Category Rock

Lord Dying -Mysterium Tremendum

Release date: April 26, 2019 Label: Entertainment One Lord Dying is back! After four long years, the band is back to tell us more about death, mortality, and what awaits us on the other side. The guitars on this album are absolutely stunning and nail the balance between pummeling riffs proggy interludes that so many bands strive […]

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD – Fishing for Fishies // Flightless

Aussie rockstars King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard tap into their love of “boogie” to produce a unique album fusing elements of blues and country with psychedelic pop and prog rock. The group lean into the lighter side of their sound, eschewing the punk intensity of some of their better-known material, but without sacrificing any […]

Wykan – Brigid: Of The Night (EP)

Release date: June 7, 2019 Label: Self-Release  Based out of Montreal, Wykan provides a heady brew of what could be described as blackened doom. As a story, this 3-song EP is about the Celtic Goddess known as Brigid. The  three songs are a historical take on ceremonies and festivities based on her deity representation and relationship […]

Mexico City Blondes – Blush [Burger Records]

What if Portishead made a record in 2019? One can’t help but wonder if this was one of the musical interests Allie Thompson and Greg Doscher bonded over in Santa Barbara, California when they decided to make music together as Mexico City Blondes. Smooth and familiar from start to finish, their debut album on Burger […]

THE VOIDZ – The Eternal Tao [Single] // RCA

The Voidz team up with Mac DeMarco, who produced their newest single, “The Eternal Tao”! The Voidz are known for smashing genres together mixing alternative, rock, electronic and experimental sounds to create their own underground visionary environments. With Julian Casablancas sturdy at the helm, this band of madcaps features the talents of guitarists Amir Yaghmai […]

BIG THIEF – U.F.O.F. // 4AD

Third Album from Brooklyn folk rock artists proving to be emotionally raw, powerfully vulnerable and full of realness that will make us question truth and find the light in the darkest of moments. Lyrics that create a fragile and direct line between the inner self and the outer world. Beautiful vocals, melodic acoustics and swirling […]

GUIDED BY VOICES – Zeppelin Over China // GBV

Massive 32-song release from the prolific Robert Pollard & Company. Despite the long run time, this album does not drag on, instead firing off quick indie gems in rapid succession. Polished sound throughout that features a diverse mix of high energy and laid back tracks. Riff-centric sound with plenty of great hooks to keep you […]

SATELLITE PILOT – Lovely Day // True Sight

Somewhat Avant-Garde Psychedelic Pop with a strong 60’s psychedelia influence. Dreamy vocals that sometimes drift behind an impressive variety of instrumentation. Interesting pop music that challenges conventional pop norms at times. Label: True Sight Records Start with: 2,3,5,6 RIYL: Ariel Pink, Panda Bear, of Montreal, Animal Collective FCC: 9  

LAST DINOSAURS – Yumeno Garden // Dew Process

Upbeat and dreamy Indie Pop. Great alternating use of distortion and jangly guitar sound. Very light throughout with a happy and upbeat mood during the first half that settles into a more somber and introspective tone on the back half. Solid instrumental sound throughout featuring great depth. Label: Dew Process Start with: 1,2,3,4,7 RIYL: of […]

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Father of the Bride // Spring Snow

Good things come to those who wait, but for Vampire Weekend fans, six years of waiting has felt like an eternity. The New York City icons are finally following up 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, with an ample 18 track LP, titled Father of the Bride. Whether inspired by the Steve Martin comedy or […]

BECK- Saw Lightning [Single] // Capitol

After a 30 year career, including 13 studio albums and 7 Grammy wins, Beck seems to be embracing collaboration more than ever. In 2019 alone, the 48-year-old has worked with Robyn, The Lonely Island, Jenny Lewis, and Cage the Elephant. With his 14th album on the horizon, Beck has returned with a new single, “Saw […]

CIRCA WAVES – What’s It Like Over There? // PIAS

Much like the ocean tides that their name suggests, Circa Waves are going with the flow. Shifting away from their usual guitar-centric sound, the band chose to embrace elements of pop, in turn, escaping the trap of monotony that an indie rock band might find themselves in by their third album. After re-discovering an old […]

