Upcoming Releases – Spring 2016

We’re already 2 months into 2016. That means the weather will finally start getting warmer here in Vermont, aside from the occasional March snowstorm. It also means a whole bunch of new music as the release schedule picks up, and this spring is no exception. March 4th is particularly stacked with new albums from the indie/alternative sphere, and lots of other great artists will be releasing albums later in the spring including The Thermals, Bibio, Yeasayer, Frightened Rabbit and two new albums from Islands. Here’s what you have to look forward to this spring:

 

March 4

Dead Stars – Bright Colors (Weird Tree)

Jennifer O’Connor – Surface Noise (Kiam)

Kitten – Heaven or Somewhere in Between (Scary Kids)

La Sera – Music For Listening to Music To (Polyvinyl)

Miike Snow – III (Downtown/Atlantic)

Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are (Barsuk)

Poliça – United Crushers (Mom + Pop)

Prince Rama – Xtreme Now (Carpark)

Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – You’re Doomed. Be Nice. (Temporary Residence Ltd.)

Sego – Once Was Lost Now Just Hanging Around (Dine Alone)

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive (Ribbon)

Wintersleep – The Great Detachment (Dine Alone)

 

March 11

Bent Shapes – Wolves of Want (Slumberland)

Brian Fallon – Painkillers (Island)

Lucius – Good Grief (Mom + Pop)

Into It. Over It. – Standards (Triple Crown)

The Wild Feathers – Lonely is a Lifetime (Warner Bros.)

 

March 18

Cullen Omori – New Misery (Sub Pop)

Damien Jurado – Visions of Us on the Land (Secretly Canadian)

Dustin Kensrue – Thoughts That Float on a Different Boat (Vagrant)

Lust For Youth – Compassion (Sacred Bones)

 

March 25

Bob Mould – Patch the Sky (Merge)

RJD2 – Dame Fortune (RJ’s Electrical Connections)

The Joy Formidable – Hitch (Canvasback/Atlantic)

The Range – Potential (Domino)

The Thermals – We Disappear (Saddle Creek)

White Denim – Stiff (Downtown)

 

April 1

Andrew Bird – Are You Serious (EMI)

Com Truise – Silicon Tare (Ghostly International)

Bibio – A Mineral Love (Warp)

Moderat – III (Mute/Monkeytown)

Mogwai – Atomic (Rock Action)

Weezer – Weezer (White Album) (Crush Music)

Yeasayer – Amen & Goodbye (Mute)

 

April 8

Deftones – Gore (Reprise)

Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack (Canvasback/Atlantic)

Woods – City Sun Eater in the River of Light (Woodsist)

 

April 15

Bear Hands – You’ll Pay For This (Spensive Sounds)

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – PersonA (Community Music)

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – Love Letter For Fire (Sub Pop)

 

April 22

 

April 29

Holy Ghost! – Crime Cutz EP (DFA)

Pity Sex – White Hot Moon (Run For Cover)

Rogue Wave – Delusions of Grand Fur (Easy Sound)

 

May 6

Aloha – Little Windows Cut Right Through (Polyvinyl)

White Lung – Paradise (Domino)

 

May 13

Islands – Taste and Should I Remain Here at Sea? (PledgeMusic)

Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow (Relapse)

Oscar – Cut and Paste (Wichita)

The So So Glos – Kamikaze (Votiv)

 

May 20

Marissa Nadler – Strangers (Sacred Bones)

 

May 27

Gold Panda – Good Luck and Do Your Best (City Slang)

 

Listen to songs from each of these albums below:

*I will be updating this list as more albums are announced.

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Weekend SoundCloud Picks: 2/28/16

Every week, I listen to the new tracks posted on my SoundCloud stream and choose 4-8 of my favorites to share with you each Sunday.

I’m back with another set of my favorite songs discovered on Soundcloud. Interestingly, this week’s picks are a throwback to my high school days, with a couple of louder, angstier songs, a long-awaited return of a band I first discovered online when I was in high school, and a great remix of an early 00’s alt-rock hit.

White Lung “Hungry”

White Lung are back with the first single from their sophomore album Paradise, out May 6th on Domino Records. As powerful as their last album but shows off a more melodic and catchy side of their music.

Incubus “Stellar” (Alvan Project Remix)

French producer Alvan Project gives new life to Incubus’ second single from their 1999 album Make Yourself. Combining a dance beat with guitars from the original song, plus a flute and a strange vocal sample.

Prince Rama “Bahia”

Prince Rama were a band whose music I was never able to get into, but this first single from their forthcoming album Xtreme Now is very intriguing. A fun and catchy song that is still very weird.

Aloha “Signal Drift”

Aloha are band who I collected quite a few tracks from during my online musical discoveries from late high school into college. They’re returning with their first album since 2010, called Little Windows Cut Right Through, released on their longtime label Polyvinyl Records.

A Mouth Full of Matches “Possible Dreams”

British band A Mouth Full of Matches caught my attention with their latest track. They play a style of melodic hard rock, more along the lines of what I listened to in high school compared to what I listen to today, but give them a listen. They take this style of music in new and exciting directions and if you like this song, they have much more to offer on their SoundCloud page.

Fou De Toi “Don’t Know What to Do”

Fou De Toi are a Swedish band whose latest single is a really catchy pop-rock track, recommended if you like Phoenix or Two Door Cinema Club.

Below, you can listen to all tracks featured this week. Let me know which songs you liked and I will feature them on this week’s edition of Squawkin’ Good Radio!