Another year has come and gone. 2014 saw another new batch of bands arrive, some depart, and lot of great music get made. As far as I’m concerned, 2014 in the Twin Cities will be defined by the teenagers who burst onto the scene. Regardless of genre, it seems like a crazy amount of the best music was made by people who usually can’t get into the clubs they’re planning when they aren’t on stage. That said there is still room on this list for a man pushing 70 and room at the top for a guy who suddenly finds himself a part of the old guard despite only having been on the scene since about 2006.
As usual, these are just my personal top 15 of the year. I can guarantee I missed something despite my best efforts to avoid it. In fact, City Pages just published a list of the best local punk albums of the year and I don’t recognize a couple of them. So once I publish this list, I’ll be heading over there to explore. For now, though, here are my favorite Twin Cities albums for 2014.