Thursday, May 08, 2014
Baby Grandmothers
ST (1968)
Turn this to 6 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Classic rock
Sounds Like: Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Wishbone Ash
Going into this one, our expectations were very high. A psychedelic classic rock album from Sweden that appeared to have fallen through the cracks, very little press and short-lived. After the first listen, the album had various components we often feed into such as long song lengths, raw production...
Monday, October 21, 2013
Backwoods Payback
Momantha (2011)
Turn this to 4.5 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy rock
Sounds Like: Soundgarden, Orange Goblin
Pennsylvania’s Backwoods Payback bring forth a stoner rock album that’s full of heavy rhythms, jams and aggressive percussion that seem to go nowhere. It just doesn’t grab us for some reason. It’s neither really bad nor good; it kind of just floats around and gets lost in the...
Sunday, April 03, 2016
Banned Books
ST (2016)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Noise rock, Math Rock, Indie
Sounds Like: Adebisi Shank, Polvo, You Slut!
Hold on to your hats, Banned Books from Philadelphia has released an impressive full length album. It's chock-full of quirky garage styled noise rock with a ton of Math rock influences. As maddening or heart attack inducing as noise rock can be, Banned Books do a nice job at containing their sound. ...
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Bantam Rooster
Fuck All Ya All (2001)
Crank this to 7.9 of 11
Genre: Garage rock
Sounds Like: Speedball Baby, Honkeyfinger, Brimstone Howl
Having formed in 1994, Bantam Rooster put out 5 albums before calling it quits in 2003. Although they never hit their stride in the popularity arena, the band put an imprint on the garage rock scene. Fans of Bantam Rooster are quite savvy folks from a perspective of what Bantam Rooster brought to th...
Friday, October 18, 2013
Gimmick (1993)
Crank this to 10 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Math Rock
Sounds Like: Drive Like Jehu, The Jesus Lizard, The Mars Volta
In our opinion, Barkmarket are the godfathers of math rock. This three-piece band perfected the genre before anyone and may not, to this day, even have a clue themselves. Gimmick, their second of three masterpiece full-length albums is arguably their best. Jam packed with off-tempo guitar b...
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
III (2019)
Crank this to 9.6 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Psychedelic, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Wolf People, All Them Witches, King Buffalo
Flying high off 2015’s sophomore release Ramble Beyond, Bask from North Carolina soar with their third album simply titled III. Within the past few years we have seen Bask craft their sound as III may be the most polished and well written album of the three. Released...
Friday, March 14, 2014
Battle Of Land And Sea
ST (2008)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Folk, Indie
Sounds Like: Mazzy Star, Laura Marling
The Battle of Land and Sea is a pleasant surprise in the world of folk/indie music. Singer, songwriter and guitarist, Sarah O’Shura is the mastermind behind this project. There are only a few instruments being used throughout this album, giving it a soft and endearing sound, making this somewh...
Monday, July 06, 2015
BC Camplight
How To Die in The North (2015)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Dream psych pop
Sounds Like: Hall and Oates, Wellwater Conspiracy, Flaming Lips
Agreed... this could be one of the weakest album covers we have posted on our site, it seems to have no ties to the intriguing album name, How to Die in the North. Well, we gave it the college try along with the requisite rotations. Frankly, after the first few rotations, this was a difficu...
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Beans And Fatback
Heroine Lovestruck (2015)
Crank this to 9 of 11
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Genre: Indie, Rock, Blues Heavy Swing
Sounds Like: Spanish Gold, Speedball Baby, The Blue Stones
#10 ALBUM OF 2015
Hailing from the land of mayo with fries, herring onion sandwiches, croquettes, smoked eels, dutch cheese,  licorice and some of the finest chocolates in the world emerges Beans & Fatback.  The Amsterdam bas...
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Bear Hands
Burning Bush Supper Club (2010)
Turn this to 6 of 11
Genre: Pop, Alternative
Sounds Like: Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand
Looking for some more pop in your collection? If so, it would be wise to check out Bear Hands. This four-piece band from Brooklyn, NY has an album here that has something for everyone. Burning Bush Supper Club is a feel-good album, loaded with pop songs that have some edge. Opening track "C...
