Music Genre: Rock

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DeVotchKa (Musical group)
Porscha
5

With this album I feel Devotchka reached a new height. The combination of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the live recording makes for an intimate feel and really displays the expertise of the members of Devotchka. It’s also an endearing dose of Colorado talent; the 303 Children’s Choir even...

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Future Islands (Musical group)
Porscha
5

This is a beautiful and exciting album. Future Islands is categorized as neo-romantics and it’s fitting for the dramatic vocals and endearing lyrics of Samuel T. Harring. The songs are each their own masterpieces and I feel their music strikes a nerve in a moving way. It’s raw and edgy and...

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Chelsea Wolfe
Porscha
5

I can't say enough about Chelsea Wolfe. I love all most of her albums and she's amazing live. Her sound is deep, melodic, dramatic, and mysterious. This is her fourth album and is as captivating as any of her previous work. The album to me is special because I could listen to it over and over,...

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Damien Jurado
Bobby
5

Working again with Richard Swift, Jurado continues leave his folky singer/songwriter past for psychedelic pop and rock.  I've been going to see Jurado play for almost 15 years now and never could I have imagined his level of creativity keeping up for this long, but this is one of the...

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performer Deafheaven (Musical group) creator
Bobby
5

Call it what you will - post-rock, screamo, post-hardcore - the only thing that matters is that Sunbather is a fantastic album for those who love the loud/quiet/loud dynamic of bands such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Explosions in the Sky.  Due to the throat-shredding vocals, I have no...

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Pond (Musical group)
Bobby
4

The psychedelic music revival continues.  Pond's shared membership with Tame Impala is obvious on Hobo Rocket, but Pond takes a more aggressive approach with longer jams and crunchier guitars.  It may be a less radio-friendly album, but a terrific listen for those looking to bang their...

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Raveonettes (Musical group)
Kelly
5

This is a band I constantly find myself returning to. Underneath the fuzzed out shoe-gaze sound there are brilliant pop melodies that bring to mind 60's girl groups, 50's rock, or 80's groups like The Jesus and Mary Chain.  Highly recommended! 

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Ray LaMontagne
Laurie.
5

Three Days is one of the sexiest songs I've ever heard. His voice is so soulful. 

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Mount Moriah (Musical group)
Bobby
3

Mount Moriah display their southern mountain roots in full.  "Bright Lights" at times sounds like a female-fronted Allman Brothers.  Some twang escapes on "Younger Days".  And the album closer, "Telling the Hour", has the dark, gothic feel of a misty cemetery.  Some of the...

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Youth Lagoon (Musician)
Bobby
4

I loved YL's debut, and I love this, his second album, even more.  Much more adventurous and fuller sounding, yet it continues to highlight his unique vocals and ear for building compositions to the point of collaspe.

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Foxygen (Musical group)
Bobby
4

This is my one of my favorite albums of 2013 so far.  Sure they ransack every sound from the late 60s and early 70s (most obviously Sgt. Pepper era Beatles and the Velvet Undergroud) but they do it well and with a freshness that doesn't leave you feeling swindled.

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Andrew Bird
Bobby
4

I like Andrew Bird, but to be honest, I've been a bit ambivalent to his most recent albums.  They're good but they don't have distinctness from one to another.  This EP thankfully shook me out of this rut with its infusion of country sounds both original and adaptations, trading his...

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Tame Impala (Musical group)
Bobby
4

Of all the emerging young psychedelic bands, these Australians are my favorite.   Some songs are mellow, blissed out affairs, others are much more driving, and most have a great mix of both.  It takes multiple listens to fully appreciate each instrument's contribution and the...

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Lord Huron (Musical group)
Bobby
3

In a year full of band with a lot of rah-rah wannabe folkiness ala Lumineers & Of Monsters and Men, Lord Huron takes a more (and appreciated) laid back approach.  The songs are upbeat but quiet with a Graceland quality to them.  A solidly pleasing debut.

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Grizzly Bear (Musical group)
Bobby
4

Once again, Grizzly Bear has made a fantastically slow-burning album that deftly infiltrates your brain in an almost subliminal way.

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Dirty Projectors (Musical group)
Bobby
4

I love Dirty Projector's last album, Bitte Orca, but this one is slowly taking over the top spot in their catalog.  These folks have some amazing licks and harmonies to match.  I had the pleasure to see them live a few weeks back and was left simultaneously slack-jawed in awe...

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Neko Case
angela
5

A friend described this as "Americana music from fairy tales." Perfect.

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Page France (Musical group)
Bobby
4

With their jangly folk music, Page France has been one of my favorite underground discoveries in the past few years. Full of their characteristic ethereal writing and catchy melodies, this album may stand as their swan song as they have recently disbanded.

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Tokyo Police Club
angela
3

You can listen to the whole EP in less than 20 minutes, but this is delirious and enthralling indie rock that I can't get out of my head long after those 20 minutes are over. Tokyo Police Club is "like a swift kick in the pants followed by a raucous dance party" or so says their bio. Can't get...

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Art Brut
angela
3

This is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. Great music, a fun sound and just an all around good album. Plus, you've gotta love a band with lyrics like "we formed a band, look at us we formed a band."

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Matisyahu
angela
4

Matisyahu, a Hasidic Jew, gets into the groove with this amazing live album. Like most reggae, there are religious overtones but this album has the potential to appeal to a broad audience, even the Yiddish tracks. Passionate, soulful and fun.

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Replacements
angela
5

An inspired album from one of the greatest post punk bands of all time. Ballads, hardcore, pop and punk are all covered on this diverse, angst-filled wonder.

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Death Cab for Cutie
angela
4

Musical poetry that I can listen to again and again. If you don't like it the first time, give it another listen, this one will grow on you.

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Sonic Youth
angela
5

Mesmerizing, experimental rock filled with bold rhythms that you can feel. This album will get to you deep down with the graceful chaos of voices and discordant guitars.

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Le Tigre
angela
3

This Island is a more slick and polished sound from Le Tigre, whose older work used a raw sound to their advantage. I prefer the raw sound but I definitely enjoyed this punky electronic pop that ranges from kitschy and fun, like their remake of "I'm So Excited," to catchy and political, like "...