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Lula Wiles – It’s Cool [Smithsonian Folkways]

From promoter: “Lula Wiles reminds me of Esther Rose in the sense that they are both artists who clearly appreciate folk tradition, but bring contemporary themes to their songwriting; “It’s Cool” explores the complexitites of dating in the digital age, and “You Only Want Me When You Need Me” gets into conditional love and ambivalent […]

Square Peg Round Hole -Branches [National Sawdust Tracks]

From promoter: “The band explores post-rock and ambient ideas on their new record Branches through vibraphone, live drums, synths, and sampling!” Label: National Sawdust Tracks Start w/ 2, 3, 7, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: El Ten Eleven, The Album Leaf, Tortoise

Me Not You – Already Gone [Self-Released]

From promoter: “A crunchy, high-powered pop-rock track with late-’90s overtones. A powerhouse track in the tradition of Garbage and Republica, it makes a great impression for its creators, the NYC duo Me Not You.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, MUNA

Panda Bear – a day with my homies [Domino]

From promoter: “Noah Lennox of Animal Collective, also known as Panda Bear, is taking a new approach on his sixth studio EP, a day with the homies. Unlike his previous releases, a day with the homies sees Lennox experimenting with different electronic songwriting tropes to put together a dynamic and diverse tracklist.” Label: Domino Start w/ 1, […]

Margaux – More Brilliant is the Hand that Throws the Coin [Massif]

From promoter: “Margaux Bouchegnies is a singer/songwriter from Seattle, currently based in Brooklyn. Influenced by folk-rock of the 70s, Joni Mitchell, David Byrne, and Lyle Brewer, her guitar-driven songwriting balances lush arrangements and poignant, soft-spoken lyrics.” Label: Massif Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Big Thief, Phoebe Bridgers, Marika Hackman

Fran – A Private Picture [Fire Talk]

From promoter: “Vocalist Maria Jacobson sings with a charming lilt that reminds me of Aldous Harding and Weyes Blood, which she often pairs with tender and meandering instrumentation, but there’s also some shredding guitar on here that reminds me of Jen Cloher!” Label: Fire Talk Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Aldous Harding, Weyes Blood, Julia […]

Kae Astra – Fortune [Modern Outsider]

From promoter: “Kae Astra is an Armenian-American music artist currently based in Austin, TX. 80’s nostalgia, haunting melodies, and a lush dream pop soundscape intertwine in her debut EP Fortune.” Label: Modern Outsider Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Beach House, Kate Bush, Lykke Li

Charly Bliss – Supermoon [Barsuk Records]

From promoter: “When listening to Supermoon, fans of the band can follow the path from Guppy, a brash punk album made by a group of scrappy upstarts, to the new sense of depth, maturity and pop sensibility found on Young Enough.” Label: Barsuk Records Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Ian Sweet, Diet Cig, Now Now

Allen Stone – Building Balance [ATO Records]

From promoter: “Allen Stone draws upon 70s funk and soul of Stevie Wonder and the modern production of aMark Ronson. Melodic, nostalgic, but intimately present.” Label: ATO Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6, 13 FCC: 5 RIYL: Lake Street Dive, Leon Bridges, St Paul & The Broken Bones

FKA Twigs – MAGDALENE [Young Turks]

From promoter: “The avant-R&B artist is an eccentric visionary on her masterful second album… she goes next level, making music that resists being pinned down by genre.” Label: Young Turks Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 9 FCC: 7, 8 RIYL: Moses Sumney, Kelela, Grimes

Sasha Bell – Love Is Alright [Both Sides Now]

From promoter: “You may know her from the Elephant 6 and Merge Records bands The Ladybug Transistor and The Essex Green! While Sasha Bell still has a roots in neo psych pop on this solo debut, there’s also the added magic of elaborate instrumental flourishes.” Label: Both Sides Now Start w/ 1, 2, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bedouine, Molly Sarle, Helena […]

Toro y Moi – Soul Trash [Carpark Records]

From promoter: “Nine months after first releasing his Soul Trash mixtape via Dropbox link as a cassette tape bounce, Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi is re-releasing his 12 track project featuring the same songs but presented in a more hi-fi setting. The 24 minute project is filled with lo-fi sounds and hip-hop beats, accompanied with classic Chaz auto-tuned vocals heard […]

The Growlers – Natural Affair [Beach Goth]

From promoter: “13 years and six studio albums in, The Growlers are still masters of blending catchy pop choruses with dark, sleazy grooves; of mixing unabashed optimism with after-hours vignettes of neon lights and cheap red wine.” Label: Beach goth Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 7, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Strokes, Allah Las, King Tuff

