Category Rock

LIZA ANNE – BAD VACATION [ARTS & CRAFTS]

A new album of electrifying art rock from Liza Anne! The record chronicles a self-aware story of Liza’s emotional growth. Creativity and passion are highly evident in this journey toward self love. Immerse yourself in the sounds of bouncing rhythms and hooks reminiscent of The Talking Heads. Worth a thoughtful listen from beginning to end. […]

WHITE TAIL FALLS – AGE OF ENTITLEMENT [PHYSICAL EDUCATION]

Age of Entitlement is the debut album and first solo project of The Hoosiers’ frontman, Irwin Sparkes. The tracks feature layered, lilting harmonies, soft guitar, and a beautiful string section. The mood is one of ethereal, mellow meadow sounds- oh so soothing to the quarantine-fried mind. The lyrics are deeply personal and heartfelt. The entire […]

REARDON LOVE – LOCKED IN THE PANOPTICON (SINGLE) [THESE BLOODY THIEVES RECORDS]

An 80s-inspired, synth-filled single from Reardon Love that carries the message of rebellion against a totalitarian and corrupt government. A surface level head bopper with thought-provoking depth. FCC: Clean RIYL: Blossoms, Pulp

NICK BROWN – APPALACHIA [SELF RELEASED]

In his excellent debut album, Nick Brown gifts powerful lyrics from the heart, layered, harmonious walls of sound, and a treasure trove of unique tracks to listeners. The album is a satisfying balance of classic and new-age sounds. You’ll hear the influence of classic rock and soul combined with Brown’s own distinctive style. Play, play, […]

Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher [Dead Oceans]

The second full length record from indie icon Phoebe Bridgers is harmonically strong, tonally muted, and derives much of its aura from that of Elliott Smith. Highly recommended for fans of any genre.

JOSIAH JOHNSON – NOBODY KNOWS (SINGLE) [ANTI-]

Former and founding member of The Head and the Heart Josiah Johnson makes his solo debut with his newest single, Nobody Knows, a folksy tune about introspection and learning how to take responsibility for oneself. The song is personal and beautiful. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Planes on Paper, Christian Lee Hutson, Clem Snide

HANNAH GEORGAS – DREAMS (SINGLE) [BRASSLAND/ARTS AND CRAFTS]

A lackadaisical single from Canadian native Hannah Georgas. The artist describes the song herself as being “about those moments when you find happiness within yourself and are open enough that you’re able to share that feeling with someone else.” Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Aidan Knight, Jenn Grant, Royal Wood, Regina Spektor

VENUS FURS – VENUS FURS [SILK SCREAMING]

A solid compilation of Indie Rock sounds from Venus Furs, AKA Paul Kasner of Montreal. This angry and melancholy album features heavy guitar riffs and catchy hooks. Keep an ear out for unusual acoustic sounds and unexpected horn riffs too! FCC: Clean TRY: 5, 7

The Mark Harvey Group – A Rite Four All Souls [Americas Musicworks]

From Promoter: “Trumpeter, composer and bandleaderHarvey has been an uncompromising explorer of new sonic territories for decades. He has performed in David Douglas’s Festival of New Trumpet Music; appeared at the Knitting Factory, the Village Gate, the Public Theater, Roulette, and the Berlin Jazz Festival among others; shared the stage with Jaki Byard, Geri Allen, Ricky […]

Gato Libre – Koneko [Libra]

From Promoter: “The group draws listeners in with its lyricism and simple melodies. But it is a deceptive simplicity. The trio develop their solos to sustain a meditative atmosphere as they play, blending improvisation and composition into an integrated whole. It all sounds effortless and relaxed, but it is the product of great musical discipline, close […]

Francesca Blanchard – Make It Better (Tone Tree Music) [LOCAL]

The Burlington-based singer-songwriter’s first full-length in five years takes listeners through various aspects of a failing relationship. Highlights include the anthemic title track and “Baby,” a very catchy number with a striking vocal “guitar” solo. Track Picks: 1, 4, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, Weyes Blood, Maggie Rogers

SWIIMS – FILL ME UP (SINGLE) [MINT 400]

A fresh, dream pop single from new Toronto-based band SWiiMS. Keep an ear out for catchy melodies, lethargic vocals, and a driving tambourine beat. Play! FCC: Clean

REMO DRIVE – A PORTRAIT OF AN UGLY MAN [EPITAPH]

