Brighton England's Curxes blew the cover off of my dislike of electronic music. By embracing the in your face immediacy of punk, and the manic nature of industrial, all while punishing a synthesizer, the band has concocted a wholly unique sound. It rarely lets up, when it does, it's only to reload. And I love it.
Key tracks: Haunted Gold, Valkryie, Spectre
I'll say it again, anything Roxy Brennan puts out as Two White Cranes just feels like an old friend, or a favorite aunt telling you stories you've heard many times over and over. But you don't mind because you love their stories. Oddly enough, every time I listen, I want to go read a Moomin book.
Key tracks: Resilience, 'So Much Water, So Close to Home', Adler, Brighton
Kingston, NY's Shana Falana serves up a gorgeous album packed full of dream pop, fuzzy shoegazing guitars, and bright soaring vocals. However, it's the fragile beauty of 'Shine Thru' that shines the brightest. I'm smitten. Plus, it has some of the best album artwork I've ever seen.
Key tracks: Heavenstay, Shine Thru, Go
Sometimes life gets in the way. Opportunities too good to pass up take us in places we never imagined, and in the end, we're richer for the adventure. That's what happened to 2 members of North Carolina's Daddy Issues. Portland beckoned, and a slot in medical school couldn't be passed over. Missing two key members, the band decided to call it quits. Their swan song, an 8-track surf rock masterpiece stands as a testament to what could have been.
Key tracks: Glue Sniffer, Fuck Marry Kill, All My Girls
100% of the proceeds from the album are being donated to Girls Rock NC.
Houston based 4-piece Since Always' debut LP served up dreamy vocals, a smattering of shoegaze, with a punchy post grunge backbone. Late 90's rock radio at its finest.
Key tracks: Dark of the Room, Kids, Under the Gun