Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex
Denver

Neil Michael Hagerty has played with Royal Trux and Pussy Galore, but is now returning to his group The Howling Hex. Denver is a guitar-heavy garagey record where the band let the energy fly free: lots of fun. The album is available as an LP or as an alternately-mixed Denver: Approved for Indica Mix cassette tape. On Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra
Broken Lines

They have an incredible name and a hilarious line-up that includes members of indie-proggers the Mars Volta, metal mains Mastodon, math deathcrushers Dillinger Escape Plan and... the singer from Alice in Chains. There you have it, music has become fan fiction. Their new record, Broken Lines, should be something of a heavy rawk smorgasbord.

Dawes
We're All Gonna Die

We’re All Gonna Die is the fifth album by LA folk-indie-rock band Dawes (not to be confused with The Doors or Dawes bicycles, for that matter). Band leader Taylor Goldsmith likes to write about difficult situations people get into but will temper that with a positive ending. We’re All Gonna Die features guest performances from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, Mandy Moore, and the one and only Will Oldham.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fu Manchu
Slow Ride/Future Transmitter

Stoner dudes Fu Manchu turn their attentions to Slow Ride a classic piece of boogie from groovy old rockers Foghat. Plus a Fu Manchu original, the first they’ve released for 2 years. This 7” single on At The Dojo (with a choice of red or transparent vinyl!) is mainly destined for a specific Fu gig in Hollywood, but a few copies have snuck out for general release.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Beach Slang
A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings

The latest in a long line of 'beach' bands, Beach Slang are doing for today's teenagers perhaps what the Beach Boys did for those coming of age in the 1960s. They are altogether a brasher proposition however with buzzsaw guitars, shouty emo-influenced vocals and thumping drums. In fact, the title A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings sums up the record perfectly.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

This titanic super-duo of indie pop feelings-havers contains one Walkmen frontman and one Vampire Weekend songwriter -- Hamilton Leithauser is the former and Rostam Batmanglij the latter. With Leithhauser's band dissolving as Batmanglij quit his, the duo got together to write songs in grandiose baroque stylings, much in the mould of Leithauser's recent solo material. I Had a Dream That You Were Mine is a serene collection of newly-styled old fashioned, with "A 1000 Times", its lead single, a pulpy love song romp.

Martin Bramah
The Battle Of Twisted Heel

Martin Bramah was in the original line-up of The Fall, 40 or so line-ups ago. In fact, he was the singer until King MES took the throne! Mark gets a dissing on The Battle Of Twisted Heel, Bramah’s 2006 solo record, which was deeply rare up until now. This reissue on Tiny Global Productions is arguably the first proper release of this quality material, as the first ‘release’ was less than 30 copies...
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Blue Orchids
Awefull

Blue Orchids are a sort of alternate-universe vision of what The Fall could have been: they are comprised of the original line-up of the band after Mark E Smith headed off to form Fall’s mark 1, 2, 3, 4… There is certainly an early Fall vibe to Awefull, but pushing in a somewhat more psychedelic direction. This is the first time the record has been reissued on vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Blue Orchids
The Once and Future Thing

Blue Orchids are a sort of alternate-universe vision of what The Fall could have been: they are comprised of the original line-up of the band after Mark E Smith headed off to form Fall’s mark 1, 2, 3, 4… The Once And Future Thing is an unexpected brand new album, decades after the last! Although the cover art doesn’t look so brand new… Out on Tiny Global Productions.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ultimate Painting
Ultimate Painting

A collaboration between Jack Cooper & James Hoare of Mazes & Veronica Falls fame, respectively. Sharing the songwriting evenly between the pair, they craft some fine, Velvet Underground-esque indie rock ranging from the chilled to the pumping. A great combination of the lads intertwining vocals and jangling guitars.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Warehouse
Super Low

Warehouse are an Atlanta GA band who tap into the marvellously fertile Athens jangle pop/art rock scene of the early 1980's. In fact the band provide the perfect R.E.M like backing for the remarkable growling vocals of Elaine Edenfield who bears an uncanny resemblance to Pylon's Vanessa Briscoe Hay. Quite remarkable. This could be a really interesting one when you bear in mind the band have also been listening to Deerhunter rather a lot I'd imagine. 