ARMS AKIMBO – Seven Dollar Paycheck

On Arms Akimbo’s new EP Seven Dollar Paycheck, the band taps into the post-emo garage rock, a genre at its apex when the members met at Loyola Marymount University. Having opened for bands like Walk the Moon, The Animals, and Said the Whale, much of the record focuses on the duality of being a touring […]

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Full of Hell – Weeping Choir

Release date: May 17, 2019 Label: Relapse Records  Full of Hell brings us a new album combining grindcore with death metal riffing. Burning Myrrh was the first single released off the album and the band takes themes of religion and hatred and sets them ablaze. On Haunted Arches, Full of Hell unleashes an insane mix of crushing drums and organized chaos. Thundering […]

Helms Alee – Noctiluca

Release date: April 26, 2019 Label: Sargent House  Shortly after the release of Stillicide, I got to see Helm’s Alee open for The Melvin’s. They stole the show. If this band isn’t on your radar, you’re making a big mistake. With Noctiluca, we see Helms Alee stretching their limbs and showing us new wrinkles to their sound that we’ve not heard before. […]

CHELOU – Out of Sight // Concrete Dog

A fantastic album overall! A great mix of rock and psychedelic music. It also has almost a lo-fi feel to it. His music sounds a little similar to Bon Iver. Chelou creates a unique sound, and Out of Sight is an album worth listening to. Label: Concrete Dog Records Start with: 5,9, 12 RIYL: Bon […]

AMERICAN FOOTBALL – American Football LP3 // Polyvinyl

This alt/math rock LP has complex instrumentals with nice lyrics. It features vocals that emit strong 90s alternative vibes. He uses simple but not tired harmonies, allowing the instrumentals to take the spotlight. It’s warm, smooth, bright and progressive. Enjoyable listen! Label: Polyvinyl Records Start with: 3,4 RIYL: The Mountain Goats, Clever Girl, This Town […]

LUKE SITAL-SINGH – A Golden State // Raygun

Luke Sital-Singh’s third album, “A Golden State” features whimsical tracks, riddled with melancholy and joy. His first release since relocating from the UK to California, the album sounds like sunshine, with tones of underlying sadness. The first track, “Lover” is a great start to the album, and worth a spin. Label: Raygun Records Start with: […]

JACKIE MENDOZA – LuvHz // Luminelle

The 26-year old makes her debut to the music scene with LuvHz, a Latin-infused electronic indie-pop album. She combines ukulele strums with psychedelic sounds to carve her own place in the bedroom pop genre. Growing up in Chula Vista, California but now Brooklyn-based, her heartfelt lyrics shift from English to Spanish effortlessly. In Jake Mendoza’s […]

The Budos Band (Daptone)V

Reminds me of the great psychedelic music from around the world in the 60s-70s. Funky fuzzed out guitar and great horns really make this an amazing album. TRY: 1,3,4,5, ALL!! RIYL: Soweto, Funky Lagos, World Psyheledic, Jazz FCC:Clean          *TB Favs

Starflyer 59 – Young in My Head

Release date: April 26, 2019 Label: Tooth & Nail Records In 1994 & 1995 Starflyer 59 released Silver and Gold, two of what I think were the best shoegaze albums ever made (if you’ve never listened to these albums, stop what you’re doing and listen to Duel Overhead Cam). Almost 25 years later the band has traded their heavy drone for […]

CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN – The Balance // Capitol Records

Considering he was named after Van Morison, it’s no surprise that Van McCann grew up to be the frontman of one of the biggest rock acts in the UK. Catfish and The Bottlemen have released 2 full-length albums and have played Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Gov. Ball, and Bonnaroo. The band’s newest album, The Balance, was created […]

RADICAL FACE – Therapy // Bear Machine

A continuation of his three part album series “Family Tree”, Radical Face releases his newest EP “Therapy” in which he delves into six tracks of introspection and the idea of opening his soul. Each track attempts to give listeners a glimpse in to what Radical Face has learned and gained from his own personal experience […]

KIWI JR. – Football Money // Mint Records

Toronto based group Kiwi Jr. debuts with this album and it is a hit for sure. This album is a mix of 80’s and 90’s rock and is a feel good album all the way through. The album deals with the very real demands of adulthood in Toronto all the way through. Add to your […]