So after what might have been the lamest almost Nor’easter to ever hit us, I have something to bring your spirits up from the no snow days blues. We have new Eagulls, Speedy Ortiz, and Have a Nice Life. Check out the reviews from New Music Committee below.
** = Push * = Recommend
|Killer post-punk with ferocious vox, tight instrumentation and cool grooves. Sticks to the genres sound well – nothing too new but still catchy. RIYL: Holograms, Weeknd
|Have a Nice Life*
|The Unnatural World
|Post-rock; post-metal. Great post-rock album. Very concise, and creates a great atmospheric vibe. RIYL: Godspeed, Joy Division
|Jagged alt-rock with 90’s sounding guitars. Killer guitar work with very audible vocals. This group rules and is very accessible. Rec #1,2,4
|Band of Horses
|Acoustic at the Ryman
|Combines indie acoustic with a country twang. Try #2,4,10
|A. Kanute’s Comin’ Round
|Similar to Animal Collective, Jagwar Ma, or Fool’s Gold. Tropical, warm, jittery, psych-pop.
|Catchy indie rock with classic vox and encapsulating folky melodies. Produced by some big names and the quality shows. Try #1,2,6 FCC #9
|For indie rock/pop. Lots of harmonizing vox. Strong percussion, interesting guitar jam sections. FCC Clean. Tr#1,2,7 RIYL: Local Natives, Vampire Weekend
|Ernest Jennings Record Co.
|Dum Dum Girls
|A faster-paced, higher tempo work than previous entries. Less lo-fi and more rock. Try #2,6
|Flutey filled synth pop. Good sound but songs tend to blend into one another. #2,3
|Minimal, ethereal piano and strings. Relaxing and somber going for an emotional effect get somewhat bland.
|Reverb-y garage rock with a small hint of country. Try #12,4 FCC Clean
|Ghosts of Then and Now
|Downtempo electronic with soulful vocal samples. Piano and other live instrumentartion dispersed throughout. RIYL: Bonobo, Burial FCC Clean
|North American Poetry
|Singer-songwriter from NY. Reminds me of a cheaper version of Daniel Johnston. Acoustic songs.
|Jungle/drum n bass inspired bass music – venry atmospheric at points with chopped up vocal samples, then is amped up with a break beat. Try #1,4,6,7,9
|Very techno poppy. Fast paced mildly autotuned vox. Most songs backed by a strongdrum beat. Try #3,4
|Mayors of Liberty
|Bluesy alternative vibe, but the slow vox and bland instrumentals sort of turn me off.
|Brick Lane Records
|Smooth post rock with a great feel of electronic music. Easy listening.
|Unique female vox over driving and heavy indie rock instrumentals. FCC Clean. Try #1,3,4 RIYL: Beach House, Wild Belle
|Art rock. Sounds like a softer version of Spoon. Prominent, nicely layered vocals. Try #2,6,8
|Post-punk that’s pretty dark and moody. Sharp instrumentation and bold vox.
|Low key synth pop with some dreamy textures. Rippling synths and strong beats Try: #1,3 RIYL Cut Copy, LCD Soundsystem
|Brisbane electro pop/dance. This groups music is brilliantly diverse, blending old and new electronic sounds, both funky and heavy. Try #1,2,5
|Happy/upbeat complete with background singers and fanfare trumpets. Rock that’s a little over the top.
|Bathing Suit Records
|Dreamy pop rock with 80’s synth inspired electronics. Interesting dynamic high vox. RIYL: Bear In Heaven, Beach House
|Generic indie rock with normal jangly guitars and groggy vox. RIYL: The White Stripes, The Strokes
|Fat Possum Records
|The Hidden Cameras
|Orchestral indie pop with ambient/atmospheric noises in the background to add to the songs. Rec #8
|The New Mendicants
|Into the Lime
|Slow and almost boring older sounding tunes. Songwriting doesn’t demand attention. Weak overall. FCC #6
|The Noise FM
|Garage rock sounds. Tracks sound the same. Try #2,7
|The Pack A.D.
|Do Not Engage
|Pretty good girl version of the black kegs but more serious and dark.
|Electro-rap duo, male vox. One guy raps, the other does chorus(es). Production isn’t bad, but the singing and odd lyrics leave much to be desired. Try #1,4,6
|The Rebel Set
|How to Make a Monster!
|Straight rock n roll/surf rock with a trippy vibe. RIYL: Black Lips
|Silver Hornet Records
|Join the Dots
|Repetitive. Really bad version of on the run by Pink Floyd.
|Brooklyn electro-pop group, male vox. Warm and groovy main single with chunky guitar and catchy lyrics.
|Various artists cover their favorite love songs with their own style. Try #1,4 FCC Clean