Category Rock

Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

Deafheaven are often categorized as black metal and vocalist George Clarke’s vocals would fit with any band in the genre. But to shoehorn Deafheaven into such a confining label is a disservice. On Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, Deafheaven dabbles in shoegaze, post-rock, and even balladry. The album opens with You Without End. Spoken word and piano give way […]

daisy o’conner//mixtape [self-released]

Small EP by O’Conner, the two clean songs are worth a listen! Strong and jazzy female vocals over mellow rock. FCC: 1,2,4 Play: 3,5 RIYL: Liza Anne, Margaret Glaspy

peach kelli pop// gentle leader [mint records]

Fast paced rock with high-pitched female vocals. Looping guitar rifts, light percussion FCC: None Play: 4, 6 RIYL: Best Coast, Cherry Glazerr

Tancred// Nightstand [Polyvinyl Record Co]

Rocking, high-pitched and speedy vocals from Tancred on her album Nightstand. Really nice lyrical work, some songs slow and emotive while others are fast paced and meant to rock to. FCC: 3 Play: 2, 9 RIYL: Jay Som, Kississippi, Forth Wanderers

TC Superstar// Heat Death [Porch Fire Records]

Nice EP from TC Superstar, features quirky lyrics that tell a story and synth in the background. Strong percussion lines FCC: None Play: All! RIYL: The National, Jr Jr

Nuke the Soup// Deeper [Mark Davison]

Very beachy, soft rock. Male vocalist, play if you want some easy summer tunes! FCC: None Play: 1, 6 RIYL: Sublime

Mark Huff// Stars for Eyes [self-released]

Third studio album from Mark Huff features lyrics spanning heartbreak, personal struggle and more. Some songs have a twang reminiscent of Petty, while others are softer and almost psychedelic. Play! FCC: none Play: 3, 5 RIYL: Tom Petty, Phish

Rafael Vigilantics// Crime Is the Only Pursuit [Blank City Records]

Unique and explorative EP by Rafael Vigilantics, male vocalist with a sound that borders on rap. The three clean songs on this song each have a very different sound, check this out for a quirky play FCC:1, 5 Play: 4 RIYL: Rainbow Kitten Surprise, The National

Lady Legs// Holy Heatwave [Communicating Vessels]

Soft surf rock, strong male vocals. All around happy-sounding album with light beats and upbeat percussion. FCC:8 Play: 5, 7, 11 RIYL: Best Coast, The Walters, Local Natives, Mac Demarco

The Sidekicks// Happiness Hours [Epitaph]

Happiness Hours, the fifth studio album by the Sidekicks is a nice summer rock album with emotional/ break up lyrics and sounds ranging from soft to heavy drum lines. Little bit of something for everyone on this one FCC: 7 Play: 1, 6 RIYL: The Strokes, Pinegrove

Black Fast – Spectre of Ruin

Black Fast– Spectre of Ruin Release date: 2018Jul13 Label: Entertainment One Black Fast’s mission is simple: play fast, destructive, and heavy metal. Spectre of Ruin is a sneaky pick for best heavy metal album of 2018. Black Fast can best be described as thrash metal and the album art provides a pretty accurate description of what […]

Neko Case // Hell-on [Neko Case/Anti-]

Dense, textured Neko-sounding tunes led heavily by her characteristic and beautiful vocals.  Lyrics confronting humanity, chaos, cruelty.  Many collaborators bring an orchestrated, robust and diverse sound to this album. RIYL: Jenny Lewis, Lucinda Williams, Wilco, Gillian Welch PLAY: 2, 3, 6 FCC: 5, 9, 11

Kamasi Washington // Heaven and Earth [Shoto Mas / Young Turks]

Genre-bending jazz from Kamasi.  The album ranges from mild and spacious to full sound led by his tenor saxophone.  Tunes like Street Fighter Mas might harken back to a Herbie Hancock experience with a choral backdrop. The two discs are Kamasi’s Heaven or his inward-facing-world and Earth, his outward-facing world. RIYL: Herbie Hancock, Medeski, Martin, and Wood, BadBadNotGod […]

