Category Rock

SWIIMS – FILL ME UP (SINGLE) [MINT 400]

A fresh, dream pop single from new Toronto-based band SWiiMS. Keep an ear out for catchy melodies, lethargic vocals, and a driving tambourine beat. Play! FCC: Clean

REMO DRIVE – A PORTRAIT OF AN UGLY MAN [EPITAPH]

Remo Drive’s newest album, A Portrait Of An Ugly Man, doesn’t shy away from self reflection and talking about subjects such as mental health and self worth. These thoughtful lyrics are presented on a backdrop of catchy hooks and songs that flow effortlessly into one another. Overall, an enjoyable listen. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 2, […]

NOI!SE – LOST (SINGLE) [PIRATES PRESS RECORDS]

Gravelly vocals, wailing guitars, and a relentless bassline come together for a track to head bang to from Noi!se. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Street Dogs, Dropkick Murphys, Rancidi

MOUNTAIN TIME – MUSIC FOR LOOKING ANIMALS [SPARTAN]

A beautiful album of new age folk fueled by horns, strings, and backup vocals. Mountain Time’s complex lyrics ask us the big questions about life. You’ll hear the influence of 60s and 70s sounds, such as those of Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan. Layered vocals, complex rhythms, and gorgeous guitar make for a […]

PRISM TATS – AVALANCHE (SINGLE) (LEONARD COHEN COVER) [ANTI-]

Dark and moody, Prism Tats’ (aka Garrett Van Der Spek) rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche” features powerful guitar and foggy vocals. Though Van Der Spek first deliberated releasing the song at this moment in time, he ultimately decided that music is his “greatest contribution to change and that should not waiver.” One hundred percent of […]

PILLOW QUEENS – HANDSOME WIFE (SINGLE) [SELF-RELEASED]

An energized and spirited track from Pillow Queens, featuring robust vocals, strong lead guitar, and a catchy chorus. Play for a bouncy, head-banging good time. FCC: Clean RIYL: Moses & The Burning Bush, Junior Brother, Bleeding Heart Pigeons

HEY, KING! – LUCKY (SINGLE) [ANTI-]

A new passionate single from Hey, King! The song has hints of Arcade Fire, Fiona Apple, and even Tom Petty. It shares a message which the songwriters wanted to send to their younger selves- a message of love and acceptance, that it is all going to be ok. Soaring vocals, an explosive string section, and […]

DISHEVELED CUSS – DISHEVELED CUSS [SARGENT HOUSE]

Disheveled Cuss is the debut solo album of singer and guitarist Nick Reinhart. The sound of the record is 90s pop-rock inspired, and features some melancholy melodies, but lots of fun rock hooks. The entire album encompasses a wistful feeling for the past, and is worth a full listen. Play! FCC: 5, 7 TRY: 4, […]

COMMONWEALTH CHOIR – NO END (EP) [KNOW HOPE]

Philadelphia-based Commonwealth Choir shows pop-punk and classic rock influence in their latest EP, No End. Featuring some jammin’ guitars and driving drums, the record is worth some air time (just watch out for number five). Play! FCC: 5 TRY: 1, 2, 3 RIYL: Jimmy Eat World, Archers of Loaf, Balance & Composure, Sebadoh

BRIAN ERICKSON – ANOTHER UNFINISHED NOVEL (SINGLE) [MINT 400]

Erickson’s first single as a solo artist, this song is a candy-coated track full of steady acoustic guitar, complimentary harmonies, and relaxed percussion. A great track for a day of fresh air and sunshine. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Ian Johnson, Elevator Ride, Treize

ANDY JENKINS – FAR AWAY FROM HERE (FEAT. ERIN RAE) (SINGLE) [SPACEBOMB RECORDS]

A sweet new single from Andy Jenkins featuring Erin Rae. Keep an ear out for floating vocals, unique chord progressions, and honeyed lyrics. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Erin Rae, Sam Evian, Matthew E. White

ROBERT FRANCIS + THE END TIMES – VOL. 1 [AERONAUT RECORDS]

Welcome to the soundtrack to your next road trip. In his latest album, Robert Francis embraces “heart-on-sleeve, nostalgia-driven rock & roll” to create a masterful compilation of songs to make your heart feel full. The record features strong guitar, pretty harmonies, lyrics from the heart, and an impeccable mix. An album for the open road. […]

