From Catalonia, Spain, post-punk quartet, Mourn, have released their third full-length album, Sopresa Familia. This album is driven by the drums and hard vocals. This album shows a lot of potential and promise for Mourn, as they explore a more creative style in songwriting. FCC: None Play: 2,5,7,10 RIYL: Preoccupations, B Boys, Omni. Advertisements

Kevin Krauter just released his first full-length album filled with catchy hooks and jangly synths. This album fuzes pop elements with soothing rhythm sections. An accessible yet unique album, Toss Up, is up there in my favorites for 2018. FCC: None Play: 1,3,4,6,7 RIYL: Real Estate, Hoops, Sam Evian

As the album cover suggests, this is a pretty funky album from Ghostland Observatory. A good mix of electro and funk, music you would want to dance to all night. Check it out for something fresh and different! FCC: None Play: 3 RIYL: Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, Ratatat

Really rocking sophomore album from the Molochs. Solid indie rock, good lyrics. Like Foxygen, The Molochs capture another era perfectly. Flowers in the Spring is truly reminiscent of the dirty rock and roll sound of the late 60s, from acts like The Velvet Underground and The Kinks. Give it a listen! FCC: None Play: 1, […]

The Orrall brother’s 13th album is a beautiful example of true sonic growth as a duo. In the 2011 the group was signed to Warner Brothers with their album being produced by the Black Key’s Dan Auerbach. Now seven years later, after being dropped from WB, the brotherhood has released a truly innovative album. Dreamy […]

As the title suggests, a very sad senior album from our man Darwin Deez. To quote Spotify, Darwin Deez is “an equal mix of wacky, Beck, and Fleetwood Mac,” and that description is pretty accurate.  A mix of synth pop with strong vocals. Play all of these songs they’re great! FCC: None Play: 1, 3, […]

Nice album that is a mix of indie pop and indie rock. High pitched female vocals, very beachy sounding with light guitar rifts. Very similar to Best Coast if you’re into them. Check it out, Colleen Green has a nice innovative sound! FCC: None Play: 2, 6 RIYL: Best Coast, Cherry Glazerr

Debut album from self-dubbed “chill wave” group Firstworld. Synth pop, male vocals. Solid album if you like this type of music! FCC: None Play: 3 RIYL: Washed Out, Neon Indian

Aizuri Quartet performs abstract, new pieces written for them, all American composers, ranging from intense, to quiet. Play most!

Pig Destroyer has been releasing quality grindcore for over 20 years. I remember listening to Phantom Limb in 2007 and thinking that they were loud and fast but walked away from the album generally underwhelmed. Pig Destroyer still plays loud and fast and even warns on the opening track that they won’t be held responsible for any […]

Very mellow, nice sounding indie rock album from Astral Swans. Extremely reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens if you like him. Some of these tracks are really innovative, Swan uses his own reverb and pedals to create some groovy sounds. I recommend a listen! FCC: 4 Play: 2, 10 RIYL: Sufjan Stevens, Iron and Wine

Great sophomore album from indie rock band Mammoth Indigo. Honestly, there was not a track I didn’t like on this album! Male vocals, lyrics are pretty sad, really fresh guitar. Overall innovative sound, check this one out FCC: 9 Play: 1, 4, all RIYL: Snow Patrol, Cage the Elephant  

Hard rock, almost metal-sounding debut album from the Living Strange. Male vocals, strong percussion and heavy guitar rifts. Definitely for you if you like harder-sounding alternative rock! Play: 2, 4 FCC: None RIYL: The Arctic Monkeys, The Foo Fighters

Immerse yourself. Get completely involved in something without any distractions. Draw a picture. Paint a wall. Write 400 words in a single sitting. Walk a mile without checking your phone. This is your soundtrack. Deep, pristine, rolling dub techno with no breaks. Play: Both Release Date: 7/17/2018 RIYL: Fluxion, Basic Channel

Hush Hush 100

In 2012, former KEXP DJ Alex Ruder launched Hush Hush Records to “collaborate with a friend to help share their music with the world.” Here are they six years later celebrating the 100th release with a compilation of exclusive new tracks from Hush Hush artists of all walks: dream pop, techno, ambient, new age, instrumental […]

First album in 14 years from Garage Rock/Post-Hardcore masters and it does not miss a beat. Contains plenty of their signature frenetic riffs and urgent, shouting vocals. Hard hitting and full of great tracks on par with their previous work. Play: 1,3,4,5,6,9,10 FCC: 2 RIYL: Drive Like Jehu, Shellac, Mclusky

Classic sound here on the 24th full-length album from one of the pioneering NWOBHM artists. Solid heavy metal that will not push any boundaries but also does not sound remotely stale. Very strong effort with lots of great, playable tracks. Play: 2,3,4,5,7,8,9,11 FCC: None RIYL: Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio  

British all female group that straddles the line between hard rock and alternative metal. Riff-centric sound reminiscent of the hard rock heyday of the 1980’s, but without the cheese that is so common in that style of music. Hard hitting with lots of great tracks throughout. Play: 2,4,5,6,8,10 FCC: 7,9 RIYL: White Lung, Hole, Le […]

How I imagine Iron Maiden might sound if Paul Di’Anno never left the band and they delved into a more proggish sound. Very apparent influence from classic NWOBHM acts as well as some of the more straightforward heavy metal acts of the 1980’s. Strong effort throughout. Play: 1,2,3,4,5 FCC: None RIYL: Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, […]

Politically-charged punk music from Montreal-based band. Reminiscent of classic Canadian punk acts such as Nomeansno at times. Sound occasionally gets heavier on some tracks, but for the most part this is straightforward punk rock. Play: 1,2,6 FCC: 3,4,8 RIYL: Nomeansno, Jello Biafra, Turbonegro

Progressive metal with an atmospheric sound. Clean vocals mixed with occasional death metal growls on some tracks. Features multiple time changes and breakdowns throughout. Play: 2,3,5 FCC: None RIYL: Opeth, Vanden Plas, Dream Theater

Very electronic and dreamy, but the album seems to lack a sense of direction. The DJ and producer clearly is talented but it feels a bit mainstream and oversampled. That being said, Peace to Mateo has all the ingredients to be a great DJ. It doesn’t need all of the fluff he tried to add to […]

  Eric Bachmann’s No Recover details an old-spirited musician is not confined to just his acoustic guitar. His riffs are almost touching and his singing voice is the passion in the driver’s seat of his fifth album. A lot of folky, orchestral notes. Although he is an incredibly gifted acoustic guitar player, he seems to […]

The Mommyheads deliver a fascinatingly produced sixth album that nods to a lot of 90’s rock artists. Their melodies echo that of Eddie Vedder’s. What is most interesting is lead singer Adam Elk’s experimental spirit that shines past the overused theme and sound of grunge music. Soundtrack To The World’s End is not a desperate […]

Seventy-two Indian mode, microtonal piano pieces. Odd but attractive, mostly short.