Best Rock Album of 2015

Alright rock fans, let's get our annual thread started.

I'm really digging:

Lord Huron "Strange Trails"

It's definitely in the War on Drugs section of the rock spectrum, but adds some rockabilly-type pace.
I am looking forward to hearing this ! So far I really enjoyed Sufjan Stevens new one called Carrie & Lowell . It's very mellow , but very good!!
Check out the band, Palace from England if you have Spotify. Their EP is called , Lost In The Night . It's really from 2014 , but they are not too well known and I love their sound. Kind of Bluesy, psychedelic, rock, in the vein of Bon Iver. Let me know what you think. They will have a new EP in 2015.
Great thread! Keep the recommendations coming!!
Houndmouth, Shovels and Rope, Lone Bellow. Enjoy.
Slash - World On Fire
Austinbob, thanks for The Lone Bellow recommendation !! I had never heard of them before, I only listened to a few tracks , but loved their sound/music!!
I love Death Cab For Cuties' new album called, Kintsugi . It's a very strong album IMHO .
while I guess I could Google it, does anyone know how DeathCab4Cutie go their name?? it is an odd one!
From wikipedia: "Gibbard took the band name from the song "Death Cab for Cutie" written by Neil Innes and Vivian Stanshall and performed by their group the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. The song was performed by Bonzo in the Beatles film Magical Mystery Tour. The song's name was in turn taken from an invented pulp fiction crime magazine The Uses of Literacy, devised by Richard Hoggart as part of his 1957 study of working class culture. In a 2011 interview, Gibbard stated, "The name was never supposed to be something that someone was going to reference 15 years on. So yeah, I would absolutely go back and give it a more obvious name."[61]"
Train's "California 37". More pop then rock. Great album all the same.
I'm just say'n ✌️
Blur's new album is very very strong!!
Also , My Morning Jacket's new album is great as well!!
Courtney Barnett "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit"
Dengue Fever "the deepest lake"
Calexico "Edge Of The Sun"
Regarding My Morning Jacket & Death Cab For Cutie.. their latest' sound very good. My top pick right now for "best rock album" is DCFC. The differences in them as I see it, for sonics are:
MMJ = an overall feeling that this is an album that gets it's sound from studio trickery, IE: mixing, isolating individual people/instruments then adjusting accordingly, it's inconsistent.
DCFC = a very consistent sound that I find to be at least a half a notch or more above and beyond the MMJ. It sounds much, much more like I think it would sound live. Isn't this suppose to be the test?
... also, by comparison the MMJ is thick and confused it the bass to the DCFC lp.
Blur. Kendrick Lamar. Erin Smith.
Ryan Bingham "Fear & Saturday Night", one caveat...expect your lps to be warped. ( I've owned two copies, one was pressed so out of center that you could literally watch the tonearm move side to side a couple of times per revolution, ( when I took it back for replacement, the dealer played it back on his Crosley and could immediately hear Ryan's famous gravely voice was out of wack), my latest copy was just warped.) Notice I said, "just warped".
Of Monsters and Men "Beneath The Skin"
Really diggin' OutFit "Slowness" and the new My Morning Jacket
I also like the new Calexico album, although ironic they were interviewed in Stereophile as the recording is very sub-par compared with prior efforts.
"Edge Of The Sun" isn't their best sonically... musically it ranks right up there, however!
Slaw, nice call on the Courtney Barnett!!!!!
Tame Impala
Wolf Alice is solid!
The Courtney Barnett is definitely a contender.
Warren Haynes - Ashes and Dust
Warren playing and singing with Railroad Earth backing him up. Great SQ and good production.
Gregg Allman Live-Back to Macon, GA January 14, 2014. A strong live album accompanied by an eight piece band and some very tasty brass. Excellent SQ on double vinyl.
My Morning Jacket
Hey Bongo, have you checked out the new Foals album called , What Went Down ? It's real nice !!!
Anyone listen to the Foals album yet? It's outstanding!!!
Death Cab For Cutie , Kingsugi is a very strong Pop Rock album!
Enjoying Beach House Depression Cherry and Jorma Kaukonen(in top form) on Ain't in No Hurry. Both on vinyl.

