- Half-Light

Essential Tracks: “Bike Dream”, “Rudy”, “Half-Light”, “Hold You”

10. Jay Som- Everybody Works

Essential Tracks: “The Bus Song”, “One More Time, Please”, “Baybee”

9. St. Vincent- MASSEDUCTION

Essential Tracks: “Los Ageless”, “New York”, “Pills”, “Fear The Future”, “Young Lover”

8. Dirty Projectors- Dirty Projectors

Essential Tracks: “Keep Your Name”, “Up In Hudson”, “Cool Your Heart”, “Work Together”

7. Broken Social Scene- Hug Of Thunder

Essential Tracks: “Halfway Home”, “Protest Song”, “Mouth Guards Of The Apocalypse”, “Skyline”

6. Super Doppler- Moonlight Anthems

Essential Tracks: “We Are Doing Fine”, “Holidays”, “There, There”

5. The Districts- Popular Manipulations

Essential Tracks: “Ordinary Day”, “Violet”, “If Before I Wake”, “Rattling of the Heart”

4. The War On Drugs- A Deeper Understanding

Essential Tracks: “Nothing To Find”, “Up All Night”, “Holding On”, “Pain”

3. The National- Sleep Well Beast

Essential Tracks: “Guilty Party”, “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”, “Turtleneck”, “Day I Die”

2. Covey- Haggarty

Essential Tracks: “Same White Shoes”, “Eyesore”, “You Don’t Need Me”, “Funeral”

1. Sylvan Esso- What Now

Essential Tracks: “Die Young”, “Signal”, “Radio”, “Kick Jump Twist”, “The Glow”

M&T Best Songs of 2017

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We’ve compiled a playlist of the 75 best songs from the year that was and highlighted our top 10 below. Make sure to subscribe to the full Spotify playlist and then peruse our top 10.

10. Sylvan Esso- “Die Young”

9. Mondo Cozmo- “Hold On To Me”

8. St. Vincent- “Los Ageless”

7. Yoke Lore- “Goodpain”

6. Dirty Projectors- “Up In Hudson”

5. Jay Som- “The Bus Song”

4. The War On Drugs- “Up All Night”

3. Planetarium (James McAlister, Bryce Dessner, Sufjan Stevens, and Nico Muhly)- “Saturn”

2. Rostam- “Bike Dream”

1. Perfume Genius- “Slip Away”

M&T Best EPs of 2017

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Check out the list below and subscribe to a playlist of one track from each EP here.

10. Baba Sonya- Probably

9. Middle Kids- Middle Kids EP

8. Swet Shop Boys- Sufi La

7. Frightened Rabbit- Recorded Songs

6. Kyoti- Orbit

5. Nilüfer Yanya- Plant Feed

4. Eugene Marie- Eugene Marie

3. Sunrides- Sunrides

2. El Ten Eleven + Emile Mosseri- Unusable Love

1. Yoke Lore- Goodpain EP

December 2017 Spotify Playlist of the Month

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We made it. 2017 is nearly through and we have one final playlist to get you through the home stretch of stressful holiday shopping and contentious family dinners. This month we’re closing 2017 out with a bang, featuring new tracks from Pussy Riot, Mavis Staples, Sufjan Stevens, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Dwight & Nicole, and many, many more.

Check out the full playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

November 2017 Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Another month, another 45 fresh jams for your listening pleasure. Explore new tracks from Brooklyn based favorites like hunter & wolfe, Zuli, Iris Lune, Marrón, alongside new releases from St. Vincent, Stars, Destroyer, Pinegrove, Robert Plant, and many, many more.

Check out the full playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

October 2017 Spotify Playlist of the Month

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After a slightly bizarre Indian summer the weather has started to cool off and the leaves have finally started to turn in the Northeast. Not only does fall mean apple pie and flannel, it also means 45 fresh jams for your October listening pleasure. Explore new tracks from Wild Cub, Covey, Nick Mulvey, Rostam, Vulfpeck, Deer Tick, Ted Leo, Infinity Girl, Stars, and many, many more.

Check out the full playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

August + September 2017 Spotify Playlist of the Month

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After a month long hiatus we are back with 75 fresh ones from Covey, Mondo Cozmo, Mr Jukes, Ted Leo, Dwight & Nicole, Grizzly Bear, and many, many more.

Check out the full playlist below and remember to subscribe for new tunes every month.

Newport Folk Fest 2017: Highlights

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Newport Folk and its now-veteran booker Jay Sweet has proven itself to fans year after year. This year, the festival asked us to trust. With three unannounced sets and more newcomer acts than usual, there was less clarity and star power to orient around leading up to the weekend. Of course, the surprises were well worth the wait. Here are our highlights from one of the most memorable Newports to date.

The Wild Reeds – “Capable”

The Wild Reeds converted every audience member into a disciple when this slow burner hit its grand crescendo.

Grandma’s Hands Band

This star-studded Bill Withers cover set was like a perfectly played hand of cards. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Natalie Prass and more all contributed at just the right intervals to create a perfectly curated and unexpected set. An unforgettable Newport memory.

Fleet Foxes

Save for Bruce Springsteen, one of the most athletic performances I’ve seen to date. From its layered and varied instrumentation to its multitudes of falsetto-ed harmonies – Fleet Foxes stuck every unthinkable landing.

Big Thief – “Mary”

Seeing Big Thief live is not for the weak. Adrianne Lenker, lead singer/songwriter of the band, seems to feel every emotion on another plane than most of us – ranging from fragility to frustration – and anyone in the nearby vicinity will feel it too. It became painfully, beautifully, clear when Lenker was overcome with emotion at a midway point in the set: “I don’t know… I just feel like I’m shaking inside,” she said. What resulted was a stunning rearrangement of “Mary,” a dense, poetic ode to her best friend. Kneeling on the ground, clutching the microphone with two hands, with her band right there on the floor with her, it felt like she was holding her heart out to us on her palm – and isn’t that the way great music should feel?

Preservation Jazz Hall Band 

Can every day of Newport kick off with Pres Hall at the Fort Stage? Nothing has ever felt so right – except for them being a staple on just about every stage throughout the weekend. That felt pretty good too.

Whitney

I always got a casual vibe from Whitney – and that was before they ordered a bottle of white wine to the stage mid-set. But this nonchalance does not preclude their musicianship. From Ehrlich’s simultaneous lead vocals and drumming, to effortless solos from guitarist Max Kakacek, and intentional support from trumpet and piano, Whitney proved they’re playing for keeps.

Pinegrove

I could write forever about the merits of this band, but instead I will shout out the dad and his fifteen year old son who sang every single word to this set. Is that not the truest sign of a great band and a great festival?

 

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