Monthly Archives: May 2013

Hooded Fang – “Gravez”

Canadian four-piece Hooded Fang explore the boundaries between fantasy and reality on Gravez, the follow-up to their 2012 debut Tosta Mista. The album fuses many of the band’s influences including surf guitar, psychedelia and go-go into a mind-bending record that in the band’s words, “may refer to the impending lurk of death.” Tracks like the […]

TEEN- “Carolina”

“Harmony-driven psych pop with an emotional intensity” Following the release of their 2012 debut, In Limbo, Brooklyn quartet TEEN is back with a five-song EP, Carolina. The band, started by Teeny Lieberson in 2009 (which also features Teeny’s sisters Lizzie and Katherine and local musician Jane Herships), wanted to focus on creating a new sonic […]

Brazos – “saltwater”

Bouyant, expansive pop with spirals of guitar, swells of organ or explosions of percussion, warm male vocals. play: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 riyl: Young Man, Cass McCombs, Deerhunter

CocoRosie – “tales of a grass widow”

Sisters make dark, child-like folk tales with music- box piano chimes, electronic beats, interwoven vocals (hip-hop at times). play: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 riyl: Hundred Waters, Lykke Li, Joanna Newsom, Smog, Cat Power

Deerhunter – “Monomania”

Monomania finds the group recalling its scrappy punk aesthetic; nocturnal garage rock album full of layered and hazy vintage guitar sounds. lots of distortion and reverb, as well as cleaner, catchy pop songs. play:1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 riyl: crocodiles, grizzly bear

Black Bug- “Reflecting the Light”

“Black Bug are a synth punk duo based in Bordeaux, France. On its face, the album features a handful of songs that definitely bring to mind the skate punk of the Spits or the sci-fi garage punch of Mind Spiders. But as “Threads” proves, they can also venture far outside the grips of punk music and […]

Shannon and the Clams – “dreams in the rat house”

Shannon and the Clams, are from Oakland, CA and have been spreading their brand of garage, doo-wop, soul, and bubblegum punk around the world and then some! Shannon Shaw,of course has played in the Punkettes from Hunx and His Punx and is now a full time member of the PUNX on vox and bass, which […]

Tricky-False Idols

It’s been a few years but Tricky is back with a full length album titled False Idols. There is a dark, moody streak running throughout the album with Tricky’s vocals moving from a haunting whisper to an aggressive growl as he sings about drugs, failed relationships and other heavy hitting topics. Vocally he has help […]

Sally Shapiro-Elsewhere

Elsewhere is a remix album from Swedish Pop Dance artist Sally Shapiro. The album takes tracks from the Somewhere Else album with tracks remixed by Lovelock, Mitch Murder, Young Galaxy and The Field among others. The remixes range from Pop Dance, Disco Dance, Minimal Techno, and House. Nice variety and the tracks are all upbeat […]

Mount Kimbie-Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

The latest from Mount Kimbie is an album titled Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. The music is a mix of Electro Hop, Post Dub Step, Ambient, and Bass Music. The sound varies quite a bit from track to track with each track telling it’s own story. Usually this causes the album to be to herky […]

Bonobo-First Fires

First Fires is a five track EP from Bonobo. The disc contains two versions of First Fires, two versions of Heaven For The Sinner and the track Know You both of which appear on The North Borders album. The music is Downtempo Ambient with a dreamy, haunting vibe to it. More solid tracks from Bonobo. […]

DJ Frane-Hi Dusty Stranger

DJ Frane is back with another smoky, funky, downtempo Trip Hop/Hip Hop album titled Hi Dusty Stranger. The album has a similar vibe to Journey To The Planet Of Birds with groovy beats, floating flutes and spaced out synthesizers. The difference on this album is that it has a Wild West feel to it with […]

Daft Punk-Random Access Memory

Daft Punk is back with an album that’s titled Random Access Memory and should be considered one of the year’s best. The group decided that to move forward they had to go back. They collaborated with some of the best on this album, Nile Rogers (who’s band Chic heavily influenced Daft Punk), Panda Bear, and […]

Second Sky & Thomas Blondet-Remixes

Second Sky and Thomas Blondet have released a remix album of their fellow artists on the Rhythm and Culture label. Remixed artists include: Thievery Corporation, Am and Shawn Lee, Ancient Astronauts, Balkan Beat Box and Nicodemus to name a few. The music is World Electronica of many different styles and cultures. The tracks are smooth […]


WRUV ROCK SINGLES JUNE MIX 2013 1. Mikhael Paskalev – Jive Babe [mom+pop] 2. Houses – The Beauty Surrounds [great white north] 3. Crystal Fighters – You & I [atlantic] 4. Daft Punk -Doin’ It Right [virgin] 5. Cold War Kids – Miracle Mile [v2] 6. Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red and Blue [atlantic] 7. PRETTY & NICE – WRUV […]

vs. head vs. heart

EMMA LOUISE – vs. head vs. heart – frenchkiss records Aussie epic rock vocalist bringing her freshness to the states. FCC: none PLAY: 3, 8 LIKE: the xx


!!! [pronounced Chick Chick Chick] – Thr!!!er – Warp 5th album from these experimental electro rockers. FCC: 1 & 2 PLAY: 3, 6

Ghost on Ghost

IRON & WINE – Ghost on Ghost – Nonesuch Sam Beam (aka Iron & Wine) is back with this lo-fi record.  Good stuff! PLAY: 5, 4, 1 FCC: None LIKE: Beirut, Rouge Wave

modern vampires of the city

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – modern vampires of the city – XL 3rd record from this indie NYC rock band.  Synth bass, drums and rad lyrics. FCC: None PLAY: 2, 3, 4 LIKE: Spoon, Ra Ra Riot

gasoline –

ALPINE – gasoline – votiv Mellow down tempo vibes that are pretty great. PLAY: 3, 4, 2 FCC: None LIKE: Air

Broadway EP

MYRON & ME – Broadway EP – stones throw records A soulful music collective with rifts of hip-hop.   FCC: None PLAY: 4, 3, 2 LIKE: Raphael Saadiq, K-os

False Idols

TRICKY – False Idols – !K7 UK legend of dub, grunt, down tempo, and mystery. FCC: None PLAY: 3 & 6 LIKE: Massive Attack


HERMITUDE – Hyerparadise – Elefant Tracks Sydney based DJ Duo mashing up jazz and funky sounds. FCC: None PLAY: 7, 2, 3 LIKE: RJD2, Kid Koala

10 years of Fort Knox Five

FORT KNOX FIVE – 10 years of Fort Knox Five – Fort Knox Records DJ DJ & hip-hop collective that mashes the beats. FCC: None PLAY: 5, 9 LIKE: Breakbeat Junkies

Black on Blonde

K-OS – Black on Blonde – netwerrk Canadian MC that has been around for awhile, multi-genre hip-hop. FCC: 16 PLAY: 6, 11, 12 LIKE: Lupe Fiasco