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Rock*a*Teens :: Sixth House

This southern gothic staple returns, with a bit less reverb but just as much agony and attitude.

The Essex Green :: Hardly Electronic

Hooks as sharp as diamonds, girl/boy vocal harmonies, jangling guitars… what else do you need to play this summer?

Snail Mail :: Lush

Bold effort from this young musician, this set of introspective songs shows great skill and promise.

Calpurnia :: Scout EP

Some very young Canadians show plenty of promos with this pleasantly bratty set of indie guitar rock.

The Cleveland Steamers :: Best Record Ever

Hard-rocking, beer-chugging, smoke-breaking anthems from this Cleveland couple. They can also veer into weird and spooky.

Jo Passed :: Their Prime

Somewhere beyond easy genres is this woozy mix of indie soul and post-rock complication.

Ty Richards :: Welcome to Flat Earth

Another one-man rock act that wears its influences on its sleeve, but it’s well done so don’t take that as a complaint. Highly political.

Ruler :: Winning Star Champion

A brilliant collection of indie pop gems, featuring the sounds and hooks that made “alternative music” so great in the first place.