Best Broward and Palm Beach County Albums of 2013

Darling Sweets - To the Roads We Left Behind
The Darling Sweets emerged as one of the leaders of Lake Worth's gutter-punk-lost-in-the-swamp, whatever-you-want-to-call-it scene this year with the release of its charming debut To the Roads We Left Behind. Although much less hillbilly folk than their L Dub contemporaries, Adam Sheetz strums the banjo with striking precision and lead vocalist Lindsey Sayre's sweetly lush vocals draw inspiration from Mary Chapin Carpenter. It's Americana light fare, with a touch of jug band, and rockabilly -- a combo that gives this record a timeless feel. It would sound equally as appropriate heard in a current Lake Worth dive bar as in a '60s Mississippi juke joint. Alex Rendon

See also: The Darling Sweets' To the Roads We Left Behind Release Party - Propaganda, Lake Worth - June 8


The Band in Heaven - Caught In A Summer Swell
Hard to believe that this is the first full length LP from breezy/dreamy rockers the Band in Heaven. As one of the more established groups in Palm Beach County, it plays a fair share of local festivals and even brought its musical stylings to the NYC this year for CMJ. Now with its ideal lineup, this band took the time and worked together to make the record it wanted -- a 10-song journey into the perfect summer, full of friends and struggles, parties and questions. Lead single "Dandelion Wine" has singers Ates Isildak and Lauren Dwyer trading lead vocals while twisting through a summer day, subsequently creating an instant hit and defining their sound. Dana Krangel

See also: The Band in Heaven's Five Songs of Summer

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