By Jason Thomas

Next week the “best of” shows begin with “THE BIG BEAT’S Second Best of 2016,” and that’ll be followed by “THE BIG BEAT’S Best of 2016” on January 2. Pretty creative titles, huh? Anyway, enjoy the last “regular” show of 2016. Lots of goodness to get into…


Grandaddy – “Way We Won’t” (Columbia/30th Century)

Whitney – “Polly” (Secretly Canadian)

Portugal. The Man – “Noise Pollution” (Atlantic)


Tim Darcy – “Tall Glass of Water” (Jagjaguwar)

Foxygen – “Follow the Leader” (Jagjaguwar)

Jai Wolf – “Indian Summer” (Mom + Pop)

Angel Olsen – “Give It Up” (Jagjaguwar)

The Crookes – “You Bring the Snow” (Modern Outsider)

L.A. Salami – “Going Mad as the Street Bins” (Sunday Best/[PIAS])


The Chain Gang of 1974 – “Slow” (Caroline)

NE-HI – “Stay Young” (Grand Jury)

Kyle Craft – “Before the Wall” (Sub Pop)


Hippo Campus – “Boyish” (Grand Jury)

Run The Jewels – “Legend Has It” (Mass Appeal)

Mother Mother – “Love Stuck” (Def Jam)


Bon Iver – “8 (circle)” (Jagjaguwar)

Jagwar Ma – “Slipping” (Mom + Pop)

The Lemon Twigs – “As Long as We’re Together” (4AD)

RY X – “Howling” (Loma Vista)

Teen Daze – “Cycle” (FLORA)

Japandroids – “Near to the Wild Heart of Life” (ANTI-)


Ty Segall – “Orange Color Queen” (Drag City)

The Jesus & Mary Chain – “Amputation” (ADA/Warner)

The Last Shadow Puppets – “Is This What You Wanted” (Domino)


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