James Vincent McMorrow : Cavalier : Post Tropical (2014)
- 2nd LP. One EP as well.
- More R&B infused album than his previous work.
- Slightly mellower style of folk that Bon Iver, but definitely some crossover.
Wet : Dreams : Wet EP (2013)
- Debut EP.
- Falls somewhere between Fiona Apple’s latest release and the XX.
Hiss Golden Messenger : Drum : Bad Debt (2014)
- 3rd album
- Features stripped back, almost demo quality, warm tracks.
Sun Kil Moon : Ben’s My Friend : Benji (2014)
- 6th LP
- First Sun Kil Moon proper album since 2012’s superb LP, Among the Leaves.
- Led by the most wonderfully sleepy vocals of Mark Kozelek.
Night Beds : Black Box : Night Beds EP (2008)
- Debut EP
- Released one of the most gorgeous albums of 2013, Country Sleep.
- Led by Winston Yellen.
Girl Band : Lawman : Lawman 7” (2014)
- Latest single from punk rockers out of Ireland.
- Debut EP, France 98, was out in 2012.
- One of the more exciting and exhilarating punk rock songs I’ve heard in a long time.
Big Ups : Wool : 18 Hours of Static (2014)
- Debut LP after a string of rough EPs and singles.
- This is by far a superior release to any of their previously release music.
- NYC based, hard, erratic, off beat punk rock. At times they sound a bit like the Pixies at their weirdest and heaviest.
- Loud and big energy live.
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks : Independence Street : Wig Out at Jagbags (2014)
- 6th album with the Jicks
- Leader of the incredibly influential indie band Pavement.
- 2008’s Real Emotional Trash is one of my all-time favorite albums.
Withered Hand : Black Tambourine : New Gods (2014)
- 2nd LP. Debut was 2009’s Good News
- Also had an excellent debut EP in 2008, Religious Songs.
Bobby Bare Jr. : Extra Soggy Daisy : Shame On Me 7” (2014)
- Latest single featuring his first cover of his father, famous traditional country singer Bobby Bare, and an amped up recording of an early track of his own.
- Rowdy, self-critical, alt-country.
Twin Peaks : Flavor : Flavor b/w Come Bother Me 7” (2013)
- Latest single or 2 out so far.
- Also one full length that was self-released in 2012, but is set for re-release this year.
- SXSW 2014
Cherry Glazerr : Haxel Princess : Haxel Princess (2014)
- 2nd LP
- Debut LP, Papa Cremp, was out in 2013.
- LA band of ladies with music similar to, but sloppier and more lackadaisical than Waxahatchee.
Solids : Fire Works (Just fine) : Generic Dogs EP (2010)
- Debut EP. Two singles out as well.
- Debut LP is out in early 2014
- This is one of the albums I’m most highly anticipating in 2014.
- Montreal post-punk rock band.. Think Japandroids with less shouting.
- CMJ 2013
Augustines : Nothing To Lose But Your Head : Augustines (2014)
- 2nd album. Debut was 2011’s Rise Ye Sunken Ships.
- Band formerly known as We Are Augustines.
- Soaring indie rock anthems.