EP Review: Commonweather – Sugar Sun EP

Coming almost a year after Chicago alt-rock band Commonweather‘s last release, the Sugar Sun EP is a bit of a poppy departure from the band’s previous music. Out Friday, September 13, the three tracks that comprise Sugar Sun are brighter, lighter and almost sunny compared to the heavier, grungier music that came before. Despite its lighter vibe, … More EP Review: Commonweather – Sugar Sun EP

Single: Sour Widows – Pilot Light

Bay Area bedroom-rockers Sour Widows formed in 2018, but the band has already enjoyed plenty of praise from an EP, several demos and, more recently, two singles. “Pilot Light,” the most recent of those singles, was released Friday, September 13, and features classic indie-rock guitar tones, tingling vocal harmonies and a driving drum beat. “Pilot … More Single: Sour Widows – Pilot Light

Album Review: Miss June – Bad Luck Party

New Zealand quartet Miss June rips their way through the eleven alternative rock tracks that compose their debut record, Bad Luck Party, out Friday, September 6 on Frenchkiss Records. It’s a red-hot album with ragged guitar riffs, unapologetically bold vocals, and startling frenetic energy, and its irresistible punk music is downright electrifying. Miss June is no … More Album Review: Miss June – Bad Luck Party

Album Review: Seratones – POWER

Louisiana soul rockers Seratones may have reined in their previously brash punk sound in favor of the grungy, modern soul-meets-rock music of POWER, their sophomore record, but the album is no less massive. Out August 23 on New West Records, POWER mixes strong vocals, modern melodies and classic R&B tones to create a sound that’s altogether irresistible.  Though … More Album Review: Seratones – POWER

Album Review: Redd Kross – Beyond The Door

Raucous California rockers Redd Kross have their roots in ’80s punk rock, so it is no surprise that nearly 30 years later, their latest record, Beyond The Door, is chock-full of the same attitude. Out Friday, August 23, on Merge Records, Beyond The Door comprises eleven boisterous rock tracks, each filled with its own energy as guitar, bass, drums … More Album Review: Redd Kross – Beyond The Door

Album Review: Carriers – Now Is The Time For Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else

Though Americana and psych-rock might not traditionally be thought of as a good genre pairing, musical trio Carriers blends the two surprisingly well on their debut album, Now Is The Time For Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else. NITTFLMYEE is out August 23 on Good Eye Records and comprises nine mesmerizingly dreamy, warping rock tracks reflecting on life, loss, … More Album Review: Carriers – Now Is The Time For Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else

Single: Margot Polo – Let’s Get Out

California alt-pop outfit Margot Polo’s latest track maintains the musician’s synth-pop roots while incorporating organic rock threads and darker lyrics; “Let’s Get Out” is out August 9 and is Margot Polo’s first release of 2019. Its magnetic hooks and strong melodies make the song a near-perfect summer anthem, and musician David Provenzano blends in just … More Single: Margot Polo – Let’s Get Out

EP Review: Trying – I Won’t Let You Lose the Rhythm

Columbus indie-pop passion project Trying appears softer than its previous work on I Won’t Let You Lose the Rhythm, its latest EP and the first installment of its second album, which will comprise this release, another EP and some additional tracks. I Won’t Let You Lose the Rhythm, out July 26, is an altogether-too-short, leave-fans-craving-more collection of four charming, … More EP Review: Trying – I Won’t Let You Lose the Rhythm

Album Review: Ada Lea – what we say in private

Montreal musician Ada Lea‘s debut is a diverse and intense indie rock record, and though it began as a concept album, it evolved over the course of its production into a vivid collection of pop-rock tracks. Out Friday, July 19, on Saddle Creek, what we say in private is a stunningly cathartic debut for Ada Lea, featuring resonant … More Album Review: Ada Lea – what we say in private

Single: wojtek the bear – a long wait for bad news

Glasgow alternative quintet wojtek the bear captured both the music and the mood of the moment with its new single, “a long wait for bad news,” released July 19 on all music platforms via Scottish Fiction. While upbeat, poppy and effortlessly catchy, “a long wait for bad news” also conveys the anxieties about technology and social media … More Single: wojtek the bear – a long wait for bad news