Best Of 2018

Best album release show: CAREER AT CL SPACE

Sure, it was nice of Career to bring its own PA and set up an art show inside of the event space affixed to CL’s Ybor City offices, but this release show for Structures would’ve taken the cake no matter where it was held. The effort clocks in at just 28 minutes long, and the live iteration shook the walls while inviting listeners into the mind of frontman Ryan Fouche, who aggressively explored themes of isolation, race/class structures, and hope as his band unleashed waves of nuanced — and at times chest-rattlingly loud — sound. Best release show, surely, but Structures might’ve been the best release of the last year, too. —RR