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Ride – Weather Diaries [Wichita]

Ride’s reunion album is the British group’s first since 1996. Full of unnecessary modern production touches that separate them from their defining sound of early 90’s shoegaze, Weather Diaries is an attempt at a great comeback album that only manages to make it out with a couple standout songs. Label: Wichita Play: 1, 3, 5, 8 FCC: […]

Hot Flash Heat Wave – Soaked [OIM]

A diverse and groovy approach to a dream-pop sound filled with a colorful array of tones and instrumentation over compositions filled with sweeping emotion. Label: OIM Play: 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Summer Salt, Alvvays, Daywave, Mild High Club, Surfer Blood

Pokey LaFarge – Manic Revelations [Rounder]

Old-time country, blues, folk, and Western swing influenced music fused with the energy of the present day Americana. Label: Rounder Play: 1, 2, 3, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Valerie June, Old Crow Medicine Show, Justin Townes Earle, J.D. McPherson, Charlie Parr

Los Straitjackets – What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Los Straitjackets

Wonderfully energetic and nostalgic surf guitar instrumentals Label: Yep Roc Play: 1, 3, 5, 6, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Nick Lowe, Chicano Batman, Thee Commons, Tijuana Panthers

Modern Aquatic – Laurel Leaves EP [Self-Released]

Warm and hazy guitar-driven pop rock with breezy melodies. The group’s sound is defined by their well balanced layer of lush guitar tones, steady driving bass, punchy drum fills and soft soothing vocals. Bonus: track #5 is titled “Edgar Allen Poe Was A Hardcore Dancer”. Label: Self-Released Play: 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Hippo Campus, […]

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe [ATO]

Murder Of The Universe is the new collection by head-bending psychedelicists with a weird but fitting band name. It’s a face-melting musical assault concerned with the downfall of man, the death of the planet, and of course the murder of the whole universe. Take it from the crew over at Pitchfork and their 8.0 review: […]

Beach House – B-Sides And Rarities [Sub Pop]

Dark, dreamy, and alluringly hypnotic indie rock. This compilation contains every song Beach House – aka Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand – has made that does not exist on one of their albums. The band explains: “When we announced that we were releasing a B-sides and rarities album, someone on Twitter asked, “B-sides record? Why […]

Palm – Shadow Expert [Carpark]

A warped and circuitous take on math rock. Label: Carpark Play: 1, 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: Deerhoof, Guerilla Toss, Warehouse, Preoccupations, Pile, LVL UP, Hovvdy, Palehound

Triptides – Afterglow [RPUT]

Inspired by the spirit of ’60s and ’70s West Coast pop and psychedelia, Triptides evolved through two EPs and four LPs to craft a complex yet cohesive range of lush, psychedelic beach-pop sounds. Label: RPUT Play: 1, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Real Estate, Byrds, Cleaners from Venus, Mild High Club, Temples

Fleet Foxes – Crack-up [Nonesuch]

“Robin Pecknold’s songwriting retreats inward while around him dense folk compositions rise and fall on a massive scale… …While Fleet Foxes’ music has grown increasingly more complex and less crowd-pleasing, Pecknold’s personal trajectory has strangely aged in reverse—the old-soul serenity of Fleet Foxes gave way to the post-grad anxieties of Helplessness Blues, and now we have Crack-Up, which does […]

Washed Out – Mister Mellow [Stones Throw]

Drowsy, distorted, dance-pop-influenced tracks. “This doesn’t make Mister Mellow all that different than other Washed Out releases. It’s just a deeper dive on the subject closest to his heart: the despair and boredom of an otherwise stress-free life, and how that very despair and boredom is compounded by the full awareness of being someone who doesn’t stand […]

Beta Days – S.T.T. [Self-Released]

Pensive, dreamy rock. Bristol, Rhode Island indie rock band Beta Days capture the quintessence of their name, finding meaning in life’s suffering through the emotive melodies, raw reflection, and intimate energy of their debut album. Label: Self-Released Play: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Wilco, Real Estate, Dawes, Vetiver, Phosphorescent, Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs, […]

Beach Fossils – Somersault [Bayonet]

Flowing between shimmering compositions and immersive soundscapes, Somersault evokes the laid-back mood of a warm, breezy city night, the air crackling with humidity and excitement. These songs pulse and pull, capturing a blend of promise and heartache. It’s beautiful and layered, a refined, sweeping creation that threads together numerous styles, textures, and themes into a […]

Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song [Easy Eye Sound]

Gloriously sunny 60s pop from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Label: Easy Eye Sound Play: 1, 4, 5, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr., John Prine, The Beatles (see: Shine on Me)

Girlpool – Powerplant [ANTI]

The 12 tracks that compose Powerplant grow and burn with greater fire than the duo have possessed heretofore. Now accompanied by a full band, Girlpool continue to make their mark with an original and intimate sound carried by incisive lyrics, soft textures, hushed harmonies, and soaring hooks. “When Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker harmonize, it’s […]

Big Thief – Capacity [Saddle Creek]

A highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed debut, Masterpiece. Big Thief is vulnerable, folk-tinged indie rock at its best. “Big Thief’s sophomore album beautifully excavates family history and trauma into a delicate, intricately built folk rock record, showcasing the gorgeous style of singer Adrianne Lenker.” – Pitchfork: Best New Music (8.3) “Big Thief’s quiet power propels songs of the […]

Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else – Enjoy The Great Outdoors [Run For Cover]

Radcliffe enlisted a seven-piece band to combine his rugged guitar-based lo-fi songs with “an energy that sort of billows.” This album is full of laid-back, gentle indie-rock gems. Label: Run For Cover Play: 1, 2, 4, 8 FCC: 6 RIYL: Cass McCombs, Alex G, Adult Mom, Hovvdy, Elvis Depressedly

Slowdive – “Slowdive” [Dead Oceans]

The highly-influential UK shoegaze pioneers are back with their first album in 22 years. The self-titled album was recorded in Oxfordshire and mixed in Los Angeles by Chris Coady, who has worked with a slew of bands that owe a sonic debt to Slowdive: Beach House, Grizzly Bear, The Antlers, TV On The Radio, and […]

Future Islands – “The Far Field” [4AD]

Following up a breakthrough album, such as Singles, is not an easy task. Without trying to reinvent their successful synth-pop formula, Future Islands expound upon their uncanny energy and an alluring vocal delivery from Samuel T. Herring. As a result, The Far Field is a response to a previous album that peaked at #40 on the […]

Craig Brown Band – “The Lucky Ones Forget”

Craig Brown Band brings effortless musicianship and his damaged honky-tonk howl to the mix on The Lucky Ones Forget. This man has a deep love for rock n’ roll apparent all over the record, featuring a hillbilly-deluxe-meets-dive-bar-classic-rock type of rock, offset by pitch-perfect honeyed harmonies. Label: Third Man Records FCC: clean Play: 2, 3, 5, 7, 10 RIYL: Deer Tick, […]

Gold Star – “Big Blue” [Autumn Tone]

Big Blue combines a type of desolate blues with a sense of soul. Gold Star’s Marlon Rabenreither takes these influences and adds his own acute detail to make each song his own. Label: Autumn Tone FCC: Clean Play: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 RIYL: Ryan Adams, Wilco, Deer Tick, Felice Brothers, T. Hardy Morris, Strand […]

Faintlife – “Ever Was” [Self-Released]

Ever Was draws from typical influence points such as shoegaze and psychedelic pop but it’s so much more than that. One promoter of the band said this about their new album: “Faintlife’s music fuses together like a spinning top floating between obstacles; gently bouncing between dilated ears and elates the inquisitive soul. The overwhelming feeling of […]

Father John Misty – “Pure Comedy” [Sub Pop]

Tillman’s critiques, humanity & warped classic songwriting are here in equal measure. The LP navigates themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection & his own role in it all. Play! Label: Sub Pop Play: 1, 2 FCC:  6, 7, 11 RIYL: Fleet Foxes, Conor Oberst, Radiohead, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Cass McCombs, […]

Mount Eerie – “A Crow Looked At Me”

Phil Elverum lost his wife—an artist and the mother of his child—to cancer. His new album is a meditation on her memory, but also on what it means to keep living. These songs are not fun. They are pretty and they are deep, steeped in a love that prevails beneath the overwhelming sorrow.  Label: P.W. Elverum & Sun Play: 1, 3, 6, […]

Animal Collective – “The Painters” EP

More wackiness from Animal Collective to liven up your day! This is the companion release to their 2016 Painting With album. As with every new Animal Collective album, their music is in one way or another different on Painting With and it’s accompanied EP from previous works. Their characteristic juxtaposition between campfire primitivism and electronic experimentation has remained a near-constant. Label: Domino Recording Play: 2, 3, […]