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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

Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear [Self-Released]

Once a backup singer for Cee-Lo Green, Curtis Harding has created a vintage soul and R&B album that only has thoughtfully written songs. Along with the soul vibes, influences from 60’s and 70’s funk  can be found in Hardings album. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 9, 11 FCC: 5, 6 RIYL: Gary Clark Jr., […]

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice [Matador Records]

The duet between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile resulted in an amazing album. Full of witty lyrics and catchy guitar parts, this album is a great listen when you want to chill out. Label: Matador Records Start w/ 1, 3, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Alvvays, Mac Demarco, Angel Olsen, Father John Misty, Potty Mouth

Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights [Matador Records]

An alternative indie rock album that is musically rich, both instrumentally and vocally. Baker writes deep lyrics about growing up as a queer Christian in Memphis and self doubt. Label: Matador Records Start w/ 2, 5, 8, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Pinegrove, Big Thief, Frankie Cosmos, Mothers, Lady Lamb

St. Vincent – Masseduction [Loma Vista Recordings]

St. Vincent returns with an incredibly put together Art Rock album. With St. Vincent’s amazing guitar parts backed by catchy beats, this album is a great listen. Label: Loma Vista Recordings Start w/ 3, 5, 10, 13 FCC: 2, 6, 7, 8 RIYL: Fiona Apple, David Byrne, Tennis, Perfume Genius, Chairlift

William Patrick Corgan – Ogilala [Martha’s Music/BMG]

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman releases his second full-length album as a solo artist. Featuring acoustic and stripped down songs, this album is intimate and personal. Label: Martha’s music/BMG Start w/ 2, 3, 6, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Kevin Morby, Jeff Tweedy, Lee Renaldo

The Moms – Doing Asbestos We Can [Bar/None Records]

The punk rock trio, The Moms, new album features great lyrical hooks and up tempo songs that should be on your list to listen to. Label: Bar/None Records Start w/ 3, 6, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Spraynard, Elway, Dead Bars, Western Settings

Wild Ones – Mirror Touch [Topshelf Records]

This Portland based electronic indie pop band has created an album definitely worth listening to. This album combines bright melodies with dark lyrics, amazing vocals, and great instrumentation. Label: Topshelf Records Start w/ 1, 4, 5, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Alvvays, Chairlift, Jay Som, Tennis

Citizens – As You Please [Run For Cover]

As You Please if the third full-length album put out by the Ohio rock band, Citizens. It contains emotional lyrics, amazing vocals, and well written instrumentals. Label: Run For Cover Start w/ 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Turnover, Title Fight, Jimmy Eat World, Joyce Manor