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Best Indie Albums of the Year (So Far)

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Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 4:06 AM
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The first half of 2014 has given us a lot to talk about.

Last week Jeff Weiss picked his favorite L.A. albums from the first half of 2014; his list was mainly composed of hip-hop and electronic-focused albums. 

Below, now are our picks for the best L.A. indie albums. 

See also: The 5 Most Anticipated Upcoming Albums From California Artists

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10. La Sera
Hour of the Dawn

The former Vivian Girls bass player seems to have channeled her dark side in Hour of the Dawn, La Sera's third full length. Songs like "Losing to the Dark" and "Control" sound more mental than anything Goodman's conjured in the past. Supplementing her madness is guitarist Todd Wisenbaker (her boo), who unleashes guitar solo after guitar solo. It's not as rough and edgy as Vivian Girls, where Cassie Ramone poured her punkess into every note, but La Sera's latest offers a proper pop fix for the summertime blues with sun-soaked guitar riffs and flower-child tenderness. 

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9. Guy Blakeslee
Ophelia Slowly

Ophelia Slowly is the first solo album by the Entrance Band's chieftain in a decade. Featuring moody compositions that highlight his affinity for anguish and rebirth - Guy Blakeslee's work is a bluesy journey into the soul of a tortured artist that touches on his own personal struggles with addiction. It also inspires that reflective mood where you either jump a moving train and escape, or lay in bathtub and melt away in sorrow. 

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8. Damaged Bug
Hubba Bubba

After leaving S.F. and taking a break from Thee Oh Sees, John Dwyer landed in L.A. late last year. Favoring solitude, while occasionally DJing on Henry Rollins' KCRW show, Dwyer ditched his guitar in favor of an early '80s Moog synthesizer. The result, under the moniker "Damaged Bug," is a record that occasionally meanders into a cloud of synthetic noise and computer glitches, but ultimately finds itself grounded in minimalist melodies and sci-fuzz dance tracks.  

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7. Girlpool

Girlpool are two teenage girls who met at local DIY venue the Smell. When they got to talking, Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad decided to write music that emancipated their thoughts into a raw, amateurish grungy-folk debut that's unabashedly feminist. It's also a vulgar, sexual, and intimate portrayal of two ladies trapped in male-dominated world - feeling undervalued and pissed off.

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