Experimental Rock

Artist: 
Spoon
Label: 
Matador Records

Spoon is back with the title track off their upcoming album Hot Thoughts and they are back on the legendary indie label Matador Records.  This single really has some dance grooves on it. It seems like whenever Spoon goes for a new sound they don't dissapoint. The beat and hook to this track are very catchy and it really makes me excited to hear the full length record, which will be out March 17th. 

Sounds Like: 
If a Maroon 5 song was actually good
Sounds Like: 
TV on the Radio
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
01/28/2017
Artist: 
The Claypool Lennon Delirium
Label: 
ATO Records

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, a side project consisting of Primus's Les Claypool and the son of Yoko Ono and John Lennon Sean Lennon, have released their debut record entitled the Monolith of Phobos. The music, very much in line with nowadays's alternative, has a heavy emphasis on texture and hits the ball outta the park with great production. The opening track however, is the weakest on the album and fails to properly set the tone for the fine music that comes next.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Name: 
Paul Lackey
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
Yeasayer
Label: 
Mute Artists Ltd

Yeasayer is a very out there and experimental psychedelic pop band. They definitely take a lot of influences from bands from the 60s but still add their weird spin on that type of music. I wasn't a huge fan of the first single from this record "I am Chemistry." Sometimes I feel like they try too hard to be weird and fail to put together listenable songs. Although definitely listen to this song for the unexpected childrens choir that comes in towards the end.

Sounds Like: 
MGMT
Sounds Like: 
Vampire Weekend if they were much weirder
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2016
Artist: 
Algae & Tentacles
Label: 
Lightning Records

Algae & Tentacles is the recording alias of the University of Arizona's own John Melillo. While he's been releasing music independently for about five years, this self-titled album is his first full-length solo release, and it's very clearly a fully-realized record. The first thing that jumped out to me about Algae & Tentacles is how great the distortion sounds throughout the album. This is undeniably a noise rock record, but it's a remarkably pleasant-sounding one.

Sounds Like: 
Lightning Bolt
Sounds Like: 
Sun City Girls
Sounds Like: 
Swans
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2015
Artist: 
The Notwist
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

Close to the Glass is The Notwist's 8th full length album, and it really represents their transition from a 90s post-hardcore band to one that openly embraces the experiemental synth and indie songwriting of the 21st century. Personally, the listening experience was touch-and-go--some of the tracks were just accessable enough to be experimental and extremely listenable. Others reached a level of dysfunct my ears just couldn't handle. It's one of those albums where you'll intensely love a few songs and shun the rest.

Sounds Like: 
Tokyo Police Club
Sounds Like: 
Radiohead
Sounds Like: 
Arcade Fire
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
02/26/2014
Artist: 
FinleyKnight
Label: 
FinleyKnight

FinleyKnight's self-titled album, produced by Joey Waronker of Atoms for Peace (whose influences are evident)  takes a couple listens to really appreciate. An offbeat duo, brothers John (Finley) and Connor (Knight) Detjen have created a dreamy, electro-pop indie-rock fusion that, while at times feels almost a bit too off the map to relate, does achieve a uniqe, original sound that will have you confused but hopefully intrigued.

Sounds Like: 
Atoms for Peace (influences)
Name: 
Diana Englert
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2013
Artist: 
Nude Pop
Label: 
Fake Record Label

Nude Pop definitely have a strong vision for what their sound should be, but their songs lag by the end. The lead track “A Dream” is the most well-composed track of the EP. With a slick guitar riff and a catchy chorus, this is the only song that feels like a well completed composition. This young band of twenty-somethings plays dreamy, noisy, experimental indie rock. The EP has a warm tone and displays the bands talents very well. Their debut EP Splintered Selves is a telling glimpse into just how much beautiful noise is to come from this band.

Sounds Like: 
Circa Survive
Name: 
McKenzie Storey
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2013
Artist: 
Deerhoof
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Breakup Song is Deerhoof's thirteenth release since 1997, making them one of the most prolific, yet consistent bands around. Breakup Songs sees Deerhoof going in a different direction, with a heavy emphasis on glitchy electronics being used as the basis for the album. Familiar elements still remain, such as Satomi Matsuzaki's high pitched vocals that will cheer you up in an instant. Although the album is entitled Breakup Song, it almost seems like a breakup celebration, with groovy, danceable tracks that'll put a smile on anyone's face.

Sounds Like: 
Little Dragon
Sounds Like: 
Dirty Projectors
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
10/23/2012
Artist: 
Just Like Vinyl
Label: 
Superball Music

Thomas Erak's post-The Fall of Troy band, Just Like Vinyl, is a bit of a departure from his previous band. The guitar work and distinct vocals are there, but the band lacks the TFOT's signature frantic song structure. In fact, Erak It's a good album if you feel like you need something to hold you over until the new Coheed and Cambria album comes out.

Sounds Like: 
The Fall of Troy