Category Rock

Kae Astra – Fortune [Modern Outsider]

From promoter: “Kae Astra is an Armenian-American music artist currently based in Austin, TX. 80’s nostalgia, haunting melodies, and a lush dream pop soundscape intertwine in her debut EP Fortune.” Label: Modern Outsider Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Beach House, Kate Bush, Lykke Li

Charly Bliss – Supermoon [Barsuk Records]

From promoter: “When listening to Supermoon, fans of the band can follow the path from Guppy, a brash punk album made by a group of scrappy upstarts, to the new sense of depth, maturity and pop sensibility found on Young Enough.” Label: Barsuk Records Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Ian Sweet, Diet Cig, Now Now

Allen Stone – Building Balance [ATO Records]

From promoter: “Allen Stone draws upon 70s funk and soul of Stevie Wonder and the modern production of aMark Ronson. Melodic, nostalgic, but intimately present.” Label: ATO Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6, 13 FCC: 5 RIYL: Lake Street Dive, Leon Bridges, St Paul & The Broken Bones

FKA Twigs – MAGDALENE [Young Turks]

From promoter: “The avant-R&B artist is an eccentric visionary on her masterful second album… she goes next level, making music that resists being pinned down by genre.” Label: Young Turks Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 9 FCC: 7, 8 RIYL: Moses Sumney, Kelela, Grimes

VÉRITÉ – New Skin // AWAL

From promoter: “Brooklyn artist Vérité is crafting catchy and ambient tracks on her new record New Skin. Written while traveling between Nashille, New York, and Los Angeles; her lyrics focus on the blandness of everyday romance in contrast to the normally cinematic depiction of love in other songs. She utilizes her smooth vocal style to […]

JESCA HOOP – STONECHILD // Memphis Industries

From promoter: “While Hoop‘s trademark finger-plucked guitar and ethereal textures remain, the songs and their presentation are ever more direct. “He – Parish – was a gentle collaborator until he killed one of my darlings” Hoop jests. “I’ve never been so brutally edited, and I wasn’t shy about expressing my discomfort at the sight of […]

TOTH – Juliette [Single] // Northern Spy

From promoter: “Brooklyn artist Tōth’s new single “Juliette” is a nostalgia dripping lament to a lost love. Getting his start with the band Rubblebucket and putting out his debut LP earlier this year, Alex Toth is a songwriter who is constantly creating and it is . “Juliette” implements low-fi acoustic guitar and Beach Boys-esque melodic […]

THE DISTRICTS – HEY JO [Single] // Fat Possum

From promoter: “It’s been two years since The Districts released Popular Manipulations, and their new single “Hey Jo” is the first single from the upcoming album You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere. The founding members – vocalist/guitarist Rob Grote, bassist Connor Jacobus, and drummer Braden Lawrence – have known each other since attending grade school together […]

Sasha Bell – Love Is Alright [Both Sides Now]

From promoter: “You may know her from the Elephant 6 and Merge Records bands The Ladybug Transistor and The Essex Green! While Sasha Bell still has a roots in neo psych pop on this solo debut, there’s also the added magic of elaborate instrumental flourishes.” Label: Both Sides Now Start w/ 1, 2, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bedouine, Molly Sarle, Helena […]

Toro y Moi – Soul Trash [Carpark Records]

From promoter: “Nine months after first releasing his Soul Trash mixtape via Dropbox link as a cassette tape bounce, Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi is re-releasing his 12 track project featuring the same songs but presented in a more hi-fi setting. The 24 minute project is filled with lo-fi sounds and hip-hop beats, accompanied with classic Chaz auto-tuned vocals heard […]

The Growlers – Natural Affair [Beach Goth]

From promoter: “13 years and six studio albums in, The Growlers are still masters of blending catchy pop choruses with dark, sleazy grooves; of mixing unabashed optimism with after-hours vignettes of neon lights and cheap red wine.” Label: Beach goth Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 7, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Strokes, Allah Las, King Tuff

Sasha Sloan – Self Portrait [RCA]

From promoter: “Less than a year after releasing her last EP, Sasha Sloan returns with the mid-tempo and occasionally dark, Self Portrait EP. Sloan found her own success with her own music in 2017 after writing for acts like John Legend and Charli XCX. Now she wants to leave her mark with her own original music.” Label: RCA Start w/ 1, 3, 4, […]

Rex Orange County – Phony [Sony]

