Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Alex Lahey
B-Grade University

Alex Lahey has recently been voted best female artist at the Australian Age Music Awards beating Dame Edna Everage who has won it for the past 27. Her music is playful and fun grunge pop that you can imagine would sound very good on the radio when the sun is shining. Commercially-aimed but with enough sass to justify the hype. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Palm
Shadow Expert

Blending art-rock with an indie forward motion, Philidelphian four piece Palm mix a discordant version of Battles polyrhythmic picks and sweeps nearer to Nitikowski and the odd tweeness of Deerhoof. There is a definite comparison to be made with Nnamdi Ogbonnaya but with added psych. Second full length available via Carpark.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Drums
Abysmal Thoughts

The Drums have released a twelve-part full length record entitled ‘Abysmal Thoughts’. The release can be described as a glorious delirium of multi-instrumental excellence. Pierce has found himself in full control of every aspect of this record, including the songwriting. This mix of cool vocals, indie and soft rock is available on Vinyl Double LP and CD.

The Louche FC
Romantic


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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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David Nance
Negative Boogie

David Nance is a veteran of a form of music that is described as 'warble and hiss'. This is compared in the press release as somewhere between Canned Heat, Pere Ubu and Swell Maps. Quite the combination then. It's a rhythmically potent form of wiry post-punk that is wild, vibrant and tuneful goddammit. Looking forward to this one. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

I.L.Y.'s
Bodyguard

Third full length album from The I.L.Y’s, the experimental rock side project from Death Grips’ Zach Hill and Andy Morin and features Tristan Tozer (Drug Apartments) on guitar this time round. Incredibly catchy, open armed, and messy. It’s dirty high energy pop with a Lightning Bolt attitude. Riotous fun.

Pega Monstro
Casa De Cima

Pega Monstro are a Portuguese sister duo based in Lisbon, producing dreamy-thrashy guitar-drums-vocals music from (on this album) a house in the mountains. Casa De Cima obviously benefits from the powerful and intimate familial bond between the two Reis sisters, but the record is firmly outward-looking, staring down the world and daring it to bring it on. Released by Upset The Rhythm.

Superchunk
Tossing Seeds (Singles 89-91)

The super-bummed and super-good Superchunk made themselves a lot of pop-punk back in the '90s, and still make a fair bit now. If you're still seeking it out, there's now 'Tossing Seeds', which collects their singles from the early days (specifically '89 onto '91). It's been out of print on wax for a while so hey, why not get it and enjoy the nasal pop of yore? 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jason Loewenstein
Spooky Action

Here is the first solo album in 15 years from the 'other one' in Sebadoh. Whilst Lou Barlow always had his pop chops to hand, Loewenstein was a bit more ragged and out there and so it proves on this album of inventive grungy pop with hints of Beefheart in some of tangled guitar playing. Sebadoh fans, you need to be on board. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hudson Bell
Out of the Clouds


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Bwani Junction
Two Bridges


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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sic Defence
Iron in The Soul/ Maze


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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Eureka California
Big Cats Can Swim


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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Absolute Monarchs
To Hell, Let’s Masquerade / Thinking Thieves


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Royal Blood
How Did We Get So Dark?

Young British guitar-drums pairing Royal Blood have, as their press release makes clear, done very well for themselves since they made their debut in 2014. Can they keep the upward momentum flowing with follow-up How Did We Get So Dark? Well, quite possibly on the basis of these driving groovy rock tunes. Out on Warner Bros.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bored Spies
Summer

From Bored Spies, a Canadian-Korean-Singaporean trio made up of singer/guitarist Cherie Ko of Obedient Wives Club and Pastelpower, Orestes Morfin from Bitch Magnet on drums and Seam’s Sooyoung Park on bass. From psychedelic rock influenced by Jefferson Airplane to 90s style alt rock. On 7” vinyl.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Computers
Love Triangles, Hate Squares

"Love Triangles, Hate Squares" is a new track from the second album by The Computers, who weirdly don’t do electronica. Dealing with the perennial subject of the contemporary teenager from every era, it’s about being bored and getting stuck doing the same thing over and over. Much like writing about bands. There’s a limited number of words for ‘sounds’. Pink 7” vinyl.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Life In Film
Cold Wire

