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File: Year-End Top 10s

| December 31, 2011

The IE staff picks its favorite albums, reissues, live shows, and local bands of 2011.

Curt Baran: Albums
1. Wild Flag Wild Flag (Merge)
2. PJ Harvey Let England Shake (Island)
3. Le Butcherettes Sin Sin Sin (Rodriguez-Lopez)
4. Tune-Yards whokill (4AD)
5. Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop)
6. Fucked Up David Comes To Life (Matador)
7. Radiohead The King Of Limbs (TBD)
8. Wilco The Whole Love (dBPM)
9. Wye Oak Civilian (Merge)
10. The Black Keys El Camino (Nonesuch)

Steve Forstneger: Albums
1. Wilco The Whole Love (dBPM)
2. Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin‘ (Columbia)
3. Seryn This Is Where We Are (Velvet Blue)
4. Elbow Build A Rocket Boys! (Fiction/Polydor)
5. The Tunnel Fathoms Deep (Glorious Alchemical)
6. Meshell Ndegeocello Weather (Naive)
7. Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra (mixtape)
8. Eleanor Friedberger Last Summer (Merge)
9. Drive-By Truckers Go-Go Boots (ATO)
10. KEN Mode Venerable (Profound Lore)

John Vernon: Reissues
1. Material Issue International Pop Overthrow (Hip-O)
2. The Smashing Pumpkins Gish (Virgin)
3. R.E.M. Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 (Warner Bros.)
4. Peter Tosh Equal Rights (Legacy)
5. Nirvana Nevermind: 20th Anniversary Edition (Geffen)
6. Sugar Minott Hard Time Pressure (VP)
7. The Jesus And Mary Chain Darklands (Edsel UK)
8. The Beach Boys The Smile Sessions (Capitol)
9. The Who Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut (Geffen)
10. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (Motown)

Andy Argyrakis: Concerts
1. Paul McCartney – Wrigley Field, August 1
2. U2 – Soldier Field, July 5
3. Lady Gaga – United Center, February 28
4. Bryan Ferry – Civic Opera House, October 12
5. Steely Dan – Ravinia, August 12
6. Alison Krauss & Union Station – Summerfest, September 10
7. Roger Daltrey – The Venue, October 7
8. Weezer – Aragon Ballroom, January 7
9. Robert Plant – Ravinia, June 16
10. Gang Of Four – Metro, February 11

Around Hear staff: Local Bands
California Wives
Jeff Elbel + Ping
Daniel Knox
The Maybenauts
Joseph Messing & The Wisemen
Will Phalen
Tiger Bones

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  1. R. Kincaid says:

    Great list of local acts. IE has always been supportive of Chicago bands making music. Good Stuff !