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Jack West – For the Record [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Jack West’s upcoming album For The Record is covered in songwriting gems. Utilizing acoustic rhythm guitars and, pulsing, distorted lead tones, this album is high energy, yet laid back.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Jack White, Dan Auerbach, Albert Hammond Jr

Sleepwalkers – Ages [Spacebomb]

From promoter: “This album takes many sonic risks, such as vox synths and vibrant bass fills, and melodically intricate melodies throughout culminating in a kaleidoscopic celebration of sound.” Label: Spacebomb Start w/ 1, 2, 7, 8, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: JR JR, Fruit Bats, Sure Sure, Rubblebucket

Nathan Bajar -Playroom [In Real Life Music]

From promoter: “The first thing one will notice after starting Nathan Bajar’s Playroom is just how irresistibly eclectic it is. Mixing everything from R’n’B, cloud rap and lo-fi guitar noodling, this debut from the Brooklyn based songwriter manages to encompass a menagerie of textures and genres that some artists never even come close to reaching in their entire […]

Florist – Emily Alone [Double Double Whammy]

From promoter: “Separated from her bandmates, Emily’s heartfelt singing and guitar strumming are the only accompaniments for the listener during this viscerally honest and self-reflective indie folk project.” Label: Double Double Whammy Start w/ 2, 3, 6, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Frankie Cosmos, Adult Mom, Free Cake for Every Creature

Hunny – Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. [Epitaph]

From promoter: “Hailing from Woodland Hills, CA indie rock band HUNNY shares details on their debut full-length album Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. out July 19 on Epitaph Records. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. opens on “Lula I’m Not Mad”–a bouncy pop track that matches its shimmery synth lines with hopelessly crushed-out lyrics.” Label: Epitaph Start w/ 1, 4, 7, 8 FCC: […]

Amber Mark – “What If” b/w “Mixer” [PMR]

From promoter: “Even though she’s only 23 years old, New York artist Amber Mark proves that she can recreate quiet storm’s magic on “What If.” When the term “quiet storm” was coined in the mid-’70s, it signified a particular brand of sensuous R&B infused with smooth jazz.” Label: PMR Start w/ 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Kali Uchis, Jorja Smith, Christine […]

Charlie Cunningham – Permanent Way [BMG]

From promoter: “English singer-songwriter Charlie Cunningham is the type of artist that plays upon tropes and expectations tied to the folk genre, using his percussive guitar playing, ambitious songwriting and signature vocals to simultaneously buck tradition and create a style all his own.” Label: BMG Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Fenne Lily, Novo Armor, […]

Dorian Electra – Flamboyant [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Electra sings on “Man To Man” in exaggerated auto-tune over an 80s funk beat, exploring the nuances of gender and sexuality identity and performance thematic throughout the album.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Charli XCX, Kim Petras, Sir Babygirl

Ada Lea – What We Say In Private [Saddle Creek]

From promoter: “Bold and daring, but also gentle and vulnerable, the album finds new ways of presenting its vision from one inspired idea to the next, a big leap into the wider world with passion and exuberance.” Label: Saddle Creek Start w/ 1, 3, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Stef Chura, Hand Habits, Sharon Van […]

Generationals – Reader As Detective [Polyvinyl]

Generationals combine EDM, new wave, and indie rock to create Reader As Detective. With pulsing synths and echoing vocals, Generationals strike a perfect balance of modern and retro sounds. Label: Polyvinyl Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 9 FCC: 6 RIYL: Toro y Moi, STRFKR, Sacred Paws

Mokita – 4201 [Armada Music]

From promoter: “If there’s one thing the past few years have told us, it’s that Mokita is your one-stop shop for the kind of acoustic magic that sends sparks flying. The gifted, Nashville-based multitalent has a knack for creating brilliant crossover gems and conveniently offers a handful of those through his new, six-track EP: ‘2401‘.” Label: Armada […]

Kate Tempest – The Book of Traps and Lessons [Republic]

From promoter: “You haven’t ever seen, heard, or experienced anyone quite like her. Tempest uncovers the missing link between the Golden Ages of literature and hip-hop. The London-born BRIT Award-nominated spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist, and playwright rhymes with a century-turning fury.” Label: Republic Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 FCC: 6 RIYL: […]

Blood Orange – Angel’s Pulse [Domino]

