Features / Series: Year End 2016

Our annual round-up of the best music of the year 2016.

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Scene Point Blank's Favorites: Year End (2016)

Music / Year End 2016 • January 16, 2017

As years go, 2016 was a cruel one. We lost tons of musical heroes: Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones and other iconic performers departed. Before they left us, though, we were treated to a few final pieces of music. Likewise, once-dormant bands returned to prove that their best wasn't behind them. And of course, new bands appeared with fresh sounds and energy to inspire us all over again. While 2016 might be a year to forget in many ways, we don't think the following albums will be disappearing from memories any time soon. Overall site list 1 David Bowie Blackstar ISO Records / Columbia David Bowie has always stood outside the lines. In the last decade or so, every album release came as a surprise of sorts: no media circus or worldwide promo tour. Each release showed Bowie slipping into his older years with something more stable stylistically. Here on his 69th birthday we get his 25th album, Blackstar. In an almost complete lack of concern about what others may think, he released his most complete work in years so neatly stamping a mark to act as a coda for his career, and incidentally his life. In true Bowie fashion, he made something with lasting merits – something different, yet very much his own. (Jon) 2 A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here...Thank You For Your Service Epic Coming off their second hiatus, A Tribe Called Quest have released what is arguably their most politically charged and … Read more

2016: A Year In Review

Music / Year End 2016 • January 16, 2017

Every year we ask record labels and artists what they thought of the last twelve months; we tell you the best albums of last year; and finally we offer you this, our … Read more

Pass The Mic: Artists on 2016

Music / Year End 2016 • December 30, 2016

It's the second half of our annual Pass The Mic feature and this time we're handing the microphone over to the bands and artists who brought us great music in … Read more

Pass The Mic: Record Labels on 2016

Music / Year End 2016 • December 19, 2016

Now in its tenth year, Pass The Mic is a SPB tradition where we ask the artists and record labels producing some of our favorite music to comment on the … Read more

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