The debut single from much-hyped London band Life in Film proves that sometimes, hype is well deserved. This young indie band look like they could go far with this tight, well-crafted single, with elements of Johnny Marr’s guitar and Nick Cave’s angst. Keep an eye out for the album dropping in early May 2015. Vinyl 7".
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Sweet Apple
Sing The Night In Sorrow

Rock supergroup Sweet Apple feature J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, Tim Parnin and Jon Petkovic of Cobra Verde and eponymous hero Dave Sweetapple from heavy rockin’ five-piece Witch. Sing The Night In Sorrow is the follow up to 2014’s critical and musical success, The Golden Age of Glitter. We hope for more tunes-a-plenty here!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding / Fawn Spots
Split


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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984-2014

Well look here the first ever career spanning collection of the music of Sir Nick Cave all the way from his debut 'From Her To Eternity' to date. Handpicked by Cave himself along with Mick Harvey and other Bad Seeds, the lads have even raided their archives for rare unseen photos and memorabilia for the book that comes with the limited edition ‘Super Deluxe’ version which also comes with a two hour DVD.  Four formats to choose from depending on your level of obsession with the man and his work. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Totem
See-Saw Girl


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Sprinters
Sprinters

Sprinters to all intents and purposes are Wigan's answer to Real Estate. Now based in marginally more fashionable Manchester, the group play a high octane form of janglesome indie pop which suggests that Wigan is the sunniest place on earth. If on the Manchester scene Horsebeach bring the murk and sad then Sprinters are a little bit more jolly. 

Sextile
Albeit Living

LA gang Sextile give us their second album, Albeit Living. These ten tracks take the gnarly debut album’s sound and makes pretty much everything a bit better, from the production to the songwriting and composition. But don’t worry, these synth-driven post-punks still have plenty of bite and bile to them. Albeit Living is out on Felte.

RG Lowe
Slow Time

RG Lowe, of Balmorhea, has produced a fully-fledged vocal pop album in Slow Time, which might surprise fans of Balmorhea’s instrumental music. Slow Time is centred around a Wurlitzer electric piano and the Lowe’s dramatic vocal moves, adding up to a slick R&Bish album. Slow Time is released by Western Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wildest Dreams
Wildest Dreams


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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Beastmilk
Use Your Deluge


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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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Slow Dancer
In A Mood

He might be in a bit of a mood but it's the kind of relaxed yacht rock ish mood that you'll enjoy if you like Mac DeMarco, Lindsay Buckingham, Conan Mockasin and even Flight of the Conchords. His voice is a bit weird but this has the sultry laid back feel of driving down the coast in some kind of nostalgic daydream. That voice is really weird though. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Mispers
Brother


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All We Are
Sunny Hills

Featuring an excellent video showing a motorway tearing up a local community I was sad that All We Are hadn't put the same kind of effort and originality into their music which is fairly standard indie grind with nods to kraut rock, punk and has something of the Kills. But nevermind Steve Lamacq will love it. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hightown Pirates
Dry and High

This feller is Simon Mason who was at one point 'drugdealer to the stars' in the maelstrom that was Brit Pop but has since got clean and started to write his own music. Not surprising then that his music has a sort of come down feel and could be compared with the mature and mid paced later work of Paul Weller.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Big Star
The Best Of Big Star

If trawling through the classic-era Big Star's mammoth collection of three albums is too much for you then consider this handy 'best of' which collects tracks from each to showcase Alex Chilton's prime power pop band. With songs such as 'Back of My Car' and 'September Gurls' in their locker it's still rather hard to fathom why they only sold about twelve records.  

Ulrika Spacek
Modern English Decoration

They formed when they were 14, two fifths of them are called Rhys and they live in a house called Ken. Ulrika Spacek are truly a unique proposition amongst the glut of Women/Viet Cong influenced tangle rock bands. Their debut self titled record was a hero here at the towers and this follow up record promises to be a collection of woozy and druggy avant rock.   

