Weekly Tune-Up: Best Albums of 2015, Shortlist Part 1, from Kendrick Lamar to Sleater Kinney & more

A look at Best of the Year contenders that released albums January through July; Spotify playlist included.

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The end of the year is upon us, which means it's time to survey the year's best albums. For the next few weeks, Tim and myself, your friendly CL Music Editor Leilani Polk, will be using the Weekly Tune-Up to spotlight artists that have put out noteworthy albums in 2015. Whether you're revisiting these albums or hearing them for the first time ever, it's our goal to make sure you know they exist and should be be on your Best of the Year radar, if not the final list. This first Spotify playlist features songs off albums released January through June by some names you know — Kendrick Lamar, My Morning Jacket, Toro y Moi, Death Cab for Cutie, Belle & Sebastian, Blur and Sleater Kinney among them — and likely many you many not (Treasure Fleet, Django Django, Furns, Palace, Purple, Twerps, et. al.). We'll be featuring albums released July through December next week, then we'll reveal our own final Best of Lists individually. Stay tuned...playlist below.

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