On any given day, the most popular post here is virtually always the constantly updated, monthly NYC Live Music Calendar. Some other very popular pages are the Best Albums of 2018 and Best NYC Concerts of 2018, Best Albums of 2017, Best Songs of 2017 and Best New York City Concerts of 2017 pages. The Best Albums of 2015 and Best Songs of 2015 pages along with ones from previews years, 2014, 2013 and 2012 also still get a surprising amount of traffic (the 2016 pages are down for repairs).
Otherwise, this regularly updated list probably says more about the people who frequent this site than it does about the site itself. Everybody seems to like the sad stuff: three of the alltime most popular pieces here are an announcement that beloved East Village music venue Lakeside Lounge would be closing, along with obituaries for well-loved powerpop singer Michal the Girl and Dimestore Dance Band violist Dylan Willemsa.
These are the ten most popular reviews since New York Music Daily went live in August of 2011:
1. Ian Anderson at the Beacon Theatre, 10/11/13
The NYC live debut of Jethro Tull’s Thick As a Brick album was surprisingly good – and went viral.
2. Ward White – As Consolation album review
The witheringly lyrical, now LA-based songwriter and guitarist’s album tops the list of best rock records of 2017 here. Who knew you loved twisted, literary psychedelic rock this much?
3. SOJA – Strength to Survive album review
The roots reggae band got the thumbs up here but not all their fans agreed – and it went viral.
4. Niyaz – Sumud album review
The hauntingly atmospheric Canadian-Iranian folk/art-rock band at their darkest and most evocative.
5. Lucinda Williams at Prospect Park, 6/25/15
The iconic Americana songstress was in very high spirits for a haphazardly entertaining show with her fantastic band.
6. Cliff Westfall – Baby You Win review
He may call New York his home these days, but this crooner and songwriter’s aphoristic 2018 album evokes classic 50s and 60s Nashville C&W
7. Charles Coleman’s Draculette at Merkin Concert Hall, 10/4/14
This is what happens when you make an exception to a rule. Right on the “about” page here, it says that this blog doesn’t cover opera, ever. Coleman’s lurid piece of grand guignol more than validated the decision to go off script and take the chance that it might be good.
8. The Jazzrausch Bigband at Lincoln Center, 8/31/17
In their North American debut, the mighty Munich techno jazz band delivered an epic set and a ferociously fun dance party.
9. Amy Rigby – The Old Guys review
The brilliant, hilariously lyrical, charismatic Americana songwriter’s 2018 album takes a turn into frequently haunting, elegaic psychedelic rock
10. Olivia De Prato – Streya review
The co-founder of indie classical champions the Mivos Quartet earned a rave here for her characteristically adventurous, virtuosic 2018 solo debut album