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Eagulls - "Tough Luck"
These post punkers from Leeds are cast quite firmly in the mold of the genre's UK forefathers, but in 2014, no one's playing the game quite as well as Eagulls.
Black Lips "Boys in the Woods"
Teaming up with the enigmatic ATL Twins for the "Boys in the Wood" video, Atlanta's Black Lips further cement their status as garage rock's heathens to beat. At Levitation Austin at SXSW, the Lips were in their rawest form, grinding through their new release, Underneath the Rainbow.
Temples - "Shelter Song"
Like an acid flashback to 60s pop, Temples worship the aesthetic of the Flower Children, hairdos and music included.
EMA - "Marked"
My arms, they are a see-through plastic,” Erika M. Anderson whispers hoarsely, through a head cold. EMA's "Marked" then develops into a haunting, BDSM chant, “I wish that every time he touched me left a mark,” a show-your-bones intimacy matched by very few.
Parquet Courts - "Borrowed Time"
Austin via Brooklyn quartet Parquet Court's are the smartest punks in the room in 2014. "Borrowed Time," from their debut LP Light Up Gold finds the band whipping up their unpretentious smarter-than-thou attitude with a roaring good time.
Cakes Da Killa "Keep it Coochie"
In a weird act of equality, Cakes Da Killa has successfully queered the misogynistic attitudes of hetero-rap, treating the men in his songs as objects of lust. I'd be concerned if it wasn't so entertaining.
Hundred Waters "Boreal"
Like the most enduring of electronic acts, Hundred Waters evade categorization. With "Boreal," the Gainesville, Florida quartet dropped an oddly Lynchian video with textural odes and long, engrossing midi loops. Brought to life by a drummer deep in the pocket, the live beats overlap with pad and computer rhythms without interruption.
Sun Kil Moon - "Dogs"
Thank the songwriting gods that Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon has no filter. On "Dogs," Kozelek recounts his early sexual history without a hint of squeamishness, laying it all on the table, like every work on his new (and best) album Benji.