Category Rock

THE DEMOS – If You Only Knew EP // YOUNG LION OF THE WEST

The newest Demos EP is full of lively indie rock with a few pop elements. Catchy melodies and a strong presence os electric guitar as well as classic strong drums that make it stylistically rock. Some good stuff ! Label: Young Lion of the West Recording Company Start with: 1, 4 RIYL: COIN, The Wombats, […]

PERFECT SON – Cast // SUB POP

“With powerful, sweeping production that recalls the best pop beats of Matthew Dear and arcing melodies that conjure the majesty of Johnathon Meiburg, Perfect Son Animates sensations of lust, belonging, and newfound trust with tumescent electronic arrangements that threaten the safety of any sound system.” Label: Sub Pop Records Start with: 2,3,6 RIYL: Pavo Pavo, […]

TINY RUINS – Olympic Girls // BA DA BING

Tiny Ruins explores rich, melodic storytelling layered on top of intricate finger picking, dreamy chords, and in a departure from their acclaimed previous work, full band arrangements. A blend of poeticism, dream pop landscapes, and off kilter experimental pop. Label: Ba Da Bing Records Start with: 1, 4, 5 RIYL: Sharon Van Etten, Phoebe Bridgers, […]

JULIANA HATFIELD – Weird // AMERICAN LAUNDROMAT

Juliana Hatfield combines singer-songwriter lyricism with strong instrumentals on Weird. Upbeat lively electric guitar themes. She covers a ranges of moods on this album, with lively pop-type tunes to more edgy emotional tracks scattered throughout the album. Label: American Laundromat Start with: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 RIYL: Frankie Cosmos, The Lemonheads, Blake Babies, Liz […]

SOCCER MOMMY – Blossom (Demo)/Be Seeing You // FAT POSSUM RECORDS

Soccer Mommy comes back with a two track demo tape, channeling her classic guitar driven melodic tunes. Soft angsty tunes, slightly lofi vocals, showcasing depth and character. Both tracks are relatively laid back indie rock. Label: Fat Possum Records Start with: Both RIYL: Snail Mail, Hovvdy, Jay Som, Frankie Cosmos, (Sandy) Alex G FCC: Clean

SMUG – Gorgeous // ADMIRABLE TRAITS

90s type garage rock with strong sharp vocals and many a guitar solo, pretty upbeat overall. SMUG’s new record Gorgeous has a grungy vocal flair that adds some attitude to the album. Label: Admirable Traits Records LLC Start with: 2, 4 RIYL: FIDLAR, Blink 182, SWMRS FCC: 1, 3, 7, 10 (drug references)  

STICKY FINGERS – Yours To Keep // SURESHAKER

Sticky Fingers returns with Yours To Keep, an album full of light upbeat rock and some more complex acoustic tracks. Fiery vocals throughout, strong rhythm, electronic elements, dynamic lyrics make for easy listening. Label: Sureshaker Start with: 6, 7, 9 RIYL: Tash Sultana, Gang of Youths, Hockey Dad FCC: 1, 2, 3, 4

Cherry Glazerr// Stuffed & Ready- Secretly Canadian

New studio album from female rocker Cherry Glazerr reflects a lot of personal growth for the artist. Album is well-produced, clean sound with a lot of experimentation. Lyrics have been described as “angry” and “showing a deep distrust in the world.” Check it out, really good stuff. FCC: 2 Play: 3, 5, 7 RIYL: IAN […]

Getaway Van- S/T

Getaway Van– S/T Release date: 2019Feb23 Label: Self-released Rating: 4/5 Intro mainlines mud, grungy vox. Comin’ Back fires on all cylinders, stoner haze. Follow Me romps through the desert, bluesy riffs. Ugh pulls it back into self-loathing gen x mush. Blacktop Mistress hits you hard, dagger licks dripping with swagger. So Long takes one to […]

PEDRO THE LION – Phoenix // POLYVINYL

Pedro the Lion strays from their lugubrious emo roots with “Phoenix,” choosing a more uptempo pace and comparatively optimistic vocals. While maintaining some of their signature weighty content and musicality, you’ll hear more influences from bands of the likes of The Killers or Microwave. Label: Polyvinyl Start w: 3,4,7,8 RIYL: Headphones, Rainer Maria, Mineral, Sunny […]

DEERHUNTER – Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? // 4AD

For their eighth album, a decade and a half into their career, Deerhunter have created their most accessible work to date without sacrificing any of their creativity or songcraft. The focus has shifted from shoegazey echoes and distortion to a much more polished and sometimes even acoustic sound. “Element” feels like both the obvious “hit” […]

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Steve Gunn // The Unseen In Between [Matador]

A spacious folk rock album with broad spanning sound reminiscent of a My Morning Jacket meets Amen Dunes vibe.  Gunn says of this album that it explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date.  This is an album that is listenable end-to-end. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4 ALL FCC: […]