Phantogram
Three

Phantogram’s new album Three finds them fully evolved into a proper alt-pop outfit with massive-sounding singles and a well-earned swaggering attitude in the vocal performances. And the choruses, oh the choruses… This one should do well. Three is released on CD and on LP via the Fiction label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Merchandise
A Corpse Wired For Sound

Noise pop pals Merchandise come back around for 'A Corpse Wired For Sound', ditching the cleaner, more accessible rocking rawk music of their last record for their more disguised and discarded sound. Expect enduring songs buried under a lot of rubble and a gentle nod towards hardcore. 
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  • 4AD

Warpaint
Heads Up

Warpaint decide to direct their audience literally by naming the first single from their new record "New Song". Cool: the band's slow, brooding rock ascent may or may not continue on their follow-up to 2014's self-titled effort (plus Lindberg's solo LP), but the opening single has a glitching electro-pop glare and sparkly sideways riffs. So far, so different.

Newmoon
Space

Swing and sway to your heart’s content with this one. Layers and layers of guitars, sweetly understated distant vocals all blocked together as a soothing harmonious duvet for you to wrap up in. Big and satisfying chords with the tones of Smashing Pumpkins, a bit of My Bloody Valentine, and The Cure.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The View
Bread and Circuses


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Preoccupations
Preoccupations

First up we had Women and once that band imploded we got Viet Cong and now we have Preoccupations which is basically the new name for Viet Cong. If last year's previously self-titled record is anything to go by this will be another strand of magical avant rock from the Calgary crew. They specialise in tight and taut compositions with incredible musical interplay that makes you wonder really why anyone else bothers.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

God Damn
Everything Ever

God Damn heavy. God Damn funky, and hell, God Damn catchy. Back for their follow up album on One Little Indian, and they bring the 70s rock riff, 90s grunge rage the head bang-ability and thick singable guitar leads of Royal Blood or Muse, big double vocal choruses, and the fun of Red Fang, from Wolverhampton…….
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Crippled Black Phoenix
Bronze

Crippled Black Phoenix return with another heavy record of faded glamour and melancholy prog / post-rock / metal constructions. Varying line-ups mean a broad sound-range across the span of the album. Bronze is available in a plethora of formats: regular CD, deluxe CD with bonus tracks, and three different colours of double vinyl. Out on Season Of Mist.

Tim Presley
The Wink

No relation to Elvis, Tim Presley has obviously spent far too much time hanging out with Cate Le Bon if the sounds of 'Clue' are anything to believed. It's not dissimilar to their collaborative effort as the Drink in that it features jerky post-punk rhythms and weird detached vocals. In fact the whole thing was produced by Cate Le Bon so everything is starting to make sense. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Marching Church
Telling It Like It Is

Marching Church is an unexpected side project from a member of ferocious punks Iceage: Elias Bender Rønnenfelt has essentially formed a soulful big band. There are plenty of odd touches and lo-fi production details, but Telling It Like It Is is a proper ‘songs’ record. It’s also really rather good: impressive range Mr Rønnenfelt. Out on Sacred Bones, with a bonus label sampler bundled in.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Band Aparte
Memory On Trial

Los Angeles based gothic punk duo Band Aparte are here to make you pull your favourite sad-dance moves. With the obvious nods to Joy Division but new life injected with development on spacious synths and drum programming, gets you swinging like the kids from Homerpalooza… (that is a Simpsons reference)
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Pretty Years

Pressed so loud that I literally jumped out of my skin when it started playing, this is the latest album from the formerly interesting indie rockers continues their run towards mainstream rock with belched, vomited vocals over friendly indie rock guitars and synths that don't get let you think too hard. Strangely Springsteen - perhaps this ambitious album could set them free?  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Verve
A Storm In Heaven

Debut album from The Verve (back when they were just 'Verve"), remastered and piled in with a tonne of ridiculous goodies. Including all the tracks from their EPs before the album, two radio sessions, acoustic versions, a DVD of live and studio videos and even two unreleased studio tracks – South Pacific and Shoeshine Girl. I think they are allowed to call that a super deluxe edition. Note this is for the Deluxe CD package which is now out of print so you'll have to make do with some regular vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Shovels & Rope
Little Seeds

The husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope continue their explorations of American music and life with Little Seeds. Folk and country musics weigh heavily on their songs of hardship, but they aren’t afraid to thrown in slices of rough guitar noise to spice the pot. Little Seeds is released by New West on CD and on vinyl: the latter is pressed to 2 LPs of translucent red wax, with an etching on Side 4.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Honey Bucket
Magical World

Quick and simple and smiley and fun indie-pop-punk from Portland, Oregon. Honey Bucket have written and recorded 13 tracks straight from the garage, with entertaining lyrics and some catchy guitar tricks. Nothing too complicated, but you’ll find yourself very much satisfied by Magical World. Out on Metal Postcard.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Boss Hog
Brood Star

Boss Hog is one of the slightly lesser-known projects of big rock & roll man Jon Spencer, forming a potent double act with the fierce Cristina Martinez. Brood Star is a brand new release issued as a preview for a forthcoming full-length, although it makes a potent enough mark in just 4 songs, I have to say. 12” EP on In The Red.

Drugdealer
The End Of Comedy

Nowhere near as psychedelic as their moniker might suggest, Drugdealer are in fact a collaboration between LA-based artist Michael Collins (Salvia Plath / Run DMT) and Natalie Mering from Weyes Blood and and Ariel Pink. Travel-inspired whimsy which explores spaghetti westerns, perceptions of social media and Jean Baudrillard.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
Say Yes! A Tribute To Elliott Smith

Say Yes! Was the last original song Elliott Smith played live before his untimely death, with friends coming together to complete his unfinished works, and now a HUGE line up of people gathering to pay tribute to him. A fine tribute indeed, poignant and lovingly covers of his original acoustic songs. On the whole, unreleased covers include Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, Julien Baker, Yuck, and Wild Sun.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wedding Present
The Hit Parade

Back in 1987 we queued up each month in record shops across the country to secure each new the Wedding Present Hit Parade release. The band had decided to release a 7" per month each featuring a new song and a cover. At first excitement was fever pitch but by about August everyone was bored with it. Anyway you can now get the whole collection either on double LP or a 4 x 10" box. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding
Mid Thirties Single Scene

Scott and Charlene's Wedding always strike me as the kinda guys that getting out of bed is the biggest undertaking of each day. That they can even get it together to record songs is therefore a surprise but there's something in their rough and ready compositions that cuts through all the intellectual bullshit elsewhere. These are primitive barely rehearsed singalong songs about nothing much at all. Enjoy.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Scarlet Rascal
Scarlet Rascal

Textured and matured indie with one foot in noise rock post punk walls of sound, with Talking Heads esque vocals and rolling basslines, interesting and off kilter. Debut album comes on CD and vinyl through Geoff Barrow’s (Portishead) Invada imprint and mixed by Barrow and Craig Silvey (New Order/The Horrors)
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Echolocation
Empire Blood & Bones

Having been a staple part of the Leicester scene since their first release in 1998 Echolocation mix a big band sound of trumpet, cello, flugel horn, piano synthesis and orchestration with front man Peter Ingram’s bitingly introspective to sometimes semi-political poetry. Sleaford Mods meets The Fall, in glorious Leicester.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Japanese Breakfast
Psychopomp

Dreamy-warm guitar good times with a darker undercurrent from Japanese Breakfast, the solo activity of Michelle Zauner out of Little Big League. Psychopomp came out of a return to her early lo-fi works: by enlisting Ned Eisenberg, Zauner has developed those early sketches into fully-formed shoegaze-tinged indie songs. Make sure you listen to the lyrics. Out on Dead Oceans.

Urusei Yatsura
You Are My Urusei Yatsura

Urusei Yatsura were the type of scrappy noisy pop protagonists that would probably do quite well if they were round these days so what better time for Rocket Girl to compile a compilation of all their radio sessions from the mid '90s. Indeed this collection is essential for any aficionados of '90s lo-fi slacker rock.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Slushy Guts
Honey Is Not For The Mouth Of An Ass

Gleaming passed lo-fi, scoffing and laughing, and jumping headfirst into the no-fi pool Stephen Keane’s Slushy Guts project dabbles in a range of acoustic-folk-rock-noise. Recorded on cheap equipment and distorting vocals, production doesn’t really exist on this record, but that’s what makes it so god damn good.

