Car Seat Headrest

Brilliant new album from Virginia’s Car Seat Headrest. The album is called Teens of Style. The first track, “Sunburned Shirts”, starts it off with an energetic guitar part and heavy reverb vocals. Car Seat Headrest brings a cool mix of grunge-rock and guitar pop. The album as a whole is very well written between the lyrics and the guitar riffs. Teens of Style is a super catchy album that you’ll want to listen to over and over again.

Girlpool

New music from Girlpool called Before the World Was Big. These ladies have such an incredibly powerful sound with their minimalist style of alt-pop. The songwriting is really extraordinary, the harmonies and vocals in general give such a sense of vulnerability, and the guitar parts are so well put together to make you feel the music. This album from Girlpool is one of my favorites so far this year, so make sure to check it out!

Couches

Today we’ve got some music from San Francisco. It’s a band called Couches. They recently released an EP called Slackin’ Since the 80s. Couches’ sound is full of grungy guitar riffs, cool unique vocals, and great songwriting. The nine song EP is a fast driven affair with songs that range from being about losing control, to taking it easy. Slackin’ Since the 80s definitely keeps to its name and the overall feeling is an EP that’s highly listenable. They will also be coming back to Treefort Music Fest this year as well.

Shivery Shakes

New music out of Austin, TX with Shivery Shakes. They just put out their debut full length called Three Waves & A Shake. Shivery Shakes have a great beach bum sort of feeling to their music. Three Waves & A Shake is full of catchy surf-pop tunes that will make you yearn for the summer months once again. The album starts off with the memorable whistling tune of “Recurring Dreams.” That opening track sets the tune for the entire album. My other favorite tracks are “Swimming” and “Remember When.” The whole album from Shivery Shakes is really solid. Shivery Shakes are also on a mini West-Coast tour this week, and are playing Valentine’s tomorrow night 11/18.

Tour Dates:
11.18.14 – Portland, OR @ Valentine’s
11.19.14 – Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge
11.20.14 – Boise, ID @ The Crux
11.21.14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
11.22.14 – Denver, CO @ Savoy

The Domestics

Music by local Portland, OR artists The Domestics. Their self-titled full length album was released back in September. The Domestics have a great indie rock-pop sound. The thing that stands out most is their songwriting skills and lyrics. The album is super catchy and full of great songs. It starts with one of my favorites, “American Drag.” The next couple songs are more upbeat, including the love song “Wait Forever.” There is definitely some parallels to The National in The Domestics sound. Most of the second half of the album is a little more melancholy, though they end with “What A Life.” The Domestics are a high recommendation for the fall and winter months ahead, they are also playing Doug Fir Lounge on November 23rd.