In anticipation of her third record Designer, Harding’s setlist comprised mostly of the as-of-yet unreleased album. And the DC9 crowd was utterly silent and captivated through it all.
These may not be the “best” records of the year, but they are records that ended up meaning a lot to me, for one reason or another. Most were by women, perhaps because women have made the most interesting new music in the genres I follow most closely. This is in no particular order although the ones toward the top are records I spent more time with.
Not going to lie, by the third day of Hopscotch things are starting to get a little exhausting. If you've been taking in the day parties and staying out until the last band of the night plays their last notes, you've managed a good twelve to fourteen hours of live music a day. But the party is still going strong, and the festival saves some of its best acts for the weekend, so there's nothing to do but grab some coffee, rally, and get out there.