Saturday, March 02, 2019
Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree
Grandmother (2019)
Crank this to 9.9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Spaceslug, ISIS, Les Lekin
Tune in, drop out and let the heaviness of Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree wash over you. After a stellar debut release in Medicine back in 2017, the foursome from Germany have passed along the heavy psych torch to their latest effort, Grandmother. What we find on this album is a ...
Sunday, February 05, 2017
Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree
Medicine (2017)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Psychedelic stoner rock, Doom, Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Arenna, Dead Meadow, Oceansize
Kick back and let this album numb you. The German-based foursome have a knack for slow and steady wins the race. Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree debut album Medicine is aptly titled for its hallucinogenic effect as it is chock full of psychedelia. Psych...
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Before and After Science
Relics and Cycles (2017)
Crank this to 9.8 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: Caspian, Russian Circles, My Sleeping Karma
Post-rock is such an exploratory style of music that often takes the listener to another world. It allows the right (creative) side of the brain to take over and unleash ones inner imaginative thoughts. Relics and Cycles, the first full length from Before and After Science is the latest Pos...
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Ben Beheshty
Earthlings Mixtape 1 (2013)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Alternative, Indie
Sounds Like: Modest Mouse, Frank Zappa
This release from UK’s Ben Beheshty caught us a bit off guard. The album features three attention-grabbing yet awkward tracks of alternative music filled with a sense of improvisation and experimentation. There seems to be a plethora of instruments and samplings used here, from pianos and synt...
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Benny Diction and Able8
Life Moves (2013)
Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap, Jazz
Sounds Like: A Tribe Called Quest, Jurassic 5, Tricky
Tricky meets Tribe Called Quest?... not quite, but there are elements of each that Benny Diction and Able8 meld into their own. A collaboration between two obscure artists native of England and Australia. Infused with smooth jazz hooks and impressive rhyme flow, Life Moves has a fair amount...
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Bent Knee
ST (2012)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Atmospheric rock
Sounds Like: Rasputina, PJ Harvey
Don't let the blah album cover fool you. This is a colorful (albeit with deep black and gray tones) concise, jam packed, theatrical dark journey into the minds of a very talented new band from Boston. While the album is short (38 minutes), it is so full and well produced that you will gleam many dif...
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Space Drifter (2017)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Blues
Sounds Like: Radio Moscow, All Them Witches
Hot off the press, the debt album from Norway’s Bernelius entitled Space Drifter. This one is loaded with hyper-groove fretwork, distorted vocals and infectious melodies. The five-piece band infuse sporadic spoken word that blends familiar Scandinavian deep blues with more classic sto...
Monday, February 24, 2020
Grave Dancer (2020)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Progressive
Sounds Like: Tweak Bird, Queens of the Stoneage, Ruff Majik
In 2017 we were introduced to one of rocks more unusual albums, Space Drifter by Norway’s Bernelius.  Loaded with hyper-groove fretwork, distorted vocals and infectious melodies, this became a staple in our rotation. Three years later we see the anticipated release of their new a...
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Bestial Invasion
Monomania (2019)
Turn this to 6.5 of 11
Genre: Thrash, Heavy metal, Power metal
Sounds Like: King Diamond, Athiest, Helloween
Beastial Invasion from the Ukraine may be on the cusp of breaking into new territories for heavy metal. Monomania, the bands latest release is a frenzy of metal that will test your patience. Beastial Invasion do not rest on one particular metal genre, the album bounces from thrash to power ...
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Beta Radio
Seven Sisters (2010)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Americana, Folk
Sounds Like: The Last Bison, Avett Brothers
The debut album from North Carolina's Beta Radio is a heartfelt genuine blend of Americana and Indie folk. The duo of Benjamin Mabry (vocals, guitar and harmonium) and Brent Holloman (guitar, banjo, piano, glockenspiel, bass, and vocals) is accompanied by a variety of additional talented musicians. ...
