Caveman: Caveman

“Where’s the time to waste on someone else’s life?” [Fat Possum Records] • 2013/04/02 • Style: Alternative/Indie Rock The sophomore follow-up to 2011’s surprisingly brilliant CoCo Beware, Caveman have again brought us a record of synth-laden riffs and dreamy atmospheres reminiscent of sunny afternoons under swaying trees. ~bp L&M Picks:  In the City | Where’s the Time | I See…

Western Lows: Glacial

“I was stuck in the place where the currents would crest.” [JAXART Records] • 2013/07/09 • Style: Alternative/Indie Rock A bountiful collection of sweeping and shimmering tracks that swirl in melancholy and cinematic appeal.  Fans of Mazzy Star take heed (you know, minus the whole female vocals thing). ~bp L&M Picks: Grapevine | Swan Fields | Icicles “Grapevine” “Swan…

Young Man: Beyond Was All Around Me

“I guess you’re giving me room, only around in a sense.” [Frenchkiss Records]  • 2013/04/09 • Style: Alternative/Indie Rock The movement and riffs in these songs are sometimes subtle, yet still powerful and infectious. The guitar riff in “Josie” immediately made me think of Television (check out the link below and see if I am crazy). ~jk L&M Picks: Josie | In…

Holopaw: Academy Songs, Volume 1

[Misra] • 2013/01/15 • Style: Alternative/Indie Rock Holopaw creates rich textured music underlayed with the delicately garbled, yet beautifully manufactured, vocals of John Orth. The combination is always wonderful, especially on a song like “Bedfellows Farewell.” ~jk L&M picks: Diamonds | Bedfellows Farewell | Dirty Boots (He Didn’t) “Diamonds” “Bedfellows Farewell” “Dirty Boots (He Didn’t)” L&M

Smith Westerns: Soft Will

• 2013/06/25 • Mom & Pop Music • Alternative/ Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Lo-Fi • 3am Spiritual | Idol | White Oath “You don’t look like you did on t.v.” — “3am Spiritual” I am so happy from the very first song. Smith Westerns turn to a more end-of-the-summer-relaxed feel with timely guitar features. Smith Westerns

Frank Turner: Tape Deck Heart

• 2013/04/13 • Interscope • Alternative/Indie Rock • Recovery | *Losing Days* “I keep losing days that use to take a lifetime.” — “Losing Days” Frank Turner almost sounds pained as he sings – perhaps from the passion with which he sings or from the memories of heartache and troubling conflict he appears to be dealing with. Love…

The Front Bottoms: Talon of the Hawk

• 2013/05/21 • Bar/None • Alternative/Indie Punk • Au Revoir | Twin Size Mattress | Santa Monica “I’m sure that we could find something for you to do on stage. Maybe shake a tambourine or when I sing, you sing harmonies.” — “Twin Size Mattress” Diary-like confessional finds singer Brian Stella discharging adolescent thoughts about juvenile conundrums. It comes out…