Monthly Archives: September 2015

State Shirt – Lost Hills

Label: LFA State Shirt is the project of Ethan Tufts, a truly independent Los Angeles artist who writes, performs and produces his music that combines a variety of genres. He has also been a frequent contributor to the Song Fight! website. His latest album Lost Hills is more electronic than usual and in particular it […]

Beach House – Depression Cherry

Beach House, possibly the most popular dream pop band in the country, return after a string of critically acclaimed album with Depression Cherry, a focused, consistent set of songs. They try some new things on this album, like the electric guitars that pierce through “Sparks” and “Beyond Love”, while singer Victoria Legrand sings in a […]

Foals – What Went Down

Label: Warner Bros. Foals have proven themselves to be one of the best British rock bands currently active and their latest album What Went Down doesn’t disappoint. They go heavier on opening track “What Went Down” and side B opener “Snake Oil”, while other songs such as “Birch Tree” and “Night Swimmers” show their unique […]

Boss Moxi – Oddball

Label: Bedlam Boss Moxi is a band from Australia, and the title of their latest album Oddball suits them perfectly. They play lo-fi rock with a variety of influences – the best description would be Tom Waits fronting a surf rock band, with a saxophone and other brass instruments. It’s a long album and not […]

Yukon Blonde – On Blonde

Label: Dine Alone On Blonde, the latest album from Canadian band Yukon Blonde, is a set of feel good pop rock – perfect for a weekend drive. There are some 80’s inspired sounds (jangly guitars, keyboard synths) but it doesn’t become too obvious. A good mix of retro and modern sounds throughout. Some highlights are […]

Night Beds – Ivywild

Label: Dead Oceans Night Beds, the project of singer/songwriter Winston Yellen, returns with sophomore album Ivywild, a very ambitious project that heavily focuses on the electronic R&B sound that has become popular in recent years. He has ditched the dream-folk of his last album Country Sleep, with just a hint of that sound showing up […]

Rey Pila – The Future Sugar

Label: Cult Rey Pila is a synth rock band from Mexico who were discovered & signed by Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes). Their songs actually have a similar sound to the most recent album from The Strokes and Julian Casablancas’ solo work, but a bit more synth based on this album. The songs are fun, […]

ON AN ON – And the Wave Has Two Sides

Label: Roll Call And the Wave Has Two Sides is the sophomore album from Minneapolis trio ON AN ON. It follows their excellent 2013 debut Give In. The new album is quite a bit more mainstream and radio friendly than its predecessor, but still keeps a lot of the strengths that made their first album […]

Jeen – Tourist

Label: self-released Jeen aka singer-songwriter Jeen O’Brien has released a deluxe version of her album Tourist with 4 bonus tracks. Alternative rock with sweet vocals and pop hooks, covers a variety of styles from uptempo rock in “Buena Vista”, “No Fade” and “Way Up”, to mellower pop like “Sad Boy” and “Orange”. Jeen has previously […]

Daughn Gibson – Carnation

Label: Sub Pop Daughn Gibson’s third album Carnation finds him moving toward a sound that is less rock & roll than his previous efforts and more dream pop, with synth textures and baritone vocals. On first listen the music is very pretty, but it disguises some dark lyrics that you might not catch the first […]

Son Lux – Bones

Label: Glassnote Bones is the latest album from Son Lux, the project of NYC artist Ryan Lott. Experimental pop with very interesting percussion, warped sounds and vocals. This album features new additions to the lineup – guitarist/composer Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Play: 2, 4, 5, 8, 10 FCC Clean RIYL: Dirty Projectors, Yeasayer, […]

Bob Moses-Days Gone By

Days Gone By is the latest work from the duo, Bob Moses. The album is a mix of Minimal Techno, Berlin Techno and Alternative Dance. The album has a sleek, slightly mysterious feel to it and the tracks draw you in with both the beats and the vocals. RIYD: Broken Bells, Jon Hopkins Tracks: All […]

Ursula 1000-Voyeur

The latest from Ursula 1000 is a double disc album titled Voyeur. The album is a mix of Dance and Latin Funk. The second disc contains remixes of Faded Denim Wash and Clap Your Hands. The album is upbeat and funky and will get your toes tapping. Tracks: Disc 1-4,5,6,8 Disc 2-2,4,7

