Category Rock

Polo & Pan/Cyclorama/Hamburger Records

Deeeelicious French pop, disco, electronic album. Recommended Tracks: 2,4,5,15

Lionel Boy/Lionel Boy/Innovative Leisure

Gentle voice, dreamy sweet energy. Reminds me of still woozy, hether, etc. Recommend tracks: 2, 11, 7

Okay Kaya/The Incompatible Okay Kaya/Jagjaguwar

Smooth and dreamy! Recommended Tracks: 1,3,9

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Illusory Walls

Release Date: October 8, 2021 Label: Epitaph Illusory Walls is by far the most technically proficient and hardest hitting music released by the band. You can hear cynicism grown from the dystopian period that we’re all navigating. Queen Sophie For President opens up on a bass line that seems inspired by The Cure. This song […]

Quicksand – Distant Populations

Release Date: September 24, 2021 Label: Epitaph Quicksand, continues their post-hardcore renaissance. After lying dormant for 22 years, this is the second Quicksand record in 4 years. Distant Populations has a punchier, more up-tempo sound, with 11 concise songs that are sonic jewels. The band doesn’t waste a single note. Its gripping lyricism and raw […]


What a fabulous day for novelty hockey records! And I say that solely because my beloved San Jose Sharks beat New Jersey last night, so all is well in the world. Also, there’s a new Zambonis record. So all is… okay in that world. I know! I really wanted it to be awesome too. But […]

Noah Kesey – Forget [Self-released] (LOCAL)

Former Full Walrus bandleader Noah Kesey’s latest single is a shining slice of lo-fi indie-pop, with low-key reflective lyrics delivered over a backdrop of crunchy guitars and a drum track that sounds like a ‘90s video game (in a good way!) FCC: Clean RIYL: Deerhunter, Real Estate, Remi Russin, Lily Seabird, Hippo Campus

Father Figuer – Ghost (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The latest single from BTV outfit Father Figuer is a gorgeous slice of spacey minimalism. Distant, echoey vocals cascade over a gentle intro, which builds into a hard-grooving bridge and a wall of wailing guitar for an outro. FCC: Clean RIYL: Cocteau Twins, Deerhunter, Clever Girls, Modest Mouse

Stadiums – Oceanside (Self-released)

Maine-based duo Stadiums describe their sound as “large-scale pro-romance indie-pop,” which sounds about accurate. Shiny guitars and synths over drum-machine rhythms make a great backdrop for tender vocals singing lovelorn lyrics. One member is a UVM alum and “former failed WRUV DJ!”  Track Picks: 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Future Crib, Lucy Dacus, Remi Russin, […]

They Might Be Giants – Book [Idlewild]

Back again doing what they do best. If you’re a fan of their earlier stuff, you’ll enjoy this. RIYL: The Mountain Goats, OK Go, Ben Folds,The Magnetic Fields, of Montreal, The Violent FemmesFCC: CleanFocus: #7,3,10,12

Louie Short – Omw 4ev [S/R]

Joins the vaguely folky, vaguely rock and roll group of folks like Tobias Jesso Jr. and Harry Nilsson. Feels a bit shambolic and naive in the best possible way. RIYL: Andy Shauf, Graham Parsons, Buck Meek FCC: 4

The Dodos – Grizzly Peak [Polyvinyl]

10 anthemic, gorgeously-rendered tracks from the 15+ year strong duo!!! RIYL: Animal Collective & Dirty Projectors FCC: 3

La Luz – La Luz [Hardly Art]

Fuzzed out, a little bit of pysch, and kind of funky in a way! RIYL: Habibi, Female Species, Chastity Belt FCC: Clean

DJ Harrison – “Cosmos (Single)”[Stones Throw]

“Cosmos” is the third and final single from DJ Harrison’s forthcoming album Tales From the Old Dominion. This stripped down, Roots-inspired, hip-hop track featuring Pink Siifu transmits a high-flying feeling. DJ Harrison produced tracks on Pink Siifu’s recent album GUMBO! and they wrote “Cosmos” together around this time. The song’s lyrics speak to “the feeling […]

Dakota Theim – Tangled Heart [S/R]

Dakota Theim started taking piano lessons at age 7, before later teaching himself guitar after a stretch of enjoying the popular video game Guitar Hero. With piano and guitar in the bag, Theim went on to teach himself bass and drums. Theim played and recorded everything on early demos for Tangled Heart himself before sharing […]

Claire Cronin – Bloodless [Ordinal]

Like its musical predecessor, Big Dread Moon (2019), the arrangements on Bloodless’ nine songs are stripped and sparse, Cronin’s steady electric guitar and spectral voice holding center as strings and synthesizers provide wisps of eerie atmosphere. The sound of Bloodless is both more visceral and more subliminal than Big Dread Moon, due in equal part […]

Andriana Chobot – Like It’s the Last Time [Self-released] (LOCAL)

Vermont singer-songwriter Andriana Chobot takes a dance-pop turn on the triumphant lead single from her upcoming album. Her dynamic vocals are surrounded by a woozy blend of synths and saxophones, atop a complex bassline and a thumping dembow beat. FCC: Clean RIYL: Mitski, Maggie Rogers, Francesca Blanchard

Mouse Rat – The Awesome Album

Release Date: August 27, 2021 Label: Dualtone Mouse Rat is fronted by local Pawnee, Indiana Parks and Recreation shoeshine employee Andy Dwyer.  Dwyer is known around town as a prolific genius, fronting many local acts through the years including: A.D and the D Bags, The Andy Andy Andies, Andy Dwyer Experience, Angelsnack, Crackfinger, Death of […]

Angel Du$t – YAK: A Collection of Truck Songs

Release Date: October 22, 2021 Label: Roadrunner Records A pleasantly short album from members of Turnstile and Trapped Under Ice. The musical style goes on to show that we haven’t reached the limits of the ever-expanding genre of post-hardcore. The lyrical content deals with mundanity of life the beauty of the routine. The opener, Big […]


Winnipeg Band Indian City Walks Beyond a Pandemic withNew Album Titled, “Code Red” Album conveys hope and need for inclusion, understanding and optimism “Code Red” is the fourth album from Winnipeg folk-pop collective Indian City. Indian City is led by Vince Fontaine (Anishinaabe), the Juno Award-winning founder of First Nations rock icons Eagle & Hawk, and features acclaimed […]

Destroy Boys – Open Mouth, Open Heart [Hopeless]

Destroy Boys have made waves from the California shoreline to the UK, sharing stages with up and coming bands like Mannequin Pu*sy as well as punk stalwarts such as Face To Face and Lagwagon. They’ve also racked up over 40 million streams, with the numbers ticking upward every day without fail. And their visceral, personal tales of scene bullies, elitist cliques, […]

Lizzie and the Makers – Dear Onda Wahl [Self-Released]

Something you’d hear playing in a car commercial but with far more substance. RIYL: Black Keys, Dixie Chicks FCC: clean

The Lighthouse and the Whaler – Talk [Self-Released]

Solid alternative rock with a folk tinge. RIYL: Magic Man, Pacific Air, Run River North FCC: clean

Nation of Language – A Way Forward [Play it Again Sam]

A nice electronic/fuzzed out blend. RIYL: Small Black, Cold Cave, The Soft Moon, White Lies, Porridge Radio, John Maus, Future Islands, CHVRCHES, LCD Soundsystem, New Order, The NationalFCC: #4 Focus: #3, 4, 7, 9

Snail mail – Valentine [Matador]

Cool indie stuff that is typical of their earlier work. RIYL: Japanese breakfast FCC: 1,2,10