Best of 2009

Music in Y2K9


2009 is the year that indie rock burst from a Brooklyn bubble and expanded into a national scene. Hipsters were transplanted from dive bars to arenas. Mohawks and short bangs became hip along with four new tattoos. Bands like Kings of Leon, MGMT, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and TV On The Radio went from blogger buzz Read More

Top Albums of 2009: #1 of The Hanukkah List


Eve Marcellus: #1Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest Grizzly Bear’s sophomore album was, for fans who had been getting by since 2006 with just one (albeit pretty cool) EP, a huge reward. What makes Veckatimest such a jaw-dropping album is the level to which Grizzly Bear has progressed. The spare, ambient echos of their debut, Yellow House are Read More

Top Albums of 2009: #2 of The Hanukkah List


Eve Marcellus: #2 Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca As you may have noticed, it takes a truly exceptional artist or group of artists to push the boundaries of their career and continue to put out exceptional music. David Longstreth, the founding member of Dirty Projectors, has been making gorgeous, if slightly strange, albums with a string Read More

People’s Choice Submissions


We’re still collecting Reader’s submissions. Don’t be scared! As we continue to countdown SFCritic’s top albums, here are some of our reader’s selections: “Here’s my top 5” –Rick James Chatas 1. Blakroc Blakroc – First Rock/Hip Hop album collaboration with more than just a trendy single – Black Keys always bring it – The Rap Read More

Top Albums of 2009: #6 of The Hanukkah List


Eve Marcellus: #6 Antlers: Hospice Brooklyn-based Peter Silberman shut himself away from family and friends to work on music. That is where much of what we know about the story of Hospice, the first full-length release from his band The Antlers, starts, and certainaly not where it ends. The Antlers, which he formed with Michael Read More

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