June 2018 Alt Col Picks

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

  • 5 Seconds of Summer – Youngblood

After nearly three years, 5SOS recrudesces to deliver their most experimental and mature record yet. Youngblood is expertly characterized by moody guitar melodies, pensive atmosphere, and stellar vocal performances contributed by  all members of the band. Standout tracks include “Babylon,” “Better Man,” “Midnight,” “Talk Fast,” and “Moving Along,” but every song is amazing! Youngblood will appeal to fans of All Time Low, The Vamps, Fall Out Boy, and Imagine Dragons. Click here to listen.

  • Snail Mail – Lush

At the age of 18, Lindsey Jordan unleashes her debut record Lush, defined by the charming contrast of raucous distorted and smoothly crisp guitar timbres as well as heartfelt lyricism. The earnest verses are ultimately complemented by Jordan’s ardent and undoubtedly commendable vocal displays. Standout tracks include “Heat Wave,” “Pristine,” “Full Control,” and “Let’s Find An Out.” Lush is bound to satisfy followers of Kississippi, Soccer Mommy, and Anna Burch. Click here to listen.

  • Florence + the Machine – High As Hope

Florence Welch provides her most personal and vulnerable material to date on Florence + the Machine’s fourth studio album High As Hope. High As Hope is outlined by organic instrumentation, luscious background vocals, and the powerhouse delivery of Welch, but the most compelling aspect of this release is her raw, emotional exposition. Standout tracks include “Hunger,” “Sky Full of Song,” “Patricia,” and “Big God.” High As Hope is sure to attract listeners of Alice Merton, London Grammar, and Lily Allen. Click here to listen.

  • State Champs – Living Proof

State Champs returns on their third studio LP Living Proof, offering up sticky hooks and hard-hitting guitar tones while maintaining their credibility in the modern pop punk scene. With singalong choruses, fast-paced percussion, and syrupy vocal harmonies, Living Proof is an exhilarating summer record begging for countless replays. Standout tracks include “Dead and Gone,” “Mine Is Gold,” and “Our Time to Go.” Living Proof will interest fans of Neck Deep, Coldfront, and ROAM. Click here to listen.

  • Mayday Parade – Sunnyland

For their sixth studio full-length, Mayday Parade explores tales of heartbreak and emotion while continuing their exceptional rock timbre… and employing the classic unreasonably long song title tactic. Standout tracks include “Piece of Your Heart,” “It’s Hard to Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts of Lightning,” and “Looks Red, Tastes Blue.” Sunnyland will capture followers of Every Avenue, Make Out Monday, and Across the Atlantic. Click here to listen.

  • Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer

Josh Tillman exerts his most gut-wrenching songwriting on his fourth long-player God’s Favorite Customer. Between mentions of suicide, marital struggles, and religion, God’s Favorite Customer is a poignant yet mandatory slice of folky singer/songwriter pop. Standout tracks include “Mr. Tillman,” “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All,” and “God’s Favorite Customer.” God’s Favorite Customer is sure to satisfy listeners of Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, and Foxygen. Click here to listen.

  • Ghost – Prequelle

After internal issues and lineup changes within the band, Ghost presents an epic, theatrical rock/metal record, constituted by holy grandiosity and nuanced technicality. With spectacular musicianship and riveting libretto, Prequelle is an undeniable masterpiece. Standout tracks include “Rats,” “Dance Macabre,” “Miasma,” and “Helvetesfönster.” Prequelle will appeal to followers of Testament, Mastodon, and King Diamond. Click here to listen.

  • Blue Heaven – Volume One

Through shimmery guitar riffs, fervent vocal performances, and intimate lyricism, Blue Heaven’s debut studio record, aptly titled Volume One, is an album worth turning the volume all the way up for. The dreamy sound of Volume One is hypnotic and entrancing, bound to keep you coming back for repeated listens. Standout tracks include “Growing,” “Goodthings,” “Shade,” and “Second Guessing.” Volume One will attract fans of Pinkish Blu, Better Off, and Anarbor. Click here to listen.

  • Homesafe – One

After a string of EPs and singles, Homesafe finally issues their debut full-length titled One. Homesafe, the side project of Knuckle Puck bassist Ryan Rumchaks, delivers an animated pop punk record filled to the brim with pulse-quickening drumming, shredding guitars, and rampant energy. Standout tracks include “Run,” “Vanilla-Scented Laser Beams,” “Sideways Sleeper,” and “Say Something.” One will capture followers of Like Pacific, Knuckle Puck, and Moose Blood. Click here to listen.

  • Brendon Urie – Pray For the Wicked

After the inconsistent Death of a Bachelor, Brendon Urie returns on Pray For the Wicked, another over-polished, squeaky clean pop record with frustratingly thin instrumentation, painfully braggadocious lyricism, and overall messy writing. Standout tracks include “The Overpass” and “(F*ck a) Silver Lining.” Pray For the Wicked will interest listeners of, like, Fall Out Boy. Click here to listen.

