Category Rock

Particles

Mountains and Rainbows – “Particles”

With a band name like Mountains and Rainbows, you would assume that they would make some cutesy synth-pop, or maybe some piano-driven indie-rcok, but if you made that assumption without listening to this album then you would be as incredibly surprised as I was, my friend. This album takes influence of punk rock and classic […]

All We Will Become

Misha – “All We Will Become”

Misha is the alias for multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer John Chao and he has been out of the game for a long time. His debut album was released a little over nine years ago, and his newest album is a much more refined release than his last record. This album falls into the synth-pop spectrum […]

Casino Drone

Mike Adams at His Honest Weight – “Casino Drone”

Mike Adams has been making music for a decent amount of time now, but before he was making records he hosted a talk show in Indiana. Adams is a goofball by all means, and his humor has always been a unique aspect of his music, and this latest record is no exception. Throughout this album’s eleven […]

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Middle Class Fashion – “iii”

Middle Class Fashion is a pop-rock band that hails from St. Louis, MO and “iii” is their third self-released album. On this latest release, the band expands on previous sounds from their earlier releases just with a more refined sound. Each track contains solid and catchy hooks, infectious and groovy melodies, and performances that are […]

Observed in a Dream

Mayflower Madame – “Observed in a Dream”

Mayflower Madame is a band that hails from Oslo, Norway, and their sound is a dark and distinctive blend of shoe-gaze, post-punk, and psychedelic rock. Their latest album “Observed in a Dream” is no exception, as it is expanding on the sounds set in their earlier EPs. They have garnered a reputation as an exciting […]

Call Me Back if You Can Dig the Music

Mariya May – “Call Me Back If You Can Dig the Music”

Mariya May is a songstress from Portland (don’t ask me which because I am not exactly sure to be honest) and her latest album “Call Me Back if You Can Dig the Music” features an amalgamation of sounds. Each track is a concoction of lush neo-soul, dub reggae, and verdant folk that tells the tales […]

Bloom Forever

Thomas Cohen – “Bloom Forever”

Thomas Cohen is the former frontman of the band S.C.U.M. After the band broke up when he was 21, he focused all of his energy into raising his two sons, and his marriage. Sadly, Cohen’s wife passed away in 2014 leaving him to raise his kids on his own, and these experiences have translated into […]

Underwater

Baby Alpaca – “Underwater”

Baby Alpaca is Brooklyn based artist, and their latest album sounds sort of like what it would be like if Morrissey was the lead singer of The xx. Each track is slinky and soulful crooner pop in the vein of someone like Josef Salvat, or even a bit of Jeff Buckley (that is, if Jeff […]

Beyond the Maze

Astronauts of Antiquity – “Beyond the Maze”

Astronauts of Antiquity are a New York City based group, and “Beyond the Maze” is their debut studio EP. This project projects a spectrum of vibrant textures to convey music that is both accessible and emotionally expressive. There really isn’t a lot of room for error, as this tape only spans a mere six songs and […]

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Sonny & The Sunsets // Moods Baby Moods [POLYVINYL]

A bit of a more produced sound from Sonny and his Sunsets, less of the lo-fi garage sound of his earlier albums.  Still very good and new and psychedelic with inventive, playful storytelling lyrics and vibesy vibes. “Repurposed 80s funk and new wave.” RIYL: Fergus & Geronimo, Jaill, The Growlers, The Beets | PLAY: 2, […]

Friends Share Lovers

And the Kids – “Friends Share Lovers”

Hailing from Western Mass, indie-rock trio And the Kids are back with their latest release “Friends Share Lovers,” and man is it another solid album in their discography. Thematically, this album converts existential crises into pop euphoria. As the album progresses, the band gleefully run the indie-rock gamut ranging from weird and colorful tracks to […]

Alas Salvation

Yak – “Alas Salvation”

Over the past few years, Yak has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts out of the United Kingdom, and they channeled all of that energy into their latest release. Each song on this album highlights the bands inventive and melodic approach to making music. As the track list progresses, Yak […]

