Best Of 2018

Best No Wave violation of personal space: REALITY ASYLUM

Close your eyes, and you’ll definitely enjoy yourself at a Reality Asylum show. Open them, and you’ll get an even bigger surprise. Lauren Elizabeth is a force as she fronts her band’s assault of synth, drum programming and live percussion, and her literally in-you-face (or climbing PAs, or whatever’s around) stage presence is both menacing and dangerously fun, too. It’s really hard to think of a live show that injects more energy into the crowd in front of it, and nobody forgets the first time they set their eyes on Elizabeth on stage. realityasylum.bandcamp.com. —RR