Category Rock

WRUV Rock Singles July – Mix 1 & 2

 

(Sandy) Alex G – Rocket [Domino]

Despite the somewhat confusing name change that Alex G went through right before the release of this record, all of this confusion quickly ignored with the release of this record and its subsequent greatness. This record highlights the power that soft and melodic folk music can provide, but this record is not strictly a by […]

Lovely Creatures

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Lovely Creatures” is the long anticipated “best of” double album of their best stuff. Gritty, epic, just such grumbly rock. Listen! FCC: none Play: try them all RIYL: Nick Cave yo! LABEL: Epic/BMG

My Love Divine Degree

Cody Chesnutt’s “My Love Divine Degree” is back with this 3rd album that has equal parts soul and notes on humanity. Def worth checking out. PLAY: 4, 9, 8 FCC: None RIYL: The Roots, Gary Clark Jr. Label: Handwritten

Chuck

Chuck Berry passed this year, but he had one more album for the fans. “CHUCK” is classic rock and roll, blistering guitar riffs, and totally worth dropping into any rock set. FCC: clean RIYL: THE chuck berry! LABEL: Dualtone PLAY: All of them

Beach Fossils – Somersault [Bayonet]

Flowing between shimmering compositions and immersive soundscapes, Somersault evokes the laid-back mood of a warm, breezy city night, the air crackling with humidity and excitement. These songs pulse and pull, capturing a blend of promise and heartache. It’s beautiful and layered, a refined, sweeping creation that threads together numerous styles, textures, and themes into a […]

Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song [Easy Eye Sound]

Gloriously sunny 60s pop from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Label: Easy Eye Sound Play: 1, 4, 5, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr., John Prine, The Beatles (see: Shine on Me)

Girlpool – Powerplant [ANTI]

The 12 tracks that compose Powerplant grow and burn with greater fire than the duo have possessed heretofore. Now accompanied by a full band, Girlpool continue to make their mark with an original and intimate sound carried by incisive lyrics, soft textures, hushed harmonies, and soaring hooks. “When Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker harmonize, it’s […]

Big Thief – Capacity [Saddle Creek]

A highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed debut, Masterpiece. Big Thief is vulnerable, folk-tinged indie rock at its best. “Big Thief’s sophomore album beautifully excavates family history and trauma into a delicate, intricately built folk rock record, showcasing the gorgeous style of singer Adrianne Lenker.” – Pitchfork: Best New Music (8.3) “Big Thief’s quiet power propels songs of the […]

Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else – Enjoy The Great Outdoors [Run For Cover]

Radcliffe enlisted a seven-piece band to combine his rugged guitar-based lo-fi songs with “an energy that sort of billows.” This album is full of laid-back, gentle indie-rock gems. Label: Run For Cover Play: 1, 2, 4, 8 FCC: 6 RIYL: Cass McCombs, Alex G, Adult Mom, Hovvdy, Elvis Depressedly

Fujiya & Miyagi

Fujiya & Miyagi combined their last two EPs into this new, self-titled studio album. Lots of funky beats and good vibes. Listen! FCC: None RIYL: Hot Chip, Junior Boys Label: Impossible Objects of Desire

Binary

ANI DIFRANCO is back with her new studio album “BINARY” and she is cranking out her political lyrics again. Totally a cathartic listen for so many reasons. FCC: 1, 5 RIYL: Ani Label: RBR

Sylvan Esso- What Now

The eagerly anticipated sophomore album from Sylvan Esso delivers! Amelia Meath’s soft vocal’s weave in and out of the heavy intricate synths that drive throughout the album. With a lot of easily accessible beats, and intricate instrumentation, their is a lot here for fans and newbs alike. RIYL: tune yards, overcoats, future islands Label: Loma […]

Blondie- Pollinator

Blondie newest album is a great addition to the band’s catalog. Immediately recognizable with pounding drums, those classic rock guitar riffs and signature vocals the band still manage to keep it fresh. Lotta good tracks on here for anyone into rock and roll. My only complaint is that lyrically every song is about love. whether its […]

