Category Rock

Bambara – Stray

Release date: February 14, 2020 Label: Wharf Cat Records Another weird band from Athens, GA – Bambara hangs out in the dark, cold alleys of rock-n-roll. They stalk and prowl like Nick Cave and constantly threaten danger and violence. Even the song titles reflect their commitment to the “dark side.” Miracle is slow and skulking and hits you with […]

Maudiir – Le Temps Peste

Release date: February 2, 2020 Label: Self-Released Maudiir is a one-man black/thrash metal project that has emerged from the underbelly of Montreal. The opening track, Product, is intense and dark. From the album emerge influences drawn from 80s thrash, black metal, and punk. Abuse the Used is hauntingly dark, corrosive, and galloping. It seems that Maudiir is an outlet for […]

COIN – Dreamland [AWAL]

From promoter: “Alt-pop trio COIN releases their new album Dreamland today! The project brings to life COIN‘s most sonically adventurous yet emotionally direct songs to date, but also hold a memory map of all the places the globe-trotting band has travelled in the making of this album.” Label: AWAL Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 FCC: Clean […]

Christine and the Queens – La Vita Nuova [Because/Capitol]

From promoter: “Christine and the Queens has created an electrifying and passionate new project called La vita nuova. The French singer-songwriter, Héloïse Adelaïde Letissier, engages with the themes of strength and extreme vulnerability in the new release while adapting to a new life of fame.” Label: Because/Capitol Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: 3 RIYL: Shura, MUNA, Caroline Polachek

Caribou – Suddenly [Merge Records]

From promoter: “Suddenly is the most surprising and unpredictable Caribou album to date. Though it retains the trademark Caribou warmth and technicolor, this album is littered with swerves and left turns. Songs drop out and morph into something else entirely just as they’re hitting their stride, samples chopped up beyond all recognition burst out of nowhere.” […]

Real Estate – The Main Thing [Domino]

From promoter: “Coming three years after their last project, Real Estate dives even further into their hook laden indie rock on The Main Thing. The New Jersey band’s bright guitar lines are set against emotionally nuanced lyrics and complex arrangements. What emerges is a superb collection of interrogative songs chock full of depth, charming quirks, […]

Boy Romeo – Pure Soul [Self-Released]

From promoter: As Boy Romeo, John Steiner makes power pop as joyful as it is ruthlessly efficient. The Chicago-via-Sacramento singer-songwriter’s music has the sweetness of something you might hear in a Broadway musical while erring towards the economy of what you might hear on A Hard Day’s Night Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 9 FCC: Clean […]

Franc Moody – Dream In Colour [Juicebox]

From promoter: “Franc Moody‘s sound is contemporary funk, awash with electronic inspiration, human touches, and throbbing grooves and via the tight-knit warehouse rave scene of London to where they are today, Franc Moody has been releasing music since 2016.” Label: Juicebox Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 8, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Hot Chip, Francis & The Lights, Chromeo

Blanks – Blanks EP [Self-Released]

From promoter: Gooey, dreamy indie pop! Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Dayglow, COIN, Skylar Spence

Soccer Mommy – Color Theory [Loma Vista]

From promoter: The second album from singer-songwriter Sophie Allison is piercing and unpredictable. In contrast to its bigger and brighter sound, the mood is grimmer, the emotional truths darker. Label: Loma Vista Start w/ 2, 6, 8 FCC: Clean (edits available on Subsonic) RIYL: Snail Mail, Tomberlin, Mitski, Jay Som

Kevin Krauter – Full Hand [Bayonet Records]

From promoter: “On his sophomore album, Full Hand, Indiana musician Kevin Krauter tackles complicated emotional states and ideas through elliptical songwriting that is at once poetic and truthful. “A lot of the lyrics touch on how I was raised religiously, touch on me understanding my sexuality more and more in recent years,” Label: Bayonet Records Start […]

Spendtime Palace – Room With A View [Park The Van]

From promoter: “Addictive and alluring, Room With a View showcases the band’s knack for making songs that sound straight from the jukebox. Capturing all the restlessness of late nights and ambiguous interactions, Spendtime Palace preserves the magic of dusty desert bars and the characters they draw.” Label: Park the Van Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Boy […]

Durand Jones & the Indications – American Love Call [Dead Oceans]

From promoter: This young band of twenty-somethings are students of soul, including guitarist Blake Rhein, who moonlights doing research for The Numero Group. Even with that background, and an aesthetic steeped in the golden, strings-infused dreaminess of early ‘70s soul, the Indications are planted firmly in the present, with the urgency of this moment in […]