Monday, January 08, 2018
Bethlehem Steel
Party Naked Forever (2017)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: The Kills, Coathangers
Booming Brooklyn... the next Austin? Well each year the most populous borough seems to spawn intriguing talent as the music scene expands. In the midst are natives Bethlehem Steel delivering some refreshing heartfelt rock & roll with splashes of punk/hardcore. The foursome’s third release ...
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Big Midget
Crotchwobblers Vol 1 (2018)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Brunt, Queens of the Stoneage
We tend to shy away from albums that are solo projects entailing all instruments coming from one. Perhaps it is a psychological thing with the notion that the instruments are somewhat artificially blended together and the fact that the album was not truly a simultaneous and harmonious production. Ge...
Thursday, August 11, 2016
BigBee of The Whitetree
North American Nomad (2015)
Crank this to 9.2 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Folk, Indie
Sounds Like: Wickerbird, Bon Iver
Mathew J. Bigbee is one talented fellow. His unique folk vision is told under the name BigBee of the Whitetree with only sporadic accompaniment by friends and family. The one man show hails from Seattle Washington and clearly has a love for the wilderness and Native American folk. The BigBee sound c...
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Billy Tsounis
Nefelibata (2014)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock, Experimental
Sounds Like: Ozric Tentacles, Joe Satriani, Laundry
For those of you who like your progressive rock a bit out there and distinctive, take a gander at Southern California guitarist Billy Tsounis’s latest release Nefelibata. This album is a culmination of odd and unique song structures; it often borders Zappa-like offbeat rhythms, Ozric ...
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Twin Language (2013)
Turn this to 4.3 of 11
Genre: Garage rock, Psychedelic pop
Sounds Like: Syd Barrett, The Pretty Things, Pink Floyd
Bipolaroid are an odd psychedelic rock quartet from New Orleans, LA. Their 2013 album Twin Language is a mixed bag, at times we find it appealing and other times it’s just flat out boring. This album is best described as lo-fi garage rock and 60s pop-psychedelia with unusual, somewhat...
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Black Atlantic
Enshrine EP (2013)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Folk, Indie
Sounds Like: Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses
Folk music can have a sense of calmness and give off an aura that can make one feel the artists’ emotions or even self-reflect on occasion. The Black Atlantic, from the Netherlands is a folk band that has many of these traits. Their first release was in 2009 with Fallen Trees than 201...
Monday, October 21, 2013
Black Cobra
Invernal (2011)
Turn this to 5 of 11
Genre: Hardcore, Sludge
Sounds Like: , Cavity, Akimbo
Black Cobra was a pleasant anomaly when they arose from the unfortunate demise of Cavity, the legendary stoner sludge-core band from the late 90’s. They are a two-piece band with only percussion and guitar that could strip the paint from your walls; with their sonic onslaught of fuzz, crushing...
Saturday, August 04, 2018
Black Elephant
Cosmic Blues (2018)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy rock
Sounds Like: Orange Goblin, 7Zuma7, Atomic Bitchwax
Italy’s foursome Black Elephant bring the heavy and bluesy fuzzzz on their latest effort Cosmic Blues. With dirty riffage, bluesy psychedelia and a bit o' boogie, this album hits on all cosmic levels. Released by Small Stone Records, these four gents have a winning formula that j...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Black Hill
Lost Rivers (2017)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Acoustic, Post rock
Sounds Like: Michael Hedges, Erudite Stoner
Guitarist/songwriter Csarnogurszky István from Hungary is one hell of a talent flying under the radar. Going by the alias Musicformessier, he has many side projects, one being Post-rock band Silent Island, which is where we discovered his talents. Another is a solo project known as Black Hill...
Monday, October 14, 2013
Black Light Burns
The Moment You Realize... (2012)
Turn this to 3 of 11
Genre: Alternative rock, Industrial
Sounds Like: Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson
Poor production coupled with a bad karaoke attempt at Trent Reznor and Marilyn Manson make BLB's third album a big flop. Extremely difficult to get through all 15 tracks of this one as there is no consistency or tracks worth a second listen. "Tiger By the Tail" will give you an unintended chuckle......
