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The Bob’s Burgers Music Album

Double-disc compilation of songs from one of the funniest animated sitcoms on TV right now. Many of these tracks are the little ditties that play over the end credits of the episodes, but also include some of the show’s musical numbers like “Electric Love” and “Bad Stuff Happens in the Bathroom”. There are also some […]

Cold War Kids – LA Divine

Cold War Kids return with their first album since 2014’s Hold My Home, which contained their biggest hit to date “First”. That song spent a whopping 64 weeks on the Billboard Alternative charts. On LA Divine, which is inspired by their hometown of Los Angeles, they bring more of their piano-driven, bluesy pop-rock led by […]

Craig Finn – We All Want the Same Things

We All Want the Same Things is the third solo album from The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, and his most fully realized solo release to date. Holden is known for his witty lyrics that often tell stories of working class people in the city. This album mainly focuses on personal relationships, and codependency is […]

Chaz Bundick Meets the Mattson 2 – Star Stuff

Star Stuff is the result of a collaboration between Chaz Bundick (from Toro Y Moi) and jazz duo The Mattson 2. A set of psychedelic, more extended jams than you usually hear from Toro Y Moi. Some of the songs are instrumental, other songs have lyrics and aren’t too off from Toro Y Moi’s more […]

Adna – Closure

Closure is the third album from Swedish singer-songwriter Adna. Dark, theatrical pop, interchangeably using piano and guitar, with strong marching band-like percussion. Places more focus on the lyrics, rather than the ethereal, reverb-filled approach that other similar artists take. Heartbreak is a theme across the album, with the last song reaching an emotional climax. Definitely […]

Arkells – Morning Report

Morning Report is the latest album from Hamilton, Ontario’s Arkells, a very popular rock band in Canada who have won several Juno awards, yet aren’t well known outside their home country. They are looking to change that with this album and have recently been touring with Frank Turner. Their newest release has a fairly mainstream, […]

Minus the Bear – VOIDS

VOIDS is the latest album from indie progressive rock band Minus the Bear who have built a large following over their 15+ year career with a series of diverse albums. This album is somewhat of a return to the sound of their best albums Menos El Oso and Planet of Ice, but feels a bit […]

Johnossi – Blood Jungle

Johnossi are a rock duo from Sweden who have a big following there, but are mostly unknown in the States. Blood Jungle is the followup to their 2014 album Transitions (which I reviewed that summer and enjoyed quite a bit), and fifth album overall. This album is fairly mainstream sounding radio rock like you would […]

Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors

Latest album from the art-rock band led by Dave Longstreth, most famous for their critically acclaimed 2009 album Bitte Orca. The entire album is inspired by his breakup with former collaborator Amber Coffman (lead vocalist on Dirty Projectors’ most well known song “Stillness is the Move”). The lyrics reflect the emotional toll of the end […]

Tennis – Yours Conditionally

Husband/wife duo Tennis are back with their fourth album, Yours Conditionally, which they wrote and recorded after taking another sailing trip like the one that inspired their debut album. As one of the bands at the forefront of the “indie pop” sound of this decade’s first half, this album goes back to their roots, with […]

Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now

Singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop returns with her first album since Love Letter For Fire, her successful collaboration with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine. Continues with the acoustic sound of that project, but with a bit of a darker tone. Many of the lyrics seem to reflect on love & personal relationships in the digital age, […]

Sinkane – Life & Livin’ It

Life & Livin’ It is the latest album from Sudanese/British/American artist Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane. Blends a mix of genres including afropop, funk and more modern indie rock sounds with his unique falsetto vocal style. These songs are catchy and will put you in a good mood. A variety of DJs will enjoy spinning this […]

Harrison Brome – Fill Your Brains

Fill Your Brains is the debut EP from Harrison Brome, a 20 year old singer/songwriter out of Vancouver, B.C. Soulful vocals over hip hop beats and soft synth keys, a little bit on the pop side of things but the creative lyrics keep things interesting. A sound comparable to Chet Faker. Play: 1, 2, 4 […]

Strand of Oaks – Hard Love

Hard Love is the latest album from Strand of Oaks, the roots-rock project of Tim Showalter. The followup to his breakthrough album HEAL, Hard Love is nostalgic yet heavily personal. The first taste of this album was lead single “Radio Kids”, a catchy, radio-friendly classic rock inspired song that has been described as Dinosaur Jr […]

SOHN – Rennen

Rennen is the sophomore album from singer/songwriter/producer Toph Taylor aka SOHN. Chilled out electronic pop with strong R&B influences and interesting production. This album is less heavy on electronic sounds compared to his debut and places more focus on lyrics. Fits very much in the current scene of R&B inspired electronic artists coming out of […]

Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick

Apocalipstick is the latest release from Cherry Glazer, the indie rock trio led by Clementine Creevy. This is their first album on the Secretly Canadian label and with it comes a more polished and melodic sound, while still keeping enough of the raw energy of their earlier work. Socially conscious lyrics in many of the […]

Austra – Future Politics

Future Politics is the third album from Austra, a group fronted by singer/songwriter Katie Stelmanis. Austra started out as a synth pop project but has evolved to include more band members and add more instruments to the mix. The one constant is Stelmanis’ operatic vocals. The lyrics on this album are inspired by political turmoil […]

Landlady – The World is a Loud Place

Landlady is the project of Man Man guitarist Adam Schatz. Their third album is a set of quirky and charming psych-pop songs that employ a variety of instruments – guitars, keyboards and a string section. The lyrics have an observational quality to them (which the title hints at), sometimes about fairly mundane topics – in […]

Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in This Town

Allison Crutchfield is best known as the frontwoman of the band Swearin’ (and sister of Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield). Her solo debut comes on the heels of the breakup of both her band and relationship, and this influenced many of the songs’ lyrics. On this album, synth keyboards are added to the guitar driven sound in […]

ANTH: Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl

Artists signed to Polyvinyl Records cover some of their labelmates’ most well known songs. It’s an interesting concept considering Polyvinyl includes a wide variety of different artists on their roster, from the 90’s emo of Braid and American Football to Deerhoof and Of Montreal to more electronic based acts like Psychic Twin and Pillar Point. […]

Jeen – Modern Life

Modern Life is the sophomore album from Canadian singer-songwriter Jeen (also known for her work in the band Cookie Duster with Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning). Her 2015 debut Tourist was one of the most unexpectedly enjoyabl albums for me that year. This follow-up album is more of a full band affair, as you can […]

Sløtface – Empire Records

Empire Records is the 2nd EP from up and coming Norwegian band Sløtface. Energetic rock music with powerful female vocals and catchy melodies, reminds me a little bit of Metric’s first couple of albums. The title track is the most captivating song on the EP, with lyrics inspired by the title film and High Fidelity […]

Tycho – Epoch

Tycho’s fourth full-length Epoch, released as a surprise digitally back in September, finally sees physical release. A similar sound to Tycho’s last album Awake, signature instrumental blend of electronic music and post-rock. But there’s also a little more variety this time around – “Horizon” has the closest thing Tycho has come to a four-on-the-floor house […]

Boxed In – Melt

Melt is the second album from Boxed In, the British band led by singer/producer Oli Bayston. This album expands on their blend of dance rock and electronic, piano driven indie pop. But Melt is much less of a solo project than the first album, bringing the other three band members into the composition of these […]

The Pineapple Thief – Your Wilderness

British prog-rock band The Pineapple Thief return with their 11th album in their 17 year career. The songs on Your Wilderness are more minimalist than is typical for the genre. Soft vocals and guitars (with heavier guitars at times) and interesting percussion. The underlying theme that ties these songs together is using wilderness as a […]