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VÉRITÉ – New Skin // AWAL

From promoter: “Brooklyn artist Vérité is crafting catchy and ambient tracks on her new record New Skin. Written while traveling between Nashille, New York, and Los Angeles; her lyrics focus on the blandness of everyday romance in contrast to the normally cinematic depiction of love in other songs. She utilizes her smooth vocal style to […]

JESCA HOOP – STONECHILD // Memphis Industries

From promoter: “While Hoop‘s trademark finger-plucked guitar and ethereal textures remain, the songs and their presentation are ever more direct. “He – Parish – was a gentle collaborator until he killed one of my darlings” Hoop jests. “I’ve never been so brutally edited, and I wasn’t shy about expressing my discomfort at the sight of […]

TOTH – Juliette [Single] // Northern Spy

From promoter: “Brooklyn artist Tōth’s new single “Juliette” is a nostalgia dripping lament to a lost love. Getting his start with the band Rubblebucket and putting out his debut LP earlier this year, Alex Toth is a songwriter who is constantly creating and it is . “Juliette” implements low-fi acoustic guitar and Beach Boys-esque melodic […]

THE DISTRICTS – HEY JO [Single] // Fat Possum

From promoter: “It’s been two years since The Districts released Popular Manipulations, and their new single “Hey Jo” is the first single from the upcoming album You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere. The founding members – vocalist/guitarist Rob Grote, bassist Connor Jacobus, and drummer Braden Lawrence – have known each other since attending grade school together […]

CHROMATICS – Closer To Grey // Italians Do It Better

From COS: “Some may argue that with this album, Chromatics have completely left behind their original punk, lo-fi, noisy, chaotic sound and instead grown into their “Italo-Disco”-influenced sound of more recent times. However, you can arguably hear little gems of punk in the guitars of tracks like “Through the Looking Glass” but served in a […]

NO VACATION – Phasing [EP] // TOPSHELF

From Promoter: “Their new EP, Phasing, retains that same sweet, sun-drenched malaise of past No Vacation releases, but everything has now been tightened up a notch. The band says it’s a result of being more collaborative and understanding that each member has something unique to contribute. On Phasing, Nat was able to flex her classical […]

SKEGSS – My Own Mess // Loma Vista

Australian rock’n’roll trio Skegss blends a noisy and folksy sound with the raucous boom of garage rock on their new record My Own Mess. Hailing from Byron Bay, the trio have seen their following steadily grow due to their rowdy live performance and songwriting capability. The new record sees the band utilizing jangly guitar passages […]

JIMMY EAT WORLD – Surviving // RCA Records

It just took some time, but pop punk powerhouses Jimmy Eat World end a three year silence with their new record Surviving. This record showcases the same ear for melody that helped skyrocket the band after their 2001 record Bleed American, and removes some of the angst to show a more mature and refined version […]

THE SHIVAS – Dark Thoughts // Tender Loving Empire

Since 2006, Portland’s The Shiva’s have been churning out psychedelic, fuzzed out garage rock with an uncompromising dedication to D.I.Y. sensibilities.  Having honed and tightened their performances over the years without sacrificing the organic element of their live shows, The Shiva’s have matured into a project that is as raw and honest in studio as […]

JAPANESE WALLPAPER – Glow // Nettwerk

Gab Strum (aka Japanese Wallpaper) wanted to take his time, to figure out how to be a songwriter, a producer, and to hone in on the kind of music he wanted to make. After a song from his 2016 debut EP made the rounds online and on Triple J’s Hottest 100 radio in his native […]

CAMP HOWARD – Canon // self-released

Camp Howard is an indie-rock quartet based in Richmond, Virginia – fronted by songwriters Nic Perea and Wes Parker, and backed by Matt Benson and Brian Larson. The band composes songs in both English and Spanish. In 2016, Camp Howard released their self-titled debut album – a collection of songs written partly in high school and […]

ALLAH-LAS – LAHS // Mexican Summer

The Allah-Las seem to be transmitting from a place not found on any map. Those familiar with the band’s work will recognize their skillful melding of melodies and moods, but through that lens we see them venturing into new, exciting territories. Indeed, their growth not just as songwriters, but as performers, arrangers, and producers — […]

DIIV – Deceiver // Captured Tracks

From promoter: “The past three years since their previous album have been a period of rebirth for Brooklyn-born indie band, DIIV. For the first time, the band has enlisted an outside producer in the form of Sonny DiPerri (My Bloody Valentine, Animal Collective, Protomartyr) whose presence dramatically expanded the sonic palette. The overall sonic tonality […]

