End of Year List, Music, Pop Rock Folk

LJR Music’s Best of 2014 – Pop/Rock/Folk

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St VincentSt. Vincent – St. Vincent

  • Genre – Indie Pop/Rock
  • From – Dallas, TX
  • Fav Track – Digital Witness, Birth In Reverse, Rattlesnake, Huey Newton, Bring Me Your Loves
  • Recommended Tracks – Rattlesnake, Birth In Reverse, Prince Johnny, Huey Newton, Digital Witness, Regret, Bring Me Your Love, Psychopath, Every Tear Disappears, Severed Crossed Fingers

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Nikki NacktUnE-yArDs – Nikki Nack

  • Genre – Indie Rock
  • From – Connecticut
  • Fav Tracks – Find A New Way, Water Fountain, Real Thing, Hey Life, Wait For A Minute
  • Recommended Tracks – Find A New Way, Water Fountain, Time of Dark, Real Thing, Hey Life, Sink-O, Wait For A Minute, Left Behind, Rocking Chair

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They Want My SoulSpoon – They Want My Soul

  • Genre – Indie Rock
  • From – Austin, TX
  • Fav Tracks – Rent I Pay, Inside Out, Rainy Taxi, Do You, They Want My Soul
  • Recommended Tracks – Rent I Pay, Inside Out, Rainy Taxi, Do You, They Want My Soul, I Just Don’t Understand, Let Me Be Mine, New York Kiss

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Lost In The DreamThe War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

  • Genre – Indie Rock, Hybrid of Heartland Rock and New Wave
  • From – Philadelphia, PA
  • Fav Tracks – Red Eyes, Under Pressure, An Ocean In Between The Waves, Eyes to the Wind
  • Recommended Tracks – Under Pressure, Red Eyes, Suffering, An Ocean In Between The Waves, Disappearing, Eyes to the Wind, Burning, Lost In The Dream, In Reverse

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Are We ThereSharon Van Etten – Are We There

  • Genre – Singer-songwriter, Indie Folk
  • From – New Jersey, New York
  • Fav Tracks – Your Love Is Killing Me, Taking Chances, Break Me, Every Time the Sun Comes Up
  • Recommended Tracks – Afraid of Nothing, Taking Chances, Your Love Is Killing Me, I Love You But I’m Lost, You Know Me Well, Break Me, I Know, Every Time the Sun Comes Up

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Future Islands Future Islands – Singles

  • Genre – Indie Rock, New Wave
  • From – North Carolina, Baltimore
  • Fav Track – Seasons (Waiting On You), Fall From Grace
  • Recommended Tracks – Seasons (Waiting On You), Sun in the Morning, Back in the Tall Grass, Light House, Fall From Grace
  • Single – Seasons (Waiting On You)

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Benjamin BookerBenjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker

  • Genre – Blues Rock
  • From – Florida; New Orleans, LA
  • Fav Tracks – Violent Shiver, Have You Seen My Son?, Chippewa, Wicked Waters, Slow Coming
  • Recommended Tracks – Violent Shiver, Have You Seen My Son?, Chippewa, Wicked Waters, Always Waiting, Slow Coming, Spoon Out My Eyeballs, Happy Homes, I Thought I Heard You Screaming, Old Hearts, Kids Never Grow Older, By The Evening

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More Than Any Other DayOught – More Than Any Other Day

  • Genre – New Wave/Post-punk Revival
  • From – Montreal, Canada
  • Fav Tracks – The Weather Song, Habit, Today More Than Any Other Day
  • Recommended Tracks – The Weather Song, Habit, Today More Than Any Other Day, Pleasant Heart, Around Again, Clarity!, Gemini

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Slow PhaserNicole Atkins – Slow Phaser 

  • Genre – Indie Rock
  • From – New Jersey, North Carolina, New York City
  • Fav Track – It’s Only Chemistry, Red Ropes
  • Recommended Tracks – Who Killed the Moonlight?, It’s Only Chemistry, Girl You Look Amazing, Cool People, We Wait Too Long, Red Ropes, Gasoline Bride, The Worst Hangover

