Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. : Nothing But Our Love (DayTrotter Session) (2010)
- Original is on their debut full length, It’s A Corporate World.
- Their 2010 debut EP garnered them a lot of good reviews.
- They have just overtaken the Hold Steady and Titus Andronicus as my favorite live band. This is the live recording that is the closest to their smile-inducing energy.
Cold Specks : Steady : I Predict A Graceful Expulsion (2012)
- Full length debut
- Powerful rough female vocalist.
- An awesome video for the track 'Holland' can be found HERE.
Savages : She Will : Silence Yourself (2013)
- Debut full length… Long awaited to say the very least.
- One of the most buzzed about bands at CMJ 2012.
- All female post-punk rock from the UK
- Seriously intense crowd-capturing CMJ 2012 and SXSW 2013 performances.
Turf War : Still Around : The Great Escape EP (2013)
- 2nd EP of the year.
- Also just released an EP of covers, Turf War Plays the Hits.
- Favorite band of SXSW 2012
Dune Rats : Burning Bridges : Smile EP (2013)
- 3rd EP. 2 Singles out as well.
- Sloppy garage, REM-leaning act starting to carve out a name for themselves in a similar way as FIDLAR.
- Tied for best act of CMJ 2012 with the Grizzled Mighty
Fletcher C. Johnson : Gone Down The River : It Rained Something Wicked (2010)
- Debut album.
- 2nd album, Salutations, made a significant number of best of '12 lists despite its small release.
- He is quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to good mood musicians.
- A truly fun, loose and uplifting highlight performance at SXSW.
The Hold Steady : Criminal Fingers : Criminal Fingers 7" (single) (2013)
- 2013 Record Store Day single. Other side is a song for Game of Thrones.
- 5th and latest full length was 2011's Heaven Is Whenever.
- This track feels like a Heaven Is Whenever leftover. That's not a bad thing, but just carry the same swagger as their older stuff.
- Lead singer Craig Finn released his solo debut in 2012.
- This is one of the best bands we are lucky enough to enjoy in their prime.
Frank Turner : Plain Sailing Weather : Tape Deck Heart (2013)
- 5th album
- Formerly of the English punk rock band Million Dead, now plays like a blend of Counting Crows and the Hold Steady.
Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle : 1936 : Perils From the Sea (2013)
- Collaborative album from the leaders of Sun Kil Moon and the Album Leaf.
- Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek and his uniquely sleepy vocals are featured on this track.
Advance Base : Mother's Last Words To Her Son (Washington Phillips cover) : The World is In A Bad Fix Everywhere EP (2013)
- EP of Washington Phillips' covers.
- Owen Ashworth, formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.
- His excellent debut under this alias was 'A Shut In's Prayer'
- Always has a metronome accompanying his mellow, steady, slightly-vinyl quality vocals.
Golden Gunn : Let Me Shine (Deathhouse) : Golden Gunn (2013)
- Record Store Day collaboration between Hiss Golden Messenger and Steve Gunn.
- Hiss Golden Messenger had one of 2012's best folk albums.
Brazos : How the Ranks Was Won : Saltwater (2013)
- 3rd full length. First since 2009's Phosphorescent Blues.
- Broke out with this at the 2008 SXSW
Nurses : Trying To Reach You : Dracula (2011)
- 3rd Album.
- In my post-Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr show ecstasy and pushiness, a friend I couldn't help but rave to created a DEJJ Pandora station after and stumbled onto this band.
- On Dead Oceans, which is the final third of the Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian consistently impressive record label triumvirate.
- Sound a bit like a blend of Slam Donahue and DEJJ.
Gauntlet Hair : Human Nature : Stills (2013)
- First single off their 2nd album.
- Slightly fuzzy experimental pop.
- Represented by Dead Oceans.
Wolf People : All Returns : Fain (2013)
- 3rd full length
- Heavy vintage blues psychedelia from the UK.
- One of the trickiest bands to Google, though that's getting better as they're getting more publicity.
Akron/Family : No Room : Sub Verses (2013)
- 7th album.
- Wildly eclectic, spacey, experimental folk rock.