Friday, November 01, 2019
Black Mastiff
Loser Delusions (2019)
Crank this to 9.6 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Hard rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Queens of the Stoneage, Mother Love Bone, Badlands
Every now and then we come up for air and lift our heads from what is the heavy sonic tundra. While we dive into all genres, we cannot lose sight of what brought us here and that is straight shooting hard rock. Black Mastiff hailing from Edmonton, Alberta have released their third full-length titled...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Black Math Horseman
Wyllt (2009)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Atmospheric metal
Sounds Like: Kylesa, ISIS
Talk about a mood-setting masterpiece... BMH's Wylit is one of the best loner albums to come around in a long time. By loner, we mean it will give you the uncontrollable urge to wander off on your own or take a walk with the headphones into a dark desolate place. BMH's debut is a mature wor...
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Black Moon Circle
Psychedelic Spacelord (2018)
Crank this to 8.1 of 11
Genre: Space rock
Sounds Like: The Allman Brothers, The Flaming Lips
Psychedelic Spacelord features one track spanning nearly 47 minutes. The reality is it’s actually two songs blended, at about halfway through the song comes to a halt and quickly picks back up into steady jam mode. The Norwegian space enthusiasts have been quite prolific putting out their nint...
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Black Road
ST (2017)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Heavy rock
Sounds Like: Molly the Hatchet, Devil Electric
Chicago natives Black Road bring forth the heavy on their debut Self-Titled effort. The foursome dabble with elements of doom rock and heavy blues on this release. Upon first listen we immediately started the comparisons to other female-fronted doom bands like Devil Electric, Molly the Hatchet or De...
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Black Sites
Exile (2019)
Turn this to 5.4 of 11
Genre: Progressive rock
Sounds Like: Moon Tooth, Evergrey, Trivium
Fast thrusting, guitar driven progressive rock is what Chicago natives bring forth on Exile. Black Sites conjure up a blend of 80s metal fused with progressive and Alt rock. Singer and guitarist Mark Sugar has an upfront and demanding vocal approach, a bit rough and raw sounding, every once in a whi...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Black Sleep of Kali
Our Slow Decay (2010)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Heavy rock, Sludge, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: Kylesa, Baroness, Torche
It’s pounding, aggressive, heavy and sludgy... just a few words describing Black Sleep of Kali’s Our Slow Decay album. What makes this a stand out from the crowd is the infectious melody within each song. The vocals are top-notch, with standout belches to harmonized interludes, ...
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Our Brief Encounters (2017)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Post rock
Sounds Like: Caspian, And So I Watch You From Afar
The debut EP from The UK's Blanket entitled Our Brief Encounters delivers some heartfelt indie Post-rock variety. The integration of subtle warm vocals much akin to Sigur Ros or Bon Iver and sporadic spoken word adds a bit more texture than the garden variety Post-rock debut. Blanket hold t...
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Bleeding Mountains
Illumination (2019)
Crank this to 10 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Stonerrock, Progressive metal, Post metal
Sounds Like: Red Scalp, Appolonia, JIRM
For a band to have two albums under their belt with an abundance of texture and original cloth is down right impressive. The trio from Stockholm Sweden have crafted something very special within the four tracks of Illumination. For one, they have cemented us as fans for as long as they cont...
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Blind Horse
Patagonia (2017)
Turn this to 6.1 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock, Blues
Sounds Like: Bullet Boys, Wolfmother, Bad Wizard
How does something go from utter brilliance to a spiral downward into the shitter? It is a phenomena we cannot quite figure out with Blind Horse’s sophomore release Patagonia. In a nutshell, the album starts off with perhaps one of our favorite tracks of the year in "Patagonia". A fif...
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Blood Fire Moon
Ready to Roll (2017)
Turn this to 5.1 of 11
Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: , Tumbleweed
What a great album cover to lure us in, it’s vibrant and what’s not to like about a skull and a crow? We thought this could be some new fuzz to add to our heavy rotation. However, the debut EP from The Netherlands-based BolldFireMoon is far from all fuzzy, it’s a mid-tempo rock alb...
