Category Rock

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Eliza Rickman-FOOTNOTES FOR THE SPRING (Self-Released)

The second full length album  from Eliza Rickman which showcases her hauntingly high voice that carries such a sweetness to it while always having a touch of sadness tucked somewhere deep within. Diverse arrangements highlighted by Jason Webley’s strings are accompanied by a multitude of other instruments from a vast array of musicians, giving each […]


Saintseneca – Such Things

Columbus, OH band Saintseneca’s latest album Such Things is a great collection of lo-fi, melodic folk punk songs, with sitar flourishes on a few like “The Awefull Yawn” and “Necker Cube”. Lots of catchy, enjoyable songs on this album, but the clear standout is “River”, which pairs grim lyrics with a buoyant lead guitar riff. […]

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Pure Bathing Culture – Pray For Rain

Pray For Rain is the sophomore album from Pure Bathing Culture, a duo consisting of Vetiver members Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman. On this album they worked with producer John Congleton to make something a little different and the result is less straightforward dream pop than their debut Moon Tides and more of a fusion […]


Balthazar – Thin Walls

Thin Walls is the latest album from the Belgian band Balthazar. They recorded this album with British producers Ben Hillier and Jason Cox. The opening track is one of the more immediately accessible songs on the album, sounding like a mix of Arcade Fire and the last Arctic Monkeys album. There’s a bit of Lou […]

Black Masala – “I Love You Madly”

Brass-heavy, funky, dance music.  Multi-international influences, but all dance-party-centric.  Part gypsy-punk, part afro-cuban funk, part Balkan brass, part New Orleans funk.  100% good times.   RIYL: Gogol Bordello, Mariachi El Bronx, Rebirth Brass Band Play: #1, 2, 3 FCC: Clean Label: self- released


City and Colour – “If I Should Go Before You”

First time full-band effort, from long-time solo artist.  Dreamy indie-folk with deep grooves, and almost-R&B undercurrents.  Very well-crafted songs that draw from blues, R&B, indie rock, and alt-country.  Great vocal range with beautiful harmonies all around.   RIYL: Ray Lamontagne, Iron & Wine, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes Play: #6, 8, 2, 10, 5 […]


Majical Cloudz – “Are You Alone?”

Hypnotic, sparse, and intimate.  Simple, minor-key instrumentation, combined with plaintive, soothing, aching, crooning vocals.  Mostly electronic, and piano instrumentation.  Super sad, but in a good way.   Play: # 9, 8, 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, Owen Palette, How To Dress Well, Caribou Label: Matador


Car Seat Headrest – “Teens of Style”

Fuzzed-out, multi-layered, harmonies.  Lo-fi anthems of youthful joy and frustration.  Made up of reworkings of songs from his many previous albums, this major label debut is very impressive.  Multiple/distorted guitar tracks flesh out hidden pop-gems on every track.  What if Brian Wilson was born in 1988 and raised on Weezer? Play: #1, 5, 4, 9, […]

Slim Twig- Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig (DFA/Grasshopper)

Slim Twig- Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig is a sonic, colorful and vibrant album to date. Twig’s elements of Space Rock and digital approach delivers a fun three dimensional album. TYFSWT leaves the listener wondering what happened, where am I? Fun!?

Robert Delong- In the Cards (Glassnote Music)

Robert Delong- In the Cards is fun and very danceable. Delong’s Second Studio Album Delivers an enrichment of Electronic stylings ranging from Techno to Trip Hop and all in between. In the cards is emotive with deep compositions full of soulful expressive anecdotes.

Fort Lean-Quiet Day (Ooh La La/Caroline)

Fort Lean delivers a great and satisfying album. Dreamy Mood music with an Alternative twist. Great Beats, Lyrical and texturally Awesome. Fun, Fun, Fun!

Dirty Ghosts- Let it Pretend (Lost Gang Records)

Fun, Rythmic distorted melodies.This album is Full of Energy. Sounds somewhat likeArctic Monkeys. All songs start and finish strong. Let it Pretend- Dirty Ghosts balances the line between Punk & Indie Rock. Great for driving or getting your day started over a cup of tea or coffee.

