February 2018 Alt Col Picks

Plenty of great records were released in February, so here are our favorite albums of the month! (In no particular order.) Want a Spotify playlist? Click here!

  • Senses Fail – If There Is Light, It Will Find You

Senses Fail returns to release their seventh studio album If There Is Light, It Will Find You. If There Is Light straddles the lines between screamo, pop punk, post-hardcore, and traces of emo. The heartfelt lyricism concerning growth, American society, and nostalgia is bound to punch you right in the gut. Standout tracks include “New Jersey Makes, The World Takes,” “Gold Jacket, Green Jacket…,” and “If There Is Light, It Will Find You.” If There Is Light, It Will Find You is sure to satisfy followers of A Day to Remember, The Story So Far, and The Dangerous Summer. Click here to listen.

  • Don Broco – Technology

Don Broco’s slick brand of alternative pop rock has been dialed up to deliver some of their heaviest material to date. Raucous distortion and buoyant rhythms fill Technology to the brim with undeniable energy, bite, and charisma. While the track listing is admittedly a bit bloated, there is plenty to admire on this hard-hitting release. Standout tracks include “Everybody,” “Come Out to LA,” and “Stay Ignorant.” Technology will appeal to fans of Sylar, Issues, and Canterbury. Click here to listen.

  • Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending

Franz Ferdinand recrudesces on their recent record Always Ascending, offering up some smooth, fresh disco-rock. With funky grooves and danceable melodies, Always Ascending takes the band to tasteful new heights despite the departure of founding member Nick McCarthy. Standout tracks include “Always Ascending,” “Feel the Love Go,” “Lazy Boy,” and “Finally.” Always Ascending is sure to attract followers of Arcade Fire, The Voidz, and Spoon. Click here to listen.

  • MGMT – Little Dark Age

The experimental mixture of pop, funk, psychedelia, synth-pop, and jangle rock defines MGMT’s latest outing titled Little Dark Age. Little Dark Age pulls you in with its kaleidoscopic allure on the opener and holds you in a colorful trance to the last second of the closer. It’s hypnotic and increasingly interesting with every listen. Standout tracks include “Me and Michael,” “She Works Out Too Much,” and “Little Dark Age.” Little Dark Age will capture listeners of Saint Motel, The Aces, and Portugal. The Man. Click here to listen.

  • Story Untold – Waves

After changing their name and signing with Hopeless Records, Story Untold made it clear they meant business. Waves displays the band refining their pop rock sound and proving they’re here to stay between catchy hooks, anthemic choruses, and outstanding guitar work. Standout tracks include “Delete,” “California,” and “All the Same (Once a Liar, Always a Liar).” Waves is sure to interest fans of All Time Low, With Confidence, and Makeout. Click here to listen.

  • Hockey Dad – Blend Inn

The cut-loose indie garage rock of Hockey Dad’s Blend Inn is characterized by crunchy guitars, punchy percussion, and soaring melodies that are insanely delectable and undoubtedly impressive. The tracklist is packed with countless gems – every tune is rapturous. Standout tracks include “Join the Club, “I Wanna Be Everybody,” “Disappoint Me,” and “Stalker.” Blend Inn is bound to attract listeners of Surf Curse, Bad//Dreems, and Dumb Punts. Click here to listen.

  • Make Out Monday – Visions of Hollywood

Make Out Monday’s fun-loving style of pop rock is animated and enticing on their debut full-length Visions of Hollywood. Released on Valentine’s Day, Visions is outlined by songs of heartbreak and love but also lively party tunes bound to keep you dancing. Standout tracks include “Bullet For Your Sweetheart,” “Desirae,” and “Shake It Like a Polaroid.” Visions of Hollywood will capture fans of All Time Low, Mayday Parade (ALIR era), and 5 Seconds of Summer. Click here to listen.

  • Brian Fallon – Sleepwalkers

Sleepwalkers is the sophomore solo record of The Gaslight Anthem’s frontman Brian Fallon. Fallon’s signature gravelly vocal timbre always adds an underlying sense of soul and earnestness to his already emotional songwriting, and that statement surely extends to his latest material on Sleepwalkers, a hearty and profound listen that is sure to hit you in “the feels.” Standout tracks include “If Your Prayers Don’t Get to Heaven,” “Forget Me Not,” and “See You On the Other Side.” Sleepwalkers will appeal to followers of The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause, and The Menzingers. Click here to listen.

