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Nico Padden – Pirate Queen [S/R]

From Promoter: “Nico Padden is a one-woman folk-rock riot. Her new album Pirate Queen celebrates women who step outside the lines. Ben Folds said Nico has “a big voice, gorgeous voice,” and that the title track is “original and classic at the same time.” Pirate Queen is a mix of Americana, vintage pop/rock, and folk, recorded […]

The Webstirs – The Webstirs [Presmark]

From Promoter: “Veterans of Chicago’s thriving music scene, The Webstirs’ newest album continues their streak of writing catchy, clever indie-pop earworms that blend together the best of classic and modern rock. Formed in 1994 by childhood friends Mark Winkler and Preston Pisellini, the band has always been anchored in the strong melodies and rich harmonies of […]

Shred Kelly – Like a Rising Sun [DevilDuck]

From Promoter: “ Shred Kelly is a five piece, alternative folk rock band that emerged from the heart of the Canadian Rockies in 2009. Over the past decade the band have taken their highly energetic live show from humble beginnings on the Canadian ski-town circuit to the International stage. Sounds like: Pete Seeger met up […]

Alice Glass – PREY//IV [Eating Glass]

From Promoter: “ Alice Glass is one of the most recognizable and singular voices in the last decade of electronic pop, leaving an unmistakable mark on the genre with her versatile ability to go from an eerie lilt to an absolute roar. As one-half of Crystal Castles, she received critical acclaim internationally including NME’s John Peel Award For Innovation […]

Sunset Honor Unit – Sunset Honor Unit [Marching Bananas]

From promoter: “ Sunset Honor Unit is an underground pop supergroup fronted by primary songwriters Drew Kirby (Mothers, Twen, New Wives) and Jake Chisenhall (Delorean Gray, Fake Flowers), backed by Noah Estrella (Floral Print), Dariush Mirsajedin (Ladrones) and Jason Bronson. The group focuses on classic forms of pop escapism filtered through a modernized, hyper-saturated DIY […]

Future Kult – Future Kult [Action Wolf]

From Promoter:” The initial spark of Future Kult caught on in a remote river valley in Hidalgo, deep in the Mexican countryside. For three months in late 2020, film composer Sion Trefor and musician/art producer Benjamin Zombori left their respective lives in Cardiff and Berlin behind and set out to channel the music of the […]

Deserta – Every Moment, Everything You Need [Felt]

From Promoter: “ Through a patchwork of reverb-tinged textures – drone guitars, lingering synths and driving percussion – the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Doty weaves together stories of care, frustration and catharsis that ultimately stretch to a gentle resolve. The new album continues the sonic and thematic explorations of 2020’s Black Aura My […]

A Place to Bury Strangers – See Through You

Really nice modern shoegaze! FCC: Clean RIYL: Film School, Telescopes, Clinic

Dan Andriano & The Bygones – Dear Darkness [Epitaph]

The self-produced project finds Andriano venturing into deeply personal lyrical territory while also pushing the limits of just what his unclassifiable sound can be. Andriano first began work on what would become Dear Darkness during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, writing demos and raiding his archives of unfinished ideas, doing so more out of a deep-seated need to […]

Birthday Massacre – Dreams of You (Single)[Metropolis]

Very cool, “dreamy” but dark electronic tune. FCC: Clean RIYL: Collide, Ayria, Angelspit

Johnny Payne – King of Cups [Light Organ]

Music with some really fun energy! A modern dad rock classic that features a lot hipper elements than something like Air Supply (is that a dad rock band?) FCC: Clean RIYL: The Grateful Dead, John Andrews

Pinegrove – 11:11 [Rough Trade]

Pinegrove’s second record for Rough Trade is filled with the great tunes fans love with the lyrics focusing on the environment and current political climate. Highly enjoyable. FCC: Clean RIYL: Foxing, The Hotelier, Field Medic

Macie Stewart – Mouth Full of Glass [Ordinal]

Guitar playing that resembles the Brazilian tradition in some respects and a lot of gorgeous harmonies, horns, and strings. Really dig this one a lot! FCC: #2 RIYL: Bnny, Boy Scouts

Eric Scott Stevens – The Indelible Afterimage [S/R]

Another nice indie record, soft double tracked voice (on some tracks) with some cool arrangements and instrumentation. FCC: Clean RIYL: Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile

Grace Cummings – Storm Queen [ATO]

Really unique voice with some strongly emotive song that feel more theatrical than folk really. Sing-y talk-y in a sense. FCC: Clean RIYL: Ashley Shadow, Lily Konigsberg, Silverbacks

Immanuel Wilkins – The 7th Hand [Blue Note]

The sophomore release from wonderful Philly saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins. Same quartet as his previous release Omega and this one is equally as good, building upon a strong foundation and forging ahead a new tradition. FCC: Clean RIYL: Joel Ross, Kenny Garrett, Harish Raghavan

Broken Social Scene – Old Dead Young [Arts and Crafts]

Fun indie joint that does a great job in creating a welcoming texture to their tunes, no matter how rough or soft they meet be. FCC: Clean RIYL: Built to Spill, Grizzly Bear, Spoon

Anna Ash – Sleeper [Black Mesa]

Some brilliant fuzzy folk music out of LA. Well-produced with some nice, homey and warm feeling white noise and lush horns and strings. FCC: Clean RIYL: May Erlewine, Frazey Ford, Vulfpeck

Big Thief – Simulation Swarm [4AD]

Beautiful folk rock w/ heady lyrics, my favorite record of theirs yet! FCC: Clean, RIYL: Faye Webster, Lomelda, Adrienne Lenker

Nalan – I’m Good. The Crying Tape [Mansions and Millions]

Funky indie R&B from a German musician. RIYL: Abra, Tirzah, Erika De Casier, Sevdaliza or Smerz FCC: Clean

Hush Club – Fingerprints & Stains [Full Send]

Boston’s Hush Club are pioneers of Milky Way music––their new album, Fingerprints & Stains, has a lush sonic majesty as vast as the galaxy and a melodic beauty as sweet as the candy bar.  The album’s meticulously crafted tracks take you on a sensory journey far from home as only potent music can, spiraling past stars […]

DJ Harrison – Tales from the Old Dominion [Stones Throw]

Tales from the Old Dominion draws together many styles Harrison has long worked in, both as a prolific solo musician and as a collaborator with artists as varied as Steve Arrington, Joyce Wrice, Kurt Elling and Jack White. For fans of Hazymoods who know Harrison as a beatmaker with immaculate vibes, Tales from the Old […]

Curtis Harding – If Words Were Flowers [Anti]

Bluesy yet polished with a really interesting experimental bent. Doesn’t ever get too flashy which I dig. RIYL: Lady Wray, Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges FCC: #2

Bobby T Lewis – Sweet Summer Spirit [S/R]

Sung in a haunting falsetto, all reverbed out, something that’d make Bon Iver blush. Definitely more folk rock though and less textural. RIYL: Bon Iver, Stephen Steinbrink FCC: Clean

Macie Stewart – Mouth Full of Glass [Ordinal]

Mouth Full of Glass is the debut album by Chicago-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Macie Stewart. Written and recorded while finding solace and strength in solitude, Mouth Full of Glass features eight lushly arranged songs that search for the meaning of self within and without partnership. The record explores loneliness as well as the growth and beauty that […]