Remo Drive’s newest album, A Portrait Of An Ugly Man, doesn’t shy away from self reflection and talking about subjects such as mental health and self worth. These thoughtful lyrics are presented on a backdrop of catchy hooks and songs that flow effortlessly into one another. Overall, an enjoyable listen. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 2, […]

NOI!SE – LOST (SINGLE) [PIRATES PRESS RECORDS]

Gravelly vocals, wailing guitars, and a relentless bassline come together for a track to head bang to from Noi!se. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Street Dogs, Dropkick Murphys, Rancidi

MOUNTAIN TIME – MUSIC FOR LOOKING ANIMALS [SPARTAN]

A beautiful album of new age folk fueled by horns, strings, and backup vocals. Mountain Time’s complex lyrics ask us the big questions about life. You’ll hear the influence of 60s and 70s sounds, such as those of Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan. Layered vocals, complex rhythms, and gorgeous guitar make for a […]

PRISM TATS – AVALANCHE (SINGLE) (LEONARD COHEN COVER) [ANTI-]

Dark and moody, Prism Tats’ (aka Garrett Van Der Spek) rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche” features powerful guitar and foggy vocals. Though Van Der Spek first deliberated releasing the song at this moment in time, he ultimately decided that music is his “greatest contribution to change and that should not waiver.” One hundred percent of […]

PILLOW QUEENS – HANDSOME WIFE (SINGLE) [SELF-RELEASED]

An energized and spirited track from Pillow Queens, featuring robust vocals, strong lead guitar, and a catchy chorus. Play for a bouncy, head-banging good time. FCC: Clean RIYL: Moses & The Burning Bush, Junior Brother, Bleeding Heart Pigeons

HEY, KING! – LUCKY (SINGLE) [ANTI-]

A new passionate single from Hey, King! The song has hints of Arcade Fire, Fiona Apple, and even Tom Petty. It shares a message which the songwriters wanted to send to their younger selves- a message of love and acceptance, that it is all going to be ok. Soaring vocals, an explosive string section, and […]

DISHEVELED CUSS – DISHEVELED CUSS [SARGENT HOUSE]

Disheveled Cuss is the debut solo album of singer and guitarist Nick Reinhart. The sound of the record is 90s pop-rock inspired, and features some melancholy melodies, but lots of fun rock hooks. The entire album encompasses a wistful feeling for the past, and is worth a full listen. Play! FCC: 5, 7 TRY: 4, […]

COMMONWEALTH CHOIR – NO END (EP) [KNOW HOPE]

Philadelphia-based Commonwealth Choir shows pop-punk and classic rock influence in their latest EP, No End. Featuring some jammin’ guitars and driving drums, the record is worth some air time (just watch out for number five). Play! FCC: 5 TRY: 1, 2, 3 RIYL: Jimmy Eat World, Archers of Loaf, Balance & Composure, Sebadoh

BRIAN ERICKSON – ANOTHER UNFINISHED NOVEL (SINGLE) [MINT 400]

Erickson’s first single as a solo artist, this song is a candy-coated track full of steady acoustic guitar, complimentary harmonies, and relaxed percussion. A great track for a day of fresh air and sunshine. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Ian Johnson, Elevator Ride, Treize

ANDY JENKINS – FAR AWAY FROM HERE (FEAT. ERIN RAE) (SINGLE) [SPACEBOMB RECORDS]

A sweet new single from Andy Jenkins featuring Erin Rae. Keep an ear out for floating vocals, unique chord progressions, and honeyed lyrics. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Erin Rae, Sam Evian, Matthew E. White

ROBERT FRANCIS + THE END TIMES – VOL. 1 [AERONAUT RECORDS]

Welcome to the soundtrack to your next road trip. In his latest album, Robert Francis embraces “heart-on-sleeve, nostalgia-driven rock & roll” to create a masterful compilation of songs to make your heart feel full. The record features strong guitar, pretty harmonies, lyrics from the heart, and an impeccable mix. An album for the open road. […]

BAD COP/BAD COP – THE RIDE [FAT WRECK CHORDS]

The newest album from Los Angeles-based Bad Cop/Bad Cop is full of political statements regarding the current state of the country, with an emphasis on moving past an angry reaction to a more productive response. The record features loud guitars, powerhouse drums, fierce vocal harmonies, and exudes female energy. Play! FCC: 10, 11 TRY: 3, […]

DIVES – 100 TIME (SINGLE) [SILUH RECORDS]

New pop rock single from Vienna-based, all-female band DIVES. Solid indie beat, bold lyrics, and sweet harmonies on the chorus. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: 5K HD, Scheibsta & die Buben, Ant Antic