1. Sweetener by Ariana Grande AND “thank u, next”
I could honestly talk about Ariana Grande for days, so I’ll spare most of the details. Just know that God is a woman and Her name is Ariana. My two favorite Christmas songs came from her music this year (“the light is coming” and “thank u, next”) and I will be forever grateful for her IMPACT. Yes this is dramatic, and what about it?
2. Room 25 by Noname
I played Telefone by Noname on REPEAT for two years, waiting for a new album release. Room 25 did NOT disappoint – definitely was worth the wait. I can’t wait to hear it live in 2019!
3. Still Run by Wet (great album, great concert)
I bought tickets to this show somewhat on a whim – and had the best time. Not only has Kelly inspired my fashion choices, but she has been a musical inspiration as well, making music to match my every mood. I can’t wait for more releases from this duo in the future!
4. Lorde at Moda Center (Portland, OR)
Lorde has always been one of my favorite artists. OF ALL TIME. Seeing Melodrama live was a spiritual experience, and one I’ve been waiting on for years, as Pure Heroine was released way back in 2013. I’m sure I’ll have to wait 5 more years to get another album out of Lorde, but until then, I’ll probably just re-watch concert videos and cry.
5. How to: Friend, Love, Freefall by Rainbow Kitten Surprise (another album + concert highlight)
After seeing RKS for the first time in March of 2017 (definitely a 2017 highlight), I was sure seeing them again would not live up to the same standard. But I was WRONG, as this concert was so energetic, fun, and GREAT for dancing.
6. direct line to My Creator by duendita
Duendita’s single, “pray,” (technically released in 2017) was kind of like my 2018 anthem. The lyrics, revolving around sisterhood (female friendship is the most powerful force on earth) are both comforting and inspiring. After she released the whole EP in 2018, I fell in love with duendita all over again!
7. Sour Candy by Melt
See my article: “That One Song That’s On All Your Playlists” for more info. ;-)
8. Rex Orange County at The Observatory (Santa Ana, CA)
This was the first concert I had ever been to with my younger sister, and Rex is an artist we both shamelessly LOVE. This was a special experience, as I always find an added nostalgia in going to concerts in my hometown.
9. COIN at the Showbox
I will always love COIN. Takes me back to my boyband days in high school. Honestly, I can’t talk about this concert too long without getting ~emo~ about Zachary Dyke leaving the band, but I’m glad I got to see them one last time before their dynamic changes.
10. Jorja Smith at Showbox SoDo
I’M WITH YA HERE ISAIAH. With Ravyn Lenae opening this concert (name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait), I could not have transcended into a higher heaven. See my collaborative article with Sarah Dirckx: “Jorja Smith Made Us Feel Some Typa Way” for a full description of me in my feelings.