Category Rock

Skyharbor – Sunshine Dust

Release date: September 7, 2018 Label: Entertainment One U.S.  Skyharbor blends progressive metal with emo and hardcore. Essentially the finished product sounds like Circa Survive and The Contortionist got together to record an album. If you’re into soaring vocals paired with the heavy riffs, you’ll dig this album. Dim kicks off the album and is my favorite track. The instrumentation is interesting […]

Los Straitjackets – Complete Christmas Songbook [Yep Roc]

Instrumental surf rock Christmas album!!! Label: Yep Roc Start w/ 2, 4, 6, 8, 13, 18, 20, 26 FCC: Clean RIYL: Dick Dale, Tropa Magica, The Ventures

Cluster Stars- Sandra Sutter

Sandra won Best Americana Recording for her debut album, Cluster Stars at the 2018 Native American Music Awards.  Her original music speaks to her heritage/roots as a Metis/Cree woman and is so emotionally moving.  Finding her family as an adult is part of her personal story and her music tells her story as she weaves […]

Cold Weather Company – Find Light [Self-Released]

From promoter: “ the group expands mightily on their core of two guitars and a piano, joined by a number of friends and contemporaries on percussion, bass, cello, violin, trumpet, flute, sax and clarinet, creating a soundtrack that moves far beyond the band’s lean sounds on previous records.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 4 FCC: Clean […]

Rookin – Unionism [Medical Records]

From promoter: “Named after a pseudo-mythical Louisiana shark, the Brooklyn-based band Rookin began as a college class project on the Civil War. Years later, it has become a long-term endeavor to craft a new kind of Americana music. A warm and weird blend of folk, rock, and soul, the music of Rookin tells the tale […]

Foxwarren – Foxwarren [Anti-]

From promoter: “Foxwarren’s backstory reads like a page torn from the manual of rock & roll authenticity. They are siblings and childhood friends who formed a band in college. They went on to live as roommates and recorded an album in the basement of a rented house. Even the band’s namesake comes from the brothers (Avery and Darryl) Kissick’s family […]

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Wasteland

Evil. There’s no other way to describe the sound on Uncle Acid & The Deadbeat’s new release, Wasteland. It’s like The Beatles, Black Sabbath, and Electric Wizard formed a super-group and spent a summer hanging out with Alex and the gang from A Clockwork Orange.  I See Through You is a fuzzy and fitting start to an album chock-full of retro rock n’ […]

Jon Bellion – Glory Sound Prep [Capitol]

From promoter: “Bellion expands on the alternative-pop sound of his first album with fluttery synths, bouncy electronic beats, and melodic layering for dreamy, infectious pop tracks with elements of hip-hop, and R&B. Thematically, Glory Sound Prep chronicles his rise to stardom and the pitfalls of living in the spotlight.’ Label: Capitol Start w/ 1, 2, 5, […]

Nudecolors – Paradise [Self-Released]

From promoter: “NUDECOLORS is an indie rock band from Duluth, MN. Members include Steve Hamlin, Nic Hanson,Darin Steenerson, Jesse Saylerand CJ Hanson. They’ve been compared to The Killers, Talking Headsand Modest Mouse.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 3, 5 FCC:Clean RIYL: The Killers, Talking Heads

Free Money -Free Money EP [Communion]

From promoter: “Free Money make a statement with “U Got Me” a lavish alt-pop, the crunching sonics belying the finely-honed songwriting underneath.” Label: Communion Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC:Clean RIYL: Two Door Cinema, Indoor Pets

Yellow Days – Radio Sampler [RCA]

From promoter: “R&B singer-songwriter Yellow Days, aka George van den Broek, continues to impress on his latest releases. The English teen garnered attention at the start of 2018 when his hazy, soul-infused track “Gap In the Clouds” played on the trailer for Atlanta Season 2. These tracks feature the singer’s distinctive raspy croon against hypnotic, jazzy backdrops.” […]

Spud Cannon – Squeeze [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Flashy drumming is interspersed around groovy bass lines, crafting a sound that is easy to dance to, a nod to the band’s mission when they started up in college. Angular yet bright and happy guitar playing lays on top, paired with story-telling lyrics that give a bright and original sound. It is time to […]

The Shakes – With Every Moment [Self-Released]

