Category Rock

Violents and Monica Martin- Awake and Pretty Much Sober (Partisan Records LLC)

Soft electronic with some hints of dream-pop. Really pretty, airy vocals. That’s about it. RIYL: The XX, Phox, Phantogram, Warpaint, Depression Cherry- era Beach House Play: 1, 3, 7 FCC: clean

BNQT- Volume 1 (Dualtone)

New “indie super group” featuring members of Midlake, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, and a couple other bands. Soft indie rock, at some times experimental, at others very predictable, but pretty vocals and interesting lyrics with an abnormal amount of alliteration. Definitely worth a listen. (I thought 9 was a stand-out track. Can’t play it on […]

The Courtneys- The Courtneys II (Flying Nun Records)

Cool up-and-coming girl band. This album is all about light and airy indie-pop with sweet, echo-y vocals. The lyrics have a bit of a teen-angsty vibe but still fun to listen to. There’s also a little bit of that fuzzy garage rock sound that keeps you coming back for more. Really good! RIYL: Hinds, Best […]

Another Sexless Weekend – Uniable Thwange (Self-Released)

Uniable Thwange is a the debut album of Another Sexless Weekend… AKA… Julian Foster. The UVM student has a clear love for classic psychedelic rock n’ roll. His music bleeds 50’s and 60’s. Reminiscent of The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry. A wonderful collection of sounds, and danceable grooves on this record. The […]

MATT AND SAM’S BROTHER – “MY BRAIN HURTS A LOT” [LIGHT ORGAN]

Bouncing back and forth between slower, angry tracks and dancey, almost-western rock makes for a super dynamic album. The connection to JPNSGRLS is definitely evident in some of the tracks, as it’s the solo project of frontman Charlie Kerr, but the record is thematically varied, introspective, and worth individual recognition. Guitar-driven and good for angsty […]

WARM SODA – “I DON’T WANNA GROW UP” [CASTLE FACE]

Full of energy and good for dancing, each song is under 3 minutes so the album never loses steam. Catchy lyrics, raspy lo-fi vocals, and angsty love themes sound like garage, 60s rock, and new wave had a baby. RIYL: King Tuff, Black Lips, Wavves, The Cure Play: 1, 3, 7, 11, 12 | FCC: 6

Slowdive – “Slowdive” [Dead Oceans]

The highly-influential UK shoegaze pioneers are back with their first album in 22 years. The self-titled album was recorded in Oxfordshire and mixed in Los Angeles by Chris Coady, who has worked with a slew of bands that owe a sonic debt to Slowdive: Beach House, Grizzly Bear, The Antlers, TV On The Radio, and […]

KELLY LEE OWENS – “KELLY LEE OWENS” (Smalltown Supersound)

Mixing deep clubby, electronic beats with haunting vocals and pop tendencies, this is a spectacular and unexpected CD for the dance-floor. FCC: Clean PLAY: 2, 3, 8 RIYL: Arthur Russell

WILSEN – “I GO MISSING IN MY SLEEP” (Secret City)

Strings and light piano keys surround a calm, soothing voice on many of the tracks. The album is a little melancholy, nostalgic and sedated— there’s some good storytelling on here.  FCC: Clean PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 10  RIYL: Haux, Basia Bulat

TOMA – “AROMA” [self-released]

Playful but complex indie-pop from a group that is “dedicated to the art of pop songwriting.” Catchy, cheesy and breezy, this is a good album to listen to and sing and along with while you soak up some sun. FCC: Clean  PLAY: 1, 5, 6   RIYL: Of Montreal, Phoenix, Flaming Lips

Woods – “Love Is Love”

standard woods; indie rock with psych pop influences RIYL: Foxygen, Kevin Morby, Kurt Vile, John Andrews Play: 1, 2, 6 | FCC: clean

Basement – “Promise Everything” [Fueled By Ramen]

English band Basement blends the styles of noise rock and punk in a fashion that may sound familiar upon first listen, but with further inspection, stands out upon a plethora of other bands trying similar things. This is due to the diversity in their sound, which on this record ranges from grunge rock, to alternative, […]