Hey Colossus
The Guillotine

Some bands begin to edge out of the shadows, allowing the brightness of accessible production and relatable lyricism to evolve their work, while others sink deeper into darker and insular innovation. Hey Colossus are a group that are doing the latter, as proven by immersive and razor-sharp The Guillotine.
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Chastity Belt
I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone

I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone is the third release from Chastity Belt. The full length brings together indie-rock and alternative rock like very few bands manage. A great example of how a big group of musicians can work together to make great songs, from the laidback female lead vocals to the youthful rhythm guitars. Available on black Vinyl LP, coloured Vinyl LP, CD and Cassette.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mikal Cronin
MCIII

Prolific garage rock character and Ty Segall associate Mikal Cronin returns with his third proper solo record, its properness signified by the official-sounding title MCIII. It is also ‘proper solo’ in another sense, in that Cronin himself plays virtually every scrap of sound here himself, with the exception of a string quartet. Whaddaguy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Neil Michael Hagerty and the Howling Hex
Live at Third Man Records

Neil Michael Hagerty is best known for his frontmanship of major noise rock players Royal Trux, but he’s also doing stuff with The Howling Hex. They recently had a date together at Jack White’s Third Man Records HQ, and a coupla cuts from the performance have been pressed up to this 7” single. Yummy weirdo-rock from a hero of the form.

The Strokes
Comedown Machine

Comedown Machine was the Strokes album where, during the pre-publicity, bassist Nikolai Fraiture ventured from the usual 'this is our best album yet' party line to describe the recording process as 'awful' prompting the band to pull a media blackout and not do any promotional appearances. Listening to it, it's hard to tell that there were any problems at all. It's fresh and smart and sexy and strange. Though the long help feeling is that they'll never again reach Is This It' heights, Comedown Machine proved that the Strokes were still genuinely trying to make good music.   

Pumarosa
The Witch

Some albums are born almost momentarily, hammered out over a snappy series of jams. Others are left to marinate and stew along with personal progressions; Pumerosa's debut has done the latter. Enveloping their emotional and impassioned breakthrough into the public consciousness is the fantastic debut - The Witch.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Land Of Talk
Life After Youth

Elizabeth Powell has had a somewhat rocky love affair with her Land Of Talk project, with everything seeming to go wrong a forced hiatus occurred 7 years ago, but of course catharsis was found in building the project back up, reunited with original drummer and featuring guests Sharon Van Etten, Steve Shelley they return to Bright Eyes’s Saddle Creek label with powerful self empowered indie rock tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Youth of America
Night of the Comet / Navigator

Those Trembling Bells are a prolific and eclectic bunch eh? Youth Of America is a new, US power-pop inspired project from the Bells’ Simon Shaw, and the whole rest of the band join him on Night Of The Comet / Navigator, a lovely poppy slice of American homage. 7” single on The Great Pop Supplement, 400 copies out there.
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Matthew Edwards & The Unfortunates
Folklore

Depicting Matthew Edward’s return to England, and Birmingham after living in California for two decades, the follow up to 2012’s The Fate, Folklore shares a loving theme reflecting the previous work’s title. This indie-folk-pop is tinged with simultaneous adoration and sadness at returning to from where you once came. Featuring guest players  who have worked with the likes of PJ Harvey, Brian Eno, and Captain Beefheart.
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Joey Agresta
Let's Not Talk About Music

Joey Agresta is a veteran of doing it his own way, with a stack of AKAs behind him: Son Of Salami, Joey Pizza Slice etc. Let’s Not Talk About Music, which includes upbeat songs like ‘I Feel Like Shit And I Want To Die’, was recorded in Joey’s bedroom studio over a period of three years, using tape machines all the way baby. Let’s Not Talk About Music is out on Wharf Cat Records.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bill Baird
Baby Blue Abyss

Bill Baird has not one but two brand new albums ready for release via Talkshow Records! One of them is for the morning and one is for the evening: Baby Blue Abyss is the evening one. That means it is more external, about dealing with the world (hence tracks like ‘Bourgeois Blues’). These perspectives are delivered via smart melodic rock music in excellent Bill Baird style. Edition of 300 LPs.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Diet Cig
Swear I’m Good At This

