Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ Is the Most Introspective Indie Rock

Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ is some deep, folky indie rock from this prolific singer-songwriter. “In August 2016,” a press release reads, “during what he now recognizes as his lowest point, David Bazan was touring the country alone in an aging minivan and found himself in his hometown of Phoenix.” Before taking off the next morning “Bazan gave himself the gift of a quick … Continue reading Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ Is the Most Introspective Indie Rock

Runner’s ‘Eggshell’ Is Fuzzy, Nostalgic Indie Rock

Runner’s ‘Eggshell’ is some fuzzy, layered indie rock with a broad, homey approach. These guys have “quickly become of the best kept secrets in their music scene today,” they say. “The band fuses electronic and experimental elements into their ragged, heart-on-your-sleeve folk-rock.” They use the somewhat facetious phrase “Bandcamp songs for Soundcloud kids,” to define their sound. There’s a lot of really cool stuff happening … Continue reading Runner’s ‘Eggshell’ Is Fuzzy, Nostalgic Indie Rock

‘Lindsay White’ by Mixed Kid Fridays Is Slow, Dynamic SoCal Punk Rock

‘Lindsay White’ by Mixed Kid Fridays is some relatively slow, anthemic punk rock out of Southern California. “Punk rock and the plastic streets of Los Angeles have brought a new answer to fake conformity,” these guys say. “Mixed Kid Fridays will turn your daily frustration into musical ecstasy, and remind you that your life is a book. So, don’t stop reading in the middle of a bad chapter.” This band is definitely bringing … Continue reading ‘Lindsay White’ by Mixed Kid Fridays Is Slow, Dynamic SoCal Punk Rock

‘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

Joie Blaney / Dead Blonde Girlfriend is Out with “The Last Rockstar Volume III”

Joie Blaney, also known as Dead Blonde Girlfriend, has spent 2018 recording and releasing an immense amount of punk rock music. With a natural talent in writing a good punk song with a catchy hook and meaningful lyrics, Joie has released 11 more of these incredible songs on “The Last Rockstar Volume III.” The record starts off fast-paced with “Now You’re Gone.” While the lyrics … Continue reading Joie Blaney / Dead Blonde Girlfriend is Out with “The Last Rockstar Volume III”

‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids Is Competent, Pensive Indie Rock

‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids is dark, pensive indie rock with a refined, understated approach. Musician Kevin Connor describes The Trust Fund Kids as his personal “self-produced musical project.” There’s an ideological unity and sonic togetherness on here that could only come from a one-man project. From the low, chunky guitar riffs peppered with warm electronic elements to the hopeless, monotone approach to the … Continue reading ‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids Is Competent, Pensive Indie Rock

‘Aloha’ by Couch Jackets Is Eclectic, Nostalgic-Yet-Futuristic Surf Rock

‘Aloha’ by Couch Jackets is dynamic, sunny rock music with an understated, jazzy approach. “We’re a rock band from central Arkansas makin’ whacky noise,” the group says. They’re “just four guys who love ya cause we can.” This is off “a new in-studio concert series based out of Silver Street in Ashland, Nebraska,” called Hat Trick. The project’s curators describe the band as bringing together, “swirling … Continue reading ‘Aloha’ by Couch Jackets Is Eclectic, Nostalgic-Yet-Futuristic Surf Rock

‘No Thanks’ by Basketball Knees Is Minimalist, Punky Toronto Alt Rock

‘No Thanks’ by Basketball Knees is straightforward, plinky alternative rock with an old school, punky flair. “Featuring the three-kneed attack of Joel Wheeler, Amye Sagar and Stefan Dos Santos,” these guys say they are based out of Toronto, though they hail “from Nelson, British Columbia, La Feria, Texas and Whitby, Ontario respectively.” In spite of their limited personnel, “the band does as much as it … Continue reading ‘No Thanks’ by Basketball Knees Is Minimalist, Punky Toronto Alt Rock

Viza’s ‘Pathway’ Is Warring, International Hard Rock

Viza’s ‘Pathway’ is rumbling hard rock with a mysterious world music flair. The group’s singer says for the “final digital release of the Unorthodox Revival EPs, we wanted to do something special. This song blends some of our traditional time signatures with a rock chorus and the result is quite the hybrid that our fans will really love.” The band says they aim to, “captivate the global … Continue reading Viza’s ‘Pathway’ Is Warring, International Hard Rock

Gabe Greenland’s ‘Sunbrnd’ Is Awesome, Non-Traditional Sad Pop-Punk

Gabe Greenland’s ‘Sunbrnd’ is eclectic, layered pop rock with a clean, sad tone tone. This artist describes himself as, “a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter and producer from Los Angeles. Influenced by a disparate hodgepodge of west coast icons such as Stephen Malkmus, Flying Lotus and Russell Westbrook,” he aims to fuse “a deep knowledge of hip-hop production with modern punk-influenced slacker emo to create a personal … Continue reading Gabe Greenland’s ‘Sunbrnd’ Is Awesome, Non-Traditional Sad Pop-Punk