November 2017 Alt Col Picks

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

  • Walk the Moon – What If Nothing

After their 2014 ’80s-throwback single “Shut Up and Dance” went viral, Walk the Moon was skyrocketed to stardom in the indie rock/alternative pop community. What If Nothing combines the glittery ’80s-esque vibes of its predecessor and the curiosity and wide-eyed wonder of the band’s self-titled debut, making for a well-rounded and ever-interesting listen. Standout tracks include “Tiger Teeth,” “Can’t Sleep (Wolves),” and “In My Mind.” What If Nothing will appeal to fans of MisterWives, COIN, and WATERS. Click here to listen.

  • Sleep On It – Overexposed

Sleep On It unleashes their debut full-length titled Overexposed and proves their songwriting ability and knack for catchy hooks. Overexposed is a solid pop punk record littered with earworm melodies, crisp production quality, and gut-punching lyrics that are bound to keep you coming back for repeated spins. Standout tracks include “Distant,” “Fireworks (feat. Derek DiScanio),” and “Leave the Light On.” Overexposed is sure to attract followers of Seaway, Knuckle Puck, and The Gospel Youth. Click here to listen.

  • Quicksand – Interiors

Quicksand triumphantly recrudesces with Interiors, their first release in 22 years. After the band declared an indefinite hiatus in 1999, Quicksand fans were unsure if they would ever receive a third album. Not surprisingly, Interiors certainly delivers and was well worth the wait with its coarse guitar timbre and impassioned vocal performances. Standout tracks include “Illuminant,” “Cosmonauts,” and “Feels Like a Weight Has Been Lifted.” Interiors will capture listeners of A Day for Honey, We’re All Broken, and Chevelle. Click here to listen.

  • Field Medic – Songs from the Sunroom

As Songs from the Sunroom‘s album artwork may suggest, Field Medic’s latest long-player is real, heartfelt, and carries a captivating DIY attitude with it. From raw acoustic balladry to synthetically-tinged instrumentation, this album has plenty to offer and for you to soak in. Standout tracks include “Powerful Love,” “Uuu,” “Tombstone Poetry,” and “Like a Feather or a Pawprint.” Songs from the Sunroom is sure to satisfy followers of Tobias Jesso, Jr., Bon Iver, and Trent Dabbs. Click here to listen.

  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon?

After departing the monumental British rock band Oasis, brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher set out on their individual solo projects, and in 2017, Liam’s album arrived just one month ahead of Noel’s. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ latest release Who Built the Moon? continues their dynamic grungy psychedelic style with anthemic choruses and kaleidoscopic glamour. Standout tracks include “Fort Knox,” “The Man Who Built the Moon,” and “Holy Mountain.” Who Built the Moon? is destined to interest fans of Biffy Clyro, The Vaccines, and Oasis. Click here to listen.

  • Ghost Atlas – All Is in Sync, and There’s Nothing Left to Sing About

Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Jesse Cash of the progressive metalcore band ERRA self-releases another swaggering album under the Ghost Atlas moniker. From soaring vocals over clamorous guitar riffs to downtrodden acoustic serenades, All Is in Sync is an undoubtedly glorious addition to Cash’s discography. Standout tracks include “Cry Wolf,” “Vertigo,” “Surrogate Lover,” and “Legs.” All Is in Sync, and There’s Nothing Left to Sing About will appeal to listeners of No Resolve, ERRA, and Silver End. Click here to listen.


Extended Plays
  • Milk Teeth – Go Away

Standout tracks include “I Stabbed You First” and “Nearby Catfight.” Go Away is for fans of Sleater-Kinney, Muskets, and Wolf Alice. Click here to listen.

  • pineview – Without You

Standout tracks include “This One’s for You,” “Is It Bad,” and “Anaphylaxis.” Without You is for fans of LANY, The Japanese House, and The 1975. Click here to listen.

  • LOZT – Live from Bridge Sessions

Standout tracks include, well, the whole single, which is “Turmoil” and a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Live from Bridge Sessions is for fans of Chris Dupont, Coffee Eyes, and Noah Guthrie. Click here to listen.

  • Valliers – Lost in Familiarity

Standout tracks include “Breathe and “Coast.” Lost in Familiarity is for fans of Stick to Your Guns, A Day to Remember, and Counterparts. Click here to listen.

  • Slothrust – Show Me How You Want It to Be

Standout tracks include covers of “Happy Together,” “Sex and Candy,” and “Baby One More Time.” Show Me How You Want It to Be is for fans of Royal Blood, Diet Cig, and Halestorm (for the covers). Click here to listen.

  • WAX WAV – EP1

Standout tracks include “Losing My Mind” and “One of Them.” EP1 is for fans of blink-182, Joyce Manor, and American Hi-Fi. Click here to listen.

  • Hampton Hollow – Hampton Hollow

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Standout tracks include “Skin,” “Speak to Me,” and “Push the Ceiling.” Hampton Hollow is for fans of Deaf Havana, Amaryllis, and Mallory Knox. Click here to listen.

