Category Rock

Peach Pit// Being So Normal [Colombia Records]

Peach Pit is new to the scene, and their music is fresh on the ears for indie pop. This band has the grooviest guitar ever and well-thought out lyrics. Indie pop bordering a little on the alternative side, makes you want to dance. Would recommend that everyone gives this one a listen FCC: 9 Play: […]

Lala Lala// The Lamb [Hardly Art]

Really spectacular girl rock album from Lala Lala. Little bit of something for everyone, some songs go quite hard and others softer. Amazing female vocals, good percussion. Def check it out if you’re into indie rock and looking for something fresh. FCC: 3 Play: 1, 5, 6 RIYL: Cherry Glazerr, Hinds  

Family-Randy Wood

Congratulations to Randy Wood Best Male Artist 2018 with Native American Music Awards! Produced by Canyon Records,Cree musician continues to create music for Round Dances, Pow Wow and Gatherings where everyone can enjoy!  Unique voice contributes to this CD with hand drum accompaniment.  Play all!!

Windhand – Eternal Return

On previous efforts, Windhand let loose glorious moments of crushing gloom and fuzz that made it clear that the band had all of the pieces necessary to make a Sleep-esque record…they just couldn’t quite keep your attention. It’s hard to explain. You know that moment, when you’re  ALL IN for the first three tracks of an […]

Roots of Creation (Bombshelter) Grateful Dub

If you like the Dead and ROC, then you will love this album! Some great guest appearances from Stephen Marley, G.Love, Melvin Seals, Marlon Asher, among others  Try: 1,4,5,7,10,13 RIYL: The Grateful Dead, John Brown’s Body, Soja, Michael Franti, Jah Works FCC:Clean *TB Favs

Super Hi-Fi (Very Special Recordings) Blue and White

Interesting mix of sounds here. Definitely a Ska theme throughout, mixed with some pretty wild experimental and rock stuff.  Try: 3,7, 8,9,10,11 RIYL: Surf Rock, Ska, Experimental, FCC:Clean  *TB Favs

Spiritual Rez (SR) Setting in the West

A new direction for these guys? Sounds more like a 90s throwback, with a reggae feel. RIYL: John Brown’s Body, Soja, Michael Franti, Jah Works, Smashmouth, Reel Big Fish, Sublime FCC:4 (bitch)

Brewgreen and the Babylons (SR) A Little Way to Go

Hugh Yamada of “Going S” earlier days. Upbeat rock/folk done by young rockers with Japanese roots. Hugh’s voice wins it for me, such heart! I love the songs in Japanese best. Songs 4&5 were done LIVE on Continental Drift w/tonybonez on 8.29.2018  Try: 2,4,5, RIYL: Japanese Pop/Folk/Rock FCC:Clean *TB Favs

Humble Braggers – Cycle [Admirable Traits Records]

Humble Braggers is a Buffalo-based indie pop band who’s new EP, Cycle,has an infectious uplifting feeling. Label: Admirable Traits Records Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC: 6 RIYL: M83, Joywave, Cut Copy, Passion Pit

Hater – Siesta [Fire]

Hater’s new album, Siesta, is a breezy and catchy indie-pop album. The Revue “Hater’s sophomore LP is a concept record – or more accurately a coming-of-age soundtrack. It is like a great ’80s movie, where the stories of different characters seamlessly intersect.” Label: Fire Start w/ 1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Snail […]

Transviolet – Valley [BMG]

From promoter: “For a group who describe themselves as “small-town kids,” LA-based alt-pop quartet Transviolet’sfirst EP, Valley makes a commanding statement. Frontwoman Sarah McTaggart’s powerful vocals come to the forefront on Valley, pouring over soul-soothing melodies of synth and bass, soft pianos, and gripping transitions.” Label: BMG Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 FCC: 3 RIYL: Zolita, Lany, Leon

The Paper Kites – On The Corner Where You Live [Nettwerk]

Indie-Folk outfit The Paper Kites have released On The Corner Where You Live, the Australian band’s melancholic, mid-tempo companion to On The Train Ride Home. Label: Nettwerk Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Grizzly Bear, The Milk Carton Kids, Offa Rex

Slothrust – The Pact [Dangerbird Records]

