Category Rock

Wild Beasts – Boy King

Excellent fifth album by the sensual Wild Beasts. Lots of deep grooves and experimental guitar flourishes enhanced by unique crooning vocals. Produced by John Congleton. Label: Domino FCC: 2, 7 Play: 1, 3, 4, 8, 10 RIYL: Perfume Genius, Warpaint

Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Psychedelic, pastoral, jazz/folk follow up to 2015’s Primrose Green. The young Chicago artist is a force to be reckoned with. Vocals delivered conversationally and allows for long instrumental passages. Great stuff! Label: Dead Oceans FCC: 2, 4, 6 Play: 1, 3, 5 RIYL: William Tyler, Wilco, Van Morrison, Nick Drake

Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits

Another driving, frenzied album by San Francisco’s Thee Oh Sees. This release includes some kraut influenced instrumentals and explores the apocalyptic side of psychedelia. Label: Castle Face FCC: None Play: 5, 1, 2, 4 RIYL: Ty Segall, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

OIM: Vol II (OIM Records)

A whole lot of sighing soft rock in one place. Track 3 is like The Brazilian Girls doing meditation. Track 4 has likely appeared in one of David Lynch’s dreams. Track 5 will appeal to people having a mid-life crisis. Track 6 escaped from a late ’90s young persons angst movie. Track 10 wishes it […]

One Day

Slow Club – “One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore”

Slow Club is an indie-folk duo that have been together for about ten years now, and One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore”  is their fourth album. In my opinion, it’s their best album yet. It’s warm, and so classic sounding, and all around more cohesive. The hooks have pop appeal and are smooth and […]

I'm Alone, No You're Not

Joseph – “I’m Alone, No You’re Not”

I was very excited yesterday when I opened up the mail and saw that the new Joseph record had been sent to us form the homies at ATO Records. I loved their last record, and have missed multiple chances to see them live, so I am excited that they have a new album and are […]

Easy Travels

Dead Gaze – “Easy Travels”

Dead Gaze is a band fronted by Cole Furlow, and since he has been releasing projects under the moniker, he has been a reliable producer of feedback swathed psych-pop with a hint of garage rock. This latest album is no exception. The thing I love about this band is that they can meld the genres […]

I'm Not Well

Black Foxxes – “I’m Not Well”

Black Foxxes are an alternative rock trio haling from the United Kingdom, and I’m Not Well is their debut studio album. As this is my first taste of this band, I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was pleased with the results. This album boasts grungy, distorted sounds that feature an alternative rock trance. The […]

Time Without Measure

The Chairman Dances – “Time Without Measures”

The Chairman Dances are a band hailing from Philidelphia, PA and Time Without Measure is their debut studio album. As you could probably assume by glancing at the album cover, this album lyrically is very politically charged. With subject matter such as this, you would assume this is a punk album, but the band defies that expectation. […]

Jumping the Shark

Alex Cameron – “Jumping the Shark”

Alex Cameron is a recording artist hailing from Australia, and his latest album Jumping the Shark (nice Happy Days reference there by the way) is my first taste of Mr. Cameron’s worked, and I must say I am impressed. Like a lot of the people signed to Secretly Canadian, Cameron has the ability to craft amazing stories […]

Live in San Francisco

Thee Oh Sees – “Live in San Francisco”

If you have ever listened to an album by Thee Oh Sees, then you would expect some high energy performances delivered with raw emotion, and that is exactly what you get from the group’s live performance at The Chapel in San Francisco, CA. The band plays eleven songs from their catalog, and you can tell […]

Goggs

Gøggs – “Gøggs”

Gøggs is the name of the latest band from famed garage-rocker Ty Segall, and if you have ever listened to anything that Ty Segall has ever released ever, then I guarantee you that you have a pretty decent idea of what this album sounds like. The guitar riffs are loud and offkilter and rittled with […]

Stranger to Stranger

Paul Simon – “Stranger to Stranger”

In all honesty, I thought that his album was going to be utter trash when I received it in the mail. After all, Paul Simon is 74, and some of his contemporaries like Bob Dylan don’t sound that fantastic for their age, but GOD DAMN did this album prove me wrong. Right from the get-go, […]

