Category Rock

King Tuff – Smalltown Stardust [Sub Pop]

From Promoter: “Smalltown Stardust, a spiritual, tender and ultimately joyous record that might come as a shock to those with only a passing knowledge of the artist’s back catalog. On Smalltown Stardust, Thomas takes us on his journey to a place where past and present collide, where he can be a dreamer in love with all […]

Mac Demarco – Five Easy Hot Dogs [Self Released]

A relaxed endeavor of instrumental tunes that have some nice repetitive chord changes and melodies. The production is classic Mac, but the music calls to mind the Yacht Rock of the 70’s. RIYL: Doobie Brothers, Jon Hassell, Steely Dan

GA-20 – Crackdown (Karma Chief Records)

Boston blues band GA-20 have come out with their new album Crackdown. A crushed production approach gives this Chicago Blues release a definite blues-rock sound, a real nostalgic-feeling drive. Fairweather Friend starts this off with a modern Black Keys-eque sound, whereas Easy On the Eyes, Be My Lonesome and, I Let Someone In, amongst others, pull […]

Weyes Blood – And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow (Sub Pop Records)

The second chapter in a trilogy that began with her 2019 album Titanic Rises, this installment continues themes of isolation and melancholia. Weyes Blood’s arrangements are beautifully meditative with lush orchestral undertones, making this folk pop album into something much more otherworldly. FCC: Clean RIYL: Angel Olsen, Adrianne Lenker, Julia Jacklin, Jessica Pratt

Gambit – Cozy Throne (UNI Records)

The latest single from New Hampshire band Cozy Throne, Gambit has everything you want from a punky power pop track. With standout vocals reminiscent of a grunge Hayley Williams, this track hooks you in and keeps your attention. Powerful, exhilarating instrumentals throughout. Exciting track; Cozy Throne has a forthcoming debut album, and in the meantime, […]

Blair Gun – Man of the Hour (sonaBLAST! / Enabler no. 6)

Fun 2000’s-inspired power pop single. Catchy, repetitive riffs that are easy to groove to. Totally could have made an appearance on the soundtrack to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3. Just enough fuzz & distortion to give it a hint of punky-ness. Overall, it makes for a nice pop/rock track. RIYL: Robber Robber, The Roof Dogs, […]

Breanna Barbara – Nothin’ But Time (Fuzz Club)

Strong female vocals that evoke a comforting nostalgia. Barbara is clearly inspired by 60’s and 70’s Laurel Canyon and Americana. The warm, charming opening track “Diamond Light” will hook you in to listen to the rest of the album. Think: empowering, poetic cowgirl tunes. Or something to that effect. Finishing off the album is “Weaning” […]

Dave Rowntree – Radio Songs (Cooking Vinyl)

Rowntree is a London-based artist whose vocals are very reminiscent of Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz. Tracks varying from instrumentals (#5 and 10) to dark pop and electronic. Feels like something your dad would show you (to prove he listens to cool music, too).  RIYL: Blur, Wild Beasts, Everything Everything, Foals FCC: Clean Check […]

Elder- Innate Passage

Elder- Innate PassageRelease date: 2022Nov25Label: self-releasedRating: 5/5 Over the past decade and a half, Elder have put out release after release of captivating music. It took me a few years to catch on and I’m excited about this new effort. Catastasis is a lush soundscape of lifting harmonies with breathtaking cuts at a steady pace. […]

Canetis – Chasing Moonlight EP

Buffalo-based pop/indie rock band, not unlike Fountains of Wayne at some points. Upbeat and introspective with driving drums and pop-punk inflection. Label: Admirable Traits Records Not a GMR Artist! FCC: Reconsider (track 1) Listen to: Whenever (track 4)

Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems

Label: Epitaph Release Date: March 25, 2022 From the label: Diaspora Problems is only the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a bright future for Soul Glo, as well as a forecast for what the band is capable of musically. Hardcore punk is at the precipice of a sonic revolution as a higher variance of […]

Lous and the Yakuza – IOTA (Sony Music Entertainment France)

Congolese-Belgian singer-songwriter Lous and the Yakuza’s second album weaves together a playful pop sound with rich R&B and trap undertones. Lous’s vocals have a dark intensity that make this album stand out from most newer pop. The rhythms are intense and energetic, with some tracks veering close to drill and others taking a reggaeton-like energy. […]

Amelia Wilcox – Turn Into Something (Orange Store) [LOCAL]