From promoter: “Dev Hynes has described his latest Blood Orange project, Angel’s Pulse, as “somewhat of an epilogue” to his 2018 album Negro Swan. This “epilogue” is performed, produced, and mixed entirely by Dev Hynes and has been described by him as a mixtape. Angel’s Pulse includes his signature luscious encasing of modern chilled R&B and old-school inspired hip-hop.” Label: Domino Start w/ […]

Plastic Picnic – Vistalite [Self-Released]

Brooklyn based Plastic Picnic’s deliver a summery synth pop album. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6 FCC: 5 RIYL: Beach Fossils, Local Natives, Ra Ra Riot

Honeydew – I’ll Be Around [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Honeydew portraits feedback-assisted indie pop reminiscent of US group Yo La Tengo’s catchier rock songs.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: Real Estate, Whitney, The Pastels

Grizfolk – Rarest of Birds [Nettwerk]

From promoter: “Based in Los Angeles and Nashville with roots in Sweden, Grizfolk burst onto the scene in 2014 with their debut EP, From the Spark, followed by the Waking Up The Giants full-length in early 2016. Their catchy blend of electronic-tinged folk rock and pop styles caught the ears of fans around the globe, and Grizfolk quickly amassed millions of streams […]

U.S. Highball – Great Record [Lame-O]

From promoter: “Great Record is an album for any fan of short, sharply observed pop songs that make a point of lodging themselves resolutely in your brain on first listen. It’s astonishingly addictive, over before you know it, and demands to be flipped over and played again.” Label: Lame-O Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 7, […]

Yellow Days – “Just When” b/w “It’s Real Love” [RCA]

From promoter: “Yellow Days’ first tracks of 2019, “Just When” and “It’s Real Love”, are synth-soaked ballads with elements of jazz and R&B. George Van Den Broek, the artist behind Yellow Days, is known for his intimate writing and has brought this into his personal new tracks.” Label: RCA Start w/ 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Crumb, Homeshake, […]

Gauche – A People’s History of Gauche [Merge]

From promoter: “What do you get when you combine 70’s sax solos, 80’s synth, and 90’s power punk? An album that is oh so very 2019. With their first LP A People’s History of Gauche, Gauche echoes all of our modern anxieties with an energy and exhilaration that will without a doubt get you on your feet.” Label: Merge […]

Glitterer – Looking Through the Shades [Ant-]

From promoter: “Looking Through The Shades, is Glitterer’s debut full-length album, featuring Ned Russin, bassist/vocalist of Title Fight. Proceeded by two self-released EPs where Russin played every instrument and note, Looking Through The Shades represents the project’s first collaborative effort. Now there are live drums (twin-brother Ben did the honors) and dopamine-releasing fuzzy guitars to go with the synths, the bass, and the voice.” Label:Ant- […]

Tijuana Panthers – Carpet Denim [Innovative Leisure]

From promoter: “This album is the same garage-y Tijuana Panthers you love, but this time, they channel their unbridled energy into a moody maturation of their music.” Label: Innovative Leisure Start w/ 1, 4, 5, 9, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Fidlar, Wavves, Together PANGEA, Parquet Courts, Thee Oh Sees

K. Flay – Solutions [Interscope]

Guardian: Joining the many trying to find hard-won notes of positivity amid climate catastrophe and political car crashes, Illinois native Kristine Flaherty has dedicated her third album to mustering “green lights, brighter views… to pull me through”, as she puts it on Good News, which rubs dirty analogue synths up against a pure pop chorus.” Label: Interscope […]

Hollerado – Retaliantion Vacation [Royal Mountain]

From promoter: “A knack for sublimely hooky pop-rockin songcraft. Big hooks, bouncy rhythms and loud guitars.” Label: Royal Mountain Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 8 FCC:Clean RIYL: PUP, Weezer, Twin Peaks, Calpurnia

Calista Garcia – Wild Woman [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Washington DC-based singer-songwriter, Calista Garcia brings mix of complexity and sophistication to her confessional folk and rock musings that carry a hint of pop and blues.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC:Clean RIYL: Weyes Blood, Joni Mitchell, Jessica Pratt

Thick Paint – a perennial approach to free time [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Their music is heavily influenced by 70’s electrical new wave pulse and the band has members from Reptar, Icky Blossoms, and Little Ripple/Sgt. Leisure.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 7, 9 FCC:8 RIYL: Reptar, Neighbor Lady, Shady Bug