  • Tigertown – Warriors

Standout tracks include “Warriors” and “Mysterious (feat. LPX).” Warriors is for fans of Echosmith, Walk the Moon, and WATERS. Click here to listen.

  • A Liar’s Eyes – Free Fall

Standout tracks include “Name of the Game,” “The Operator,” and “Balloons.” Free Fall is for fans of Too Close to Touch, I Prevail, and Issues. Click here to listen.

  • We Were Wolves – Empty Plans

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Standout tracks include “Does It Matter,” “What I’m Turning Into,” and “Charred Pasts.” Empty Plans is for fans of Thousand Below, The News Can Wait, and Sleater-Kinney. Click here to listen.

 


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

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October 2017 Alt Col Picks

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

  • Citizen – As You Please

Emo revivalists Citizen recrudesce with their third full-length out on Run For Cover Records titled As You Please. As You Please is nothing short of expressive and cultivated through heartfelt lyrics, enticing vocal delivery, and poignant melodies, demanding you to listen again and again to catch every detail. Standout tracks include “Jet,” “Fever Days,” and “In the Middle of It All.” As You Please will appeal to fans of Sorority Noise, The Wonder Years, and Turnover. Click here to listen.

  • Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights

Emotional libretto and morose melodies define Julien Baker’s sophomore studio effort named Turn Out the Lights, displaying the solo performer exploring new instrumental territories within a more piano-driven realm. This haunting collection is eerie, emotive, and undoubtedly memorable. Standout tracks include “Appointments,” “Everything That Helps You Sleep,” and “Hurt Less.” Turn Out the Lights is sure to attract followers of Casey Bolles, Birdy, and Gordi. Click here to listen.

  • Knuckle Puck – Shapeshifter

Knuckle Puck returns with their pop punk sensibility and a desire to explore on their new record Shapeshifter. Fine-tuned production and stellar musicianship causes this LP to be instantly replayable, bound to suck you back in over and over between its head-bobbing choruses and intriguing lyrics. Standout tracks include “Gone,” “Conduit,” and “Double Helix.” Shapeshifter will capture listeners of Like Pacific, Homesafe, and The Story So Far. Click here to listen.

  • Movements – Feel Something

Movements’ debut album Feel Something will certainly make you feel something. This long-player hurts in the best way possible. As the artwork implies, Feel Something is haunting, dark, and raw, destined to keep your head spinning for hours to come when the closer ends. Standout tracks include “Colorblind,” “The Grey,” “Under the Gun,” and “Daylily.” Feel Something is sure to satisfy followers of Seahaven, Turnover, and Citizen. Click here to listen.

  • Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry

Cry Cry Cry, the fourth full-length album from indie rockers Wolf Parade, serves up some delectable tunes characterized by raucous distortion and gleaming synths, supporting the interesting melodies and effortlessly impressive vocal performances. Standout tracks include “Valley Boy,” “You’re Dreaming,” and “King of Piss and Paper.” Cry Cry Cry is sure to interest fans of Spoon, Islands, and Divine Fits. Click here to listen.

  • Coldfront – Float Around

After signing to Equal Vision Records in 2016, Coldfront issues their debut full-length titled Float Around, an energetic pop punk listen that is bound to turn heads in the scene. The opening half busts down the door and shakes you by the shoulders as the album fluctuates cohesively from more aggressive moments to calmer serenades. Standout tracks include “Everything You Want Me to Be,” “So Typical,” “Float Around,” and “Natalie.” Float Around will appeal to listeners of Neck Deep, State Champs, and Grayscale. Click here to listen.

  • The Front Bottoms – Going Grey

Going Grey marks a change of pace for The Front Bottoms, signifying a tonal shift to a more colorful array of electronic tinges throughout their indie pop rock blend. Still retaining their organic instrumentation, The Front Bottoms crafts a savory kaleidoscope of sounds begging for repeated listens. Standout tracks include “Vacation Town,” “Peace Sign,” and “You Used to Say (Holy F**k).” Going Grey is bound to attract listeners of The Mowgli’s, Slow Bullet, and Magic Giant. Click here to listen.

  • ROAM – Great Heights & Nosedives

Just one year following their debut album, Hopeless Records signees ROAM make a splash with their sophomore long-player release titled Great Heights & Nosedives, outlined by soaring vocal performances, upbeat percussion, and saccharine guitar work. Standout tracks include “Playing Fiction,” “Alive,” “Flatline,” and “The Rich Life of a Poor Man.” Great Heights & Nosedives will capture fans of WSTR, Neck Deep, and State Champs. Click here to listen.


MORE GREAT ALBUMS
  • Julia Louise – Love Jail

Standout tracks include “Brat,” “Philly Heartbreak Song,” and “Left Handed.”  Love Jail is for fans of Mitski, Slow Bullet, and Julien Baker. Click here to listen.

  • Cheem – Downhill

Standout tracks include “Kate,” “Game Boy Color,” and “Monster Gorp.” Downhill is for fans of Glass Towers, Guide Dog, and Remo Drive. Click here to listen.

  • Beck – Colors

Standout tracks include “Dear Life,” “Up All Night,” and “Colors.”  Colors is for fans of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Weezer, and Smallpools. Click here to listen.

