Best New Album Releases of 2013
June 2013 Top Releases
Highlights for June included new album releases from Surfer Blood,
Surfer Blood‘s long-awaited sophomore album, Pythons, dominated indie rock news for the second week of June (see our Pythons‘ album review by Devin William Daniels). While Surfer Blood got a great deal of buzz, there were also other new albums dropped for the week of June 11th that are worth checking out, including new material from Gold Panda, Sonny & The Sunsets, Boards of Canada, Estrangers, John Vanderslice, as well as DIY artists The 88, The Human Natures and Graham Repulski. Plus, the new album by Deafheaven, Sunbather, was reviewed by IRC contributer J. Hubner. The Artist of the Week honors went to Rob Eldridge and his Pittsburgh band Steelesque.
The first week of June 2013 ushered in a new wave of singles and albums that will help to create the soundtrack for indie rock during the summer of 2013, with impressive releases, and lead singles, via the Best New Releases playlists, from established bands like Camera Obscura, Rogue Wave, Queens of the Stone Age, Future Bible Heroes, among others, as well as new-to-us bands now firmly etched on to our ‘emerging bands’ list like Big Deal, Dead Stars, Splashh, GRMLN and Little Children.
IRC contributor Devin William Daniels reviewed the new Camera Obscura LP, and the latest edition of 7 Overseas Bands You’ve Gotta Hear pleased the ears of many by introducing seven under-the-radar acts that you can learn more about via the Artists/Bands feed. The first week of June’s Best New Music Releases (week of June 4th) included new albums from Portugal The Man, Big Deal, Future Bible Heros, Queens of the Stone Age, and many others, in addition to the Artist of the Week, Nick Jania, who crafts some amazing pop sounds you don’t want to miss.
May 2013 Top New Releases
The last week of May’s releases included another batch of fine LPs and EP from artists with name recognition, such as Animal Collective, Baths, Brazos, and bands that are less known, but just as important to hear if you’re an indie rock fan, including Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Paperhaus, Hooded Fangs, Feathers and CocoRosie, plus a reissue of King Tuff‘s awesome release, Was Dead and a 10th anniversary deluxe reissue of Damien Jurado‘s spectacular LP, Where Shall You Take Me.
Additionally, don’t miss the Top 10 Songs playlist for April, and for the first time ever, a separate playlist for the Top 10 DIY Songs of the month. Based on the number of streams and downloads of great songs from a variety of small label and DIY artists that we feature all of the time on IRC, as well as requests from readers, we figured it only makes sense to have a Top 10 Songs playlist for DIY artists too. However, if a single from an unsigned artist ranks high enough to be featured in the regular Top 10 Songs list, that’s where it’ll go (as has happened many times in the past); but the separate DIY Top 10 songs is a supplemental playlist, highlighting songs from unsigned bands that received many streams and downloads.
The third week of May featured a number of posts, such as the weekly Best New Music Releases for the Week of May 21st, that included an overview and playlist of songs from a number of fresh albums, including the long-awaited newest release from Daft Punk, as well as LPs by The National, Dirty Beaches, Man or Astro-Man, Attic Lights, The Baptist Generals, Majical Cloudz, Radiation City, and Shannon and the Clams, among others, including a reissue of The Talking Heads‘ classic Speaking in Tongues.
Other posts for the third week of May included four Spotify playlists for each day of headliners and other bands that played at the 12th annual Sasquatch Music Festival in Murray, Washington, as well as a special post of Great DIY and Small Label Debuts of 2013, featuring bands like Great White Buffalo, Tournament of Hearts, Make Haste, Constant Supply and Will and the Indians; there’s some awesome indie rock in this post, which probably explains why it had so many views and 45 Likes on Facebook. The week started off with another debut review of San Francisco band the Cool Ghouls.
