Toy Cars - Paint Brain

Toy Cars are well on their way to establishing themselves as the next great indie/emo band to emerge from New Jersey with their vulnerable new release, Paint Brain. Lyrically, this timeless, gritty and emotional release plays almost like a stream of consciousness while diving deep into the band’s sound, proving their versatility in more high energy tracks like their single, “Cold” next to americana-inspired songs like the deep cut, “Erie.”

Tonight Alive - Underworld

Tonight Alive have really come into their own on their shining new release, Underworld. With thirteen powerful songs, the band not only continues to explore their increasingly diverse sound, but they also manage to navigate the complicated and emotional journey to find self-acceptance. 

Asking Alexandria - Asking Alexandria

Asking Alexandria have come full circle with the release of their self-titled fifth album. A reintroduction to the band, this album welcomes back vocalist Danny Worsnop with fire, passion and a sense of vulnerability that makes it the band’s most explosive and versatile record yet. From the opening line, “I’ve been away a little while,” to the unexpected “Empire” and powerful closer, “Room 138,” these twelve songs find Asking Alexandria exploring their sound and pushing boundaries like they never have before.

Pacific Radio - Pretty, but Killing Me

In a music scene that is currently saturated with twinkly, 80’s influenced synth and pop anthems, LA-based Pacific Radio are standing out with their own unique brand of lyrically charged, guitar driven garage rock. Following their successful Kitchen Table EP, released earlier this year, the band has arrived with Pretty, but Killing Me, filled with twelve timeless, fuzzy tracks that transport you to sunny California beaches even if you’re stuck in the midwest in the middle of December.

Story of the Year - Wolves

Story of the Year are back and better than ever! Even with a seven year gap between their 2010 release, The Constant and their explosive new album, Wolves, these guys haven’t lost a single ounce of energy. In fact, Wolves is everything fans have come to expect from Story of the Year and then some. Dan Marsala’s dynamic vocals reign over wild guitar work and driving drums, and with additional 80’s influenced synth peppered throughout the record, it’s an incredibly timeless and unique release.

Sunset Neon - Starlight

Starlight, the new album from 80’s infused synth-pop project Sunset Neon is hard to describe with just a few simple adjectives, but the first that come to mind are retro, glitchy, vibrant and timeless. Thirteen tracks in length, Starlight feels incredibly full, and that’s simply due to the fact that Sunset Neon utilizes every single song to introduce listeners to something new. No two songs sound alike, yet each track on Starlight sits perfectly alongside the next, stitched together with groovy bass, mind blowing production, electric vocals and an overall incredibly warm and fluorescent vibe.

Safeguard - I'm A Stranger To Myself

UK pop-punk group Safeguard’s new EP, I’m A Stranger To Myself is a short, but incredibly strong release. Consisting of only four songs, one of which is a brief intro, I’m A Stranger To Myself forces Safeguard to provide a perfect taste test of sound in only three full songs, and they certainly rise to the occasion. The hard hitting “Harbour,” solid “November” and emotional “No Man’s Land” each showcase a different side of the band, making for a surprisingly diverse and incredibly solid release.

The World Over - Ventifact

The most difficult thing about creating an acoustic rendition of any song is that for the most part, listeners know what to expect - a simplified, stripped down version of a song that they already enjoy. Thankfully, The World Over are are breaking the mold and challenging everything you think you might know about acoustic EPs with their newest release, Ventifact. The fan-inspired EP is a mirror image of their 2016 release, Mountains, but with a twist. These acoustic tracks, while definitely stripped down compared to their original counterparts, are nowhere near simplified. Instead, The World Over have managed to create a complex musical landscape while further exploring five songs that their fans have already grown to know and love.

Gleemer - Anymore

You know those albums that just seem to come out at the perfect time of the year? Well, Gleemer’s new full-length, Anymore is one of those, arriving just in time to serve as the soundtrack to your fall and winter. These eleven intimate, complex and beautiful tracks not only further explore the dreamy sound that Gleemer established on their 2015 release, Moving Away, but they also touch on the full spectrum of human emotions, from hurt and despair to excitement, longing and love.

Chapel - Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch might only be a seven song EP, but indie rock duo Chapel manage to explore a wide variety of sounds and emotions within these few tracks. Kicking things off with the shiny “Cindy White” and concluding with the explosive and emotional “Fools Gold,” Chapel quickly prove that they’re certainly not one dimensional. Driven by dreamy synth, groovy guitar and bass and catchy vocals, Sunday Brunch is an instant hit.