Neon Indian – Vega Intl. Night School

You are lucid dreaming of an acid drenched dance trip, wearing sunglasses at night and throwing glow sticks at passing Ubers. After waking, you immediately sign up for night school credits at Vega Intl. Play: 2,3,4,6,7,10,12,13 Label: Mom + Pop FCC: Clean RIYL: Toro y Moi, Washed Out

BOYTOY – Grackle

It’s Friday night. You are looking for a real hip band to see at a rock and roll club (do those exist anymore?). Never fear, BOYTOY’s got the goods. Hailing from Brooklyn NY, recorded in Chelsea MA, Grackle rocks. Play: 1,3,4,11,8,10 Label: Papercup FCC: 5 RIYL: Wavves, JEFF the Brotherhood, TacoCat



“Rock the Cause records presents a tribute to the voice that brought psychedelic trippiness to the 60’s folk-pop sound. ” “Smart, sometimes subversive covers.  Donovan’s songs occupy a particular place int he highlight reel of the ’60s, embodying idealism that’s now mostly gone from the pop conversation.  These earnest qualities were pretty much swept away […]



Athens, GA-based rockers blend rollicking twang with cosmic psychedelia on climmering, sweat-drenched anthems documenting the trials and tribulations of touring.  (This is from the sticky that came on the album, but it’s spot on.) RIYL: Dr. Dog, The War on Drugs, Deer Tick, MMJ | PLAY: 2, 4, 9, 5, 7 | FCC: 6 (says […]



Released anew on their new record label, these Philly rockers hit rootsy folk and blues slanted rock while keeping the Philly brand and style alive.  Great college radio rock for those liking everyone from Wilco to the Meat Puppets and Dr. Dog. PLAY: 4, 2, 3, 7, 8, ALL | RIYL: Dr. Dog, War on Drugs, […]


Staying in a cabin right here in Vermont, Foxing holed up to write what would eventually become Dealer. Their second album held on to the typical vocal styles of pop punk that we heard on their first album, but shed a lot of the “punk” in it’s instrumentals. Good music for a rainy day. Favorite […]


Speaking from what could pass as Kurt Cobain’s old journal entries, Daniel Pujol rants about money, love, and rebellion on his new EP Kisses. Combined with instrumentals that could easily stand on their own, the result bombards us with high anxiety tracks that require a lot of attention. Favorite Tracks: 1, 2, 6 RIYL: King Tuff, Jaill, […]


New York City funk band Lettuce releases Crush, showcasing 15 tracks that are just as funky as you’d expect them to be. This one will make you want to get up and get your groove on! Heavily instrumental. Reminiscent of Zappa’s Hot Rats album. RIYL: The New Mastersounds, Funkadelic, Papa Grows Funk, The Meters Favorite Tracks: 2, […]


In an ingenious move to showcase their abilities without jeopardizing a generic categorization, American electronic rock project Glint released a new single featuring three distinct tracks (“Guided”, “All Is Well”, and “The Truth Lies in Us”). Extrovert can only be described as a slew of upbeat electronic and rock instrumentals nurturing self-deprecating and desperate lyrics. RIYL: The Libertines, […]



This October, Philadelphia-based group Cold Fronts introduced their first full-length album, Whatever Forever, courtesy of Sire Records. Resting somewhere between pop punk and indie rock, several tracks display frantic vocal melodies shouted over classic power chords, while others feature soft melodies over simple chord progressions. A good variety for a happy and sunny summer’s day. Favorite […]



Called the “Tennessee titans of doom/psych/jam/rock” (Relix) this album starts light and quickly digs deep.  Fuzzy, grungy guitars and vocals on most tracks and dark fingerpicked tunes interspersed throughout.  A bit of grungy surf rock and gothic Americana.  Widely hailed as a 5-star effort from this foursome.  Hard to define, but great approachable heavy album. […]

Double Down – Darwin Deez

bright pop mixed with lo-fi indie feels… soundtrack to your casual sunshine-drenched dance party RIYL: Beck, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend Play: 1, 2, 4, 5, 10 FCC: 3, 8



Rock n’ roll musics that blend the sounds of Wilco with the Moondoggies and the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan, too, in a way.  If you like any of the RIYL bands, you will dig these guys! RIYL: Alabama Shakes, the Moondoggies, Wilco, The Grateful Dead, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, […]


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