Click here to read our album review of Death of a Bachelor.


MORE GREAT ALBUMS
  • Mike Shinoda – Post Traumatic

Standout tracks include “Crossing a Line,” “Running From My Shadow (ft. grandson),” and “Over Again.” Post Traumatic is for fans of Linkin Park, Fort Minor, and Hollywood Undead. Click here to listen.

  • Colour Me Wednesday – Counting Pennies In the Afterlife

Standout tracks include “Disown,” “Boyfriend’s Car,” and “Sunriser.” Counting Pennies In the Afterlife is for fans of Camp Cope, Remember Sports, and Dream Nails. Click here to listen.

  • This Wild Life – Petaluma

Standout tracks include “Catie Rae,” “Hold You Here,” and “Headfirst.” Petaluma is for fans of Chase Huglin, Casey Bolles, and Coffee Eyes. Click here to listen.

  • Georgia Fearn – Perfect on Paper

Standout tracks include “Misty Mae,” “L’Amour,” and “Emptiness.” Perfect on Paper is for fans of Catey Shaw, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, and Caroline Rose. Click here to listen.

  • Conformist – Lifestyle Revised

Standout tracks include “Nothing Important Happened Today (Abridged),” “Art Colony (Abridged),” and “Trust Exercises (Man Without Country Remix).” Lifestyle Revised is for fans of Clone Quartet, DAMPFBAHN!, and Lucid Debate. Click here to listen.

  • Dance Gavin Dance – Artificial Selection

Standout tracks include “Suspended In This Disaster,” “Midnight Crusade,” and “Son of Robot.” Artificial Selection is for fans of Saosin, blessthefall, and The Word Alive. Click here to listen.

  • Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch

Standout tracks include “God Break Down the Door,” “Ahead of Ourselves,” and “Over and Out.” Bad Witch is for fans of Skinny Puppy, Puscifer, and White Zombie. Click here to listen.

  • Tancred – Nightstand

Standout tracks include “Reviews,” “Queen of New York,” and “Something Else.” Nightstand is for fans of Now, Now, Ratboys, and Kississippi. Click here to listen.

  • Wild Moccasins – Look Together

Standout tracks include “Boyish Wave,” “Longtime Listener,” and “Seven to One.” Look Together is for fans of Buxton, Grandchildren, and Caroline Rose. Click here to listen.

  • Bullet For My Valentine – Gravity

Standout tracks include “Over It,” “Letting You Go,” and “The Very Last Time.” Gravity is for fans of As I Lay Dying, Avenged Sevenfold, and Escape the Fate. Click here to listen.

  • Convictions – Hope For the Broken

Standout tracks include “Deceptive Heart,” “Voices (They Want Me Dead),” and “Divided.” Hope For the Broken is for fans of Dayseeker, Kingdom of Giants, and Thousand Below. Click here to listen.

  • Modern Maps – hope you’re happy.

Standout tracks include “Nightfall,” “Autopilot,” and “Heatwave.” hope you’re happy. is for fans of Sink the Ship, LIMBS, and Slaves. Click here to listen.

  • Like A Storm – Catacombs

Standout tracks include “The Devil Inside,” “Until the Day I Die,” and “The Bitterness.” Catacombs is for fans of Smash Into Pieces, Rains, and Under the Flood. Click here to listen.

  • Natalie Prass – The Future and the Past

Standout tracks include “Short Court Style,” “The Fire,” and “Lost.” The Future and the Past is for fans of Anna Burch, Lucy Dacus, and Caroline Rose. Click here to listen.

  • American Aquarium – Things Change

Standout tracks include “Work Conquers All,” “One Day At a Time,” and “The World Is On Fire.” Things Change is for fans of Cory Branan, Drive-By Truckers, and Jason Eady. Click here to listen.

  • Alex Dingley – Beat the Babble

Standout tracks include “Lovely Life to Leave,” “After the Laughter,” and “I Don’t Ever.” Beat the Babble is for fans of Rayland Baxter, The Kin, and Tobias Jesso, Jr. Click here to listen.

  • Lillye – Evolve

Standout tracks include “Run,” “Brittle Glass,” and “Chained.” Evolve is for fans of Age of Taurus, Forbidden Seasons, and Wayfarer. Click here to listen.

  • Ethereal Delusions – Reformation

Standout tracks include “Pluto,” “Beauty Beyond the Chaos,” and “Shadow of Death.” Reformation is for fans of The Foxholes, A Hope For the Future, and Primorph. Click here to listen.

