Category Rock

Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator

way more rock heavy than Hurray For The Riff Raff’s usual intimate folk songs. a politically charged album full of commentary on immigration RIYL: Shovels & Rope, Valerie June, Shakey Graves FCC: 2, 5, 6, 11 | Play: 3, 8

Froth – “Outside (briefly)”

Froth manage to breath new life into the sometimes stale genre of shoegaze. The band hail from Los Angeles and they capture some of the sun and sea in their music. Outside (briefly) is a blend of 60’s inspired surf rock, psychedelia, indie rock and shoegaze influences. Label: Wichita Play: 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10 FCC: clean RIYL: Twin Peaks, […]

Vagabon- Infinite Worlds

This album is the coalescence of everything Vagabon has been working on for the past few years. Originally putting her music out herself, this album is takes those songs and fleshes them out with some hard hitting drums, synths, and some  sludgy guitars. Not all the tracks are heavy though, some take on a dreamy […]

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard- Flying Microtonal Banana

The psychedelic rock group that brought the looping Nonagon Infinity to us a little less than a year ago is back with a slightly different take on their usual sound. They have switched to microtonal instumentation creating a sound that is a bit hard to get used to, but very rewarding once you do. This […]

St. Tropez- St. Tropez

This self-titled album from this four-piece garage punk band is a fast paced, fun, rocker of an album. From the upbeat poppy openers to the slow droning pace of songs like Order, you always have a lot to sink your teeth into.  great for anyone in need of a punk fix. RIYL: Violent femmes, against me, […]

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears- Backlash

Backlash is a really nice blend of rock, soul, and funk. There’s a lot of great guitar riffs,  brass accompaniment, and bumping beats to satisfy most anyone. The track Shadow People takes on this great garage element with powerful fuzzy intrumentals, but is followed immediately by this James Brownian ballad. This Album has a little […]

The Molochs- America’s Velvet Glory

The Molochs new album is at once reminiscent of all the plucky classic rock sound that made Bob Dylan so famous. With the harmonica accompaniment and guitar riffs, even the vocal delivery has a laziness to it that reminds of Bob’s more famous works.  A great album if you are ever driving across America, need […]

Gratitude- Jonah Littlesunday

Gratitude: Native American Flute Healing has the ability to transport so hang on as the flute concert begins. With gratitude Jonah plays beautifully. The only track with vocals is Windspirits. The occasional drum adds a depth. play all.

Rolling Blackouts C.F. – “The French Press”

Describing their musical formula as “tough pop/soft punk,” Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (now abbreviated as Rolling Blackouts C.F.) churn out bright, energetic rock & roll with lively guitar lines, pop hooks, and dry wit. On The French Press, the band continues to master their brilliant sound but with a more personal and genuine feel coming from […]

Jay Som – Everybody Works

dreamy, lo-fi, psych-pop with tender vocals RIYL: Mitski, Japanese Breakfast, Vagabon, Alvvays, Frankie Cosmos Play: 6, 2, 9 | FCC: Clean

Halasan Bazar – “Burns”

The lush psych-pop of Copenhagen’s Halasan Bazar has put me under a spell, making them one of my new favorite bands. On their third, ambitious album, Burns, there is a sense of naturalism from these gurus of psychedelic music. Recorded in the French Mountains (come on guys, can you be less cool), Halasan Bazar laid down […]

All Them Witches-Sleeping Through The War

Grungy Psychedelic Rock for a new age! Like a post apocalyptic jam band trying to blow your mind before the bombs come. Though heavier than their last albums, Sleeping Through The War is an awesome trip if you can handle the ride. RIYL: Heavy Eyes, Greenleaf, Colour Haze Label: New West Play:2, 3, 4, 7 […]

Cameron Avery – “Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams”

The romantic crooner, Cameron Avery, creates timeless, ambitious music for the modern age. With his soulful, shrewd arrangements and deep baritone, Avery expertly walks the line between vulnerable and venerable. The album brilliantly moves from an opening classical, finger-picked guitar track to a number of bombastic, self-assured songs. Label: ANTI Play: 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 […]