Overcoats- Young

The debut full-length album from New York based duo Overcoats is a pretty awesome little electro/alt-pop album. The solid drum machine beats, and drony synths underlay the vocal interplay beautifully. The vocals themselves combine elements of soul, gospel, and and folk with these sometimes robotic undertones to make a really absorbing sound. Highly recommended!   […]

Tusmørke- Hinsides

Tusmørke– Hinsides Release date: 2017May12 Label: Svart Rating:  5/5 Hjemsøkte Hjem is an ethereal amalgamation of woodsy folk and punk unlike anything else I’ve heard. I Feel Like Midnight throws in some funk to compliment sounds of woodland animals. Rykende Ruin lifts your spirits with somber riffs straight from 1973. Lyssky Drom reaches out and […]

Sabbath Assembly- Rites of Passage

Sabbath Assembly– Rites of Passage Release date: 2017May12 Label: Svart Records Rating: 4/5 Sabbath Assembly hail from TX and NYC with a potent mix of occult rock. Shadows Revenge takes no prisoners with dark, foreboding riffs set to thick, rolling drums. Angel’s Trumpets is soft, melodic with dark, dirty bass licks.  Does Love Die is full of harmonic […]

The Mountain Goats – “Goths” [Merge]

The Mountain Goats are now sixteen albums deep, and yet still find a way to keep things fresh. This time around, the theme is – as the title implies – dark, gritty and gothic. And while some songs follow this idea more than others, the collective feeling is one similar to the art depicted on […]

Perfume Genius – “No Shape” [Matador]

How does one begin to describe an album, which is unlike anything they have ever heard before? Well the first step would be to admit said fact. Check. The second is to try to try your best anyway. Imagine you are listening to an insane attempt at making an all encompassing art pop project, but […]

Medusa1975- Rising From The Ashes

Medusa1975– Rising From The Ashes Release date: 2017Apr21 Label: Svart Records Rating: 5/5 Medusa1975 represents the evolution of Medusa, an obscure proto-metal group out of Colorado formed in the 1970s. Armageddon opens with somber notes, picking up in the middle with a punishing bass/guitar attack. Rage On is a lazy afternoon stoner jam. Indeed, man. Fall […]

UNI IKA AI-“Keeping A Golden Bullseye In the Corner of My Mind” [Zen Squid Records]

UNI IKA AI has a great female lead singer with a very interesting sound. This slightly electronic, psychedelic rock band has a wide range of songs on this album. I really enjoyed the soft vocals with the instrumental work combined with the sound mixing. Recommended songs (FCC clean):  #1 In This Life, #5 Make You […]

Christopher Paul Stelling-“Itinerant Arias” [ANTI]

Christopher Paul Stelling’s “Itinerant Arias” has a nice folky, acoustic, instrumental, sound to it. Great finger-picking guitar work. He has a very powerful voice with a strong  southern soulful sound. He kind of reminds me of an American sounding Mumford and Sons solo artists. Perfect album for anyone looking for a kind of modern country album to […]

Hajk-“Hajk” [Distiller Pomo]

Very nice sounding indie/pop music from Hajk. This Norwegian band has a very subtle indie and psychedelic rock feel to them. The female lead vocals remind me a lot of Feist or Maggie Rogers, very light and airy, the male vocals are very smooth, good range. I really enjoyed this album and recommend it for […]

Aye Nako-“Silver Haze” [Don Giovanni Records]

This Brooklyn-based ‘queer-punk’ band had a very garage band sound to them with some good instrumental work. Personally, I was underwhelmed with the vocals. I found the leads to be particularly flat and not very intriguing. The grunge guitar work and drums on the other hand were very well done. Very punky, a little raw. […]

THE DEAD SAILOR GIRLS “ROLLING SEAS” (Blue Rose)

This sounds a lot like the 1980s. A beautifully fun and quirky mom and daughter duo share their wholesome, hopeful, familiar vocals and give great nods towards the sea. Worth a listen but you might need to skip some of the tracks. FCC: Clean PLAY: 9, 10 RIYL: Gwen Stefani’s voice, The Beach Boys, Disney’s […]