Author Archives: chrisjgabriel

Vagabon- Infinite Worlds

This album is the coalescence of everything Vagabon has been working on for the past few years. Originally putting her music out herself, this album is takes those songs and fleshes them out with some hard hitting drums, synths, and some  sludgy guitars. Not all the tracks are heavy though, some take on a dreamy […]

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard- Flying Microtonal Banana

The psychedelic rock group that brought the looping Nonagon Infinity to us a little less than a year ago is back with a slightly different take on their usual sound. They have switched to microtonal instumentation creating a sound that is a bit hard to get used to, but very rewarding once you do. This […]

St. Tropez- St. Tropez

This self-titled album from this four-piece garage punk band is a fast paced, fun, rocker of an album. From the upbeat poppy openers to the slow droning pace of songs like Order, you always have a lot to sink your teeth into.  great for anyone in need of a punk fix. RIYL: Violent femmes, against me, […]

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears- Backlash

Backlash is a really nice blend of rock, soul, and funk. There’s a lot of great guitar riffs,  brass accompaniment, and bumping beats to satisfy most anyone. The track Shadow People takes on this great garage element with powerful fuzzy intrumentals, but is followed immediately by this James Brownian ballad. This Album has a little […]

The Molochs- America’s Velvet Glory

The Molochs new album is at once reminiscent of all the plucky classic rock sound that made Bob Dylan so famous. With the harmonica accompaniment and guitar riffs, even the vocal delivery has a laziness to it that reminds of Bob’s more famous works.  A great album if you are ever driving across America, need […]

All Them Witches-Sleeping Through The War

Grungy Psychedelic Rock for a new age! Like a post apocalyptic jam band trying to blow your mind before the bombs come. Though heavier than their last albums, Sleeping Through The War is an awesome trip if you can handle the ride. RIYL: Heavy Eyes, Greenleaf, Colour Haze Label: New West Play:2, 3, 4, 7 […]

Albin Lee Meldau-Lovers EP

It might be a bit much to say he’s like a male Adele, but Albin Lee Meldau’s Lovers EP has wooed me just the same. With a deeply soulful voice, beautiful piano melodies, and the kind of orchestration that makes pop music so catchy. RIYL: Connor Youngblood, Hurula Label: Astralwerks Play:1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean

The Sadies-Northern Passage

The 10th album from this Toronoto based band stays true to the distinctive sound they built over these many years, combining the best elements of country, surf and garage rock. Where this album really shines is not only in it’s musical variety (slow and fast, twangy and grungy, all good) and it’s humorous, off-beat lyrics. RIYL: […]

Tim- Saturday Night

Tim Darcy’s Saturday Night is like a psychedelic country album, filled with Equal parts driving hits, and dreamy ballads, brought to by former Ought member whose vocal styling is so reminiscent of Lou Reed i had to check myself a couple times. Great album, for any mood.   RIYL: Devotchka, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lou Reed […]

Ne-Hi- Offers

Ne-Hi’s Sophomore album is a fun, fast-paced, sorta gritty rock album full of catchy melodies driving drums, and ripping guitars. RIYL: twin peaks, American Wrestlers, Strokes Label: Grand Jury Play: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 FCC: clean

Hideout-So Many Hoops So Little Time

The second album from Hideout grows deeper and more interesting the more i listen to it. An album in which the grief and reflection from front runner Gabriel Rodriguez recent loss of his brother shows through. It explores these topics through dreamy space-pop, acoustic revelries, and some surprisingly upbeat drums.   RIYL: Fresh and Onlys, […]

The Feelies- In Between

The Sixth Album from the New Jersey based band combines elements of acoustic indie rock and fuzzy garage rock. Featuring slow, dreamy, melancholic vocals melodies and beats that periodically evolve into these fuzzy, psychedelic, rolling guitar…. experiences.   RIYL: Woods, Purling Hiss, The Babies Play: 2, 4, 6, 8 Label: Bar/None FCC:Clean

Rubblebucket- If U C My Enemies

New EP from these UVM alumni features four fun tracks. Combining solid beats, classically pop orchestration, and some great brass accompaniment, I highly recommend this album to fans and the unfamiliar alike. RIYL: John Brown’s Body, Big Gigantic, Recommend: All FCC:Clean Label: Self-Released

Kyle Andrews-Escape

Fifth studio album from Kyle Andrews is an electronic album with a lot of experimental throwback synths, clean guitars, and super poppy beats. What i enjoy so much about this album is the variety from these heavy dance tunes to these atmospheric dreamy tracks you constantly left wondering what comes next. A fun listen!   […]

White Lies-Friends

The fourth album from this London based trio is a Fun and upbeat synth pop album. With a lost of crisp vibrant synths, steady beats, and classically British crooner vocals, the band creates a solid album if at times a little too reminiscent of it’s predecessors.   RIYL: The Smiths, The Cure, New Order FCC: […]

Blair Crimmins And The Hookers- You Gotta Sell Something

The third full album from Blair Crimmins and The Hookers is a fresh and modern take on the old ragtime sound. Featuring catchy beats, bumping brass, and the kind of upbeat stylings you would expect from a lively speakeasy. This album is fun, and immediately danceable. RIYL: PostModern Jukebox, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Big Bad Voodoo […]

Sleater-Kinney- Live In Paris

This all female riot grrl, punk/rock band returns with everything you ever loved about Sleater-Kinney now fresh and live! A compilation of some of their most well known tracks, this album shows these ladies still got it. Shredding vocals, shredding guitars, And pounding drum beats. A must listen for fans, and the unfamiliar alike. Reccommended […]

Applesauce Tears- Commuters

The awesomely named Applesauce Tears first album is a unique blend of Ambient free-form noise, mixed with shoegaze, and some nicely orchestrated cinematic pieces. Full of dreamy moments and trippy transitions, this is a great album for anyone who has wanted to travel the cosmos of the mind. RIYL: AIR, Washed Out, Caribou Tracks: all Label: […]

Ron Gallo- Heavy Meta

Former Toy Soldiers member solo debut is a fun, fuzzy garage pop album that is really of two minds. The first half of the album is full of ripping guitars, loud ideas, and catchy beats. Taking elements from garage rock, punk, blues, early psychedelic rock, i found myself openly laughing at Gallo’s humorous perspective on […]

Julie Byrne- Not Even Happiness

Julie Byrne’s third album combines wonderfully poetic lyrics, with a soulful voice as smooth as silk, and the beautiful sound of a lone guitar. This is mellow album that is easy to get lost in as Byrne’s hypnotic voice takes us through the many labyrinthine hallways of love and loss. RIYL:Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Weyes […]

Alison Krauss- Windy City

This newest edition to the Folk/Country singers discography is a a great dive into classically country break-up songs. Swinging back and forth from sad and downtrodden, to upbeat, and square-danceable, this artist is always incredibly soulful. Pretty great album all around, highly recommended to anyone who likes country and folk, or is looking to get […]

David Crosby-Lighthouse

A New one from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young founding member, is a soulful reflection on life, love, and the world today. While not terribly upbeat, this album contains all of the classical guitar playing and singing styles that made Crosby famous, combined with some beautiful choral accompaniment. If your a fan, you’ll love it. If […]

Kaiser Chiefs- Stay Together

This indie rock band from England is shooting for the Pop Moon with this is upbeat synth heavy entry. Though nothing hugely unique, most of the songs are catchy, dance-able, and clean.