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Starcrawler – Starcrawler [Rough trade Records]

This high school has proven that metal is not dead. Their new album draws influences from grunge rock as well but is still a great listen. Label: Rough Trade Records Start w/ 3, 5 FCC: 7, 8, 10 *6 says pussy RIYL: Goat Girl, Dream Wife, The Big Moon   Advertisements

Tricky – Ununiform [False Idols]

Trip Hop is a genre that originated in the 90’s in the United Kingdom and Tricky is one of its best artist. Similar to hip hop and rap, Tricky has created a great album with some awesome collaborations. Label: False Idols Start w/ 3, 6, 7, 12 FCC: 1, 8, 9 RIYL: Mina Rose, Smoky Mo, […]

David Myles – Real Love [Little Tiny Records]

Combining folk and jazz, this artist makes you feel like you stepped back in time. Considering his music to be “roots” music, this album has combined two genres seamlessly and should be next on your list. Label: Little Tiny Records Start w/ 3, 4, 10, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Elvis Presley, Chet Baker

Dent May – Across the Multiverse [Carpark Records]

If you love Elton John and Billy Joel but dig indie singer-songwriters, Dent May is the one you should be listening to. Drawing from 70’s pop and combining it with indie rock, this album has groovy rhythmic lines and a great collection of synthesizers. Label: Carpark Records Start w/ 1, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Elon […]

Hazey Eyes – Some Reason [Bear and Owl]

If you’re up at 3 A.M., this is the album to listen to. Pop music with influences from electronic and hip hop, this album is full of piano riffs, sharp synths, and other electronic phrases. Label: Bear and Owl Start w/ 1, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Flume, Odesza, Sam Smith

Seaway – Vacation [Pure Noise]

Seaway takes infectious pop hooks and perfectly combines them with punk instrumentation. With some rock influences this is a great album to listen to as we get closer to summer. Label: Pure Noise Start w/ 1, 3, 7, 11 FCC: 8 RIYL: Joyce Manor, Modern Baseball, State Champs

Johnny Jewel – Digital Rain [Italians Do It Better]

This 19 movement album composed entirely without vocals, drums, or guitar, isn’t missing a thing. These synth heavy instrumental songs are skillfully put together and full of emotion. Label: Italians Do It Better Start w/ 2, 5, 14, 18 FCC: Clean RIYL: Tangerine Dream, SURVIVE, John Carpenter

Oliver Spalding – Unfurl [Monetrome]

Full of synths, soulful vocals, and intimate lyrics, this soft electronic folk EP showcases Spaldings skills. If you are looking for some dreamy yet haunting folk songs with a pop vibe, this is the EP you should be playing. Label: Monetrome Start w/ 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Chet Faker, Francis & The […]

Mura Masa – Mura Masa [Polydor Records]

Mura Masa’s debut album, Mura Masa, features a huge guest list, including Charli XCX, Bonzai, A$AP Rocky, and more. The electronic pop DJ has used amazing beats and catchy choruses to great this amazing, underrated album. Label: Polydor Records Start w/ 1, 4, 9, 10, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sam Gellaitry, Cashmere Cat, Charli XCX, A$AP Rocky, […]

Sufjan Stevens – The Greatest Gift [Asthmatic Kitty]

Sufjan Stevens latest release, The Greatest Gift, features outages, remixes, demos, and unreleased tracks. This is an awesome indie folk release for the artist. Label: Asthmatic Kitty Start w/ 3, 7, 8, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Iron and Wine, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes

Sons of the East – Sons of the East [Metropolitan Groove Merchants]

Sons of the East is an Australian indie folk band made up of three surfers. With very unique vocals and great instrumentation, this EP is a amazing one and should be given a listen. Label: Metropolitan Groove Merchants Start w/ 1, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Avett Brothers, The Head & the Hearts, Edward Sharpe […]

Sheridan Fox – Patagonia [Self-Released]

An indie/rock folk pop album that features some catchy lyrics and good instrumentation. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 4, 7, 8 FCC: 2 RIYL: Philip Glass

Ben Frost – The Centre Cannot Hold [Mute]

Ben Frost’s fifth studio album, The Centre Cannot Hold, was written in 10 days and features experimental electronic music. Frost’s uses heavy synth parts to create an album that could be used as the soundtrack to a sci-fi movie. Label: Mute STart w/ 2, 7, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Stranger Things Soundtrack, Tim Hecker, William Basinkski

