15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2014

A power-pop supergroup, a Nigerian rap star, a prog Hall of Famer, gamelan rock, noise-dance and more you may have missed

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Downtown Boys, 'Downtown Boys' 7-inch

Downtown Boys, 'Downtown Boys' 7-inch

Through four righteous rants (which barely last five minutes total), the politically-minded Rhode Island punk crew Downtown Boys slam bullying hardcore guitars, X-Ray Spex-y horns and radical lyrical fury together into a moshpit utopia. Lead screamer Victoria Ruiz is the star — her bilingual howl is charismatic enough, you get the feeling she could start a real revolution given a big enough crowd. Listen to "Slumlord Sal" around the first of the month and you just might end up punching your landlord. By Simon Vozick-Levinson

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