Category: Albums

Favorite Albums of 2018: David Byrne – ‘American Utopia’

Favorite Albums of 2018: David Byrne – ‘American Utopia’

David Byrne has never been one to shy away from turning awkward lyrical content into a chorus that you just can’t stop singing (“Psycho Killer”, “Burning Down The House”). It’s no surprise that the legendary Mr. Byrne does it again on American Utopia. The album is a mix of unique and chaotic tempos yet when the chorus drops, you can’t […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’

Tell Me How You Really Feel by courtney barnett Courtney Barnett is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable rock starts on the planet right now. Between her breakout record, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, and her Lotta Sea Lice collaboration with Kurt Vile, she had a big reputation to live up to on her newest […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Car Seat Headrest – ‘Twin Fantasy’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Car Seat Headrest – ‘Twin Fantasy’

Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest Twin Fantasy was originally recorded in 2011 and released on Car Seat Headrest’s Bandcamp page. It’s part brilliant for the witty lyrics and parts of the ebb and flow of energy combined in each track. The original songs were recorded when Will Toledo was just 19. The album is just 10 tracks, but two of […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: City Calm Down – ‘Echoes in Blue’

Favorite Albums of 2018: City Calm Down – ‘Echoes in Blue’

 Down Under, a little indie band is capturing the brooding brilliance of The National and the cathartic darkness of Joy Division. In the process, they are winning over fans and critics alike. For City Calm Down, recognition and acclaim started with their second EP, 2012’s Movements, and gathered steam following the release of their debut album, 2015’s In a […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – ‘Wrong Creatures’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – ‘Wrong Creatures’

When Black Rebel Motorcycle Club first arrived on the scene in the early 2000s, they helped launch a new era in psychedelic rock. Their debut album, B.R.M.C., was a wall-rattler. Since then, Peter Hayes (vocals/guitar), Robert Levon Been (vocals/bass/guitar), and Leah Shapiro (drums) have waded in experimental and mournful waters, but with their eighth studio LP, Wrong Creatures, they return to […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Black Peaks – ‘All that Divides’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Black Peaks – ‘All that Divides’

Black Peaks‘ live shows are incredible, and the high-energy performances are put across perfectly on this album. The quartet’s second album had been a long time coming, and All That Divides doesn’t disappoint. Three songs were pre-released, and this only ramped up the hype for the album. Opening track “Sleep” was named Huw Stevens Single of The Week back in […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Black Honey – ‘Black Honey’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Black Honey – ‘Black Honey’

Black Honey – Black Honey (self-released) After releasing a myriad singles, we finally have a proper debut album from the very talented, Brighton-based quartet, Black Honey. Their self-titled debut ranges from spaghetti western-tinged rockers to disco infernos to intimate pop ballads, and each track features a story that belongs on the big screen. Black Honey’s debut album showcases their range […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: The Beths – ‘Future Me Hates Me’

Favorite Albums of 2018: The Beths – ‘Future Me Hates Me’

Future Me Hates Me by The Beths For a couple of years, The Beths were New Zealand’s little secret. Elizabeth Stokes (guitar/vocals) along with Jonathan Pearce (guitar/vocals), Benjamin Sinclair (bass/vocals), and Ivan Luketina-Johnston (drums/vocals) built a cult following in Aotearoa with their infectious brand of guitar-pop rock. But in this shrinking world where the internet gets people closer together, the fine […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Belako – ‘Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Belako – ‘Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence’

In the Basque town of Mungia, a little band led the charge in reigniting a genre that people said was dying. Way back in February, Belako unleashed Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence, which was fifty-one minutes of pure adrenaline. The record featured the band’s unique, cathartic blend of post-punk, indie-rock, krautrock, and electro-rock. Or in other words, they took the best […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Ava Luna – ‘Moon 2’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Ava Luna – ‘Moon 2’

Moon 2 by Ava Luna After an uncharacteristically long break between records, Ava Luna unleashed Moon 2 upon us, and it was glorious. It’s funky, captivating, and oh so strange. From Becca Kaufman, Felicia Douglass, and Carlos Hernandez exchanging leads on songs to the impeccable percussion throughout provided by drummer Julian Fader and rock solid bass lines from Ethan Bassford, […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Yumi Zouma – ‘EP III’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Yumi Zouma – ‘EP III’

