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Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hand of Love [Warp]

From promoter: “Blending R7B grooves with distorted feedback and eperiemtnal noise, Yves’ music will take you on an unpredictable journey. Yves’ music often includes harsh and fuzzy loops, ambient sounds and erratic vocal recordings.” Label: Warp Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 FCC: 7 RIYL: serpentwithfeet, Dedekind Cut Advertisements

West Coast Feed – West Coast Feed [Swagger Soul]

From promoter: “Honoring the collective legacies of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and New Orleans, The West Coast Feed – eight members strong – generates a modern and electrifying swagger rock/soul experience. The tight backbeat of the rhythm section, tandem electric guitars and a soaring violin set the stage for the commanding voice of charismatic front man, […]

Valley Maker – Rhododendron

From promoter: “Lush, textured folk vocals, spacious sound and melancholy backing vocals. His language might be metaphorical and rhetorical, but his tender voice and indie-rock songwriting are both immensely grounding.” Label: Polyvinyl Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, Cat Power

The Dodos – Certainty Waves [Polyvinyl]

The Dodos are a long running American indie rock two-piece band. They have been praised for their innovative arrangements and daring sound. Label: Polyvinyl Start w/ 1, 2, 9 FCC: 3 RIYL: Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes

Soham De – The Next Nowhere [The Lights Label]

This Ep is raw and full of passion. Soham De is a UK based singer-songwriter who combines folk with alternative rock. Label: The Lights Label Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: James Vincent McMorrow, Bon Iver, Ben Howard

Arlie – Wait [Atlantic]

“From promoter: “Indie rock band Arlie channels a retro, nostalgic sound on their highly-anticipated debut EP Wait. The band gained traction in their hometown of Nashville by playing at local shows and house parties.” Label: Atlantic Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Yoke Lore, Future Generations, Coast Modern

Humble Braggers – Cycle [Admirable Traits Records]

Humble Braggers is a Buffalo-based indie pop band who’s new EP, Cycle,has an infectious uplifting feeling. Label: Admirable Traits Records Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC: 6 RIYL: M83, Joywave, Cut Copy, Passion Pit

Hater – Siesta [Fire]

Hater’s new album, Siesta, is a breezy and catchy indie-pop album. The Revue “Hater’s sophomore LP is a concept record – or more accurately a coming-of-age soundtrack. It is like a great ’80s movie, where the stories of different characters seamlessly intersect.” Label: Fire Start w/ 1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Snail […]

Transviolet – Valley [BMG]

From promoter: “For a group who describe themselves as “small-town kids,” LA-based alt-pop quartet Transviolet’sfirst EP, Valley makes a commanding statement. Frontwoman Sarah McTaggart’s powerful vocals come to the forefront on Valley, pouring over soul-soothing melodies of synth and bass, soft pianos, and gripping transitions.” Label: BMG Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 FCC: 3 RIYL: Zolita, Lany, Leon

The Paper Kites – On The Corner Where You Live [Nettwerk]

Indie-Folk outfit The Paper Kites have released On The Corner Where You Live, the Australian band’s melancholic, mid-tempo companion to On The Train Ride Home. Label: Nettwerk Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Grizzly Bear, The Milk Carton Kids, Offa Rex

Slothrust – The Pact [Dangerbird Records]

From promoter: “Double down with Slothrust’s new album The Pact. This record is everything you wanted from this band, and more. Huge hooks, causing guitars and aggressive wit.” Label: Dangerbird Records Start w/ 1, 4, 6, 7, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Wolf Alice, St Vincent, Speedy Ortiz

Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noise [Dirty Hit]

Pale Waves is a four-piece UK indie pop band and their debut album My Mind Makes Noise is amazing. It’s full of glittering guitar riffs, strong drums, and beautiful songwriting. Label: Dirty Hit Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 11 FCC: 7, 8, 14 RIYL: The 1975, Wolf Alice, The Cure

Jungle – For Ever [XL Recordings]