Diet Cig don't create over-serious or pretentious material - instead this punk duo beam honest creativity that is both minimal and candid. Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman return with Swear I'm Good At This - a highly anticipated record bound to initiate a steep and rapid ascent into the stratosphere.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

LeVent
LeVent

LeVent are a Berlin based group making stripped back indie rock with a nod to post punk and the more ethereal and swirly contemporary bands in their wake. A somewhat dreamlike story sits behind this record, picked up and brought into sweet existence by none other than Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ultimate Painting
Green Lanes

Ultimate Painting is a bit of a side project, taking up the personal time of Jack Cooper of Mazes and James Hoare of Veronica Falls. Here on Green Lanes they get to kick back a little from the driving indie-rock formula, making low-key lyrically-focused tracks until the cows come home. Out on Trouble In Mind.

Sandy (Alex G)
Rocket

After doing many self recorded, produced and released records and cassettes, Philadelphia’s Alex G has rightly been snapped up by Domino for 2015’s Beach Music, and now they bring him back for his eighth full length. Rocket brings gorgeous suburban logfire songs, folk pop with a city backdrop. On vinyl and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Stone Roses
All For One

It was the 'where were you' moment for anyone still under the vaguest misapprehension that the Stone Roses were able to construct anything approaching a listenable song.  When your last decent attempt at a melody was released in 1989 that's a lot of years to try to repeat the trick. 'All For One' is of course laughably bad but the last smirk might be on the face of the band who will generate millions in ticket sales off the back of whatever they manage to come up with to fill an album. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Royal Trux “Live”
Platinum Tips + Ice Cream

American rockers Royal Trux called it quits in 2001 and went their separate ways, forming Black Bananas, RTX, and The Howling Hex. The first full length release since the reunion was recorded live over two days and covers most of their 12 albums in their rawest and purest form. Vinyl and CD on Drag City.

Hundredth
Rare

Melodic hardcore band from South Carolina Hundredth return with their third album on the Hopeless label. Rare sees the band switch their sound up again, seems like they might have listened to Loveless by My Bloody Valentine a fair few times and mixed it into the post hardcore pot. Still heavy and driving with guitars layered to the hilt.

The Mountain Goats
Goths

Wordy and literate storyteller John Darnielle (and his Mountain Goats) has this time turned his attention to goth, both the music and the movement. Keenly eyed observations on those bands that didn't quite make it or what it meant to be goth all delivered nasally over Mountain Goats regular brand of strum-a-long folk -- or not, in this case, since they've ditched the guitars in favour of a synth-athon.

Cassels
Flock Analogy

Cassels are a two-piece band from Oxfordshire that subtly combine elements of grunge with punk, alongside socially charged lyrics that delve into the mindset of the modern world. Flock Analogy is the two record 7” vinyl that shows the exact artfulness that the two brothers have successfully achieved in this release.

Officer!
Never Mind The Bucket

Never Mind The Bucket is a live recorded, compilation album from the band Officer!. The recorded setlist includes songs from the band’s album Dead Unique as well as some very well constructed covers. The album is both humorous and marvellously clever, showing Mick Hobbs’ personality at its greatest. Available on Vinyl LP.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Permit
Permit Vol. 1

Ha! Brilliant! They’re not wrong. Indiana based Permit sound like a double time Thin Lizzy, a raucous and fun filled affair with a garage punk-rock flare. Injected with Zeke like energy it’s house party madness to full effect, will get you up on your feet and dancing, but with sub two minute tracks they leave you sweaty and wanting more. Cheeky little buggers.
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Pumarosa
Pumarosa EP

Tipped to reach dizzying heights by BBC 6 Music and The Line of Best Fit, Pumarosa's self-titled EP is a statement of intent. Especially after its opener, a nearly-8-minute-long crescendo of of gliding vocals, propulsive beats and waves of saxophone. Arcade Fire-esque indie rock at its finest. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Qui
How To Get Ideas