Enter Shikari
Live at Alexandra Palace

Enter Shikari release the sixth edition in their ‘bootleg’ series of live documents, with what must surely be the largest to date: Live At Alexandra Palace. Pretty much the whole show is here, spread across 2 CDs or 2 splatter-coloured LPs, depending on consumer preference. Relive the experience of February 2016 in its full shouty glory. On Play It Again Sam.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Juliana Hatfield Three
Whatever, My Love

Juliana Hatfield has released a ton of albums since leaving ‘80s Boston three-piece Blake Babies, however, with her band The Juliana Hatfield Three she had only released one, 1993’s Become What You Are, until now. More than 20 years later the band have reconvened to record Whatever, My Love. Whilst Hatfield admits that the band aren’t reinventing the wheel with their guitar-led, melodic indie-rock she believes that this release sees her as a more confident artist.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Hecks
The Hecks

The Hecks have a whole world of alt and avant-rock styles under their belt, and they deploy what they know with real aplomb. This self-titled album often feels like some vintage Sonic Youth, with just the right balance between indie-poppy songcraft and flared-up noisiness. A trio that will surely go far. CD / LP / Coloured LP on Trouble In Mind.

Warhaus
We Fucked A Flame Into Being

Maarten Devoldere is one of the frontmen in Balthazar, but he is also Warhaus. This project is all about late-night songwriting, in the vein of previous moody artistes like Leonard Cohen. The guitars and synth-sounds of We Fucked A Flame Into Being are a perfect fit with Devoldere’s deep showman’s voice. Out on Play It Again Sam.

Pearl Jam
Who You Are / Habit

High time for some Pearl Jam reissues to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the No Code-heralded next phase of their career. As well as the albums, we have the singles: Who You Are / Habit was the first single from No Code. The drums and sitar-heavy sound was pretty surprising new territory for Pear Jam, and it ruffled a few feathers. Now re-pressed on 7” by Legacy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pearl Jam
Hail Hail / Black, Red, Yellow

It's time for some Pearl Jam reissues! As well as two mid-90’s albums, we have the accompanying singles: here is Hail Hail / Black, Red, Yellow from 1996’s experimentally-leaning No Code. Although Hail Hail is a proper rocker really... Now re-pressed on 7” vinyl by Legacy, in an edition of 500.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

SWANS
To Be Kind

Hold on to your hats, Swans thirteenth studio album is a two hour confirmation of Michael Gira's brutal, complex yet endlessly creative singular vision. It continues their uncompromising path in producing heavy music which is both beautiful, warm and tonal as well as droning, foreboding and relentless. To Be Kind is a crush of the senses by way of twisting blues and experimental pounding rock music. There's no-one quite like them. 

Twin Atlantic
GLA

GLA is the highly anticipated new album by popular Scottish rock four-piece Twin Atlantic. It is their fourth long-player following on from past successes Varium, Free and Great Divide. They are favourites of Radio 1’s Annie Mac and are known for hits such as Heart and Soul and Brothers and Sisters.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Beef Jerk
Tragic

Australians Beef Jerk offer up their debut full-length for widespread commercial release following a self-release last year. Tragic sounds precisely zero like the sleek, clean kitchen units on the sleeve look: nope, this is jumpy, jaunty indie pop, with occasional dips into heavyweight lyrical subject matter. Out on Trouble In Mind.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Of Montreal
Innocence Reaches

Kaleidoscopic super-band of Montreal have reached their fourteenth album: with that much of an established career, Kevin Barnes is entirely free to lead his merry players down all sorts of fantastic avenues: lots of synth-pop, exploding vocal harmonies, experimental sound collage, dance beats etc. And typically bold lyrics too. Innocence Reaches is a whole lot of album, and a whole lot of fun. CD, double LP or cassette on Polyvinyl.

Sunny Day Real Estate
How It Feels to Be Something On

Hey! They're finally reissuing this one! The secret favourite of many a Sunny Day Real Estate fan, 'How It Feels To Be Something On' started as something of a cashgrab project via Sub Pop (who were looking for a B-sides record to flog) but the band decided to record new material instead -- the result being this monolith of emo, a quickly made record with the band's signature guitar-disgruntled intensity. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Darren Hayman and Papernut Cambridge
I've Been a Bad Bad Boy

Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner) has most recently been performing with Papernut Cambridge, a project run by former Death In Vegas guitarist Ian Button. Here Darren leads the ensemble in 2 tracks of lovely old-fashioned widescreen pop, presented in a vintage-style sleeve. 7” on Fortuna POP! in a limited edition of 300.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cosmonauts
A-OK!

