Soundcheck's year in review, in review: The best concerts, albums and songs of 2015
All week we've been looking back at the past year in music, from the best albums and singles to the best concerts to hit Tampa Bay stages in 2015. And since we've hit the final day of the year, what better time to review our year-in-review coverage? Let's do it!
THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2015: On Monday, I outlined my picks for the 10 best albums of the year. No surprise here: Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly topped the list. Joining it were albums by Carly Rae Jepsen, Alabama Shakes, Florence and the Machine, Courtney Barnett and more. Click here for the full list.
THE BEST SONGS OF 2015: Was there a bigger hit to drop this year than Adele's Hello? I say no. But my list of the year's top 20 songs also includes tracks by the Weeknd, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Justin Bieber and more. Click here to read it.
THE BEST TAMPA BAY CONCERTS OF 2015: As always, a handful of Soundcheck collaborators and contributors picked their favorite Tampa Bay live shows of 2015. The result was a big ol' scrapbook of some of the year's signature musical moments. Let's recap:
Jay Cridlin: Maroon 5 (Feb. 25, Amalie Arena), Gasparilla Music Festival (March 7-8, Curtis Hixon Park), Sarah McLachlan (March 29, Ruth Eckerd Hall), The Who (April 15, Amalie Arena), Big Guava Music Festival (May 8-9, Florida State Fairgrounds), Jose Gonzalez (Sept. 29, State Theatre), Ghost (Oct. 11, Ritz Ybor).
Jimmy Geurts: Ex Hex (Jan. 16, Crowbar), Against Me! (Feb. 18, Ritz Ybor), Ratking (Feb. 25, Orpheum), Swans (April 1, State Theatre), Ceremony (June 22, Epic Problem), the Mountain Goats (Oct. 10, Orpheum), Beach Slang (Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, Oct. 29, Tequila's), Chance the Rapper (Nov. 5, Jannus Live).
Stephanie Bolling: Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman (Feb. 14, Tampa Theatre), Run the Jewels/James Blake (Big Guava Music Festival, May 8-9, Florida State Fairgrounds), Death Grips (Oct. 8, State Theatre), Chris Cornell (Oct. 30, Mahaffey Theater).
Tampa Bay Times staffers Tara McCarty, Brittany Volk and Sharon Kennedy Wynne: Sam Smith (July 21, Amalie Arena), Lady Antebellum/Hunter Hayes/Sam Hunt (Sept. 5, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre), Ed Sheeran/Christina Perri (Sept. 10, Amalie Arena), Florida Orchestra (Oct. 2, Straz Center), Taylor Swift/AlessiaCara/Idina Menzel (Oct. 31, Raymond James Stadium), Murs (Nov. 1, Crowbar), JoJo (Dec. 10, State Theatre), the Weeknd (Dec. 17, Amalie Arena).
See you in the new year!
-- Jay Cridlin