45 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

The best rock, hip-hop, EDM and country of this year's first half

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Hurray for the Riff Raff, 'Small Town Heroes'
Courtesy of ATO Records7/45

Hurray for the Riff Raff, 'Small Town Heroes'

Alynda Lee Segarra's folk-roots music feels both ancient and modern, from the title track's drug-damaged characters to the gunslinging young thugs in "St. Roch Blues" and the heroine of "The Body Electric," a feminist rejoinder to lady-killing murder ballads. Her supple, intimate vocals are about more than conjuring a musical past – she clearly wants to shape the future, too.

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