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The Best Albums of 2015

  • December 22, 2015
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The Best Albums of 2015


This list was painstakingly curated by our contributors. We left out our reviews of each album because we want our readers to listen to at least 1-2 songs from each of these albums and come to your own conclusions. We assure you that if you like the genres listed below each artist/album that you will enjoy the album. Happy listening!

Big Data – 2.0
Genre: Indie rock, Alternative rock, Electropop, Alternative dance

Giorgio Morder – Deja-Vu
Disco, pop, EDM

Med, Blu and Madlib – Bad Neighbor
Rap, Hip-Hop, Funk, R&B


White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again
Rock, punk, post-punk


Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
psychedelic pop, psychedelic rock, R&B, garage rock, Lo-fi music


Toro Y Moi – What For?
Indie pop, electronic, synthpop, chillwave


Szymon – Tigersapp
indie rock, folk, electronic


Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Experimental pop, electronic, psychedelia


Mark Ronson – Uptown Special
R&B, alternative, funk, soul


The Bohicas – The Making Of
Alternative Rock, pop-rock


Gardens and Villa – Music For Dogs
Indie rock, psychedelic rock, alternative


Joywave – How Do You Feel Now?
Indie rock, alternative rock, indie pop, electronic


Neon Indian – VEGA Intl Night School
Chillwave, synthpop, lo-fi, neo-psychedelia, indie electronic

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Madonna – Rebel Heart
Pop, dance, edm


Diane Coffee- Everybody’s A Good Dog
Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock


Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
Indie rock, noise pop, shoegaze, garage rock, neo-psychedelia, ambient, post-punk


Grimes – ArtAngels
Synthpop, art pop, experimental pop, dream pop, electronica, dance-pop


Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Indie rock


Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
Indie folk, baroque pop, indie pop, psychedelic folk, electronica


Oberhofer – Chronovision
Indie rock, psychedelic pop, noise pop, new wave, dance-punk


De Lux – Generation
Indie rock, alternative, funk, electronic, pop


Tame Impala – Currents
Psychedelic rock, psychedelic pop, neo-psychedelia, indie rock


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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

1 Comment

  • Tame Impala’s new CD is the best of the year, though you forgot Suljan Stevens and Courtney Barnett. Great list, Chris. You want me to write a top 5?

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