Best of Upstate 2014: The Albums

Here we are, reaching the end of an incredible 2014 and it’s time for our annual ‘Best of Upstate’ series. The Upstate staff have been hard at work this entire year covering local and national acts across New York State and beyond. We are blessed with the great deal of music that passes through Upstate and brings a wide range of offerings to the 8 million New Yorkers who call Upstate their home.

Our staff writers and photographers were asked to look back at the full year of music in Upstate New York and beyond, and weigh in with their best of 2014. We looked at 12 categories – Upstate Album, Overall Album, Upstate Show, Show, Upstate Festival, Festival, Family Friendly Festival, Club, Best Theater/Theatre, Arena/Amphitheater, Bands on the Rise and Best Collaboration. –  and came up with the best music we have seen and heard this year. We’ll bring you a couple categories each day this week, starting with the best albums today.

Best Upstate Album

Aqueous Cycles


Honorable Mentions

Formula 5 Edging on Catastrophe


Mister F The F Stands for 4


Turkuaz Future 86

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Tauk Collisions


Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love


Best Overall album of the year

Tie: Phish Fuego and String Cheese Incident A Song in my Head



Honorable mentions

Umphreys Mcgee Similar Skin


Aqueous Cycles