Over the course of 2014, the Wondering Sound staff has listened to, analyzed and reveled in it all. We fell in love with warped four-track cassette-only bedroom-pop masterpieces and emotive dancehall works. We disappeared into suffocating black metal and found our way back to the light with euphoric hip-hop and dance. We got choked up to plaintive folk and roared along with raucous country. This is the music we loved the most.
(We’ll be adding to this page as we roll out more lists and essays. Check back often for the latest updates.)
10 Mixes: Looking Back on 2014
Michaelangelo Matos picks the 10 DJ sets that defined 2014.
2014 in Music Film: Questioning the “Tortured Artist”
J. Edward Keyes on why the notion that pain is necessary to create great art is hogwash
Miranda Lambert Takes on the the Bros
Rob Harvilla on the Face of Country in 2014
2014 in Latin Music: Romeo Santos, Regional Dance and Globalization
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.
In 2014, Pop’s Social Gate-Crashers Were Already Inside
Marc Hogan examines the impact of Billboard’s new real-time charts and how the concept of a “one-hit wonder” has changed.
My 2014 Soundtrack: J. Edward Keyes
On reconnecting with a favorite artist from my teenage years, who returned at the perfect time
My 2014 Soundtrack: Laura Leebove
On crying at shows, impossibly high expectations and making songs Mean Something
My 2014 Soundtrack: Tess Duncan
On falling out of love with Jenny Lewis, but in love with those influenced by her work
My 2014 Soundtrack: Lindsay Hood
“When I was faced with the true absurdity of just how little control I have over my own life, Clark’s new wacky persona started to make perfect sense.”
My 2014 Soundtrack: Marc Hogan
My 2014 Soundtrack: Louis Pattison
On becoming a father and being allergic to sentimentality
My 2014 Soundtrack: Philip Sherburne
“If you want to know what song made me feel most alive this year, that’s easy.”