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    • Shop Small and Save Big with Under the Radar’s Memorial Day Sale - 35% Off Subscriptions
      Summer's here and we've got your poolside reading material for you, the best independent music magazine under the sun! And this long weekend is the perfect time to add Under the Radar to your summer reading list, as we are having a Memorial Day Sale.
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    • Ariana Grande Issues Longer Statement About Manchester Attack: “We won’t let hate win.”
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    • Listen: The Charlatans - “Plastic Machinery (Sleaford Mods Remix)”
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    • Priests - Katie Alice Greer on “Nothing Feels Natural,” Obama and Trump, and the DC Music Scene
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    • Drum 'N' Bass Producer Marcus Intalex Has Died May 28, 2017
      Tributes pour in for pivotal underground figure...Drum 'n' bass producer Marcus Intalex - real name Marcus Kaye - has died. The producer helped push drum 'n' bass into the 21st century, continually finding new threads of innovation within his sound. Marcus Intalex released his debut album '21' back in 2011, toasting 21 years in […]
    • Ariana Grande's Statement Is Beautiful May 28, 2017
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    • Frank Ocean Pulls Out Of Primavera May 28, 2017
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    • Cadet Smashes It On 'Instagram Girls' May 27, 2017
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    • Diadora x Titolo Intrepid Five Almonds May 26, 2017
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    • Listen: Lauv - 'I Like Me Better' May 26, 2017
      Sunshine pop with a contagious sense of intelligence...There's something about Lauv. The Los Angeles pop artist has that golden touch, that feeling of connection which runs through so much fantastic music. Making sure that each step counts, Lauv recently broke his silence by releasing new single 'I Like Me Better'. Impeccably produced, the shu […]
    • Clash DJ Mix - Warren XcInce May 26, 2017
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    • Listen: HAARM - 'Endangered Species' May 26, 2017
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    • Pierre Kwenders On The Power Of Language May 26, 2017
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    • Noel Gallagher Talks 'Don't Look Back In Anger' May 26, 2017
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    • FORMER VAN HALEN MANAGER, NOEL MONK, DISHES ON THE BAND IN “RUNNIN’ WITH THE DEVIL” OUT JUNE 13TH May 28, 2017
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    • SINGER CHRIS CORNELL REPORTEDLY HAD MARKS ON HIS ARM May 26, 2017
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    • GUNS N’ ROSES ANNOUNCES TWO MADISON SQUARE GARDEN PERFORMANCES May 25, 2017
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    • 5/24: ROCKLAHOMA AND TULSA BROADCASTS ARE HERE FROM THE HARD ROCK! May 24, 2017
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    • MR. BIG STREAM “1992” May 22, 2017
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    • Festival d’été de Québec Adds Another Round of Performers May 25, 2017
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The 50 Best Albums of 2015

Posted by falconi5 on December 6, 2015


bestalbums2015 was a most excellent year for music.  The Waterboys with a comeback of sorts, released an excellent record. Chris Stapleton ventured out from behind the quill taking a break from crafting New Country classics to deliver his own semi-classic, and the singer songwriters were tunefully represented by Tobias Jesso, Ryley Walker, and Gretchen Peters.

Hair raising Rock and Roll had a vintage year with the Biters, Von Hertzen Brothers, and The Libertines all delivering fine sets of Classic Rock inspired mayhem.  The old guard dusted off the rust with Paul Weller delivering a fine set of tunes, Graham Parker, who is incapable of putting out a bad record doing it again, and even Rod Stewart didn’t even disappoint with a nice selection of listenable tunes. Boz Scaggs also joined the fray this year.

Genres continued to blend with Country, Rock, and Americana all coming together courtesy of Sons of Bill, Whitey Morgan, and Blackberry Smoke. Throw all of this in a blender along with Leon Bridges, the best Soul singer to come along in a very long time, along with the return of Sleater-Kinney and a visit from The Pope himself and your ears should definitely be buying you a round for treating them very well this year.