ODESZA-In Return

The latest from ODESZA is a double disc album titled In Return. The music is pretty much Electro-Pop but has more depth than a lot of what’s out there right now. The music blends several genres together as well mixing Ambient, Dubstep and Electro Hop into the Pop sound. The album won’t blow your sock […]

The Juan MacLean-Here I Am Remixes

Here I Am Remixes takes the track from The album, In A Dream and adds a spin on the already sweet Synth Dance sound of the duo. Also you can’t beat the vocals of Nancy Whang. Tracks: All Good

THE GOOD LIFE//EVERYBODY’S COMING DOWN (SADDLE CREEK)

Slacky, grungy, and surfy.  Mutiple vocalists sing chanty/spoken word lyrics (a la Pavement) over the rock musics.  First album in 8 years and a decent improvement on last effort.  More mature, whole sound. RIYL: Pavement, Stephen Malkmus, Yo La Tengo, Neutral Milk Hotel | PLAY: 2, 3 | FCC: 4, 11

WIDOWSPEAK // ALL YOURS (CAPTURED TRACKS)

Refreshing female lead vocals.  Mellow breezy guitar on some tracks and a little grunge behind the breeziness in others.  Really great for folks who like mellow surfy vibes and Rilo Kiley. RIYL: Beach House, Rilo Kiley, Jessica Pratt, Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee | Play: 3, 1, 4, 8, 5 | FCC: Clean

THE DEAD SHIPS // EP I – EP (SELF-RELEASED)

College rock to a T.  Garagey, hip with big vocals, guitars, and drums, all the parts.  Produced by Brian Canning (Broken Social Scene) and you can feel it from the very beginning.  WRUV rock listeners will like this, give it a spin. RIYL: The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Broken Social Scene | Play: […]

HALFWAY // ANY OLD LOVE (PLUS ONE)

Independent country album.  Tones of Bill Callahan, Robyn Hitchcock, and even Hootie & the Blowfish.  Pretty quintessential modern country from Australia, not Nashville junk. RIYL: Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Lowell Thompson, R.E.M., Bill Callahan, Hootie | PLAY: 5, 8, 2 | FCC: Clean

Highest Point in Cliff Town- HOOTON TENNIS CLUB (Heavenly)

Hooton Tennis Club play guitar pop that is both scrappy and slacker. The album is lo-fi with pop gems of the 90s hidden within each track’s catchy guitar riffs. It will go nicely with the changing colors of fall and leaves falling. TRACKS:2,3,5,6,9,10,12 RIYL: Pavement, FIDLAR, The Babies, Real Estate

No No No-BEIRUT (4AD)

Beirut has made music that draws on various influences over the course of his career. This new album finds its place closer to a modern time than some of his past records have shown. It is not of the same grandiose style as The Rip Tide turned out to be, no large horn sections vivifying […]

The Names-BAIO (Glassnote)

As the bassist for Vampire Weekend, Chris Baio provides the groove to the peppy, African-tinted music that has influenced countless new bands in the creation of their sound; this new album still possess the groove of those records but with a direction pointed more towards the dance floor than Cape Cod. He has stated David […]

EVENING HYMNS // QUITE ENERGIES (OUTSIDE MUSIC)

Warm tunes for autumn inspired by Tom Petty but feeling more like Bahamas, Yo La Tengo, and Great Lake Swimmers.  Lyrically nostalgic but the sound is modern.  Recorded in his secluded home in the Ontario country-side, it is intended as a “journey album.  A road trip album.  A driving album.” Each song has something to […]

DOUBLE KING // NIGHT FADES [SWELL RECORDS]

[adapted from Never Better label on album] This album operates from two poles: the classic Replacements-style rock & roll and the other newly introduced to their sound is the groovy and soulful–recalling 70’s Curtis or Parliament.  At the center of the LP is prosaic songwriting.  Good stuff for WRUV rock shows. RIYL: Spoon, Alabama Shakes, […]

SUGAR & THE HI-LOWS // HIGH ROLLER [READY SET RECORDS]

Album starts with honky tonkin’, swingin rock n’ roll and moves gradually into more modern hipster pop and eventually into some gospel-y/soul-y tunes–it kind of runs the gamut.  Male and female vocals reminiscent of Shovels & Rope.  Some songs with far more modern guitar tones and vocals, all rooted, though, in their rock n’ roll […]