According to Burlington indie-pop singer-songwriter Amelia Wilcox, her new EP examines “the space between who I am and who I want to be.” Sonically, this music is all soft pastel tones, with twangy guitar and washed-out synth creating an ethereal mood.  Track Picks: 1, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sylvan Esso, Mitski, Cate Le Bon, Luminous […]

Russian Circles – Gnosis

Label: Sargent House Release Date: August 19, 2022 Post-metal, especially instrumental, has become increasingly vanilla. However, Russian Circles stays grounded in visceral riff-mongering. The band brings power, intensity and nuance to each new record and remains a force to be reckoned with. Gnosis is a potent album in a genre plagued by boringness. Conduit rides a nasty-ass groove […]

Night Protocol – Static (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Burlington synth band Night Protocol keep alive the sounds of the 80s that most musicians have left behind – wailing guitars and sax, booming gated drums, and theatrical vocals. Fittingly for a group of retro-revivalists, their latest album is described as “a reflection on all the things in this world that do not change.”  Track […]

The Wolf in Our Own Backyard – telephone wire [Records DK]

The Wolf in Our Own Backyard’s newest single is a bit of a change of style for the up-and-coming independent folk artist. This single follows the artist’s recently released acoustic EP, “Carrion Songs, Vol. 1”, with a more psychedelic sound. The track is mellow and features acoustic guitar, a drum machine, and synths/extra spacey effects. […]

Bow Thayer – Secession [Self-released] (LOCAL)

Bow Thayer takes a psychedelic turn on his new single, with fuzzy guitars and dizzying vocal harmonies over a swampy groove. Lyrically, it’s less politically explicit than the title might suggest – according to Bow, the song espouses “departing from the confines of the status quo.”  FCC: Clean RIYL: Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon, Iron […]

Pianos Become the Teeth – Drift

Release Date: August 26, 2022 Label: Epitaph Pianos Become the Teeth continue to drift in the direction of art/indie rock and away from their screamo/post-hardcore roots with their most recent release. Genevieve is driven by an anxious momentum, propelling the lean compositions through frantic emotional beats that feel fresh and unique. The bass work on […]

The Mountain Says No – Unemployer (cave of legends) [LOCAL]

Hailing from Enosburg, VT, The Mountain Says No have a truly unique sound. Different tracks on their latest album pull from prog, psychedelia, and jam-band music in equal measures, with vocal stylings ranging from distant and ethereal to in-your-face shouts. Now finally available on all streaming services! Track Picks: 2, 4, 5, 8 FCC: Clean  […]

It Is Lighter Than You Think – Silver Liz (Extremely Pure)

Silver Liz is the musical project of couple Carrie and Matt Wagner, known for their exploration of a variety of genres. This album primarily features soft doubled-vocal melodies over loud guitar and drums to create the classic indie rock sound. The tracks range from big, loud, complexly-produced, songs to reflective tracks with layered vocals and […]

Deanna Petcoff – To Hell With You, I Love You (Royal Mountain Records)

To Hell With You, I Love You, uses somber lyrics to create a mix of rageful and heartbreaking tracks. Deanna Petcoff’s album is full of emotion and has lots of variety. Her voice stands out on each track, though some are backed behind gritty guitar and drums and others are voice and piano alone.  Track […]

Eddy Lee Ryder – “Cold River”

A melding of classic rock and traditional country music, Ryder’s single “Cold River” delivers a hauntingly whimsical song with sparkly riffs and moody rock melodies. RIYL: Bat For Lashes, Blonde Redhead, Mazzy Star

Pillow Queens – Leave The Light On

Irish indie band from Dublin, Pillow Queens’s second album is an “exploration of the uncertainty of emotions” which speaks for itself through the vocals. It shifts in and out of melancholic tones and has a swirly mood throughout its songs. Driven by powerful, spacey guitars and big-hitting drums that collectively make this album is worth […]

Marcus King – Young Blood

Release Date: August 26, 2022 Label: Republic Records Marcus King‘s new release, Young Blood proves that he has become a musical juggernaut…plain and simple. On this release, King draws from his musical influences to capture the sound of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top. He does not disappoint. Lie Lie Lie is a standout anchored by a […]

Gus Englehorn – Dungeon Master (Secret City Records)

Brilliant outsider punk music. Despite its obscurity, the album is very palletable, and musically impressive. Englehorn’s expressive lyrics work in perfect unison with adventurous instrumentals to project incredibly complex emotions. Track Picks: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10