Category Rock

Alexandria Malliot – Benevolence [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Focuses on the emotional roller-coaster of heartbreak with moments built-in for introspection and stillness. The sound is a mix of southern rock and R&B filtered through a 90’s state of mind.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Maggie Rogers, Brittany Howard, Basia Bulat

Bree – New Skin [werewolf Tunes]

From promoter: “BREE is a Nashville based alt/rock songwriter. Influenced by the 70s British sound, mixed with 90s angst she creates a sound very unique to her life.” Label: Werewolf Tunes Start w/ 1, 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, The Cranberries

The Small Calamities – designer heartache [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Jangly modern rock that rings with the contagious indie of Nada Surf and Jimmy Eat World.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 4, 8 FCC: 2, 3, 6, 12, 13 RIYL: Jimmy Eat World, The National, Nada Surf

Devonte Hynes – Queen & Slim Original Motion Picture Score [Domino]

From promoter: “Songwriter and composer Devonte Hynes’s motion picture score for Queen and Slim is a mixture of heartfelt and nerve wracking pieces that communicate the themes of togetherness and paranoia portrayed in the film. Hynes has an extensive back catalogue performing under the name Blood Orange as well as a number of collaborations with […]

dj poolboi – Forever Yours EP [Self-Released]

From promoter: “dj poolboi is the moniker of Austin Texas’ resident Adam Ansley. In 2017 Ansley started quietly releasing lo-fi house music as an artistic outlet on Youtube. Channelling his own and family struggles with alcoholism and depression he created his own unique outlet of emotional melodic dance music mixing elation and nostalgia with melancholy.” […]

Will Samson – Paralanguage [Wichita Recordings]

From promoter: “Paralanguage was inspired by Will Samson’s first – and only – experiments with psilocybin. For some time, following the death of his father in 2012, the British musician had suffered from mild PTSD, unable to process the grief provoked by the sudden nature of his passing.” Label: Wichita Recordings Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 7 FCC: Clean […]

Acidhead – Distractions [Veriditas]

From promoter: “A deconstruction of pop music delivered with auto-tuned vocals and distorted electronic beats. The album is equally influenced by 808s & Heartbreak, Travis Scott, and Stravinsky, blurring and blending lo-fi punk and trap with the tenderness of Aaron Copland.” Label: Veriditas Start w/ 1, 2, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: FKA Twigs, The 1975,

Blue Vervain – Demos & Alternate Takes [Mint 400]

From promoter: “Blue Vervain is an indie/mood rock band from Bergen County, New Jersey. In September of 2019 they released their first album Wounds. On November 29th, 2019 they will release a supplement to that album with their release of Demos & Alternate Takes.” Label: Mint 400 Start w/ 1, 2, 10, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Snail […]

Maggie Rogers – “Love You For A Long Time” [Single] [Capitol]

From promoter: “Grammy Award-nominated American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer Maggie Rogers’ new single “Love You For A Long Time” is a sweet and catchy tune with a tinge of southern influence.” Label: Capitol Start w/ 1 FCC: Clean RIYL: Haim, Julian Baker, Sylvan Esso

August Eve – Ashes in a Vase [Mad Decent]

From promoter: “Born and based in Los Angeles, the 22-year-old performer is a modern-day multidisciplinary artist: singer, songwriter, producer, director, multi-instrumentalist, and boundary-pushing creative. A skilled vocalist and gifted lyricist, August Eve has crafted a distinctively bold sound built on dark, melancholic pop melodies, soulful vocals and heartbreakingly cognizant lyrics, which together paint a vivid […]

Fascinations Grand Chorus – Presentations of Electrical Confectionery [Silent Stereo]

From promoter: “the album bursts forth in unabashedly sunny pop mixed with a sprinkling of garage attitude and studio trickery.” Label: Silent Stereo Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Shannon & The Clams, Chastity Belt, Girl Friday

Angelica Garcia – Radio Sampler [Spacebomb]

From promoter: “Virginia based artist Angelica Garcia is putting catchy melodies to trap inspired beats on her new radio sampler to communicate her message of embracing your roots.” Label: Spacebomb Start w/ 1, 3 FCC: 4 RIYL: Sleepwalkers, Lucy Dacus, Landon Elliot

Milky Chance – Mind the Moon [BMG]

From promoter: “German folk trio Milky Chance is taking a more electronic driven approach with their new record Mind The Moon. Since their conception in 2012, the band has been on a steady climb with their polyphonic perspective that has received international praise. Their latest album explores several instrumental techniques including funky drum samples, jangly […]