  • Superchunk – What a Time to Be Alive

Standout tracks include “What a Time to Be Alive,” “Break the Glass,” and “Reagan Youth.” What a Time to Be Alive is for fans of Archers of Loaf, Guided By Voices, and Dismemberment Plan. Click here to listen.

  • Neon Insect – Glitches

Standout tracks include “Thoughtcrimes,” “IDC,” and “To the Moon and Back (feat. Twill Distilled).” Glitches is for fans of Hemmingway, DNPQ, and Newenx. Click here to listen.

  • Dashboard Confessional – Crooked Shadows

Standout tracks include “We Fight,” “Heart Beat Here,” “Open My Eyes (feat. Lindsey Stirling),” and “Catch You.” Crooked Shadows is for fans of The Spill Canvas, Taking Back Sunday, and Straylight Run. Click here to listen.

  • Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)

Standout tracks include “My Boy (Twin Fantasy),” “Nervous Young Inhumans,” and “Cute Thing.” Twin Fantasy (Face to Face) is for fans of Chastity Belt, Parquet Courts, and Waxahatchee. Click here to listen.

  • AWOLNATION – Here Come the Runts

Standout tracks include “Seven Sticks of Dynamite,” “Handyman,” and “Passion.” Here Come the Runts is for fans of New Politics, Atlas Genius, and Grouplove. Click here to listen.

  • Anna Burch – Quit the Curse

Standout tracks include “2 Cool 2 Care,” “Tea-Soaked Letter,” and “In Your Dreams.” Quit the Curse is for fans of Dream Wife, Alvvays, and Phoebe Bridges. Click here to listen.

  • The Plot In You – Dispose

Standout tracks include “Feel Nothing,” “Not Just Breathing,” and “Disposable Fix.” Dispose is for fans of Like Moths to Flames, The Color Morale, and Secrets. Click here to listen.

  • The Wombats – Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life

Standout tracks include “Turn,” “I Don’t Know Why I Like You But I Do, and “Lemon to a Knife Fight.” Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is for fans of The Vaccines, The Pigeon Detectives, and The Kooks. Click here to listen.

  • Ought – Room Inside the World

Standout tracks include “Disgraced in America,” “Desire,” and “These 3 Things.” Room Inside the World is for fans of Parquet Courts, Preoccupations, and Iceage. Click here to listen.

  • Pop Evil – Pop Evil

Standout tracks include “Waking Lions,” “A Crime to Remember,” and “Be Legendary.” Pop Evil is for fans of Saving Abel, Royal Bliss, and Art of Dying. Click here to listen.

  • I’m With Her – See You Around

Standout tracks include “Game to Lose,” “See You Around,” and “Ain’t That Fine.” See You Around is for fans of The Stray Birds, Sara Jarosz, and Nickel Creek. Click here to listen.

  • Slaves – Beautiful Death

Standout tracks include “True Colors,” “The Pact,” and “Deadly Conversations.” Beautiful Death is for fans of Issues, Picturesque, and Too Close to Touch. Click here to listen.

  • We Were Sharks – Lost Touch

Standout tracks include “Beyond Repair,” “Ashley,” and “Stay.” Lost Touch is for fans of Forever Came Calling, Carousel Kings, and Seaway. Click here to listen.

  • Caroline Rose – Loner

Standout tracks include “Money,” “More of the Same,” and “Soul No. 5.” Loner is for fans of TORRES, Anna Burch, and Big Thief. Click here to listen.

  • Screaming Females – All At Once

Standout tracks include “Glass House,” “Black Moon,” and “I’ll Make You Sorry.”  All At Once is for fans of Sleater-Kinney, Superchunk, and Jeff Rosenstock. Click here to listen.

  • American Pleasure Club – A Whole F**king Lifetime of This

Standout tracks include “this is heaven & id die for it,” “new years eve,” and “all the lonely nights in your life.” A Whole F**king Lifetime of This is for fans of Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else, salvia palth, and Elvis Depressedly. Click here to listen.


Extended Plays
  • Off Road Minivan – Spiral Gaze

Standout tracks include “Spiral Gaze and “Glow.” Spiral Gaze is for fans of Household, Hearts Like Lions, and LOYALS. Click here to listen.

