Category Rock

Inuusiq-The Jerry Cans

Wow!exciting new release from  Aakuluk Music. the reviewer Judith Lynch says,”A wickedly infectious meld of Inuk throat singing and a broad range of genres”  its folk, its rock its just good!!  from the Inuit Nunangat Territory of so-called Canada the Jerry Cans combine their traditional language, singing AND some great rock and folk beat.  Play […]

AKA Grafiti Man- John Trudell

A re-release of the 1986 album by John Trudell featuring Jesse Ed Davis on guitar.  John’s spoken word on top of great rock band still inspire’s today movement across Mother Earth with the Original Peoples to protect water, land and life.  His poetry is known and appreciated world-wide.  Thanks to the John Trudell Archives and […]

Portugal. The Man – Woodstock [Atlantic]

Portugal. The Man sharpen their poppier instincts for an album full of thick, funky bass lines that groove along and can’t help but make your shoulders shake. Label: Atlantic Play: 4, 5, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL:  Minus The Bear, Cold War Kids, Local Natives, TV On The Radio

Wavves – You’re Welcome [Ghost Ramp]

A blend of distorted garage-pop and refined sunshiny melodies. Not too much here that warrants a second listen… Label: Ghost Ramp Play: 2, 3 FCC: 1, 9, 11 RIYL:  Weezer, Best Coast, Smith Westerns, Surfer Blood

Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex [Partisan]

Modern love songs set to downbeat, slow-as-molasses dream pop. ““K.” demonstrated this band’s uncanny ability to create immense power from slumping, sighing gentleness. The new “Apocalypse” pulls a similar trick, casting Gonzalez’s whispers against dreamlike guitar arpeggios and a slow-burn rhythm section, creating something like a Rhye song transposed from R&B to slowcore.” – Stereogum (Apocalypse) “Moody […]

Ride – Weather Diaries [Wichita]

Ride’s reunion album is the British group’s first since 1996. Full of unnecessary modern production touches that separate them from their defining sound of early 90’s shoegaze, Weather Diaries is an attempt at a great comeback album that only manages to make it out with a couple standout songs. Label: Wichita Play: 1, 3, 5, 8 FCC: […]

Hot Flash Heat Wave – Soaked [OIM]

A diverse and groovy approach to a dream-pop sound filled with a colorful array of tones and instrumentation over compositions filled with sweeping emotion. Label: OIM Play: 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Summer Salt, Alvvays, Daywave, Mild High Club, Surfer Blood

Pokey LaFarge – Manic Revelations [Rounder]

Old-time country, blues, folk, and Western swing influenced music fused with the energy of the present day Americana. Label: Rounder Play: 1, 2, 3, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Valerie June, Old Crow Medicine Show, Justin Townes Earle, J.D. McPherson, Charlie Parr

Los Straitjackets – What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Los Straitjackets

Wonderfully energetic and nostalgic surf guitar instrumentals Label: Yep Roc Play: 1, 3, 5, 6, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Nick Lowe, Chicano Batman, Thee Commons, Tijuana Panthers

Modern Aquatic – Laurel Leaves EP [Self-Released]

Warm and hazy guitar-driven pop rock with breezy melodies. The group’s sound is defined by their well balanced layer of lush guitar tones, steady driving bass, punchy drum fills and soft soothing vocals. Bonus: track #5 is titled “Edgar Allen Poe Was A Hardcore Dancer”. Label: Self-Released Play: 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Hippo Campus, […]

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe [ATO]

Murder Of The Universe is the new collection by head-bending psychedelicists with a weird but fitting band name. It’s a face-melting musical assault concerned with the downfall of man, the death of the planet, and of course the murder of the whole universe. Take it from the crew over at Pitchfork and their 8.0 review: […]

Beach House – B-Sides And Rarities [Sub Pop]

Dark, dreamy, and alluringly hypnotic indie rock. This compilation contains every song Beach House – aka Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand – has made that does not exist on one of their albums. The band explains: “When we announced that we were releasing a B-sides and rarities album, someone on Twitter asked, “B-sides record? Why […]

