The Revue Review

Music writer looks back at favorite shows of the year

Posted: December 31, 2017 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JOCELYN MURPHY Train lead singer Pat Monahan performs May 22 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers.

When I started thinking about end-of-the-year music coverage, I realized my listening habits in 2017 haven't been quite as varied as usual. There was a lot of '80s-inspired pop (very big right now), a solid amount of "Hamilton" (for the third year), and lots of time spent listening to Taylor Swift (I'm not sorry). But thinking back on my musical experiences of 2017, it was the live shows I attended that stood out.

Top Tunes

Because I can’t resist picking out a few, here were some of my favorite songs released this year:

• “Vacation” — on Superfruit’s “Future Friends,” Sept. 15

• “Feel It Still” — on Portugal. The Man’s “Woodstock,” June 16

• “Broken Halos” — on Chris Stapleton’s “From A Room: Volume 1,” May 5

• “Up All Night” — on Beck’s “Colors,” Oct. 12

• “Great Divide” — on Ira Wolf’s “The Closest Thing to Home,” Sept. 9

• “Yours If You Want It” — Rascal Flatts’ “Back To Us,” May 19

• “If We Were Vampires” — on Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s “The Nashville Sound,” June 16

• “Woman” — on Kesha’s “Rainbow,” Aug. 11

• “You’re Drunk” — Brandy Clark

• “Gorgeous” — on Taylor Swift’s “Reputation,” Oct. 10

Coming Soon

Some of the shows I’m most looking forward to in 2018 include:

• Judah & the Lion, George’s Majestic Lounge, Jan. 31

• Donny McCaslin, Walton Arts Center, Feb. 10

• Moon Taxi, George’s Majestic Lounge, Feb. 14

• Jason Mraz, Walton Arts Center, March 30

• Kesha and Macklemore, Walmart AMP, June 25

• Niall Horan, with Maren Morris, Walmart AMP, July 21

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