Pale Hands: Spirit Lines

A wife-and-husband duo, Pale Hands hail from Massachusetts playing warm and sultry dream pop laid over several walls electronic beats and melodic hooks. Their debut, Spirit Lines, is as frontwoman Jen Johnson puts it, a “place to express my pop side,” a record whose uncomplicated nature belies the multitude …

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Brian Lopez: Static Noise

Soulfully detailing a troubled array of introspective experiences, Brian Lopez put out a record that combines the traditional insights of singer-songwriter music with lush and complex melodies spanning across different genres. Static Noise has traces of space rock, indie, folk, Americana, and world music, all pushing Lopez’s emotional struggles and …

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Casey Jack: Casey Jack

A self-proclaimed punk rocker with a perfectionist approach to production, Casey Jack debuts as an artist with an LP that is as melodic and polished as it is raw and alternative. Rooted in the legacy of punk rock’s aftermath, the main elements found on this record are post-punk, power pop, …

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Ty Segall: Manipulator

In an interview dating back to the 2011 release of his album Goodbye Bread, Ty Segall had stated he had plans for a heavier-sounding record that would throw people off. Although he has temporarily shelved influences like Sabbath and Hawkind he had listed, he has kept his promise with …

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Wannabe Jalva: Collecture

Brazilian rock outfit Wannabe Jalva may be based out of the city of Porto Alegre, but their sound, carrying little local influence, is one that draws inspiration from distant corners of the planet and beyond. Their newest EP, Collecture, is a versatile and fluctuating work of mellow but passionate …

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Buddy: Last Call For The Quiet Life

Describing their music as “wimpycore,” Los Angeles indie rock outfit Buddy recently released their second album, Last Call For The Quiet Life. A record with a multitude of elements but grounded in a very set style, the album is the evolution of a musical project that started …

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The Asteroid #4: The Asteroid No. 4

The Asteroid #4 hail from Northern California as a proudly underground quintet, making some of the spaciest and evocative music in the neo-psychedelic scene. With this eponymous album, their eighth release since first forming in the late ‘90s, they continue to deliver quality soundtracks for the reality-adverse and stargazers alike.…

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In The Valley Below: The Belt

For L.A. duo In The Valley Below, getting emotional is not contradictory to a stylish and glamorous sound. In fact, the band combines the two vividly to formulate a record that is equal parts sentimental and danceable, and where neither obstructs the other, but rather flow together in the same …

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Familiar Looking Strangers: Familiar Looking Strangers

British rock quintet Familiar Looking Strangers seem to be keenly aware of the musical shadow cast by their hometown of Liverpool, and with the exception of one band member’s questionable haircut, they are careful to draw no obvious comparisons on their eponymous debut. Familiar Looking Strangers is an EP filled …

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Cosmic Stereo: FM Stereo

Cosmic Punch, a DIY pop rock duo from Florida, market their sound as “a mix of the ‘60s, ’70s and ‘80s with a dash of modern production,” and emphatically list a number of influences, such as The Beatles, Queen, ELO, and Boston. Their debut, FM Stereo, is an attempt …

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