Best Albums of 2014: The War On Drugs, “Lost in the Dream”

On The War on Drugs’ third longplayer, frontman Adam Granduciel is a travelin’ man. Whether escaping some domestic restraint for the open road or trying…

Best Albums of 2014: Run The Jewels, “Run The Jewels 2”

There’s no hotter rap duo on the planet right now than Jamie and Mike, and this second Run The Jewels offering has put them on even bigger maps…

Best Albums of 2014: Shabazz Palaces, “Lese Majesty”

The best way I could describe Lese Majesty, and what makes Shabazz Palaces so special, is a line from their first album, 2011’s Black Up:…

Best Albums of 2014: Ty Segall, “Manipulator”

2014 was the year of Ty Segall. Between his excellent production work on albums like White Fence’s For The Recently Found Innocent, and shredding up…

Best Albums of 2014: Future Islands, “Singles”

Future Islands are far from a new act, but their standout fourth LP (and debut for 4AD)—aptly titled Singles—is arguably the breakout of 2014. Released back in…

Best Albums of 2014: Eagulls, “Eagulls”

First impressions are everything. A job recruiter will tell you that, and your parents will certainly tell you that (probably too often). You never get a second chance…

Best Albums of 2014: Caribou, “Our Love”

Love is a many splendored thing, and on his first Caribou record in four years, Dan Snaith is open and exploring the concept in all…

Best Albums of 2014: The Budos Band, “Burnt Offering”

The first way I ever heard the music of The Budos Band described was “the Dap-Kings meets Black Sabbath.” I would only add “70’s car…

Best Albums of 2014: Beck, “Morning Phase”

It would be pretty easy to write Beck Hansen’s twelfth full-length album off as Sea Change 2: Electric Boogaloo considering they both take a more…

Best Albums of 2014: Courtney Barnett, “The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas”

At the beginning of 2014, whenever you turned on the radio (to a college or indie station), you might have heard the steadily timed lyrics…

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