Indie Rock

Artist: 
Flat Worms
Label: 
Text Me Records

Flat Worms' album Flat Worms has nothing to do with worms, and it even has a dog on the cover (which is why I chose it). Aside from awesome animals, it was a pretty decent indie rock album. A bit too garagerock/industrial sounding for my taste, but it was well-done and enjoyable to listen to. All the songs except the last track are short and exciting and you're constantly wondering what the next one will sound like. Heavy guitar, catchy choruses, and more! 

Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Sounds Like: 
Sex Pistols
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2017
Artist: 
Strange Ranger
Label: 
Tiny Engines

Previously named Sioux Falls, Stranger Ranger, release a new album titled Daymoon. The album plays at a very slow pace with stagnant vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Peaer
Sounds Like: 
Soft Fangs
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Wolf Parade
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

       The Lead singer of Canadian Indie Rock group, "Wolf Parade" sounds like a beautiful marriage between the singing-style of the lead singer of Modest Mouse and a more commanding/risqué singing-style of the lead singer of The Killers.  In other words it starts out gradual and then becomes memorable.  The bands name stands nicely next to this unique singing-style.

Sounds Like: 
80s Synth Pop
Sounds Like: 
R.E.O Speedwagon
Sounds Like: 
a beautiful marriage between any epic live performance ever done by an INdie Rock band on the popular Teen Soaps: "One Tree Hill" and "The O.C." and that eerie-sounding music that your hear in the background of films like "Twilight Saga"
Sounds Like: 
The Lead Singer of The Killers
Sounds Like: 
80s Pop
Sounds Like: 
60s Riff
Sounds Like: 
80s synth pop
Sounds Like: 
The Black Keys
Sounds Like: 
The Cars
Sounds Like: 
Switchfoot's "Fading West"
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Blue Sails
Label: 
Self-Released

Blue Sail's self-released, self-titled album Blue Sails is a beautiful collection of songs that vaguely remind the listener of bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Tame Impala, and MGMT (if they did more rock-based songs). Like the bands mentioned, nearly all of the songs create this ambiance that is a mixture of numbness, nostalgia, and yet hope. The two brothers, Max and Mitchell Bell, both have mastered the sounds of psychedelic rock. The extreme reverb is like echoes of the past. The whispery vocals set your mind at ease.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala - chill, whisper toned vocals and a psychedelic feel, especially on "There Is No Unreturn'd Love"
Sounds Like: 
Smashing Pumpkins - one of the main influences of the band, similar vocal style
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Chad VanGaalen
Label: 
Sub Pop

Chad VanGaalen is an artist who I'm not super familiar with. He's done recording and production for a bunch of great bands, like Women and Preoccupations, but I've never really listened to his own music. After listening to this album, his solo work is about as varied as the bands he's worked with. Album opener "Mind Hijacker's Curse" is an upbeat and synthy song with a bunch of eclectic samples and sounds, the next song, "Locked in the Phase" is slower and moodier and almost gothic.

Sounds Like: 
Wolf Parade
Sounds Like: 
Destroyer
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2017
Artist: 
Dan Miraldi
Label: 
Self-released

Are you angry about politics? Dan Miraldi sure is. According to his website, this album was inspired by the current political climate and recent election, and he even postponed his other music just to make these songs. His website calls these "modern protest songs" and that's exactly what they are. These aren't your typical rock songs.

Sounds Like: 
rock
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2017
Artist: 
Beck
Label: 
Capitol Records

 Beck once again comes out and produces an amazing album. There are elements in Colors from almost every other album he has produced and this album just really blows your mind. Some songs range from really trippy EDM to pure indie rock and there is always some in between. All the songs are five minutes or under and none have FCC warnings so this album will be perfect for the radio. His first track "Colors" sounds like a beautiful water painting if you close your eyes. There isn't one song on this album that is bad or poorly written.

Sounds Like: 
a mash up of every old Beck album
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2017
Artist: 
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Label: 
Matador

I'm always looking forward to hear new music from Courtney Barnett, so when I heard that she and Kurt Vile were releasing a collaborative album in October I was stoked - and I have to say that I still am after listening to their efforts, Lotta Sea Lice. It is my own personal opinion that collaborative albums should work like a conversation, with a good give-and-take from each artist, and Lotta Sea Lice achieves this wonderfully. Barnett and Vile are so comfortable with each other and each other's music, and it really comes off.

Sounds Like: 
Kurt Vile
Sounds Like: 
Courtney Barnett
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
10/23/2017
Artist: 
INHEAVEN
Label: 
Pias America

Have you ever been to a show, seen the opening act, and said to yourself, "Hey, I'm going to actually check them out when I get home", only to forget the name of the act or just forget to do so? That exact thought ran through my head when I saw INHEAVEN open for Circa Waves at a concert back in March, except I actually followed through and followed them on twitter - only to discover later that none of their songs were readily available to listen to on places like Spotify.

Sounds Like: 
Nirvana
Sounds Like: 
Circa Waves
Sounds Like: 
The Cure
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
Melkbelly
Label: 
Wax Nine Records

This eclectic album provides the listener with an overall unique and enjoyable experience.  The first track starts out with fast-paced guitar strumming and heavy drums and while other t