Category Rock

Cymbals – Light In Your Mind [Tough Love]

Cymbals newest album combines acoustic instruments, synths, and drums for an album of 80’s-influenced post-punk and indie-electro vibes. The combination of synthetic and acoustic instruments gives the album a fun, nostalgic sound. Label: Tough Love Start With: 1,3,7,10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Capital Cities, Beach Fossils, Citrus, Hoops, Hot Chip, Genesis, Metronomy, Friendly Fires, Wild Nothing, DIIV […]

The Karpinka Brothers- Talk is Cheap (self-released)

These artists hail from Saskatchewan, Canada and the stereotypical Canadian niceness and positivity is very present in their music. Recording and production for the album was done by grammy-nominated Howard Bilerman, who was effective at creating a happy album full of nostalgic rock sound. Play all

! Esso ! Afrojam Funkbeat (Sonic Octopus) Juntos

 Chicago based with International Tentacles, this group brings a lot to the table. More Latin than Afro or Funk, this album blends many styles with latin roots from romantic to spoken word and MC styling’s, all with great percussion and horns. Start with 2, 5, 6, 10, 12, & 13

Summer Heart- 101 (Perfect Texture)

This electronic/dream pop album is upbeat and summery, fitting for the band’s name. According to the Swedish solo artist, the album is supposed to tell a love story, as seen in the oscillation between tales of love and struggle sung over danceable beats. Recommend tracks 1, 3, 7, PLAY ALL!

Madeline Kenney- Night Night At the First Landing (Company Records)

Featuring soaring vocals over excellent production, this indie rock album is a beautiful collaboration between Kennedy and Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bear. The overall sound is dreamy and atmospheric, and reflects album’s cover of a serene picture of the night sky.  PLAY ALL!

Baby Jesus- Took Our Sons Away (Yippee Ki Yay Records)

This album is high-energy and pure rock and roll. The Swedish band has a clear 60’s rock sound, but their punk inspiration is also easily identifiable from this album. The lyrics are growled over the guitar and the beat is undeniably danceable. PLAY ALL- huge fan!

James Vincent McMorrow- True Care (James Mahogany Books ltd.)

This album is a masterful combination of a variety of synths, piano, and guitar. The work was similar to/reminiscent of that of artists including Bon Iver and S. Carey. As a whole, McMorrow’s use of synths and harmony creates a sound that is both mysterious and soothing; the slow nature of the songs allows for […]

The Lovely Bad Things- Teenage Grownups

This energetic album is largely alternative rock, but tracks like the opener “I’ll Listen” and #7 clearly point to punk influences. The album consists of lots of guitar and head-banging tunes which are intermittent with some slower ballads including #11 “Glow Buddy.” As a whole, the balance between the different sounds is effective at giving […]

COAST MODERN (300 ENTERTAINMENT/+1 RECORDS) COAST MODERN

The self-titled, debut album of LA indie pop duo Coast Modern is a funky mix that lifts the spirit with its unique pop sound and authentic alt vocals. Take the pop flair of BØRNS and the eerie offlandishness of Glass Animals and VOILA! A Coast Modern album is born. It’s one of those albums that […]

OH SEES (CASTLE FACE) ORC

Popular Garage Rock band (with a recent name change), Oh Sees, just dropped their 19th full length album, Orc. On this record Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees start off garagey, but the B side gets more droney and psychedelic. Overall, a solid record that proves the bands relevancy in todays rock scene. Favorites: 2, 5, […]

DINNER (CAPTURED TRACKS) NEW WORK

Danish producer/singer, Anders Rhedin, just released his fresh third album titled ‘New Work’. In this album you can hear a lot of indie pop influence with reverb filled jangly guitar riffs and catchy melodies. Rhedin had a different mindset going into this project than his past works, he wanted something immediate in order to think […]

THE WAR ON DRUGS (CANVASBACK/ATLANTIC) A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING

The Philly-based indie rock band The War On Drugs’ fourth album, A Deeper Understanding, is a cross between classic rock and placid folk music. If Simple Minds and Real Estate had a musical love child, it would be this album. Adam Granduciel vocals are strong and well-suited to this genre of music. Favorites: 2, 6, […]

WIDOWSPEAK (CAPTURED TRACKS) EXPECT THE BEST

The fourth album from Brooklyn-based indie rock band Widowspeak has a hypnotic and brooding sound that makes you feel nostalgic for nostalgia’s sake. It is consistent with the mellow and ethereal sound that continues to draw Widowspeak fans in. Definitely a good album to listen to if you’re looking for some peace and serenity. Favorites: […]

ALEX CAMERON (SECRETLY CANADIAN) FORCED WITNESS

The singer/songwriter/character, Alex Cameron, is making waves in the synth pop game. With this album it shows that he is not only a talented artist, but that he has a conceptual intellect that is hard to find in todays music. Cameron has a very firm grip on his style in this album, and shows that […]

MIDNIGHT SISTER (JAGJAGUWAR) SATURN OVER SUNSET

The debut album from Midnight Sister of Jagjaguwar displays a refreshing take on indie/art pop. This record shows a lot of promise for the Los Angeles duo. The percussion on this album is definitely worth noting as well. Favorites: 2, 3, 5, 9.

WALTER TV (SINDERLYN) CARPE DIEM

Walter TV are an indie rock group composed of members that play with Mac Demarco and have just recently released their third record, Carpe Diem. They show a lot of progress on this record with a more refined sound and some neat experimentation production wise, all the while still maintaining the same bouncy Walter TV […]

Brownout (Self Released) Over the Covers

These guys are known for Black Sabbath Covers, but are leaving that behind to create original music. Elements of Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, Fuzzed out Guitars, soulful vocals, R & B, and a killer horn section. I like their instrumentals more than their vocals, but maybe that’s me? All good but 4 was my fav! RIYL: […]

Havana Maestros (Rhino) AmeriCuba

Classic Latin backbeats to pop tunes. If you liked the original, you’ll like these! The good ones are REALLY good! Their original tunes are solid as well. I liked 1, 3, 4, 6, and 11 the best!

Tanzania Albinism Collective (Six Degrees) White African Power.

Pretty amazing story of this group… They are all from an island in Africa where parents abandon their Albino babies. Great traditional African music with modern twist. My only complaint is the songs are too short! Male and Female Vox. All good, all short.

Various Artists (Putumayo) Cuba! Cuba!

Another Solid Cuban Music release from Putumayo. Classic sounding tunes including a few from the popular Buena Vista Social Club album. All good! I liked 1, 3, 6, and 8 the best!

CSC Funk Band (Electric Cowbell) Above the Starrs

Great Funk Jazz from a crazy group of all stars, like members of Gwar! All songs are good! RIYL- Greyboy All-Stars

Nattali Rize (Co-Sign) Rebel Frequency

Solid Reggae from an Australian living in Jamaica. Poppy, Conscious, and Political. Try 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12

Dirtwire (Beats Antique) Showdown

David Satori of Beats Antique and friends throw down amazing eclectic music fusing electronic, distorted slide guitars, organic unique sounds, and great bass. Def sounds like Beats Antique. Try 2, 3, 4, 5, 11

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan (Domino) Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars

Interesting mix of many styles here. Middle Eastern and Indian styles, in addition to some singer/songwriter sounding stuff. My favs are 1, 5, and 9.  

Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts

Offa Rex are a new band featuring members of The Decemberists plus vocalist Olivia Chaney. The music of pays homage to psychedelic folk rock of the 60s, fusing traditional English/Celtic folk music with some rock influence as well. Traditional songs as well as a few covers of more recent work. Some standouts are “Blackleg Miner”, […]