will hermes

Will Hermes is a Contributing Editor and Senior Critic at Rolling Stone and the author of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever.

He joins us with his selections for the best music of 2016.

David Bowie - “Blackstar” - Blackstar
Leonard Cohen - “You Want it Darker” - You Want It Darker
Solange - “Cranes in the Sky” - A Seat at the Table
Bon Iver - “33 “GOD”’ - 22, A Million
Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc - “Wrote My Way Out” - The Hamilton MIxtape
Lori McKenna - “Giving up on Your Hometown” - The Bird & the Rifle
Miranda Lambert - “Ugly Lights” - The Weight of These Wings
Blood Orange - “Love Ya” - Blood Orange
ANOHNI - “Drone Bomb Me” - HOPELESSNESS
Angel Olsen - “Shut Up Kiss Me” - MY WOMAN
Wilco - “Normal American Kids” - Schmilco
The Roots (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) - “Who Tells Your Story” - The Hamilton Mixtape

  Will Hermes is a music critic for NPR’s All Things Considered, a Contributing Editor for Rolling Stone, and author of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever.

We’re lucky to have Will - a Hudson Valley resident - to share his music expertise with us at year’s end.

  "Best of" lists start popping up in November. To ensure that we're sharing the best of the entire year, we've saved our music list for the very last morning of the year.

Will Hermes is a Senior Critic for Rolling Stone, a contributor to NPR's All Things Considered, and the author of Loves Goes To Buildings on Fire.


Will Hermes is a Senior Critic for Rolling Stone and a contributor to NPR's All Things Considered. He joins us at the switch of each season with a list of new music he's digging - and at the end of each year to let us know what was best in music from the last 12 months.  Will is also the author of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire.

List after the break.

Albany, NY – Music writer Will Hermes joins Sarah LaDuke in studio once again to talk about and listen to some of the best music of the year.