Albin Lee Meldau-Lovers EP

It might be a bit much to say he’s like a male Adele, but Albin Lee Meldau’s Lovers EP has wooed me just the same. With a deeply soulful voice, beautiful piano melodies, and the kind of orchestration that makes pop music so catchy. RIYL: Connor Youngblood, Hurula Label: Astralwerks Play:1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean

The Sadies-Northern Passage

The 10th album from this Toronoto based band stays true to the distinctive sound they built over these many years, combining the best elements of country, surf and garage rock. Where this album really shines is not only in it’s musical variety (slow and fast, twangy and grungy, all good) and it’s humorous, off-beat lyrics. RIYL: […]

Electric Guest – “Plural”

Following their 2012 release, Mondo, the electric-pop group come back with an improved version of their catchy vintage pop and R&B vibes. While most of the tracks blend together with minimal changes to the falsetto over piano pop type sound, Plural is sometimes bizarre in places, and rear. Label: Downtown/Interscope Records Play: 2, 3, 4, 5 FCC: clean RIYL: STRFKR, Vacationer, Miike Snow, Geographer

Tim- Saturday Night

Tim Darcy’s Saturday Night is like a psychedelic country album, filled with Equal parts driving hits, and dreamy ballads, brought to by former Ought member whose vocal styling is so reminiscent of Lou Reed i had to check myself a couple times. Great album, for any mood.   RIYL: Devotchka, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lou Reed […]

Ne-Hi- Offers

Ne-Hi’s Sophomore album is a fun, fast-paced, sorta gritty rock album full of catchy melodies driving drums, and ripping guitars. RIYL: twin peaks, American Wrestlers, Strokes Label: Grand Jury Play: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 FCC: clean

Hideout-So Many Hoops So Little Time

The second album from Hideout grows deeper and more interesting the more i listen to it. An album in which the grief and reflection from front runner Gabriel Rodriguez recent loss of his brother shows through. It explores these topics through dreamy space-pop, acoustic revelries, and some surprisingly upbeat drums.   RIYL: Fresh and Onlys, […]

The Feelies- In Between

The Sixth Album from the New Jersey based band combines elements of acoustic indie rock and fuzzy garage rock. Featuring slow, dreamy, melancholic vocals melodies and beats that periodically evolve into these fuzzy, psychedelic, rolling guitar…. experiences.   RIYL: Woods, Purling Hiss, The Babies Play: 2, 4, 6, 8 Label: Bar/None FCC:Clean

Horse and Chariot – “Big Treble”

Big Treble is an EP that has been in the making for 30 years by rock group Horse and Chariot, headed by a man who prefers to remain anonymous. The three songs on this EP flow from psych rock to heavy classic rock and back. Mr. Immortal, the moniker of the anonymous front man, spends […]

Los Campesinos! – “Sick Scenes”

Los Campesinos! sixth album, Sick Scenes, is the matured pop-punk record of a group who began as a Myspace band. The album floats effortlessly from the upbeat, anthemic instrumentation of “I Broke Up in Amarante” and “Here’s To The Fourth Time”, complete with singalong choruses, to the mellow acoustic sound of an emotional “The Fall of Home”. […]

Rubblebucket- If U C My Enemies

New EP from these UVM alumni features four fun tracks. Combining solid beats, classically pop orchestration, and some great brass accompaniment, I highly recommend this album to fans and the unfamiliar alike. RIYL: John Brown’s Body, Big Gigantic, Recommend: All FCC:Clean Label: Self-Released

White Lies-Friends

The fourth album from this London based trio is a Fun and upbeat synth pop album. With a lost of crisp vibrant synths, steady beats, and classically British crooner vocals, the band creates a solid album if at times a little too reminiscent of it’s predecessors.   RIYL: The Smiths, The Cure, New Order FCC: […]

Sleater-Kinney- Live In Paris

This all female riot grrl, punk/rock band returns with everything you ever loved about Sleater-Kinney now fresh and live! A compilation of some of their most well known tracks, this album shows these ladies still got it. Shredding vocals, shredding guitars, And pounding drum beats. A must listen for fans, and the unfamiliar alike. Reccommended […]