Category Rock

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Landlady – The World is a Loud Place

Landlady is the project of Man Man guitarist Adam Schatz. Their third album is a set of quirky and charming psych-pop songs that employ a variety of instruments – guitars, keyboards and a string section. The lyrics have an observational quality to them (which the title hints at), sometimes about fairly mundane topics – in […]

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Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in This Town

Allison Crutchfield is best known as the frontwoman of the band Swearin’ (and sister of Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield). Her solo debut comes on the heels of the breakup of both her band and relationship, and this influenced many of the songs’ lyrics. On this album, synth keyboards are added to the guitar driven sound in […]

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ANTH: Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl

Artists signed to Polyvinyl Records cover some of their labelmates’ most well known songs. It’s an interesting concept considering Polyvinyl includes a wide variety of different artists on their roster, from the 90’s emo of Braid and American Football to Deerhoof and Of Montreal to more electronic based acts like Psychic Twin and Pillar Point. […]

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Jeen – Modern Life

Modern Life is the sophomore album from Canadian singer-songwriter Jeen (also known for her work in the band Cookie Duster with Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning). Her 2015 debut Tourist was one of the most unexpectedly enjoyabl albums for me that year. This follow-up album is more of a full band affair, as you can […]

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Sløtface – Empire Records

Empire Records is the 2nd EP from up and coming Norwegian band Sløtface. Energetic rock music with powerful female vocals and catchy melodies, reminds me a little bit of Metric’s first couple of albums. The title track is the most captivating song on the EP, with lyrics inspired by the title film and High Fidelity […]

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Tycho – Epoch

Tycho’s fourth full-length Epoch, released as a surprise digitally back in September, finally sees physical release. A similar sound to Tycho’s last album Awake, signature instrumental blend of electronic music and post-rock. But there’s also a little more variety this time around – “Horizon” has the closest thing Tycho has come to a four-on-the-floor house […]

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Nikki Lane – “Highway Queen”

“Highway Queen” is Nikki Lane’s third album, with the so called ‘First Lady of Outlaw Country’ tossing out an emotional tour-de-force. Strong country influences and some old fashioned rock and roll, the album is reminiscent of the emotions Johnny Cash’s music had. A good listen if you’re fond of country music. Label: New West FCC: #6 Play: #4, […]

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Brandon Can’t Dance – Graveyard of Good Times

lo-fi, pop-rock RIYL: Mitski, Alex G, Man Man, Carseat Headrest, Ariel Pink Play: 1-5, 15 | FCC: 6-14

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Dude York – “Sincerely”

Sincerely, Dude York’s second album, is riff-heavy noise pop filled with cathartic yell-along vocals telling us about the power of friendship in a life riddled with anxiety, isolation, and depression. Label: Hardly Art Play: 3, 4, 8, 9, 12 FCC: 6 (radio edit available) RIYL: Spoon, Car Seat Headrest, The Velvet Underground, FIDLAR

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Leif Vollebekk – “Twin Solitude”

Leif Vollebekk’s third full-length record, Twin Solitude, is incredibly easy to listen to. NPR said, referring to the first track, “the song grabs you by the heart and pulls you into its hypnotic whirl of melancholia.” This could not be a more perfect description for the entire album. The lyrics are clearly heartfelt, lying on […]

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Maggie Rogers – “Now That The Light Is Fading”

After getting a lot of hype from the industry after Pharrell Williams was brought to tears after hearing the beginning of Alaska (#2), Maggie Rogers delivers in this 5 track album. With a slow start in Color Song (#1), the album develops into solid beats and melancholy lyrics making for a full and refined sound […]

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Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling

The Old 97’s bring you some good ol’ fashioned alt-country music with their eleventh full length album. Some hard riffs on electric guitars accompany some soothing acoustic, making for a great album that defies the conventional country stereotype. (Great if you like rock and are normally averse to popular country music) Label: ATO Records FCC: Clean […]

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elbow – “Little Fictions”