The second full week of May 2013 kicked off with an overview and playlist of the BFD Music Festival in Mt. View, California, featuring headliners like Passion Pit, 30 Seconds to Mars, Diplo, Of Monsters and Men, Gold Fields, Atlas Genius, Capital Cities and many others. Plus, the second week of Best New Music Releases (Week of May 14th), featured a playlist of singles from new releases by Vampire Weekend, Wild Nothing, Small Black, Classixx, Wampire, MS MR, The Blank Tapes and many others.
One of the top posts for May was the Artist of the Week feature we did for the New York band The Rotaries; with over 20,000 views and some 125 Likes on Facebook, we were glad to see that many IRC listeners agreed with us that The Rotaries belonged on the 2013 Bands to Watch list, even if their last album was from the summer of 2012; the fact that we had not heard of them until recently was puzzling considering the band’s enormous talent – clearly one of the top band ‘discoveries’ of 2013 for the folks in the cafe. The week kicked off with a special playlist called ‘Around The World,‘ featuring fantastic songs from many great bands about places around the world. Contributors included The Strokes, Sufjan Stevens, The Clash, Calexico, The Shins, and Beach House, to name a few.
The first week of May releases included singles from new albums by AM & Shaun Lee, Savages, She & Him, Fitz and the Tantrums, Deerhunter and Mikal Cronin, among others. IRC also ran an update on Sonny & The Sunsets upcoming LP, plus Artist of the Week, Joshua Hanson, who had won the International Songwriting Competition award.
Also for the first week of May, we published Vol. III of 7 Overseas Bands You’ve Gotta Hear, highlighting artists and bands like The Naturals, Echoic, Lausch, AppleTree, Bearskin, among others. And since the last day of April – April 30th – dropped on a Tuesday (the day new releases are dropped), it really was the first Best New Music Releases for the month of May – not technically, but in practical terms. Highlighted singles from new album releases included Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Arkon/Family, Guided By Voices, Daughter, Wolf People, to name just a few.
April 2013 Top New Releases
April 2nd, 2013 – Listen to the best new songs from this week’s top album releases from the Generationals, Mudhoney, Hookworms and more! Amazing playlist of singles from new releases.
Top New DIY Releases – Is Paris Burning, Heyrocco, Matt Churchill, The Hyper Actives, No TV Tonight!, Rounds
This past week’s top DIY album releases mix includes new singles, EPs and LPs from artists and bands from Kansas City, Brooklyn, Stockholm, and two artists and bands each from London and South Carolina.
Embracing the C-86 music style of jangle pop fused with post-punk (even if they don’t realize it), Kansas City, Missouri indie rock band, Is Paris Burning, hits the mark on the catchy new single, “Wild,” from the band’s self-released double single that was released DIY style on Wednesday. The B-side track, “The City,” is just as enjoyable as the A-side, and there are bound to be folks who cannot decide which of the two they like the most. That’s always a good sign for a new band.
Is Paris Burning got together in 2012, and already they’re starting to make inroads on the DIY indie circuits. This is apparently the first time the band has been featured on a major indie site. In addition to having opened for bands like The Features, Rags & Ribbons, and Gold Fields, the band consider among their top musical influences U2, The Smiths and The Maccabees, to name a few.
“Wild” – Is Paris Burning from Wild – Jan. 30th
“This City” – Is Paris Burning from Wild
DIY Radar Band HeyRocco Drop New Single
Heyrocco is a Charleston, South Carolina based group made up of three best friends who decided to delay their college education to pursue their passion for music. Since forming in 2010, Nathan Jake Merli (vocals, guitar), Christopher Cool (bass, korg) and Tanner Cooper (drums, mandolin), Heyrocco has been gradually building a fan base thanks to their unique dark, nostalgic pop songs, and energetic and compelling live performances, opening for popular indie bands like Mutemath, Surfer Blood, Miniature Tigers and The Whigs, among others.
