Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

This winter, we didn’t do something that we’ve done every other year since 2008: publish a list of my favorite albums of the year.

As I’ve mentioned in this space before, I’ve been dealing with some difficult, ongoing family medical problems. Because of this, I’ve been out of the office a lot lately and not done some of the secondary and tertiary parts of my job. (Thankfully, the rest of the RN&R editorial crew has picked up my slack.) I sort of idly wondered if anyone would even notice if we didn’t run a “best music of 2018” article.

And do you know how many people asked me about it?

None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nobody.

Don’t get me wrong—I’m not taking it personally. I know this community still cares about this newspaper, and I know this community still cares about music. I just think that, at 38, I’ve finally reached that age where nobody cares about my taste in music, which is fine.

Despite all that, I’ll tell you something else: The local Reno music scene has never been better than it is right now. There are a ton of great bands and solo performers across all kinds of genres in the community right now. And many of them have new music available.

It’s possible—probable even—that we’ll do a roundup of the best new music by local artists sometime soon. But I’m not going to be the one to write it.

Well, at least not the whole thing.

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