Delanila – Radio Sampler [Zyg Zyg]

From promoter: “Alternative-electronic artist DELANILA is blending elements of glitch and alt rock to compose a mysterious but rocking sound. She implements sporadic drum machines and reverbed guitar leads to compliment her smooth vocal delivery.” Label: Zyg Zyg Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Circa, St Vincent, Sleater Kinney

Telemarket – You Deserve a Hard Days Work After A Long Nights Rest [Avenue Noise and Sound]

From promoter: “You deserve a hard day’s work after a long night’s rest. explores garage punk, but also a softer, fuzzier, and shoegazey side.” Label: Avenue Noise and Sounds Start w/ 4, 6 FCC: 1 RIYL: Omni, Heaters, Corridor

Suggested Friends – Turtle Taxi [HHBTM]

From promoter: “U.K. group SuggestedFriends‘ sophomore album for HHBTM Records! There’s some major riff worship on this queercore record! Suggested Friends remind me of Hop Along in how they combine punk elements with a subtle folk influence.” Label: HHBTM Start w/ 1, 2, 6 FCC: 3, 5, 8 RIYL: Charly Bliss, Field Mouse, Swearin

No Swoon – No Swoon [Substitute Scene Records]

From promoter: “Abbott’s distorted guitars and hypnotic vocals, cradled by Nestel-Patt’s lulling synths, are the musical equivalent of a fever dream recalled with surprising sharpness. The LP reunites the band with producer Jorge Elbrecht (Wild Nothing, Japanese Breakfast) and adds Robi Gonzalez (A Place to Bury Strangers, This Will Destroy You) on drums.” Label: Substitute Scene […]

Varsity – The Basement Tracks [Run For Cover]

The Basement Takes is a collection of some of Varsity’s scattered singles and other recordings from the first few years of the band’s existence. Finding success in the growing indie-pop space, singer/keyboardist Stephanie Smith utilizes her powerful vocals followed with infectious guitar melodies and rhythm. Label: Run For Cover Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Tennis, […]

CHERRY AMES – Bailey // self-released

From Promoter: “Cherry Ames is a Washington, DC-based indie rock trio that welds psychedelia, shoegaze and noise into a melodic, loud, gorgeous, sonic pigpile. The heart of their sound is the distorted, alternate-tuned guitars of Matt Vandenbroek and Jamie Darken and Trae Tomko’s propulsive, lyrical drumming. Founded in 2017, and after the usual growing pains of lineup […]

HOOPS – They Say [Single]// Fat Possum

From Promoter: “Hoops was born in frontman Drew Auscherman’s teenage bedroom as a solo ambient and beat-driven project à la Oneohtrix Point Never’s Replica. Auscherman named the band after the hoop houses at the nursery where he worked (not for his home state’s mania for basketball). Eventually he corralled a few of his friends to flesh out his […]

The Spiral Electric – Self-Titled

Release date: March 29, 2019 Label: Self-Released The Spiral Electric describe themselves as ” a new psychedelic rock band from San Francisco, bringing a mixture of roaring guitars and orbiting synthesizer not heard this side of the galaxy since HAL 9000 dropped acid with Brian Jones in the windmills of your mind.” Equal parts heavy and dreamy, […]

Messora – The Door

Release date: October 4, 2019 Label: Self-Released Messora has released a solid chunk of metalcore that grooves. Although the Montreal-based band is described as a trio, The Door is central member and founder Zach Dean’s album. Dean performs guitar and vocals, and does so with intensity. Although the metalcore genre is often not particularly unique or interesting, […]

Lula Wiles – It’s Cool [Smithsonian Folkways]

From promoter: “Lula Wiles reminds me of Esther Rose in the sense that they are both artists who clearly appreciate folk tradition, but bring contemporary themes to their songwriting; “It’s Cool” explores the complexitites of dating in the digital age, and “You Only Want Me When You Need Me” gets into conditional love and ambivalent […]

Square Peg Round Hole -Branches [National Sawdust Tracks]

From promoter: “The band explores post-rock and ambient ideas on their new record Branches through vibraphone, live drums, synths, and sampling!” Label: National Sawdust Tracks Start w/ 2, 3, 7, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: El Ten Eleven, The Album Leaf, Tortoise

Me Not You – Already Gone [Self-Released]

From promoter: “A crunchy, high-powered pop-rock track with late-’90s overtones. A powerhouse track in the tradition of Garbage and Republica, it makes a great impression for its creators, the NYC duo Me Not You.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, MUNA