Speak The Truth... Even If Your Voice Shakes - Everyone You Love Will Slip Away From You

Speak The Truth… Even If Your Voice Shakes have spent the last year crafting ten emotionally vulnerable songs that channel the sounds of late 90’s and early 2000’s emo and pop punk, and the result is their cathartic and honest debut release, Everyone You Love Will Slip Away From You. Created during a very integral time during each members’ lives, every track on Everyone You Love Will Slip Away From You not only sounds unique, but also features some incredibly poetic and powerful lyrical content. There’s a little something for everyone on this record, whether you’re coping with loss, still figuring things out, or just trying to get through life one day at a time.

Mansions - Deserter

Deserter, the new six-song EP from Seattle-based trio, Mansions marks a brand new chapter for the band. Taking a step away from their gritty, guitar driven sound for something heavily based around synthesizers and fuzzy bass, Deserter feels incredibly bright and a bit more refined than their previous material, but without sounding like a different project entirely.

Best Behavior - Things That Happened

Brooklyn garage-pop band Best Behavior have forged their own unique, warm sound in an ever growing music scene on their new EP, Things That Happened. With timeless vocals, driving bass and fun percussion, Best Behavior have found a sound that falls in line easily with the likes of The Arctic Monkeys or The Strokes -  it’s something that not only stands out from the pack, but will also stand the test of time.

The Used - The Canyon

Clocking in at seventeen monstrous tracks in length and featuring a wide array of sounds and personal topics, The Canyon, the newest effort from The Used is easily the band’s most ambitious and diverse album to date. From the emotional acoustic opener to the poppy lead single, “Over and Over Again” with some chaotic high energy tracks and experimental sounds peppered in between, The Canyon will certainly take listeners on an emotional journey all while proving that The Used are still opening up and exploring their sound well over fifteen years into their career.

Raising Cadence - Take Me Higher

Raising Cadence are carving out a space all their own in the music scene by blending elements of rock, pop and jazz for a very unique and eclectic sound on their new EP, Take Me Higher. Driven by smooth guitar, groovy bass, spectacular percussion and some incredibly stunning vocal harmonies, Raising Cadence’s sound falls in line with bands like Dance Gavin Dance without sounding like a carbon copy. Instead, they stand out with their own unique groove that’ll set them apart from the pack on this release.

5j Barrow - The Journey, Vol. 1

5j Barrow’s newest EP, The Journey, Vol. 1 is the start of something truly beautiful. Although it is only five songs in length, the EP weaves a stunning story of infatuation, love and even a little bit of heartbreak for listeners while providing them with a wide variety of sounds.

Movements - Feel Something

Music is a strange, beautiful thing. It allows artists to wear their hearts on their sleeves and open up to complete strangers while giving listeners the chance to find comfort and community in their shared experiences with someone they might not ever meet. Music at its core serves to make people feel something, and Movements have tapped into just that on their full-length debut album. On the aptly titled Feel Something, the Southern California quartet opens up in hopes that someone will connect with it.

King Leg - Meet King Leg

Meet King Leg, the aptly titled debut album from Rock ‘n’ Roll force of nature King Leg is the perfect introduction to this young yet incredibly seasoned sounding musician. With a sound that takes British and American rock, country and even a dash of R&B and mixes them all together, King Leg has crafted an incredibly unique debut release that will stand the test of time. It sounds like it could have been released decades ago, but instead, Meet King Leg arrives in 2017, when we need a reminder of what good old fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll was all about.

Long Time - Never Alone

By chronicling the never ending search for one’s place in the world, Long Time’s new full-length album Never Alone offers comfort and understanding for those who don’t quite have it all figured out yet. The Boston-based power trio finds belonging in complex and beautiful soundscapes alongside incredibly unique vocals to create a sound rooted somewhere in between Coheed and Cambria and Manchester Orchestra.

MyChildren MyBride - Vicious World

MyChildren MyBride are back with a bang. The band, comprised of core duo Matthew Hasting and Robert Bloomfield slipped into a five year hibernation following the release of their 2012 self-titled album, but they haven’t lost an ounce of the fire and energy that easily made them one of the most exciting acts in the metal scene. In fact, the band’s newest effort Vicious World finds them bursting with more passion and rage than ever before.