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Blood Folke
III (2018)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Doom
Sounds Like: My Dying Bride, Agalloch
We have been on the prowl for some unique atmospheric doom. Blood Folke hailing form St. Paul Minnesota quenched our thirst with a folking solid third release. A step above their previous releases as this one holds fast to their picturesque landscape of mellow darkness and goth undertones. Terrific ...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
ST (2016)
Crank this to 10 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Progressive metal, Sludge
Sounds Like: Dripping Goss, Young Widows, Swans
We could have easily glossed over this new release. With a band name like ‘Bloodiest’ you can't blame certain music enthusiasts for thinking death metal, lack of contrast, and incessant high decibels. Oh contraire mon frère, this ain’t no fargin bludgeoning one level metal a...
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
ST (2012)
Turn this to 6 of 11
Genre: Alternative rock
Sounds Like: , Wolfmother
Emerging from the depths of Minneapolis we welcome Bloodnstuff, a two-piece rock outfit combining alternative and progressive rock that is sure catch the attention of many music enthusiasts. Their style is a heavy driven groove, with countless change-ups along with clear and distinguished power voca...
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
St. Ranga (2017)
Turn this to 6.1 of 11
Genre: Sludge, Heavy rock, Punk
Sounds Like: Beast in the Field, Red Fang
We are always timid with albums that have a comical edge. The Focus and Scatterbrain's of the world are hard to come by and are far and few between. There is a psychology to comedy laced albums that invariably downplays any fretwork prowess they may have. Welcome Bloodnut hailing from New Zealand an...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Blue Aside
The Orange Tree (2016)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Doom, Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Opeth, Ethereal Riffian
The Boston based trio Blue Aside has found a way to slip under the radar even though one of our offices is located just outside bean-town. The band delivers what we like to call cathartic doom. The five track EP features steady and relaxing rhythms that will comfort your mindset. What Blue Aside exc...
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Bodies Of Water
A Certain Feeling (2008)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Indie, Folk Rock
Sounds Like: Lost in the Trees, Dark Dark Dark, Polyphonic Spree
What a perfectly titled album. A Certain Feeling will drown you in delight after the first full listen and certainly evoke a unique feeling. Bodies of Water capture the revival hippie era and blend it into something very much their own. The theatrical nature of this album is so exceptional ...
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Body Thief
Travel Glow (2019)
Crank this to 8.3 of 11
Genre: Post-Hardcore, Emo
Sounds Like: Circa Survive, Coheed and Cambria, Mars Volta
Body Thief’s sophomore release Travel Glow is an upgrade for clarity, contrast and more pinpoint fretwork over their debut album Speak in Hibernation (2015). As much of the emo post-hardcore sound can overwhelm you with its incessant piercing vocals, Hawkins does a nice job w...
Monday, October 29, 2018
Bog Wizard
Campaign (2018)
Turn this to 5.9 of 11
Genre: Doom
Sounds Like: Khemmis, Conan, Om
A two piece doom band hailing from Michigan is something we will aways entertain. Bog Wizard’s debut was apparently in the works for over a decade built off of weekend jam sessions between Ben and Harlen. The EP is intriguing at first listen primarily due to its dark tones and prodding rhythms...
Sunday, May 08, 2016
Prism Cinema (2016)
Crank this to 9.4 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Shoegaze, Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: The Stone Roses, Swervedriver, Stereophonics
Aaaaahhh, we have been searching high and low for a well-produced album that features swirling guitars and a talented frontman. Bokonon based out of LA, offer up a unique blend of shoegaze and psychedelia that will calm your soul. The album is consistent and does not waiver from its delivery of expa...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Metrics of Affection (2013)
Turn this to 6 of 11
Genre: Pop
Sounds Like: Bastille, Passenger
Well we guess it is somewhat debatable. Is this pop or is this contemporary folk? With the influx of contemporary folk bands since the success of Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons we feel we can be critical and decisive here. Bombadil are a pop group with folk roots being from North Carolina. The ...
