50 Best Albums of 2014

U2 unleashed a brilliant surprise, Bruce Springsteen hit a new peak, St. Vincent made deliciously weird noise and more

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Hurray for the Riff Raff, 'Small Town Heroes'
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38. Hurray for the Riff Raff, 'Small Town Heroes'

Alynda Lee Segarra was raised on the New York punk scene before finding her folk-rock muse in New Orleans. Her band's breakthrough flips the script on woman-hating murder ballads and ponders the romance of dangerous behavior, over fingerpicking and fiddling. Somewhere, Pete Seeger is smiling.

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