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Mattiel – Mattiel [Burger Records]

An Americana rock artist whose album features great guitar and horn parts. Some tracks have a 60’s rock and roll feel while others are a bit more bluesy. Label: Burger Records Start w/ 1, 4, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Black Keys, The Kills, The Growlers, Jack White, Nick Waterhouse Advertisements

Air Traffic Controller – Echo Papa [Self-Released]

Indie album with catchy electronic sounds and influences from pop and rock music. Label: Self-released Start w/ 3, 4, 6, 7 FCC: 1 RIYL: STRFKR, Naked & Famous, Vampire Weekend, AWOLNATION, fun.

Alex Lahey – I Love You Like A Brother [Dead Ocean]

Indie rock debut album for the Australian singer that features fun and upbeat songs. Label: Dead Ocean Start w/ 2, 4, 5, 9 FCC: 1, 6, 8 RIYL: Ali Barter, Montaigne, Gang of Youths, Alex the Astronaut

Jordan Rakei – Wallflower [Ninja Tunes]

Jordan Rakei draws influences from jazz, R&B, soul, and pop in this album. It has great vocals, amazing instrumentation, and a few electronic touches. Label: Ninja Tunes Start w/ 1, 4, 5, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Nick Hakim, Emily King, Lion Babe, Gabriel Garzon-Montano

Like A Version – Various Artists [ABC Records]

A compilation of different artists and bands covering hit songs. Label: ABC Records Start w/ 5, 8, 11, 12, 17 FCC: 14, 21 RIYL: Bon Iver, Flume, Chet Faker, Tame Impala, Chvrches

Rostam – Half Light [Nonesuch Records]

The former Vampire Weekend member known as Rostam is a producer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist. For his first solo album he has created an artistic indie rock vibe that tells of his life experiences. Label: Nonesuch Records Start w/ 2, 3, 9 FCC: 11 RIYL: Big Thief, Baio, Hundred Waters, Japanese Breakfast

The Clientele – Music for the Age of Miracles [Merge Records]

The first album released in seven years by the London based British indie pop band. It is a wonderful and peaceful album full of lush guitar and piano parts. Label: Merge Records Start w/ 3, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Field Mice, Luna, The Bats, Destroyer

Cherry – Dumbness [Lame-O]

This Philadelphian band writes of nostalgic adventures and love and death on their album Dumbness. With crunchy bass lines and catchy guitar riffs, this album is a great listen for indie rockers. Label: Lame-O Start w/ 2, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Spencer Radcliffe, Three Man Cannon, LVL UP

Har-di-Har – We Will Will You [Self-Released]

After taking a break to rebuild their personal relationship, this husband-wife duo creates an alternative indie-folk album using layered instruments and vocals. If you are a fan of upbeat folk, give this album a listen. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Grizzly Bear, Sylvan Esso, Vagabon, Palehound

Slotface – Try Not To Freak Out [Nettwerk]

The Norwegian pop punk band has created some great party tracks on their debut album, Try Not To Freak Out. Full of political and feminist messages, the songs still have great guitar riffs, poppy bass lines, and amazing vocals. Label: Nettwerk Start w/ 2, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Alex Lahey, Girl Ray, The Big Moon

Cut Copy – Haiku From Zero [Astralwerks]

An Australian electronic pop band whose fifth album is filled with ambient instrumentals and groovy 80’s vibe beats. Cut Copy creates some good late night party songs. Label: Astralwerks Start w/ 1, 5, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Hot Chip, The Presets, Miami Horror

Moses Sumney – Aromanticism [Jagjaguwar]

A soulful concept album about lovelessness, filled with beautifully layered backing vocals and a few spoken word tracks. This album deserves a second listen. Label: Jagjaguwar Start w/ 4, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Jamila Woods, Nick Hakim, James Tillman

Jessica Lea Mayfield – Sorry Is Gone [ATO Records]

A singer songwriter from Kent, Ohio, Mayfield channels both country and rock on her album “Sorry Is Gone.” Mayfield writes of her abusive marriage with a few sweet melodies like on the tracks “Offa My Hands” and “Wish You Could See Me Now.” Label: ATO Records Start w/ 2, 7, 9, 11 FCC: 3 RIYL: Lady Lamb, Jenny Lewis

Elliott Brood – Ghost Gardens [Paper Bag]

Folk rocker Elliott Brood brings mandolin, banjo, vocals, and the acoustic guitar together perfectly. This Canadian band has created a well-rounded sixth album. Label: Paper Bag Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Deer Tick, Ryan Adams, Pinegrove, Wilco

Ani Difranco – Binary [Righteous Babe]

Ani DiFranco, an activist, feminist, and songwriter, writes about politics, love, and parenthood on her new album “Binary.” With contributions from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Maceo Parker, and Ivan Neville, “Binary” has folk, rock, funk, and soul vibes. Label: Righteous Babe Start w/ 3, 4, 11 FCC: 1, 5 RIYL: St. Vincent, Aimee Man, Fiona Apple

Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins [RCA]

“Painted Ruins,” the fifth album from the indie rock band has a great flow from track to track and is musically beautiful. Everything produced by band member Chris Taylor, Grizzly Bear’s new album is pretty much a masterpiece. Label: RCA Start w/ 1, 5, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Animal Collective, Real Estate

Gridline – Soul Brew [Self-Released]

For fans of funk, jam bands, and rock and roll, prepare yourself. Gridline has it all in their new album “Soul Brew.” Creating the essence of a live band, Gridline records everything live to tape. This album is full of infectious tunes that will make you want to dance. Label: Self Released Start w/ 1, 3, 6 […]

Franklin Electric – Blue Ceilings [Indica Records]

“Blue Ceilings,” the second album from the Montreal band will be a favorite amongst indie folk fans. Chill, country vibes in “Burning Flames,” more upbeat tracks like “Resistance,” and easy listening tracks like “All Along.” This album is a great listen. Label: Indica Records Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 6 FCC: None RIYL: Fleet Foxes, The […]

Deer Tick – Volume 1 & 2 [Partisan Records]

Being the first release from the Providence, RI band in four years, they decided to create two albums. While both records differ musically, volume one being the acoustic one and volume two being the electric one, they are meant to go together like the cover art, ketchup and mustard. Overall the albums show Deer Tick’s […]