Sallie Ford – “Soul Sick”

jazzy blues-rock with doo-wop elements RIYL: Margaret Glaspy, Shannon & The Clams, Valerie June, Hurray For The Riff Raff Play: 2, 5, 1, 7 | FCC: 4

The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Damage and Joy”

It’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a band who hasn’t put out any material in almost two decades. It’s good, it’s classic, but it doesn’t pack the same punch their earlier stuff did. That said, Damage and Joy contains all the feedback dripping guitar and angsty (which does feel strange voiced by a 50 year-old […]

Corbo – “Adrift”

Corbo’s Adrift is varied and dynamic. Each song seems to have the capacity to stand alone and the interesting melodies paired with starry synths and spacey guitar licks fall together for a diverse, appealing sound. The textured 30-minute album is trancey and dazed. Play it! Play: 3,6,7 FCC: 4,8 RIYL: James Blake, Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver, Francis […]

Blume Hinges – “We Float” [Diversion Records]

On this short EP, the mastermind behind Blume Hinges, Aaron Egeland debuts his ability to diversify his sound as an artist, with each song on the project sounding different from any before it. He shifts between an almost emo punk sound to soft acoustic in the blink of an eye, with only his distinct vocal […]

Hoops – “Routines” [Fat Possum Records]

The members of Hoops are what one might call a talented bunch of fellows, each with enough musicality to front their own band and yet they have all managed to combined their musical talents together into one project without any member overshadowing another. Three of the members sing on their debut album, giving the record […]

WRUV April Rock Singles – 2017

Cilantro Boombox – Shine (self-released)

New fusion from Austin TX, mixing Mexican & other Latin influences with soul, rhythm & blues, African beats, & rock ‘n roll. Defies classification but pleasing nevertheless.

HAUX – “ALL WE’VE KNOWN” (Ultra)

With self-described “ethereal vocals and subdued guitars,” this album is sad, subtle, calm, acoustic, a little monotonous, and perfect for staying in bed and thinking about your ex. Still, it will probably will not bring you to tears. Play: 1, 4, 5  RIYL: James Vincent McMorrow, Connor Oberst, Laura Marling FCC: Clean

DAWN – “REDEMPTION” (Local Action Records)

Thoughtful, progressive dance jams. Sounds kind of empty at first lesson and almost too poppy—but overtime it holds its weight, for sure. DAWN is fun and futuristic. If you like easy, melodic pop but want something with substance, and thought provoking lyrics, give her a listen. RIYL: Sun Ra, Anna Kova. FCC: 2, 5, 7

Benchmarks – “Our Undivided Attention”

It’s adolescence. It’s angsty. It’s pop punk. This album is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a pop punk band, nevertheless, it succeeds. The album, while predictable, is engaging and interesting. Maintaining the pop-punk tradition of chunky rhythm guitar, driving, melodic bass lines, simple, powered drums, sullen lyrics and trill guitar solos for much of […]

King Ropes- Dirt

Dirt is a indie-psych-rock album full of distorted guitars licks, and dreamy drifting tracks. this album starts out hard and heavy and slowly drifts into slower, more reflective sound. Not a bad album, but not enough for me to sink my teeth into. RIYL: Roky Erickson, The Black Angels Label: Self- Released play, 1, 2, […]

The Black Angels- Death Song

Death Song, is an awesomely psychedelic rockin’ journey.  Full of fuzzy guitars that often hit hard, but sometimes drift off with the dreamy synths, into a sort of gypsy madness. If you are a fan of King Gizzard’s more recent works, you will probably enjoy this album. RIYL: Roky Erikson, KGLW, Tame Impala Label: Partisan […]

The Weeks- Easy

The Weeks deliver a solid rock album with hints of southern upbringing, and some interesting musical accompaniments (secret brass and organ sounding synths), this album brings some great bangers.   RIYL: Deer Tick, The Whigs, Cage The Elephant Label: Lightning records Play: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 FCC: clean