I didn't listen to a lot of new music this year (a bunch was new to me, but released before 2015). I did listen to these though.
  1. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
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    Brittany Howard truly is something else, what a powerhouse. Alabama Shakes really delivers with a revamped sound. Highlight: 'Don't Wanna Fight' http://youtu.be/x-5OX7CO26c
  2. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf
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    Very interesting project lead by Chance The Rapper. A very cheerful album with a lot of, you guessed it, trumpet sounds. Chance performed 'Sunday Candy' from it on SNL recently. Highlight: 'Sunday Candy' http://youtu.be/VOQEWnaOklA
  3. Boy & Bear - Limit of Love
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    Though they didn't exactly reinvent themselves for this album (which is not a bad thing in this case; Mumford & Sons, take note), they did produce a very enjoyable album that's easy on the ears. Highlight: 'Walk The Wire' http://youtu.be/EapikNusv58
  4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
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    A beautiful, poetic album that really tells a story. It's something that hasn't been done this well in hiphop in a very long time (at least, I think so). Highlight: 'King Kunta' http://youtu.be/hRK7PVJFbS8
  5. Ryan Adams - 1989
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    I did not think that I would enjoy this as much as I did. I'm not a huge fan of Taylor Swift, but Ryan Adams stripped down versions are truly spectacular. Highlight: 'Blank Space' http://youtu.be/sndW_dDy-s8
  6. Leon Bridges - Coming Home
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    Very smooth soul with a classic and pleasing sound. A truly great album. I can't wait to hear more from him. Highlight: 'Coming Home' https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MTrKkqE9p1o
  7. De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig - Ja, Natúúrlijk
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    De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig is a Dutch hiphop act with a very unique style. I went to their 10-year anniversary concert this Summer, which was a ton of fun. This is their 4th album, and my favorite. Highlight: 'De Formule' http://youtu.be/LgDplQ-nQ_Y
  8. Vince Staples - Summertime '06
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    A highly remarkable hiphop album. Vince Staples' raps about life in Compton are clever, real, effortless, and merciless. Truly fantastic. Highlight: 'Norf Norf' http://youtu.be/mb6Jc4juSF8
  9. EL VY - Return to the Moon
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    Felt like a more upbeat version of The National to me. Mostly thanks to the recognizable voice of Matt Berninger. This is an album full of highlights. One of those highlights: 'Return to the Moon' http://youtu.be/LUAOwceIzRM
  10. Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
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    If this wasn't my number one before I saw them live in Amsterdam with @kellyklaver, it sure is since then. Beautiful and powerful. Florence Welch gave a true tour de force live performance. If you ever have the opportunity to see them live, do not hesitate. Highlight: 'Queen of Peace' http://youtu.be/2yk5_y6IERw