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THE DEMOS – If You Only Knew EP // YOUNG LION OF THE WEST

The newest Demos EP is full of lively indie rock with a few pop elements. Catchy melodies and a strong presence os electric guitar as well as classic strong drums that make it stylistically rock. Some good stuff ! Label: Young Lion of the West Recording Company Start with: 1, 4 RIYL: COIN, The Wombats, […]

PERFECT SON – Cast // SUB POP

“With powerful, sweeping production that recalls the best pop beats of Matthew Dear and arcing melodies that conjure the majesty of Johnathon Meiburg, Perfect Son Animates sensations of lust, belonging, and newfound trust with tumescent electronic arrangements that threaten the safety of any sound system.” Label: Sub Pop Records Start with: 2,3,6 RIYL: Pavo Pavo, […]

TINY RUINS – Olympic Girls // BA DA BING

Tiny Ruins explores rich, melodic storytelling layered on top of intricate finger picking, dreamy chords, and in a departure from their acclaimed previous work, full band arrangements. A blend of poeticism, dream pop landscapes, and off kilter experimental pop. Label: Ba Da Bing Records Start with: 1, 4, 5 RIYL: Sharon Van Etten, Phoebe Bridgers, […]

JULIANA HATFIELD – Weird // AMERICAN LAUNDROMAT

Juliana Hatfield combines singer-songwriter lyricism with strong instrumentals on Weird. Upbeat lively electric guitar themes. She covers a ranges of moods on this album, with lively pop-type tunes to more edgy emotional tracks scattered throughout the album. Label: American Laundromat Start with: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 RIYL: Frankie Cosmos, The Lemonheads, Blake Babies, Liz […]

SOCCER MOMMY – Blossom (Demo)/Be Seeing You // FAT POSSUM RECORDS

Soccer Mommy comes back with a two track demo tape, channeling her classic guitar driven melodic tunes. Soft angsty tunes, slightly lofi vocals, showcasing depth and character. Both tracks are relatively laid back indie rock. Label: Fat Possum Records Start with: Both RIYL: Snail Mail, Hovvdy, Jay Som, Frankie Cosmos, (Sandy) Alex G FCC: Clean

SMUG – Gorgeous // ADMIRABLE TRAITS

90s type garage rock with strong sharp vocals and many a guitar solo, pretty upbeat overall. SMUG’s new record Gorgeous has a grungy vocal flair that adds some attitude to the album. Label: Admirable Traits Records LLC Start with: 2, 4 RIYL: FIDLAR, Blink 182, SWMRS FCC: 1, 3, 7, 10 (drug references)  

STICKY FINGERS – Yours To Keep // SURESHAKER

Sticky Fingers returns with Yours To Keep, an album full of light upbeat rock and some more complex acoustic tracks. Fiery vocals throughout, strong rhythm, electronic elements, dynamic lyrics make for easy listening. Label: Sureshaker Start with: 6, 7, 9 RIYL: Tash Sultana, Gang of Youths, Hockey Dad FCC: 1, 2, 3, 4

PEDRO THE LION – Phoenix // POLYVINYL

Pedro the Lion strays from their lugubrious emo roots with “Phoenix,” choosing a more uptempo pace and comparatively optimistic vocals. While maintaining some of their signature weighty content and musicality, you’ll hear more influences from bands of the likes of The Killers or Microwave. Label: Polyvinyl Start w: 3,4,7,8 RIYL: Headphones, Rainer Maria, Mineral, Sunny […]

DEERHUNTER – Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? // 4AD

For their eighth album, a decade and a half into their career, Deerhunter have created their most accessible work to date without sacrificing any of their creativity or songcraft. The focus has shifted from shoegazey echoes and distortion to a much more polished and sometimes even acoustic sound. “Element” feels like both the obvious “hit” […]

SWAMP DOGG – Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune // JOYFUL NOISE

50 yeas into a storied career, Swamp Dogg teamed up with Poliça’s Ryan Olson and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon combining bluesy southern soul with 21st century electronic music production techniques. Label: Joyful Noise Start with: 1,2,3,6,8 RIYL: Georgia Anne Muldrow, James Carr, O.V. Wright, Prophet FCC: Clean (sexual references on #7)

OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY // Meet You In The Shadows – BURGER RECORDS

