Ahhhh list season. The time of year where critics flaunt their supreme knowledge of the musical year gone by, music fans find out what they may or may not have missed, and fights – with CHAINSAWS – erupt spontaneously over who was the MOST SUPREMELY INDIE ROCK (Indie Squared? Indie So Hard?) in dorm rooms, parties and basements across the land. So that last one might not be true…but the list, and it’s ever expanding scope (100 Top Artists of the Year Who Have Worn Socks At Some Point In Their Life!) has become an important year end ritual, one that we, like every single other music site on the internets are not immune to.
Kicking things off today are the favorites of a few of our, ahem, less verbose contributors who chose to simply let their choices speak for themselves. Regardless, it’s an impressive stylistic spread that Suzie, Roddy and Aubrey have come up with, and we can pretty much guarantee that somewhere in there is something you’re gonna love, assuming you don’t already). Stay tuned all week long to see what else has been ruling our earholes in 2013. Now, let’s make with the lists.