War On Drugs
Lost In The Dream
Philly wooze-rock blanketed with gauzy textures and propelled by live and sequenced drums.
2. St. Vincent
Annie Clark's slick yet eccentric, tuneful yet disturbing art rock keeps getting better and better.
To Be Kind
Sweeping, imposing, achingly human experimental rock that goes its own way.
4. King Tuff
Black Moon Spell
Tons-of-fun garage rock that pays homage to heavy metal, glam and classic rock.
5. Ty Segall
The prolific San Francisco garage-psych rocker gains new focus and calms down… a little.
6. Public Animal
High-octane Ian Blurton-led rock and roll with forceful woman/man vocals and constantly accelerating tuneage.
7. White Lung
Bracing Vancouver punk rock unafraid to plumb the darkest depths of Mish Way's psyche.
Slowly unfurling sludge-noir (they coined the term, and it's perfect) debut album from the Toronto heavy-rockers.
9. Ex Hex
Catch-your-breath guitar attack and hook-filled power pop melodies.
Foundations Of Burden
Doom metal out of Arkansas so bleak that its uplifting moments are transcendent.