Mikal Cronin : Turn Around : MCIII (2015)
- 3rd album.
- One of the best songwriters going writing vintage beachy psych rock/pop.
- Also in a surf-punk band called the Moonhearts & Ty Segall's backing band, just like Ty's in Mikal's band.
The Tallest Man On Earth : Darkness of the Dream : Dark Bird Is Home (2015)
- 4th album.
- Swedish singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson
- Powerful voice and bringing in the fullness of a War On Drugs LP.
- 2008 self-titled debut was very well received.
Titus Andronicus : Dimed Out : The Most Lamentable Tragedy (2015)
- Forthcoming triple LP. It will be their 4th.
- Their 2nd, The Monitor, is one of my all-time favorite albums.
- Post-punk rock anthems led by Patrick Stickles.
Palma Violets : Hollywood (I Got It) : 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.
Thee Oh Sees : Withered Hand : Mutilator Defeated At Last (2015)
- Forthcoming LP.
- Prolific San Fran garage psych from John Dwyer.
- Their last 2 LPs, Floating Coffin and Drop, were two of the best of the past 2 years.
- One of the best SXSW 2015 bands.
Tame Impala : Disciples : Currents (2015)
- Much-hyped 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.
Future Islands : The Chase : The Chase 7" (2015)
- Latest release.
- Baltimore band that exploded in 2014.
- Their 4th album, Singles, was my top album of 2014.
Son Lux : Change Is Everything : Bones (2015)
- 4th full length.
- Project led by Ryan Lott. Collaborator with Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire.
- 3rd album, Lanterns really catapulted his acclaim.
- Must see video for this song.
Leon Bridges : River : Coming Home (2015)
- Finally announced debut LP
- silky smooth vintage soul singer sound.
- Very promising vintage soul and blues singer just getting started.
- Signed to Columbia Records with only 2 songs out. Explains his extreme publicity.
- One of the best bands at SXSW 2015.
Stealing Sheep : Noah's Days : Noah & The Paper Moon EP (2011)
- One of their first releases.
- 2nd album, Not Real, is just out as well.
- Liverpool haunting psych folk band.
Mutual Benefit : Darkness of the Dream : Weathervane: Shaking Through EP (2015)
- Possibly a song from a yet unannounced forthcoming release.
- This is from a series of EPs documenting the recording process for bands.
- Beautiful mellow electronic indie folk band with one LP out.
- Best of SXSW 2014
Sufjan Stevens : Fourth Of July : 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.
Saint Pé : Street Lights : Secular Music EP (2015)
- Debut solo EP.
- Formerly one of the main three leaders of the Black Lips.
- Also just released a 2nd LP with Deer Tick's John McCauley as the Diamond Rugs.
Sheer Mag : Travelin On : EP II (2015)
- 2nd 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.
Ryan Adams : It's In My Head : No Shadow (2015)
- One of his recent string of one-off singles.
- Just released Live at Carnegie Hall.
- Career-spanning live compilation from a 2-night performance at the NYC theatre.
- One of my favorite all-time artists who has faded a bit recently.
- Responsible for some of the best alt-country and folk music of the past 15 years.