Category Rock

Cole M.G.N.-Cole M.G.N.

Cole M.G.N.’s self-titled debut has been described as having the rhythmic grooves and heavy bass of the Bay Area mixed with Southern Hip Hop. There’s also an Atmospheric Bass vibe element thrown in adding a nice blend of thumping bass and smooth synth work. A pretty sweet debut. Label: Gloriette RIYD: Machinedrum, Arca Tracks: All […]

Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway (Warner Bros.)

Coming back with their 11th official studio release, the Red Hot Chili Peppers exhibit a delicate balance between maturity and patience on The Getaway. With the second RHCP album under the belt for Josh Klinghoffer he has added his background of electronica-avante-garde-art-rock, while still keeping the groove of Frusciante’s unforgettable minimalist rock-funk. The Chili’s are finding a […]

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Mitski – Puberty 2

Puberty 2, the latest album from singer-songwriter Mitski Miyawaki, has been named one of the best of 2016 so far by many prominent music publications. As you can guess by the title, the lyrics are inspired by the personal struggles that come with getting older (post-college) with relationships and life in general. The struggle to […]

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FAWNN – Ultimate Oceans

Ultimate Oceans is the sophomore album from Michigan band FAWNN, a group consisting of former members of The Von Bondies, Thundercats Are Now! and Those Transatlantics. Their latest is a set of high energy alt-rock songs with jangly guitars, spacey melodies and dual male/female lead vocals. Their music kind of sounds like a cross between […]

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Whitney – Light Upon the Lake

Light Upon the Lake is the debut album from Whitney, a duo consisting of former Smith Westerns guitarist Max Kakacek and former Unknown Mortal Orchestra drummer Julian Ehrlich. Together they have released one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year from a new artist. Indie-americana with Neil Young style vocals and a lo-fi, […]

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Love Songs is the latest release from Northampton, MA folk-rock band Winterpills. Acoustic driven rock with beautiful melodies and vocal harmonies, well put together arrangements. Some songs skew more towards folk (“Incunabula”, “Diary, Reconstructed”), others more rock (“Celia Johnson”), and the rest fall somewhere between. Overall, a pleasant album that has a lot to offer. […]

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Marissa Nadler – Strangers

Strangers is the latest effort from singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler. With this album, she expands the gothic folk of her previous albums into something more lush and atmospheric. There is more emphasis on melody than lyrics. Producer Randall Dunn gives this album a heavier sound. Overall a very pretty album with orchestral instruments. Play: 2, 5, […]

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Yumi Zouma – Yoncalla

Yoncalla is the debut full-length from New Zealand dream pop group Yumi Zouma. This group has built an online buzz in the past couple years with two EPs, but they have also gone through some lineup changes, with Christie Simpson replacing original lead singer Kim Pflaum. With this album they bring a polished, electro pop […]

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THE MAYTAGS // LOVE LINES [SELF-RELEASED]

Lives at the intersection of Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Leon Bridges.  Although, apparently, a break-up album, the tunes have a really fun and feel-good vibe.  Soulful tunes with playful guitar and lyrical arrangements. PLAY: 2, 4, 3, 8 | FCC: Clean | RIYL: Benjamin Booker, Nathaniel Rateliff & […]

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THE VELVETEINS // A HOT SECOND WITH THE VELVETEINS [FIERCE PANDA CANADA]

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada’s oozing garage rock vibes, ‘moody surf and pop classicism.’  Like The Growlers with more psychedelia. Play: 2, 1, 5, ALL | FCC: Clean | RYIL: The Growlers, Deer Tick, Sonny & The Sunsets

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SARA WATKINS // YOUNG IN ALL THE WRONG WAYS [NEW WEST]

Far more roots rock than folk, this album steps outside the Nickel Creek vibe for which Sara might be best known.  Ranges from soulful to mellow.  Great overall vibe, easy listening to be sure. PLAY: 4, 1, 6, 7, 8 | FCC: Clean | RIYL: Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Gillian Welch

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MAYBIRD – TURNING INTO WATER EP [30TH CENTURY]

Psychedelic three-guitar rock.  Guitar work reminiscent of Delicate Steve, Mac DeMarco, and overall vibe crosses Cass McCombs with Beck and Belle and Sebastian.  A really fitting college rock radio album. PLAY: ALL | FCC: CLEAN | RIYL: Wilco, Beck, Cass  McCombs, Delicate Steve, Mac DeMarco, Belle and Sebastian

