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Best Coast – Always Tomorrow [Concord]

From promoter: “LA duo Best Coast put catchy melodies over sweet and spacey moods on their new record Always Tomorrow. After an explorative effort into children’s music with their last release Best Kids, Bethany and Bobby return to their signature sound implementing elements of indie and dream pop.” Label: Concord Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 7 FCC: 4 […]

Spinning Coin – Hyacinth [Domino]

From promoter: “The LP is a nostalgic ode to love-lost and a wistful commentary on our ability to love again. Drawing inspiration from 1980s jangle pop and the layered harmonies of 60s surf rock, Spinning Coin craft the perfect pastiche of a Polaroid summer.” Label: Domino Start w/ 2, 3, 6, 10, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Girl Ray, Real Estate

Kid Nobody – Discretion [Feltone]

From promoter: “Kid Nobody presents everything opposite of their sun-kissed So-Cal roots on their icy dreamscape EP, Discretion. The electronic duo comprised of Wildcat! Wildcat! alums Michael Wilson and Jesse Carmichael show off their collaborative synergy with Carmichael’s hypnotic production providing a perfect foil for Wilson’s flexible serpentine vocals.” Label: Feltone Start w/ 1, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: M83, […]

Baseball Gregg – Calendar [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Baseball Gregg is a Pop duo from Stockton (California) by way of Italy. Founders Luca Lovisetto and Samuel Regan met in Bologna, the former a native of the city and the latter a math student studying abroad” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 5 FCC: 9 RIYL: Frankie Cosmos, Wild Nothing, Soccer Mommy

Opus Orange – Miles From Nowhere [Emoto]

From promoter: “These songs mark the bands’ move into exuberant, heartfelt, full-band goodness. Like all Opus Orange material, they are “deliciously upbeat” (Indie Rock Cafe) and still “oft-kilter, brilliant. highly infectious, and just ear-popping sugar candy.” Label: Emoto Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Passion Pit, Local Natives, Run River North, Royal Canoe

Purr – Like New [Anti]

From promoter: “Taking cues from a lineage of dual-lead-vocalist bands with sonic roots in the late 60s and 70s, the pair fluidly oscillates between singing in harmony and unison with their voices often blending to forge what at times can eerily sound like a singular voice.” Label: Anti Start w/ 1, 4, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Foxygen, Whitney, Beach […]

Shady Nasty – Bad Posture [Royal Mountain Records]

From promoter: “Bad Posture is Shady Nasty at their most brutal and cataclysmic, playing an energetic and weirdo breed of punk that skirts the boundaries of the genre” Label: Royal Mountain Records Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Show Me The Body, IDLES, Iceage

Banoffee – Look At Us Now Dad [Cascine]

From promoter: “Banoffee‘s shimmering, angelic vocals belie honest lyricism, over her trademark brand of propulsive pop hits fueled by blasts of jagged synths that dip into the  demented underbelly of flouro-synths and twisted club sounds.” Label: Cascine Start w/ 5, 6, 7 FCC: 1, 3, 4, 9, 11, 12 RIYL: Empress of, Charli XCX, KLLO, Lorde

Guided By Voices – Surrender Your Poppy Field [GBV]

MEAWW: “Their timeless blend of lo-fi pop, post-grunge, garage, British Invasion, and punk sounds have earned the band a cult following in the United States and overseas as well, making them one of the most beloved indie groups of the past few decades.” Label: GBV Start w/ 2, 11, 14 FCC: Clean RIYL: Car Seat Headrest, […]

King Krule – Man Alive! [Matador]

From promoter: “The 25-year-old’s renowned versatility – his expansive soundscape often blending jazz, no wave, post-punk, hip-hop, and a whole host of other diverse sounds – is flexed throughout the album… Marshall’s creativity is shining for all the world to see.” Label: Matador Start w/ 1, 2, 7, 10 FCC: 3 RIYL: Connan Mockasin, Ariel Pink, DIIV

The Secret Sisters – Saturn Return [New West]

From promoter: “Their latest release, Saturn Return, carries these landmark events to term with a level of honesty, grace and reverence that only the Secret Sisters could conceive. Boasting production by Brandi Carlile, the sisters embellish the classic Nashville sound with their unique brand of harmony and raw lyricism, running the gambit from reflections on the wisdom of […]

Caroline Rose – Superstar [New West Records]