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Book of Wyrms
Sci fi Fantasy (2017)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Space metal
Sounds Like: Windhand, Lucifer
Space metal, another intriguing genre has caught our attention after discovering doom metal artist Book of Wyrms. The five-piece band from Richmond, Virginia has released a very exciting debut in Sci-Fi Fantasy through the up and coming label Full Review and Listen
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Indra (2018)
Turn this to 5 of 11
Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: Bullet Boys, Fire Down Below
The latest from Argentina’s Bort is a high flying rock album with a boatload of energy. The foursome throw down some late 80s, early 90s influenced rock on Indra. If you like a little cheese in your hard rock, than Indra is for you. The full-bodied sound of Bort is like an OK...
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Breeder (2014)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Math Rock, Progressive
Sounds Like: The Rapture, The Mars Volta, The Sounds of Animals Fighting
Porno-stache lead singer with a strong stage presence blessed with pipes that remind us of the lead singer of Mars Volta (Cedric Bixler-Zavala) accompanied by one hell of a drummer from Berklee make for a very intriguing band and a very entertaining live show. We caught these guys opening for ...And...
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Breakfast in Fur
Flyaway Garden (2015)
Turn this to 5.9 of 11
Genre: Indie, Rock, Dream pop
Sounds Like: Pale Saints, Lush, Cranes
Hailing from New Paltz, New York, artist enthusiasts, Breakfast in Fur, deliver a lackluster 36 minute foray through the world of dream pop, indie rock and shoegaze. Named after a famous 1936 sculpture by Meret Oppenheim, Breakfast in Fur continue the artistic theme with their album title 'Flyaway G...
Monday, October 27, 2014
Breaking Grace
Redemption Road (2014)
Turn this to 2 of 11
Genre: Alternative rock, Hard rock, Post-grunge
Sounds Like: Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Staind
We would be lying if we said the post-grunge hard rock genre was one of our favorites. The genre is characterized by over-dramatic lyrics and aggressive testosterone infused riffs. The genre has been led by bands such as Staind, Shinedown, Seether, Alter Bridge, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Breaking ...
Friday, October 18, 2013
Brightblack Morning Light
ST (2006)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Modern Folk, Psychedelic folk
Sounds Like: Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective
Mellow, mellow, lazy vocals accompanied with a hippie and sometimes Native American-like feel. Brightblack Morning Light self-titled album is definitely a unique one that fosters a subdued feeling of open outdoor space. Don’t look for any peaks or intensity on this album, it is a steady simmer...
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Broken Fences
ST (2012)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Folk
Sounds Like: The Civil Wars, First Aid Kit
Talented male/female (Guy/Morgan) duo hailing from Pennsylvania, Broken Fences, have put forth an impressive debut. This album is filled with haunting lyrics and harmonies that blend quite naturally. If you are fans of Americana folk legends Simon & Garfunkel to the modern genius of The Civil Wa...
Friday, November 15, 2013
Broken Water
Tempest (2012)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Shoegaze
Sounds Like: Pixies, Cell, Pale Saints
Broken Water's sophomore album Tempest sounds as if it took just one take to make in a low budget studio. We got beyond the lo-fi production on this one pretty quickly and realized that it's an impressive 30 minutes of fuzz appeal. This is the type of band that will pop up on some random ni...
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Brother Giant
ST (2016)
Turn this to 4.1 of 11
Genre: Hard rock
Sounds Like: Five Finger Death Punch, Adema, Soil
Brother Giant from Sweden are a melting pot of current heavy rock acts; you will hear everything from Soil to Five Finger Death Punch and even a touch of Nickleback. They really don’t bring anything new to the table, yet they occasional have good rhythm breakdowns scattered throughout. We&rsqu...