Heyrocco’s sound is often compared stylistically to bands such as The Cure, Nada Surf, and early Strokes, and, according to their bio, “spiked with an experimental blend of Broken Social Scene meets On A Friday.” In April of 2012, they dropped their debut LP, Comfort, followed this week by the release of a new single, “Elsewhere,” from a yet to be announced album supposedly planned for release this coming spring. “Elsewhere” is upbeat, catchy, and bursting with indie pop energy – the kind of song you want to play on a cold, dreary winter day because it sounds like a track for a springtime MP3 mix. Also check out the track, “Rave Monks,” from Comfort. Lastly, Merli’s answer to the ‘What is indie rock?’ question was: “Indie rock is a community of bands and labels that put out honest music. And goddamn does the world need it.”
“Elsewhere” – Heyrocco from Elsewhere single
“Rave Monks” – Heyrocco from Comfort (April 2012)
Stockholm Rock Trio The Hyper Actives
After gaining success in Sweden and across Europe, DIY rockers, The Hyper Actives, released their debut album, Rock ‘n’ Roll Lives Again, this past week in the U.S., following the official European release in November of 2012. After having played in different rock and metal bands in Stockholm, musicians Jens Holst (bass, lead vocals) and Jonte Skogsbrand (guitars, backing vocals) began work on The Hyper Actives in April 2008, with a concentration on traditional rock with strong melodies, memorable hooks, speed, intensity and groove. The following year, the duo discovered drummer Danne Berg, and the rock trio was complete.
The band’s fast-driving, energetic, blazing 70s-ish arena hard rock sound is molded in the tradition of bands like Black Sabbath, Johnny Winter, ZZ Top and AC/DC. In the summer of 2011, the band broke out with their first single, “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” which put them on the map in Sweden thanks to generous airplay by radio DJs, that eventually caught on outside of the country’s borders. The band is also planning to release a couple of EPs, and their sophomore full-length album, Top of the World in 2013. Here’s the band’s take on ‘what is indie rock’: “Indie rock is a creative explosion and a celebration of everyone’s possibilities [to] speak up and be heard in this new world, breaking down old hierarchical systems that have existed for many centuries.” Interesting.
“The Promised Land” – The Hyper Actives from Rock ‘n’ Roll Lives Again – Jan. 28th
“Rock ‘n’ Roller Man” – The Hyper Actives from Rock ‘n’ Roll Lives Again
Lawdan Mazloom’s New Band Drops Self-Titled Album
The Mazloom Empire is a pop-rock outfit from Columbia, South Carolina, headed by the 21-year-old musician Lawdan Mazloom. She started out not long ago playing acoustic solo shows before recruiting guitarist Zac Thomas to found TME. Eventually a full band was put together, featuring respected local musicians like Brett Kent (bass), Marshall Brown (piano), and Steve Sancho (drums). Kyle Petersen of the Free Times recently wrote that The Mazloom Empire is “one of the most talent-heavy lineups in the city.”
Mazloom’s smooth, yet powerful, vocals rise above the edgy, melodic grooves on the standout track, “Crystal Chandelier,” and as well on the more personal, emotive track, “Alison.” Mazloom’s main musical influences include Wilco, Ingrid Michaelson, The Kooks, and Tegan and Sara.
“Crystal Chandelier” – The Mazloom Empire from The Mazloom Empire – Jan. 29th
“Alison” – The Mazloom Empire from The Mazloom Empire
In response to the question (“What is indie rock”) on the submission form, Mazloom answered: “Indie rock is what keeps the world going round. It keeps things interesting. It keeps things different. Indie rock is the soul of music.”
DIY Brooklyn Outfit No TV Tonight! Debuts Split Single
Brooklyn based punk rock duo No TV Tonight! dropped a 7-inch split single on Saturday with fellow Brooklyn band Tin Vulva. Formed a year ago by guitarist and vocalist Jaime Marcelo and drummer Matt Storm, Tearing a page from the DIY principles of punk’s forefathers, NTVT!! does it all themselves with a focus on the music, first and foremost. Their energetic and passionate live shows have already garnered a local following in just a few months following the band’s first show last September. Among other things, an east coast tour in March and the release of their debut full length in the summer are in the band’s future for 2013.
