Thanks to all of the readers who participated in this year's poll. It was a heated race with a lot of great bands' albums vying for positions. Four of the top ten are Triangle-based bands this year including the number one spot which was grabbed by Megafaun's sophomore release Gather, Form & Fly. Check out the top ten and a couple of close calls below.
Also, this year we included a section to vote for your favorite shows of the year which was fun to dig through. The big U2 and Muse show at Carter Finley Stadium easily snagged the number one spot. Check out the top five below.
Top albums of the year
1. Megafaun - Gather, Form & Fly
2. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
3. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
4. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
5. Red Collar - Pilgrim
6. Hammer No More the Fingers - Looking For Bruce
7. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
8. The Love Language - The Love Language
9. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
10. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
Gray Young - Firmament
Telekinesis - Telekinesis!
Top concerts of the year
1. U2 & Muse @ Carter Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
2. The Decemberists & Blind Pilot @ Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC
3. Red Collar, The Dry Heathens & The Bones Royal @ Triangle Brewing Company, Durham, NC
4. Megafaun & The Beast @ Durham Central Park (Troika kick-off), Durham, NC
5. Viking Storm night II featuring Hammer No More the Fingers, The Future Kings of Nowhere, The Dry Heathens, Deleted Scenes & The Beast @ Duke Coffeehouse, Durham, NC