Category Rock

Kirk Windstein – Dream in Motion

Release date: January 24, 2020 Label: Entertainment One Crowbar vocalist and guitarist, Kirk Windstein has released a solo record. In fact, Dream in Motion sounds a lot like Crowbar but slower and darker. Windstein’s voice reminds me of the deep south, whiskey, and cigarettes. The title track is easily the best on the album, channeling darkness and and infectious hooks […]

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS – “Don’t Believe” [Single] // [Cooking Vinyl]

The Psychedelic Furs are out with a new single “Don’t Believe,” from the highly anticipated upcoming studio album, Made of Rain. From its exhilarating opening bars, Made Of Rain – the first Psychedelic Furs album in 29 years – sounds like them and them alone. It’s a joy to hear again, fresher than ever, that unique […]

Asgeir – Bury The Moon [One Little Indian]

From promoter: “Inspired by the countryside of his homeland, Iceland’s Ásgeir moves from beautiful folk passages to delicate electronics. Both intensely personal and of the nature.” Label: One Little Indian Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, James Blake, Sufjan Stevens

flor – ley lines [Fueled By Ramen]

From promoter: “On their second full-length album ley lines [Fueled By Ramen], flor draw fearlessness from the strength of their union as friends and bandmates, a D.I.Y. journey, and shared willingness to bring bold pop ambition to alternative music.” Label: Fueled By Ramen Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Grouplove, Young the Giant, COIN

Forever – Close to the Flame [Cascine]

From promoter: “Describing her ambition to “alchemize my heartache by turning my sad songs into dance tracks,” Forever’s personas of popstar, poet, and provocateur collide on Close To The Flame to form a haunting and seductive project. The 6 songs capture both the grandeur and the grotesqueries of love and loss — including twisted romance […]

Church Girls – The Haunt [Anchor Eighty Four]

From promoter: “Sparkling indie rock from this Philly group that surrounds lithe vocal melodies with wreaths of guitar.” Label: Anchor Eighty Four Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 9, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mannequin Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Joyce Manor

Christopher Paul Stelling – Best of Luck [Anti]

From promoter: “Christopher Paul Stelling is a guitar virtuoso, a folk singer-songwriter and a touring troubadour. His new album Best of Luck was produced by Grammy award winning musician-producer, Ben Harper” Label: Anti Start w/ 2, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Barr Brothers, The Milk Carton Kids, The Tallest Man On Earth

Arbor Labor Union – New Petal Instants [Arrowhawk]

From promoter: Formerly known as Pinecones, this is the follow up their 2016 Sub Pop release I Hear You” Label: Arrowhawk Start w/ 2, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Garcia Peoples

Eldridge Rodriguez – Slightest of Treason [Midriff]

From promoter: “Eldridge Rodriguez began as the songwriting moniker Cameron Keiber used as a catch-all for his musical projects. The studio and live band soon took formal shape with Clayton Keiber, Dennis Grabowski and Dave Grabowski. Eldridge Rodriguez is modern blues, sad-pop, all that stuff.” Label: Midriff Start w/ 1, 2, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Walkmen, Doves, Dinosaur […]

Hey Cowboy – Get In My Fanny Pack and Let’s Go [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Describing themselves as “3 cowgals from Texas making synthpop music,” Austin based Hey Cowboy! continue delivering their signature blend of dreamy bedroom pop on Get In My Fanny Pack and Let’s Go .” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 4, 7, 10 FCC: 13 RIYL: Weyes Blood, Stereolab, Frankie Cosmos

Say Hi – Diamonds and Donuts [Euphobia]

From promoter: “This album of warbly synth-pop was created around the concept of focus groups; Say Hi‘s Eric Elbogen commissioned 13 psychological focus-group “for the sole purpose of generating complex philosophies about human nature that could be translated into musical compositions.” Label: Euphobia Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: M83, Grandaddy, Generationals

The Mommyheads – The Mommyheads [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Incorporating delicately picked, Television-like Fender guitar chiming, ultra-catchy power pop infused tenor vocal melodies, and a snap-tight rhythm section, the group has fully realized a record of astounding ambition and scope.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 4, 9, 10, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Wilco, Pavement, The Shins, Jack White  

Francesca Blanchard – Ex-Girlfriend (Tone Tree Music) [LOCAL]

The latest single from this Burlington-based singer-songwriter starts out as a story of personal romantic jealousy and builds into a commentary on social media addiction and its impacts on mental health. (If you play this song, feel free to announce Francesca’s upcoming shows – Weds. Feb. 26 at Light Club Lamp Shop and Thurs. March […]