EP III by Yumi Zouma If there is one band on the planet that could be described as your best friend, Yumi Zouma would undoubtedly win the contest. From dreamy and dizzying dream-pop to their embracing lyrics, Christie Simpson, Charlie Ryder, Josh Burgess, and Olivia Grace Campion have lifted many spirits and warmed plenty of hearts. With EP III, they grab us […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: YONAKA – ‘Teach Me to Fight’

Favorite EPs of 2018: YONAKA – ‘Teach Me to Fight’

In their brief time as a band, YONAKA have quickly emerged as the voice of a young generation that feels frustrated and disenfranchised. They have assumed the space that Nirvana, Hole, and Rage Against the Machine once occupied. With the backing of a major label and an alt-rock sound that is equivalent to 10 mega-tonnes of TnT, they have the […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Why Bonnie – ‘Nightgown’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Why Bonnie – ‘Nightgown’

Nightgown by Why Bonnie A few artists and bands released at least two records this year – and one of them surprisingly was not King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard. One band to achieve this feat this year is Austin-based Why Bonnie, which is the project born from the mind of Blair Howerton. Their first EP of 2018 was the […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Waxahatchee – ‘Great Thunder’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Waxahatchee – ‘Great Thunder’

Great Thunder by Waxahatchee In the midst of an era where bigger and louder sell more records, Katie Crutchfield’s latest EP under her moniker Waxahatchee is a reminder that one doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles to provoke and awe. With Great Thunder, the acclaimed singer-songwriter delivers one of the year’s most intimate and emotional records of the […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Spielbergs – ‘Distant Star’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Spielbergs – ‘Distant Star’

Distant Star EP by Spielbergs There are rock records, and then there are rock records. The latter feature a bunch of songs bundled together that make us momentarily lose our shit and once again feel alive. Such records are becoming increasingly rare, but Spielbergs‘ debut EP, Distant Star, is a reminder that rock still rules. Despite being just five songs, the […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Sam Valdez – ‘Mirage’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Sam Valdez – ‘Mirage’

Mirage by Sam Valdez Sam Valdez is the human equivalent of time machine. She encapsulates the sonic beauty of the Laurel Canyon neighborhood in the ’70s while creating cinematic soundscapes and poignant stories akin to Angel Olsen, Hope Sandoval, and The War On Drugs. This combination should eventually result in the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter becoming an indie star. For now, […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: The Regrettes – ‘Attention Seeker’

Favorite EPs of 2018: The Regrettes – ‘Attention Seeker’

 Attention Seeker is a great follow up to The Regrettes‘ debut album, Feel your Feelings Fool!, which also made one of our 2017 lists. The energetic, retro-inspired, female-fronted band are creating rock ‘n roll with an attitude and plenty of personality, and all this despite an eventful year that included a few line-up changes and their tour bus getting […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Public Service Broadcasting – ‘White Star Liner’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Public Service Broadcasting – ‘White Star Liner’

Public Service Broadcasting quietly released White Star Liner last year without much fanfare. The trio has consistently tackled historical themes including space exploration to coal mining so it’s only fitting that they tackle the massive sinking of the Titanic. “The Unsinkable Ship” takes a grand turn as we hear a man recount the wonder and awe that he experienced as […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: No Violet – ‘Faces’

Favorite EPs of 2018: No Violet – ‘Faces’

No Violet took their time to release their debut EP, but the time spent honing their sound was worth it. The four-track Faces was released in the autumn, and it grinds like the darker, cooler days. Opener “Be My Friend” starts out like a ballad with front woman Ellie Godwin showing off the delicacies in her trembling voice. The song […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Minus the Bear – ‘Fair Enough’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Minus the Bear – ‘Fair Enough’

Minus the Bear’s Fair Enough EP was released in October and is the last recording for the band that started as a joke in Seattle. MTB has always been under the radar for many years with an enthusiastic fan base, and they sadly announced their break-up this summer and just wrapped up their final tour in their hometown. Minus the […]

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