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RipsEx Hex – Rips

  • Genre – Garage Rock
  • From – Washington D.C.
  • Fav Tracks – Hot and Cold, Don’t Wanna Lose, Beast, You Fell Apart, Everywhere
  • Recommended Tracks – Don’t Wanna Lose, Beast, Waste Your Time, You Fell Apart, How You Got That Girl, Waterfall, Hot and Cold, Radio On, New Kid, War Paint, Everywhere, Outro

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HealStrand of Oaks – Heal

  • Genre – Indie Rock
  • From – Goshen, Indiana
  • Fav Tracks – Same Emotions, HEAL, Shut In, For Me, Goshen ’97
  • Recommended Tracks – Same Emotions, HEAL, Shut In, For Me, Goshen ’97, Woke Up To The Light, JM, Plymouth, Wait For Love

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Brill BruisersThe New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

  • Genre – Indie Pop
  • From – Canada
  • Fav Tracks – Fantasy Fools, Brill Bruisers, War on the East Coast, Dancehall Domine, Champions Of Red Wine
  • Recommended Tracks – Fantasy Fools, Brill Bruisers, War on the East Coast, Dancehall Domine, Champions Of Red Wine, Backstairs, Marching Orders, Born With a Sound, Wide Eyes, You Tell Me Where

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sunbathing animalParquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

  • Genre – Post-punk
  • From – Brooklyn, NY; Denton, TX
  • Fav Tracks – Bodies Made Of, Black and White, Sunbathing Animal, Instant Disasembly, Ducking & Dodging
  • Recommended Tracks – Bodies Made Of, Black and White, Sunbathing Animal, Instant Disasembly, Ducking & Dodging, Dear Ramona, What Color Is Blood, Vienna II, Always Back In Town, She’s Rolling, Up All Night, Raw Milk, Into The Garden

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Sylvan EssoSylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

  • Genre – Indie Electronic Folk
  • From – North Carolina
  • Fav Tracks – Coffee, H.S.K.T., Hey Mami, Could I Be
  • Recommended Tracks – Coffee, H.S.K.T., Hey Mami, Could I Be, Wolf, Dress, Play It Right, Dreamy Bruises, Uncatena

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Deep FantasyWhite Lung – Deep Fantasy

  • Genre – Punk Revival
  • From – Vancouver, B.C.
  • Fav Tracks – Down It Goes, Snake Jaw, Face Down, I Believe You, Just For You
  • Recommended Tracks – Down It Goes, Snake Jaw, Face Down, I Believe You, Just For You, Drown With The Monster, Wrong Star, Sycophant, Lucky One, In Your Home

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 Stay GoldFirst Aid Kit – Stay Gold

  • Genre – Indie Folk Pop
  • From – Enskede, Sweden
  • Fav Tracks – Master Pretender, Waitress Song, Stay Gold, My Silver Lining
  • Recommended Tracks – Master Pretender, Waitress Song, Stay Gold, My Silver Lining, Cedar Lane, Shattered & Hollow, The Bell, Fleeting oNe, Heaven Knows, A Long Time Ago

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Real EstateReal Estate – Atlas

  • Genre – Indie Rock, Neo-psychedelia
  • From – New Jersey
  • Fav Track – Past Lives
  • Recommended Tracks – Had To Hear, Past Lives, Talking Backwards, April’s Song, The Bend, Horizon, Navigator
  • Single – Talking Backwards

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PhysiquesPeople Get Ready – Physiques

  • Genre – Experimental Pop
  • From – Brooklyn, NY
  • Fav Tracks – Rainbow, Physiques, Jealousy, Soooooon
  • Recommended Tracks – Rainbow, Physiques, Jealousy, Soooooon, Crueller, Aquarium Date, Hot Fruit

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homepage_large.41cf09c1Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

  • Genre – Indie Rock, Dream Pop
  • From – Canada
  • Fav Tracks – Salad Days, Brother, Let Her Go
  • Recommended Tracks – Salad Days, Brother, Let Her Go, Let My Baby Stay, Passing Out  Pieces, Treat Her Better, Chamber Of Reflection, Go Easy, Jonny’s Odyssey

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Everyday RobotsDamon Albarn – Everyday Robots