  • The Oh Hellos – Eurus

Standout tracks include “Eurus” and “O Sleeper.” Eurus is for fans of Twin Forks, Drew Holcomb, and Great Lake Swimmers. Click here to listen.

  • Familiar Things – Fade Into the Scenery

Standout tracks include “October and “Meant A Lot.” Fade Into the Scenery is for fans of Chase This City, All Year Round, and Seasonal. Click here to listen.

  • Ride – Tomorrow’s Shore

Standout tracks include “Catch You Dreaming and “Pulsar.” Tomorrow’s Shore is for fans of Slowdive, Chapterhouse, and Teenage Fanclub. Click here to listen.

  • Facing Fire – Facing Fire

Standout tracks include “Dying Inside” and “Overcome.” Facing Fire is for fans of Stone Broken, DED, and Sons of Texas. Click here to listen.

  • The Anchor – Make It Last

Standout tracks include “September” and “Make It Last.” Make It Last is for fans of Light the Fire, If I Were You, and Monument of A Memory. Click here to listen.

Let us know what you think of February’s releases down in the comments below!


January 2018 Alt Col Picks

A lot of great albums were released in January, so here are our favorite records of the month! (In no particular order.) Want a Spotify playlist? Click here!

  • The Dangerous Summer – The Dangerous Summer

The Dangerous Summer returns from their nearly 5-year-long hiatus to unleash their fiery self-titled record, proving they still have the poignancy and musicianship to deliver another outstanding full-length. The Dangerous Summer is intense, emotional, and hard-hitting, both lyrically and musically. Standout tracks include “Fire,” “Ghosts,” and “When I Get Home.” The Dangerous Summer will appeal to fans of The Wonder Years, Sorority Noise, and The Gaslight Anthem. Click here to listen.

  • Waterparks – Entertainment

Waterparks’ unique blend of pop punk and electronic power pop is expanded upon and further refined on their sophomore effort Entertainment. Entertainment is undoubtedly entertaining between its anthemic choruses, syrupy synth melodies, and crunchy guitar riffs. Standout tracks include “Blonde,” “Not Warriors,” “We Need to Talk,” and “Rare.” Entertainment is sure to attract followers of As It Is, Against the Current, and PVRIS. Click here to listen.

  • Dream Wife – Dream Wife

Raucous guitar work, blazing vocal performances, and punchy lyricism define the debut long-player from the genre-fusing band Dream Wife. Dream Wife amalgamates garage rock, pop, and punk with their riot-inducing songwriting to create a fierce mixture of empowering attitude and kickass stamina. Standout tracks include “Let’s Make Out,” “Hey Heartbreaker,” and “Somebody.” Dream Wife is sure to satisfy followers of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, girlpool, and The Sounds. Click here to listen.

  • Tonight Alive – Underworld

Tonight Alive recrudesces with their trademark variety of heavy pop rock and powerful vocals, and Underworld captures their strengths better than ever before. Bombastic anthems and searing slow burners give Underworld diversity, and the real spotlight goes to Jenna McDougall’s stellar choral abilities. Standout tracks include “Disappear (feat. Lynn Gunn of PVRIS),” “Temple,” and “Crack My Heart.” Underworld will capture listeners of Mallory Knox, Deaf Havana, and PVRIS. Click here to listen.

  • Phillip Phillips – Collateral

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips cemented himself as one of the few musicians who really “makes it” post-Idol by scoring big radio hits through his authentic brand of folk pop with inflections of rock sprinkled throughout. On Collateral, Phillips flexes his rock edge to the fullest extent and crafts a solid pop rock record bound to interest a wide array of audiences. Standout tracks include “Miles,” “Magnetic,” “My Name,” and “Sand Castles.” Collateral is sure to interest fans of Daughtry, The Fray, and Pearl Jam. Click here to listen.

  • EDEN – vertigo

The organic instrumentation combined with electronic elements elevates EDEN’s debut full-length vertigo to exciting and refreshing heights. With catchy synth hooks and mellow acoustic guitar timbres, vertigo offers something new and yet something for everyone on each track. Standout tracks include “gold,” “crash,” “take care,” and “start//end.” vertigo will appeal to listeners of Lauv, gnash, and FAMY. Click here to listen.