 


Extended Plays
  • MILKK – If You’re Reading This, I Love You

Standout tracks include “Leaving” and “Secret’s Out.” If You’re Reading This, I Love You is for fans of LANY, The 1975, and The Japanese House. Click here to listen.

  • Calpurnia – Scout

Standout tracks include “City Boy” and “Louie.” Scout is for fans of The Walters, Wallows, and Twin Peaks. Click here to listen.

  • Spiritual Cramp – Police State

Standout tracks include “I Feel Bad Bein’ Me” and “Blood Clot.” Police State is for fans of Fiddlehead, Big Bite, and Praise. Click here to listen.

  • The Get Up Kids – Kicker

Standout tracks include “Better This Way” and “I’m Sorry.” Kicker is for fans of Saves the Day, The New Amsterdams, and Reggie and the Full Effect. Click here to listen.

  • Betty Who – Betty, Pt. 1

Standout tracks include “Taste” and “Ignore Me.” Betty, Pt. 1 is for fans of Troye Sivan, flor, and Broods. Click here to listen.

  • Protomartyr – Consolation

Standout tracks include “Wheel of Fortune (ft. Kelley Deal)” and “Same Face In a Different Mirror.” Consolation is for fans of Preoccupations, Iceage, and Ought. Click here to listen.

  • Local Tourists – Adrift

Standout tracks include “Tango Loco” and “The Architect.” Adrift is for fans of Glass Towers, Finish Ticket, and Mutemath. Click here to listen.

  • DNCE – People to People

Standout tracks include “TV In the Morning” and “Lose My Cool.” People to People is for fans of Maroon 5, Hey Violet, and Olly Murs. Click here to listen.

  • Days Like These – State of Growth

Standout tracks include “Weak” and “Give Up, Give Out.” State of Growth is for fans of Face Value, Detour North, and Far Too Young. Click here to listen.

  • Bussieres – Sunny Side Up

Standout tracks include “Prestige Worldwide” and “Baxter.” Sunny Side Up is for fans of Curbside, Hate It Too, and Thousand Oaks. Click here to listen.

 


Featured SingleS

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Our Alt Col Picks are curated lists of the best albums and EPs for each month! We keep a schedule of upcoming releases and pick our favorite ones at the end of the month, giving them a spotlight here and on Twitter. To be featured in one of our lists, hit us up on our contact page or Twitter, though nothing is guaranteed. (We rarely make exceptions to include past releases, so if your album came out in June, we might be hesitant to include it in July or August, for instance.)

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November 2016 Alt Col Picks

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Many great releases appeared in November this year, so here are our favorite albums of the month! (In no particular order.)

  • Waterparks – Double Dare

Waterparks, hailing from Houston, Texas, is known for efficiently blending electronic elements and high-energy pop rock, and the amalgam continues on their full-length debut album, Double Dare. The pop punk luster is not covered up by the computerized components, but is instead perfectly complemented. Standout tracks include “Stupid for You,” “Hawaii (Stay Awake),” and “Royal.” Double Dare will attract fans of State Champs, As It Is, and With Confidence.

  • Highly Suspect – The Boy Who Died Wolf

The hard rock and bluesy accents of Highly Suspect’s abilities are capitalized upon in this mesmerizing, head-bobbing release. The Boy Who Died Wolf showcases a rollicking yet leisurely approach to crisp, amplified guitar work and smooth percussion. Standout tracks include “My Name Is Human,” “Little One,” and “Serotonia.” The Boy Who Died Wolf is sure to appeal to listeners of Deftones, The Pretty Reckless, and Evans Blue.

  • Masketta Fall – Golden

A sheer pop band, Masketta Fall has begun moving away from the rockier sound of their 2012 release Something Beautiful to a more radio-friendly style leaning heavy on the pop side. And hey, don’t let that turn you away from checking this album out! Guitars are still prevalent and amped up, even if the pop aspects shine through. Standout tracks include “Mercedes,” “Defenceless,” and “Butterflies.” Golden will interest followers of The Vamps, The Summer Set, and Crash the Party.

  • Black Box Warning – Black Box Warning

Album art.jpegThe debut self-titled long-player from metal band Black Box Warning has something for every rock fan: breakdowns, screams, clean vocals, and deep lyrics. The stellar musicianship and execution is simply something to marvel, and the emotional passion bolsters it even more. Standout tracks include “Nothing is Everything,” “Neon Mind,” and “Hypnagogia.” Black Box Warning will attract fans of Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, and Bullet For My Valentine.

  • Homesafe – Evermore

Looking for some decent pop punk to listen to? Well, here’s a great cut to come from November. Homesafe recrudesces with an 8-track album filled with solid rock jams and some of their best work to date. The crisp production and talent of this band refuses to be overlooked and begs for you to listen in. Standout tracks include “Float Away,” “Two (Bare) Hands,” and “Exoneration.” Evermore will certainly appeal to followers of Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and Sleep On It.

