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Lord huron
Vide Noir

Genre/Style: Indie Rock, Folk Rock, Psychadelic Rock

FFO: Local Natives, Langhorne Slim, The Head and The Heart

Summary: Michigan native Ben Schneider follows up 2015’s incredible Strange Trails with an album that builds on his signature sound with eerie and epic tales of a soul adrift. Schnierder has developed his sound from stripped down folk rock into elaborately orchestrated anthems of lost love and cosmic longing. Each new album brings deeper concepts and grander compositions.

Listen: Wait By The River


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IDLES
Joy as an act of resistance

Genre/Style: Punk, Rock, Post-Punk

FFO: Savages, Protomartyr, The Men

Summary: This English punk band made waves last year with their debut album Brutalism. This year they followed it up with their most accessible work yet, with songs that are hella catchy and rock hard AF. Frontman Joe Talbot gives visceral performances of socially relevant sentiments of defiance and positivity in the face of horrors. This album is a much needed venue for political catharsis and anger-coated optimism.

Watch: Danny Nedelko (Official Video)


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Travis scott
Astroworld

Genre/Style: Hip Hop, Trap

FFO: Young Thug, Drake, Migos

Summary: This album took me by surprise, I had greatly underestimated Mr. Scott as well as what can be done with trap music. He breathes new life into the genre with unexpected mid-song style switch ups, surprise cameos, and bold style choices. I’ve always said a good artist will make you like a style you didn’t like before and that’s what Travis does on this album.

Listen: STOP TRYING TO BE GOD (Official Video)


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Robyn
honey

Genre/Style: Synthpop, Dance-Pop

FFO: Tegan and Sara, Janelle Monae, Empress Of

Summary: This year Swedish synthpop shaman, Robyn returned with her follow up to her seminal 2010 album Body Talk. Once again she delivers danceable jams full of electronic innovation and heart-wrending lyrics about love, loss, nostalgia, and vice. This album feels very personal and vulnerable while remaining fun and catchy.

Listen:


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Hop Along
Bark Your HEad Off, Dog

Genre/Style: Indie Rock, Pop Punk

FFO: LVL Up, Charly Bliss, Speedy Ortiz

Summary:

Listen: Broken Finger Blues


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Ezra Furman
Transangelic Exodus

Genre/Style: Indie Rock, Punk

FFO: Titus Andronicus,

Summary:

Watch: Ezra Furman performs “Love You So Bad”


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Young Fathers
Cocoa Sugar

Genre/Style: Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Gospel, Art Rap

FFO:

Summary:

Watch: In My View (Official Video)


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Lucy Dacus
historian

Genre/Style:

FFO:

Summary:

Watch: Addictions (Official Video)


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Tunde Olaniran
Stranger

Genre/Style:

FFO:

Summary:

Watch: I’m Here (Official Video)


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Saba
Care For Me

Genre/Style: Indie Rock

FFO: Lucy Dacus,

Summary:

Watch: Dirty Computer [Emotion Picture]