6. Joan Shelley - Over and Even

by Tara McCullough

This Louisville native knows what she's doing. This entire album is warm, simple and elegant.

6. The Sword - High Country

by Sasha Barr

I am not ashamed to admit I am a sucker for good guitar rock. In my humble opinion, The Sword are at the top of the heap of modern guitar rock. Black Sabbath/Thin Lizzy/ZZ Top/Blue Oyster Cult/UFO inspired rock with dueling guitars and songs about wizards and witches and space and other dimensions? Sign me up.


6. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

by Damien Correll

This past winter I kept returning to this record. It's somewhere between the sweetness (but not twee) and the humor (but not jokey) that kept me coming back.


6. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch

Strong delivery from Lamar, one of the many stand out tracks on the Album.


6. Dan Deacon - Gliss Riffer

by Jen DeRosa

Good for: Forest hikes or staying awake on long drives. 


6. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

by Anna Hurley

This should really be in the number one slot solely for its rampant use of mariachi instruments. I am loving the horns in Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins).

6. Hot Chip - Why Make Sense

by Eric R. Mortensen

Hot Chip continues in the tradition of making thoughtful, sensitive... hell, even downright spiritual albums.

6. Beat Connection - Product 3

by Nate Utesch

Sleek electropop who's not afraid to deconstruct, experiment and risk accessibility for incredibly thoughtful composition. The curation of sounds—the whirlwind of production that can make or break an electronic record—feels virtually flawless on Product 3. 

6. Destroyer - Poison Season

by Jez Burrows

Angels, rats, rain, roses. A lush, horn-laden record about things above and below. This live version of 'Bangkok' was one of the best performances I saw all year. 


6. Jacco Gardner - Hypnophobia

by Richard Perez

Baroque psych. NyQuil™ daydream.