Pitchfork: “The British soul collective Jungle wear their second-hand influences with pride. They come about disco by way of Disclosure, Marvin Gaye by way of Pharrell, and Sly and the Family Stones by way of Portugal. The Man.” Label: XL REcordings Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Maribou State, […]

Guerilla Toss – Twisted Crystal [DFA Records]

From promoter: “Analog synthesizers give tangible life to the works of Guerrilla Toss. Whether it be the sound of a rocket ship, a kitten-with-a-wah, distorted dolphins, or a clavichord made out of honey-baked ham, the band consistently finds new ways to bring together the many ideas that combine to shape each new batch of art-rock […]

Christine and the Queens – Chris [Capitol]

From promoter: “Characterized by 80’s post-disco groove, effortless funk, and smooth, smoldering beat, Chris, is an instant pop classic.” Label: Capitol Start w/ 4, 5, 10, 11 FCC: 2 RIYL: Perfume Genius, Warpaint, St Vincent

Tirzah – Devotion [Domino]

Devotion is yeas in the main, recorded mostly in the shared houses and makeshift studios of her South London crew of artists and friends. Devotion is very much a journey – a deeply personal hallucination of British RnB at its best, where the rough edges of writing partner Micachu’s famously experimental sonic scraps are softened […]

The Spirit of the Beehive – Hypnic Jerks [Tiny Engines]

Hypnic Jerks, the Philly quintet’s third full-length and second for Tiny Engines, sounds like, as front man Zack Schwartz put’s it, “the state between wakefulness and sleep.” Label: Tiny Engines Start w/ 1, 9, 10 FCC: 2, 4, 7, 8 RIYL: Japanese breakfast, Alex G, Jay Som

Shortly – Richmond [Triple Crown]

Shortly’s haunting vocal delivery and reverb-drenched guitar is further bolstered by her storytelling ability and the live band’s finely-tuned attention to dynamics and powerful harmonies. Label: Triple Crown Start w/ 1, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Snail Mail, Mitski

Sextile – 3 [Felte]

Sextile – 3 sees the synth-centric post-punk band returning as a duo and heading in a fancier directions. It’s a new sound, but it’s a very natural evolution. Label: Felte Star w/ 1, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: A Place To Bury Strangers, D.A.F., Boy Harsher

Ron Gallo – Stardust Birthday Party [New West]

Gallo’s raw poeticism, crashing drums, fuzzy guitars, and driving garage punk energy, maintain an upbeat sense of urgency and an eagerness to move forward. Label: New West Start w/ 2, 5, 10, 12 FCC: 4, 9, 13 RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Mitski, Snail Mail

Low – Double Negative [Sub Pop]

Low will release it’s most brazen, abrasive (and, paradoxically, most empowering) album ever: Double Negative, an unflinching eleven-song quest through snarling static and shattering beats that somehow culminates in the brightest pop song of Low’s career. Label: Sub Pop Start w/ 3, 5, 8, 9 FCC: 1, 6 RIYL: Sun Kill Moon, Beach House, Blonde Redhead  

Gold Stars – Uppers & Downers [Autumn Tone]

This alternative indie rock band’s new album, Uppers & Downers, has lush arrangements & vintage-sounding keys & chords. Label: Autumn Tone Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 7, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Beck, Ryan Adams, The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile

Future Generations – Landscape [Frenchkiss]

Future Generations sophomore album matches sonic exploration with playful pop sensibilities, meshing hooky melodies with highly detailed, synth blasts. Label: Frenchkiss Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Local Natives, The War on Drugs, Vampire Weekend  

Black Belt Eagle Scout – Mother of My Children [Saddle Creek]

Mother of My Children is a collection of rock songs with lush rhythmic drums, distorted guitar, and whispery vocals. Label: Saddle Creek Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mothers, Snail Mail, Big Thief, Mitski  

Hollie Cook – Vessel of Love [Merge Records]

Former singer of The Slits, Hollie Cook has combined reggae, pop and R&B on her new album, Vessel of Love. Her songwriting and the instrumentation take you on a tropical adventure. Give it a listen. Label: Merge Records Start w/ 1, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Hirie, Nattali Rize, Kelissa