01.  Chris Stapleton – Traveller

This one goes down as smooth as a glass of Tennessee whiskey. A veteran songwriter steps out from behind the quill to create one for the ages.

02.  Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands

Take a trip through Laurel Canyon courtesy of what should be one of your favorite bands.

03.  Blitzen Trapper – All Across This Land

A finely tuned set of Rock meets Country bliss. Key track “Rock and Roll (was made for you.”

04. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

The heir apparent to Sam Cooke, “Smooth Sailing” is one of the songs of the year.

05.  Fool’s Gold – Flying Lessons

Soul, Funk, Pop, and a lot of fun is the order of the day on this infectious every songs a winner release.

06.  The London Souls – Here Come the Girls

This one will take you back to the streets of London circa 1968. New age retro music of the finest order. Big Star, Raspberries, and The Beatles are all obvious influences.

07.  Sons of Bill – Love and Logic

The entire record is good, however “Lost in the Cosmos (Song for Chris Bell)” is worth the price of admission alone.

08.  Biters – Electric Blood

Hands (and ears) down, the Rock album of the year.

09.  Gretchen Peters – Blackbirds

Another Nashville songwriter steps up behind the microphone with stellar results.

10. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green

Shades of Donovon and 60’s Brit-Folk. Listen to this one once all the way through then give it a secondary listen for the guitar playing.  It is exquisite.

11. The Deslondes – The Deslondes

Americana collides with old school country.  There is even a touch of The Texas Tornado’s here from a branch of the Hurray for the Riff Raff New Orleans based family tree.

12.  The Waterboys – Modern Blues

The boys are back and better than ever. Sometimes less is more, and here we have a tidy nine songs worth of powerful Irish Rock.

13. The Orange Humble Band – Depressing Beauty

A startlingly good record that floats somewhere between present day Americana and 70’s Cosmic Cowboy deliciousness.

14.  Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

A lot to like here with this Americana with a dusting of Roots Rock number.

15.  Josh Ritter – Sermon on the Rocks

Josh Ritter channels his inner Rock gospel on what might be his best record to date.

16.  Danielle Nicole – Wolf Den

Bonnie Raitt by way of Grace Potter. This one sets the groove and lays it down.

17.  Heartless Bastards – Restless Ones

Rock, Americana, and more than a little dose of Fleetwood Mac Americana Rock Chick noir.

18. Nigel Hall – Ladies and Gentlemen..Nigel Hall

Who is Nigel Hall? Introduce yourself to this soulster.  You will be glad you did.

19.  Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

aggressively cool Aussie Rock.  This one has put Courtney Barnett on the map.

20.  The Peterson Brothers – The Peterson Brothers

The next big thing in the Gary Glark Jr. Blues Rock mold.

21.  The Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival

This one takes you back to early Poco and Loggins and Messina.  Good Cosmic Cowboy stuff.

22.  Low Cut Connie – Hi Honey

This piano based party stomper is pure Rock and Roll adrenaline fun. Listen to this one and you will have the most fun you could possibly have with your clothes on.

23.  Lucero – All a Man Should Do

Another band that is incapable of putting out a bad record.  “Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles” is the drop the microphone winner for song title of the year.

24.  Sufjan Stevens – Carry and Lowell

This record is beautifully tender. Tough subject matter dealing with the death of a loved one, presented her with poignant dignity.

25.  Dale Watson – Call Me Insane

A true Texas treasure. “Jonesin’ for Jones,”  “Everybody’s Somebody in Lukenbach Texas,” “Heaven’s Gonna Have a Honky Tonk.”  Need we say more?

26.  J.D. McPherson – Let the Good Times Roll

Creedence, Buddy Holly, and pure fun are the order of the day.

27.  Jason Isbell – Something More than Free

A more than satisfying follow-up to last years classic.

28.  Peace – Happy People

A good time, psychedelic tinged good feeling record.

29.  Kurt Vile – b’lieve I’m Going Down

“Pretty Pimpin” has song of the year possibilities while the rest of the songs come pretty close in their own right.

