Cardinal’s ‘Tension Rod’ Is Solid, Anxious Virginia Emo

Cardinal’s ‘Tension Rod’ is tight, anxious indie rock with a sad, gruff take. These guys describe themselves as, “a five-piece rock band from Richmond, VA,” which “grew out of a mutual love for the dark, often brutal imagery of emo and the heaviness of post-hardcore.” The band’s style has shifted “over the years,” they say, “to embody a more straightforward sound that evokes an indie … Continue reading Cardinal’s ‘Tension Rod’ Is Solid, Anxious Virginia Emo

‘Five On It’ by Spielbergs Is Top-Notch Norwegian Alt Rock

‘Five On It’ by Spielbergs is some crunchy, straightforward rock music out of Norway. These guys were “named in Stereogum’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2019 feature as well as in The Guardian’s Best New Music for 2019.” Their “debut album This Is Not The End comes out on Feb 1st.” The band brings a kind, nostalgic buzz to a cleanly composed alt rock track. Over … Continue reading ‘Five On It’ by Spielbergs Is Top-Notch Norwegian Alt Rock

Oceans Over Alderaan’s ‘Sevenfour’ Is Expasive Gaze-Oriented Post Rock

Oceans Over Alderaan’s ‘Sevenfour’ is some haunting, ethereal post rock with some clear shoegaze influences out of the United Kingdom. These guys describe themselves as, “an atmospheric doom pop band from Blackpool.” They say they put together “elements of shoegaze and post-rock to make a huge wall of sound.” The band definitely knows how to immerse their listeners in a crisp, clean and well-orchestrated environment. … Continue reading Oceans Over Alderaan’s ‘Sevenfour’ Is Expasive Gaze-Oriented Post Rock

Like the River’s ‘Element’ Is a Meandering Alt Rock Soundscape

Like the River’s ‘Element’ is some meandering, lowkey alternative rock with an atmospheric take. These West Virginia natives really know how to bring power and bite to a serene, unassuming track. The song’s keystone riff blasts through the mix providing an important contrast for the rest of the tune’s otherwise airy components. Compositionally, these guys make good use of the loud-soft dynamic that’s defined much … Continue reading Like the River’s ‘Element’ Is a Meandering Alt Rock Soundscape

‘Be One of Us’ by Night’s Edge Is Some New School Gothic Punk

‘Be One of Us’ by Night’s Edge is dramatic punk rock with a clear gothic flair. “With a sound just as distinct as its look,” these guys claim to be “bringing originality back to rock music.” Fusing “metal, goth and alternative,” the band “uses harmonies and keys to add deep atmosphere to its driving grooves.” The group has a soaring, at times orchestral sound that … Continue reading ‘Be One of Us’ by Night’s Edge Is Some New School Gothic Punk

The Native Howl’s ‘Mercy’ Is Potent Hard Rock-Oriented Bluegrass

The Native Howl’s ‘Mercy’ is some emotionally potent, mostly acoustic bluegrass that exists in a hard rock context. The band says this “song takes their sound to a whole new level while still holding true to the stylings of their 2016 EP Thrash Grass.” This is a very well-rounded track. It hits hard without sacrificing its twang. There’s a deep sense of groove on here which … Continue reading The Native Howl’s ‘Mercy’ Is Potent Hard Rock-Oriented Bluegrass

Teenender’s ‘Hooked’ Is Sugary, Groovy Electro-Pop

Teenender’s ‘Hooked’ is glitzy electro-pop with a high production value and a sugary approach. These guys really know how to bring a sense of groove to a more melodically-oriented tune. There’s a real sense of low end on this track which compliments the airy vocals and fluttering synth work nicely. The track has a deeply organic feel that sets it apart from most of its … Continue reading Teenender’s ‘Hooked’ Is Sugary, Groovy Electro-Pop

‘The Right Thing’ by Cannon Eyes Is Emotive Kentuckian Pop Punk

‘The Right Thing’ by Cannon Eyes is an emotive, well-developed take on pop punk out of Kentucky. These guys describe themselves as, “an indie rock band in Lexington, KY formed by longtime friends Nathan Musick [on guitar and vocals], Jonny Tsang [on bass], Eric Denmark [on drums] and Andrew Denmark [on guitar]. Loud, dark, groovy, singable indie rock made up of four friends with four … Continue reading ‘The Right Thing’ by Cannon Eyes Is Emotive Kentuckian Pop Punk

‘Vulgar’ by Horns Is Groovy Punk with a Classic Rock-Style Approch

‘Vulgar’ by Horns in some groovy, classic rock-inflected punk out of the Dominican Republic. These guys do a really good job of bringing a forward, crusty approach to punk without sacrificing clarity or compositional complexity. For a listener who grew up with classic rock, a lot of this track will sound eerily familiar. It seems like in certain regards these guys are reworking and remixing … Continue reading ‘Vulgar’ by Horns Is Groovy Punk with a Classic Rock-Style Approch

‘The Broken Satellite’ by Nights Like Thieves Is Some Strong SoCal Emo

‘The Broken Satellite’ by Nights Like Thieves is some sad, spacey alternative rock with a clear, dreamy vibe. These guys say they “started out in October of 2016 in San Diego, California. We self record, mix and mastered our own recordings and film and edit our own music videos.” They describe their sound as moving between “an upbeat, intricate and melodic vibe to a slower, … Continue reading ‘The Broken Satellite’ by Nights Like Thieves Is Some Strong SoCal Emo