Category Rock

LEVITATION ROOM – HEADSPACE // Greenway

Psychedelic quartet Levitation Room breaks the bonds of gravity with their cosmic wall of sound and thought-provoking lyrics. Their decidedly hallucinogenic songs whisper and hum the same gentle refrain of their summer of love influences, conjuring up the imagery of sunny days at the park. Label: Headspace (Greenway) Start w/: 1,2,4,8 RIYL: Allah-Las, Frankie and the Witch […]

TEMPLES -Hot Motion // ATO Records

British indie group Temples explores new emotional depth through a familiar, technicolor perspective in their third album, Hot Motion. Their first release through ATO Records, this album also marks a new direction for the group. While the project is still reminiscent of 1960’s psychedelic rock, they break away slightly from their two previous albums and […]

Lettuce – Elevate [Lettuce Records]

From promoter: “Genre-defying funk-jazz-soul-hip-hop-psychedelic-jam-art-rock-experimental-avant-garde music titans, Lettuce have released their latest studio album, Elevate, via their own Lettuce Records.” Label: Lettuce Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Tame Impala, Trombone Shorty, Soulive

Ex Norwegian – Something Unreal The Best Of… [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Ex Norwegian is easily one of the best pop bands of all time. This album is a love letter to classic rock n roll-based pop.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Twin Peaks, King Tuff, Peter Bjorn and John

Chastity Belt – Chastity Belt [Hardly Art]

From promoter: “The new self-titled album is the work of the band playing “old songs, and trying new things on top of it,” like adding more dynamic harmonies and violin, says bassist Annie Truscott.” Label: Hardly Art Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 FCC: 9, 10 RIYL: Ian Sweet, Snail Mail, Lala Lala

Bootstraps – “Evergreen” [Single] [Hyperextension]

From promoter: “Originally from Portland, Beckett’s first steps into songwriting and recording were influenced by the rich indie backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. Beckett eventually moved to Los Angeles where he was approached by a friend, actor/screenwriter Sam Jaeger, to write music for the film Take Me Home, which went on to win Best Music In A Film at […]

Knocked Loose – A Different Shade of Blue

Release date: August 23, 2019 Label: Pure Noise Records Easily one of the most exciting young hardcore bands in the world, Knocked Loose just released A Different Shade of Blue. This album is as heavy and as aggressive an album as you can find. Trapped in the Grasp of a Memory is full of anger and chunky breakdowns. Seriously, the […]

Julia Nunes – UGHWOW [Rude Butler]

Holy lo-fi bedroom pop, Batman, a new Julia Nunes album! Musically mature while the lyrics are an internal monologue of feelings distilled down to a basic core. Lots of the non-traditional instruments Nunes is famous for (toy xylaphone, ukelele, kazoo) woven into the backgrounds. Very early twenties (she said, from twenty years on) and earnestly […]

Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI [AWAL]

From promoter: “The debut album of wunderkind Steve Lacy plunges him directly into the depths of the urban pop greats in that he is redefining what it means to be both urban and pop.” Label: AWAL Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 7, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Omar Apollo, The Internet, Frank Ocean

Y La Bamba – Entre Los Dos [Empire]

From promoter: “Entre Los Dos is the follow up to critically acclaimed Mujeres, Y La Bamba’s most recently released full length album. This EP comes as a collection of portraits, affinities, and new visions birthed during Mendoza’s frequent stays in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. The creative flow of Entre Los Dos moves without stopping, without resisting its own form.” Label: Empire Start […]

Young Mister – Sudden Swoon [Refresh]

From promoter: “we have the sophomore album from Young Mister, a North Carolina singer-songwriter with a sound similar to Wilco. He’s co-written with Art Garfunkel” Label: Refresh Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 9, 10 FCC: 11 RIYL: Wilco, Dawes, Phosphorescent

Metronomy – Metronomy Forever [Because Music]

From promoter: “The esoteric five piece is BACK with a record blending off-kilter funk and glistening electronic. This does a great job of bottling up their live energy, get ready to boogie.” Label: Because Music Start w/ 2, 4, 6, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Cut Copy

Luke Temple – Both-And [Native Cat]

From promoter: “Luke Temple’s Both-And, a bright timbred record with whispery vocals and swirling instrumentals of keys, ballooning organs, eager guitar lines, and often bossanova-like percussion” Label: Native Cat Start w/ 2, 3, 6, 7 FCC: 8, 9 RIYL: Chris Cohen, Helado Negro, Devendra Banhart

Long Beard – Means to Me [Whammy]

From promoter: “On her second record as Long Beard, Means To Me sees dream pop star Leslie Bear exploring a more grand selection of sounds and production choices while being more introspective in her art than ever before.” Label: Whammy Start w/ 2, 4, 7, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Hatchie, Jay Som, Japanese Breakfast

(Sandy) Alex G – House of Sugar [Domino]

From promoter: “Revisiting his old style, (Sandy) Alex G uses acoustic guitar and a metallic piano to produce a sound described as haunting, psychedelic Americana. Eerie, yet soothing, the album features forsaken characters such as con artists, gamblers, and addicts who have the collective drive to do better.” Label: Domino Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, […]

Joseph – Good Luck, Kid [ATO]

From promoter: “Dark folk-pop that will make you cry (in the best, most cathartic way possible).” Label: ATO Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: St Vincent, Haim, Sia, First Aid Kit

Mallrat – Driving Music [Nettwerk]

From promoter: “From the slow-moving ballad “Stay,” and glitchy pop veneer of “When I Get My Braces Off” and its scarily relatable lyrics that read like they could have been pulled straight from the pages of your 16 year old self’s diary.” Label: Nettwerk Start w/ 2, 3, 6 FCC: 4 RIYL: Clairo, Cub Sport, E^ST

Bridal Party – Too Much [Kingfisher Bluez]

Bridal Party’s new album Too Much  is full of dreamy vocals and guitars and groovy art-pop tracks. Label: Kingfisher Bluez Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: US Girls, Barrie, Anemone

This Bliss – Dramatization of Real Events EP

Spaced out electronic rock, lofi sounds, R&B influence. Label: Mint 400 Records Play: 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Portishead, St. Lucia

Stonefield – BENT

Grunge-y psych/prog rock, drawn out monotone vocals. Label: Flightless Records Play: 2, 3, 5, 6, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

The Rocket Summer – Sweet Shivers

Accessible indie rock, organic multi-instrumental sound, distinct and often androgynous vocals. Label: Aviate Records Play: 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Jack’s Mannequin, This Providence

The Parlotones – China

Upbeat and motivational indie “power pop”, ballad-like sound. Label: Self-Released Play: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: John Van Deusen  

John Van Deusen – (I Am) Origami Pt. 3 – a Catacomb Hymn

Personal, emotional and sometimes melancholy indie pop/rock. Label: Tooth & Nail Records Play: 1, 4, 5, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Parlotones

Doug Tuttle – Dream Road

Chill rock, soft vocals, guitar-centric. Label: Burger Records Play: 1, 5, 6, 7, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Tom Petty

Kyle Craft -Showboat Honey

A modern, indie twist on classic rock n’ roll vibes with southern style. Noticeable glam rock influences, especially Bowie. Label: Sub Pop Records Play: 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: David Bowie, Black Keys