Author Archives: djkellyhuck

Cherry Glazerr// Stuffed & Ready- Secretly Canadian

New studio album from female rocker Cherry Glazerr reflects a lot of personal growth for the artist. Album is well-produced, clean sound with a lot of experimentation. Lyrics have been described as “angry” and “showing a deep distrust in the world.” Check it out, really good stuff. FCC: 2 Play: 3, 5, 7 RIYL: IAN […]

James Blake- Assume Form// Polydor

Another album from James Blake, who has been described as “white Frank Ocean.” Everything you would expect- dreamy male vocals and electronic sound. Overall solid album, give it a listen. FCC: 2, 8, 10 Play: 1, 11 RIYL: Bon Iver, Frank Ocean    

San Panino- Knuckle Pups// self-released

First EP from Colorado-based indie band San Panino, male and female vocals. Some experimental electronic percussion, smooth sound, almost beachy. Give this up and coming band a listen! FCC: Clean Play: All! (only four songs) RIYL: The Head and the Heart, Wild Child, Toro y Moi

Eerie Wanda- Pet Town// Joyful Noise Recordings

Dreamy, acoustic album from Eerie Wanda. Has some lo-fi sounds but is a bit more refined. Powerful vocals with a bit of a folk twang and a wide range of instrumental experimentation. Sounds really unique, which I love so give it a listen! FCC: Clean Play: 4, 6 RIYL: Best Coast  

Happy Nothing- Happy Nothing EP// self-released

New self-titled EP from indie rockers Happy Nothing. Nice fluid sound, kind of like music you would want to play on a long drive. Male vocals, heavy guitar. Would listen if you’re a fan of more mainstream indie rock! FCC: Clean Play: 1 RIYL: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Early Death Cab, Foo Fighters

Alkaline Trio- Is this Thing Cursed? [Epitaph]

Hard rock album from Alkaline Trio. Male vocals, heavy guitar, very boy-band esque. Watch the FCC tracks, there are a lot of them! Play if you like heavier rock FCC: 1, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 Play: 6, 8 RIYL: Fall Out Boy

Monta at Odds// Argentum Dreams [8D Industries

I really liked this album because it does’t sound like anything I’ve heard before. I would describe as Adele meets the 80s meets the current electric scene. FCC: Clean Play: 2, 8 RIYL: Adele, ODESSA

Leonie Kingdom// “So Much More” Single- [Self-Released]

New single from Leonie Kingdom. Very soft female rock, nice vocals, piano and guitar. Check it out if you like Regina FCC: Clean RIYL: Regina Spektor

Mantell// Thirty Two- [The A&R Department]

Indie Rock summer vibes, male vocals, familiar guitar rifts. Some of the songs are a bit on the slow side. Mantell does a nice job of combining sounds from different genres, blending lofi and scratchy rock. Check it out FCC: Clean Play: 1, 3 RIYL: Cage the Elephant, Alex G, Fidlar

Madeline Kenney// Perfect Shapes [Carpark Records]

Very ethereal girl pop album from Madeline Kenney. Female vocals over soft electronic beats, very reminiscent of Mothers. Kenny has a beautiful voice and is a good lyricist- check it out if you’re looking for something fresh on the electronic side. FCC: None Play: 2, 8 RIYL: SALES, Florist, Mothers

Slothrust// The Pact [Dangerbird Records]

5th studio album from Slothrust has really innovative sound for the indie rock scene. Has all the features of a good rock album- intense vocals, hard guitar and percussion, but Slothrust really put themselves out there and expanded the palette on their sound. Listen if you want something fresh! FCC: None Play: 1, 4 RIYL: […]

Adrianne Lenker// abysskiss [Saddle Creek]

Classic Adrianna Lenker sound on this album. Lenker is the lead singer of Big Thief, but has produced some really great tunes under her solo project. Soft and dreamy female vocals, very easy listening. Play if you’re looking for something softer. FCC: None Play: 2, 7 RIYL: Big Thief, Mothers

Peach Pit// Being So Normal [Colombia Records]

Peach Pit is new to the scene, and their music is fresh on the ears for indie pop. This band has the grooviest guitar ever and well-thought out lyrics. Indie pop bordering a little on the alternative side, makes you want to dance. Would recommend that everyone gives this one a listen FCC: 9 Play: […]

Lala Lala// The Lamb [Hardly Art]

Really spectacular girl rock album from Lala Lala. Little bit of something for everyone, some songs go quite hard and others softer. Amazing female vocals, good percussion. Def check it out if you’re into indie rock and looking for something fresh. FCC: 3 Play: 1, 5, 6 RIYL: Cherry Glazerr, Hinds  

Ghostland Observatory- See You Later Simulator [Trashy Moped]

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

The Molochs- Flowers In the Spring [Innovative Leisure]

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: 1 Play: 8 […]

Jeff the BROTHERHOOD- Magick Songs [Self-Released]

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 […]

Darwin Deez- 10 Songs That Happened When You Left Me With My Stupid Heart [Lucky Number Music]

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, […]

Colleen Green- Casey’s Tape/ Harmontown Loops [Infinity Cat Recordings]

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

Firstworld- I’m Right Here [Division Music Group]

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

Astral Swans- Strange Prison [Self-Released]

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

Mammoth Indigo- Wilt [Self-released]

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  

The Living Strange- Gunk [Strange Recordings]

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

Luke mitrani// walk on the moon [Friendly Presents]

Very easy listening, folk rock album from Luke Mitrani. This guy sounds just like Vance Joy so check it out if you like him! Mitrani does some really nice guitar on some tracks. Decent all around. FCC: None Play: 2, 6 RIYL: Vance Joy, the Lumineers

WHY??// Alopecia [Joyful Noise Recordings]

Re-issue of Why’s 2008 album Alopecia. Lots of spoken word in this album, similar to the style of the Front Bottoms, but sonically this album is really inventive/ unique. Some tracks almost scream synth-pop, others much more classic rock. Check it out, there’s a little something for everyone on this! FCC: 2, 4, 10, 13 […]