I thought I hated country music and then I listened to Sturgill Simpson's "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music." Listen to the lyrics. This man is a philosopher.
Do yourself a favor and listen to D'Angelo's latest album, "Black Messiah." Easily one of the best albums of 2014.
One of the best live performances I've ever seen. Watch out for this guy ... Jeff Buckley reincarnate. All of his albums will take you there.
Immortal Technique is a philosopher. His lyrics are among the best in hip hop.
Beautiful lyrics, angelic harmonies. The Staves' debut album is equally amazing.
I came across Bird Courage a few months ago, and haven't stopped listening to them since.
Inspired by J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey, this live version of "Young Glass" is an orchestra of awesomeness.
When I first heard The Paper Kites, I listened to their album Young North fo three weeks straight.
Vance Joy's lyrics are clear and honest, and his debut album is one of the best of 2014.
Andrew Bird is one of the greatest musicians alive. There are too many great albums to name.