Tame Impala : 'Cause I'm A Man : Currents (2015)
- First single from forthcoming 3rd LP.
- By far the most dance-y track to date. Sounds more like Daft Punk than their previous music.
- Innerspeaker & Lonerism have been two of the best Beatles-leaning vintage psych rock albums of the past few years.
- One of the leading forces of the Perth, AUS psych rock scene.
Sufjan Stevens : The Only Thing : 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.
Palma Violets : English Tongue : Danger In The Club (2015)
- 2nd album
- Their 2013 debut was one of the years most highly regarded albums.
- UK band that makes catchy, chugging anthem rock.
- Highest energy band at SXSW 2015.
Sheer Mag : Sit and Cry : Sheer Mag 7" (2015)
- Debut EP available on BandCamp.
- Latest single, Button Up, is their best song to date.
- Awesome blend of punk and catchy vintage rock and roll.
- One of the best bands at SXSW 2015.
Damaged Bug : The Mirror : Cold Hot Plumbs (2015)
- 2nd LP
- Solo moniker for Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer.
- Debut album, Hubba Bubba, was out in 2014.
- Less amped up and aggressive, synth-heavy psych rock weirdness.
Faith Healer : Again : 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.
Courtney Barnett : An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York) : 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.
Ty Segall : Queen Lullabye : Live At Pickathon (2015)
- Split live EP with King Tuff from their Pickathon sets.
- Originally from his 2013 album Sleeper.
- 7th solo album, Manipulator was a highlight of 2014.
- The once obscure SF garage rock master is now one of the biggest faces of the rock music scene now.
Waxahatchee : The Dirt : 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.
The Mountain Goats : Choked Out : 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.
Ezra Furman : Restless Year (2015)
- Forthcoming, not yet named, 2nd solo LP.
- Formerly recorded as Ezra Furman & the Harpoons.
- Brother of KRILL's leader Jonah Furman.
- Longtime show favorite.
Modest Mouse : Wicked Campaign : Strangers to Ourselves (2015)
- 6th album and first in 8 years.
- Led by Isaac Brock.
- Just re-released their first two albums at the end of 2014.
- One of the best bands of the 2000's
Pfarmers : The 'Ol River Gang : Gunnera (2015)
- Debut LP
- Collab band between Menomena's Danny Seim & members of The National & David Byrne.
- Sounds a ton like Menomena's older stuff and that's a very good thing!
Algiers : Black Eunuch : 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.
Marching Church : King Of Song : The World Is Not Enough (2015)
- Debut LP.
- Side project of Iceage's lead singer, Elias
- Very cool live sound as they featured 2 saxophones even more heavily than the album.
- Played with Alex Zhang of Dirty Beaches and really showcased Zhang's talent.
Ryley Walker : Sweet Satisfaction : Primrose Green (2015)
- 2nd album.
- Lush British folk that reminded me a ton of Clapton at SXSW 2015
- Dead Oceans label.