The Impossible Kid

If you are a fan of hip-hop music that has mass emphasis on lyrical substance, then you probably have heard of San Francisco rapper Aesop Rock, as he is statistically proven to be the most lyrical rapper in history. On his new album “The Impossible Kid,” Aesop Rock is continuing to find new ways to […]

In All That Drifts From Summit Down

In 2008, A Dead Forest Index originally began as the solo project of Adam Sherry, but by 2010, it had evolved into a collaboration with his brother Sam. After touring extensively from 2012-2014, the band is releasing it’s debut studio album “In All That Drifts From Summit Down.” The tracks on this album features richly […]

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A concept album about fatherhood takes Sturgill Simpson from his quintessential country sound to a blended R&B vibe complete with the Dap Kings as backing horns to his album.  While he does belt out some of his more trademark sound, he jumps into new territory with songs like “All Around You” (Track 8) which is […]

A collection of pieces by the composers’ group “Sleeping Giant” (a group of “talented guys”–the New Yorker) mostly ambient and flowing but also potentially raucous and percussive. Play!

Mostly modern works (early 20th century) by French composers, ranging from fast, staccato to lilting slowly.

Harpist Valerie Milot performs classical/avant works by Reich and Cage, amongst others, and two rock pieces by Gentle Giant and Zappa. Play!

Ladies Drink Free

Ladies Drink Free is a post-funk band hailing from New York, and if you were lucky enough you could have caught them live on WRUV last week! It’s hard to exactly define the bands sound because it is such a crazy mix of sounds! There is a little bit of gritty funk, some sultry r&b, […]

Foxlore

The Crane Wives are a four-piece Americana/indie-folk group hailing from Grand Rapids, MI, and “Foxlore” is their fourth studio album. This album is different than their previous releases, as it is their first without banjo player Tom Gunnels, so the EP takes more of an indie-folk direction than their typical Americana style. These songs are […]

A Giant Dog

I know every time I get a package in the WRUV mail that’s addressed from Merge Records, I know that I am always in for a treat, as they never disappoint with their album releases this year. That trend still continues on the new album “Pile” from Austin, TX based indie-rockers A Giant Dog. The lyrics […]

Fire Island

San Felix is a garage rock band hailing from Victoria, British Columbia and their latest EP “Fire Island” features a nice blend of pop-punk, alternative rock, garage rock, and indie rock. At only six tracks and just under twenty-five minutes, the group really leaves no room for error on this release! Each track is punchy, […]

Delusions of Grand Fur

Rogue Wave is a California based indie-rock band that have been steadily making waves since 2002 with their blend of mellow indie rock tunes with soothing vocals. On their sixth full length album “Delusions of Grand Fur,” the band is still playing entirely based on acoustic guitar, but there is a nice synthesizer that adds a […]

White Hot Moon

Following up their fantastic 2013 debut “Fesat of Love,” the Ann Arbor, MI quartet have spent the last three years refining their sound built on heavy chords and tight, but flattened vocal dualities, all wrapped in this haze of shoe gaze. On their new album “White Hot Moon,” Pity Sex weaves lovely melodies as both […]

Ended Up Making Love

Miwi La Lupa is a Buffalo, NY based singer-songwriter whose new sophomore album “Ended Up Making Love”  sees improvement over the past two years. His songwriting is a lot more conscious than on his last albums, and his melodies are a lot more solid as well. On each track, La Lupa sings songs of experience […]

Taste

Islands is the same indie-rock band hailing from Montreal, Quebec but currently residing in LA from the last review, only this album is a lot more different than any of the groups previous works. Unlike their other record they just released which borrows a lot of the same sounds from their 2013 album, “Taste” is […]

Should I Remain at Sea

Islands is an indie-rock band that formed in Montreal, Quebec but are now based in LA. The group has been busy since the release of their last album “Ski Mask” in 2013, as this is one of two albums that the group will be releasing in May! This album sees the band return to their […]

Fracture. Repair. Repeat

In Letter Form is a San Francisco based alternative rock band, who has never minded showing off their influences (early Cure, Joy Divison, Bauhaus etc.) and that doesn’t change on their latest full length album “Fracture. Repair. Repeat.” Each track features haunting vocals and echoing guitars that makes the overall vibe of the album more […]

Guided Meditation

Hurry is an indie/power-pop trio from Philidelphia, PA and “Guided Meditation” is their sophomore studio album. This album sees the band doing a return to form on what they were doing on their last record, just a bit more toned down. Each of these tracks are more melodic, and they flow together very well, rather […]

With the World

Jens Duvsjo, also known as Duvhi is a Swedish alternative R&B singer, and “With the World” is his studio debut. Each track features experimental electronic music, and Duvchi’s vocal delivery sounds rather feminine at times, but I don’t mean that in a bad way at all. Duvchi is able to blend elements of EDM, pop music, […]

Still Life of Citrus and Slime

Charles Francis Moothart, also known by his alias “CFM” has been a part of numerous bands throughout the past decade, and “Still Life of Citrus and Slime” is his solo debut, and it’s an exciting one. This record bounces back and forth between tracks that are fast, slow, wonky, and straight, but no matter how […]

Dolls of Highland

Kyle Craft hails from the border of a tiny Louisiana town and Mississippi, and “Dolls of Highland” is his fearless solo debut. For starters, Craft’s voice is very abrasive and loud, but not in an off-putting way. The dude can definitely sing, and his lyrics are personal, dealing with love and loss. Craft rocks out […]

Big Little Lions

Big Little Lions is an Ohio/British Columbia based folk-pop duo, and their debut album is accessible to say the least. Each of these 13 tracks has a really catchy, sing-along chorus that gets stuck in your head for hours on end! Not to mention the harmonies are as tight as a noose. Whatever you play […]

Fools Gold

The Traditional Fools is the short-lived garage-psych band fronted by the man himself, Ty Segall. The band’s style is best described as a mix of lo-fi 60’s garage rock and reverb-drenched surfer music. This album is a collection of the tracks from the band’s “Chocolate Covered EP” (that was recorded in 2007), and 13 previously unreleased […]

La Arana Es La Vada

Kid Congo is the alias of Brian Tristan, the former guitarist of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and The Monkeybirds is his latest venture into multiple realms of rock and roll music. Some tracks on this album leave me reminiscent of 1950s rock n’ roll, but some just have far more energy like an […]

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The debut solo album from Vancouver artist Ashley Shadow, who is a longtime collaborator with various bands including Bonnie “Prince” Billy and The Cave Singers. Her self-titled album is a set of nine mellow, lo-fi acoustic indie pop tunes. I suggest starting with track 3, “Tired”, which is a great introduction to her music and […]

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DTCV (pronounced Detective) is a group consisting of French singer Lola G and former Guided By Voices member Jim Greer. I was first introduced to them last year with their album Uptime! which included “Miley Cyrus Wins the Race”, one of my favorite songs of 2015. They’ve actually released an album every year since 2013, […]

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