FREEwilliamsburg’s Top 25 Albums Of 2016

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2016 was the dirt fucking worst. There’s no other way to put it. It seems almost absurd to talk about what a great year it was for music, in light of all of the terrible things that have happened, but music helped us cope a lot over the last twelve months. And serendipitously, a wealth of great records were released this year, as everything else seemed to go for broke. Here are twenty-five of them that allowed us to forget the cruel dystopia that has become our reality, if only for a little while. We needed both their comforts and catharsis, perhaps more than ever before.

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Forecastle Festival 2015

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UPDATE 4/8/2015

Forecastle has announced their 2nd tier of artists, and I have to say this is truly Christmas in July for me! Check it out:

The War on Drugs
Robert DeLong (YES YES YES YES YES YES)
ZZ Ward
Mariachi El Bronx
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
Chris Stapleton
Lower Dens
Gabriel Garzon-Montano
Dr. Dundiff & Friends
Fat Tony
Earl Burrows
Jeffrey James

Lineups by day are now available, and daily tickets go on sale THIS FRIDAY on Forecastle’s official website. This is a perfect chance to soak up some southern hospitality July 17-19th in Louisville, KY!

Original Post 2/3/2015

Remember that sweet little southern festival I covered last year down on the Louisville waterfront? Well Forecastle Festival is back, and the lineup is anything but small. Heading the bill are Sam Smith, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse and the Ville’s (because that’s what we call it back home) own My Morning Jacket (who totally bring it every time they play their hometown). Though the festival skews toward mainstream and indie rock acts, Forecastle’s lineup is still exceptionally diverse with a balanced offering of establish and up and coming acts from genres spanning electronic, hip-hop, punk, bluegrass and more, with additional artists still to be announced.

Rock is king with bands like The Cold War Kids, Cage The Elephant, Houndmouth and former Wilco frontman, Tweedy, heading up the bill. King Tuff, Speedy Ortiz and the politely named Diarrhea Planet bring a punk flair to the kentucky-fried fest.

Electronic fans will be delighted to see acts like RL Grime, electro-funk duo Cherub, pop-quartet Milo Greene and breakout vocalist Keisza who wowed us with Hideaway before stealing the spotlight at literally every club this fall/winter with her infectious performance on Jack U’s, Take U There.

Hip-Hop fans have the pleasure of getting close and personal with Atlanta’s own iLoveMakonen, and Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. The hip-hop lineup is slightly lighter than last year’s, but that may just seem to be the case without a major headlining act like Outkast to pull the weight in one direction.

Shovels and Rope, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Sturgill Simpson are representing soul and country, reminding Forecastle fans of the festival’s lengthy roots and the path that has helped it grow from a neighborhood block party to a major multi-day festival that pulls top tier acts from across the country.

So, you guys are going to come get rowdy with me right? You can get your three-day GA passes HERE for less than $165, or get one of the cheapest VIP options you’ll find at $399.50 for a 3-Day VIP pass.  Wooohoo! Let’s see how Sam Smith reacts to the south!