The Best of Music 2011

Here at Lost in Reviews, we have been hard at work compiling a list of what has had our ears all year long. After putting the whole thing together, some similarities were occurring. The Kanrocksas show was a huge hit with all of us here as nearly every one of us picked one or more sets from the two day inaugural festival. As for best albums, many of us can’t stop listening to M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and St. Vincent’s Strange Mercy. It was so much fun looking back on the best of 2011 but we can’t wait to see what will stick with us in 2012!

In no particular order, we have compiled short lists of our favorite albums of 2011 as well as the best concerts/festivals we attended in 2011. Below you will find lists from many of Lost In Reviews’ contributors. Click on the links for selected bands to read more about that show.

Angela Davis, Managing Editor of LIR


M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Portugal. The Man – In the Mountain, In the Cloud

Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See

The Black Keys – El Camino

Born Gold – Bodysongs

Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials

Cults – Cults

Foster the People – Torches

Cut Copy – Zonoscope



Live Shows:

Sleigh Bells at SXSW Zynga Party at Dog House

The Airborne Toxic Event at The Beaumont Club (November)

Bassnectar at Kanrocksas

Wild Flag at The Record Bar

The Naked and Famous at The Night the Buzz Stole XXMas

Cults and Guards at The Riot Room

Gobble Gobble (now called Born Gold) at SXSW Canadian Party

OK GO at Kanrocksas

Neon Indian and Purity Ring with Com Truise at Record Bar

The Black Keys at Kanrocksas



John Coovert, Promotions Coordinator of LIR, staff writer


Big Black Delta – BBDLP1

CANT – Dreams Come True

EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints 

Fucked UP – David Comes To Life

The Horrors – Skying

Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

Sonoio – Red 

St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

War Widow – War Widow

Wavves – Life Sux



Live Shows:

Death From Above 1979 at SXSW (ended in near riot)

OFF! at SXSW Club Deville

Kanrocksas (yes the entire thing, both days)

The Black Angels (Both Bottleneck shows in Lawrence, KS)

Carina Round & Puscifer (Denver, CO)

St. Vincent – Liberty Hall

Neon Indian with Purity Ring and Com Truise at Record Bar

Sonoio  & Ladytron – Chicago, Il

A Perfect Circle – Red Rocks Morison, CO

Watch The Throne Kayne West and Jay-Z – Sprint Center



Sarah Ksiazek, Editor at Large of LIR


Mat Kearney – Young Love

Sleigh Bells – Treats

Angels and Airwaves – Love: Part 2

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Soundtrack

Drive – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Matt Cook, Photographer for LIR


Um, Uh Oh – Say Hi

James Blake – James Blake

Collapse Into Now – R.E.M.

Making Beds – Reward Tree

Bad As Me – Tom Waits

The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams – Various Artists

Let England Shake – PJ Harvey

w h o k i l l – tUnE-yArDs

Go-Go Boots – Drive-By Truckers

Ashes And Fire – Ryan Adams



Live Shows:

Say Hi (Jackpot Saloon – Lawrence, KS)

Okkervil River (The Granada – Lawrence, KS)

James McMurtry (Knuckleheads Saloon – Kansas City, MO)

The Hold Steady (Midland Theater – Kansas City, MO)

DeVotchKa (Midland Theater – Kansas City, MO)

The Wombats (recordBar – Kansas City, MO)

Matt & Kim (Midland Theater – Kansas City, MO)

The Black Keys (Kanrocksas – Kansas City, KS)

Lucinda Williams (Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS)

Nick Lowe (The Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO)



Ryan Davis, Editor in Chief of LIR


Arctic Monkeys – Suck it and See

Cage The Elephant – Thank You, Happy Birthday

Bassnectar – Divergent Spectrum

Braids – Native Speaker

Born Gold – Bodysongs

M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming

Foster The People – Torches

Yuck – Yuck

The Kills – Blood Pressures

Trentemoller – Reworked/Remixed



Live Shows:

The Naked and Famous (The Night The Buzz Stole XXMAS)

Wild Flag at Record Bar

Cage The Elephant (Kanrocksas Day 2)

Bassnectar (Kanrocksas Day 1)

Cults and Guards at The Riot Room

Foxy Shazam (Warped Tour)

Foster The People and The Chain Gang of 1974 at The Bottleneck

SUUNS and The Black Angels at The Bottleneck

Born Gold at SXSW (formerly known as Gobble Gobble)

Bright Eyes at The Austin Club at SXSW

Sleigh Bells at Zynga’s Dog House



Ian McFarland, staff writer


Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Washed Out – Within and Without

The Throne – Watch the Throne

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

The Weeknd – House of Balloons / Thursday / Echoes of Silence

Fucked Up – David Comes to Life

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong

Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto



Live Shows:

Deerhunter at Pitchfork Music Festival

Arcade Fire featuring The National at Starlight Theatre

My Morning Jacket at Uptown Theatre

Jay-Z and Kanye West at Sprint Center

The Flaming Lips at Kanrocksas



Kelly Powell, photographer for LIR

Live Shows:

Tv on the Radio at SXSW

My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks

Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band at SXSW

Foo Fighters at Sprint Center

St. Vincent at Liberty Hall

Portugal. The Man at SXSW

a Perfect Circle at Red Rocks

incubus at Buzz Beach Ball

Florence and the Machine at The Night the Buzz Stole XMas at Midland

The Black Keys at Kanrocksas



Erin Tuttle, staff writer


The Black Keys – El Camino

Wye Oak – Civilian

The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials

TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light

St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s a Corporate World

Ha Ha Tonka – Death of a Decade

Drive – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Radiohead – The King of Limbs



Live Shows:

The Civil Wars at The Bottleneck

Arcade Fire at Starlight Theatre

The Flaming Lips at Kanrocksas

Bush at Buzz Beach Ball at Livestrong Park

Muse at Kanrocksas

Ha Ha Tonka at The Blue Note

My Morning Jacket at The Uptown Theater

Foo Fighters at Sprint Center

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at The Jackpot Saloon

Blind Pilot at The Bottleneck



Rebecca Armstrong, photographer for LIR


Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind Of Fix

Cold Cave – Cherish The Light Years

Drive – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Decemberists – The King Is Dead

Destroyer – Kaputt

Hooray for Earth – True Loves

The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar

Metronomy – The English Riviera

Tapes N Tapes – Outside

The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?



Live Shows:

The Features with O’ Giant Man at Record Bar 09/11

The Decemberists at Uptown Theater 02/07

Flaming Lips at KanRockSas 09/05

Muse at KanRockSas 09/06

My Morning Jacket at Uptown Theater 8/04

Foo Fighters at Sprint Center 09/16

Ha Ha Tonka at Blue Note 10/21

Blind Pilot at Bottleneck 06/13

Civil Wars at Bottleneck 04/22

Tapes N Tapes with O Giant Man and Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr at Jackpot 03/04

About Angela

Angela is the Editor-in-Chief of Lost in Reviews. She and Ryan created Lost in Reviews together in 2009 out of a mutual hatred for all the stodgy old farts currently writing film reviews. Since launching the site, Angela has enjoyed reviewing indie films over all other films, picking up new music from all corners of the world and photographing live shows. She is the co-host of Blu Monday and a member of the Kansas City Film Critic Circle.

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