From promoter: “UK artist Rex Orange County is blending electronic, RnB, and Jazz on his newest record Pony. The highly anticipated follow up to 2017’s Apricot Princess sees Rex implementing blissful washed out guitars, soulful vocal melodies, and the occasional brass feature to bring a healthy dosage of funk and soul to his sound.” Label: Sony Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 7 […]

Leif Vollebekk – New Ways [Secret City Records]

From promoter: “Leif Vollebekk’s songs have long been known for their high emotional quotient, with themes of yearning, lost love and adventure regularly threading through his work.” Label: Secret City Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Barr Brothers, Andy Shauf, Mandolin Orange

Landon Elliott – Domino [American Paradox]

From promoter: “Landon Elliott is an old spirit, and its shows in his voice. Its rasp and grain-forged in North Carolina’s huge-sky Outer Banks, where he lived until he was 22 – bring his songs so resonantly to life that by rights it should belong to a much older person.” Label: American Paradox Start w/ […]

Guided By Voices – Sweating the Plague [GBV]

From promoter: “And Guided By Voices are here for their third album of 2019 but fortunately also their shortest and tightest of the year, it’s got all the crunchy 90s rock you could hope for.” Label: GBV Start w/ 4, 8, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Car Seat Headrest, TY Segall, The Hold Steady

Berhana – HAN [EQT]

From promoter: “R&B pop chameleon Berhana is turning the genre on its head. The Atlanta-born Amain Berhane comes from a film background and with a cinematic vision. He sees music primarily in its capacity for storytelling and escapism. Much of HAN was recorded in Japan, between Kumejima and Tokyo.” Label: EQT Start w/ 2, 5, 7 FCC: 9, 10, […]

Cold War Kids – Cold Age Norms Pt. 1 [CWKTWO]

From promoter: “After a two year hiatus, indie rock band Cold War Kids are ready to release their highly anticipated album, New Age Norms – Pt. 1. Inspired by the release cycles of the recent Kanye West projects, the new album is the first installment of the trilogy to be released as a part of other connected works.” Label: CWKTWO Start […]

Agnostic Front – Get Loud

Release date: November 8, 2019 Label: Nuclear Blast Get Loud! is the twelfth release from hardcore legends, Agnostic Front. Even after all this time, I still think vocalist, Roger Miret, has one of the most unique deliveries in the genre. At this point, you kind of know what you’re getting…energetic and in-your-face hardcore. Spray Painted Walls stomps into the […]

Insomnium – Heart Like a Grave

Release date: October 4, 2019 Label: Century Media Records Heart Like a Grave is full of “Finnish melancholy, drawing inspiration from some of the bleakest tales, lyrics, and poems of the north.” For the most part, the quintet effectively balances between memorably light and dark moments. Insomnium delivers some truly gorgeous and devastating passages, alternating between symphonic fragility and […]

CHROMATICS – Closer To Grey // Italians Do It Better

From COS: “Some may argue that with this album, Chromatics have completely left behind their original punk, lo-fi, noisy, chaotic sound and instead grown into their “Italo-Disco”-influenced sound of more recent times. However, you can arguably hear little gems of punk in the guitars of tracks like “Through the Looking Glass” but served in a […]

NO VACATION – Phasing [EP] // TOPSHELF

From Promoter: “Their new EP, Phasing, retains that same sweet, sun-drenched malaise of past No Vacation releases, but everything has now been tightened up a notch. The band says it’s a result of being more collaborative and understanding that each member has something unique to contribute. On Phasing, Nat was able to flex her classical […]

SKEGSS – My Own Mess // Loma Vista

Australian rock’n’roll trio Skegss blends a noisy and folksy sound with the raucous boom of garage rock on their new record My Own Mess. Hailing from Byron Bay, the trio have seen their following steadily grow due to their rowdy live performance and songwriting capability. The new record sees the band utilizing jangly guitar passages […]

JIMMY EAT WORLD – Surviving // RCA Records

It just took some time, but pop punk powerhouses Jimmy Eat World end a three year silence with their new record Surviving. This record showcases the same ear for melody that helped skyrocket the band after their 2001 record Bleed American, and removes some of the angst to show a more mature and refined version […]

Peach Pyramid – Bright Blue [Oscar St]

From promoter: “We have Peach Pyramid’s sophomore release Bright Blue, which was produced by The New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder and is being released on Kathryn’s label. The band also shares a member with another Victoria, BC group that you all are hopefully already aware of—Bridal Party!” Label: Oscar St Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lucy Dacus, Hand Habits, […]