BAD COP/BAD COP – THE RIDE [FAT WRECK CHORDS]

The newest album from Los Angeles-based Bad Cop/Bad Cop is full of political statements regarding the current state of the country, with an emphasis on moving past an angry reaction to a more productive response. The record features loud guitars, powerhouse drums, fierce vocal harmonies, and exudes female energy. Play! FCC: 10, 11 TRY: 3, […]

DIVES – 100 TIME (SINGLE) [SILUH RECORDS]

New pop rock single from Vienna-based, all-female band DIVES. Solid indie beat, bold lyrics, and sweet harmonies on the chorus. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: 5K HD, Scheibsta & die Buben, Ant Antic

SAMMY BRUE – CRASH TEST KID [NEW WEST]

New from Sammy Brue! This album is diverse, creative, and a solid piece of rock and roll. Featuring energetic guitar picking and thoughtful, storytelling lyrics, this teenager who is transforming the world of rock really hits the nail on the head. Take some time to listen to the full album- it’s worth it. Play! FCC: […]

OFF WITH THEIR HEADS – CHARACTER [ANXIOUS AND ANGRY]

Originally meant as a way to keep busy when Off With Their Heads was forced to cancel their tour, the band’s new stripped down, acoustic record is truly worth a listen. The album was recorded in a friend’s basement and features originals as well as covers (Shel Silverstein and Shudder to Think). The band describes […]

ARCHERS OF LOAF – TALKING OVER TALK (SINGLE) [MERGE]

A standard rock single from Archers of Loaf. Not fantastic, but not bad. Give it a listen! FCC: Clean RIYL: Superchunk, Silkworm, Guided By Voices

SPECIAL MOVES – THANK U PILE OF CDRS (SINGLE) [SOLIDARITY CLUB]

Fuzzy and bright, this new single from Special Moves reminds listeners to think about past loves (musical or otherwise) with nostalgic lyrics and a living room open-mic feel. FCC: Clean RIYL: early 90s indie rock

FAKE POCKETS – MAGNOLIA STREET [Mint 400]

A soundtrack for the summer! This album features nostalgic, sunny sounds with an indie rock feel. Keep an ear out for jangly guitars and lovesick vocals. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 5 RIYL: Waxahatchee, Big Thief, Bedouine, Julia Jacklin

SAY THEIR NAMES – READ BY SALAM FATAYER

On June 2, Radio Milwaukee created a recording of 100 names of people that have lost their lives due to systemic racism and police brutality. Join stations nationwide in taking the time to #saytheirnames on the air (often!) to help create transformative change.  FCC: Clean

Pinegrove – Marigold [Rough Trade Records]

Montclair, New Jersey natives, Pinegrove, find themselves partnered up with Rough Trade Records for their fourth release, Marigold. Unlike their previous recordings, Marigold is quite positive with less adolescent angst and more early adult content. The Country/Americana influences that garnered them attention at conception takes a front row seat as indicated by the simpler harmonic […]

Frances Quinlan – Likewise [Saddle Creek]

The debut release from Hop Along lead singer Frances Quinlan is an oddly-structured, poppy confessional that combines elements of Indie and Electronic genres for a unique listen. Quinlan’s voice certainly steals the show here; it ranges from a whispery sweetness to a raging rasp complimented perfectly by dynamic instrumentals. Not to miss.

Francesca Blanchard – Happy For You [Tone Tree Music] (LOCAL)

The Burlington singer-songwriter’s latest EP compiles four singles released over the past year, each depicting different aspects of a strained relationship. The title track is an acoustic guitar number with strings, while others take a more heavily produced indie sound. Track Picks: 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, Clever Girls

Madaila – West [Future Fields] (LOCAL)

The first of four EPs announced for release in 2020 by Mark Daly’s one-man band Madaila, West takes a rootsier approach to the project’s sound without sacrificing any of their songcraft. A gorgeous collection of harmonic folky rock with a psychedelic twinge. Track Picks: 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lord Huron, Iron and Wine, […]

Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud [Merge Records]

From promoter: ” Her best album yet.” – Rolling Stone Saint Cloud is an intimate journey through the places she’s been, filled with the people she’s loved.” Label: Merge Records Start w/ 2, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lucinda Williams, Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Courtney Barnett