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The King Khan & BBQ Show – Bad News Boys (In The Red Records)

King Khan is back again with another garage rock album with a bluesy feel. The lo-fi songs and raspy vocals are reminiscent of a time past, but the tracks are still unique enough to fit right into modern times. RIYL: any other King Khan-lead band, The Black Lips, Ty Segall Play: 1, 4, 6, 8 […]

Damaged Bug – Cold Hot Plumbs (Castleface)

“Cold Hot Plums is a visit to an alien world out in the cosmos – lush, textural, psychedelic, the songs breathe with otherworldly sadness & heart, with barbed and sophisticated arrangements flowering out.” A rock & roll album with a distinctly vintage feel, but a lot of interesting flourishes to ensure it stands out. Weird, […]

Ancient Warfare – The Pale Horse (Alias Records)

Dark, moody female vocals over steady instrumentation. Sounds similar to Warpaint, but almost darker. Smooth and steady, overall a nice listen. RIYL: Lower Dens, Warpaint Play: 1, 3, 4 FCC: 8

Matilde Davoli – I’m Calling You From My Dreams (Loyal To Your Dreams)

Dream-pop at its finest. Matilde incorporates psychedelic riffs into her hazy songs beautifully and doesn’t forget to add her light locals on top. Overall a really nice, relaxing album. RIYL: Lower Dens, Beach House, Melody’s Echo Chamber Play: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 FCC: None

Humble Braggers – Disposable Friends (Admirable Traits)

Light and airy synth-pop with a driving guitar in a few songs. Differing levels of danceability between the tracks (ie: not overwhelmingly upbeat). RIYL: Passion Pit, Joywave, Cut Copy, Wild Nothing Play: 3, 1, 4 FCC: None

Tough Age – I Get the Feeling Central (Mint)

“This 12-song collection is built on the bedrock of scuzz pop – simultaneously sweet and ear-splittingly loud – but these old dogs have dug deep and taught themselves some new tricks.” Exciting surf rock with some twists and turns, like female vocals on track 8 and a less in your face feeling with track 12. […]

Ex-Cult – Cigarette Machine EP (Castle Face)

“There’s a sneering, splitting toughness to the fraying riffs, inducing hairy moshes with menace. Touching on post-punk, psych sprawl & early 80s hardcore, we’ve seen punks, scene rats, skaters, skinheads, hardcore kids, druggies all digging this band.” RIYL: early Iceage, Cult of Youth, Jay Reatard, The Fall Play: 2, 4, 1, 6 FCC: #5 has […]

toyGuitar – In this Mess (Fat Wreck Chords)

Garage surf rock with fuzzy and bouncing beats and bass. Complete with jangly guitars and driving drum beats. “Strap on your skates & turn up your speakers, because summer comes early this year” (hopefully that’s true). RIYL: early Wavves, Black Lips, PAWS Play: 1, 2, 4, 8, 11, 9, 10 FCC: 5, 6

Nite Fields – Depersonalisation (Felte)

Goth rock with very droney and monotonous vocals. Revival of late 80s Goth rock (like the Cure, not Marilyn Manson) with soft vocals and repetitive lush, Cocteau Twins-like shoegaze guitar at times. Doomy and gloomy, but not really that sad. Songs 1 and 5 are purely instrumental. RIYL: early Cure, darker Cocteau Twins, Beach Fossils, […]

Au. Ra. – Jane’s Lament (Felte)

Features shimmering, dreamy soundscapes with droning shoegaze guitar. Looped drum beats with heavy reverb also used heavily. Breathy, tired male vocals tie the elements together to create noise pop at its best. RIYL: Stone Roses, DIIV, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth Play: 2, 7, 1, 6 FCC: none

Björk – Vulnicura (One Little Indian)

Björk bears all in her 8th studio album, “this album places itself among the most human, emotionally candid, even functional art forms: the breakup album”. Goes through the life cycle of a failed relationship. Very singer-songwriter, however done in Björk’s eclectic style. RIYL: kind of incomparable but I guess Radiohead, St. Vincent, Ariel Pink, Animal […]

TV On The Radio – Seeds (Harvest Records)

Crisper and clearer than their previous work, definitely shows growth and progression (the death of bassist Gerard Smith just a few days after their last release may have something to do with it). Fuses indie and R&B so smoothly that you almost forget to listen to the lyrics, which are quite sad in the first […]

Foam Castles – Through That Door (Teenarena Records)

Sunny indie rock. Simple songs with a heavy focus on the lyrics. Has a DIY feel to it, but not too rough. All the songs are fairly short, sweet, and to the point. RIYL: Mikal Cronin, Dr. Dog, Foals Play: 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 FCC: 2

Sama Dams – Comfort in Doubt (Self Released)

Experimental noise-rock meets avant-garde pop. Soft and calm vocals over R&B beats. Album starts with a simple and clean glitch R&B sound and continues with a psychedelic art-rock sound. Vocals alternate between male/female. RIYL: Radiohead, Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent Play: 4, 6, 8 FCC: 1, 2

Honeymilk – Sanguine Skies EP (Self Released)

This psychedelic album just glides through your speakers. Guitar-heavy, but not overly embellished. Textures mix to create the perfect music to relax to on a sunny day. RIYL: Cloud Nothings, Yuck, Pavement Play: all FCC: none

Wild Smiles – Always Tomorrow (Sunday Best)

Rock album with shoegaze undertones. Lyrics discuss modern day issues of the youth, such as debt and general disillusionment. Have been described as incorporating surf rock, garage rock, and psychedelic rock into one album. RIYL: Palma Violets, The Vaccines, Twin Peaks, Drenge Play: 1, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11 FCC: 5

Silver Firs – EP#2 (Oh Sister Records)

Psychedelic, dream/chamber pop with folk music influences. Vocals switch dreamily between male and female. Track 2 features a tambourine-led beat, while track 4 has a more prominent bass groove to it. An easy, quick, and enjoyable listen. Very dreamy and melodic from start to finish. RIYL: Alvin Zealot, Dans la Tente, Fleet Foxes Play: all […]

OK Go – Hungry Ghosts (Paracadute)

Up-beat, feel good pop regardless of what the lyrics might be saying. Much more synth-heavy than their previous work with extensive reverb in some songs, not overly dancy but still super catchy. RIYL: The Drums, New Pornographers, Spoon, Bleachers Play: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 FCC: clean

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz – Tyranny (Cult Records)

Casablanca’s solo album draws on elements as diverse as post-punk, hardcore, and even Afro-beat. Lo-fi and sleek tracks mingle. Themes are honest and sad. The most prominent theme is sadness, as shown in the almost 12 minute song “Human Sadness” (which is explicit). RIYL: The Strokes, TV on the Radio, Albert Hammond Jr., Parquet Courts […]

Cobalt Cranes – Days in the Sun (Lolipop Records)

The band calls their sound “California grunge”, which definitely describes their lo-fi garage rock sound. Biting guitar and vocals, but still mellow enough to listen to whenever, wherever. Alternates between female and male vocals. RIYL: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bleached, Wavves, Deap Vally Play: 3, 4, 6, 8 FCC: clean

Pompeii – Loom (Red Eye Transit)

Ambient and atmospheric soundscapes. Complex and dynamic build-ups behind always-calm male vocals. Some tracks make use of a backing orchestra. Tracks flow seamlessly into one another. RIYL: Sigur Rós, My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai Play: 2, 3, 6, 8 FCC: clean