“The Great Panic” – No TV Tonight!! from Split 7″ (with Tin Vulva) – Feb. 2nd
“Murder House” – No TV Tonight!! from Split 7″ (with Tin Vulva) – Feb. 2nd
Indie rock is “music for the love of the music. Independent of ulterior corporate motives. Passionate and honest.” – Jaime Marcelo / Guitar + Vocals
CA-Via-CT Artist Paul Hull Drops New LP
Pat Hull is a soul/singer-songwriter from Connecticut currently based in Chico, CA. His music intertwines melodic vocals and finger picked guitar notes to create a dreamy landscape with unpredictable hooks and interesting turns. Hull’s newest release, Shed Skin, was recorded in Bennington, Vermont, and produced by J.J. Beck and Michael Chinworth, aka, ‘The Mothers,’ who recruited an instrumental ensemble to support Hull’s vocally and lyrically charged performances. His musical inspirations include Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, M. Ward and D’ Angelo. Hull will be touring the east coast for the next two months in support of Shed Skin.
“Full Parade” – Pat Hull from Shed Skin – Jan. 26th
“Shed Skin” – Pat Hull from Shed Skin
Denver’s Eye and the Arrow Embrace Genre Change
A little more than a year old, Denver band Eye and the Arrow is a DIY indie outfit that incorporates a number of genres into their music, without limiting themselves to one or two genres. The band’s new EP, If By Fire, is an amalgamation of musical styles created by long-time friends and collaborators.
“This is our first real release,” says guitarist and vocalist Paul DeHaven, who describes the band as “built on the interplay of the trio, tireless syncopation, and songwriting.” There are odd time changes and witty plays on words. On the single, “Prophet’s Hometown,” folksy earnestness abounds, which percolates with viola and cello arrangements. On the track, “LSD Western,” Mark Anderson’s drumming leads a growing psych-rock war cry that is engaging and compelling.
“This album is an exploration of our potential as a three piece band, of style and song structure through the lens of our collected creativity,” adds bassist Jason Hecker. “It’s derived from the spirit of punk bands that shaped us all in high school, while keeping in step with the emotional and musical complexities that we’ve found in artists like Sufjan Stevens and Wilco.” Eye and the Arrow will be touring in this spring and summer in support of If By Fire.
“Prophet’s Hometown” – Eye & the Arrow by If By Fire – Jan. 26th
“LSD Western” – Eye & the Arrow by If By Fire
London Acoustic Artist Matt Churchill Drops 7″
Matt Churchill is a DIY acoustic singer/songwriter from London who takes inspiration from “the way that people communicate and interact, turning these every day actions into stories.” We don’t know very much about Churchill, but his new self-released double-single, “Radar” displays his fondness for a mix of styles, including acoustic, indie folk, and shoegaze, as evidenced by the title track and the B-side, “Not Enough Feet.”
About playing live, he wrote: “Each set is never the same, with the audience dictating the mood and ambience.” Churchill’s musical influences include Neil Young, Idlewild, Nick Drake, Noel Gallagher, Band of Horses and Buffalo Springfield.
“Radar” – Matt Churchill from Radar – Jan. 28th
“Not Enough Feet” – Matt Churchill from Radar
London Electronic Artist Rounds Releases Debut EP
Rounds is a London-based alternative electronic trio that is not exactly DIY (they are signed with a small indie label, Blind Colour) and has grown a fan base in the U.K. and Austria. Their debut EP, Falter, includes five tracks of richly textured and layered experimental electronic music that is more revealing after repeated plays. Rounds doesn’t opt for gloomy sounds, as much U.K. electronic does, but instead, as the band wrote: “a fusion of The Cure and Radiohead-esque melodic pop and alternative rock; the experimental bass music of bands like Burial or Mount Kimbie, and ambient and deep house laced with glitch, Warp-inspired electronic soul born from a huge range of influences.”
