Faith Healer : Fools Rush In : Cosmic Troubles (2015)
- Debut album.
- Amid all of this year's big name new LP's this is a contender for my favorite.
- Led by Jessica Jalbert, who has one solo album out as well, Brother Loyola.
- Big time sound of Velvet Underground & Nico sound.
- Edmonton pop/rock duo.
The Velvet Undergorund : Femme Fatale : The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
- Debut album from one of the most influential bands of all time.
- Led by Lou Reed and John Cale.
Only Real : Break It Off : Jerk At The End Of The Line (2015)
- Debut LP.
- Also released 2 singles from forthcoming debut full length. Due out in 2015.
- Vocalist over a blend of super catchy classic indie rock and electronic music.
- 23 yr old Niall Galvin bedroom project.
- One of the best bands at SXSW 2015.
Part Time : I Want To Go : PDA (2013)
- 2nd album of 2.
- Surprise highlight of the Burger Records SXSW 2015 showcase.
- Woozy, glazed-over 80's synth rock.
Warm Soda : I Wanna Go Fast : Symbolic Dream (2015)
- 3rd Album.
- Led by Matthew Melton who released his solo debut in 2014 and led Bare Wires previously.
- Another highlight of the Burger Records SXSW 2015 showcase.
Young Guv : Ripe 4 Luv : Ripe 4 Luv (2015)
- Solo debut from Ben Cook.
- Catchy, bouncy track that reminds me a bit of Spoon + King Tuff.
- Guitarist of the much loved, more hardcore, indie band Fucked Up.
Waxahatchee : Breathless : Ivy Tripp (2015)
- Powerful, feedback-heavy opener from her 3rd full length.
- Project from Kate Crutchfield. Twin sister of Swearin's Allison Crutchfield.
- Her 2nd album, 2013's Cerulean Salt, was one of the year's best.
- Debut was lo-fi and a rougher DIY style album.
- Played a series of stripped back solo shows with only her twin sister, Allison of Swearin', on backup vocals at SXSW 2015.
Iceage : Against The Moon : Plowing Into the Field of Love (2014)
- 3rd LP
- Highly critically acclaimed Danish punk rock band.
- Best of SXSW 2015
Algiers : Irony. Utility. Pretext. : Algiers (2015)
- Forthcoming debut LP
- Just released their first track from their forthcoming debut in Jan 2015.
- Only 2 singles out previously and many of those songs will be on this LP.
- My newest, biggest and hardest band crush.
Sufjan Stevens : All Of Me Wants All Of You : Carrie and Lowell (2015)
- I believe it's officially his forthcoming 6th album, but he's also but out numerous other compilations and releases from side projects.
- One of the most talented musicians that I've been able to enjoy every step of the way.
- This first teaser sounds like a hope-elevating return to his early stripped back folk days.
Tobias Jesso Jr. : Thirteen (2015)
- Cover of Big Star's iconic track from a BBC Radio 1 Session.
- Debut, Goon, was produced by a Chet JR White of Girls and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys.
- RIYL Nilsson, early Perfume Genius, or early solo Christopher Owens.
- Most unique show at SXSW 2015 as he conducted a piano lesson then played.
Night Beds : Cherry Blossoms : Country Sleep (2013)
- Beautiful debut LP. Also one EP.
- Latest single, 'Me, Liquor and God', was release in Dec '14.
- One of the danciest tracks the band has released.
- One of a couple minor releases over the past year by Winston Yellen.
James Vincent McMorrow : Higher Love : Silver Lining Charity Complilation (2011)
- Gorgeous hollowed out cover of Steve Winwood's Higher Love.
- Debut LP, Early In The Morning, was a highlight of 2011.
- He seems to make no bones about his affinity for Justin Vernon… he even titles some of his songs like those of Vernon.
- One of the best of SXSW 2015
The Mountain Goats : Werewolf Gimmick : Beat The Champ (2015)
- Pro wrestling-themed 15th album.
- Led by John Darnielle.
- Continually (and deservedly) considered one of the best lyricists in music.
- Thoughtful, poignant, brutal, and self-evisceratingly honest.
Courtney Barnett : Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party : Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (2015)
- Technically her debut LP.
- Huge critical success with the re-release of her first two EPs, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.
- One of the best bands at SXSW 2015 playing the new album in its entirety.
Hagerty-Toth Band : Sunset Dust : Qalgebra (2015)
- Record Store Day 2015 release.
- Collab of James Jackson Toth (Wooden Wand) Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux).
- James Toth has been one of my favorite folk artists of the past 10 yrs.
Girl Band : Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage? : The Early Years EP (2015)
- Forthcoming EP.
- Explosive cover of UK Electronic act Blawan.
- Debut EP, France 98,is available for free on their BandCamp.
- Their single, Lawman, is their best song to date and will be on this EP.
- Eractic punk rockers out of Ireland.
- One of the more exciting and exhilarating punk rock bands I’ve heard in a long time.
- Best Band of SXSW 2015!
LCD Soundsystem : Movement : LCD Soundsystem (2005)
- Debut LP from the recent and short-lived legendary dance punk band.
- Led by James Murphy who also heads up DFA Records.
- This is one of their most amped up and aggressive songs.