6. Jessie Ware
Sounds like: A stunning soul singer from Britain blowing away her peers.
Free association: Consciously channeling Sade and knocking it out of the park.
For fans of: Jill Scott x Maxwell + Whitney Houston, deep U.K. soul. (B.C.)
7. Tame Impala
Sounds like: Exquisite Aussie psych rock that’s dipped in funk and noise.
Free association: When “Elephant” emerged, we knew this one would be nasty.
For fans of: Pink Mountaintops + MGMT x White Denim, weirdo rock. (B.C.)
8. Daughn Gibson
Sounds like: A local hero’s debut as a solo artist, and it’s a dark, beautiful opus.
Free association: His tour-opening night at Ortlieb’s was a favorite of the year.
For fans of: Johnny Cash + Roy Orbison x Matthew Dear, trucker sexiness. (B.C.)
9. Grizzly Bear
Sounds like: The Brooklyn folk favorites’ fifth is another beautiful collection.
Free association: Another veteran band getting better as they get older.
For fans of: Liars/TV on the Radio, Calexico x Beck + Sufjan, complex folk. (B.C.)
The Truth About Love
Sounds like: She makes new fans and keeps her base with a brilliant pop LP.
Free association: The leading lady of nontraditional pop icons steps it up.
For fans of: Gwen Stefani x Kelly Clarkson + Joan Jett, Janis, sexy punks. (B.C.)