Impending Doom – The Sin and Doom Vol. II

Impending Doom– The Sin and Doom Vol. II Release date: 2018Jun22 Label: Entertainment One Rating: 4/5 Impending Doom is a Christian deathcore band from Riverside, California. Despite the baggage and preconceptions that come with such a description, Impending Doom’s sound places them among some of the best in their genre. The Sin and Doom Vol. II […]

YOB – Our Raw Heart

YOB– Our Raw Heart Release date: 2018Jun8 Label: Relapse Records Rating: 4/5 I’m admittedly late to the game with YOB. The Eugene, Oregon doom band released their first full-length album in 2001 but all I knew of them was the Red Fang cover of Dawn Rising featuring vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt. YOB recently released Our Raw Heart […]

Aquene-Grandmother Puddingstone

This is a local Abenaki singing with acoustic guitar accompaniment.  Aquene means peace in Algonquin and these tracks are intertribal and familiar and played at social gatherings and Pow Wow’s.  Play all of these folk songs in Native American genre as well.

Relentless- Thunder Hill

Recorded at University of Oklahoma Pow Wow 2009 by Canyon Records with Thunder Hill.  This drum group is Southern Style with women singing along in vocables.   The songs are traditional with some verse in English.  Hard not to dance with! Play all!

Songs of the Caddo-various singers

Social Dances and Songs recorded by Canyon Records by the Caddo people of Oklahoma at Cultural center in the 1970’s.  Still performed and sung today.

Earl Ray- Traditional Songs of the Salt River Pima

From Canyon Records Earl Ray sings in Pima traditional language and in the 3rd verse an English translation with rattle accompaniment. Earl Ray Lo:dac teaches Pima lanugage classes and has educational organization called Ha;l Hiosik Foundation.  Play all.

My Heart And Soul-Randy Wood

Enjoy these traditional songs with percussion by Will Clipman and songs sung by Randy Wood from Plains Cree heritage.  Randy sings with a passion that uses both traditional language and modern English translations. Vocables are used and enhanced with modern percussion with Will. Play all.

The Beast and The Garden

Writing songs that express love, past, present and future of life and and all living, Annie Humphrey gifts us these songs from an indigenous women encouraging us all to stand up with each other from stopline3 movement to honoring the Earth you will hear her music.  An old classic Geromino’s Cadillac is done so beautifully […]

Delgres (PIAS) Mo Jodi

Paris based group sings blues rock in Creole & French. The result is a very unique sound that brings many genres together. Great twangy slide guitars, harmonicas, and a gritty sound permeate the whole album. Beautiful male vocals. Try: 1,2,4,5,7,8,9 RIYL: French, Creole, Gritty blues rock, Black Angels FCC:Clean

Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back

Orange Goblin– The Wolf Bites Back Release date: 2018Jun15 Label: Universal Music Operations Limited Rating: 4/5 Although Orange Goblin doesn’t do much that hasn’t already been done by other artists in the doom genre, they have a formula that works.  The Wolf Bites Back would be an excellent soundtrack for you and your friends if you happen to be […]

Anemone – Baby Only You And I [Luminelle]

Bleeding into the edges of alternative we have Montreal-based artist Chloé Soldevila sounding a lot like Stereolab mixed with Mark Pritchard. It’s worldly, jammy, strange, and seriously addictive. Release Date: 4/27/2018 Play: 1, 2, 3, 4 RIYL: Stereolab, Saint Etienne

Gui Boratto – Pentagram [Kompakt]

Ten years have passed since lord of the dancefloor Gui Boratto released his breakthrough debut Chromophobia. And what now? Five Pillars of Techno and their relation to severity, conflict and harmony? The Brazilian producer had this to say: “I’ve wanted to transmit the scientific pentagram’s point of view. It’s not a religious kind of thing“. […]