It wasn't easy whittling down the list to just 15 albums this month, as the indie scene went nuts, releasing heaps of highly anticipated music from Cat Power, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, The xx and tons more. We spotlight some of the best and brightest of the bunch here, from Chan Marshall's refreshing electronic turn to Swans' noisy, nightmarish marathon to the frisky pop of the new Britt Daniel/Dan Boeckner/Sam Brown project Divine Fits to Bob Mould just plain rocking ... still! ("I'm never too old to contain my rage.")
With our playlist, sample each of these albums, plus more new tracks from California Wives, The Whigs, The Fresh & Onlys, Imagine Dragons, Band of Horses and other honorable mentions. For you students freshly back in class, this list will keep you plenty distracted -- er, inspired.