Category Rock

FRIGHTENED RABBIT, VARIOUS ARTISTS – Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ Artist Name // Atlantic Records

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’, Frightened Rabbit asked other artists to record their own versions of songs on the album. If you’re familiar with the band, there are fresh takes on old favorites. The album features artists like Josh Ritter, Daughter and Manchester Orchestra! Be sure to check it […]

ANGIE MCMAHON – Salt // Dualtone

First full LP for Australian singer songwriter Angie Mc Mahon. Let her rich alto voice wash over you. Sometimes mournful, but her more upbeat tracks are great. Label: Dualtone Start w/: 3,4,5 RIYL: Jack River, Alex the Astronaut FCC: Clean

TACOCAT – This Mess Is A Place // Sub Pop Records

Female-Fronted Indie Rock/Power Pop band with crisp guitar sound. Well-written lyrics that are both snarky and poignant. Great use of distortion throughout with catchy rhythms that will have you tapping your feet the whole way through. LabeL: Sub Pop Start w/: 1,2,6,8,9,10 RIYL: Cherry Glazerr, Waxahatchee, Speedy Ortiz, Hinds FCC: 3

Mountain Dust – Seven Storms

Release date: May 18, 2018 Label: Relapse Records Montreal’s Mountain Dust recently released an opus entitled Seven Storms. The band  differentiates themselves from many in the herd with diverse instrumentation and songwriting prowess. Seven Storms is rooted in heavy rock from the late ’60s and early ’70s; however, their sound also references spaghetti Westerns –  […]

Homeshake – Helium [Sinderlyn]

From promoter: “Collaborating with innovative sonic and visual artists, HOMESHAKE returns with a 5-track EP that adds further dimension to February’s captivatingly woozy record Helium.” Label: Sinderlyn Start w/ 3, 5, 7, 8, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mild High Club, Gus Dapperton, Washed Out

Marika Hackman – Any Human Friend [Sub Pop]

From promoter: “The British singer-songwriter’s third album is a singular, extraordinarily horny, and occasionally bleak pop record largely about the complexities of queer desire.” Label: Sub Pop Start w/ 4, 5, 7, 10 FCC: 2, 3, 6, 9 RIYL: Big Thief, Courtney Barnett, Lucy Dacus, Jesca Hoop

Los Coast – Samsara [New West]

From promoter: “Los Coast has made a splash with their eagerly awaited debut album, Samsara. The Austin, Texas natives have managed to stick to their 60’s soul roots while incorporating a wide range of other genres such as psychedelic pop, old-school hip-hop, and acoustic folk.” Label: New West Start w/ 2, 3, 6, 10, 11 FCC: 1, 4, […]

Lea Porcelain – Love Is Not an Empire [Self-Released]

From promoter: “The Berlin based two-piece, Lea Porcelain, have mastered the atmospheric ethereal effect of build ups in their latest EP, Love Is Not an Empire. Many of the tracks on this collection slowly add layers upon layers as they go, creating a breathtaking effect. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: […]

SAFIA – Story’s Start Or End [BMG]

From promoter: “Australian trio SAFIA are ready to break out once more synth their sophomore album Story’s Start or End, chock full of slick synth pop jams, plump for the twilight hour.” Label: BMG Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 FCC: 9 RIYL: Rufus Du Sol, Mansionair, Empire of the Sun, Flight Facilities

Heran Sound – Cambridge EP [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Born with 15% hearing, dipping down to 0%, he regained his sound at age 9 and became obsessed with music” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Burial, James Blake

Happy Just To See You – Happy Just To See You [Midnight Werewolf Records]

From promoter: “Happy Just to See You is a 5-piece indie-rock band based out of Manchester, New Hampshire with a penchant for sharp melodies and expressive instrumentation.” Label: Midnight Werewolf Records Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 8 FCC: 6 RIYL: Strange Ranger, Palehound, Horse Jumper of Love

The Desert Line – The Desert Line [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Taking their name from a decommissioned train line that traversed the rugged California-Mexico borderlands, indie rock band, The Desert Line, ushers the listener across a diverse soundscape all their own on their second LP.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Wilco, Alabama Shakes, Yo La Tengo

R.Y.E. – Love [Mint 400 Records]

From promoter: “Ryan Yoker’s melodic classic rock packs the grit of early Stones and The Band with the bravado of the Kinks and early 90’s Britpop to create some truly memorable songs.” Label: Mint 400 Records Start w/ 1, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Oasis, Jack White, Stone Roses

WHY? – AOKOHIO [Joyful Noise]

