Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So Far

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The unifying theme of 2013’s most important music thus far is that there are no answers. From the Knife’s question-questioning, to Vampire Weekend’s circular spiritual koans, to Kanye West’s unresolved brainfight between oncoming fatherhood, lessons from black history and neighbor-offending sex acts, January to July 2013 proudly gave us ambitious artists in flux. My Bloody Valentine returned from 22-year exile even vaguer than they began. Rappers from J. Cole to Mac Miller to Lil Wayne trod the unfamiliar and redefined nothing. “Brostep” titan Skrillex released a single chilling out while trippy pioneer Burial put out his two loudest cuts.

The flipside of all this useful experimentation is “Accidental Racist,” in which Godfather of Good Intentions Brad Paisley brought along LL Cool J for the “We Are the World” from hell. But even that tune couldn’t stop the Nashville takeover, in which young talent like Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe didn’t just enter but became the conversation that Miguel and Frank Ocean stirred with R&B last year until it practically defined 2012 (and which Rhye’s beloved Woman promises to continue this year). The year’s most concrete advice has so far come from Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow”: “Kiss lots of boys/ Or Kiss lots of girls/ If that’s something you’re into/ When the straight and narrow gets a little too straight/ Roll up a joint/ Or don’t/ Just follow your arrow however it points.”

But the other most direct song of the half-year also promises to be its biggest, Daft Punk’s enormous new disco standard “Get Lucky,” its godparents a perfect-mood Pharrell and humanistically perfect rhythm maker Nile Rodgers. Considering the dreams fulfilled by comebacks ranging from Daft Punk and My Bloody Valentine themselves, to two Justin Timberlake surprises and, in October, the Dismemberment Plan, we music geeks are up all year to get lucky. – Dan Weiss, Radio.com new releases columnist

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Jillian Mapes

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Cerulean Salt

Waxahatchee

Cerulean Salt is an open wound that eaves a specific sort of scar. It’s the sort of album you either feel or you don’t, based almost entirely on the fully-formed introspection detailed by 20-something leader Katie Crutchfield. Musically, Crutchfield’s Rilo Kiley influence is showing big time, mixing with acoustic tendencies and years spent kicking around DIY punk circles. Buy album | Official Page

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Settle

Disclosure

In way of 2013 electronic albums, it’s hard to top what the young U.K. duo Disclosure have created on their debut, Settle — even if your name starts with a “D” and ends with an “-aft Punk.” Variety is in high supply here, from the a strong opening track that demands all your attention (“When A Fire Starts To Burn”) to a midtempo track so catchy and soulful, it could find a home on Top 40 (“Latch”). But even with eight different featured vocalists, Settle feels like cohesive document — a mood, really. Buy album | Official Page

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Paramore

Paramore

If you had told me last year that Paramore – yes, that Paramore – would make one of the most all-around solid albums of 2013, I would have fallen off my chair. Growing up and out of the dreaded e-word (ahem, emo) has never sounded so smart, full of lyrics about doing the damn thing and riffs that seem as rooted in ‘90s alt-rock prime as they do pop-punk. Paramore’s “comeback album” proves that if you’re going to go totally bitter in your lyrics, you’re best to keep the music energetic. Buy album | Official Page

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…Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age

Where are all the capital-R rock albums gone? One of genre’s most essential players returned with the first QOTSA album in six years, and it’s not only a star-studded affair (why hello there, Elton and Trent), it’s actually good! As usual, there are songs that make you want to do bad, bad things; but there are also songs that deal more in the introspective than the visceral. Buy album | Official Page


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Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend followed up their Paul Simon ripoff album with a record that steals from so many different places, it’s easier to just give in to the meticulous madness than to keep track. The result is their most sonically diverse album that thematically, is thankfully less about Cape Cod coolness and more about Real Emotions and aging. Buy album | Official Page

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1sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarCharli XCX – “You (Ha Ha Ha)”

2sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarCarly Rae Jepsen – “Take a Picture”

3sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarCiara – “Body Party”

4sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarNeko Case – “Man”

5sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarKanye West – “Bound 2”


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Dan Weiss

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Shaking the Habitual

The Knife

There was no reason for a 100-minute, avant-synth opera to be good except 1) it updates Laurie Anderson’s worlds-removed wit and Jon Hassell’s “fourth world” treated skittering to include hip-hop and Bjork’s voice-mutation tricks and 2) it’s full of fire. From the power ballad respite “Raging Lung” to the sky-sawing “Fracking Fluid Injection,” the most exciting music in the world is in the hands of a bro and sis who refuse to perform at festivals without a 50 percent female lineup.Buy album | Official Page


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Jama Ko

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba

Compared to any guitar player of the moment—and how many of those even shred?—Mali’s extraordinary virtuoso of the ngoni (sort of an electric lute with a squash body) rocks harder than a whole piano of Black Keys and kicks Sahara sand in Queens of the Stone Age’s faces. Not to mention the scratchy hooks, guest vocalists (maybe indie-rockers don’t know Khaira Arby but damn well better Taj Mahal) and a psychedelic blues palette unheard since Hendrix. Buy album | Official Page


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Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend

Tabling for a minute that their lyrics outclass all alt/indie they survey, or their indestructibility as players, Vampire Weekend’s miracle is songs wound so tight they can’t possibly open up further, except then they do, with bottomless grace and linguistic shadowing. Here Rostam Batmanglij’s arrangements and Ezra Koenig’s doctoral-theology lyrics shine even as Koenig’s buoyant guitar and especially Chris Tomson’s dynamite-on-a-dime drumming step back.  No band that tries this hard accomplishes this much. Buy album | Official Page


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Oh, Mayhem!

Bettie Serveert

And now if everyone praising the 9-disc anniversary of the Breeders’ Last Splash could look slightly to the left, a long-forgotten, non-heroic Dutch alt band that never went away has just released its best, most concise album by far: a 35-min. breakup cycle filled with guitars that recasts “D.I.Y.” as a plea to Etsy that heart back together yourself. Buy album | Official Page


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Zoom

Rachid Taha

Finally come to terms with his inability to out-rock his own 2001 Black Hawk Down special “Barra Barra” after several honorably awkward attempts, this Algerian raï star’s Western pop instincts are gloriously unforced on these highlights after highlights: just gasp at the sequence from the anthemic “Jamila” to the tropical duet “Now or Never” to the Nashvillian fiddle of “Fakir” to the Arabian cyclone “Ana.” Buy album | Official Page

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1sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarTegan and Sara – “Drove Me Wild”

2sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarAshley Monroe – “Two Weeks Late”

3sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarYo La Tengo – “Well You Better”

4sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarLady Antebellum – “Downtown”

5sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarThe Men – “Half Angel Half Light”


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Kurt Wolff
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We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

Foxygen

Songs like “No Destruction,” “Shuggie,” and ‘San Francisco” reveal this young California group’s love of ’60s grooves (from the Stones to the Velvets to Pink Floyd), but underneath Foxygen’s sometimes smug, sometimes silly hipster veneer is a band able to create some truly infectious melodies and lyrics that are as clever in their detail as they are insightful. Buy album | Official Page


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The Graceless Age

John Murry

Mississippi-born singer-songwriter Murry isn’t well known, but based on this album–his first solo release–he should be. Murry’s murky, soul-scraping songs tread down dirty streets and across rough landscapes; it’s a gritty Americana that at times brings to mind Tom Waits, Mark Lanegan, and Chuck Prophet (with whom he’s collaborated), but Murry is ultimately his own roadmaster. Intense stuff, but the writing is stellar. Murry’s is a voice you won’t soon forget. Buy album | Official Page


