3. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
by Jez Burrows
'Bored in the USA' to 'Holy Shit' to 'I Went To The Store One Day' is probably the strongest ending to any record this year.
3. Phosphorescent - Live At The Music Hall
by Sasha Barr
I’ve always had a soft spot for this guy, his voice is just, I dunno. Imperfect molasses? The live band he’s amassed over the years are a mighty fine group of musicians, and they make good work of the Phosphorescent catalog on this recording(s). My favorite couple of songs aren’t on the Spotify version, unfortunately, but this version of Dead Heart is pretty great.
3. Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh
by Nate Utesch
Eight tracks encompassing the "sweeping emotional and physical power of sound."
3. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
by Anna Hurley
Carrie & Lowell is so heartfelt and sad, combined with Sufjan's melodic voice and masterful lyrics, this whole album nearly makes me cry every time I listen to it. Which is so ridiculously cheesy, but it might also be because this record reminds me of Seven Swans, which is very nostalgic for me. Carrie & Lowell is the best song on this album, not only for its simple and beautiful guitar strumming, but for Sufjan's voice which has never sounded lovelier.
3. Prefuse 73 - Every Color of Darkness
by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch
Tight drum patterning meshed with sophisticated vocal samples. Herren continues to deliver captivating beat work.
3. Mike Krol - Turkey
by Eric R. Mortensen
Mike Krol. Graphic-designer-turned-real-deal-rock-and-roller with his first full length release on the legendary Merge Records. As long as Mike is out there, dressing up like a cop and bringing RAW FUCKING ENERGY to your town's stage, there is hope for all of us.
3. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
by Jen DeRosa
Good for: Starting a revolution or uplifting your spirit
3. Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
by Richard Perez
Warm waves. Surfs up.
3. Tame Impala - Currents
by Damien Correll
It's missing some of those heavy guitar riffs from their previous records (which would totally put this album over the top) but an extremely solid release.
3. Mewithoutyou - Pale Horse
by Tara McCullough