Category Rock

Promise Everything

Basement – “Promise Everything”

After a four year hiatus, Basement has reunited with it’s five original members to release this album. Songs influences range from a variety of genres, such as punk, emo, hardcore, and garage rock. The most noticeable change on this record compared to the bands previous efforts is that lead singer Andrew Fischer has almost entirely […]

We Are the Reckoning

Peter Katz – “We Are the Reckoning”

Peter Katz is a Toronto-based folk artist, and on this album he has an exceptional ability to create songs that can appeal to a variety of listeners. The album is rather concise at only 11 tracks, but each one gets better as the album progresses. The songwriting is captivating, and can portray Katz’ emotions flawlessly. […]

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Chad Valley – Entirely New Blue

Chad Valley is the electro-pop project of Hugo Manuel, who is also fronts the band Jonquil. This project is known for incorporating falsetto vocals over music that sounds like it should soundtrack a candy shop. Entirely New Blue incorporates more of the electro-R&B sound that has become overdone lately. However there’s enough variety to keep […]

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Cheatahs – Mythologies

You may know the British shoegaze band Cheatahs from their excellent self titled debut which included great songs like “The Swan”, “Cut the Grass” and “Leave to Remain”. After two EPs Sunne and Murasaki, they return with their sophomore album Mythologies. This album lacks the big driving guitar riffs of their debut but experiments with […]

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Secret Someones – Secret Someones

Debut album from the band Secret Someones, who consist of three singers – Bess Rogers, Hannah Winkler, and Lelia Broussard, plus drummer Zach Jones. Fairly mainstream pop-rock with big hooks, a bit overproduced. That said, they are above average for this type of music and have a few songs like “I Won’t Follow” and “Only […]

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Mainland – “Outcast EP”

The Brooklyn-based rockers new EP isn’t too long, but it’s satisfying nonetheless. Each of the four tracks have a different sound to them, and the subject matter of each track is pretty relatable for most people. The title track is my personal favorite because the lyrics generates the idea of embracing new beginnings when you […]

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Future Elevators – “Machine Maker – Single”

This is the latest single off of Future Elevators’ eponymous forthcoming debut album. Although the run time is rather short (just a little over two minutes), it’s still a bluesy, catchy, distorted, jangly, and melodic track. Definitely very accessible. LABEL: Communicating Vessels PLAY: #1 FCC: Clean RIYL: Tame Impala, Real Estate, Deerhunter, Mac DeMarco

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Witchcraft – Nucleus

Witchcraft– Nucleus Release date: 2016Jan15 Label:Nuclear Blast Rating: 4/5 Newest release from Swedish hard rock greats Witchcraft. Longer review coming soon. Picks: 1,4,7,10 FCC: None  

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Atlas Genius – “Inanimate Objects”

Aussie electro-pop.  Propulsive guitars & synth heavy stadium-anthems rockers.  Very high end production. Songs tend to be very anthemic.  Borrows some tricks started by Tame Impala. Label: Warner Brothers RIYL: Tame Impala, Foster The People, Imagine Dragon, Franz Ferdinand Play: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 FCC: Clean  

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Orchid- Sign of the Witch

Orchid– Sign of the Witch Release date: 2015Jul18 Label: Nuclear Blast Rating: 3.5/5 Orchid‘s Mouths of Madness blew my mind. This EP is more than enough to tide one over until their next full-length. “Helicopters” is nothing but fuzz and snare. Trippy. “John The Tiger” and “Sign of the Witch” kneel at the altar of […]

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THE SPOOK SCHOOL // TRY TO BE HOPEFUL [FORTUNA POP!]

Catchy, anthemy, garage punky rawk.  ‘With raucus and shouty anthems challenging patriarchy and privilege, the Spook School offers the fizzy shot of optimism we have been hoping for’ PLAY: 1, 5, 8, 10 | FCC: Clean | RYIL: Goanna Gruesone, Flowers, Martha, The Aislers Set, Western Wizard

WRUV Rock Singles January 2016 Mix

WRUV Rock Singles January 2016 Mix 1. Iggy Pop – Gardenia [Loma Vista/Concord] 2. M. Ward – Confession [merge] 3. Eerie Wanda – To Dream Again [Hum] 4. Mavis Staples – High Note [anti] 5. The Dandy Warhols – You Are Killing Me [dine alone] 6. Ra Ra Riot – Absolutely [barsuk] 7. Junior Boys – Over It [city slang] 8. Thao & The Get Down […]

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THE BESNARD LAKES – A COLISEUM COMPLEX MUSEUM (JAGJAGUWAR)

