20 | Foxygen : Cosmic Vibrations : … And Star Power (2014)
- 3rd full length.
- Their 2nd, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, was my 2nd favorite of 2014.
- Funkier Rolling Stones feel.
19 | Ages and Ages : Our Demons : Divisionary (2014)
- 2nd full length.
- One of the catchiest songs out this entire year.
- Oregon indie poppers.
18 | Steve Gunn : Milly's Garden : Way Out Weather (2014)
- Latest album.
- Also did a collaborative EP with Hiss Golden Messenger entitled Golden Gunn in 2013.
- 2nd album with a full band.
- Experimental, jammy, classical acoustic guitarist.
17 | Cold Specks : Absisto : Neuroplasticity (2014)
- 2nd album.
- Powerful, fuller track from one of the best vocalists in all of music.
- An awesome video for the track 'Holland' can be found HERE.
16 | Horse Feathers : Old Media : So It Is With Us (2014)
- 5th full length.
- Oregon indie folk rock bringing their biggest and fullest album yet.
- Incredibly powerful live show.
15 | Courtship Ritual : Abuela : Pith (2014)
- Debut album
- Electronic indie-pop.
- RIYL Wet or the XX.
14 | Mark McGuire : In Search of the Miraculous : Along the Way (2014)
- Debut full length after at least 8 minor releases. All available on his BandCamp.
- Plays very jammy, elaborate, psychedelic guitar tracks.
- Guitarist for the band the Emeralds.
- A highlight performance at SXSW 2014
13 | Wooden Wand : Adie : Farmer’s Corner (2014)
- James Jackson Toth project's forthcoming album.
- His last album, Blood Oaths of the New Blues, was a Best of the U & U 2013.
- His track ‘No Bed For Beatle Wand/Days This Long’ was my favorite song of 2013.
12 | Hiss Golden Messenger : Mahogany Dread : Lateness of Dancers (2014)
- 4th album. More polished than anything else they’ve done.
- 3rd album, Bad Debt, was their latest and most stripped back, almost demo quality, warm tracks.
- ‘Jesus Shot Me In the Head’ is their highlight track to date.
11 | Mac DeMarco : Salad Days : Salad Days (2014)
- 3rd album
- Got a lot of indie press and praise for 2012’s 2.
10 | 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.
- SXSW 2014
9 | Yellerkin : Solar Laws : Yellerkin EP (2014)
- Debut EP
- Brooklyn based electronic folk pop.
- RIYL Yeasayer.
8 | Ty Segall : Manipulator : Manipulator (2014)
- 7th solo album. Double album.
- The once obscure SF garage rock master is now one of the biggest faces of the rock music scene now.
- Mix of the sounds he put forth on 3 different albums in 2013.
7 | Heart-Ships : Heart of a Wrestler : Foil (2014)
- Debut LP.
- Debut EP, EP1 was a highlight of 2013.
- Reminiscent of Modest Mouse and Frog Eyes, but most for the still-wounded Wolf Parade fans.
6 | The War On Drugs : Under The Pressure : Lost In The Dream (2014)
- 3rd full length.
- Kurt Vile’s former outfit is still providing long time Vile fans sounds more in the vein of his older, soaring, drone- heavy work.
5 | Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks : Houston Hades : 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.
4 | J Mascis : Every Morning : Tied to a Star (2014)
- First single from forthcoming solo album
- Latest solo album was 2011's brilliant Several Shades of Why.
- Dinosaur Jr. leader, but I think I like him better in this role.
3 | Benjamin Booker : Violent Shiver : Benjamin Booker (2014)
- Debut LP
- Sounds like it’s even just demo quality, but the potential for something good is definitely there.
- Best of SXSW 2014
2 | Perfume Genius : Grid : Too Bright (2014)
- 3rd full length
- Best song of 2014 so far.
- This track burst out away from the delicate, piano-only tracks that filled most of his first 2 LPs.
- Project led by Mike Hadreas.
1 | Future Islands : A Song for Our Grandfathers : Singles (2014)
- 4th full length.
- Upbeat beach pop with more power here than ever before.
- Baltimore band.
- SXSW 2014