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Brown Bird
Salt for Salt (2011)
Turn this to 6 of 11
Genre: Contemporary folk
Sounds Like: The Civil Wars, Blitzen Trapper, Bright Eyes
Male/female folk duo hailing from Rhode Island with their first full length. The album features terrific violin, acoustic guitar and banjo work, but our major frustration is the sultry female voice of Morgan Eve is not prevalent enough as the best tracks feature her support and harmony. Unfortunatel...
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Brown Widow
India Ink (2016)
Crank this to 9.1 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Indie, Folk
Sounds Like: Polyphonic Spree, Blind Melon, Bright Eyes
The debut album from Brown Widow entitled India Ink deserves your attention. The seven piece folk rock band hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina have put out an extremely entertaining and emotional album. The album is packed with very unique vocals accompanied by very tight acoustic guit...
Friday, March 21, 2014
Brujas del Sol
Moonliner (2013)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Neo-Psychadelic rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like: 35007, Monster Magnet, Hawkwind
While Neo-psychedelic rock may not be a new genre, more and more bands are finding themselves classified here. The music is influenced by the psychedelic music of the 1960’s, from such bands as Pink Floyd or Hawkwind. These artists brought to the fore front the styles of spaced-out, distorted ...
Thursday, March 31, 2016
ST (2014)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Sludge, Instrumental
Sounds Like: Les Lekin, Mother Engine, Colour Haze
Hailing from an island off the coast of Normandy called Guernsey? First off where the hell is that? And why have we never heard of this place? We are not the most well read crew on the planet, but seriously when did this place pop up on the map? Not only has Brunt opened us up to a new mystical land...
Monday, October 24, 2016
Blackbeard (2016)
Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre: Stoner rock, Instrumental, Sludge
Sounds Like: Sleep, Mother Engine
We need calm in our lives. Activities that can provide an escape and take our mind away from the everyday tensions that fester in our bodies. We find instrumental sludge to often be the deep tissue massage of the heavy music world. Steady, methodical, deep, and driving. The folks at Brunt have relea...
Monday, June 19, 2017
Graze Anatomy (2017)
Crank this to 9.7 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre: Heavy rock
Sounds Like: Pissed Jeans, The Jesus Lizard, Indian Handcrafts
The debut full length from Buffalode could be one of the most entertaining heavy rock albums to be released this year. The duo from Lincoln, UK consists of Chris Thompson (Guitar/Vocals) and Scott Nairn (Drums) and together they form a unique blend of raw heaviness. What drew is in was the offbeat a...
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Builders and the Butchers
Dead Reckoning (2011)
Turn this to 6.5 of 11
Genre: Folk Rock
Sounds Like: Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes
This band pumps out a lot of folk emotion with cool lyrics and pretty deep subject matter. Five members and a ton of special guests. With heavy acoustic guitars as the lead, mix in some mandolin, jambone, organ and harmonica for a pretty unique folk production. For some reason, their home state of O...
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Bumper Jacksons
Sweet Mama Sweet Daddy Come In (2014)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Americana swing, Delta blues
Sounds Like: Royal Crown Revue, Squirrel Nut Zippers
The Bumper Jacksons is an eclectic group of seven members based out of Washington, D.C. featuring the clarinet trombone, banjo, washboard, bass, pedal steel and a variety of unique percussion. Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy Come In is filled with great folk harmonies and fun swing party rag-time m...
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Burn In Hell
Dr Awkward (2012)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Saloon rock, Caberet
Sounds Like: Black 47, Flogging Molly
The sophomore release from Melbourne Australia’s Burn In Hell is a very convoluted channel for Gary Hallenan to shine on keyboards. The backbone of this album is the saloon landscape keyboard work that drives the melodies to this dark gothic release aptly titled ‘Dr. Awkward&rsq...
Monday, May 06, 2019
Never Decide (2019)
Crank this to 9.4 of 11
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Genre: Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Salems Pot, Ruff Majik
Hailing from Greece, Bus the Unknown Secretary (BUS for short) have released one of this years most intriguing heavy albums with Never Decide. The four-piece throw a bus load of metal influences into this album; you’ll hear classic metal rhythms and stoner rock swagger to doom and blu...