The Shakes are an ambient indie pop band from Orange County. They are influenced by the sounds of The Who, Artic Monkeys, Tame Impala, and the Smiths. Overall, an amazing album. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 FCC:1 RIYL: Ron Gallo, King Gizzard, Shy Boys

Jonathan Something – Outlandish Poetica [Solitaire Recordings]

From promoter: “Jonathan Something is the musical project of writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jon Searles. His new album has bright riffs and a colorful surrealism that will blind you with its brilliantly infectious, often nonsensical, lyricism.” Label: Solitaire Recordings Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 8, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Ron Gallo, King Gizzard, Shy Boys

Devon Gilfillian – Truth [Capitol]

From promoter: “Singer-songwriter Devon Gilfillian’s second EP, Truth, is an enthralling collection of bluesy soul-rock jams. Gilfillian’s rich voice takes center stage flanked by gospel-style backing vocals, swampy blues guitar, and hard-hitting beats.” Label: Capitol Start w/ 2, 3, 4 FCC:1 RIYL: Anderson East, Leon Bridges

Claire George – Bodies of Water [Cascine]

From promoter: “Claire George is a songwriter with wide eyes and a natural sense of wonder. The particular blend of boundless awe and cosmic curiosity that Claire George channels into her work is what makes Bodies Of Water so engaging. Across the five self-written and self-produced tracks, she combines an imaginative melodic sensibility with swirling electronic productions, crafting a clear vision for her debut.” […]

Coheed and Cambria – The Unheavenly Creatures

I spent large chunks of my high school career listening to Coheed and Cambria so I was excited to hear that my generation’s Rush has released a new album accompanied by an 80-page graphic novel. This 79-minute epic is full of progressive ballad-y tracks that are vintage Coheed and Cambria. Each song is catchy and will have you singing along […]

Ty Segall – Fudge Sandwich [In the Red]

From promoter: “For fun, he recorded a covers album of songs he loves. This includes songs by Amon Duul II, John Lennon, Sparks, War, Funkadelic, Rudimentary Peni, Grateful Dead, Spence Davis Group, and more.” Label: In the Red Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 5, 11 FCC: 9 RIYL: Oh Sees, White Fence, King Kizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Ian Sweet – Crush Crusher [Hardly Art]

From promoter: “After exploring her own issues with self-image, self-respect/worth, and the responsibility she has felt to others, IAN SWEET wound up with an unconventional assortment of songs featuring disparate elements of psych- rock, trip-hop, and shoegaze that together forged a sound uniquely her own.” Label: Hardly Art Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 7, 10 FCC: 9 RIYL: […]

Sunscreen – Just A Drop [Self-Released]

This Sydney based indie rock band’s debut EP, Just A Drop, features interesting vocals, beach esque guitar parts, and strong percussion. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Alvvays, Japanese Breakfast, Hinds

Isla Invisible – EP1 [Velvet Blue Music]

From promoter: “Isla Invisible is a NYC trio that creates a melodic, dark, and lush atmosphere in their experimental approach to music. Rebecca Adorno, Julian bray, and Ryan Correira are longtime friends and collaborators motivated creatively as islanders to compose unique soundscapes.” Label: Velvet Blue Music Start w/ 1, 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: The xx, Slowdive, Lykke […]

Fusilier – DUTY/YTUDES [Brassland]

From promoter: “Attending college in Boston, he joined a popular local alt-rock band called RIBS who were locally famous. Now based in Brooklyn, the Fusilier project has been making waves – signing to the National’s record label Brassland and releasing a series of singles & videos to great critical acclaim.” Label: Brassland Start w/ 1, 2, 3, […]

Emma Louise – Lilac Everything [AWAL]

Emma Louise is an alt-pop Australian singer-songwriter who uses pitched down vocals to find new folds in traditional pop songwriting. Label: AWAL Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Jim James, Damien Jurado

Boyo – Dance Alone [Danger Collective Records]

From promoter: “Although the record dwells on the themes of isolation, addiction, and regret, Tilden is enthusiastic about what it got him through, and excited to see where it takes him. Dance Alone is about polarity in life; when everything hits the fan, sometimes you just want to dance alone. It’s an album where heaviness and […]

Boygenius – Boygenius [Matador]

From promoter: “Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus formed boy genius after booking a tour together, but the trio had subconsciously been in the works for longer than that.” Label: Matador Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Soccer Mommy