The Holiday shopping season is coming to a close, but there’s still time for that last minute stocking stuffer for your music-loving relative, or a last minute gift suggestion to complete that list. Here are some suggestions to get your started:
The Frankl Project – “Standards”
In the six years since the group’s last release, the veteran punk trio has perfected its dynamic songwriting, with nuanced builds and perfected release. The result is “Standards,” an album which has already been nominated for Cincinnati Entertainment Award’ s album of the year, but deserves to carry this band’s sound so much further.
Sounds Like: A Slow, rock-n-roll fueled, burn
Delta Rae – “Chasing Twisters EP”
Made up of three siblings, and soaring vocal harmonies, this North Carolina folk-group is a must have. “Chasing Twisters’ is highlighted by the single “If I Love You” which features Fleetwood Mac’s own Lindsey Buckingham.
Sounds Like: If soul food could sing to you.
Magic Man – “You Are Here EP”
This electro-pop group from Boston is on the rise and has already toured with Walk the Moon this year. Their most recent release is worth picking up, and features the eponymous single “You Are Here.”
Sounds Like: A busier sounding Passion Pit
Twenty One Pilots – “Vessel”
The energetic Columbus duo’s major label debut features: singing, rapping, ukulele, synth breakdowns, and grown men dressing in skeleton costumes. If you’re interested isn’t piqued now, you’re doing something wrong.
Sounds Like: Electro-nerd hipsters done right.
Affiance – “The Campaign”
While the oldest album on the list, with a late-2012 release, this one is to appease all the metal-heads out there. This sophomore release from the Cleveland group features better songwriting and a more polished sound, check out our review for more.
Sounds Like: A less edgy Memphis May Fire
The Jaywalkers – “The Lights Are On at Home”
After their post-college diaspora, this album was a long time coming, but it’s definitely worth a listen. If you want a fresh, college-fueled, and classic rock inspired indie album, then go ahead and pick it up/
Sounds Like: Classic rock meets Indie with touches of The Hold Steady.
Acker – “EP 1”
If post-rock is your thing, this Champaign-Urbana group is definitely worth checking out. Featuring a former contributor of ours, they have already received rave reviews in the blogosphere and even fielded offers to provide a video game score.
Sounds Like: Brooding study music, with a cello
If you have the time, buy local:
Shake It Records (Northside)
Everybody’s Records (Pleasant Ridge)
Phil’s Records (Latonia, KY)