From promoter: “The follow up to 2018’s acclaimed LONER, Superstar (out March 6) is a bigger, badder, glitter-filled cinematic pop record” Label: New West Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 5 FCC: 9 RIYL: Jenny Lewis, Julia Jacklin, Natalie Prass

Lucy – Radio Edit [Dots Per Inch]

From promoter: “Lucy, the musical project from Massachusetts based artist Cooper Handy, has developed a unique blend of pop, hip-hop, punk, and DIY sound. The result is exciting, raw, and triumphant music from an artist who’s made a career out of making & self-releasing videos and music, unpolished & posted in near-real time.” Label: Dots Per […]

Niia – II: La Bella Vita [Self-Released]

From promoter: “And NIIA rules, some really lush R&B — not often we get to tell folks we have something going for adds that sounds like Solange or SZA but stoked to do so” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 3, 9, 12 FCC: 2, 3,  4, 5, 10, 11 RIYL: Solange, SZA, Blood Orange, Rhye

Frankie Valet – Waterfowl [It Takes Time]

From promoter: “Frankie valet expertly marries shoegaze, slowcore, twee, and 90s fuzz on this intimate and honest record about growth” Label: It Takes Time Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Strange Ranger, Vivian Girls, Built to Spill

Eyelids – The Accidental Falls [Jealous Butcher]

From promoter: “Eyelids is a cool group with members of Guided By Voices and The Decemberists and is produced by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck — you’ll get the idea there, it’s great if you love that 90s alt crunch” Label: Jealous Butcher Start w/ 2, 4, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Guided By Voices, The Decemberists, R.E.M.

Kedama – The Complete Collection [Castle Face]

From promoter: “Three thick lps of hot jellied kraut-prog heavies coming at you from 1970s swiss-german based Kedama 3 lps of “live” in the studio and actual live recordings” Label: Castle Face Start w/ 1, 6, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Can, White Fence, King Crimson

Star Parks – The New Sounds of Late Capitalism [Modern Outsider]

From promoter: “Having grown from a solo act to an expansive, multi-piece orchestra, Star Parks offer listeners a sophisticated, soulful pop sound that lands somewhere between Roxy Music and Saturday Looks Good yet carries a particular combination of starkness and buoyancy. If these are the sounds of late capitalism, at least we can shake our […]

Frazey Ford – U kin B the Sun [Arts & Crafts]

From promoter: “her solo music has incrementally privileged a suppleness and and toughness: a matrix of grooves over which she can assert messages that are at once idealistic and robust” Label: Arts & Crafts Start w/ 1, 5, 7 FCC: 8 RIYL: Jenny Lewis, Waxahatchee, Feist, Brittany Howard

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush [Interscope]

Pitchfork: “On his fourth album, Kevin Parker takes a breath and eases into a smoother psychedelic sound. Even without the adrenaline-filled highs, the compositions are as rich and thoughtful as ever.” Label: Interscope Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mild High Club, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Homeshake

Asgeir – Bury The Moon [One Little Indian]

From promoter: “Inspired by the countryside of his homeland, Iceland’s Ásgeir moves from beautiful folk passages to delicate electronics. Both intensely personal and of the nature.” Label: One Little Indian Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, James Blake, Sufjan Stevens

flor – ley lines [Fueled By Ramen]

From promoter: “On their second full-length album ley lines [Fueled By Ramen], flor draw fearlessness from the strength of their union as friends and bandmates, a D.I.Y. journey, and shared willingness to bring bold pop ambition to alternative music.” Label: Fueled By Ramen Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Grouplove, Young the Giant, COIN

Forever – Close to the Flame [Cascine]

From promoter: “Describing her ambition to “alchemize my heartache by turning my sad songs into dance tracks,” Forever’s personas of popstar, poet, and provocateur collide on Close To The Flame to form a haunting and seductive project. The 6 songs capture both the grandeur and the grotesqueries of love and loss — including twisted romance […]

Church Girls – The Haunt [Anchor Eighty Four]

From promoter: “Sparkling indie rock from this Philly group that surrounds lithe vocal melodies with wreaths of guitar.” Label: Anchor Eighty Four Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 9, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mannequin Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Joyce Manor

Christopher Paul Stelling – Best of Luck [Anti]

From promoter: “Christopher Paul Stelling is a guitar virtuoso, a folk singer-songwriter and a touring troubadour. His new album Best of Luck was produced by Grammy award winning musician-producer, Ben Harper” Label: Anti Start w/ 2, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Barr Brothers, The Milk Carton Kids, The Tallest Man On Earth