  • The Academic – Tales From the Backseat

Colorful guitar melodies and vibrant production melds with passionate lyricism and infectious vocal hooks to craft The Academic’s indie rock freshman release Tales From the Backseat. Tales has a youthful attitude about it, offering up carefree anthems ready for summer drives with the windows down. Standout tracks include “Different,” “Bear Claws,” and “Fake ID.” Tales From the Backseat is bound to attract listeners of Walk the Moon, Grouplove, and WATERS. Click here to listen.

  • BØRNS – Blue Madonna

Smooth electro-pop artist BØRNS cultivates another outstanding record filled to the brim with energy and style. Blue Madonna showcases the singer exercising his slick falsetto and pop sensibility in a daydreamy soundscape composed of electrifying synths and saccharine guitar work. Standout tracks include “Faded Heart,” “God Save Our Young Blood,” and “Sweet Dreams.” Blue Madonna will capture fans of Saint Motel, Broods, and MisterWives. Click here to listen.

  • Fall Out Boy – M A  N   I    A

Standout tracks include “The Last of the Real Ones,” “Heaven’s Gate,” and “Hold Me Tight or Don’t.” M A  N   I    A is for fans of Panic! at the Disco, Set It Off, and New Politics. Click here to listen.

  • Tiny Moving Parts – Swell

Standout tracks include “Caution,” “Applause,” and “Wildfire.” Swell is for fans of Seaway, Modern Baseball, and Knuckle Puck. Click here to listen.

  • Porches – The House

Standout tracks include “Find Me,” “W Longing,” and “Leave the House.” The House is for fans of LANY, Wild Ones, and Heart of Gold. Click here to listen.

  • Super Whatevr – Never Nothing

Standout tracks include “For You,” “Telelelevision,” and “Bloomfield.” Never Nothing is for fans of The Technicolors, Vinyl Theatre, and Catfish & the Bottlemen. Click here to listen.

  • Speak Low If You Speak Love – Nearsighted

Standout tracks include “Enough,” “Contrasting Colors,” and “Cannot Have It All.” Nearsighted is for fans of The Middle Ground, Hussey, and Faces Like Flint. Click here to listen.

  • First Aid Kit – Ruins

Standout tracks include “Fireworks,” “It’s a Shame,” and “Ruins.” Ruins is for fans of Great Lake Swimmers, The Head and the Heart, and Chris DuPont. Click here to listen.

  • Into the Great Divide – Into the Great Divide

Standout tracks include “Chapter 4: Tests & Enemies,” “Chapter 5: Challenge Accepted,” and “Chapter 2: A Call to Adventure.” Into the Great Divide is for fans of Saor, Kauan, and Nechochwen. Click here to listen.

  • Anderson East – Encore

Standout tracks include “All On My Mind,” “Girlfriend,” and “Cabinet Door.” Encore is for fans of St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Muddy Magnolias, and Hozier. Click here to listen.

  • Young Dreams – Waves 2 You

Standout tracks include “Wildwind,” “My Brain On Love,” and “Somebody Else.” Waves 2 You is for fans of Passion Pit, Mutemath, and Bloody Beach. Click here to listen.

  • Moon Taxi – Let the Record Play

Standout tracks include “Two High,” “Not Too Late,” and “Keep Me Coming.” Let the Record Play is for fans of The Colourist, COIN, and The Mowgli’s. Click here to listen.

  • Django Django – Marble Skies

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Standout tracks include “Beam Me Up,” “Tic Tac Toe,” and “Marble Skies.” Marble Skies is for fans of Young Dreams, Franz Ferdinand, and Chairlift. Click here to listen.

  • Of Mice & Men – Defy

Standout tracks include “Defy,” “Back to Me,” and “Warzone.”  Defy is for fans of Crown the Empire, Memphis May Fire, and We As Human. Click here to listen.

  • They Might Be Giants – I Like Fun

Standout tracks include “I Left My Body,” “Let’s Get This Over With,” and “Push Back the Hands.” I Like Fun is for fans of The Long Winters, Ok Go, and The Mountain Goats. Click here to listen.

