Category Rock

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Whetherman – “seeds for harvest

Poetic & earnest vocals.  easy listening grooves.   Mostly acoustic guitar & harmonica mixed with good songwriting = obvious Dylan comparisons. FCC: Clean Play; # 3,10,11 RIYL: Wood Bros. Ray Lamontagne, Tallest Man On Earth, and Dylan

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Kopecky – “Drug For The Modern Age”

Formerly The Kopecky Family Band, this second album offers up a colorful amalgam of Killers and Arcade Fire-inspired, arena-ready indie rock and slick AOR pop that falls somewhere between Sleigh Bells and Fleetwood Mac.  Teeming with big pop flourishes and fist-pumping choruses. FCC: Clean Play:#2,4,6,12 RIYL: Sleigh Bells, The National, Fleetwood Mac, Phantogram

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HEALTH – Death Magic

Idiosyncratic blend of live instruments and vocals fused with beats & electronics.  Bombastic & propulsive.  An all-out assault on the low-end of your speakers.  Machine-gun bass is prevalent throughout, combined with lush vocals.  More poppy than past efforts, but still very hard hitting. FCC: Clean Play: #2,7,9,10 RIYL: Crystal Castles, Holy F*ck, Battles, No Age

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Strange Wilds – Subjective Concepts

Label: Sub Pop Subjective Concepts is the debult full-length from Olympia, WA band Strange Wilds, and from the sound of it, you could say Sub Pop is getting back to their roots. Sounds very much like the early days of grunge: some songs are more hardcore punk, others sound closer to Bleach-era Nirvana. If you’re […]

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Urban Cone – Polaroid Memories

Label: Astralwerks Polaroid Memories is the sophomore album and U.S. debut from Swedish band Urban Cone. The music is very sugary pop rock out of Sweden with bright synths and guitars, youthful energy. The album suffers from lyrics are a little repetitive, as well as not doing a lot to stand out from the pack […]

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Kat Robichaud & The Darling Misfits – Kat Robichaud & The Darling Misfits

Label: Kat Robeeshow You may know Kat Robichaud from being a finalist on Season 5 of The Voice, but don’t let that scare you away – this is nothing like your typical reality show contestant album. Piano based rock with attitude – kind of a cabaret punk sound similar to Amanda Palmer/the Dresden Dolls, but […]

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The Velvet Teen – All Is Illusory

Label: Topshelf All is Illusory is the first album in 8 years from The Velvet Teen. They are a band with connections to the early 00’s emo scene (think Polyvinyl Records in its early days) but have always broke the boundaries of that genre. This album is no exception, with 11 very diverse songs, bookended […]

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Sticky Fingers – Land of Pleasure

Label: StiFi Sticky Fingers are a band from Australia who have become very popular in their native country and now looking to make it here in the America! Land of Pleasure is their sophomore album that was originally released in 2014, but now they are promoting it in the U.S. Electronic rock with a very […]

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Muse – Drones

Label: Warner Bros. The latest album from the world famous prog-pop band Muse goes back to basics with a more guitar-centric sound after the electronic experimentation of The 2nd Law. Concept album about how war changes people. True to the title, there are lots of references to “drones” throughout the album, whether they are referring […]

The Expanding Flower Plant-DERADOORIAN (Anticon)

With a sound that emerges from two different realms of music, an interesting sound emerges from Deradoorian. There is certainly an influence from the Dirty Projectors who the lead sound maker in Deradoorian was once a part of; there is also a more experimental sound from a more psychedelic and spiritual realm. The sounds can […]

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VON GREY // PANOPHOBIA (VG RECORDS)

Big pop sound but very unique.  Almost folky vocals over electronic backings.  Would be a great supporting act/opener for Sylvan Esso.  Four sisters in their twenties make up the band out of Atlanta, GA. RIYL: Sylvan Esso, St. Vincent, Lana Del Rey, Haim | Play 3, 6, 4, 2 | FCC: Clean

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FLO MORRISSEY // TOMORROW WILL BE BEAUTIFUL (GLASSNOTE)

Pristine vocals over various arrangements from acoustic guitar to orchestral string-style layouts to solo piano ballads.  A bit of folk in her singer-songwriter solo approach.  Spacious and light, great for a stormy cabin near the Maine Coast. RIYL: Joanna Newsom, Regina Spektor, Devendra Banhart, Kate Bush, CocoRosie | Play 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 ALL […]

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THE DOMESTICS // THE DOMESTICS (TENDER LOVING EMPIRE)

