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

Paragon’s ‘Chaos Order Chaos’ Is Pop Rock with Brains

Paragon’s ‘Chaos Order Chaos’ is some sweet, expansive and deeply melodic pop rock with a sad, punky approach. These guys describe themselves as an “alternative rock band out of Hampton Roads, Virginia” with a sound aiming “to bridge the gap between a more vibed out indie, alternative sound and heavier aspects of rock.” The band describes this track as, “an escape from the duality of … Continue reading Paragon’s ‘Chaos Order Chaos’ Is Pop Rock with Brains

Away Team’s ‘Falling Behind’ Is Crisp Coloradan Emo

Away Team’s ‘Falling Behind’ is some crisp, glum pop punk out of Colorado. “Started by a run-in at a Colfax Speed Queen show, a few Craigslist posts and a couple sessions at a grungy hourly practice space in Denver,” these guys say they “burst into the Denver music scene with poise, bravado and experience working in their favor.” The band consists of “members of Marti And The Dads, More … Continue reading Away Team’s ‘Falling Behind’ Is Crisp Coloradan Emo

Dusty Tucker’s ‘Twenty Whatever’ Is Slick, Expansive and Emotive Hard Rock

Dusty Tucker’s ‘Twenty Whatever’ is some slick, emotive hard rock with some clear punk influences. The band describes their first full-length, The North Stone, as, “A western tale told in twelve tracks with heroes and villains and musical movements back to back.” There’s a lot going on here. Something about the track, probably the hyperbolic guitars and dramatic, higher register lead vocals, give the track a progressive … Continue reading Dusty Tucker’s ‘Twenty Whatever’ Is Slick, Expansive and Emotive Hard Rock

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

‘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

The Ten Year Program’s ‘Ambien Wet Dream’ Is Dense, Melodic Alt Rock

The Ten Year Program’s ‘Ambien Wet Dream’ is a dense, melodic take on post-hardcore. These guys describe themselves as, “a two-person collaboration, written, recorded and produced by Ian Richards,” who is responsible for music, arrangement, engineering and mastering, “and Jack McCracken” on vocals. Although the mix on here is a little rough, there’s a lot of cool stuff happening. The vocals are top-notch. They have … Continue reading The Ten Year Program’s ‘Ambien Wet Dream’ Is Dense, Melodic Alt Rock

Cursive’s ‘Remorse’ Is a Broad, Experimental Indie Soundscape

Cursive’s ‘Remorse’ is an expansive, keys-heavy soundscape from the Nebraska heavyweights. As I’ve discussed before, these guys formed an important part of Nebraska’s indie rock scene in the nineties into the two-thousands. Since then, Tim Kasher has continued to lead this band on increasingly ambitious, broad projects in a pensive, experimental vein of rock music. This track certainly plays into that. Although it starts out … Continue reading Cursive’s ‘Remorse’ Is a Broad, Experimental Indie Soundscape

Tiny Tree’s ‘Lion and the Meteor’ Is Ambitious, Expansive Post Rock

Tiny Tree’s ‘Lion and the Meteor’ is an expansive, refined take on post rock. “Rooted in heavy metal and the post punk/hardcore aesthetic,” these guys say they rely “just as heavily on ambiance, atmosphere and tone as,” they do on “complexity and aggression.” The duo describes itself as, “not so much a band, per se, but as a sonic collective.  The two members make up … Continue reading Tiny Tree’s ‘Lion and the Meteor’ Is Ambitious, Expansive Post Rock

‘What’s the Plan’ by The Flips Is Sad, Understated Chicago Pop Punk

‘What’s the Plan’ by The Flips is some glum, sparkly pop punk out of Chicago. “The themes of mental health appear often in my songwriting,” says frontman Nick Sintos. This track “literally refers to a getting on a treatment plan for depression and anxiety,” he says. These guys take a nice, expansive approach to the gritty, eclectic and brutally honest pop punk brought to the … Continue reading ‘What’s the Plan’ by The Flips Is Sad, Understated Chicago Pop Punk