  • Cane Hill – Too Far Gone

Standout tracks include “Lord of Flies,” “Too Far Gone,” and “It Follows.” Too Far Gone is for fans of Beartooth, Sworn In, and Of Mice & Men. Click here to listen.


Extended Plays
  • Zoology – Bloom

Chill, guitar-driven indie pop. (DEFINITELY worth your time.) Standout tracks include “100°,” “Portland,” and “Waterfalls.” Bloom is for fans of pineview, Petit Biscuit, and Anna of the North. Click here to listen.

  • The Neighbourhood – To Imagine

Standout tracks include “Scary Love” and “Compass.” To Imagine is for fans of Lauv, LANY, and, like, blackbear…? Click here to listen.

  • Lizzy Farrall – All I Said Was Never Heard

Standout tracks include “Broken Toy and “Better With.” All I Said Was Never Heard is for fans of Gardenhead, Julien Baker, and The Accidentals. Click here to listen.

  • Persei – 117 Whatever Street

Standout tracks include “Sanity and “Mess.” 117 Whatever Street is for fans of Welman, LEDGES, and First Time In Color. Click here to listen.

Let us know what you think of January’s releases down in the comments below!

December 2017 Alt Col Picks

Some great records were released in December, so here are our favorite albums and EPs of the month! We are doing a shortened version of our monthly picks in this post due to the holidays and small amount of releases. Thank you! (In no particular order.) Want a Spotify playlist? Click here!

  • Pacific Radio – Pretty, but Killing Me

Cut-loose indie rock with overflowing energy. Standout tracks include “Camaro,” “Katie,” and “Tight Jeans.” Pretty, but Killing Me is for fans of The Noise FM, Catfish & the Bottlemen, and Grouplove. Click here to listen.

  • Keep It Quiet – Lonely Weather

Poignant, hard-hitting rock with infectious riffs. Standout tracks include “Black & Blue,” “Too Far Away from Me,” and “Screaming With No Sound.” Lonely Weather is for fans of Under Fire, Sum 41, and A Day to Remember. Click here to listen.

  • So Soon, the Truth – Familiar Violence

Emotional rock with seasoned musicianship and well-crafted songwriting. Standout tracks include “Exit Wounds,” “Separation Anxiety,” and “Perfect Star.” Familiar Violence is for fans of Stolas, Too Close to Touch, and Hail the Sun. Click here to listen.

Extended Plays
  • Eat Your Heart Out – Mind Games

Standout tracks include “Conscience (feat. Patrick Miranda),” “Better Late Than Never,” and “Cellophane.” Mind Games is for fans of Sincerely, Me, Knuckle Puck, and Man Overboard. Click here to listen.

  • The Oh Hellos – Notos

Standout tracks include covers of “Torches,” “On the Mountain Tall,” and “Constellations.” Notos is for fans of Twin Forks, Drew Holcomb, and Great Lake Swimmers. Click here to listen.

  • Forget Your Friends – Spells.

Standout tracks include “Comfortably Uncomfortable” and “California Gloom.” Spells. is for fans of Eat Your Heart Out, The White Noise, and Greywind. Click here to listen.

  • Bootstraps – To Each His Own

Standout tracks include “Younger and “Dyed in the Wool.” To Each His Own is for fans of EDEN, The xx, and LANY. Click here to listen.


  • The Dear Hunter – All Is As All Should Be

Standout tracks include “The Right Wrong,” “Shake Me (Awake),” and “Blame Paradise.” All Is As All Should Be is for fans of Coheed & Cambria, Forgive Durden, and Circa Survive. Click here to listen.


Featured Singles
  • Guide Dog – “Egos With Genitals”

“Egos With Genitals” is for fans of Glass Towers, Car Seat Headrest, and Remo Drive. Click here to listen.

  • The Tates – “Water”

“Water” is for fans of COIN, Scavenger Hunt, and Walk the Moon. Click here to listen.

  • Bedroom Talk – “Complacent”/”Worried”

“Letters to Our Former Selves” is for fans of The Story So Far, Knuckle Puck, and Sleep On It. Click here to listen.

  • ARGRPH – “Llosgi Me”/”Llawn”

“Llosgi Me”/”Llawn” is for fans of Yellow Ostrich, Half Moon Run, and Local Natives. Click here to listen.


Let us know what you think of December’s releases down in the comments below!