Shades of The Mars Volta and The Mae Shi in the shape-shifting pop-prog chaos here. Two-part vocal harmonies morph with a sort of anarchic precision on each track as guitars twiddle away dextrously. The instrumentals cycle from rambunctious math to Glitter-beat glam to Wurlitzer-driven funk - often within the space of a single minute, let alone a single song. It’ll be a 10” vinyl in your hands soon enough.
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  • Qui
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Quilt Boy
I Am Somebody

Quilt Boy is a Detroit outsider dude, making music all by himself that toes the line between proggy excess and lo-fi noise scrabble all at once. This 7” contains five tracks of highly-messy guitar / synth / mumble skronk, and it's a wonderfully fun thing. I Am Somebody is released in a limited edition of 250 by Sophomore Lounge.
  • Vinyl 7" (SL080)
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The Cubical
Blood Moon

Operating out of the psychedelic-friendly musical micro-climate of Liverpool, The Cubical have been working on their fourth studio album. Blood Moon has the raw blues-rock power of your favourite seventies act, as well as gnarly lead-vocals from Dan Wilson, who sounds like he’s charging down the same pathway as Captain Beefheart. Down and dirty garage business, released on Halfpenny Records.

Priests
Early Recordings

Priests, who are not priests, put their first recordings out on limited-run cassettes that were only sold at shows, but it has been decided that this music deserved a wider reception. So here comes a reissue of those first two tapes, the first of which was recorded only one week into Priests’ existence! Early Recordings is released in a limited edition of 100 vinyl LPs. On Tough Love.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Fall
Live In Clitheroe

Live set by The Fall, captured in 2013 at Clitheroe Grand. By all accounts, Mark E. Smith and his band of merry men and women were in splendid form at this show, even if Mark did do his old ‘sing from the dressing room’ trick for the last few songs. Live In Clitheroe is released on vinyl with a nice vintage-design sleeve by Ozit Dandelion.

She-Devils
She-Devils

Full-length album the first from She-Devils. This duo take an intuitive, DIY approach to creativity, making all their own artwork and videos. Furthermore, Audrey Ann Boucher had never played music before forming the band, so her vocals have grown organically alongside the whole concept of She-Devils. Fine surfy indie-pop from Montreal, released by Secretly Canadian.

Mammút
Kinder Versions

If you’re a fan of the Icelandic sound (there definitely is one) Mammút bring it in spades on their new album on Bella Union Kinder Versions. Post rock meets psychedelic, not as far or ethereal as Sigur Ros, but the gentleness is there, topped with the Björk meets Karin Andersson (The Knife/Fever Ray) vocals of Katrína Mogensen.

Pretty Girls Make Graves
Pretty Girls Make Graves


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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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Marika Hackman
I'm Not Your Man

Marika Hackman’s second full-length album arrives with The Big Moon in tow as her backing band. I’m Not Your Man is a cool record, intimate when it needs to be and guitar-rocking when it feels like it. We have four different formats available (at time of release, depending on stock levels), including the deluxe coloured vinyl edition which comes with an extra bonus 7”! On Virgin EMI.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

PWR BTTM
Pageant

Self professed queer punk duo PWR BTTM are nothing if not empowering. Just be your damn self is basically tattooed across the front of this. Their second full length release, and Pageant is filled to the brim of self love and righteous joy. Real self celebratory party punk. It’s bloody great. And so are you.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Feature
Banishing Ritual

Rad trio music from Liv Willars, Heather Perkins (also of Slowcoaches) and Jen Calleja (also of Sauna Youth). As Feature, these three create awesome jet-propelled melodic-punk / drone-pop (their own awesome descriptors) with a fierce DIY and anti-sexism approach. Banishing Ritual is their debut full-length, and its out on Upset The Rhythm.

