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M83 – DSVII [Mute]

From promoter: “ DSVII is influenced heavily by early ‘80s sci-fi/fantasy films including The Never Ending Story, Phantasm and In The Mouth of Madness as well as analog synth pioneers such as the aforementioned Brian Eno in addition to Suzanne Ciani, Mort Garson and John Carpenter.” Label: Mute Start w/ 1, 6, 8, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Beach House, Washed Out, Twin […]

Lettuce – Elevate [Lettuce Records]

From promoter: “Genre-defying funk-jazz-soul-hip-hop-psychedelic-jam-art-rock-experimental-avant-garde music titans, Lettuce have released their latest studio album, Elevate, via their own Lettuce Records.” Label: Lettuce Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Tame Impala, Trombone Shorty, Soulive

Kyle Lionhart – Too Young [Ivy League]

From promoter: “After releasing two critically acclaimed EP’s, Australian folk/soul singer songwriter, Kyle Lionhart, presents the excellent and beachy debut album.” Label: Ivy League Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 FCC: 1 RIYL: Nick Cunningham, Corey Harper, The Dreggs

Hiss Golden Messenger – Terms of Surrender [Merge]

Terms of Surrender is Hiss Golden Messenger’s 11th album which was written in depression but finds notes of hope. It is a folk-rock album with a conscience. Label: Merge Start w/ 1, 5, 6 FCC: 2, 7 RIYL: Phosphorescent, Wilco, Rayland Baxter

Ex Norwegian – Something Unreal The Best Of… [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Ex Norwegian is easily one of the best pop bands of all time. This album is a love letter to classic rock n roll-based pop.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Twin Peaks, King Tuff, Peter Bjorn and John

Darrin Bradbury – Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs [Anti]

From promoter: “The album’s title track dishes up Bradbury’s signature gumbo of countrified talking blues, oddball folk, and black humor, with some stoner-worthy philosophy about the origins of microwaves tossed into the pot.” Label: Anti Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: John Prine, Jeremy Ivey, Milk Carton Kids

Chastity Belt – Chastity Belt [Hardly Art]

From promoter: “The new self-titled album is the work of the band playing “old songs, and trying new things on top of it,” like adding more dynamic harmonies and violin, says bassist Annie Truscott.” Label: Hardly Art Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 FCC: 9, 10 RIYL: Ian Sweet, Snail Mail, Lala Lala

Bootstraps – “Evergreen” [Single] [Hyperextension]

From promoter: “Originally from Portland, Beckett’s first steps into songwriting and recording were influenced by the rich indie backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. Beckett eventually moved to Los Angeles where he was approached by a friend, actor/screenwriter Sam Jaeger, to write music for the film Take Me Home, which went on to win Best Music In A Film at […]

Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI [AWAL]

From promoter: “The debut album of wunderkind Steve Lacy plunges him directly into the depths of the urban pop greats in that he is redefining what it means to be both urban and pop.” Label: AWAL Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 7, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Omar Apollo, The Internet, Frank Ocean

Esther Rose – You Made It This Far [Father/Daughter]

Pitchfork: “On her sophomore album, the country singer name-checks Minor Threat and Against Me! while drawing inspiration from classic Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.” Label: Father/Daughter Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Margo Price, Patsy Cline, Nikki Lane

Y La Bamba – Entre Los Dos [Empire]

From promoter: “Entre Los Dos is the follow up to critically acclaimed Mujeres, Y La Bamba’s most recently released full length album. This EP comes as a collection of portraits, affinities, and new visions birthed during Mendoza’s frequent stays in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. The creative flow of Entre Los Dos moves without stopping, without resisting its own form.” Label: Empire Start […]

Young Mister – Sudden Swoon [Refresh]

From promoter: “we have the sophomore album from Young Mister, a North Carolina singer-songwriter with a sound similar to Wilco. He’s co-written with Art Garfunkel” Label: Refresh Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 9, 10 FCC: 11 RIYL: Wilco, Dawes, Phosphorescent

Metronomy – Metronomy Forever [Because Music]

From promoter: “The esoteric five piece is BACK with a record blending off-kilter funk and glistening electronic. This does a great job of bottling up their live energy, get ready to boogie.” Label: Because Music Start w/ 2, 4, 6, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Cut Copy

