(Photo: John Moore)
Kendall Smith, Event Director of the Underground Music Showcase at the Denver Post
 
"These year end list requests are often a maddening exercise in alienation and people trying to 'outcool' each other.  Narrowing a year down to less than one record a month is impossible. There is an upside, though.  Reading other people's lists reminds me how much great art is out there.  My list is, in no way, comprensive.  It is just a handful of records (5 local and 5 not) I really really liked this year..." 
  1. Kurt Vile- Wakin On A Pretty Daze
  2. Nathaniel Rateliff- Falling Faster Than you Can Run
  3. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Specter at the Feast
  4. West Water Outlaws- West Water Outlaws
  5. Nine Inch Nails- Hesitation Marks
  6. a tom collins- Stick and Poke
  7. Toadies- Play.Rock.Music.
  8. Wire Faces- king cataract
  9. Mazzy Star- Seasons of Your Day
  10. American Tomahawk*- So So Slowly, the History of a Perfect Spiral
 * I refuse to accept Adam Halferty moved.