Best Broward and Palm Beach County Albums of 2013

Killmama - Killmama
In 2012, Deerfield Beach chanteuse Sophie Sputnick reinvented herself, joining forces with longtime friend Rob Kingsley on the guitars and forming a bluesy, minimalist, and mucky duo Killmama. In this project, she remerges as an Alison Mossheart-like gritty blues badass and had our jaws dropping to the floor. She hoots and hollers like Jack White on the band's eponymous four-track EP released earlier this year. Highlights "Lost It" and "Bad Reputation" play out like garage-rock set to 11 on Marshall amps, over-modulated walloping romps of filthy goodness you want to take home with you. Alex Rendon

See also: Killmama's Drummer, Sophie Sputnik, Says She's Grateful for the "Opportunity to Bang on Things"

Centuries - Taedium Vitae
We have watched Centuries blossom into a horrifying crust behemoth. Hard years of getting in the van to bludgeon audiences in the US and Europe and honing a sound as oppressive as it is unique, have finally paid off for the Palm Beach-bred hardcore band in 2013 with the release of Taedium Vitae. Their debut full length was released on the taste-making heavy music colossus that is Southern Lord Records. The album does not disappoint. It delves deeper into the experimental noise and crusty intensity the band has been developing for years. But it retains the intellectual elements that set Centuries apart from the pack of tough guy hardcore scenes still unfortunately proliferating around the country. David Von Bader

See also: Centuries Signs to Southern Lord Records "After a Quick Email Session"

Mike Mineo - Big Big Star
Known for his tropi-pop live shows all over South Florida, Mike Mineo has emerged as one local artist with a true flare for writing and performing original music. On his latest release, this collaborative dude went totally solo, taking writing, producing, and recording credits on Big Big Star. This album strays from Mineo's standard sunny sound but in the best way possible, experimenting with electronic vibes and sticking to his goofy roots with a bevvy of sound effects. Delivering lyrics about following your dreams and not changing for other people, Mineo was striving for a different type of album by changing up his recording process, and that's exactly what he got. Dana Krangel

See also: Mike Mineo Talks American Idol, "Hipster Chicks," and "Nipple Clips"

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