OK, so I didn't finish this before the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop (my poll entry is here). I barely even finished it before the Super Bowl. But I'm going to throw it up here anyway. For posterity!
Here's a Spotify playlist of some songs it seems to me now people might be less likely to have heard.
Oh yeah, and last year I did a list of "best shows," but I definitely don't have time for that now. The Poison Control Center for sure here in DSM. Purity Ring was cool, too. Crystal Castles pre-Lollapalooza, maybe?