This Burning Age 9.0
The question is if we’ll let the beast out the cage or continue to prod it with a red-hot poker?
The Lucky Jukebox Brigade 9.0
The Lucky Jukebox Brigade has caught my attention, because their particular brand of sound can only be described as innovative. This seven-piece, indie, cabaret group has created a sophomore album, Familiar Fevers, that will dominate their genre, while allowing other styles to catch-up. The cohesiveness of their original material is completely enthralling, and Familiar Fevers is fresh.
This one goes further than the sky in a lot of different respects.
The Homeless Gospel Choir 9.5
I Used To Be So Young
His music packs a punch like a tactical nuke.
Allison Weiss 7.0
The eclectic combination of catchy guitar chords, an upbeat tempo, adorable lyrics and a sense of stark raving mad energy just appeals to me in a way that I cannot explain.
The Sun and the Sea 8.0
After two strong EP’s, the band’s debut album, American Empire, is a welcome addition to their catalog, showing new found growth and evolution.
Crown The Empire 8.0
The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways
Crown The Empire have always been known for their themes and stories of dystopia within their music, but The Resistance takes it to the next level.
La Roux 8.5
Trouble in Paradise
The album is packed full of luscious layers of pop textures amidst the slightly more eccentric pulsating synth tones.
Bad Luck 9.0
If there was one pop punk album you had to buy this year - it would be this one.
A war report on Chicago's current state, Nobody's Smiling is an acute and truthful statement that packs power
Bleachers is a perfect example of what Jack Antonoff, partial operator of power, majestic bands like Steel Train and Fun., is capable of on his own.
Four Year Strong 8.0
Go Down In History
FYS has a way of possessing intensity and structure throughout the EP, toeing the fine line between the aforementioned genres to produce a sound that’s both in your face and has you shouting along.
Real Friends 6.0
Maybe This Place Is The Same And We're Just Changing
A solid pop-punk record that begs the question: Why the hate?
Lowborn is an absolute rollercoaster of emotions that you simultaneously cannot stand and that you hope will never end, all the while knowing that it must.
Suicide Silence 7.5
You Can't Stop Me
Suicide Silence does an excellent job of honoring their former vocalist Mitch Lucker while paving the way for new vocalist Eddie Hermida.
Matthew & Me 7.5
Golden Charms EP
An intimate collection of songs that showcase their blend of indie folk-rock and knack for experimentalism.
Nico Vega 8.0
Lead to Light
They depart from their rock-centered nature and instead opt to create vibrant and melody driven alternative pop/indie pop songs.
The Sun Never Set 9.0
The Sun Never Set EP
Get in on this now so you can say "I knew them when"
The Guru 8.0
I give them my “Indie Stamp of Approval”.
Jason Mraz 7.0
In an industry so wonderfully diverse, there’s always a place for Jason Mraz and this is his statement that he has found peace wherever that is.
An illicit blend of twangy Middle Eastern influences, the racket of a UK garage band, the rhythm of electronic jazz and the soaring melodies of indie folk.
Rise Against 6.0
The Black Market
Alt-punk mainstays stay the course on LP 7
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus 6.5
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus releases relatively spiritual fourth album without being 'too Christian Rock.'
Driver Friendly 9.0
True pop gem that will push the band over the top
Save the Clock Tower 6.5
Fun hardcore with an edge
Starset releases debut album that defies gravity in every possible way.
Sorority Noise 8.5
The band’s debut album, Forgettable, is anything but forgettable, a whirlwind album that will stick with you for months to come.
Slow Club 9.0
Growing musical maturity and the boldness to push boundaries has seen Slow Club produce their strongest album to date.
Mind Equals Blown