From promoter: “AOKOHIO finds WHY’s Yoni Wolf rethinking fundamental aspects of his approach to creating and delivering music. Presented in six “movements” of two to four tracks each, the newest outing from the Cincinnati-born multi-instrumentalist/producer explores a vast dimension of personal strife and nostalgia.” Label: Joyful Noise Start w/ 1, 4, 6, 13, 19 FCC: 2, 15, 17 […]

Homeshake – Helium Remixes EP [Sinderlyn]

From promoter: “Collaborating with innovative sonic and visual artists, HOMESHAKE returns with a 5-track EP that adds further dimension to February’s captivatingly woozy record Helium. On Helium Remixes EP, electronic artists Ciel, Tayepal, Jessy Lanza, and Foodman re-energize Helium’s leading tracks with upbeat rhythms, further vocal distortion, and mesmerizing loops while maintaining HOMESHAKE frontman and ex-Mac Demarco guitarist Peter Sagar’s raw, understated sound.” […]

Bleached – Don’t you Think You’ve Had Enough – Dead Oceans

Bleached is a punk rock duo with sisters Jennifer Calvin and Jessica Calvin formerly of Mika Miko. Great album with great hooks. Every song sounds different. One song with explicit title. Recommend: I get what I need (4) and Somebody dial 911 (5).

Angie Mc Mahon – Salt – Dualtone

Salt is Australian singer songwriter Angie Mc Mahon’s first full album. She has a rich alto voice. Suggest: Missing Me, Slow mover, and Keeping Time for AirPlay.

Cuco – Para Mi [Interscope]

From pitchfork: “The 21-year-old bedroom-pop artist’s major-label debut displays shaggy charm and an eclecticism that’s still confined to the more pleasant parts of the color wheel.” Label: Interscope Start w/ 4, 5, 8 FCC: 2, 3, 11 RIYL: Her’s, Clairo, No Vacation, Boy Pablo

MUNA – “Number One Fan” [Single] [RCA]

From promoter: “MUNA fashions an ‘80s like pop single with “Number One Fan”. With inspirations like Madonna, Chicago house music, and Britpop, “Number One Fan” is delivered with a rhythmic electro-pop sound.” Label: RCA Start w/ 1 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Aces, Shura, Broods, The Japanese House

Sultan + Shepard ft. Rock Mafia, Bahari – “Miles to Your Heart” [Single] [12 Tone]

From promoter: “Sultan and Shepard, Rock Mafia, and Bahari collaborated to create the sparkling track, “Miles to Your Heart”. Within this luminous pop song are Bahari’s beach-influenced sound complimented with an electronic pop energy.” Label: 12 Tone Start w/ 1 FCC: Clean RIYL: Foster the People, Milky Chance, XYLO

Oh Sees – Face Stabber [Castle Face]

From promoter: “This album is soundcloud hip-hop reversed, a far flung nemesis of contemporary country and flaccid algorithmic pop-barf.” Label: Castle Face Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14 FCC: 6, 7, 11, 12 RIYL: Ty Segall, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, White Fence, Sonic Youth

Seeker Looker Keeper – Wild Seeds [Liberation Records]

From promoter: “Wild Seeds, the long awaited follow-up to their 2011 self-titled debut, is the second full-length album from Seeker Lover Keeper – the beloved Australian indie folk supergroup comprising of Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby.” Label: Liberation Records Start w/ 2, 4, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Weyes Blood, boygenius, Molly Burch

Joy Again – Piano EP [Honeymoon]

From promoter: “Joy Again are the kind of artists that make wiggly, amorphous, bright and starry-eyed, weird pop music with a ticklishly cynical, wry sense of humor. Titled Piano, the band’s newest EP takes cues from a menagerie of genres to create a vibrant chimera of sound. Incorporating everything from experimental pop, indie rock, shoegaze, lo-fi, country and even samples taken from […]

Abigail Lapell – Getaway [Coax]

From promoter: “Call it prairie noir, or Canadian desert rock: Abigail Lapell sings haunting, gorgeous modern folk songs, mapping epic natural landscapes and deeply intimate, personal territory.” Label: Coax Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sharon Van Etten, Florence + the Machine, Molly Tuttle

Floral Paint – Floral Paint [Tiny Engines]

From promoter: “Atlanta’s floral print make guitar pop full of hazy, woozy melodies and textures, but strained through razors: their songs are full of sputtering stops, false starts, and sudden detours.” Label: Tiny Engines Start w/ 2, 4 FCC: 1 RIYL: Animal Collective, Black Midi, Parquet Courts