Sasha Sloan – Self Portrait [RCA]

From promoter: “Less than a year after releasing her last EP, Sasha Sloan returns with the mid-tempo and occasionally dark, Self Portrait EP. Sloan found her own success with her own music in 2017 after writing for acts like John Legend and Charli XCX. Now she wants to leave her mark with her own original music.” Label: RCA Start w/ 1, 3, 4, […]

Rex Orange County – Phony [Sony]

From promoter: “UK artist Rex Orange County is blending electronic, RnB, and Jazz on his newest record Pony. The highly anticipated follow up to 2017’s Apricot Princess sees Rex implementing blissful washed out guitars, soulful vocal melodies, and the occasional brass feature to bring a healthy dosage of funk and soul to his sound.” Label: Sony Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 7 […]

Leif Vollebekk – New Ways [Secret City Records]

From promoter: “Leif Vollebekk’s songs have long been known for their high emotional quotient, with themes of yearning, lost love and adventure regularly threading through his work.” Label: Secret City Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Barr Brothers, Andy Shauf, Mandolin Orange

Landon Elliott – Domino [American Paradox]

From promoter: “Landon Elliott is an old spirit, and its shows in his voice. Its rasp and grain-forged in North Carolina’s huge-sky Outer Banks, where he lived until he was 22 – bring his songs so resonantly to life that by rights it should belong to a much older person.” Label: American Paradox Start w/ […]

Guided By Voices – Sweating the Plague [GBV]

From promoter: “And Guided By Voices are here for their third album of 2019 but fortunately also their shortest and tightest of the year, it’s got all the crunchy 90s rock you could hope for.” Label: GBV Start w/ 4, 8, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Car Seat Headrest, TY Segall, The Hold Steady

Berhana – HAN [EQT]

From promoter: “R&B pop chameleon Berhana is turning the genre on its head. The Atlanta-born Amain Berhane comes from a film background and with a cinematic vision. He sees music primarily in its capacity for storytelling and escapism. Much of HAN was recorded in Japan, between Kumejima and Tokyo.” Label: EQT Start w/ 2, 5, 7 FCC: 9, 10, […]

Cold War Kids – Cold Age Norms Pt. 1 [CWKTWO]

From promoter: “After a two year hiatus, indie rock band Cold War Kids are ready to release their highly anticipated album, New Age Norms – Pt. 1. Inspired by the release cycles of the recent Kanye West projects, the new album is the first installment of the trilogy to be released as a part of other connected works.” Label: CWKTWO Start […]

Peach Pyramid – Bright Blue [Oscar St]

From promoter: “We have Peach Pyramid’s sophomore release Bright Blue, which was produced by The New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder and is being released on Kathryn’s label. The band also shares a member with another Victoria, BC group that you all are hopefully already aware of—Bridal Party!” Label: Oscar St Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lucy Dacus, Hand Habits, […]

Shana Falana – Darkest Light [Arrowhawk]

From promoter: “Stereogum has described Shana’s music as “psychedelic dream pop dashed on the rocks of goth defiance,” which I think is perfect, but I also want to point out her wise lyricism about personal empowerment, rebirth, and redemption!” Label: Arrowhawk Start w/ 1, 3, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: PJ Harvey, Warpaint, Tamaryn

Vetiver – Up On High [Mama Bird]

From promoter: “Andy Cabic’s musical being is, like many curious 21st century musicians shaped and sustained by divergent tangents. If he’s not crafting a melancholy folk-rock diamond in his Northern California studio, he’s moving a dance floor with bossa nova and house DJ sets.” Label: Mama Bird Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6 FCC: Clean […]

Tummyache – Humpday [Poor Man Records]

From promoter: “Combining the rich tones of Sharon Van Etten and the vulnerability of Julien Baker, Bryce sounds rawer than ever on ‘In Between.’ Throwing off the armour of her more folk-indebted past, Bryce surrounds herself with fraught, meditative guitars that match the emotion present in her voice.” Label: Poor Man Records Start w/ 1, 3, 4 FCC: […]

Sufjan Stevens – The Decalogue [Asthmatic Kitty]

From promoter: “Composed by Sufjan Stevens for a dance work choreographed by Justin Peck that premiered with the New York City Ballet in May of 2017, is quiet and experimental. Stevens’s piano score, as played and recorded by Timo Andres, sounds like etudes in the Romantic-modernist tradition, as if prompted by Debussy” Label: Asthmatic Kitty Start w/ 1, 4, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: […]