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Sunshine Boy

Townes Van Zandt

This two-CD set of recently unearthed Townes Van Zandt material contains studio outtakes and demos from 1971 and ’72, which fans will recognize as a point when the Texas songwriter was producing some of his strongest work. Some material will be familiar to Townes junkies, but there are true surprises on this record, and the sound quality is strong throughout. Buy album | Official Page


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Muchacho

Phosphorescent

In some ways, Matthew Houck (the creative force behind Phosphorent) has been treading the same ground for most of his career–moody, slow-paced songs that lean toward country (notably his stellar Willie Nelson tribute To Willie) but remain rooted in the singer-songwriter tradition. Muchacho doesn’t necessarily break new ground, but damn if songs like “Terror in the Canyon,” “A New Anhedonia,” and “Song for Zula” aren’t beautiful. Muchacho is a record that sticks with you. Buy album | Official Page


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Like A Rose

Ashley Monroe

Ashley Monroe is still best known as one-third of the Pistol Annies, but thanks to her stunning 2013 solo release she’s now emerging as one of Nashville’s most original new voices. Her music here is rich with country tradition (Vince Gill’s production certainly helps), but songs like “Two Weeks Late” and “Weed Instead of Roses” show she’s taking country music in bold new directions. Buy album | Official Page

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1sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarJohn Grant – “GMF”

2sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarJunip – “Line of Fire”

3sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarCivil Wars – “The One That Got Away”

4sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarFoxygen – “Shuggie”

5sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarAshley Monroe – “Like A Rose”


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Courtney Smith

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Woman

Rhye
If electronic R&B is going to become a thing, Rhye are leading the movement. Picking up where Sade left off, this is mood music in the best, most important way. Buy album | Official Page


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Settle

Disclosure

In 2013, there are two teams: Daft Punk and Disclosure. These two kids from the U.K. push forward a thinking man’s dance music, integrating elements of ’90s house and soulful singalong lyric writing. Buy album | Official Page


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Desire Lines

Camera Obscura

If you already like Camera Obscura, you’ll like this. More of the same sweet twee music from one of Glasgow’s best, but this time they’ve grown up a bit and gotten a shot in the arm of self-confidence. Buy album | Official Page



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Holy Fire

Foals

The art-rock band from Oxford, England step up to the plate and swing for the rafters with anthemic songs produced by Flood & Moulder (U2, Smashing Pumpkins, NIN). Buy album | Official Page


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One True Vine

Mavis Staples

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Mavis Staples reunite to collaborate on a second album. It’s like Wilco backed by the Staples Singers and with a healthy dose of the best aspects of the good Lord.
Buy album | Official Page

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1sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarDaft Punk – “Get Lucky”

2sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarLady Antebellum – “Downtown”

3sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarCHVRCHES – “Recover”

4sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarDemi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd – “Really Don’t Care”

5sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarClub 8 – “Stop Taking My Time”


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Scott Sterling

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Daft Punk

Landing like the sonic equivalent of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Daft Punk’s ambitious fourth album finds Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (along with a cavalcade of A-list luminaries including Giorgio Moroder and a resurgent Pharrell Williams) crafting a dance music blockbuster for the ages. Buy album | Official Page


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…Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age

Similar to Daft Punk, Josh Homme and company called in a crew of collaborators including Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and Elton John in order to produce this panoramic and dark-lit explosion of truly modern rock. The chart-topping album veers from Bowie-esque ruminations to baroque ballads to straight-up strip-club soundtracking among its many moods. Buy album | Official Page

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James Blake

While in America the term “dubstep” has become synonymous with the chaotic bass blasts of artists like Skrillex, U.K. artist James Blake delves into the deeper, more soulful end of the sound. For his second album, Blake recruited such disparate guests as Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Brian Eno to realize this slow-burning collection of heartfelt R&B torch songs. Buy album | Official Page

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Rhye

Warm, intimate, sensual – the debut album from this international duo of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal blends deep house vibes and the classic soul-jazz vibes of Sade into this luxurious full-length of softcore bedroom anthems. By far, Woman is the make-out album of the year. Buy album | Official Page

