The Best Tracks of 2018, #9

9. Kacey Musgraves, “High Horse” As good as Kacey Musgraves’ country music is – and she’s the best contemporary country artist today – she is always better when she’s sticking it to the perpetually rigid mainstream country scene. Whether singing about tolerance, doing cute weed-inspired duets with Willie Nelson, or simply being a strong woman […]

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The Best Albums of 2018, #18

18. Franz Ferdinand, Always Ascending (Domino) A big challenge for rock bands that crack the mainstream pop consciousness is to sustain that level of interest among listeners. After all, today’s pop music is more ephemeral and unpredictable than ever as younger audiences continue to drift towards hip-hop and more viral novelties. Instead of chasing that […]

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