HERMITUDE – Pollyanarchy // Nettwerk

From promoter: “Signing with Nettwerk Records in 2015 saw Hermitude introduced to international crowds, touring the US and reaping in successes at lucrative festivals including SXSW, Governor’s Ball and Lollapalooza. Their reputation for producing an electrifying live show and stand out collaborations was eagerly adopted by international markets, while at home, Hermitude’s Australian fans were […]

ERTHLINGS – Indigo // Future Classic

From promoter: “Erthlings are four 16 year old Aussie women who have been crafting music together since just 8 years old. One year ago, they released their first two singles ever: “Bridges” and “Cuts & Bruises.” The tracks instantly caught and catapulted the young women to widespread global attention. In addition to garnering praise from […]

MEN I TRUST – Oncle Jazz // Self-Released

From promoter: “The story of Men I Trust’s rise to indie fame is a bit more abnormal than most. In 2014 producer Dragos Chiriac and bassist Jessy Caron, both Quebec music graduates and high school friends reunited after college and came together to form a duo named Men I Trust. The group initially started without […]

LEVITATION ROOM – HEADSPACE // Greenway

Psychedelic quartet Levitation Room breaks the bonds of gravity with their cosmic wall of sound and thought-provoking lyrics. Their decidedly hallucinogenic songs whisper and hum the same gentle refrain of their summer of love influences, conjuring up the imagery of sunny days at the park. Label: Headspace (Greenway) Start w/: 1,2,4,8 RIYL: Allah-Las, Frankie and the Witch […]

TEMPLES -Hot Motion // ATO Records

British indie group Temples explores new emotional depth through a familiar, technicolor perspective in their third album, Hot Motion. Their first release through ATO Records, this album also marks a new direction for the group. While the project is still reminiscent of 1960’s psychedelic rock, they break away slightly from their two previous albums and […]

FRIGHTENED RABBIT, VARIOUS ARTISTS – Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ Artist Name // Atlantic Records

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’, Frightened Rabbit asked other artists to record their own versions of songs on the album. If you’re familiar with the band, there are fresh takes on old favorites. The album features artists like Josh Ritter, Daughter and Manchester Orchestra! Be sure to check it […]

ANGIE MCMAHON – Salt // Dualtone

First full LP for Australian singer songwriter Angie Mc Mahon. Let her rich alto voice wash over you. Sometimes mournful, but her more upbeat tracks are great. Label: Dualtone Start w/: 3,4,5 RIYL: Jack River, Alex the Astronaut FCC: Clean

BLEACHED – You Don’t Think You’ve Had Enough // Dead Oceans

Bleached is an LA based trio with sisters Jennifer (lead vocals, guitar, synth) and Jessica Calvin (lead guitar, bass) and Nick Pilot (drums percussion). Jennifer and Jessica were formerly members of Miko Miko. It is a punk rock album with great hooks and every song sounds different. Label: Dead Oceans Start w:/ 4,5 RIYL: Fierce […]

ALEX MCARTOR – Spoken Word

17 year old Alex McArtor’s has a powerful voice and writes lyrics with intensity of someone way beyond her years. Spoken Word is an EP has a classic indie pop meets soul. A must play!!! Label: Self-released Start w/: all RIYL: Lana Del Rey, Adele FCC: Clean

JORY VINIKOUR & CHICAGO PHILHARMONIC – 20th Century Harpsichord Concertos // Cedille

Excellent works, ranging from a bit more traditional but modern, to frankly wild. Label: Cedille Start w/: 2, 4,5,6, 8, 12 FCC: Clean

MEOW MEOW AND THOMAS LAUDERDALE – Hotel Amour // Heinz Records

If you’ve heard classic jazz/full band pieces from the 20th century, you will find this album quite reminiscent of the era. Every violin, cello, horn, drum, etc. at the very least sounds like it was played by a human, an impressive feat in this age of virtual instrumentation. A large portion of the album’s vocals […]

TACOCAT – This Mess Is A Place // Sub Pop Records

Female-Fronted Indie Rock/Power Pop band with crisp guitar sound. Well-written lyrics that are both snarky and poignant. Great use of distortion throughout with catchy rhythms that will have you tapping your feet the whole way through. LabeL: Sub Pop Start w/: 1,2,6,8,9,10 RIYL: Cherry Glazerr, Waxahatchee, Speedy Ortiz, Hinds FCC: 3