Couchsleepers – Only When It’s Dark (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The debut full-length from Harrison Hsiang’s project Couchsleepers typifies his brand of “folk songwriting that tastes like indie rock,” with lyrics centered around romance, heartbreak and insomnia. Track picks: 2, 3, 7, 9 FCC: 7 (clean version available in station and on Subsonic!) RIYL: Pinegrove, Peach Pit, Theo Katzman

Best Coast – Always Tomorrow [Concord]

From promoter: “LA duo Best Coast put catchy melodies over sweet and spacey moods on their new record Always Tomorrow. After an explorative effort into children’s music with their last release Best Kids, Bethany and Bobby return to their signature sound implementing elements of indie and dream pop.” Label: Concord Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 7 FCC: 4 […]

Spinning Coin – Hyacinth [Domino]

From promoter: “The LP is a nostalgic ode to love-lost and a wistful commentary on our ability to love again. Drawing inspiration from 1980s jangle pop and the layered harmonies of 60s surf rock, Spinning Coin craft the perfect pastiche of a Polaroid summer.” Label: Domino Start w/ 2, 3, 6, 10, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Girl Ray, Real Estate

Kid Nobody – Discretion [Feltone]

From promoter: “Kid Nobody presents everything opposite of their sun-kissed So-Cal roots on their icy dreamscape EP, Discretion. The electronic duo comprised of Wildcat! Wildcat! alums Michael Wilson and Jesse Carmichael show off their collaborative synergy with Carmichael’s hypnotic production providing a perfect foil for Wilson’s flexible serpentine vocals.” Label: Feltone Start w/ 1, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: M83, […]

Baseball Gregg – Calendar [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Baseball Gregg is a Pop duo from Stockton (California) by way of Italy. Founders Luca Lovisetto and Samuel Regan met in Bologna, the former a native of the city and the latter a math student studying abroad” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 5 FCC: 9 RIYL: Frankie Cosmos, Wild Nothing, Soccer Mommy

Opus Orange – Miles From Nowhere [Emoto]

From promoter: “These songs mark the bands’ move into exuberant, heartfelt, full-band goodness. Like all Opus Orange material, they are “deliciously upbeat” (Indie Rock Cafe) and still “oft-kilter, brilliant. highly infectious, and just ear-popping sugar candy.” Label: Emoto Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Passion Pit, Local Natives, Run River North, Royal Canoe

Purr – Like New [Anti]

From promoter: “Taking cues from a lineage of dual-lead-vocalist bands with sonic roots in the late 60s and 70s, the pair fluidly oscillates between singing in harmony and unison with their voices often blending to forge what at times can eerily sound like a singular voice.” Label: Anti Start w/ 1, 4, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Foxygen, Whitney, Beach […]

Shady Nasty – Bad Posture [Royal Mountain Records]

From promoter: “Bad Posture is Shady Nasty at their most brutal and cataclysmic, playing an energetic and weirdo breed of punk that skirts the boundaries of the genre” Label: Royal Mountain Records Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Show Me The Body, IDLES, Iceage

Banoffee – Look At Us Now Dad [Cascine]

From promoter: “Banoffee‘s shimmering, angelic vocals belie honest lyricism, over her trademark brand of propulsive pop hits fueled by blasts of jagged synths that dip into the  demented underbelly of flouro-synths and twisted club sounds.” Label: Cascine Start w/ 5, 6, 7 FCC: 1, 3, 4, 9, 11, 12 RIYL: Empress of, Charli XCX, KLLO, Lorde

Guided By Voices – Surrender Your Poppy Field [GBV]

MEAWW: “Their timeless blend of lo-fi pop, post-grunge, garage, British Invasion, and punk sounds have earned the band a cult following in the United States and overseas as well, making them one of the most beloved indie groups of the past few decades.” Label: GBV Start w/ 2, 11, 14 FCC: Clean RIYL: Car Seat Headrest, […]

King Krule – Man Alive! [Matador]

From promoter: “The 25-year-old’s renowned versatility – his expansive soundscape often blending jazz, no wave, post-punk, hip-hop, and a whole host of other diverse sounds – is flexed throughout the album… Marshall’s creativity is shining for all the world to see.” Label: Matador Start w/ 1, 2, 7, 10 FCC: 3 RIYL: Connan Mockasin, Ariel Pink, DIIV

Itus – Primordial

Release date: March 13, 2020 Label: Self-Released Toronto’s ITUS is the latest in Canadian doom featuring heavy, brooding and psychedelic tones meshed with horror-inspired sounds. Primordial paints the mood like a classic horror creature reveal. It’s reminiscent of Celtic Frost. Abrasive and plodding, Primordial accentuates the brutality of man with dark riffage. Atmospheric and energetic, Cloud Reader contains clean vocals […]