Spider Bags : Frozen Letter

Spider Bags : Frozen Letter

Another solid set of garage rock with melody and hooks to spare, and a few extended slower tracks to boot.

Various Artists: Song Reader – Twenty Songs by Beck

Various Artists: Song Reader – Twenty Songs by Beck

Two years after releasing an album as sheet music, Beck teams up with 19 other artists to finally issue a listening companion.

Jenny Lewis : The Voyager

Jenny Lewis : The Voyager

Singer/songwriter’s latest is her first album in six years as well as the first since Rilo Kiley’s breakup; it’s also her best.

Joyce Manor : Never Hungover Again

Joyce Manor : Never Hungover Again

A short listen at only 19 minutes long, but as vital a punk record as you’re going to hear in 2014.

Goatwhore : Constricting Rage of the Merciless

Goatwhore : Constricting Rage of the Merciless

A perfectly fine middle-of-the-road metal record, which doesn’t feel like enough at this stage of the NoLa band’s career.

Beverly : Careers

Beverly : Careers

Debut by duo of Drew Citron and Frankie Rose starts off strong, but has diminishing returns as it goes on.

Dalhous : Will to Be Well

Dalhous : Will to Be Well

Electronic duo explores ideas of psychological analysis and mental illness through abstract and dark electronic compositions.

The Amazing Snakeheads : Amphetamine Ballads

The Amazing Snakeheads : Amphetamine Ballads

A raw and intense blast of punk blues in the vein of Gun Club, with added terror for effect.