Aukai

Aukai – “Aukai”

Aukai (which apparently is the Hawaiian word for ‘traveler’) is the newest album from multi-instrumentalist and composer Markus Sieber. This album is best described as an ambient acoustic soundscape, that takes you on a journey along with the music itself. Although Sieber may tend to draw a lot of influence from other ambient acoustic artists […]

Floating Islands

Audience Killers – “Floating Islands”

Audience Killers are a synth pop/electropop band hailing from the dark depths of Latvia, and they have been at it since roughly 2010. The three members of the band make music that features eerily ethereal group vocals, bright piano playing, and warm synths that sweetly tie the music all together. All of these sounds amalgamated […]

Astronomique

Astronomique – “Astronomique”

Astronomique is a Minneapolis based synth pop group, and their latest EP doesn’t leave a lot of room for failure. At a mere six songs and a track list just barely spanning over twenty minutes in length, this EP is able to captivate listeners with quality dreamy psychedelic synth-pop. The beats first off are sharply […]

Tomorrow Morning Will Be Tonight

Altamina – “Tomorrow Morning Will Be Tonight”

Altamina is an indie/alternative rock band hailing from the close by land of Montreal, Canada, and they began as an entirely instrumental duo. Since 2012 though, they have steadily been adding people to the band’s lineup, and adding more instrumentation to each of their releases. This new album contains a sweet blend of prominent astral […]

Running out of Red

Zig Zags – “Running out of Red”

Zig Zags are no-nonsense 80’s style thrash rock band with a lot of contemporary garage rock influences, and man can these guys jam with intensity. The guitars on this album will absolutely shred your face off, and on every track each member of the band is giving it there all. You can tell just by listening […]

Still Life

Young Magic – “Still Life”

Young Magic is comprised of Jakarta born Indonesian-American vocalist Melati Malay, and Sydney, Australia-born songwriter-producer Isaac Emmanuel. Since 2010, the band has steadily been releasing music together and “Still Life” is their third studio album. This new record is deeply personal and idiosyncratic. It breaches the realms of enchanted electro-pop, yet it is still unique […]

Trouble

Woodpigeon – “Trouble”

Woodpigeon is an indie-folk group hailing from Calgary, Alberta Canada, and “Trouble” is the band’s seventh studio release. This album doesn’t shed to far away from the sounds the band has been releasing over the last ten years. “Trouble” is a contemporary collection of songs that provides fresh listening for those familiar with the band, […]

The Ride

Catfish and the Bottlemen – “The Ride”

I have been a pretty big fan of these guys since their first album came out in 2014, I was also lucky enough that these guys were the first band I saw at the start of my Osheaga 2015 experience, and they had an excellent performance! So, it goes without saying that I was pretty stoked […]

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Joshua Winstead – “MMXX”

Joshua Winstead is the longtime bass and synth player for the Canadian rock band Metric, and “MMXX” is his solo debut album. If you were going into this album thinking that it was anything like Metric, then you are in for an entirely different sound, because on this solo record, Winstead provides 11 impressive and […]

Love You to Death

Tegan and Sera – “Love You to Death”

Tegan and Sara is an indie-pop duo who have been steadily releasing albums since 1999, and their latest album “Love You to Death” is better than your average pop album with the same level of accessibility. The production on this album is heavily synth driven, with a lot of influence in contemporary pop trends, and the […]

Monolith of Phobos

The Claypool Lennon Delirium – “Monolith of Phobos”

Famed frontman of the legendary (and one of my favorite bands of all time) band Primus, Les Claypool has teamed up with former Beatles (RIP) son Sean Lennon to create a record that combines two interesting worlds into one. The two musicians are both abstract in their own respects, and when they come together it’s […]

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Ultimate Painting – “Live at Third Man Records”

We got another “Live at Third Man Records” album here in the station, and this time around it is from Ultimate Painting. This album of course features all live versions of previously released material, but the band’s live performance is full of energy, and they really stretch the tracks out on this to their fullest […]

Celebrate

Tiny Moving Parts – “Celebrate”

Tiny Moving Parts is an emo/math rock band hailing from the deep dark depths of Benson, Minnesota, and there latest album sees them returning to the solid sounds that they have set on previous releases, just more refined. The tracks are filled with noodle riffs that explode with huge bursts of energy. Lyrically, songs are […]

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