Well it's on Burger so you'll have some idea what to expect. The press release uses words like 'cacophonic' and 'disharmonic' but otherwise makes very little actual sense. The internet throws up phrases like 'garage pop' and 'psychedelic rock'. Hey, it's on Burger - we know what a fun blast it's going to be. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gap Dream
This Is Gap Dream

So this guy was in an early incarnation of the Black Keys but now plays an altogether different type of music. For a start it's good and secondly it owes more to Spiritualized and Spacemen 3 than whatever it was the Black Keys were tuned into. Certainly one for those who like their mind expanding and as it's on Burger you know that it's good for the garage. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dick Diver
New Start Again

New Start Again is the debut full-length album of Australians Dick Diver. First released in 2011 by Melbourne’s Chapter Music, it’s now being reissued on Trouble In Mind. The sound is a sunny, rambling kind of indie pop: touches of 90’s slackerism but fronted by distinctly Australian-accented vocals. CD and LP editions.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dumb Numbers
II

Dumb Numbers is the dream supergroup of any respectable fan of heavy, sludgy, grungy guitar music. The rotating line-up includes representatives of Melvins, Dinosaur Jr, Einstürzende Neubauten, Jesus Lizard and more besides. II is the sound of some total pro’s playing together with no stress, no pressure: just the urge to make some thick and lovely songs. Out on Joyful Noise.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Cakekitchen
World of Sand

Coming not long after The Cakekitchen's marvellous 'Time Flowing Backwards' (also re-issued on Dais) comes 'World of Sand'. This time head man Graeme Jeffries worked with his live band and if the album doesn't quite have the magical charm of  'Time....' it has more variation and a slightly harsher sound palette. That's not to say that Jeffries low-voiced prettiness isn't in evidence. Fans of Flying Nun records need to grab these much sought after releases.  

The Cakekitchen
Time Flowing Backwards

Another classic New Zealand gets a re-issue with this lovely 1991 era LP from Graeme Jeffries outfit. Jeffries had started out in ace post punkers Nocturnal Projections before forming the magnificent This Kind of Punishment with brother Peter. When the Jeffries brothers went their separate solo ways Peter seemingly took the nasty bits with him whilst Graeme's music is much sweeter so we are left with a delightful LP of melodic, chiming pop.    

The Cure
Entreat Plus

Universal continue in their valiant efforts to gradually reissue the whole hefty catalogue of The Cure. Entreat is a live album from the band’s enormous 1989 tour, recorded at Wembley Arena. The Plus signifies 20 minutes of extra material not available on the original CD. Seems to be the first vinyl release of the record too! Double LP on Universal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pill
Convenience

Good shouting band Pill move super-fast through embittered punk sagas along the lines of V.H.S, their guitar missives arranging counsel with a saxophone stomp that gives the record a second wind of urgency. It's one of the most expressive and exciting things you'll hear this year, is Convenience -- it's post-punk meets the mild hint of free jazz and it sounds, against all odds, very free-flowing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Public Access TV
Never Enough

The latest cool-swinging New York indie band present their debut full-length, Never Enough. Public Access TV have the classic stance and sunglass-wearing vocals of a Television, delivered with aplomb. The independent stores’ editions of Never Enough also throw in the exclusive four-track Japan EP on CD. Out on Cinematic Music Group.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dodgy
What Are We Fighting For

Here come Dodgy in 2016 with a brand new album featuring the original 'classic' line up. The press notes suggest they've been listening to such Norman-friendly bands such as Atlas Sound, White Fence and Can and the band certainly seem to feel that this is their best work. So really who are we to argue?

Night Beats
Power Child

Psychedelic Indie-rock band Night Beats have recently released their third album, Who Sold My Generation through Heavenly Recordings after impressive UK shows. Power Child is taken from that album whilst the b-side Wolf is exclusive to this 7”. The band, who started life as a duo are originally from Texas, but moved to Seattle where they were initially picked up by Chicago label Trouble In Mind.

