5. Dance Gavin Dance – Downtown Battle Mountain II
Jonny Craig came back and continued to belt out his lungs and the musicianship is still top notch.
4. Weatherbox – Follow The Rattle Of The Afghan Guitar
This might be the closest we ever to American Art out of this band.
3. Lydia – Paint It Golden
Not as good and complex as Illuminate was but it’s still a great listen.
2. Thursday – No Devolucion
Leave it to Thursday, a band that changed my life when I was 16, to put out one of the best releases of the year. I haven’t been a huge fan of their last couple releases but this one is outstanding.
1. Moving Mountains – Waves
I don’t think I have listened to an album as much as this one. One of the best Rock n Roll albums ever made in my opinion.
5. Beach House – Teen Dream
Easily the best put me to sleep music I have ever heard.
4. Lydia – Assailants
Lydia announced that they were releasing this and then calling it quits. It took me a few listens but it eventually grew on me big time.
3. A Great Big Pile of Leaves – Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?
I’ve been absolutely in love with this band ever since The Fiery Works came out and their first big full-length does not disappoint. Bouncing good tunes.
2. My Epic – Yet
I continue to be amazed at this religious rock group. Their first album, I Am Undone, is still one of the best front to back rock albums to hit the indie scene and this follow-up is almost just as good.
1. PMtoday – In Medias Res
PMtoday’s first album, And Then Came a Hurricane, took me by storm and became my mantra for a good year or so. That’s essentially what has happened with this album as well. Nearly every damn song is relatable to me in some way. It just connects and the musicianship is of this band is so underrated.