Outrageous Cherry combined psychedelia, folk rock, art rock, and bubblegum music across more than 12 albums and nearly 3 decades. Meet You In The Shadows, their final studio album, is mellow psychedelic-esque rock with catchy vocals and upbeat guitar riffs. Label: Burger Records Start with: 1,6,7,10 RIYL: Yo La Tengo, Guided By voices, New Pornographers, […]

PART TIME // Spell #6 – BURGER RECORDS

Part Time puts out another hit record with Spell #6, a little bit different than past albums. Clean, big sounding, mellow alt type pop/light rock music. Late 80s sounding synths, very catchy. Play! Label: Burger Records Start with: 2,3,4,5,9 RIYL: Ariel Pink, John Maus, Craft Spells, Lower Dens, Art D’Ecco FCC: Clean

RAIZA BIZA & REMI // Black Hole Sun EP -LOW KEY SOURCE/HOUSE OF BEIGE

This “6 track-masterpiece flows between infectious grooves and features from the likes of Sampa the Great and Baro. Remi is firmly placed at the top of Australia’s soul and hop hop spectrum, having performed sold-out tours across Europe/Australia as well as shared the stage with the likes of Joey Bada$$, Danny Brown, and De La […]

TOMORROWS TULIPS // Harnessed to Flesh – BURGER RECORDS

Tomorrows Tulips’ newest album is filled with calm rock with strong guitar throughout and a mix of smooth acoustic tracks as well as more vibey guitar-led tracks. Relatively down tempo overall, a really mellow record. Label: Burger Records Start with: 2, 5, 10 RIYL: White Fence, Kurt Vile, The Beets, Tijuana Panthers, Wilco FCC: 7, […]

DAS BODY – LUMINELLE RECORDINGS

Smooth synthpop with some strong guitar throughout. “Listenably and undeniably pop, though just a little iffier — pop that feels like a newly-thrifted favorite T-shirt: comfortably worn, slightly unfaded, and with a cigarette burn on its sleeve.” Label: Luminelle Recordings Start with: 1, 2, 3 RIYL: Superorganism, Grimes, Lykke Li, Chromatics, TOPS, Morabeza Tobacco FCC: […]

GENTLEMEN AND SCHOLARS – REVELRY // Self-Released

Revelry is ripe with guitar heavy tracks and strong vocals. Energetic rock, but easy and upbeat listening at the same time. FCC: Clean Play: 3, 5 RIYL: Alabama Shakes, Delta Saints, The Weeks  

MILK CARTON KIDS – ALL THE THINGS THAT I DID AND ALL THE THINGS THAT I DIDN’T DO // Anti

In All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do, Milk Carton Kids set the scene with a trackless full of light, acoustic, and introspective folk. FCC: Clean Play: 1, 8, 11 RIYL: Langhorne Slim, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dawes

MOUSE ON THE KEYS – TRES // Topshelf Records

mouse on the keys latest album tres is a taste of ambient electronic beats and piano harmonies with some light vocals. The whole album has kind of a sleepy chill feel to it. Play! FCC: Clean Play: 1, 7, 10 RIYL: 3nd, toe, jizue

KRIS GRUEN – COAST & REFUGE // Mother West

Kris Gruen’s Coast & Refuge offered a variety of genres all in one 13 track record. Upbeat indie rock, folk rock, and some straight up folk tracks with a female vocal accompaniment. FCC: Clean Play: 1, 4, 12 RIYL: Houndmouth, Local Natives, Yo La Tengo

THE RECORD COMPANY – ALL OF THIS LIFE // Concord Records

On All of This Life, LA based trio The Record Company creates a gritty bar-rock sound with a hint of country flair. Strong Eddie Vedder-esque vocals. FCC: Clean Play: 2, 7, 10 RIYL: Alabama Shakes, The Graveltones, Dan Auerbach

MAMALARKY – FUNDAMENTAL THRIVE HIVE // Self Released

Laid back, ambient rock for the most part, a few lively beats. Hints of folk here and there. FCC: Clean Play: 2,3 RIYL: Sales, Hana Vu, Good Morning  

THE CREATION FACTORY // Lolipop Records

Upbeat harmonic surf rock !! The Creation Factory’s self titled album is mellow yet upbeat, easy, and groovy listening. Play it y’all FCC: Clean Play: 1, 3, 10 RIYL: Beach Boys, Shannon and the Clams, Wavves