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Real Estate – “In Mind”

From Ridgewood NJ, Real Estate brings their fourth studio album to your expectant ears. The band brings you warm vibes from gentle riffs and vocals that remind you of the beauty of tiny suburbs and days spent on the beach. A great album with a sound that is a beautiful blend of indie rock and […]

Rolling Blackouts C.F. – “The French Press”

Describing their musical formula as “tough pop/soft punk,” Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (now abbreviated as Rolling Blackouts C.F.) churn out bright, energetic rock & roll with lively guitar lines, pop hooks, and dry wit. On The French Press, the band continues to master their brilliant sound but with a more personal and genuine feel coming from […]

Halasan Bazar – “Burns”

The lush psych-pop of Copenhagen’s Halasan Bazar has put me under a spell, making them one of my new favorite bands. On their third, ambitious album, Burns, there is a sense of naturalism from these gurus of psychedelic music. Recorded in the French Mountains (come on guys, can you be less cool), Halasan Bazar laid down […]

Cameron Avery – “Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams”

The romantic crooner, Cameron Avery, creates timeless, ambitious music for the modern age. With his soulful, shrewd arrangements and deep baritone, Avery expertly walks the line between vulnerable and venerable. The album brilliantly moves from an opening classical, finger-picked guitar track to a number of bombastic, self-assured songs. Label: ANTI Play: 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 […]

Electric Guest – “Plural”

Following their 2012 release, Mondo, the electric-pop group come back with an improved version of their catchy vintage pop and R&B vibes. While most of the tracks blend together with minimal changes to the falsetto over piano pop type sound, Plural is sometimes bizarre in places, and rear. Label: Downtown/Interscope Records Play: 2, 3, 4, 5 FCC: clean RIYL: STRFKR, Vacationer, Miike Snow, Geographer

Horse and Chariot – “Big Treble”

Big Treble is an EP that has been in the making for 30 years by rock group Horse and Chariot, headed by a man who prefers to remain anonymous. The three songs on this EP flow from psych rock to heavy classic rock and back. Mr. Immortal, the moniker of the anonymous front man, spends […]

Los Campesinos! – “Sick Scenes”

Los Campesinos! sixth album, Sick Scenes, is the matured pop-punk record of a group who began as a Myspace band. The album floats effortlessly from the upbeat, anthemic instrumentation of “I Broke Up in Amarante” and “Here’s To The Fourth Time”, complete with singalong choruses, to the mellow acoustic sound of an emotional “The Fall of Home”. […]

Trouble in the Wind – “Lefty”

Trouble in the Wind’s stripped-down organic sound is a multi-instrumental collective fronted by a staggering powerful voice. The group’s expansive instrumentation of accordion, upright bass, brushes, banjo and guitars color the emotional songs on Lefty, which blend and range from ballads to surf folk to soulful rockers. Label: Self-Released Play: 2, 4, 5, 7, 8  FCC: 9 […]

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “The Tourist”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah originally rose to fame in the alternative rock world after releasing their debut 2005 album, which received a massive media response, predominantly in the form of online sharing and blog raves. On Tourist, the East Coast indie rock outfit continue to work on creating the polished, finely crafted pop that they were […]

The Matinee – “Dancing On Your Grave”

Dancing On Your Grave sounds like your typical alternative, arena rock album, albeit with a few standout tracks. The music is mostly roots-inspired, polished rock with hints of southern influence, a clear example of which is the the title track “Dancing On Your Grave”. Label: Light Organ Play: 1, 3, 4, 5, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Kings of Leon, Dawes, […]

Nikki Lane – “Highway Queen”

“Highway Queen” is Nikki Lane’s third album, with the so called ‘First Lady of Outlaw Country’ tossing out an emotional tour-de-force. Strong country influences and some old fashioned rock and roll, the album is reminiscent of the emotions Johnny Cash’s music had. A good listen if you’re fond of country music. Label: New West FCC: #6 Play: #4, […]

Dude York – “Sincerely”

Sincerely, Dude York’s second album, is riff-heavy noise pop filled with cathartic yell-along vocals telling us about the power of friendship in a life riddled with anxiety, isolation, and depression. Label: Hardly Art Play: 3, 4, 8, 9, 12 FCC: 6 (radio edit available) RIYL: Spoon, Car Seat Headrest, The Velvet Underground, FIDLAR

Leif Vollebekk – “Twin Solitude”

Leif Vollebekk’s third full-length record, Twin Solitude, is incredibly easy to listen to. NPR said, referring to the first track, “the song grabs you by the heart and pulls you into its hypnotic whirl of melancholia.” This could not be a more perfect description for the entire album. The lyrics are clearly heartfelt, lying on […]

Maggie Rogers – “Now That The Light Is Fading”

After getting a lot of hype from the industry after Pharrell Williams was brought to tears after hearing the beginning of Alaska (#2), Maggie Rogers delivers in this 5 track album. With a slow start in Color Song (#1), the album develops into solid beats and melancholy lyrics making for a full and refined sound […]

Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling

The Old 97’s bring you some good ol’ fashioned alt-country music with their eleventh full length album. Some hard riffs on electric guitars accompany some soothing acoustic, making for a great album that defies the conventional country stereotype. (Great if you like rock and are normally averse to popular country music) Label: ATO Records FCC: Clean […]

elbow – “Little Fictions”

Little Fictions is elbow’s seventh studio album, recorded in Scotland and Manchester, offers a fantastic variety of style from song to song. Little Fiction (#9) is an 8 minute epic that spans a number of genres and experiments in a way that doesn’t feel excessive. With soulful lyrics, layers of sound that range from funky […]

The Luyas – Human Voicing

Human Voicing is a hypnotic groove recorded with “nothing but the loosest of outline and a few skeletal sketches.” This is an interesting album because of the improv-heavy recording sessions and open-ended approach taken by the six band members, but is surely not a disappointment. While some songs are a jumble images, highlighted by a […]

Sampha – “Process”

Sampha’s debut studio album, Process, is an emotionally driven R&B record. The album features Sampha’s characteristic gentle and shimmering falsetto vocals which drive the varied, but mostly electric-soul production. The album features a meditative piano ballad, “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano”, and some upbeat tracks, such as “Under” with its standout sleek trap […]

Coast Modern – “Coast Modern”

Coast Modern is an LA indie-pop duo who combine alternative bands spirit of misfit adventure with the fearless ethos of modern hip hop. I was actually introduced to Coast Modern’s music before I had the pleasure of reviewing this album and I can honestly say if you like psychadelic alt-rock with the slow infectious beats […]

Big Gigantic – “Brighter Future”

Live electronic duo Big Gigantic from Boulder, Colorado are back at it again with some sweet electro-funk. “Brighter Future” reflects that even if life may get hard, there are beautiful and fantastic things in this world, just like the music on this album! With some big names like Waka Flocka Flame, Logic, and ROZES this […]

HalfNoise – “Sudden Feeling”

Coming from Nashville, TN musician Zac Farro brings his passion for live drums and fuses it with electronic elements and his unique voice to bring you “Sudden Feeling”. For those of you unfamiliar with Zac Farro and HalfNoise, it was a project that originally started when Farro left Paramore and decided to work on his […]

Royal Teeth – “Amateurs”

Royal Teeth are an American indie pop band hailing from Lafayette, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, formed in 2010. Their third album “Amateurs” reflects how much they can still have fun and enjoy themselves like a group of well, amateurs! The songs on the album have a contagious energy that is carried through passionate vocals […]