Ode to Joy

The RFT music staff indulges itself by picking the best work of 2000

Grandpa's Ghost, Il Bacio (Upland). Grandpa's Ghost created the only regional rock release in recent memory that could honestly be called a work of art. They find the beauty in chaos and in calm, in clamor and in quiet. A masterpiece.

Best live shows:

Guided by Voices at the Rocket Bar. The short-notice, word-of-mouth nature of this show made it feel like a private party with the world's greatest garage band. And they played "Baba O'Reilly"!

Marah create a dense, enduring mythology of urban America.
John Falls
Marah create a dense, enduring mythology of urban America.
Uber-glam mezzo-soprano Ute Lemper
Lorenzo Agius
Uber-glam mezzo-soprano Ute Lemper

Patti Smith at Mississippi Nights. This was probably a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience one of the ones who started it all, amazingly still at the top of her game.

Star Death, anywhere and everywhere. Go see this band. Just do it.

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