Little Fictions is elbow’s seventh studio album, recorded in Scotland and Manchester, offers a fantastic variety of style from song to song. Little Fiction (#9) is an 8 minute epic that spans a number of genres and experiments in a way that doesn’t feel excessive. With soulful lyrics, layers of sound that range from funky […]

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The Luyas – Human Voicing

Human Voicing is a hypnotic groove recorded with “nothing but the loosest of outline and a few skeletal sketches.” This is an interesting album because of the improv-heavy recording sessions and open-ended approach taken by the six band members, but is surely not a disappointment. While some songs are a jumble images, highlighted by a […]

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Sampha – “Process”

Sampha’s debut studio album, Process, is an emotionally driven R&B record. The album features Sampha’s characteristic gentle and shimmering falsetto vocals which drive the varied, but mostly electric-soul production. The album features a meditative piano ballad, “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano”, and some upbeat tracks, such as “Under” with its standout sleek trap […]

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The xx – “I See You”

The xx is an English indie-pop band that I have been a fan of since their debut album. Although I wasn’t impressed with their sophomore released, I have enjoyed a lot of Jamie xx’s solo output, so I was stoked when I started hearing singles from this thing drop. Overall, the album draws a lot […]

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The Flaming Lips – “Oczy Mlody”

I have never been the biggest fan of The Flaming Lips, but that isn’t going to stop me from listening to their latest album. On Oczy Mlody, the band continues to provide dazzling experimental rock music that is over-the-top, maximalist, and a high-energy onslaught of the senses. Compared to a lot of their previous efforts, this album is […]

Woods // Live at Third Man Records

Release Date: 12/09/2016               Label: Third Man Records             Rating: 3.5/5 A mellow blend of “campfire folk, psych, soul, and funk,” the sounds of Woods provides a comforting but also challenging platform for the listener. In it’s 10 year history, the band has produced 9 […]

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The Last Shadow Puppets – “The Dream Synopsis EP”

As someone who wasn’t too fond of the Last Shadow Puppets’ last album, I didn’t really have high expectations going into this, but in all honesty I was very impressed by this EP. Besides the first track, Alex Turner and Miles Kane perform 5 covers, and they perform them with such emotional intensity that it […]

matt pond PA // winter lives

Release Date: 11/11/2016             Label: 131 Records                Rating: 3/5 Winter Lives was recorded  by Matt Pong along with longtime collaborator Chris Hansen on guitar and production, and core band member Shawn Alpay on cello and string arrangements. It’s certainly a well produced, pleasant sounding project, yet […]

Tobin Sprout // The Universe And Me

Release Date: 1/27/2017                      Label: Burger Records                          Rating: 4/5 Former Guided By Voices multi-instrumentalist Tobin Sprout has lived inside the vast universe of indie rock for most of his adult life, but his sixth solo album […]

You Me At Six // Night People

Release Date: 1/6/2017                    Label: BMG                    Rating: 2/5 Night People is the fifth studio album by English rock band You Me at Six. It was released on 6 January 2017 through Infectious Music. The album sees a departure […]

Twin Limb // Haplo

Release date: 10/28/2016              Label: Suretone                 Rating: 3/5 Louisville-based dream pop band Twin Limb release their first full length album, Haplo off of Suretone records. Slowly manipulated dream pop that is dark and rhythmic. Many of the record’s tracks resemble the work […]

Priests // Nothing Feels Natural

Release date: 1/27/2017              Label: Sister Polygon              Rating: 4/5 Nothing Feels Natural is the first full-length album by the Washington D.C. post-punk rockers, Priests. The record is a culmination of two years’ writing, touring, and performing mostly all-ages shows within and outside punk communities. […]

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music to draw to: satellite

kid koala’s new album, “music to draw to: satellite” is the perfect mellow record to get you through winter. mellow, dreamy, and out of this world — seriously, he created an ambient electronic sound that was inspired by the planning to go to Mars. best thing about it is that he teamed up with Emiliana […]