Keyon Harrold – The Mugician [Legacy Recordings]

Keyon Harrold takes jazz to another level in this amazing album. Harrold’s new album features instrumental, lyrical, and spoken word jazz music, which all draw influence from rock, hip hop, soul, and blues music. Label: Legacy Recordings Start w/ 3, 4, 5, 8, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Gary Clarke Jr., Guy Torry, Josh David Barrett

The She’s – all female rock and roll quartet [Self-Released]

This all female garage rock band has put together a pretty awesome album, all female rock and roll quartet. Featuring sick guitar parts, awesome bass lines, and beautiful percussion, this album is a great listen. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 3, 4, 6, 11 FCC: 5 RIYL: Bully, Girlpool, Mitski, La Luz, Colleen Green

Lindstrom – It’s Alright Between Us As It Is [Self-Released]

Norwegian based artist, Lindstrom has created an amazing contemporary disco album. He uses beautiful arpeggiated synths and warm and beautiful melodies to create mostly instrumental music. The album as a whole is amazing. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 4, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: LCD Soundsytem, Hot Chip, The Field, Junior Boys, Four Tet

Vanessa Bley – Life & Death [Self-Released]

Multi-instrumentalist Vanessa Bley releases an album drawing influence from both jazz and rock. The combination of psych-rock and jazz somehow give an 80’s vibe on a few tracks. Overall this album is a great listen. Label: Self-released Start w/ 2, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Beast Patrol, Twin Danger, Cocteau Twins, Mazzy Star

Nicholas Rowe – Everything Has Beauty [Self-Released]

Indie folk artist Nicholas Rowe shows he can write great music on this new album, Everything Has Beauty. Filled with striking vocals and excellent rhythms, this album is a great listening experience. Label: Sel-Released Start w/ 2, 4, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Kurt Vile, Jason Isbell, Deer Tick, M. Ward, Conor Oberst

Surf Rock Is Dead – We Have No Friends? [Native Sound]

This rock/dream pop album, We Have No Friends?, is full of quirky melodies, smooth vocals, and great guitars. The album title refers to their lack of social life and dedication to writing music. Label: Native Sound Start w/ 1, 5 FCC: 4 RIYL: Two Door Cinema Club, Tape Waves, Acid Ghost, Twin Cabins

Lina Tullgren – Won [Captured Tracks]

Lina Tullgren’s debut album, Won, is full of uniquely played guitar parts, honest lyrics, and amazing vocals. This folk rock album shows how musically skilled Tullgren is. Label: Captured Tracks Start w/ 1, 3, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Courtney Barnett, Palehound, Soccer Mommy

Sam Smith – The Thrill of It All [Capitol Records]

Sam Smith’s second album, The Thrill of It All, features amazing harmonies, gospel choir accompaniments, emotional lyrics and instrumentation. Sam Smith’s new music is easy on the ears and overall a great listen. Label: Capitol records Start w/ 4, 6, 8, 9, 14 FCC: 10 Charted: 1, 10 RIYL: Adele, Jess Glynne, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Jessie Ware, […]

KLLO – Backwater [Ghostly]

An electronic pop duo between Melbourne cousins released their debut album, Backwater. This album has a chill vibe but with great beats and lyrics. Label: Ghostly Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 8, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Banks, Mt. Si, Yumi Zouma

Protomartyr – Relatives In Descent [Domino Recordings]

This punk rock band has released a great album, Relatives in Descent, that features some catchy hooks and good instrumentation. Label: Domino Recordings Start w/ 2, 8, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Fall, Metz, Wire, Parquet Courts, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Bully – Losing [Sub Pop]

Bully is a punk, garage rock band who’s new album, Losing, features influences from 90’s grunge. Losing touches upon growth, breakups, and learning not to run from your troubles. Label: Sub Pop Start w/ 2, 5, 7, 11 FCC: 6, 9, 12 RIYL: Diet Cig, Beach Slang, Screaming Females, Chastity Belt, Daddy Issues

EERA – Reflections of Youth [Big Dada Recordings]

EERA’s new alternative rock album, Reflections of Youth, has punchy guitar parts and grooves beats. EERA writes about finding purpose and strength in your weakness. Label: Big Dada Recordings Start w/ 3, 4, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lana Del Ray, Angel Olsen, Marika Hackman, Madeline Kenney, Lowly, Carmen Villain