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Various Artists

Portland’s Johnny Jewel has built an electro-pop empire with his label, Italians Do It Better. The producer behind marquee bands Glass Candy and Chromatics, Jewel’s second showcase compilation is packed with the same sort of dreamy and hypnotic electronic gems that highlighted the immensely popular soundtrack to Drive. Buy album | Official Page

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1sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarKanye West – “On Sight”

2sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarAtoms for Peace – “Dropped”

3sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarEmpire of the Sun – “I’ll Be Around”

4sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarMister Lies – “Hounded”

5sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarMayer Hawthorne – “Her Favorite Song”


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Shannon Carlin

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Vampire Weekend

Gone are the days of sipping horchatas while looking for a mansard roof through the trees. On their latest album, the guys ditch their Graceland-roots to make something a little more mature and even more enjoyable than their last two records. Buy album | Official Page

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The National

With their latest (their sixth) this Brooklyn band does what they do best: making down and out sound beautiful. Don’t believe me? Just listen to lead singer Matt Berninger wax poetic about a drunken night on “Don’t Swallow The Cap.” Buy album | Official Page

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Kanye West

Yeezy’s mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. Sure, Kanye’s musical rants (which are a perfect mix of beat poetry and NIN) are off-putting, but with Yeezus he uses his inner darkness to make some of the best music of his career. Buy album | Official Page

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Phoenix

Phoenix struck pure pop gold with Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, but instead of doing the same thing twice, the band decided to get a little weird with their latest album. They go Japanese on “Entertainment” and coin the term “mint julep testosterone” — to describe L.A.’s male population — on “Trying To Be Cool.” And of course, with every odd note keep us wanting more of their original brand of pop. Buy album | Official Page

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Pacific Air

With its bevy of snaps, layers of whistles and hush-toned vocals, Pacific Air’s debut is a low-key summer must. Play it while you’re lounging by the pool this summer.Buy album | Official Page

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1sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarDaft Punk – “Get Lucky”

2sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarTegan and Sara – “Closer”

3sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarZedd feat. Foxes – “Clarity”

4sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarKurt Vile – “Shame Chamber”

5sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarJustin Timberlake – “Mirrors”


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Jay Tilles

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Foals

The four minutes spent listening single “Inhaler” on the radio doesn’t begin to do Holy Fire justice. Do yourself a favor let the album unfold with all its graceful fury, worthy of comparisons to heavy-hitters like Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine. Taking a long late night road trip has never sounded so appealing. Buy album | Official Page

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Charli XCX

Charli XCX walks the line between rock and pop in a way that few can. The British 20-year-old can write a hit with as much Top 40 immediacy as Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and still balance penchants for both goth and ’90s bubblegum on her own edgy debut. Buy album | Official Page

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Stone Sour

Can part two of the concept album series deliver? Corey Taylor and crew pulled it off, digging deeper for lyrical golden nuggets to further the storyline laid out on disc one. The juxtaposition of passion and brutality beckon your hand to turn up the volume and roll down the window. Buy album | Official Page

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Depeche Mode

Their most mature album yet, Delta Machine delivers what you want from the legendary British synth-pop band while getting more bluesy than ever. “Soothe My Soul” takes page from “Personal Jesus” with its syncopated beat, while their radio hit “Heaven” could have been recorded during the Violator sessions. Buy album | Official Page

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Dropkick Murphys

Within hours of releasing the album art, dozens of fans scheduled appointments at their local tattoo shop to have a “Rose Tattoo” (aka, the name of their first single) permanently inked into their skin. Offering the catchiest and most entertaining songs the band has written to date, the album’s good vibes are more infectious than an outbreak of Mad Cow Disease. Buy album | Official Page

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1sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarFoals – “Late Night”

2sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarFall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”

3sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarCharli XCX – “You (Ha Ha Ha)”

4sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarYeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”

5sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarMiddle Class Rut – “Aunt Betty”


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Annie Reuter

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Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes proved last year that there’s still room for male country-pop crossover acts. His self-titled debut had him master 30 instruments and the art of the love song with his No. 1 hit “Wanted.” His re-release of that album, Hunter Hayes Encore, includes his 11 originals with duets from Ashley Monroe and Jason Mraz thrown into the mix, as well as five new tracks including his catchy new single “I Want Crazy.” Buy album | Official Page

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Ashley Monroe

Compared to Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, Monroe’s major label debut is full of heartbreaking ballads like “Used,” tongue-in-cheek lyrics on “Weed Instead of Roses,” and traditional country with her Blake Shelton duet “You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter).” An old soul, it’s hard to believe she’s only 26. Buy album | Official Page

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Andrew Ripp

The perfect soundtrack to summer, Andrew Ripp’s latest single “Cool Ya (Nobody Loves You Like I Do)” is just a hint at what his album achieces. Hand-clapped rhythms, heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics and radio-friendly choruses make him an artist to watch. While tracks like “Cool Ya” and “Falling For the Beat” showcase his fun side, “Let Love Win” and “It Will Come” balance the album by demonstrating his chops as a sensitive songwriter. Buy album | Official Page

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Justin Timberlake

We waited seven years for JT’s comeback and he didn’t disappoint. Embodying an old soul vibe, he managed to put his unique spin on a blend of ‘60s throwback combined with his impeccable falsetto for a groove-friendly release. While songs like “Pusher Love Girl” and “Suit & Tie” show his versatility, “Let the Groove Get In” hint at a new, mature sound with bongos, horns and a dance floor beat. Buy album | Official Page

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Kiernan McMullan

Kiernan McMullan fits into the mainstream male singer-songwriter trend with his soulful vocals and brutally honest lyrics. It’s easy to feel the emotion and bite in his lyrics, like when he sings in “Company,” “I never loved you, I just needed the company.” Later, he asserts on “All the Same:” “We both know I’m not going to love you forever/I like the idea all the same.”

Buy album | Official Page

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1sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarKip Moore – “Hey Pretty Girl”

2sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarDarius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel”

3sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarRobin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”

4sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarHunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy”

5sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarTaylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran – “Everything Has Changed”


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Brian Ives

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1 Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarGet Up!

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

Harper is one of the few artists able to make the blues sound fresh; on this album, he adds to the genre’s songbook while legendary harp blower Musselwhite adds gravitas.

Buy album | Official Page


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Black Sabbath

Years in the making, but producer Rick Rubin coaxed Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler towards an album that doesn’t quite reach the heights of their classic material, but is at least a great final page in their book (if it is, indeed, the band’s last album). The only thing missing? Original drummer Bill Ward.

Buy album | Official Page


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3 Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarAmerican Kid

Patty Griffin

Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson and Solomon Burke have all covered her, but it might be her latest that breaks her out of cult status to the next level – the full-fledged mainstream. And if that happens because beau Robert Plant sings backing vocals and brings extra attention to the album… well, that’s OK. There’s a reason the Golden God is backing her up, not the other way around this time.

Buy album | Official Page

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4 Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarHead In The Dirt

Hanni El Khatib

A garage rock gem that bears some similarity to the Black Keys, probably because Dan Auerbach produces, and plays on the songs with Patrick Keeler. If the Keys ever decide to become a trio, El Khatib would fit in perfectly.

Buy album | Official Page


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5 Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarSame Trailer, Different Park

Kacey Musgraves

Musgraves out-pistols the Pistol Annies on her major label debut.

Buy album | Official Page

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1sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarDaft Punk – “Get Lucky”

2sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarAlice In Chains – “Stone”

3sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarAaron Neville – “My True Story”

4sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarKanye West – “Black Skinhead”

5sq Radio.com’s Best Of 2013 So FarKip Moore – “Hey Pretty Girl”


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