Thought Forms / Esben And The Witch
Split


  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Big Walnuts Yonder
Big Walnuts Yonder

I was all ready to call this a supergroup until the press release specifically told me not to. Still though, with Mike Watt, Nels Cline and Greg Saunier all on board (so that’s representatives of Minutemen, The Stooges, Wilco, Deerhoof…), this group is inarguably quite something. This debut album from Big Walnuts Yonder is a spontaneously-combusted set of high-energy funky-skronky art-rock super-pop. Hard to describe, but a joy to hear! Out on Sargent House.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Luxury Stranger
Darkness Falls Upon The Light

Luxury Stranger reach the milestone of their third album, titled Darkness Falls Upon The Light. They are still working their classically moody dark alt-rock stylings, with Simon York’s super-dramatic vocals leading the charge. CD co-released by the Cold Insanity Music and Earth-Two Records labels.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Chain of Flowers
Let Your Light In / Flesh, Blood and Bone

Double A-side single from Cardiff’s premier post-punk-shoegaze-pop outfit Chain Of Flowers. Let Your Light In / Flesh, Blood and Bone sounds like it could play to get the crowd excited before a Cure gig, with moody vocals and dramatic synth and guitar lines. Released as a 7” single on the Alter label.

Shit Girlfriend
Mummy’s Boy / I Don’t Wanna Die

In their own words Natalie Bang Bang and Laura-Mary Carter’s (Blood Red Shoes) brilliantly named project Shit Girlfriend is “a DIY period-punk femme explosion meets the sticking out tongue emoji”. It is gritty and lo-fi garage punk meets pop catchiness. Two track single debut on PNKSLM. Record store day release, so limited.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bleached
Can You Deal?

Bleached are a band built around a pair of sisters based in the teeming metropolis of Los Angeles. Their music is brimming over with femme energy, mixing the sweet melodies of classic pop with a tough rock bite. Can You Deal? is a bold set of four new tracks, released on 12” white vinyl by the Dead Oceans label.

Thurston Moore
Rock n Roll Consciousness

Thurston Moore has kept himself very busy since Sonic Youth disbanded in 2011, working with numerous small projects, playing with countless collaborators and running Ecstatic Peace. Rock n Roll Consciousness is his first properly distributed full length for a while, and flutters between avant-garde, no-wave and poetic pop. A warm and engrossing oddity.

Various
Singles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Deluxe Edition

Released in 1992, and set in the middle of grunge heaven Seattle, Singles starred Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon but more importantly for us, it’s soundtrack. Including tracks from Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Citizen Dick, Mudhoney, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains this is a hell of a compilation, nevermind what the film is about. Both versions come with a bonus CD with 18 rare and unreleased tracks from many of the same artists.
  • Artist(s):
  • Vom

Former Bullies
Stranger

Stalwarts of Manchester’s DIY scene for years now, Former Bullies make charming lo-fi pop that recalls the best that that city has offered up over the years. Plenty of Velvet Underground in there too, particularly on lead single ‘Stranger’. Now on their fourth album, the band have honed their craft to such a point that the record feels light and buoyant while still showcasing some fine songwriting chops.
  • Vinyl LP (TBTG006 / CF/F43)
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Terry
Remember Terry

Terry are a four piece group out of Melbourne Australia. Some of them are in other bands including the brilliantly named Constant Mongrel. Together, Terry perform a shambling kind of indie pop  - the sort that get’s umpteen plays on Marc Riley and successfully tours the UK’s smaller halls. I like how they all sing together  - that’s nice. This is their second album.    

The Van Pelt
Stealing From Our Favorite Thieves

As heroes of NYC's indie-rock scene in the 90's, The Van Pelt only thrived in the world's concrete jungle for four years; but their lasting impression still burns away. Stealing From Our Favorite Thieves was their thwack of a debut, and here it is repressed from original recording for the first time.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

ShitKid
Fish

Charmingly nonchalent, ShitKid is Gothenburg's Åsa who has made an anti-pop statement with Fish. A post-feminist, post-punk album using plenty of distorted guitar and riding digital rhythms, her album follows in the devastating wake of her grungey debut single, Oh Please Be A Cocky Cool Kid. Television appearances, a second EP and now her debut full-length blast through. On LP and CD.

