10 Best Cassettes of 2014

R.I.P. to the iPod — long live the boombox!

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Roomrunner, 'Separate'

7. Roomrunner, 'Separate'

Four Baltimore guys doing the kind of Midwest-inspired punk thud that nobody else ever gets right. Roomrunner build on the Nineties roar of Touch & Go legends like Arcwelder or Tar, except with more melody going on. "Slow" sounds like a bleak winter day when you back into a snowbank, spin your wheels for a minute, then realize you'd rather spend all day stuck in the snowbank. Needless to say, it sounds best on cassette.

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