The Monochrome Set
Cosmonaut

Trace back from The Last Shadow Puppets, Franz Ferdinand et al any you’ll find The Monochrome Set. They originally formed in 1978, as part of the first wave of post-punk, and give most contemporaries a run for their money. Grand and smokey dive bar music, that would fit soundtracking a coming of age indie flick.

The Dillinger Escape Plan
Dissociation

The fact The Dillinger Escape Plan announced that they will be splitting up after the release of Dissociation and that the two are not connected feeds my need for irony for the day. After five albums, the record itself is as strong and fear mongering as they have ever been. Relentless. Relentless. Relentless. Relentless. Relentless. Relentless. Relent.

Various
F*Ckin’ Ziggurat

Fancy zine / book assembled by Emotional Response, featuring deep interviews with lots of cool bands from around the world, including No Monster Club, Primitive Calculators and Quaaludes. And the 70 beautifully-bound pages are accompanied by 17 songs on an accompanying CD, so you can read about and hear the bands at the same time. F*ckin’ Ziggurat!

The Wave Pictures
A Season In Hull

On A Season in Hull, the fourteenth studio album from English rockers The Wave Pictures, the group return to their lo-fi roots. Recorded live with a single microphone, this vinyl LP on Wymeswold Records relies on impeccable songwriting and charming grooves. The immediacy of the recording reminds us just how sharp and witty these guys have always been. Lovely stuff.

The Moles
Tonight’s Music

It's very good to hear Richard Davies's voice again. The man is a true original of skewed oddball antipodean pop music and it's been awhile since we've heard much from him following his string of decent solo albums and great collaboration with Eric Matthews as Cardinal. So like many others he's back using the name of his legendary band who actually didn't release much in their first lifetime so further recordings are much required. Recorded around the world with different musicians this could finally be the opus of great left field pop that Davies has always been threatening to make.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Soundgarden
Louder Than Love

The second album from Soundgarden receives a reissue. Louder Than Love (sadly they backed down on the original title, which was Louder Than Fuck) sits on the more metally side of the grunge spectrum, which was just beginning to firmly coalesce in 1989 when this was released. Vinyl reissue from Universal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Julie Ruin
Hit Reset

Second studio recording from chief Bikini Killer Kathleen Hanna's current ensemble. The Julie Ruin were formed in 2010 and released their debut album 'Run Fast' in September 2013. This new offering expands on that sound, and brings something moodier yet more upbeat, and altogether more personal lyric-wise. Available to pre-order on white or normal coloured wax.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Essential Tremors
The Visitor EP

Jack White’s Third Man Records is well known for it’s nashville tinged love affair with the music world. Essential Tremors epitomise this with their leftfield approach that would prick the ears of fans of groups like The Book of Knots. There’s Tom Waits experimentalism and blues core with electronic swirls and 80s bass tones. Shifty and intriguing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Butch Walker
Stay Gold

Butch Walker has penned songs for all the greats  - Frank Turner, Taylor Swift etc but he also writes tunes for himself. This latest effort will appeal to fans of the lesser spotted these days brand of American 'Cadillac rock' penned by the be-mulleted likes of Bon Jovi, John Cougar Mellencamp and Richard Marx.  

The Buttless Chaps
Cartography


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Purling Hiss
High Bias

High Bias is studio album number six for Purling Hiss. They are the project of Philadelphia-based musician and slacker Mike Polizze. Polizze mixes sludgy grunge, psychedelic shoegaze and lots of guitar solos. Following on from his previous two albums Water On Mars and Weirdon I think it’s probably pretty safe to get excited about this.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Health&Beauty
NO SCARE

Health&Beauty (their spacing) have been around a long, long time (since 2003 in fact) so why are they cutting through now? Well it's perhaps that this version of the band that backed Ryley Walker on his incredible 'Primrose Green'. We know then that they have 'chops'. The music here appears to be jagged indie rock. Let's give 'em a chance eh?   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dinosaur Jr.
Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

Fresh from his recent purchase of a brand new VW Golf, J Mascis returns with his legendary band to prove that he still knows as much about slacker indie rock as he does about best value family hatchbacks. There's a limited coloured vinyl edition that we presume will be just as popular as Volkswagen's flagship brand.      
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spray Paint / EXEK
Split

Spray Paint are an Austin, Texas post-punk group, with a music that is audibly the product of a tight discipline crossed with an ecstatic energy. Here they share a split with Australians Exek, who synth up their post-punk sound. 400 7" copies pressed up for an Australian tour, released by the Homeless label.

