1. Alabama Shakes … Boys & Girls … 2012

    Their debut opens with the lines “Bless my heart, bless my soul/Didn’t think I’d make it to 22yrs old” and it’s definitely a statement of purpose. Part ‘60’s soul, part roots rock, there’s nothing but sweat and passion in this music. This band blew up even before their album came out, lead singer Brittany Howard’s prowess is undeniable. Check this shit out.

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  2. Young Man … Vol. 1 … 2012

    Sweeping, earnest indie rock - a little like Yeasayer. Hazy, trippy and a lot of fun - this record is going somewhere!

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  3. Kimbra … Vows … 2012

    Brazenly poppy pop. It’s so in-your-face with its shopping mall antics that I almost like it. Not bad!

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  4. 2:54 … 2:54 … 2012

    Sister duo out of the UK. 80s-influenced dark rock. It’s pretty cool! Reminds me a lot of the movie The Craft, about teenage witches in the city. Good!

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  5. Six to the Wheels … All These Roads … 2012

    Pop-oriented country music. This is pretty infectious stuff, folks.

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