Warner Music did a nice job with the Small Faces/Faces vinyl box set purportedly derived from flat analog masters.
Don Henley's Cass County Deluxe on Ludwig/Grundmand vinyl hits on 12 cylinders. Album of the year with one foot in C&W and the other in Rock.

Honorable mention to David Gilmour's Rattle that Lock. This one argues that Pink wasn't too far from cabaret.
PIL....Lydon's best in years...solid band...Johnny doing his Brit spoiled egg routine over dub, electronic, and other beats
another vote for Tame Impala - Currents
Noah Gundersen "Carry The Ghost"
Wilco. - Star Wars
Hello Audiotomb. I enjoy Wilco, some things more than others. Their production is usually very good. The brief listen to Star Wars that I did left me way underwhelmed song-wise; so I was surprised to see your vote for it as Best Rock Album of 2015. Absolutely NOT trying to start a fight...just interested to hear your take on this release (especially in light of their other stuff). Which tracks seemed really strong to you? What am I missing? Thanks.
Wood Brothers- Paradise.
+1 Star Wars, but topped by Mercury Rev 'The Light in You.' True to their lyric "psychedelic rock and blue-eyed soul." When they're not too Peter Pan, they hit a long ball into R&R.

"The tone arm moves, the vinyl crackles
And suddenly I'm not alone...

You can't fool old Peter Hook

Facebook butterflies flap their wings and
Suddenly a Brooklyn band is born

For the first time in forever
I lay the needle down in the groove
And for the first time in forever
I hold my breath waiting for side two

Translator, Wire, Dead Can Dance
A needle on a record's a second chance
Talk Talk, Felt, Romeo Void
Give me The Fall, "I'm totally wired"
Splat Cats, Opal, Terry Riley
Kaka de Luxe ad Derek and Clive
I'm so bored four on the floor
Bring me the ear of Thurston Moore

Popul Vah, Agitprop
Elliot Smith, The Dream Syndicate

I'm hearing bands like they're all brand new."
Acman3: Thanks. Saw CB on Austin City Limits last night. Wow! She is the real deal. I love this lp more every time I hear it. That's pretty amazing at this stage in my life.
Dgarretson: I wish I could have been there!

As far as ("I'm hearing bands like they're (Is this really a word?) all brand new"... I totally get it!!!
It's a strange band and certainly not for everyone. I group them with The Flaming Lips and The Eels, though better than the others when they're(sic) at their best.

BTW I totally agree with your prior recommendation of Kintsugi. I had lost track of Death Cab since their early albums.
Robben Ford's Into The Sun is pretty good. It's a rock album with some blues influences and include guest appearances by Sonny Landreth, Keb' Mo, Warren Haynes, Robert Randolph and ZZ Ward. The sound quality is quite good too.
I am new to the band Deerhunter, but I think this album is very , very good! It's called Fading Frontier .
Nothing comes close to Ghost - Meliora for me. Best hard rock album I've heard in a long time. People are probably turned off by their appearance thinking they must be some sort of theatrical black or death metal band but they are FAR from that. VERY melodic and catchy tunes with no cookie monster vocals. The lyrics are over the top in a Misfits sort of way so I can see where people might be turned off if they are taking the lyrics literally. I've actually read several comparisons to Blue Oyster Cult.


Ghost- is spooky good.

I'm really liking Circles Around the Sun: Interludes for the dead

All instrumental, excellent SQ.


Danielle Nicole, "Wolf Den". (blues/rock)

Mac Demarco / Another One. 

r_burke thanks for the Interludes tip.  Found it on Spotify and enjoying it.  
Gotta second the Courtney Barnett!
r_burke....but it does go on...and on...and on.  My initial enthusiasm somewhat tempered by the length of these.