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2018 flew by, while dragging on, and we all needed some great albums to set to repeat to get us through it. Here’s top pics from the Rise team. Rock on.

Drew Brown – Rise Creative Director

Watch  some of the videos.

Cece Gotham – Rise Rochester

His third album going platinum with no features
He tweeted KOD has 3 meanings – kids on drugs, king overdosed, and kill our demons
He questions societal issues and norms that no other rappers are really talking about right now.
Besidesssss he shot one of his music videos (not for a song on this album) in Buffalo this year!

Kevin Heffernan – Rise Managing Director

Shades of 90s band Garbage are mixed into these tunes, but it’s “Cool” and “Your Dog” that haunt throughout the day. Bonus: We saw Soccer Mommy on the cover of a Nashville magazine that ultimately inspired the transition of No Boundaries from newsprint into a full-length magazine.

Matt Pitarresi – Rise Sports Writer


Despite Kanye’s descent into absolute insanity, his GOOD Music experiment; short, to the point albums no longer than 20 minutes; was an intriguing one. Daytona was the first in an album per week blitz, and it was the best by far. It was also Pusha T’s first album in nine years. The best rapper you forget exists was well worth the wait.

Also, my favorite band of all time, Diarrhea Planet, broke up this year. Could we add a small “in memoriam” and include their song “Bob Dylan’s Grandma.” Shred Thee Well.

Matt Doino – Rise Contributor and Sales


Brings a punk rock folk vibe that makes it perfect for rainy days and pounding beers. See her in April at the Rec room damn it!

Pat Fisher – Rise Social Media Analyst

Interpol blasted onto the scene in 2002 with their critically acclaimed first album “Turn on the Bright Lights”, & even 16 years later they’ve held true to their sound. They might not never be able to overcome the hype from their first album, but they continue to produce great music as one of the few remaining post-punk revival outfits still around.

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