Holy Wave – Relax

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Running the gauntlet between surf and psychedelia

Painted Palms – Forever

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Polyvinyl Delivers More Synth Pop

The Drowners- Drowners


A younger Arctic Monkeys

Thee Oh Sees – Singles Collection Vol. 3


Here’s the thing: Thee Oh Sees are prolific and can do no wrong. When someone said, “Oh, it’s just a singles collection” I looked them right back and said, “It’s Thee Oh Sees!” There is a reason this is Volume 3 of the singles collection. They must have done something right with the first two volumes! The great thing about a singles collection is that it isn’t an album; it allows each song to stand on it’s own as a representation of the band’s latest sounds. It is a showcase. This collection features electrically charged garage-psych rock tunes with a coating of distortion and scuzz. Thee Oh Sees are good at many things, one being…

Yellow Ostrich – Cosmo


Knowing nothing about Yellow Ostrich going before diving into this album, Yellow Ostrich has made a fan of me. The first thing that comes to mind upon listening to this album is Radiohead. The instrumentation bears a stronger resemblance to the iconic British band than that of the vocals. The looping guitar hooks are mixed with gradual builds and fills, preventing boredom in the lister. One of my favorite tracks is “My Moons” (#4). Gentle synths paired with the harsh jarring of artificial drum beats creates an interesting texture. The moments of dissonance in the harmony line are intentional and attention grabbing. So listen! Of course the theme of space/moons/stars/sky is heavy in all the…

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings


“Give the People What They Want”

Pretty Little Empire- Pretty Little Empire

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Best part: They’re Midwesterners


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For when you need some synth-y 80s-esqu instrumental 

Billie Joe Armstrong +Norah Jones- Foreverly


Unexpected pairing and unexpected tunes

DJ Rashad-Double Cup (Hyperdub 2013)


Emphasizing melody & rhythm