Luke Temple – Both-And [Native Cat]

From promoter: “Luke Temple’s Both-And, a bright timbred record with whispery vocals and swirling instrumentals of keys, ballooning organs, eager guitar lines, and often bossanova-like percussion” Label: Native Cat Start w/ 2, 3, 6, 7 FCC: 8, 9 RIYL: Chris Cohen, Helado Negro, Devendra Banhart

Long Beard – Means to Me [Whammy]

From promoter: “On her second record as Long Beard, Means To Me sees dream pop star Leslie Bear exploring a more grand selection of sounds and production choices while being more introspective in her art than ever before.” Label: Whammy Start w/ 2, 4, 7, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Hatchie, Jay Som, Japanese Breakfast

(Sandy) Alex G – House of Sugar [Domino]

From promoter: “Revisiting his old style, (Sandy) Alex G uses acoustic guitar and a metallic piano to produce a sound described as haunting, psychedelic Americana. Eerie, yet soothing, the album features forsaken characters such as con artists, gamblers, and addicts who have the collective drive to do better.” Label: Domino Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, […]

Joseph – Good Luck, Kid [ATO]

From promoter: “Dark folk-pop that will make you cry (in the best, most cathartic way possible).” Label: ATO Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: St Vincent, Haim, Sia, First Aid Kit

Mallrat – Driving Music [Nettwerk]

From promoter: “From the slow-moving ballad “Stay,” and glitchy pop veneer of “When I Get My Braces Off” and its scarily relatable lyrics that read like they could have been pulled straight from the pages of your 16 year old self’s diary.” Label: Nettwerk Start w/ 2, 3, 6 FCC: 4 RIYL: Clairo, Cub Sport, E^ST

Sarah Rogo – Smoke and Water [Funzalo Records]

From promoter: “Sarah Rogo offers a slight twang to her eclectic and varied songwriting, and fans of Brandi Carlile or Courtney Marie Andrews won’t want to miss it.” Label: Funzalo Records Start w/ 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Brandi Carlile, Courtney Marie Andrews, Angel Olsen

Bridal Party – Too Much [Kingfisher Bluez]

Bridal Party’s new album Too Much  is full of dreamy vocals and guitars and groovy art-pop tracks. Label: Kingfisher Bluez Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: US Girls, Barrie, Anemone

Guaxe – Guaxe [OAR]

From promoter: “Guaxe (pr. Gwah-shee) is a musical duo that was formed spontaneously after the encounter of two Brazilian psych rockers Dino Almeida (Boogarins) and Pedro Bonifrate (Supercordas)” Label: OAR Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bodywash, Bonifrate, La Leuca

Sis – Gas Station Roses [Native Cat]

From promoter: “Lovingly made, with earthen percussive elements, chance technique, inside a glimmering forest full of synths and guitars, the album reunites Sis for their most assertive musical statement yet.” Label: Native Cat Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 8 FCC: 3 RIYL: Weyes Blood, Beach House, Jay Som, Sufjan Stevens

Lower Dens – The Competition [Self-Released]

From promoter: “As Lower Dens’ first leftist resistance concept pop album alluding to American capitalism’s detrimental psychological impact, The Competition powerfully challenges the oppressive institutions comprising Trump’s America.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC: 6, 7, 8 RIYL: Perfume Genius, The xx, Lykke Li

Grayscale – Nella Vita [Fearless]

From promoter: “Since forming in 2011, when its band members were only in high school, the Philadelphia-based quintet–composed of vocalist Collin Walsh, guitarist/vocalist Dallas Molster, guitarist Andrew Kyne, bassist Nick Ventimiglia and drummer Nick Veno–has emerged quickly from the Philadelphia punk scene, establishing a solid fan base.” Label: Fearless Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 7, 10 FCC: 1, 6, 8, 11 […]

girl in red – Beginnings [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Norwegian bedroom pop artist girl in red’s new record beginnings is a continuation of the strong foundation of the light, airy, and melancholic sound that she has built since her first single in 2017.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 5, 7, 9 FCC: 1, 3, 4 RIYL: Clairo, Wallos, Declan Mckenna