Red Sky

Moon Hooch – “Red Sky”

I will never forget the first time I ever heard Moon Hooch, because I honestly had no idea what to think of it, but I honestly knew I was going to love it because of how amazing and uniquely these guys can bang out a saxophone riff. Their style is self-described “cave music” and this […]

I, Gemini

Let’s Eat Grandma – “I, Gemini”

In all honesty, I had no idea what to expect coming from a group named “Let’s Eat Grandma,” but in all honestly I was incredibly impressed with this record. I guess my first mistake was doubting that PIAS would release anything less than awesome. These girls are a duo from Norfolk who have been best […]

The Magic

Deerhoof – “The Magic”

Longtime noise-pop virtuosos Deerhoof are back with their latest studio album The Magic. To be honest, I didn’t think these guys would be able to make as good of a followup record to an amazing album such as La Isla Bonita, but I ended up enjoying this album an awful lot. The thing I love about Deerhoof is they […]

Home of the Strange

Young the Giant – “Home of the Strange”

Young the Giant are a rock band hailing from Irvine, CA and they are a group I have been a fan of for quite some time! Last year, I caught them at Osheaga and they performed an absolutely killer set, and I will be going to see them again next month, so I was incredibly […]

Local Honey

Ben Millburn – “Local Honey”

Louisiana born and Austin raised Ben Millburn is back with his second EP in a 2 Ep series, and he really left no room for error on this one. This EP has only 4 tracks, and is just barely about twenty minutes or so, and each track has sparse arrangements and and minimalistic production. The […]

Sparkle & Crush

Loveyou – “Sparkle & Crush”

Loveyou is a band that is fronted by Andrew Stogel, and Sparkle & Crush is their debut album. The album is in a rather shoe-gazey realm of dream-pop. Although the hooks may be dark and majestic, the hazy shoegaze atmosphere brings an odd sense of enlightenment.The tracklist itself is rather short, at only eight tracks, it offers an […]

On Ludlow

High Waisted – “On Ludlow”

High Waisted is a band hailing from NYC, whose music is just as silly as the band themselves. Their music is loud and fun, and based on the descriptions that I have read about these guys, they like to party and be wild. Personally, although I do think their surf-rock tinged dream-pop is exciting at […]

Flood Network

Katie Dey – “Flood Network”

Katie Dey is a recording artist hailing from down under (Australia) and she emulates a lot of the hazy psychedelic sound that her Australian contemporaries have. This is not a bad thing by any means though. Dey’s vocal’s are incredibly ethereal and they perfectly collide with the discordant instrumentals to create a piercing sense of […]

Golden Age

Chris Staples – “Golden Age”

Chris Staples is a singer/songwriter hailing from the deep southern part of the United States known as Pensacola, FL and Staples has been making music for over twenty years now. Golden Age is Staples’ sixth studio album, and it’s easily his most ambitious project I myself have ever heard. It’s a very personal record that very […]

The Shelters

The Shelters – “The Shelters”

The Shelters are a relatively new band that formed last year, and this self-titled record is their debut studio album. The band began recording this record when Tom Petty caught one of their live sets, and was so impressed by their performance that he gave them the keys to his home studio, which is pretty […]

Mosey

Daniel Romano – “Mosey”

Daniel Romano is a singer/songwriter who bears a very similar resemblance to Bob Dylan, both physically and sonically. On his fifth studio album Mosey, Romano (in typicaly Dylan fashion) relies on classic country flourishes to build simple and emotionally powerful songs that seemingly look into the great beyond. Although it’s clear that he borrows a lot of […]

Indigo

River Tiber – “Indigo”

River Tiber is the monkier of Canadian singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Tommy Paxton-Beesley, and his newest album Indigo pushes the boundaries of R&B and hip-hop production into some unusual places. His vocal delivery is sometimes pitched to sound reminiscent of Mariah Carey, and sometimes he multi-tracks his voice into a dozen ghost-choruses to make it sound like a mixture of […]

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