The band consists of Robert Cooper (vocals, synths), Andrew Chapman (guitar, synths), and Ashley Kemp (drums, sampler). Falter is the band’s follow-up to the July 2012 debut EP drop, Escapist, the latter which received positive reviews among British music sites and blogs.
“Falter” – Rounds from Falter – Jan. 28th
Best New Releases, Week of Jan. 29th – Local Natives, Golden Bloom, Tegan and Sara, Lost Animal, Mice Parade
As with last week, this week’s lot of new albums offers an impressive collection of fresh releases to keep any music lover busy for the next few days. After more than three years, the popular indie band Local Natives finally dropped the follow-up to their 2009 widely-acclaimed debut record. The new album’s lead track, “Breakers,” is everything fans would expect from the band – washed in layers of lo-fi guitar rhythms, oh-ah choruses, synths and percussions. Another indie artist that has made waves on our pages in the past year or so is Golden Bloom, whose new album No Day Like Today, is definitely worth a spin, and one of the standout tracks, “Flying Mountain,” is one of the best singles of the week.
“Breakers” – Local Natives from Hummingbird on Frenchkiss
Check out the official Local Natives’ video for “Breakers”
“Flying Mountain” – Golden Bloom from No Day Like Today
“Closer” – Tegan and Sara from Heartthrob
“Kingfisher Call Me” - The Ruby Suns from Christopher on Sub Pop
“Say No to Thugs” – Lost Animal from Ex Tropical on Hardly Art
“I Am Haunted” – Indians from Somewhere Else on 4AD
“See You” – The History of Apple Pie from Out of View on Marshall Teller Records
“Monster Misdemeanors” – Yellow Red Sparks from Yellow Red Sparks
“Drift Away” – Bleeding Rainbow from Yeah Right on Kanine Records
“Avenue B” – La Big Vic from Cold War on Underwater Peoples
“This River Has A Tidevz” – Mice Parade from Candela on Fat Cat Records
“Say No to Thugs” – Lost Animal from Ex Tropical on Hardly Art
“Mama” – Onward Chariots from This Is My Confession on Skipping Stones
“Say No to Thugs” – Lost Animal from Ex Tropical on Hardly Art
“Sean” - Parisian from Phaseone/Parisia on Lefse Records
“If We Were Banished” – Radar Brothers from Eight on Merge Records
“Just To Make Me Feel Good” - Adam Green and Binki Shapiro from Adam Green and Binki Shapiro on Rounder Records
5 DIY Bands to Watch in 2013, Vol. I – Hemmingbirds, Jumpiter, Cloud Lantern, The Jesus Rehab and Appalachians
Over the past few months, we have received, and reviewed, hundreds of submissions from mostly DIY artists and bands. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be sharing the best artists of the hundreds of submissions we’ve reviewed (and will continue to review) with you via a number of playlists series that highlight talented unsigned bands that deserve to be heard. This is the first volume of 5 DIY Bands to Watch in 2013.
Hemmingbirds – Chicago, Illinois
Riding on the success of their debut record, Death Wave, released in 2010, Chicago indie rock band Hemmingbirds began working on its follow-up early in 2012. Departing from the original solo writing process (attributed to band leader Yoo Soo Kim) of Death Wave, Hemmingbirds worked on their sophomore effort, The Vines of Age, collectively. As a result, the album marks a transition from the group’s original folk- influenced sound into something heavier, noisier and more soulful.
