An electrifying live performer, which I discovered much to my surprise at the Mountain Music Fest. His new album was pathetic, processed to death in the studio, capturing none of the vitality of his live performances.
I was blown away listening to her live. She pours every dark feeling she's ever had into her songwriting (even though her real personality is quite perky) and combines it with post-grunge guitar dominated music. I bet she loves Kurt Cobain.
Funny how a re-release of a 18 year old album can be one of the best records of the year, but so it was with 'Ten'. The band also released a fantastic new album, and their live show was just brilliant.
The music artists that topped my personal charts in 2009.