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The Local Scene on the Best Music of 2017

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After a full year of highlighting the works of local musicians, club promoters, DJs and producers, we thought it would be enlightening to learn what some of those same people picked as their favorite albums of 2017 — for both local and nonlocal releases. So we asked them. We also asked them to tell us their favorite tracks from each record — which might serve as a good entry point for new listeners. Here's what they told us.

Mark Daly

Madaila

Local album: Henry Jamison, The Wilds

Favorite song from the album: "The Wilds"

Nonlocal album: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

Favorite songfrom the album: "FEAR."

Guthrie Galileo

R&B wunderkind

LA: Henry Jamison, The Wilds

FS: "Through a Glass (feat. Travis Scott)"

NA: SZA, Ctrl

FS: "Love G alore"

Richard Bailey

Swillbillie, Dysfunkshun

LA: NODON, Covfefe EP

FS: "Pick Up the Bill Pt. 1"

NA: The Yawpers, Boy in a Well

FS: "Mon Nom"

Troy Millette

singer-songwriter

LA: Kelly Ravin, Engine

FS: "Visions"

NA: The Front Bottoms, Going Grey

FS: "Bae"

Ali Fogel

Waking Windows Presents, the Monkey House

LA: Ebn Ezra, Pax Romana

FS: "Morphing & Shifting"

NA: Future Islands, The Far Field

FS: "North Star"

Sarah Griffin

Miku Daza

LA: My Mother's Moustache, Down From the Door

FS: "Ghosts"

NA: St. Vincent, Masseduction

FS: "Smoking Section"

Mitchell Parrish

Ellen Degenerates, Higher Ground

LA: Joey Agresta, Let's Not Talk About Music

FS: "I Won't Give Up"

NA: Tennis, Yours Conditionally

FS: "My Emotions Are Blinding"

David Zeidler

dunk!USA, Cinema Casualties

LA: Belly Up, Loss

FS: "Wet Cement"

NA: soup, Remedies

FS: "Sleepers"

Stephanie Heaghney

JUPTR, smalltalker

FS: Francesca Blanchard, "Free"

NA: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

FS: "Loyalty"

S.I.N.siZZle

rapper

LA: Sam & Somba, The South Cove EP

FS: "Lost"

NA: Joey Bada$$, All Amerikkkan Bada$$

FS: "Rockabye Baby (feat. Schoolboy Q)"

Wren Kitz

singer-songwriter

LA: Joey Agresta, Let's Not Talk About Music

FS: "I Feel Like Shit and I Want to Die"

NA: Bing & Ruth, No Home of the Mind

FS: "As Much as Possible"

Marcie Hernandez

a.m. rejoice

LA: Tom Pearo, Headspace

FS: "We'll Be OK"

NA: Natalia Lafourcade, Musas

FS: "Tú Sí Sabes Quererme"

Winfield Holt

Clever Girls, 1881

LA: NODON, Covfefe EP

FS: "Alt-Wrong"

NA: Night Nurses, Shy

FS: "I Don't Wanna Get Better"

Martha Pullen

Vermont Youth Orchestra Association

LA: Aram Bedrosian, A Dark Light

FS: "The Mists"

NA: Royal Thunder, Wick

FS: "Plans"

Ebn Ezra

singer-songwriter

LA: Amelia Devoid, Hypogeum

FS: "Don't Understand"

NA: Taemin, Flame of Love

FS: "Door"

Eric Olsen

Swale

LA: Ryan Power, They Sell Doomsday

FS: "In a Tizzy"

NA: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

FS: "DNA."

Ivamae

singer-songwriter

LA: Tom Pearo, Headspace

FS: The whole damn album

NA: Moses Sumney, Aromanticism

FS: "Doomed"

Louie Kiley

Bleach Day, AF Tapes

LA: Joey Agresta, Let's Not Talk About Music

FS: "Baby Girl"

NA: Florist, If Blue Could Be Happiness

FS: "Glowing Brightly"

Robin Sunquiet

singer-songwriter

LA: Japhy Ryder, You're Alright

FS: "Gold Rush"

NA: Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

FS: "Feels (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean)"

Erin Cassels-Brown

singer-songwriter

LA: Henry Jamison, The Wilds

FS: "The Jacket"

NA: Benjamin Booker, Witness

FS: "Overtime"

James Kochalka

James Kochalka Superstar

LA: Joey Agresta, Let's Not Talk About Music

FS: "I Won't Give Up (feat. Palberta)"

NA: HTMLflowers, Chrome Halo

FS: "Chrome Halo (feat. Banoffee)"

Seth Gundersen

NODON, Phantom Suns

LA: Belly Up, Loss

FS: "Safety Last"

NA: Land of Talk, Life After Youth

FS: "Macabre"

Mikey XXX

Hellascope

LA: Wolfhand, Plaguelands EP

FS: "Doomed Convoy"

NA: Beastmaker, Inside the Skull

FS: "Now Howls the Beast"

Craig Mitchell

DJ, Operation Prince

LA: Swale, There's No One Here

FS: "Release Your Records!"

NA: The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding

FS: "Pain"

Melo Grant

DJ, WRUV, WBTV-LP

LA: S.I.N.siZZle, Winters in Vermont

FS: "Never Scared (feat. Stacey Campbell)"

NA: Rapsody, Laila's Wisdom

FS: "Power (feat. Kendrick Lamar and Lance Skiiiwalker)"

Eric George

singer-songwriter

LA: Mister Chris & Friends, Fall

FS: "What's Your Inspiration?"

NA: Esther Rose, This Time Last Night

FS: "Wanton Way of Loving"

Vinny Marksohn

Bleach Day, AF Tapes

LA: Loupo, Good Company

FS: "Letters (feat. Stephanie Heaghney and Max Bronstein)"

NA: TOPS, Sugar at the Gate

FS: "Further"

Josh Panda

Josh Panda & the Hot Damned

LA: Swale, There's No One Here

FS: "Elevator"

NA: The National, Sleep Well Beast

FS: "Turtleneck"

Ryan Cohen

Robot Dog Studio

LA: Wolfhand, Plaguelands EP

FS: "Doomed Convoy"

NA: The Mezingers, After the Party

FS: "Midwestern States"

John Flanagan

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

LA: Clever Girls, Loose Tooth EP

FS: "Crazy"

NA: Neil Young, Hitchhiker

FS: "Powderfinger"

Brian Mital

Nectar's

LA: Brian McCarthy, CODEX

FS: "Commonplace"

NA: Damian Marley, Stony Hill

FS: "R.O.A.R."

Brian Nagle

DJ Disco Phantom, Waking Windows Presents

LA: Swale, There's No One Here

FS: "Every Last One of Us"

NA: LCD Soundsystem, American Dream

FS: "Tonite" and "Emotional Haircut"


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