  • Genre – Indie Pop/Rock
  • From – London
  • Fav Tracks – Everyday Robots, Lonely Press Play, The Selfish Giant
  • Recommended Tracks – Everyday Robots, Lonely Press Play, Mr. Tembo, The Selfish Giant, You & Me, Hollow Ponds, Photographs, Heavy Seas of Love

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Unrepentant Geraldines Tori Amos – Unrepentant Geraldines

  • Genre – Singer-songwriter, Piano
  • From – Maryland, California, Florida
  • Fav Tracks – Trouble’s Lament, Weatherman, 16 Shades of Blue, Unrepentant Geraldines
  • Recommended Tracks – Trouble’s Lament, Wedding Day, Weatherman, 16 Shades of Blue, Promise, Unrepentant Geraldines

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lazarettoJack White –  Lazaretto

  • Genre – Indie Rock, Punk Blues
  • From – Detroit, MI
  • Fav Tracks – Lazaretto, Would You Fight For My Love?, Temporary Ground, I Think I Found The Culprit
  • Recommended Tracks – Lazaretto, Would You Fight For My Love?, Temporary Ground, I Think I Found The Culprit, High Ball Stepper, Alone In My Home, Entitlement, The Black Bat Licorice

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Burn Your FireAngel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

  • Genre – Indie Folk, Alt Country, Singer-Songwriter
  • From – St. Louis, Chicago
  • Fav Track – Hi-Five
  • Recommended Tracks – Unfucktheworld, Forgiven/Forgotten, Hi-Five, White Fire, High & Wild, Lights Out, Enemy, Windows

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Morning PhaseBeck – Morning Phase 

  • Genre – Indie Folk Rock
  • From – Los Angeles
  • Fav Track – Heart Is A Drum
  • Recommended Tracks – Heart Is A Drum, Say Goodbye, Blue Moon, Wave, Turn Away, Country Down, Waking Light

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I Never Learn Lykke Li – I Never Learn

  • Genre – Indie Pop
  • From – Sweden
  • Fav Tracks – I Never Learn, No Rest For The Wicked, Sleeping Alone
  • Recommended Tracks – I Never Learn, No Rest For The Wicked, Just Like A Dream, Gunshot, Never Gonna Love Again, Sleeping Alone

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Lights OutIngrid Michaelson – Lights Out

  • Genre – Singer-Songwriter
  • From – New York
  • Fav Tracks – Girls Chase Boys, Time Machine, Afterlife
  • Recommended Tracks – Girls Chase Boys, Wonderful Unknown, Warpath, Handsome Hands, Time Machine, Afterlife

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ZABAGlass Animals – ZABA

  • Genre – Indie Pop
  • From – Oxfordshire, England
  • Fav Tracks – Gooey, Pools, Flip, Black Mambo, Walla Walla
  • Recommended Tracks – Gooey, Pools, Flip, Black Mambo, Walla Walla, Intruxx, Hazey, Toes, Wyrd, Cocoa Hooves, JDNT

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Black HoursHamilton Leithauser – Black Hours

  • Genre – Indie Pop
  • From – Washington D.C., New York
  • Fav Tracks – Alexandra, I Don’t Need Anyone, 11 O’Clock Friday Night
  • Recommended Tracks – 5 AM, The Silent Orchestra, Alexandra, I Don’t Need Anyone, I Retired, 11 O’Clock Friday Night

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In Conflict Owen Pallett – In Conflict

  • Genre – Indie Pop
  • From – Toronto, Ontario
  • Fav Tracks – In Conflict, Chorale, The Riverbed
  • Recommended Tracks – I Am Not Afraid, In Conflict, On a Path, Song For Five & Six, The Secret Seven, Chorale, The Sky Behind the Flag, The Riverbed, Infernal Fantasy

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52fc473ce9ffa.preview-300Hurray for the Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

  • Genre – Indie Folk
  • From – New York City, New Orleans
  • Fav Track – The New SF Bay Blues
  • Recommended Tracks – Crash On The Highway, Good Time Blues, End Of The Line, The New SF Bay Blues, The Body Electric, No One Else, I Know It’s Wrong, Small Town Heroes

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UnravelingWe Were Promised Jetpacks – Unraveling

