Indie Rock

Artist: 
Raised on TV
Label: 
Self-released

Self-described as "Sounds of SoCal, soaring arena riffs, dreamy melodies, catchy anthem-like hooks," Raised on TV's first album is an experience from beginning to end. With ballads like "Goodnight Summer" and rocking tracks like "Age of Information," this album has something for everyone. It's light rock, just a nice album to listen to. The vocals sound like blink-182 to me, but this album adds in harmonies that really make it something different and unique.

Sounds Like: 
Blink-182 (but less angsty)
Sounds Like: 
Death Cab For Cutie
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
MELT
Label: 
Danger Collective/Topsheld

Unsurprisingly, MELT is an emo band from New Jersey (because where else do they come from?), but surprisingly they have an interesting take on the genre that stands out from so many other bands that all just sound like each other. Riffer, clocking in at just under-half-an-hour is a neat little album that I think lives up to its goal as printed on the information sticker - to give "an update to early Aughts' emo." Taking the rushing and kick-start instrumentation from older music, but pairing it with toned-down and flatline vocals gives Riffer <

Sounds Like: 
You Blew It!
Sounds Like: 
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Sounds Like: 
90's alt rock
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Hippo Campus
Label: 
Grand Jury Music

I was introduced to Hippo Campus not too long ago by a close friend. The played "Little Grace", another one of the band's songs, and once I heard the first few milliseconds, I knew that this group would be my new musical obsession. And, after hearing "Baseball", I am not the least bit disappointed. 

Sounds Like: 
Oh Gravity
Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2017
Artist: 
Chastity Belt
Label: 
Hardly Art

I had a good time with Chastity Belt's second album, Time to Go Home, so when I saw that their newest album was up for grabs for reviewing, I picked it up hoping for another good time. And I have not been disappointed. Chastity Belt is back, and I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone shows the band's ability grow without changing their entire sound.

Sounds Like: 
Joy Division
Sounds Like: 
The Cure
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
The Smiths
Sounds Like: 
Mazzy Star
Sounds Like: 
The Soundtrack to a Sofia Coppola movie
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
Cende
Label: 
Double Double Whammy

Cende's new album #1 Hit Single is full of energetic and a mixture of punk like pop songs. All the songs are shorter than the usual of around 3 minutes (the shortest song is 53 seconds) but the album is definitely worth the listen. "Bed" and "Don't Want To" are pretty energetic songs to listen to while "What I Want" is more on the slower side, yet Cende still keeps the upbeat flow in. I personally like "Void" and "While I'm Alive" the best.

Sounds Like: 
Dan The Man
Sounds Like: 
Wham!
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Label: 
Matador

I love this song. I love Courtney Barnett and I love Kurt Vile. When I first heard they were doing an album together I was cautiously optimistic because sometimes these collaborative albums don't end up being all that great. But after hearing this song, I can say wholeheartedly that I am #pumped #as #fuck for their upcoming EP, Lotta Sea Lice. This song kicks ass. It's really just a duet between Kurt and Courntney over some nice jangly guitars and a chill, kinda laid back backing track.

Sounds Like: 
Courtney Barnett
Sounds Like: 
Kurt Vile
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
alt-J
Label: 
Infectious Music Ltd.

Surprisingly more tropical and funk-based than most alt-J songs, "In Cold Blood" gives off "(c)ool summer, summer vibes." Nevertheless, this is probably the most refreshing single from alt-J in awhile. Rather than resort to the same style of song that inspired the viral video, "How to Make an Alt-J Song," the members have given us starving alt-J fans an exciting folktronica song that we can jam to. The song's keyboard is retro and the trumpets give the song a flavor of funk that I was genuinenly surprised to hear.

Sounds Like: 
Milky Chance - Similar style of vocals and bits of electronic added
Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club - Summery and positive sounds like TWDCC
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017

II

Artist: 
The Courtneys
Label: 
Flying Nun Records

The Courtneys are a trio from Vancouver, and the first non-Kiwi band signed to New Zealand-based Flying Nun Records, famously home to The Clean and other bands of The Dunedin Sound. I'll get this out of the way: this is one of my favorite albums this year. It's an unassuming album, there isn't necessarily anything new that's being done on II that you haven't heard before, yet the album has a way of sinking it's hooks into you.

Sounds Like: 
Flying Nun Records
Sounds Like: 
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Sounds Like: 
The Clean
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Beach Fossils
Label: 
Bayonet

I've enjoyed much of the work that Beach Fossils have put out before, and this lead single from their upcoming album Somersault is no exception. The verse is pretty catchy and is laden with some nice jangly guitar chords and lowkey vocal delivery, however the shift in the drums on the chorus kind of lost me and I didn't enjoy it as much. Immediately after the first chorus is where the song really grabbed me though, a really lush string section kicks in after the chorus that compliments the rest of the arrangement nicely and is overall pretty awesome.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Surfer Blood
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Beach Fossils
Label: 
Bayonet

I've enjoyed much of the work that Beach Fossils have put out before, and this lead single from their upcoming album Somersault is no exception. The verse is pretty catchy and is laden with some nice jangly guitar chords and lowkey vocal delivery, however the shift in the drums on the chorus kind of lost me and I didn't enjoy it as much. Immediately after the first chorus is where the song really grabbed me though, a really lush string section kicks in after the chorus that compliments the rest of the arrangement nicely and is overall pretty awesome.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Surfer Blood