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Five and Alive: Keeping Up the Pace in 2012
Five and Alive: Keeping Up the Pace in 2012
01/02/12 at 01:06 PM by Adam Pfleider
2011 has been quite a year. We've seen some newer faces from the past couple of years set a new bar for a new decade to come. Some of our heroes from the last decade have decided to take a current hiatus at the present time, but luckily left us with their best work to date before they left. More so than who has come up and who has fallen, a lot more was stirring up in music worth mentioning. Here are five of my favorite things that were great about 2011's contribution to music as a whole, and how I hope that spirit continues into 2012.

1) Wall of Sound --- 2011 was a loud year. If you were into rock and roll or metal or sludge or punk or hardcore or this "dub" music kids are enjoying these days, your ears were probably tingling the next morning. Whether it was the...[read more]
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05:10 PM on 01/02/12
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Garden Window definitely made my 2011 a lot louder.
05:33 PM on 01/02/12
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This was a lot vaguer than I expected. I can't think of five things, but one thing that really stood out to me this year(and I'm probably 5 years late, as usual) was the fact that a lot of bands aren't even trying to sound like anything but their parent's music anymore. Fitz and the Tantrums are right on par with The Mamas and Papas. Fucked Up (while hardly your parent's music) play hard 3-chord punk rock that sounds exciting and familiar at the same time. I put on U.S Royalty's Mirrors right after America's Greatest Hits and I could barely tell the difference, even in production value. It's almost like the collective music scene is starting to give a solid shout-out to the music that got them here in the first place, and as someone who's never been huge into oldies or 60's AM radio or what have you, I find it pretty cool to see.
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