Sounds Like: Bay Area punks’ second set of ’90s-loving tunes; a founding duo of guitarist/vocalists who’ve added a bassist and drummer to complete their pop-punk picture.
Free Association: Their bio claims bits of Queen and Fleetwood Mac are up in here—FALSE!
For Fans Of: Hot Water Music/Bad Religion x Yellowcard, fast punk, whine screams.
Robot Learn Love
Sounds Like: A Chicagoan in Nashville, Tenn., pursuing his brand of acoustic emo pop meets electronic bedroom beats, his third LP is more-of-the-same strange brew.
Free Association: If you’re into Owl City, you’re going to love this electrified emo ish.
For Fans Of: Death Cab x the Notwist, Matt & Kim x Conor Oberst, digital sadness.
Sounds Like: The Bloomington, Ind., trio debuts with a love letter to droll ’90s indie rock with deadpan vocals, simple guitar melodies and sparse production that’s right on trend.
Free Association: A smash hit for Malkmus-lovers believing Pavement’s our savior.
For Fans Of: Yuck + My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr., ’90s Night on Nickelodean.
Hostage Calm is cool with the chaos