Cub Sport – 333 [Self-Released]

Cub Sport is an Australian indie-pop project that have been at it for about six years now. This EP has synth heavy songs, instrumentals, and dreamy vocals. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: E^st, Mallrat, Middle Kids

Koko Neetz – I.T.T.I.P. [Admirable Traits]

From promoter: “Koko Neetz is an emerging existential pop act out of the Buffalo. Featuring two members from the baroque pop outfit dream beaches, Koko Neetz centers around a more laid-back autumn vibe to dream beaches’ summer feel.” Label: Admirable Traits Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Elliot Smith, Iron & Wine, Father John Misty

Floodlights – Backyard [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Scrappy garage-rock that flows with an Australian spirit, while refusing to downplay the starker sides of our nation’s identity.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Real Estate, Omni, Parquet Court

Colony House – Leave What’s Lost Behind [Roon Records]

Form promoter: “On their third album, Nashville’s Colony House return to the colossal, yet pensive indie rock anthems of their debut with a mix of old tricks (hope-filled lyrics, thundering soundscapes) and new ones (playful beat switches, danceable grooves)” Label: Roon Records Start w/ 3, 4, 5, 9, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: COIN, Saint Motel, Young The Giant

Dan Deacon – Mystic Familiar [Domino]

From promoter: “With Mystic Familiar, Dan Deacon gives us the stunning result of years of obsessive work, play, and self-discovery. It’s at once his most emotionally open record and his most transcendent, 11 kaleidoscopic tracks of majestic synth-pop that exponentially expand his sound with unfettered imagination and newfound vulnerability.” Label: Domino Start w/ 1, 3, 8, 9 […]

Wild Nothing – Laughing Gas [Captured Tracks]

From promoter: “The five songs on Wild Nothing’s third EP Laughing Gas see Jack Tatum engaging with a more mechanical and synthetic framework than on previous releases whilst delving further synth and sophisti-pop of the 1980s. The result is undoubtedly pop, but shot through with an underlying uneasiness that allows Laughing Gas to delicately toe the line between the organic and […]

Loving – If I Am Only My Thoughts [Last Gang Records]

From promoter: “Victoria, BC’s Loving weaves intimate, lo-fi psychedelic folk songs that inspire a sense of ease, yet are deceptively intricate, balmy and inviting.” Label: Last Gang Records Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Whitney, Hoops, Crumb

Polica – When We Stay Alive [Memphis Industries]

From promoter: ” Inspired by a disastrous fall, POLIÇA’s When We Stay Alive possesses a new confidence in its sound, reflected in its fierce, determined songs and anchored by the heavy synths and punctuating beats.” Label: Memphis Industries Start w/ 1, 7, 8, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Feist, Phantogram, Caroline Polachek

Destroyer – Have We Met [Merge Records]

From promoter: “Destroyer‘s 13th studio album is another adventure in loose approximations and atmosphere, gliding deftly with Dan Bejar’s endearingly sardonic delivery over lounging, plush synths.” Label: Merge Records Start w/ 3, 5, 7 FCC: 1, 4, 6, 10 RIYL: Wolf Parade, Deerhunter, The New Pornographers

Nada Surf – Never Not Together [Barsuk]

From promoter: “Coming four years after their last release, alt-rock mainstays Nada Surf continues to evoke altruistic and vulnerable emotion in their new album, Never Not Together. The New York band binds catchy hooks with mellow rock instrumentals to create a perfect blend of meaning and motion in each empathetic track.” Label: Barsuk Start w/ 2, 5, […]

Slotface – Sorry For the Late Reply [Nettwerk]

From promoter: “Norway indie punk outfit Sløtface examine what it’s like to be an American citizen today on their latest record Sorry For The Late Reply. The sparky, melancholic lyrics paired with the explosive, fierce vigor of the vocals on each track encapsulate a multi-faceted frustration that the band continually express towards social inequality.” Label: Nettwerk […]

Ezra Furman – Sex Education Original Soundtrack [Bell Union]

From promoter: “Art folk-punk singer-songwriter Ezra Furman crafts emotional, heart-wrenching tracks on her soundtrack for season two of “Sex Education.” The show is a coming of age story about two teens who create an unauthorized sex therapy clinic in their high school, featuring cliché-busting portrayals of queer characters.” Label: Bell Union Start w/ 4, 10, 12, 14, 16 […]