The Montreal band’s first release since 2013 demonstrates a steadfast continuation of their psych rock style.  “A Coliseum Complex Museum” is melodic and laid-back, but gives way to high energy moments at the right times.  Husband and wife, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, provide soothing vocal harmonies and instrumental (mostly guitar, bass, and synthesizer) skills […]

THE KI // THE KI (SAKURA SUN ENTERTAINMENT)

Funky soulful blues rock.  Lyrics and singing span funk, R+B, hip hop and house-style.  Lots of variety, pretty original sound. RIYL: Alabama Shakes, Lettuce, The Internet | PLAY: 1,2,3,6,7 | FCC: Clean

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GOLDEN BLOOM // SEARCHING FOR SUNLIGHT [RHYME & REASON]

Quintessential alt-rock.  Heavy on the acoustic guitar (a little banjo thrown in for good measure).  Light and airy tunes.  Very similar to The Good Life. RIYL: The Good Life, Death Cab for Cutie | PLAY: 1, 5 | FCC: Clean

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JULIEN BAKER – SPRAINED ANKLE (6131)

“Sprained Ankle” is the debut album from Julien Baker, a singer-songwriter out of Tennessee.  This collection of emotional songs showcases Baker’s gentle, but highly capable, voice. An echoing guitar creates atmospheric tones that nicely accompany Baker’s melancholy lyrical themes of loneliness and mortality.  Baker references physical injuries to convey her emotional pain.  The album is […]

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MARCUS MARR & CHET FAKER – WORK EP (DOWNTOWN)

Chet Faker teams up with UK DJ/multi-instrumentalist Marcus Marr for this EP that will make you want to bust some moves, or at least bob your head enthusiastically.  Marr’s funk-infused production is paired with Chet Faker’s own instrumental skills and smooth vocals.  Funky bass lines and dance beats drive the first two tracks.  The engaging […]

Deafheaven – New Bermuda (ANTI-)

Released in October, 2015, San Francisco-based “hipster-black-metal”/”black-metalgaze” (scare quotes emphasized) band Deafheaven’s follow up to their amazing 2013 album, Sunbather, is tremolo picked, heavy, loud, blast beat and inhumanly high pitch scream filled masterpiece. The vocals function as a soaring, piercing, harsh noise accompaniment to the fast, intricate, sometimes proggy drums and wall-of-sound guitar. These overwhelmingly life-denying elements […]

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All My Relations- Blue Mountain Tribe

Blue Mountain Tribe is an Indigenous American blues band, rock-blues intertribal original music by Caleb Hairston and lyrics by Robin Hairston who also plays harmonica.  Music that does not separate life’s work of mentoring youth and supporting Native Veterans and Native youth with disabilities is what brings this band together.  Its So Insane,track 5 feels […]

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HINDS // LEAVE ME ALONE [MOM + POP]

Fantastic surfy fuzzy lo fi garage pop.  Chanty sing-songy vocals dance over the clean drums and reverby guitars.  Madrid-based band could really pop off. PLAY: 8, ALL | FCC: 10 | RIYL: Sonny & The Sunsets, Black Lips, Ty Segall, The Parrots, The Strokes, The Vaccines, Mac DeMarco

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Grimes – Art Angels

Art Angels is the critically acclaimed album from Canadian singer/songwriter/producer Grimes. Named as one of the best albums of 2015 by many publications. Boucher played all instruments and recorded everything herself – the only collaborators are Taiwanese female rapper Aristophanes on “SCREAM” and Janelle Monae on “Venus Fly”. She incorporates a variety of sounds drawing […]

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Kishi Bashi – String Quartet Live

Violinist/singer-songwriter K. Ishibashi (who performs as Kishi Bashi) returns with a live album that strips away the electronics of his studio material and finds him performing with a string quartet. The album includes selections from last album Lighght as well as a cover of Talking Heads “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)”. Play: 2, […]

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Surf Rock is Dead – SRiD

Surf Rock is Dead are a duo from Brooklyn with a debut EP featuring four songs of lo-fi, shoegazey jangle surf pop rock, they sound very much influenced by Captured Tracks artists especially Beach Fossils. While a little derivative, these four songs are very enjoyable and are worth a listen while we wait for the […]

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Lanterns on the Lake – Beings

Beings is the third album from Newcastle, England band Lanterns on the Lake. The album has an expansive sound: beautiful, dark, ethereal, haunting dream pop indie rock with female vocals. All of the elements really come together in songs like “Faultlines”, “I’ll Stall Them” and “Through the Cellar Door”. Play: 3, 1, 2, 4, 6, […]

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Joshua Hyslop – In Deepest Blue

Easy listening acoustic singer-songwriter music with hushed vocals. These songs were written after Hyslop embarked on a tour of over 50 house concerts and he not only played concerts at these people’s houses he also ate dinner with them and the conversations he had with these people inspired many of the songs on this album. […]

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