Best Of 2015: Indie Roots

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MAGNET’s Devon Leger picks the best indie-roots releases of the year

1 Mandolin Orange Such Jubilee (Yep Roc)
2 Joan Shelley Over And Even (No Quarter)
3 The Deslondes The Deslondes (New West)
4 Sam Lee & Friends The Fade In Time (The Nest Collective)
5 Pokey LaFarge Something In The Water (Rounder)
6 Annalisa Tornfelt The Number 8 (Woodphone)
7 Feufollet Two Universes (Feufollet/Thirty Tigers)
8 Son Little Daytrotter Session (Daytrotter)
9 Riley Baugus & Dirk Powell Tomorrow Morn (Wood & Steel)
10 Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds)

Best Of 2015: Hip Hop

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MAGNET’s Corey duBrowa picks the best hip-hop releases of the year

1 Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
2 Vince Staples Summertime ’06 (ARTium/Def Jam)
3 A$AP Rocky At.Long.Last.A$AP (A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA)
4 Skyzoo Music For My Friends (First Generation Rich/Empire)
5 Czarface Every Hero Needs A Villain (Brick)
6 Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge Twelve Reasons To Die II (Linear Labs)
7 Action Bronson Mr. Wonderful (Vice/Atlantic)
8 Curren$y Pilot Talk III (Jet Life)
9 Earl Sweatshirt I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside (Tan Cressida/Columbia)
10 Cannibal Ox Blade Of The Ronin (IGC)

Best Of 2015: Punk

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MAGNET’s Tim Stegall picks the best punk releases of the year

1 The Sonics This Is The Sonics (Revox)
2 The Adolescents La Vendetta (Frontier)
3 OBN IIIs Worth A Lot Of Money (12XU)
4 Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers L.A.M.F.: Live At The Village Gate 1977 (Cleopatra)
5 Chumps …Gimme Headache (Super Secret)
6 Biters Electric Blood (Earache)
7 Zex Fight For Yourself (Magic Bullet)
8 The Barreracudas Can Do Easy (Oops Baby)
9 Chelsea Saturday Night Sunday Morning (Plastic Head)
10 U.K. Subs Yellow Leader (Captain Oi!)

Best Of 2015: Singer/Songwriter

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MAGNET’s Hobart Rowland picks the best singer/songwriter releases of the year

1 Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp (Merge)
2 Bobby Long Ode To Thinking (Compass)
3 Israel Nash Silver Season (Loose/30 Tigers)
4 Ryley Walker Primrose Green (Dead Oceans)
5 Ron Sexsmith Carousel One (Compass)
6 Torres Sprinter (Partisan)
7 Glen Hansard Didn’t He Ramble (Anti-)
8 Chris Stapleton Traveller (Decca)
9 Bob Schneider King Kong, Vols. I-III (Shockorama)
10 Jessica Pratt On Your Own Love Again (Drag City)

Best Of 2015: Metal

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MAGNET’s Andrew Earles picks the best metal releases of the year

1 Kylesa Exhausting Fire (Season Of Mist)
2 False Untitled (Gilead Media)
3 Pyramids A Northern Meadow (Profound Lore)
4 Unruh Tomb (King Of The Monsters)
5 Coliseum Anxiety’s Kiss (Deathwish, Inc.)
6 Sweet Cobra Earth (Magic Bullet)
7 Evil Army Violence And War (Hells Headbangers)
8 With The Dead With The Dead (Rise Above)
9 Wild Hunt Scoll And Urn (self-released)
10 Pissgrave Suicide Euphoria (Profound Lore)