  • Stick to Your Guns – True View

Standout tracks include “Married to the Noise,” “The Sun, the Moon, the Truth: ‘Penance of Self’,” and “Cave Canem.” True View is for fans of Stray from the Path, Trapped Under Ice, and Counterparts. Click here to listen.

  • New Politics – Lost in Translation

Standout tracks include “One of Us,” “Lifeboat,” and “Tell Your Dad (feat. Rivers Cuomo).” Lost in Translation is for fans of The Griswolds, Finish Ticket, and Vinyl Theatre. Click here to listen.

  • The Used – The Canyon

Standout tracks include “Over and Over Again,” “Selfies in Aleppo,” and “Rise Up Lights.” The Canyon is for fans of Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, and Anberlin. Click here to listen.

  • Hotel Books – Equivalency

Standout tracks include “Celebration,” “I Knew Better, but Did Nothing,” and “I’m Almost Happy Here.” Equivalency is for fans of Casey Bolles, Kyle Fasel, and Levi the Poet. Click here to listen.

  • Weezer – Pacific Daydream

Standout tracks include “Mexican Fender,” “Sweet Mary,” and “La Mancha Screwjob.” Pacific Daydream is for fans of Best Coast, Big Data, and The Mowgli’s. Click here to listen.

  • Muskets – Chew

Standout tracks include “Truck,” “Chewing Gum,” and “17 Years.” Chew is for fans of Modern Baseball, Moose Blood, and Brand New. Click here to listen.

  • The Polarity – Hurts So Good

Standout tracks include “// No Different Than You //,” “// Cigarette Burns //,” and “// Runaway //.”  Hurts So Good is for fans of Vinyl Theatre, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Knox Hamilton. Click here to listen.

  • World War Me – World War Me

Standout tracks include “War Zone,” “Break a Leg, Kid,” and “Mr. Misery.”  World War Me is for fans of ROAM, Seaway, and WSTR. Click here to listen.

  • We Came As Romans – Cold Like War

Standout tracks include “Cold Like War,” “Lost in the Moment,” and “Wasted Age.”  Cold Like War is for fans of Our Last Night, A Skylit Drive, and Crown the Empire. Click here to listen.

  • Wild Ones – Mirror Touch

Standout tracks include “No Money,” “Invite Me In,” and “They’re Not Me.” Mirror Touch is for fans of Broods, Oh Wonder, and HONNE. Click here to listen.

  • Thousand Below – The Love You Let Too Close

Standout tracks include “No Place Like You,” “Sleepless,” and “Sinking Me.” The Love You Let Too Close is for fans of Counterparts, Stick to Your Guns, and Too Close to Touch. Click here to listen.

 


Extended Plays
  • Oh, Weatherly – Make You Bright

Standout tracks include “Make You Bright,” “Six Feet,” and “Say You’re My Friend.” Make You Bright is for fans of Every Avenue, The All-American Rejects, and With Confidence. Click here to listen.

  • The Band Royale – Delusions of Grandeur

Standout tracks include “Dying in California” and “Who’s Got It Better.” Delusions of Grandeur is for fans of, um, Foo Fighters, Wolfmother, and Glass Towers. Click here to listen.

  • Heavy Hearts – On a Chain

Standout tracks include “Easy Mark,” “Unravel (Your Love),” and “Headroom.” On a Chain is for fans of Citizen, Movements, and Balance and Composure. Click here to listen.

  • Kill the Ideal – Kill the Ideal

Standout tracks include “Dangerous!,” “Know Your Name,” and “Crazy.” Kill the Ideal is for fans of Nothing More, Nothing But Thieves, and Our Walking Hour. Click here to listen.

  • COPE – Tooth & Nail

Standout tracks include “The Great Divide,” “Tooth & Nail,” and “Stray Bullets.” Tooth & Nail is for fans of Expire, Trapped Under Ice, and Stick to Your Guns. Click here to listen.

  • New Chums – See It for Myself

Standout tracks include “Come On, Come On,” “Cave In,” and “Disposable Music.” See It for Myself is for fans of Beach Weather, LEDGES, and Bad Suns. Click here to listen.

  • LIMBS – SLEEP

Standout tracks include “POISON,” “SLEEP,” and “BONES.” SLEEP is for fans of Thousand Below, The News Can Wait, and Hail the Sun. Click here to listen.

  • Hold Close – I’ll Never Go Back

Standout tracks include “Autumn,” “Bloom,” and “Blue Dream.” I’ll Never Go Back is for fans of Coldfront, Seaway, and Homesafe. Click here to listen.

  • Brian Clifford Dowling – Learning to Laugh Again

Standout tracks include “Eternal Defeatist,” “Learning to Laugh Again,” and “Show Your Cards.” Learning to Laugh Again is for fans of Dave Hause, Front Porch Step (ugh), and Casey Bolles. Click here to listen.

  • Shine Bright – More Wild Than the Wind

Standout tracks include “Remorse,” “More Wild Than the Wind,” and “Grow Up.” More Wild Than the Wind is for fans of Like Ghosts, What We Lost, and Counterparts. Click here to listen.


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