30.  Vintage Trouble – 1 Hopeful Road

Probably the Blues Rock record of the year, along with a whole lot of Soul.

31.  Paul Heaton – Wisdom, Laughter, and Lines

If you are not aware of the partnership between Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abott and their work with The Beautiful South, this is a fantastic way to make their eloquent acquaintance.

32.  The Vaccines – English Graffiti

A slightly fuzzed out 80’s tinged Rock and Roll triumph.

33.  Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool

Atmospheric and cool, this one is not for the tame of ears.

34. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmy

Willie does much of the heavy lifting on this one, but these two Icons are worth their worth in Country gold. Their version of “Swinging Doors” here throws the clock back 50 years. “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash is a history lesson in a song.

35.  Whitey Morgan – Sonic Ranch

One of the best Country Rock Honky Tonk bands in the business. “Goin’ Down Rockin” is stellar as is “Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still blue” is most excellent, how could it not be with a song title like that, but the game changer here is their cover of the Townes Van Zandt tune, “Waitin Round to Die.”

36.  Tobias Jesso – Goon

More than a few singer songwriter influenced make their way into this piano based sublimely excellent record including Harry Nilsson early Paul Simon, and Randy Newman.

37. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin – Lost Time

The Blasters pretty much paved the way for the No Depression Roots Rock movement, so it is all the more exciting to have the Alvin brothers back in the fold for a lot more fun on a Saturday Night.

38.  Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass

Written some time ago but just released this year this one sounds a bit like Carole King with a touch of Diana Ross. The string arrangements here make this a next level, must listen.

39.  Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

A fabulous comeback record after a 7 year hiatus, No Cities to Love is a Post Punk girl power marvel.

40.  Anderson East – Delilah

Blue-eyed soul with a lot of punch. Keep your ears on this guy, he is poised for greatness.

41.  Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers – Loved Wild Lost

This record comes across like an early Linda Ronstadt album with a touch of Sheryl Crow. Some Country a good dose of rock, with a bit of an underlying smoldering energy that holds the day.

42.  Gloria Volt – Recharged

This one is the driving record of the year. Sunset Strip vintage Rock and Roll with a melodic bent. If Gun’s and Roses went straight they might sound like these guys. “Flyin’ and Rollin'” is the best Rock and Roll song of the year.

43. The Night Flight Orchestra – Skyline Whispers

If a super group were to be put together that combined elements of Styx, Grand Funk Railroad, and The Electric Light Orchestra this is what they would sound like. If you like 70’s and early 80’s over the top Rock and Roll your spaceship has just come in.

44.  Fraser A. Gorman – Slow Gum

There is a lot of Ryan Adams in this exciting new  Aussie singer songwriter that hangs with Courtney Barnett.

45. Reverend and the Makers – Mirrors

When the musical references are Paul Weller Syd, Barrett Pink Floyd,and Dexy’s Midnight Runners there is not a lot not to kike, this one is old and new at the same time.  Listen to is with the proper head phones.

46.  Boz Scaggs – A Fool to Care

Boz get’s bluesy again on this more than solid effort. The title song is vintage Scaggs.

47.  Widespread Panic – Street Dogs

Not just your Aunts favorite jam band, this one would have made the list even if “Honky Red” wasn’t such a kick-ass song. Extra props for the cowbell on “Steven’s Cat.”

48.  The Lone Bellow – Then Came the Morning

Coming from the same Americana on steroids noir of Dawes, the Lone Bellow deliver another finely crafted set of songs.

49.  Delta Deep – Delta Deep

Def Leppard wing man Phil Collen and his side project Delta Deep provide some deep delta blues courtesy of Debbie Blackwell-Cook and the rest of the band. Guest vocal turns from Joe Elliot and David Coverdale serve as bonuses on an already impressive set.

50.  James McMurtry – Complicated Game

The master of the 3:00 story song delivers another stellar set of man on the street noir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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