Quintessential PNW rock from Portland.  Alt-folk rock feel of the Moondoggies, a bit more upbeat, though.  Lyrics bring the laid-back feel of some surfy rock (think Parquet Courts but less punk).  Awesome stuff. RIYL: Moondoggies, Blitzen Trapper, Wilco, Parquet Courts | Play 2, 1, 3, ALL | FCC: Clean

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ELEPHANT REVIVAL // SANDS OF TIME (ITZ EVOLVING)

Folky, primal tunes.  Feels a bit like mellow, early, early 90’s Dave Matthews meets Rusted Root, but really feels like a Horse Feathers side project.  Percussion is all hand and the strings are mostly banjo, mandolin, guitar with some mild wah effects. Nice sparse sound, cozy album. RIYL: Horse Feathers, Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford, […]

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MYNABIRDS // LOVERS KNOW (SADDLE CREEK)

Synthy beats with hollow yet full focals.  Haunting feel with a bit of warmth.  Midi and drums behind vocals with sound-scapey guitars.  Formerly of the Postal Service. RIYL: Cat Power, Sylvan Esso, Regina Spektor | PLAY: 8, 1, 2, 3, ALL | FCC: Clean

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PINS – Wild Nights

Label: Bella Union PINS’ latest album Wild Nights finds them mixing vocal harmony laden 60’s girl-group pop with 80’s NYC goth/punk. Now, there have been a lot of other artists doing this style of music and it’s been done better, but if you are a fan of this genre you will enjoy these songs very […]

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Timeshares – Already Dead

Label: SideOneDummy Already Dead is the sophomore album from New Paltz, NY band Timeshares. Their music has the sound of 00’s punk mixed with alt-country/roots rock. The songs here are catchy and energetic, but at time are weighed down by clunky lyrics, like on the otherwise uplifting track “Tail Light”. Still worth a listen if […]

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Mighty Oaks – Howl

Howl is the debut full-length from German folk-pop band Mighty Oaks, following two previous EPs. The album contains some of the songs that appeared on those EPs. Their music is very much influenced by certain popular American & British artists. It’s a very pleasant album but plays it safe and is a little derivative. There […]

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Lucifer- Lucifer I

Lucifer– Lucifer I Rise Above Records Release date: 2015Jun09 Rating: 5/5 Lucifer is the newest project of vocalist Johanna Sedonis, formerly of The Oath. Whereas the latter took influence from NWOBHM (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, et al), the former are described as “heavy rock”. “Morning Star” is heavily influenced by Black Sabbath with excellent guitar/bass interplay. […]

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The Exploding Eyes Orchestra- I

The Exploding Eyes Orchestra– I Svart Records Release date: 2015Jun12 Rating: 5/5 I can’t heap enough praise upon the amazing debut from The Exploding Eyes Orchestra, which features five of the seven members of Jess and the Ancient Ones. “The Smoke” opens with a dose of mystic blues-tinged rock. “Crazy Heart” showcases soft-spoken vocals that […]

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WILCO // STAR WARS (ANTI-)

Pretty quintessential, yet older, alt-folk-rock from Wilco.  It sounds, though, like the band went into the studio with 12 songs that they pared down to 11 rather than going in with, say 30, and picking the top choices.  Still a solid sound from a favorite dad rock band. RIYL: Tweedy, Lowell Thompson, Ryan Adams, Wilco | Play: […]

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T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks // Drownin’ On A Mountaintop

Drownin’ On A Mountaintop can best be described as “Backwoods Grunge.”  A mostly mellow album, with guitars that will remind you of an old Johnny Cash tune or other country tunes, this album possesses a firm southern rock feel. Morris’ voice reminds of Cobain often but he’s still working out the kinks lyrically. The slower […]

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Rozwell Kid // Too Shabby

Rozwell Kid’s Too Shabby evokes a mid 90’s rock era feeling, most notably, drawing comparisons to early Weezer. Rocking guitars, drums, and vocals keep Rozwell Kid planted firmly inside the rock genre, with an angsty pop-punk sound that sounds familiar yet original at the same time. They take time to slow it down on a few tracks, […]

Chronovision-OBERHOFER(Glassnote)

The opener has a bit of Brit-pop influence and it makes this album different than the Oberhofer people may remember. The songs aren’t quite as dreamy but has more bite and heavier drum fills. There is a pop punk influence as well with what seems like lots of power chords but also more orchestral sounds. […]

Weirdo Shrine-LA LUZ(Hardly Art)

Psychedelic beach rock equal part Dick Dale and the Doors. The songs sound like Halloween on the beach with haunting backing vocals coming off as distant surf ghosts and the tone of the guitars and waves of feedback add to the surf tones. Overall it is a cool sound that is deeply rooted in the […]

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