Black Mirrors -Look into the Black Mirror

Release date: August 31, 2018 Label: Napalm Records Black Mirrors plays that fuzzy rock that’s all the rage without bludgeoning the listener to death. Hailing from Belgium this band brings good old fashioned rock-n-roll on their debut full-length album. Shoes for Booze opens the album with killer guitar riffs and a boot to the face. Funky Queen was previously […]

SWAMP DOGG – Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune // JOYFUL NOISE

50 yeas into a storied career, Swamp Dogg teamed up with Poliça’s Ryan Olson and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon combining bluesy southern soul with 21st century electronic music production techniques. Label: Joyful Noise Start with: 1,2,3,6,8 RIYL: Georgia Anne Muldrow, James Carr, O.V. Wright, Prophet FCC: Clean (sexual references on #7)

James Blake- Assume Form// Polydor

Another album from James Blake, who has been described as “white Frank Ocean.” Everything you would expect- dreamy male vocals and electronic sound. Overall solid album, give it a listen. FCC: 2, 8, 10 Play: 1, 11 RIYL: Bon Iver, Frank Ocean    

San Panino- Knuckle Pups// self-released

First EP from Colorado-based indie band San Panino, male and female vocals. Some experimental electronic percussion, smooth sound, almost beachy. Give this up and coming band a listen! FCC: Clean Play: All! (only four songs) RIYL: The Head and the Heart, Wild Child, Toro y Moi

Eerie Wanda- Pet Town// Joyful Noise Recordings

Dreamy, acoustic album from Eerie Wanda. Has some lo-fi sounds but is a bit more refined. Powerful vocals with a bit of a folk twang and a wide range of instrumental experimentation. Sounds really unique, which I love so give it a listen! FCC: Clean Play: 4, 6 RIYL: Best Coast  

Happy Nothing- Happy Nothing EP// self-released

New self-titled EP from indie rockers Happy Nothing. Nice fluid sound, kind of like music you would want to play on a long drive. Male vocals, heavy guitar. Would listen if you’re a fan of more mainstream indie rock! FCC: Clean Play: 1 RIYL: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Early Death Cab, Foo Fighters

OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY // Meet You In The Shadows – BURGER RECORDS

Outrageous Cherry combined psychedelia, folk rock, art rock, and bubblegum music across more than 12 albums and nearly 3 decades. Meet You In The Shadows, their final studio album, is mellow psychedelic-esque rock with catchy vocals and upbeat guitar riffs. Label: Burger Records Start with: 1,6,7,10 RIYL: Yo La Tengo, Guided By voices, New Pornographers, […]

PART TIME // Spell #6 – BURGER RECORDS

Part Time puts out another hit record with Spell #6, a little bit different than past albums. Clean, big sounding, mellow alt type pop/light rock music. Late 80s sounding synths, very catchy. Play! Label: Burger Records Start with: 2,3,4,5,9 RIYL: Ariel Pink, John Maus, Craft Spells, Lower Dens, Art D’Ecco FCC: Clean

TOMORROWS TULIPS // Harnessed to Flesh – BURGER RECORDS

Tomorrows Tulips’ newest album is filled with calm rock with strong guitar throughout and a mix of smooth acoustic tracks as well as more vibey guitar-led tracks. Relatively down tempo overall, a really mellow record. Label: Burger Records Start with: 2, 5, 10 RIYL: White Fence, Kurt Vile, The Beets, Tijuana Panthers, Wilco FCC: 7, […]

DAS BODY – LUMINELLE RECORDINGS

Smooth synthpop with some strong guitar throughout. “Listenably and undeniably pop, though just a little iffier — pop that feels like a newly-thrifted favorite T-shirt: comfortably worn, slightly unfaded, and with a cigarette burn on its sleeve.” Label: Luminelle Recordings Start with: 1, 2, 3 RIYL: Superorganism, Grimes, Lykke Li, Chromatics, TOPS, Morabeza Tobacco FCC: […]

Will Stamp // “Not Good Enough” Single [Self-Released]

Local singer-songwriter Will Stamp with a new single that melds the whimsical folk airs of Michael Nau with the vocals of a Sturgill Simpson/Hiss Golden Messenger vibe.  The sound pulls in some Leon Bridges ballad sounds but with psychedelic/rock vocal and guitar effects interspersed for a valuable dimension of color and depth to the song. […]

Boniface – Phantom Limbs (EP)

Boniface, a solo pop artist from Winnipeg, develops a classic pop style infused with modern indie elements. Phantom Limbs is a 4 song EP that is gaining traction through streaming sights, and Boniface has a bright future in the music industry if he keeps up with this pop style. Play: 1

Jess Williamson – Cosmic Wink

Jess Williamson, a solo artist from LA via Austin, creates a smooth soft rock record in Cosmic Wink. Nice melodies flow through simple rhythmic structures to create a beautiful 9 song lullaby. Play: 1, 2, 8