“Line of Bones” – Hemmingbirds from The Vines of Age – Sept. 25th
“Toxic Noise” – Hemmingbirds from The Vines of Age
Jumpiter – Brooklyn, New York
Jumpiter is the musical project of Brooklyn solo artist Sean Schuyler, who writes and records in his ‘cramped’ apartment with the goal of channeling his “inner Jimmy Page to make some fun headphone listening.” While any Jimmy Page comparison is way off from the reality, the two songs featured below are pretty good for a solo artist few have heard of. In November, Jumpiter self-released a self-titled fifth release, featuring a collection of hard-rock and power-pop songs touching on darkness and humor in songs like “Asbestos Of The Gods” and “Bugspray.”
“Bug Spray” – Jumpiter from Jumpiter
“Asbestos Of The Gods” – Jumpiter from Jumpiter
Cloud Lantern – Albuquerque, New Mexico
From the magical desert southwest area of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cloud Lantern blipped on our radar with their self-produced DIY release of the EP, Songs for Eluard. The band integrates post-punk, surf pop, garage rock, shoegaze and math-rock, and have become well-known within Albuquerque DIY indie rock scene. The new EP is a tribute to the poet Paul Eluard, whose contributions to the surrealist art movement are well-noted.
Cloud Latern’s sound is risque, enthralling and accessible; the first single, “Backgammon,” is a bright, sunny summer day, lo-fi surf pop track, featuring a driving drum beat, crashing cymbals, and lo-fi, surf rock guitars jamming away. The second single, “Pushkin Around,” is yet another surf pop mixed with post-punk track that comes off very much like a noise pop or power pop track. The band most recent release was in July of 2012.
“Backgammon” – Cloud Lantern from Songs for Eluard EP
“Pushkin Around” – Cloud Lantern from Songs for Eluard EP
Website: Cloud Lantern’s Official Website
The Jesus Rehab – Seattle, Washington
The Jesus Rehab is a Seattle DIY indie rock band that has its roots in southwest Michigan, where lead singer Jared Cortese and his brother, Dominic Cortese, began to write and record the songs that would later become the band’s first EP, Scatterbrained in 2007. The EP was well-received, and the band extensively toured the Pacific Northwest, and also appeared at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2010. The band’s sound is marked by powerful vocals and driving rhythms which have led to comparisons to bands like OK Go, The Flaming Lips and Weezer. Last April, they dropped their new album, Drunken Hillbilly Fight Bar, and sent us in these two singles.
Website: The Jesus Rehab Official website
Appalachians – Sacramento, California
Appalachians is a Sacramento DIY duo formed in 2010 by musicians Marshall Van Leuven and Trevor Dahl. The duo first met in a jazz band in the 6th grade, and have been making music together ever since. In addition to songwriting and singing, Van Leuven and Dahl play guitars, banjos, mandolins, washboards, among other instruments. In July of 2012, the duo dropped their debut album, The Rolling C’s, featuring terrific songs like “Playing Pretend” and “Outro.” We’re looking forward to what the duo release this year; apparently, there is a new album in the works.
“Playing Pretend” – Appalachians from The Rolling C’s
“Outro” – Appalachians from The Rolling C’s
Listen to more tracks from Appalachians’ Bandcamp page
Best New Releases, Week of Jan. 22nd – Ty Segall, Toro Y Moi, Joy Formidable, Nightlands, Growlers, Ra Ra Riot, FIDLAR, DRGN King
What a blockbuster week for new album drops, and the singles from those releases. In fact, this is the first week of 2013 in which there are a significant number of anticipated releases, as well as surprises, from a variety of well-known artists and bands.
While the Best New Releases playlists posted in recent weeks started out slow, they started to pick up in mid-January. In fact, there is quite a bit to listen to from many artists that we’ve followed for years – like Ty Segall, Toro Y Moi, The Joy Formidable, Nightlands, The Growlers, Ra Ra Riot, and DRGN King, among others. In addition to the impressive number of new albums from well-known artists, there are some great new releases from new-to-us bands like Gliss, FIDLAR, Nosaj Thing, The Night Marchers, Arboretum, among others.
