Category Rock

Trios for Two

Two performers, three instruments (viola, piano/percussion), highly varied collection ranging from loud, to quiet and eerie. Play most! Advertisements

WRUV Rock Singles Nov 2017 – Mix 1, 2, 3

Loads of new singles from the last few months, all worth checking out!

Soul of a Woman

Sharon Jones & The Dapkings recorded this album just before she passed. It has so much soul, so much grit, so much Sharon. PLAY: All FCC: none Label: Daptone RIYL: Aretha Franklin

Colors

Beck’s 13th studio album COLORS is super sad, but classic synth + rock Beck. Def worth a listen and will be super enjoyed by Beck fans. FCC: #11 PLAY: 1, 6, 7, 8 RIYL: Flaming Lips

Slaughter Beach, Dog- “Birdie”

Birdie is Jake Ewald’s (co-frontman of Modern Baseball) second full length solo release under the moniker Slaughter Beach, Dog. The album, though simplistic at times, is a fun combination of emo, story-telling esque lyrics over folky instrumentation. The album isn’t the greatest work ever produced (even in the emo, punk scene), but overall it’s charming […]

King Krule- “The OOZ”

The OOZ is Archy Marshall’s second full-length release under the moniker King Krule. The record is emotionally raw. And the lyrics vary from lines of self-loathing to dealing with anxiety. The instrumental aspect of the album is the typical soundscapey, experimental synth sounds we have come to expect from Marshall. The record, although at times […]

Sam Smith – The Thrill of It All [Capitol Records]

Sam Smith’s second album, The Thrill of It All, features amazing harmonies, gospel choir accompaniments, emotional lyrics and instrumentation. Sam Smith’s new music is easy on the ears and overall a great listen. Label: Capitol records Start w/ 4, 6, 8, 9, 14 FCC: 10 Charted: 1, 10 RIYL: Adele, Jess Glynne, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Jessie Ware, […]

KLLO – Backwater [Ghostly]

An electronic pop duo between Melbourne cousins released their debut album, Backwater. This album has a chill vibe but with great beats and lyrics. Label: Ghostly Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 8, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Banks, Mt. Si, Yumi Zouma

Protomartyr – Relatives In Descent [Domino Recordings]

This punk rock band has released a great album, Relatives in Descent, that features some catchy hooks and good instrumentation. Label: Domino Recordings Start w/ 2, 8, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Fall, Metz, Wire, Parquet Courts, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Bully – Losing [Sub Pop]

Bully is a punk, garage rock band who’s new album, Losing, features influences from 90’s grunge. Losing touches upon growth, breakups, and learning not to run from your troubles. Label: Sub Pop Start w/ 2, 5, 7, 11 FCC: 6, 9, 12 RIYL: Diet Cig, Beach Slang, Screaming Females, Chastity Belt, Daddy Issues

EERA – Reflections of Youth [Big Dada Recordings]

EERA’s new alternative rock album, Reflections of Youth, has punchy guitar parts and grooves beats. EERA writes about finding purpose and strength in your weakness. Label: Big Dada Recordings Start w/ 3, 4, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lana Del Ray, Angel Olsen, Marika Hackman, Madeline Kenney, Lowly, Carmen Villain

Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear [Self-Released]

Once a backup singer for Cee-Lo Green, Curtis Harding has created a vintage soul and R&B album that only has thoughtfully written songs. Along with the soul vibes, influences from 60’s and 70’s funk  can be found in Hardings album. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 9, 11 FCC: 5, 6 RIYL: Gary Clark Jr., […]

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice [Matador Records]

The duet between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile resulted in an amazing album. Full of witty lyrics and catchy guitar parts, this album is a great listen when you want to chill out. Label: Matador Records Start w/ 1, 3, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Alvvays, Mac Demarco, Angel Olsen, Father John Misty, Potty Mouth

Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights [Matador Records]

An alternative indie rock album that is musically rich, both instrumentally and vocally. Baker writes deep lyrics about growing up as a queer Christian in Memphis and self doubt. Label: Matador Records Start w/ 2, 5, 8, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Pinegrove, Big Thief, Frankie Cosmos, Mothers, Lady Lamb

St. Vincent – Masseduction [Loma Vista Recordings]

St. Vincent returns with an incredibly put together Art Rock album. With St. Vincent’s amazing guitar parts backed by catchy beats, this album is a great listen. Label: Loma Vista Recordings Start w/ 3, 5, 10, 13 FCC: 2, 6, 7, 8 RIYL: Fiona Apple, David Byrne, Tennis, Perfume Genius, Chairlift

My Name Is Bear- Nahko

Songs that Nahko first wrote and have the wonderful piano playing and horn section!  Some very mellow tunes Goodnight Sun and Hamakua.  Dragonfly and Be Here Now are favorites with the “Medicine For The People” feel.  Appreciate this special music from award winning Apache/Taino, Nahko.

When Santa Was A Pagan- Georgie Jessup

True to form with great back-up Georgie Jessup gifts us with a truly “tongue in cheek” tales of the season.  Looking out from inside the jailhouse is the Xmas Time In Jessup first track story.  We recommend When Santa Was A Pagan with a wonderful country beat to bring smiles.  http://www.georgiejessup.com for more about Georgie […]

REPEAT REAPT – FLORAL CANYON

Repeat repeat blends together the vibe of new age garage rock with the elements of sixties pop in their new album Floral Canyon. Upbeat happy jams throughout this album, bound to lift your mood. FCC: Clean

MIKE GORDON – OGOGO

Mike Gordon’s new album Ogogo is an experimental blend of psychedelic pop. A refreshing and innovate project, Ogogo is a great album to play at any time. Gordon has made an album that can’t be put into a box, a variety of different genres blended into one impressive album.    FCC: Clean

Chad Vangaalen – Light Information

Chad Vangaalen’s new album, Light Information, is a refreshing blend of organic sounds accompanied by psychedelic textures. Thoughtful lyrics and catchy guitar riffs shine through this project. Vangaalen presents clever lyrics that present deep and existential ideas. The warm and vintage sound of this album is ideal for a rainy or snowy day. FCC: Clean

William Patrick Corgan – Ogilala [Martha’s Music/BMG]

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman releases his second full-length album as a solo artist. Featuring acoustic and stripped down songs, this album is intimate and personal. Label: Martha’s music/BMG Start w/ 2, 3, 6, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Kevin Morby, Jeff Tweedy, Lee Renaldo

The Moms – Doing Asbestos We Can [Bar/None Records]

The punk rock trio, The Moms, new album features great lyrical hooks and up tempo songs that should be on your list to listen to. Label: Bar/None Records Start w/ 3, 6, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Spraynard, Elway, Dead Bars, Western Settings

Wild Ones – Mirror Touch [Topshelf Records]

This Portland based electronic indie pop band has created an album definitely worth listening to. This album combines bright melodies with dark lyrics, amazing vocals, and great instrumentation. Label: Topshelf Records Start w/ 1, 4, 5, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Alvvays, Chairlift, Jay Som, Tennis

Citizens – As You Please [Run For Cover]

As You Please if the third full-length album put out by the Ohio rock band, Citizens. It contains emotional lyrics, amazing vocals, and well written instrumentals. Label: Run For Cover Start w/ 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Turnover, Title Fight, Jimmy Eat World, Joyce Manor  

Sisters – Wait Don’t Wait [Tender Loving Empire]

This pop duo has created an amazing second full-length album. Playing unique instrumentals, it strays from the contemporary pop sound. Label: Tender Loving Empire Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 6, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dent May, Kishi Bashi, Coast Modern