Tony Molina – Dissed and Dismissed

While the incredible brevity of this new Tony Molina record makes it a little gimmicky, the infectious melodies and breakup album concept are enough to make me overlook that most of the time. If you like your power pop rough and punk-influenced, give this a listen.

Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow

Stream the new Black Lips album if ya know what’s good for ya! The band seems to live up to grimy and catchy expectations with this new set of tracks, which will be out officially on the 18th of this month. Enjoy!

Goliad – Inevitability

If you find yourself enjoying the pristine, banal plunderphonics of Oneohtrix Point Never as well as the woozy vocal inflection of a “sad rock” act like Porches. (or even Liars), then you might want to keep an eye on 19-year-old Bay Area musician Devlin Miski (a.k.a. Goliad). On Inevitability, you will find both of these things in abundance, and with some fine-tuning, this “plunder-pop” thing might just catch on. Happy listening!

This is Miski’s second project this year, after last month’s Gavin’s Middle Name, a beat tape he released under the name Iequoia with fellow producer Danny Spiteri. Hear it here.

Frankie Cosmos – “Birthday Song”

The previously mentioned Frankie Cosmos drops a hilariously frank birthday song that tells it straight about these annual celebrations of existence. While it may seem like Frankie is raining on the parade, it’s sometimes good to laugh at arbitrary rituals a bit. Plus, the instrumentation is pretty endearing as well. Enjoy!

An Autumn For Crippled Children – Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love

Autumn For Crippled Children’s fourth album sees the band bringing expanded metal instrumentation into some melodic, shoegaze-savvy territory.

Big Ups – Eighteen Hours of Static

Stream: Big Ups – Eighteen Hours of Static

Eighteen Hours of Static, the debut LP from New York punk outfit Big Ups, is a refreshing half hour of caustic and cathartic post-hardcore. The mix here is muddy, the playing is messy, and the vocals of frontman Joe Galarraga are manic – often searing. But it’s all quite glorious in just how simultaneously sincere and abrasive  its 11 songs are. Give it a listen above via Stereogum.

Eighteen Hours of Static is out now via Dead Labour and Tough Love.

Lockbox – “Brainhead”

A frenetic, zany, kooky, scatter-brained, etc. track from lo-fi electronic musician Lockbox. “Brainhead” appears to be the result of a caffeine high stacked on top of a sugar rush, propelled by a constant skittering beat and loaded with countless fleeting synth textures over the course of its action-packed three-and-a-half minute runtime.

“Brainhead” is the lead single from Lockbox’s upcoming album Prince Soul Grenade, due out January 28 via Hausu Mountain.

Woods – “Leaves Like Grass”

Falsetto-fronted folk rockers Woods are gearing up to drop new full-length album on April 15th through their usual stomping grounds, Woodsist. The title of this forthcoming record: With Light and With Love.

The band is teasing toward this next album with the track “Leaves Like Grass,” which is a sweet folk rock ballad backed with some organ and punchy drums.

It’s a little sloppy and low-key, but incredibly endearing as well. It feels like the summer sun’s shining on my face, but it’s a midnight in January right now.

Can’t wait.

Check a review for the Woods album Bend Beyond below:

An Autumn For Crippled Children – Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love

An Autumn For Crippled Children, yes, that’s this band’s name. I’m being serious.

I know, you probably don’t find the name that strange. You probably also don’t find it strange that they’re a black metal-influenced rock outfit from the Netherlands. Their latest album title seems like a sound piece of advice, though: Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love. The album art seems a little unorthodox for this style of music as well, but we’re post-Sunbather now, right?

While the saturated and slightly lo-fi production on this record brings a harsh aura to the songs here, the melodies and instrumentation are pretty triumphant and beautiful much of the time. There’s plenty of strings and keyboards tucked away underneath all of the brittle guitar distortion as well. The sounds all bleed into one another, creating a sharp drone–a lot like on the track “never complete.” And the details don’t stop there.

While this collection of songs does have a slightly demo-ish feel, the band’s ideas impress enough to warrant deeper listens. Enjoy!

Doomed Boys/Tom Lincolnway – “Werewolf”/”Trepanation”

Doomed Boys (previously Super Minotaur) is a Chicagoan collective of writers, illustrators, and musicians whose art tends to go in an alluringly scuzzy direction. This can be seen in the few drawings they’ve posted to their Facebook, as well as in these two most recent songs they’ve produced. Above, check out the fuzzed-out garage rocker “Werewolf,” and below, give a listen to the latest lo-fi piece from Doomed Boys affiliate Tim McGinn (under his moniker Tom Lincolnway). Enjoy!