Palm – Shadow Expert [Carpark]

A warped and circuitous take on math rock. Label: Carpark Play: 1, 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: Deerhoof, Guerilla Toss, Warehouse, Preoccupations, Pile, LVL UP, Hovvdy, Palehound

Triptides – Afterglow [RPUT]

Inspired by the spirit of ’60s and ’70s West Coast pop and psychedelia, Triptides evolved through two EPs and four LPs to craft a complex yet cohesive range of lush, psychedelic beach-pop sounds. Label: RPUT Play: 1, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Real Estate, Byrds, Cleaners from Venus, Mild High Club, Temples

Fleet Foxes – Crack-up [Nonesuch]

“Robin Pecknold’s songwriting retreats inward while around him dense folk compositions rise and fall on a massive scale… …While Fleet Foxes’ music has grown increasingly more complex and less crowd-pleasing, Pecknold’s personal trajectory has strangely aged in reverse—the old-soul serenity of Fleet Foxes gave way to the post-grad anxieties of Helplessness Blues, and now we have Crack-Up, which does […]

Washed Out – Mister Mellow [Stones Throw]

Drowsy, distorted, dance-pop-influenced tracks. “This doesn’t make Mister Mellow all that different than other Washed Out releases. It’s just a deeper dive on the subject closest to his heart: the despair and boredom of an otherwise stress-free life, and how that very despair and boredom is compounded by the full awareness of being someone who doesn’t stand […]

Beta Days – S.T.T. [Self-Released]

Pensive, dreamy rock. Bristol, Rhode Island indie rock band Beta Days capture the quintessence of their name, finding meaning in life’s suffering through the emotive melodies, raw reflection, and intimate energy of their debut album. Label: Self-Released Play: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Wilco, Real Estate, Dawes, Vetiver, Phosphorescent, Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs, […]

WRUV Rock Singles July – Mix 1 & 2

 

(Sandy) Alex G – Rocket [Domino]

Despite the somewhat confusing name change that Alex G went through right before the release of this record, all of this confusion quickly ignored with the release of this record and its subsequent greatness. This record highlights the power that soft and melodic folk music can provide, but this record is not strictly a by […]

Lovely Creatures

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Lovely Creatures” is the long anticipated “best of” double album of their best stuff. Gritty, epic, just such grumbly rock. Listen! FCC: none Play: try them all RIYL: Nick Cave yo! LABEL: Epic/BMG

My Love Divine Degree

Cody Chesnutt’s “My Love Divine Degree” is back with this 3rd album that has equal parts soul and notes on humanity. Def worth checking out. PLAY: 4, 9, 8 FCC: None RIYL: The Roots, Gary Clark Jr. Label: Handwritten

Chuck

Chuck Berry passed this year, but he had one more album for the fans. “CHUCK” is classic rock and roll, blistering guitar riffs, and totally worth dropping into any rock set. FCC: clean RIYL: THE chuck berry! LABEL: Dualtone PLAY: All of them

Beach Fossils – Somersault [Bayonet]

Flowing between shimmering compositions and immersive soundscapes, Somersault evokes the laid-back mood of a warm, breezy city night, the air crackling with humidity and excitement. These songs pulse and pull, capturing a blend of promise and heartache. It’s beautiful and layered, a refined, sweeping creation that threads together numerous styles, textures, and themes into a […]

Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song [Easy Eye Sound]

Gloriously sunny 60s pop from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Label: Easy Eye Sound Play: 1, 4, 5, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr., John Prine, The Beatles (see: Shine on Me)

Girlpool – Powerplant [ANTI]

The 12 tracks that compose Powerplant grow and burn with greater fire than the duo have possessed heretofore. Now accompanied by a full band, Girlpool continue to make their mark with an original and intimate sound carried by incisive lyrics, soft textures, hushed harmonies, and soaring hooks. “When Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker harmonize, it’s […]