7. The War on Drugs, 'Lost in the Dream'
Philadelphia indie rock band War on Drugs has been around for nearly a decade, but it wasn't until this year that they finally broke through to a mainstream audience. That's entirely due to Lost in the Dream, their third album which sounds like a great lost 1980s album by Lindsey Buckingham. "I wanted to write songs people could connect with on another level," War on Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel told Rolling Stone. "Instead of just the sonic landscape stuff of earlier albums, I wanted them to hear songs that they heard a part of themselves in or felt was a natural progression."
What does he have planned next ? "I’d really love to make a record like [Neil Young's] Tonight’s the Night," he says. "Find a sweet old house, put [in] some pinballs and pool tables, party all day, and then at night, record from 11 to 4. It should be fun to do this."