THE 10 BEST ALBUMS OF 2013 (SO FAR)
The 20/20 Experience
JT as visionary artiste? That’s what the former ‘N Syncer has become on a comeback experience that even the indie hipsters will dig.
2 JOHNNY MARR
Morrissey really must be miserable now: On his first solo album since their epic split, the Smiths’ guitar god delivers a resounding message.
3 THE LONE BELLOW
The Lone Bellow
If Mumford & Sons were from Brooklyn and went coed, they might sound like this alt-folk trio. Rustic resplendence.
4 DAVID BOWIE
The Next Day
If Timberlake’s comeback was inevitable, Bowie’s wasn’t. He rocks as if the rocking chair can wait in his golden years.
5 BEN HARPER WITH CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE
Forget Belushi and Aykroyd: On this righteous joint, Harper and the harmonica godfather are the new blues brothers.
6 ASHLEY MONROE
Like a Rose
Miranda Lambert better watch her back: Her Pistol Annies sidekick packs some traditional-country heat on her new solo album.
7 HOLLY WILLIAMS
Hank Jr.’s daughter is another cowgirl on fire in ’13, with a little help from Jackson Browne, Jakob Dylan and Dierks Bentley.
8 ATOMS FOR PEACE
On the debut album from their side project, Thom Yorke and Flea show that, yes, there’s creative life beyond Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
A Love Surreal
This neo-soul surrealist edges out José James (No Beginning No End) for the best R&B album of the year so far.
10 A$AP ROCKY
This Harlem rapper is on his way to becoming a hip-hop heavyweight with a debut that hits you from all directions.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CONCERT?
Garth Brooks at Texas Stadium when I was 10 years old. I remember that he flew in and he also set the stage on fire. I haven’t done that yet, but I will!
I was obsessed with Liberace and asked my grandparents to take me to see him for my 7th birthday. I will never forget his amazing showmanship—and glitzy cape.
Richard Marx. It was memorable because I was on a date. My mom dropped us off in the Volvo station wagon at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The second was Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet.
Warrant at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium with my father when I was 11. I was on his shoulders the whole time. I said, “I want to do that too, [except] maybe not wear those pants!”
It was Lenny Kravitz at the Berkeley Community Theatre, which was [on the campus of] my high school. He blew the roof off with “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”
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