Blossoms
Blossoms

Blossoms are an indie band from Stockport. Their stock is rising fast in 2016: they came 4th in the BBC’s new music poll and their first single, At Most A Kiss shot to number one in the iTunes chart. Its follow-up Getaway also proved to be a success and they’ve wowed with an appearance on Later...with Jools Holland. Expect big things with their self-titled debut album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Savoy Motel
Savoy Motel

Members of Savoy Motel have come together after years playing in other bands most notably Cheap Time but here they are enjoying themselves with a kind of slinky take on indie rock that reminds me of a more scratchy Beck or a more sexy the Strokes. All fuzzy guitars and falsetto vocals and feeling rather chuffed with themselves.  

Ed Harcourt
Furnaces

Singer/Songwriter Ed Harcourt has taken on an ambitious project with his latest album Furnaces. Taking a break from writing hits for the likes of James Bay and Paloma Faith, he has enlisted the help of producer Flood to make the colours brighter, the dark bits darker and add an element of danger. Harcourt says his favourite music always runs the gamut of emotions and that’s what he set out to do here. The cover art is by Ralph Steadman, the artist who made Hunter S. Thompson’s books all the more enjoyable.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Rifles
Big Life

The Rifles are one of those bands who do very well for themselves thank you despite generally being under the radar. This is their 5th (!) album of driving anthemic mod-ish pop rock. You can see why they are popular on the live 'circuit'. They better watch out though as this is on Cooking Vinyl, the label where bands go to die.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Interpol
Turn On The Bright Lights

The formidable debut from Interpol, Turn On The Bright Lights, which turns 15 this year. In that early-2000s city environment, the New York post-punk revivalists dished out generous helpings of gloom, brooding vocals and those headily dark basslines that we’re still enjoying now. LP or CD on Matador.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cheena
Spend The Night With...

New York five piece Cheena bring a truly American rock ‘n’ roll sound to the table on their debut album, Spend The Night With….They cook up a glam-tinged sound that falls somewhere between Kiss and the New York Dolls that is also likely to please fans of Royal Trux. On Sacred Bones.

Johnny Foreigner
Mono No Aware

Album the fifth from Birmingham’s Johnny Foreigner, who still sound as hopped-up and energetic as ever, somehow. Mono No Aware barrels along with bouncy riffs and those unbeatable of all dual vocals keeping the fun levels high. Premium noisy indie-pop-punk. Released by the Alcopop! label. Yes come on!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

R.E.M.
Eponymous

New R.E.M. reissues are afoot, getting some of that early I.R.S. Records material back into circulation. Eponymous is a greatest hits compilation covering the band’s career up until the point of its release (1988). Also, several hit songs are presented in alternate versions that are otherwise hard to come across. Reissued by Universal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

R.E.M.
Life's Rich Pageant

New R.E.M. reissues are afoot, getting some of that early I.R.S. Records material back into circulation. Life’s Rich Pageant was the band’s fourth album, first released in 1986, when Stipe and co. were still young, hungry and indie. Includes their cover of The Clique’s song ‘Superman’. Reissued by Universal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Asylums
Killer Brain Waves

Asylums are new and hungry, apparently born of a need to get on with it and make stuff, regardless of outside support. Killer Brain Waves is a fast and thrashy pop-punk that has some feelings about the state of things: and boy is it going to tell you about those feelings… loudly! CD and vinyl editions on Cool Thing, with remarkable brain-microwave sleeve art.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Happy Accidents
You Might Be Right

The latest band to bubble up through the UK’s fertile DIY indie-punk scene is Happy Accidents. Several of the songs on debut full-length You Might Be Right deal with social anxiety, but they do so in a totally non-anxious way: this band sound confident in their own powers. Out on the Alcopop! label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Sisters of Mercy
Vision Thing

Classic Leeds hard-rockers Sisters Of Mercy’s third album, 1990’s Vision Thing, gets the deluxe reissue treatment. Now this is called a Vinyl Collection for a reason: as well as the whole original album on wax (naturally), the box also contains the 3 contemporaneous 12” singles, presented on vinyl as they were meant to be. All 180g too. On Rhino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Faith No More
We Care A Lot: Deluxe Band Edition

This release looks all the way back to 1985 and the debut of original vocalist Chuck Mosley’s Faith No More. We Care A Lot is roughly produced (the band had no money) but full of flavour and 80’s flair. It has been out of print absolutely years, so here comes a Deluxe Band Edition remix with 9 extra tracks of unreleased material. On Koolarrow Records.

