Spring is in full effect here on the west coast, and we’re getting flooded with a ton of great new music, particularly early singles from upcoming LPs by Passion Pit, Alabama Shakes, Twin Shadow, Death Cab For Cutie, Hot Chip and more. Even long dormant bands Blur and Modest Mouse are previewing new recordings. We have full albums out now from Sleater-Kinney, Father John Misty, Panda Bear, and Bjork, and I’ve sprinkled in some bands you may be less familiar with. Check out Pond, Lower Dens, Diagrams, Saint Motel, Lost Lander, and Natalie Prass.

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Dnak 2014 – Top 50 Songs of 2014

Looking back at the year, I definitely took advantage of as many opportunities as I could to go listen to live music. Aided by attending multiple festivals (SXSW, Outside Lands, Treasure Island, Capitol Hill Block Party), I saw over 80 bands this year! My favorite live shows this year were Lucius, Jungle, Warpaint, Soundgarden, Temples, Lykke Li, Cut Copy, and We Were Promised Jetpacks.
Some of these bands are included in my list of top 50 tracks for 2014. I love all of these songs, and encourage you to give them a shot.

If you prefer, you can jump to the end to see the YouTube, Spotify, Rdio, and Amazon playlists.

Let’s get started with Songs 41-50

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My last playlist of the year is here (before my “best of 2014″ list comes out), and that means I’m getting the last few releases amidst all of the holiday music that’s been coming out. Even though Chvrches is back in the studio working on their new album, they’ve given us a couple of new singles to tide us over, including one from the Hunger Games soundtrack. Checkout the new tracks from Kid Runner, Jamie T, T.O.L.D., and Halsey. The FKA Twigs and Perfume Genius tracks are also worth a listen. And I close out with a beautiful song from Tomo Nakayama (no relation, as far as we know).

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I saw a ton of music at The Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle and Outside Lands in San Francisco over the last month, experiencing some amazing performances. For me, the standouts were Lucius, Cut Copy, Lykke Li, Jagwar Ma, and Warpaint, and it was a treat to see Tom Petty on the big stage. Some performers to make it into this list are Hundred Waters, Spoon, Night Terrors of 1927, Vance Joy, and Jenny Lewi, and there’s also new tunes from The New Pornographers, alt-J, Jenny Lewis, JJ, and more.
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Summer is around the corner, and lineups for summer music festivals are being announced. So get off your ass, get some tickets, and go immerse yourself in some live music. Lots of new music out this month, particularly early singles for upcoming albums from great female artists: Tune-Yards, Banks, Lykke Li, and Little Dragon. And I have quite a few up and coming bands on this list you may want to keep track of: Holy Esque, Banks, Matthew and the Atlas, and Lowell, amongst others. Hope you enjoy!
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