- Were able to squeeze in a few shows by the ever-adorable Mates of State, an awesome crew of Gold Fields, Black Light Dinner Party, St. Lucia, and Alex Metric, and the extremely impressive Hackensaw Boys.
- Worked with Amanda from Love Creative on a series of holiday posts.
- Recapped our favorite songs of 2012 and looked to the future to predict which up-and-coming bands will make it big in 2013.
"Emmylou" - First Aid Kit
These Swedish sisters are my favorite folksy find of 2012.
"Blue Ice" - Shout Out Louds
I am SO excited this band is finally coming out with new music. Yet another reason to look forward to 2013.
"Honey Come Home" - The Head and the Heart
I've had The Head and the Heart on repeat all fall/winter. I'll keep it that way, please.
"Thinkin' 'Bout You" - Yuna
Yuna's soulful take on Frank Ocean's hit song is stunning.
"Closer" - Tegan and Sara
As if seeing The Killers wasn't a surprise enough, having Tegan and Sara open was like receiving an extra concert ticket!
"Letter to a Pretty Girl" - The Avett Brothers
Another new favorite from an old favorite.
"Guns Out" - Young the Giant
TIOJ's collective crush on YTG won't be fading anytime soon.
"The Old House Is Gone" - St. Lucia
SO obsessed with this gaggle of South Africans after their killer show at U Hall.
"Bruises" - Train (feat. Ashley Monroe)
Dear writers of Nashville, please include songs like this for Tami and Deacon to sing."Other People" - Beach House
It's no wonder Mates of State chose this song for their guest playlist on TIOJ--"Other People" is ambient and gorgeous.
"Treehouse" - Gold Fields
One word: Australians. (Seriously. That show at U Hall was my dream)
"Dance Around" - The Hackensaw Boys
I can't get over how wonderfully bluegrassy the Hackensaw Boys were."Waspy" - G-Eazy (feat. Tennis)
Three words: white boy rapping.
"Fineshrine" - Purity Ring
I was a little late on the Purity Ring bandwagon, but considering how much I've listened to this jam, I've more than made up for lost time.
"All of Me" - Tanlines
The perfect jam to get your New Year's Eve going (and help you dance your way into 2013!)!
Get ready for 2013, kiddos: we'll have plenty of concerts and jams to help you ease into the new year.