  • Broken Back – Broken Back

Jérôme, under the stage name of Broken Back, debuts an electro indie folk album that surely leaves one scratching their head at how to properly label it… Broken Back fuses together many different styles to create a wonderful collection of upbeat earcandy displaying acoustic guitars, electronic principles, and raspy vocals. Standout tracks include “Lady Bitterness,” “Excuses,” and “Better Run.” Broken Back will interest listeners of The Shoes, ALB, and Mai Lan.

  • Summer Lights – From Start to Finish (EP)

Another great pop punk release, the From Start to Finish EP by Salt Lake City band Summer Lights boasts rock gravity and brilliance from start to finish. Hopefully these guys will hit it big in the scene soon because this EP deserves to be heard, and we can’t wait to hear more! Standout tracks include “With You” and “Pick Up the Pieces.” From Start to Finish is sure to attract fans of Sleep On It, Knuckle Puck, and You vs. Yesterday.

  • Royal Teeth – Amateurs (EP)

Smooth pop rock band Royal Teeth returns with Amateurs, an EP that proves they’re far more than just amateurs. With artwork that resembles this 5 Seconds of Summer photo, there’s no doubt this EP will capture an upbeat pop rock vibe that balances the two adjectives expertly. Standout tracks include “Kids Conspire,” “Only You,” and “Is It Just Me.” Amateurs will appeal to listeners of 5SOS, The Summer Set, and The Colourist.

  • The Griswolds – High Times for Low Lives

The Griswolds gained traction in the scene from touring with power pop band Walk the Moon and singles from their previous album, but hopefully this release will launch them farther into stardom! This LP is a masterpiece of alt-pop grandeur that you don’t wanna miss. Standout tracks include “Out of My Head,” “High Times for Low Lives,” and “Feels So Right.” High Times for Low Lives will interest followers of POP ETC, Passion Pit, and Neon Trees.

  • Heavy English – Pop Wasteland

Pop Wasteland, the debut full-length from New York City trio Heavy English, boasts various styles and approaches all in the vein of glossy alt-rock that packs a punch. From the denser, darker guitar melodies of “Black Dog” to the buoyant beat of “21 Flights,” this album truly has a lot to offer. Standout tracks include “21 Flights,” “Black Dog,” and “Washed Up Tongue.” Pop Wasteland is sure to attract fans of The Dear Hunter, White Arrows, and NGHBRS.

  • Half Hearted – Terrified (EP)

Half Hearted utilizes clean vocals and impassioned screams to develop contrast on their latest EP, Terrified. The hooky guitar melodies are hauntingly unblemished and the overall musical ability of this group is enthralling. Poignant lyricism and a desire to capture the listener certainly pay off amazingly well. Standout tracks include “Terrified,” “Ghosts,” and “Storm Chaser,” but honestly, the entire EP is fantastic! Terrified will interests listeners of Currents, Wage War, and Beartooth.

  • Woes – Woes (EP)

Pop punk done right yet again! Woes debuts with the 5-track self-titled extended play that is bound to get stuck in your head. While some lyrics are cheesy and troubadouric, this youthfully energetic EP still shines and will fit comfortably in the library of any pop punk fan. Standout tracks include “Winter Sun” and, well, the entire EP! Woes will appeal to followers of Knuckle Puck, Neck Deep, and State Champs.


Honorable Mentions
  • Icon for Hire – You Can’t Kill Us

Standout tracks include “Supposed to Be,” “You Can’t Kill Us,” “War,” and “Get Well II.” For fans of Tonight Alive, Digital Daggers, and New Years Day.

  • DNCE – DNCE

Standout tracks include “Body Moves,” “Truthfully,” “Good Day,” and “Be Mean.” For fans of Maroon 5, Olly Murs, and Set It Off. (Upside Down era.)

  • An Untold Sadness – Sonorous

Standout tracks include “The Truth,” “What of Your Riches?,” “This Far, and No Further,” and “Flowers.” For fans of Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, and Crown the Empire.

  • Cold Collective – Through w/ That (EP/Single)

coldStandout tracks include the entire release, but especially “Through w/ That.” For fans of Transit, Man Overboard, and Misser.

  • pronoun – There’s no one new around you. (EP)

Standout tracks include the entire release, but especially “a million other things.” For fans of Knox Hamilton, A Silent Film, and Summer Camp.

  • The Japanese House – Swim Against the Tide (EP)

Standout tracks include the entire release, but especially “Good Side In.” For fans of Hayley Kiyoko, Scavenger Hunt, and Summer Camp.

  • Ready to Fire – Satellites (EP)

Standout tracks include the entire release, but especially “Nerve.” For fans of 5 Seconds of Summer, Paramore, and All Time Low.


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