as selected by Erik Rojas

1. The Wonder Years – Suburbia, I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing

2. Blink 182 – Neighborhoods

3. Transit Listen & Forgive

4. Title Fight – Shed

5. BathsCerulean

6. Moving MountainsWaves

7. Bad Rabbits – Stick Up Kids EP

8. Born Gold – BodySongs

9. Touche’ Amore’Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me

10. Into It. Over It.Proper

Thoughts from Erik: 2011 has to have been the best year in music in a long time. In this list I bounce back and forth between experimental electronic and good old pop punk and post hardcore, but these are all artists who manifest their ideas into beautiful works of music.  The Wonder Years take the cake, easily. They became my favorite band this year, simply because of their fun instrumentals and Dan Campbell’s poetic, life-changing lyricism. Blink-182 didn’t disappoint in the least, either.

Erik’s Most Memorable Feature for The Sound Alarm in 2011
Six Picks With Soupy Campbell: Six “Refluences” In Suburbia (July 15, 2011)

The Six Picks I did with Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years was by far the greatest piece of work I did for this website. Campbell is an amazingly intellectual and introspective human, and his music has moved not only me, but many people. It was amazing to hear the inner machinations of his mind and what went into the record. He went into very deep detail in terms of lyrics on Suburbia, and overall he was just a super cool guy to talk to! Thanks to Matt and Kayley for helping me score all these sweet interviews.

Currently a sophomore at Boston University studying for degrees in Advertising and Film, Erik likes to make movies and music videos with his small production company, or photograph music and everyday urban life. The first show he shot for The Sound Alarm was Rusko at the House of Blues and from then on he has learned to love music photography as a whole. You can check out his work at or on his Tumblr here.