Album Review: Young Mister – Sudden Swoon

North Carolina singer-songwriter Steven Fiore – AKA Young Mister – put careful consideration into every detail of his new album, Sudden Swoon, out Friday, September 13, on Refresh Records. The album, an array of eleven folk-pop songs, is honest and authentic, and each song flows into the next because the record as a whole feels greater … More Album Review: Young Mister – Sudden Swoon

Single: Pioneers – I Don’t Think I’ve Changed

UK indie rockers Pioneers lament the struggles of growing up on “I Don’t Think I’ve Changed,” a roaring indie-rock track with impossibly catchy melodies and cool guitar hooks. The single, out Friday, August 30, fits neatly with the rest of Pioneers’ musical history and carries the same edgy, irresistible pop-rock sound as bands like Cage The Elephant. … More Single: Pioneers – I Don’t Think I’ve Changed

Album Review: Peaer – A Healthy Earth

Everything about Brooklyn math-rock trio Peaer‘s latest album, A Healthy Earth, is calculated: the record, out August 16, is meticulously constructed and highly rhythmic, with every note falling into place exactly as it’s expected to. Though at times predictable, the music is also both sophisticated and cool, and the 11 indie-rock tracks make for a stellar … More Album Review: Peaer – A Healthy Earth

EP Review: floral print – floral print

Following Atlanta band floral print‘s label debut in October 2017, the band’s experimental rock floral print EP feels neurotic, chaotic and intentionally disjointed. Out August 2 on Tiny Engines, the EP lurches its way through six hypnotizing yet jarring tracks as the musical trio shakes out their jitters. Though jarring, floral print’s self-titled EP is not off-putting; … More EP Review: floral print – floral print

Single: Dutch Criminal Record – Fade Away

UK indie rockers Dutch Criminal Record blended summery and ’60s vibes on their latest single, “Fade Away,” out July 19, and while the thrilling, energetic track explores lyrical themes of loneliness and solitude, its music feels like a bright, surf-rock throwback. “Fade Away” opens with a frenetic, bright guitar riff, and though the track is buzzing … More Single: Dutch Criminal Record – Fade Away

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

EP Review: no stars – Ripping off the Tags

Despite its gentle indie music, Athens musician no stars‘ debut EP, Ripping off the Tags, is strong, both sonically and lyrically. Out July 5, the six tracks range in tempo from subdued to bouncy, but several musical constants – gorgeous harmonies, lo-fi guitar strumming and consistent drum beats – maintain a sense of beauty throughout. Ripping … More EP Review: no stars – Ripping off the Tags

Q&A: Fellow Robot explains new sci-fi concept album series

California indie-rock band Fellow Robot is no stranger to political music; the band’s latest record, The Robot’s Guide To Music: Volume 2, is the group’s second release and the second in a trio of sci-fi concept records, and it is no exception. The Robot’s Guide To Music series follows the tale of Fellow Robot, the band’s namesake … More Q&A: Fellow Robot explains new sci-fi concept album series