So active and vibrant are the musicians of Colorado that we could never truly compile a list of the year's best releases. There were simply too many, from big-label full-lengths by exports like Tennis to obscure demo tapes by nascent punk bands. Taken as a whole, the musical output of our state in 2014 suggests a scene that is as fertile, creative and ambitious as it has been in recent memory. You'll find some arguments for a few of our favorite new releases by Coloradans here, but this is just a starting point, with plenty of chances to find your own favorites every night in our myriad bars, clubs, theaters and even back yards.
See also: Ten of the Best Colorado Music Videos of 2014