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Cauchemar- Chapelle Ardente

Cauchemar– Chapelle Ardente Nuclear War Now! (NWN) Release date: 2016June05 Rating: 5/5 Cauchemar hail from Montreal, QC with an intoxicating blend of heavy/doom metal. “Nécromancie” tolls with damning riffs. “Sepolta viva” is merciless with its’ thunderous layers.Words cannot adequately describe “Funérailles célestes”, in which the melancholic vocals of Annick Giroux fully compliment the prowess of Francois Patry […]

HIGHER AUTHORITIES // Neptune (Domino)

Debut album from Liverpool Psych-rock duo Higher Authorities. Funk tinged psych-rock heavily influenced by the 60s psychadelic sound. Hints of reggae and soul. Heavy synth lines. Try: 1,3,10

LOLA MARSH // You’re Mine EP (Anova Music)

Debut EP from a Tel-Aviv duo. Synth-pop with heavy drum beats holding down the groove. Well-crafted songwriting. Great harmonies and vocal layers. You like hand claps? Try track 2. Check it out. RIYL:: Cathedrals, Beachhouse, Vashti Bunyan Try: 1,2,4

Earth Beat with Matthew Thoma; original with Native Flute and original compositions including percussion, sitar, key boards

Earth Beat-Harmonic Earth (Matthew Thoma)

Track 8 includes Seagulls songs and there is a sense of being there on the beach with nature and the beat added is an opportunity to just listen how and where the music takes you.  In all this CD you can imagine sweet Mother Earth and although meditative there is sometimes a sweet dance beat.  […]

Great American Canyon Band – Only Your Ruin (Six Degree Records)

Indie Atmospheric folk. This duo is reminiscent of My Morning Jacket vocals and instrumentation. Play: 1, 2, 8, 9 RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Fort Frances

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (ATO Records)

Hard to tell when one song ends and the next begins. This album is a one shot seriously punky psychedelic trip. Head banging throughout with a funky break/breather on “Mr. Beat.” The album is a continuos loop, each song flowing seamlessly into the next, including the last track, looping back with the first. Play on […]

Dying Star

The Suitcase Junket – “Dying Star”

The Suitcase Junket is a native of the greatest state in the whole United States of America. That’s right, you guessed it; VERMONT! On his latest EP “Dying Star” Cavendish native Matt Lorenz delivers his signature blend of low-fi folky-blues music. Each track is crudely magnificent, and Matt’s skills as a bandleader shine through on […]

Touch

Shura – “Touch”

Shura is an electro-R&B singer, and her latest EP leaves no room for failure. At a mere six songs, and just barely under 25 minutes in runtime, each track features exciting and danceable production that compliments Shura’s lovely vocals. Each track on this album is incredibly catchy, and I can sing along to and dance […]

Cut and Paste

Oscar – “Cut and Paste”

Oscar is a London based musician, and I find it hard to classify what genre he is. On each track on his latest album, “Cut and Paste” I hear multiple elements of many genres blended together to create something wonderful. The track “Good Things” has a very distinct dub bassline, “Good Things” is an uplifting […]

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MUNA – “The Loudspeaker EP”

MUNA is an electro-pop group, and their latest EP leaves no room for failure! At a mere four tracks, and a runtime of just a little over fifteen minutes, these tracks are fun and accessible. The choruses are catchy, and you can sing along and dance to every song on this EP. Overall, if you […]

Let Bad In

Ciaran Lavery – “Let Bad In”

Ciaran Lavery is a UK-based singer song-writer, and his new album “Let Me In” is delivered with such emotional intensity. A clear theme Lavery revisits on each track is the naivety of childhood, or just a general loss of innocence with age, which is something that a majority of people can relate to. Lavery delivers […]

Wheel

JuliaWhy? – “Wheel”

JuliaWhy? is an Australian pop-punk outfit, and their latest album “Wheel” features their typical blend of songs that prickle up your neck and feel like a punch in the face. Each track features wailing guitars, and solid fast drumming, and the vocals are given with emotional intensity. The bands chemistry is undeniably in sync, and […]

For Good

Fog – “For Good”

After nearly a decade, Minneapolis natives Fog are back with their fifth studio album “For Good.” Every album Fog releases is significantly different than the last, and their latest is no exception. Although they do at times return to their typical piano/turntable/voice combination, it creates digital soundscapes that seam to weave all the instruments together […]

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