Indie Rock

Artist: 
Mother Mother
Label: 
Universal Music Canada

This is the sixth album from these Canadian indie rockers. They have a pretty good following in Canada.  Someone described the band as "hip hop-influenced power ballads, as if Adam Lambert had joined the Dirty Projectors." I found this description to be pretty accurate. Their songs are pretty generic indie pop tracks with electronic beats.

Sounds Like: 
Said The Whale
Sounds Like: 
Arkells
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Why?
Label: 
Joyful Noise Recordings

In the beginning, Why? was Yoni Wolf. He rapped under the stage name "Why?" and made weird music for weirdo rap label/collective Anticon which he founded with friends in 1998. Now he releases music with his band Why?, and they make weird, beautiful indie rock. It was a gradual transition but the hip-hop influence remains. It informs the word density, cleverness, and rhythm of Yoni's vocals, but rest assured that this isn't rapping over guitars. With Moh Lhean, Why?

Sounds Like: 
Why?
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
The Orwells
Label: 
Atlantic

The Orwells broke into indie mainstream with their 2014 album Disgraceland, and have just returned with their follow-up, Terrible Human Beings. This album isn't much different from their previous work, but the reasons why they ever became popular are still quite apparent. The album is full of solid riffs, but at 13 songs, the album feels pretty bloated, as there isn't much to differentiate the songs from each other, and by the end of it they all sound pretty same-ish.

Sounds Like: 
Radkey
Sounds Like: 
Twin Peaks
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
The Dig
Label: 
Roll Call Records

This album features really smooth vocals with a good beat and an interesting variation of sounds/riffs in each individual track. I would best compare the sound to a 60-70's psychedelic rock band. There is a good use of synthesizers with more traditional rock instruments:drum and electric guitar. 

Sounds Like: 
The Lumineers
Sounds Like: 
Maroon 5
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2017
Artist: 
Oso Oso
Label: 
Self Released

Until recently I had never heard of Oso Oso AKA the newest project of Jade Lilitri, formerly of Long Island emo band State Lines. I've never heard State Lines but he must have quite the following back home based on his Bandcamp page.

Sounds Like: 
State Lines
Sounds Like: 
Weezer
Sounds Like: 
Cloud Nothings
Sounds Like: 
Joyce Manor
Sounds Like: 
The Hotelier
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2017
Artist: 
Japandroids
Label: 
Anti-

The Japandroids third album and newest release Near To The Wild Heart Of Life is the Japandroids first album in five years. Coming into the new year, there were two albums that I had been waiting for and couldn’t wait for: the new LCD Sounds System album and the new Japandroids album. The new LCD Soundsystem album is still not out but the Japandroids album is.

Sounds Like: 
Cloud Nothings (But not as good)
Name: 
Kyle Morris
Date Reviewed: 
02/13/2017
Artist: 
You Me At Six
Label: 
BMG Rights Management (UK)

You Me At Six have a very modern pop-punk-rock sound. I think people who listen to the more traditional top 100 songs could still find a track from this album that they would like. This band has adopted many styles from more traditional punk-rock to garage-rock to rock ballads. When I listened to the first track on the album, I thought of No Church In The Wild by Kanye West because of the beat in the beginning. (You may or may not think so...)

Sounds Like: 
The Script
Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Sounds Like: 
Simple Plan
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2017
Artist: 
The Last Shadow Puppets
Label: 
Domino Recording Co ltd

The Last Shadow Puppets have in this album mixed together bass heavy rock tracks, french doo-wop, and psychedelic alternative to make a fast paced and comprehensive album that feels like a play rather than a piece of music. Released Dec 2, 2016, this album follows up their previous "Everything You've Come to Expect", which combined alex turners and miles kanes personas into covers and original pieces, and this recent EP followed the same format.

Sounds Like: 
Arctic Monkeys
Sounds Like: 
David Bowie
Sounds Like: 
The Beatles if they did ketamine before a live show
Name: 
Brendan Bogar/Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2017
Artist: 
Sleater-Kinney
Label: 
Sub Pop

Sleater-Kinney is one of my all time favorite bands. I was overjoyed when they returned from their hiatus in 2015 with the album No Cities to Love, which did not disappoint. This new live album was recorded in Paris during the tour for that record. This live record really captures the energy of the bands live performances. There is no let down on these live tracks compared to the studio versions. The performance consists of songs spanning the entire bands carrer.

Sounds Like: 
Bikini Kill
Sounds Like: 
Heavens To Betsy
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
02/02/2017
Artist: 
Cloud Nothings
Label: 
Carpark Records

The Cloud Nothings have done it again! Their newest album Life Without Sound is hard to call anything but amazing.

Life Without Sound is personally my favorite Cloud Nothings album to date, although I still strongly believe that “Stay Useless” and “Not Part of Me” are still their best tracks. But Life Without Sound but the album as a whole album has more “bangers” for lack of better words than any of their past records.

Sounds Like: 
Japandroids
Name: 
Kyle Morris
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2017
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