Scott & Charlene's Wedding
Delivered

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding are a Melbourne band who play a slackery kind of indie rock. They wear it so naturally that it seems like they might have just tumbled straight out of bed and onto the stage, the loose riffs just pouring off the fingers. It’s got a lovely feel to it. Delivered is out on the Fire label.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wilco
Schmilco

Named sorta in praise of Harry Nilsson, and sorta just because Wilco are enjoying a continued burst of self-contented idiocy (Wilco: The Album anybody? Star Wars?), this record sees the alt-country outfit go largely acoustic, following the quick 'n' loose record before it with more of the same. In recent years the band have rekindled some of the freewheeling countrified magic of their youth, largely doing away with the experimental self-seriousness of their golden era in favour of a more plainspoken approach. I'm sure it'll be nice.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial

Car Seat Headrest is the project of a man (Will Toledo) who is only 23; and yet this is his thirteenth album under the name. With a production ethic like that you know Toledo isn’t messing around, and indeed Teens Of Denial goes straight for the jugular with slacker-punk swagger. And, as the first Car Seat Headrest album to be recorded in proper studio, it sounds great. On Matador.

Phantom Forth
The EEPP

Phantom Forth recorded The EEPP for release on Flying Nun in 1984. It offers an insight into one corner of New Zealand’s low-key DIY underground scene: apparently a dark and shadowy corner judging by the coldwave / post-punk stylings on display here. This Dark Entries reissue is fully remastered, features 2 bonus demos, and comes with original artwork and a poster!

Various
Continental Drift

This release is totally a team effort, with the Fortuna POP! and Slumberland pairing up to release a four-way split between Mercury Girls, Wildhoney, The Spook School and Tigercats. So that’s four different spins on the lively indie-pop sound, dosed with more or less punk, politics and shoegaze depending on the band. Fun, inexpensive variety on CD or blue / white vinyl!

Drive-By Truckers
American Band

Drive-By Truckers celebrate their twentieth anniversary with their eleventh album, very directly titled American Band. It is of course a strange and heavy time to be American, and that’s how the Truckers feel about it. This is a political record that tries to emphasise what's good, over songs that do slightly new things for the Drive-By Truckers. On ATO Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Blind Pilot
And Then Like Lions

It's a sad fact that many of the best album come after periods of loss. Blind Pilot’s Israel Nebeker has cultivated this album after the death of his father and the end of a relationship. Therefore it's going to be a sad affair though at times uplifting as Nebeker looks to the future. Blind Pilot have performed on ‘Ellen’ and ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ shared stages with the Shins, Andrew Bird and Calexico which gives you some idea of where they are coming from. 

Wallpaper
Domestic Landscape Activities

You just know from that title that this has some severe Pavement influences going on. But these ain't new pretenders this is a re-issue from a cassette only release back in 1994 where every college long hair played their guitars sideways and ranted noisily about appliances. This rabble feature folks from New Bad Things who were a fine noise pop outfit. Expect a good mess. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

TTNG
Disappointment Island

Bands putting out an album after a few years is like meeting an old friend: they’ve changed, but you still recognize them. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes not so much. This Town Needs Guns added a member and is now known as TTNG. And thankfully it’s not a let-down at all, despite being called Disappointment Island. The music is wonderfully upbeat, with complex time signature-changes drawing you in to listen closely.

Wymond Miles
Call By Night

Singing with a great sense of drama and intensity, Wymond Miles is finally back with a follow-up to 2013’s Cut Yourself Free. Sandwiching more gentle tracks between grand compositions on the beginning and the end of Call By Night, Miles brings his infectious Americana rock to its full potential.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock