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It’s about the time of the year we bid adieu to 2014. As music director for the station, I listened to more albums this year than I ever have. And while it was probably the weakest year in music of the decade thus far, there were still a plethora of awesome releases that graced my ears over the last twelve months. Here are the ones that I loved the most. Honorable Mentions Alvvays, Alvvays Aphex Twin, Syro Ballet School, The Dew Lasts...

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Cage the Elephant’s new album is named for the fear of, or aversion to, music. If you know Cage the Elephant then you know they embody exactly the opposite. In their previous albums, Cage the Elephant (2009), and Thank You, Happy Birthday (2011), the Kentucky band developed a unique, genre-bending sound that incorporates elements of blues, funk, punk, rockabilly, and alternative rock. Melophobia, despite its ironic name, is a...

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In synthpop trio CHVRCHES’ debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, listeners can find a departure from the catchy-with-no-substance tracks that are often produced by the genre. The album, released September 24, is filled with lyricism and emotion that make the tracks come alive. Combine this with frontwoman Lauren Mayberry’s nuanced, sprightly, and at times almost aggressive delivery and the unique melodies created with the help...

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If I told you that this whole dubstep/ electronica fad was just a bunch of noise, you’d probably never guess that I’m actually a 21-year-old girl, and not your father.  But all cynicism aside, when I come across an artist whose music can take me back to the origins of good old rock, it restores my faith that this generation hasn’t lost touch with its musical roots. A few weeks ago I got my hands on We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors...

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Paste Magazine called her a “lost librarian,” but Sallie Ford shouldn’t be giving you overdue book notices anytime soon, for two reasons. The first is her venom on Untamed Beast is frightening, surprising, and satisfying. As her fantastic band stomps around from one track to the next, Ford spits lines that makes one shiver (especially on “Shivers”), and her vitriol is only cut by her sensitivity to the listener’s feelings and...

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There was a compilation of electronic music the record label Warp released many years ago, and on the cover was a robot reclining in a chair listening to music through his headphones. That image describes many of Warp’s bands: stationary, subtle, head music. Not so for Jamie Lidell, a Nashville musician signed with Warp, as his brand of electronic is all about movement and freaking the funk out. Channeling Parliament and Bobby Brown,...

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