From promoter: “Double down with Slothrust’s new album The Pact. This record is everything you wanted from this band, and more. Huge hooks, causing guitars and aggressive wit.” Label: Dangerbird Records Start w/ 1, 4, 6, 7, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Wolf Alice, St Vincent, Speedy Ortiz

Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noise [Dirty Hit]

Pale Waves is a four-piece UK indie pop band and their debut album My Mind Makes Noise is amazing. It’s full of glittering guitar riffs, strong drums, and beautiful songwriting. Label: Dirty Hit Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 11 FCC: 7, 8, 14 RIYL: The 1975, Wolf Alice, The Cure

Jungle – For Ever [XL Recordings]

Pitchfork: “The British soul collective Jungle wear their second-hand influences with pride. They come about disco by way of Disclosure, Marvin Gaye by way of Pharrell, and Sly and the Family Stones by way of Portugal. The Man.” Label: XL REcordings Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Maribou State, […]

Guerilla Toss – Twisted Crystal [DFA Records]

From promoter: “Analog synthesizers give tangible life to the works of Guerrilla Toss. Whether it be the sound of a rocket ship, a kitten-with-a-wah, distorted dolphins, or a clavichord made out of honey-baked ham, the band consistently finds new ways to bring together the many ideas that combine to shape each new batch of art-rock […]

Christine and the Queens – Chris [Capitol]

From promoter: “Characterized by 80’s post-disco groove, effortless funk, and smooth, smoldering beat, Chris, is an instant pop classic.” Label: Capitol Start w/ 4, 5, 10, 11 FCC: 2 RIYL: Perfume Genius, Warpaint, St Vincent

Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions

The world needs more bands like Clutch. In a genre that consistently takes itself too seriously, Clutch is a band you can’t count on for a good time. They also happen to write some catchy songs. Book of Bad Decisions immediately shifts into gear with Gimme the Keys. The title track, Book of Bad Decisions, shows a new, funkier side of […]

Tirzah – Devotion [Domino]

Devotion is yeas in the main, recorded mostly in the shared houses and makeshift studios of her South London crew of artists and friends. Devotion is very much a journey – a deeply personal hallucination of British RnB at its best, where the rough edges of writing partner Micachu’s famously experimental sonic scraps are softened […]

The Spirit of the Beehive – Hypnic Jerks [Tiny Engines]

Hypnic Jerks, the Philly quintet’s third full-length and second for Tiny Engines, sounds like, as front man Zack Schwartz put’s it, “the state between wakefulness and sleep.” Label: Tiny Engines Start w/ 1, 9, 10 FCC: 2, 4, 7, 8 RIYL: Japanese breakfast, Alex G, Jay Som

Shortly – Richmond [Triple Crown]

Shortly’s haunting vocal delivery and reverb-drenched guitar is further bolstered by her storytelling ability and the live band’s finely-tuned attention to dynamics and powerful harmonies. Label: Triple Crown Start w/ 1, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Snail Mail, Mitski

Sextile – 3 [Felte]

Sextile – 3 sees the synth-centric post-punk band returning as a duo and heading in a fancier directions. It’s a new sound, but it’s a very natural evolution. Label: Felte Star w/ 1, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: A Place To Bury Strangers, D.A.F., Boy Harsher

Ron Gallo – Stardust Birthday Party [New West]

Gallo’s raw poeticism, crashing drums, fuzzy guitars, and driving garage punk energy, maintain an upbeat sense of urgency and an eagerness to move forward. Label: New West Start w/ 2, 5, 10, 12 FCC: 4, 9, 13 RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Mitski, Snail Mail

Low – Double Negative [Sub Pop]

Low will release it’s most brazen, abrasive (and, paradoxically, most empowering) album ever: Double Negative, an unflinching eleven-song quest through snarling static and shattering beats that somehow culminates in the brightest pop song of Low’s career. Label: Sub Pop Start w/ 3, 5, 8, 9 FCC: 1, 6 RIYL: Sun Kill Moon, Beach House, Blonde Redhead  

Gold Stars – Uppers & Downers [Autumn Tone]

This alternative indie rock band’s new album, Uppers & Downers, has lush arrangements & vintage-sounding keys & chords. Label: Autumn Tone Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 7, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Beck, Ryan Adams, The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile