ACTION BRONSON- MR. WONDERFUL
Long waited major label debut after a slew of successful mixed tapes is an eclectic hit or miss, but the highs are very strong and Bronson never kowtows toward commercialism.
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Most commercially successful album in a longtime by the biggest and most likable musical star on the planet is mostly successful if a bit middle of the road and boring at times. World conquering lead single “Hello” and Tobias Jesso Jr. collab “When We Were Young” are the highlights.
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2nd full length all instrumental album by esoteric super producer that sounds like Earth is battling the robots and the robots are winning.
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BEACH HOUSE- THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS
2nd full length release in 2015 by admirably consistent Baltimore dream-pop duo.
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LEON BRIDGES- COMING HOME
Old sixties soul throwback has a real deal voice and half an album full of great tunes.
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BUILT TO SPILL- UNTETHERED MOON
Long running Idaho indie outfit led by singer/guitar God Doug Martsch is a low key return to form in “Untethered Moon”. It’s great to see a band approach middle age and still have this much fire.
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GARY CLARK JR.- THE STORY OF SONNY BOY SLIM
Austin, Tx Blues guitar-phenom follows his muse and releases album influenced by R&B, Soul, Gospel, Funk & Hip Hop.
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MIKAL CRONIN- MCIII
Under-appreciated follow-up to the pretty great “MCII”, Cronin continues to deliver enjoyable, driving melodic power-pop.
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LANA DEL REY- HONEYMOON
Lana at her least commercial and accessible, but her most cinematic & ethereal. Contains the great “High Be The Beach” which wins the award for the most Lana Del Ray song ever written.
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Conor Oberst’s (aka Bright Eyes) only actual band is him at his most political and angriest. A welcome return from this thoughtful punk act after a thirteen year gap between albums.
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FETTY WAP- FETTY WAP
Debut album by Patterson, NJ raised rap flavor of 2015 plays as a collection of singles and is mostly successful. Features huge radio hits “670”, “My Way”, “Jugg” and of course the monumentally successful “Trap Queen” which started it all.
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COLLEEN GREEN- I WANT TO GROW UP
Three chord, hook-filled grunge-pop debut influenced by Ramones as well as nineties female fronted groups like Veruca Salt, the Breeders and Belly.
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GLEN HANSARD- DIDN’T HE RAMBLE
Enjoyable roots album from this passionate Irish mensch, heavily indebted to Van Morrison. Go see him live!
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HOP ALONG- PAINTED SHUT
Passionately sung female fronted nineties influenced Philadelphia indie rock band makes good on second album. Both thought provoking and consistently rocking’.
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MAC MCCAUGHAN- NON-BELIEVERS
Longtime frontman of Superchunk and Merge Records label head takes off his punk clothes to deliver very enjoyable power pop set.
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JOANNA NEWSOM- DIVERS
Intricate and sophisticated album by hyper-literate singer, songwriter and harpist. Can be impenetrable at times but begins to reward after multiple listens.
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PROTOMARTYR- AGE OF INTELLECT
Tense and gloomy third album release from Detroit post-punk rockers. Driving, wiry guitar lines with catchy choruses and controlled but venomous vocals.
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SPEEDY ORTIZ- FOIL DEER
Female led, critically acclaimed Western Mass outfit is a throwback to nineties indie-rock and riot grrrl. Sophomore album is an improvement over the group’s solid debut.
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Rewarding second album by underappreciated hip hop/funk/New Age spiritual Seattle group who is also very interconnected with the great Shabazz Palaces.
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Spare and biting second album by female Nashville PJ Harvey influenced singer songwriter.
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DONNIE TRUMPET & THE SOCIAL EXPERIMENT- SURF
22 year Chance The Rapper’s touring band releases eclectic free digital download album influenced by hip hop, indie-rock, funk, jazz & old school New Orleans style R&B, proving that you’ll never know where Chance will go next.
*Best track Wanna Be Cool
TY DOLLA $IGN- FREE TC
Epic, long awaited full-length debut from singer/rapper/super-producer Ty Dolla $ign that’s stylistically diverse and a bit over the top with a few big highlights like “Solid”, “Blasé”, “Saved” and “LA”.
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WAXAHATCHEE- IVY TRIPP
Second album by Philadelphia indie folk-punk trip featuring the great “Under a Rock”.
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WILCO- STAR WARS
Best and loosest Wilco album in years was first released as a free download in July.
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YOUNG THUG- BARTER 6
One of most prolific and successful artists of rap’s past few years releases retail mixed tape to much acclaim. Thug manages to be mysterious and esoteric while delivering myriad hooks and doing much to define rap’s current sound.
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