  • Genre – Indie Rock, Post-Punk
  • From – Scotland
  • Fav Tracks – Peaks and Troughs, Safety In Numbers, Moral Compass, I Keep It Composed, Disconnecting
  • Recommended Tracks – Safety In Numbers, Peaks and Troughs, I Keep It Composed, Peace Sign, Night Terror, Disconnecting, Bright Minds, A Part of It, Moral Compass, Peace of Mind, Ricochet

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SukieraeTweedy – Sukierae

  • Genre – Alternative Pop
  • From – Chicago
  • Fav Tracks – Diamond Light Pt. 1, Low Key, Summer Noon
  • Recommended Tracks – World Away, Diamond Light Pt. 1, Low Key, Summer Noon, New Moon

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Changing LightMirah – Changing Light

  • Genre – Singer-songwriter
  • From – Philadelphia, PA; Olympia, WA; Brooklyn, NY
  • Fav Tracks – Oxen Hope, I Am the Garden, Radiomind, 24th St
  • Recommended Tracks – Goat Shepherd, Oxen Hope, Gold Rush, Fleetfoot Ghost, I Am the Garden, No Direction Home, 24th St, Radiomind

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River and the ThreadRosanne Cash – The River & The Thread

  • Genre – Country, Folk, Singer-Songwriter
  • From – Tennessee, California, New York City, NY
  • Fav Track – Money Road
  • Recommended Tracks – A Feather’s Not A Bird, Modern Blue, The Long Way Home, Money Road, Biloxi

 

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9 Dead AliveRodrigo y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive

  • Genre – Latin Guitar Instrumental
  • From – Mexico
  • Fav Tracks – The Soundmaker, Torito, The Russian Messenger
  • Recommended Tracks – The Soundmaker, Torito, The Russian Messenger, Misty Moses, Sunday Neurosis

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BluebirdDawn Landes – Bluebird 

  • Genre – Indie Folk Rock, Alt Country, Singer-Songwriter
  • From – Louisville, New York City
  • Fav Track – Cry No More
  • Recommended Tracks – Bluebird, Try to Make a Fire Burn Again, Bloodhound, Cry No More, Oh Brother, Diamond Rivers, Love Song, Home

 

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Fever In the RoadThe Bamboos – Fever In The Road

  • Genre – Neo-Funk/Soul
  • From – Melbourne, Australia
  • Fav Tracks – Avenger, Helpless Blues, Your Lovin’ Is Easy
  • Recommended Tracks – Avenger, Helpless Blues, Your Lovin’ Is Easy, Rats, Leave Nothing Behind, Harbinger, Jump My Train, Looking West

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Transgender Dysphoria BluesAgainst Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

  • Genre – Punk Revival
  • From – Gainesville, Florida
  • Fav Track – Unconditional Love
  • Recommended Tracks – Transgender Dysphoria Blues, True Trans Soul Rebel, Unconditional Love, Dead Friend

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Cloud NothingsCloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

  • Genre – Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Noise Rock
  • From – Cleveland
  • Fav Track – I’m Not Part Of Me
  • Recommended Tracks – Now Hear In, Quieter Today, Psychic Trauma, Pattern Walks, I’m Not Part Of Me

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ElbowElbow – The Take Off and Landing Of Everything

  • Genre – Britpop
  • From – Manchester, England
  • Fav Track – Charge
  • Recommended Tracks – This Blue World, Charge, New York Morning, My Sad Captains, The Take Off and Landing Of Everything

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ultraviolenceLana Del Rey –  Ultraviolence

  • Genre – Singer-songwriter
  • From – Lake Placid, NY
  • Fav Tracks – Shades Of Cool, West Coast, Cruel World, Brooklyn Baby
  • Recommended Tracks – Shades Of Cool, West Coast, Cruel World, Brooklyn Baby, Ultraviolence, Sad Girl, Pretty When You Cry, Money Power Glory, Old Money

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Ritual In RepeatTennis – Ritual In Repeat

  • Genre – Indie Pop
  • From – Denver, CO
  • Fav Tracks – Never Work For Free, I’m Callin
  • Recommended Tracks – Never Work For Free, I’m Callin, Viv Without the N, Solar on the Rise

 

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