Ty Segall Teams Up with Mikal Cronin on Reverse Shark Attack
Anytime we see anything with Ty Segall‘s name on it, we get excited, and his latest track with Mikal Cronin, “I Wear Black,” is a raucous rocker with crazy Jimi Hendrix-like guitar affects; but the duo go even further, using various modern pedal effects and such to belt out a chunk of guitar and drum noise that is probably the most cut-throat track from a new album so far this year.
“I Wear Black” – Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin from Reverse Shark Attack on In The Red
Toro Y Moi Evolves Again on His Newest Album
Toro Y Moi is easily one of the top indie artists of the past couple of years. And while his music has gone through tremendous evolution and change since he started out in 2009, so have his abilities, and time and again, he proves that his talents and songwriting skills are worthy of all of the attention he has received since hitting it big in the world of indie rock in 2010 to the present day. His new album is yet another progression of his mastery of his latest fancy – pop and R&B.
“Say That” – Toro Y Moi from Anything in Return on Carpark
For an artist who started out in electronic and integrated elements of hip hop and other genres in the past few years, Toro Y Moi, otherwise known as Chaswick Bundick (what an interesting name, plus it rhymes, and you can bet he’s heard just about all of the stupid jokes and puns regarding his name), he is remarkably consistent when it comes to delivering excellent results. People don’t care what someone’s real or made-up name is – they care about the music, especially among folks who are repelled by mainstream, overly commercialized ‘music.’
In addition to the catchy lead single, “Say That,” from Anything in Return, we also included a bonus track and links to two videos, which, when you watch them through the built-in Yahoo player, should pop open a screen and play them right on the page so you can stay where you are in order play or download all of the other singles from the week of January 22nd, 2013′s releases.
“Try” (feat. Toro Y Moi) – Nosaj Thing from Home on Timetable Records via Innovative Leisure
New Singles from Nightlands, The Growlers and Others
Nightlands has been on our radar for the past year or more, and the band’s new album, Oak Island, was also one of our top anticipated releases for January. Here is the terrific single, “So Far So Long,” followed by the latest singles from the new albums by The Growlers and The Joy Formidable.
“So Far So Long” - Nightlands from Oak Island on Secretly Canadian
“Use Me for Your Eggs” - The Growlers from Hung at Heart on Everloving
“This Ladder Is Ours” - The Joy Formidable from Wolf’s Law on Atlantic
Ra Ra Riot Change Up, Introducing DRGN King, FIDLAR and More
The Syracuse, New York, indie band Ra Ra Riot dropped their third full-length album, Beta Love, this week, featuring a noticeable change in style from baroque pop to synth pop, a switch in sound the band embraced after cellist Alexandra Lawn left the band last year. Following Ra Ra Riot is the Philadelphia band to watch DRGN King, with the frenetic, catchy track, “Wild Night,” from their accomplished album, Paragraph Nights. Switching gears quite dramatically, FIDLAR, the lo-fi garage/surf rock band from Los Angeles, jumped into the fray this week with their blistering self-titled debut album, followed by The Night Marchers, Gliss, Renny Wilson, Arbouretum, Foxygen, Pillowfight and Big Harp.
“Beta Love” - Ra Ra Riot from Beta Love on Barsuk
“Wild Night” - DRGN King from Paragraph Nights on Bar None
“Cheap Beer” - FIDLAR from FIDLAR on Mom & Pop Records
“All Hits” - The Night Marchers from Allez Allez on Swami Records
“Weight of Love” - Gliss from Langsom on Modern Outsider Records
“By and By” - Renny Wilson from Sugarglider on Mint Records
“The Promise” – Arbouretum from Coming Out of the Fog on Thrill Jockey
“Shuggie” - Foxygen from We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic on Jagjaguwar
“Used To Think” – Pillowfight from Pillowfight on Bulk Recordings / EMI
“Waiting For Some Drunk” - Big Harp from Chain Letters on Saddle Creek