Mark Lanegan Band
Gargoyle

The gravel-voiced ex-Screaming Trees frontfella Mark Lanegan created this new album with substantial help from ex-Exit Calm man Rob Marshall, who donated ten pieces for Lanegan to add to. The resulting Gargoyle album is a gothically moody epic of alternative rock, anchored by Lanegan’s rich vocals and some fierce guitars. On Heavenly.

Mac DeMarco
This Old Dog

Here he comes again, wearer of North America's filthiest dungarees, that gap toothed smile presumably still intact. Last year's 'Another One' had him a little more measured and melancholy and certainly the first two tracks teased from this have a similar hushed vibe but with that twanging jangling guitar and warm mid fi pop sound intact. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
Put Ears on Yourself

Put Ears On Yourself is the first instalment in what is projected to be a series of 7” showcases for exciting new bands. It includes tracks by Trust Fund, Lower Slaughter, Sissy and the excellent Milk Crimes. Seven inches of lively band action, housed in a screen-printed sleeve, released by Art For Blind Records.

The Amazons
The Amazons

With a fervent cult following to boot, The Amazons' self titled debut is a stadium-sized indie-rock beast. The four-piece's catchy anthems are destined for chart-ruffling success, with high critical acclaim from the NME to BBC Radio 1. With six bonus tracks in addition to the eleven track main portion, here's you chance to grab a high value slice of history.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Black Lips
Satan's Graffiti Or God's Art?

Black Lips, who are now being released by Vice(!), continue their messy antics with the Sean Lennon-produced Satan’s Graffiti Of God’s Art?, their first full-length in three years. Fuzzed-up garage rock action is of course the name of their game, though this record is perhaps a little neater at the edges than previous releases. Still very Black Lips though.

Auction For The Promise Club
Silence

Fresh and ruddy-faced coastal Cornishmen, Auction For The Promise Club ply their exciting blend of indie encompassing shoegaze and grunge, on 12 tracks. Drenched in atmosphere and veering on the melodramatic, the trio wear their influences -- ranging from the New Romantics and Goths to the bombastic Devonians Muse -- proudly on their sleeves. Melodic anthems aplenty for sure. LP and CD on Zen 10.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

ULTRAS
ULTRAS

ULTRAS is not an album of field recordings of football gangs (although that would be good), but it does carry a certain violence to it. ULTRAS is Gav Prentice (he of Over The Wall fame) plus a number of Scottish producers, making up a racket of distorted guitar-driven pseudo-hip-hop with a distinctive Scots touch. Potent LP released by Instinctive Racoon and Hello Thor Records.

Day Wave
The Days We Had

Day Wave is the indie outlet for Californian man Jackson Phillips, who seems to be responsible for every aspect of this recording. The Days We Had has the lush sunny haze of the best summer indie-pop, with both shoegaze and synth-pop aesthetics hiding in the mix. The album is released by Fiction on CD and gatefold LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Rocket Ship TV
Better Days

Better Days is the ten-track release from the boys in Rocket Ship TV. A cracking combination of experimental guitars and soothing vocal melodies are what makes this release so appealing to any fans of indie-rock and probably of psychedelic-rock, too. Ten nicely created tracks that are available on Vinyl LP.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Loom
Loom

As a band on the tip of the tongues of BBC Radio 1 and the NME, Loom have a surging blast of wings against their sails. Their self-titled ten-track is a grungy stab from a group who have personality in abundance. Comparisons will be made (it's hard not to point towards Nirvana), but this rock-solid debut bleeds originality.

Phoenix
Ti Amo

It's always a good thing when Phoenix announce a new album, especially as we’ve waited four years since the last one (Bankrupt!). On Ti Amo the French popsters have Italy on their mind, summoning up a glorious summer euro-fantasy of bright synths and gorgeously catchy tunes. What’s not to like? Ti Amo is out on Atlantic.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Post War Glamour Girls
Swan Songs

It's hard to make a good album with your phone going off every five minutes so it's good to see Leeds noiseniks Post War Glamour Girls going where there's no wi-fi or phone signal to make their new record. This isolation has produced an intense work tackling all the gritty themes we all worry about with musical nods to Pixies and Wild Beasts along the way.