Russell James - Wave/Water

The best songs are the ones that you can connect with and the best albums are the ones that tell a story, so it’s no surprise that Russell James’ new album, Wave/Water is an incredibly powerful and touching release. Spearheaded by incredibly vulnerable lyricism and filled out with soulful vocals and a timeless Americana/folk sound, Wave/Water tells a story of struggle, but most importantly, resilience. With a hint of hope to each song on this release, Russell James promises listeners that things will get better, and until they do, you have his shoulder to lean on and these songs to light the way.

A Perfect Circle - Eat The Elephant

Eat The Elephant, A Perfect Circle’s first new album in nearly fourteen years is a perfect reintroduction to a band that have been pushing the boundaries of their music since the very beginning. The stunning, cinematic twelve song effort finds the band making a realistic yet incredibly optimistic commentary on at the world's current state of affairs and humanity’s shortcomings while experimenting with their sound more than ever before. 

Gang Of Four - Complicit

Gang Of Four prove that they’re still a force to be reckoned with on Complicit, their first new material in three years. Only four songs in length, Complicit wastes no time getting right down to it, both sonically and lyrically. These tracks are politically charged and catchy as hell, from the thumping opener, “Lucky” to the nearly psychedelic “I’m A Liar.” Each song on the EP tells a story, but it’s not passive by any means - instead, it serves as a commentary on modern society delivered with a catchy beat that you can dance to. It’s so 2018, and in the best way possible.

Animal Flag - Void Ripper

Although it can feel very dark and desolate at times, Animal Flag’s new album, Void Ripper is filled with light and hope. Through songs that tell a story of finding meaning and purpose in life, Void Ripper feels like a push and pull between succumbing to feelings of hopelessness and rising from the ashes to find something worth living for. Incredibly raw, both sonically and emotionally, this album will rip you open before making you feel whole once more.

Ripe - Joy In The Wild Unknown

Ripe have made one hell of an entrance with their debut full-length album, Joy In The Wild Unknown. Filled to the brim with soulful vocals, wild guitar work, groovy bass and a vibrant horn section, Joy In The Wild Unknown is sure to lift your spirits no matter what mood you’re in and will take you on a sonic journey by the time it comes to an end.

Underoath - Erase Me

Underoath are reborn on their new album, Erase Me. The epitome of growth and change, Erase Me finds the band exploring new sounds and themes with their first new music to be released in eight years, and somehow, an album that sounds unlike anything Underoath has ever done is about as Underoath as it gets.

Spanish Love Songs - Schmaltz

The scariest yet most comforting feeling in the world is hearing an album for the first time and thinking, “Wow, this is me,” and for me, that record is Spanish Love Songs’ newest release, Schmaltz. By touching on incredibly personal subjects like depression, anxiety, guilt and the internal battle that comes along with struggling with these issues, Spanish Love Songs have created a painfully relatable and cathartic release.

Son Survivor - Age Of Conscience

Denver metal band Son Survivor have crafted a very well rounded and timeless release with their new full-length album, Age Of Conscience. Carried by powerful vocals, spectacular guitar work and a rhythm section to be reckoned with, Age Of Conscience packs a punch from start to finish and finds a perfect balance between melodic moments and explosions of sound that’ll remind you why you fell in love with music like Son Survivor's to begin with.

McCafferty - Yarn

Genuine is the best way to describe McCafferty’s new album, Yarn. The band’s signature sound of in your face, punk influenced instrumentals coupled with blunt, vulnerable lyricism makes for an exciting and cathartic listen from start to finish. With songs touching on difficult personal subjects such as depression and anxiety as well as more public ones like religion and the Steubenville rape case, Yarn is ugly and intense, but arrives just when we need it the most.

Fickle Friends - You Are Someone Else

Fickle Friends’ debut full-length has been a long time coming and it is well worth the wait. Filled to the brim with twinkling, catchy as hell bops driven by meaningful lyricism, You Are Someone Else is both fun to listen to and incredibly cathartic. There’s a little bit of something for everyone on this release, whether you’re smitten with Fickle Friends’ retro pop sound or you’re looking for understanding in songs that touch on anxiety, self-doubt and toxic relationships.

Off Road Minivan - Spiral Gaze

Off Road Minivan’s debut EP, Spiral Gaze might be short, but it certainly packs a punch. Throughout these four songs, the band weaves together somber instrumentals, emotive vocals and powerful lyricism to create a very vulnerable and unique debut release. Falling in line with artists like Citizen while still managing to craft a sound all their own, Off Road Minivan show quite a bit of promise with this release.

Hurry - Every Little Thought

You’re quickly transported into another world from the moment to take the plunge into Hurry’s dreamy and timeless new album, Every Little Thought. Filled to the brim with warm, lush instrumentals and soft, soothing vocals, this release will make you long for warm summer afternoons and relaxing outside without a care in the world.

Milestones - Red Lights

Red Lights is exactly what the pop-punk scene needs right now. With catchy hooks and memorable choruses coupled with a larger than life, stadium ready sound, Milestones' new full-length is filled with hit after hit. It’s something you could imagine discovering at Warped Tour back in 2004, but has a lasting factor that’ll surely launch the band’s career even further in 2018.

Senses Fail - If There Is Light, It Will Find You

Sixteen years in the making, Senses Fail’s new album, If There Is Light, It Will Find You is their most personal, emotional and powerful release yet. These twelve songs find vocalist Buddy Nielsen wearing his heart on his sleeve and opening up in a way that he hasn’t since the band’s inception, tackling hard to discuss subjects of loss, grief, depression and the struggles of maintaining a band when you’re not even sure what you want out of life.

The Plot In You - DISPOSE

The Plot In You are reborn on their new album DISPOSE, and with it they deliver some of their most emotional and groundbreaking songs yet. Carried by dissonant guitars, explosive choruses and Landon Tewers’ trademark dynamic vocals, DISPOSE feels like therapy as it chronicles the disintegration and ultimately the end of a relationship as the band picks up the pieces and continues to push forward. These songs are massive, angry and aggressive at the surface, but when you dig a little deeper, you’ll find quite a bit of light and hope in DISPOSE, making it well worth more than one listen.

Good Tiger - We Will All Be Gone

Good Tiger’s new album, We Will All Be Gone is simply remarkable. The band's sophomore release finds them following in the footsteps of their 2015 debut, Head Full Of Moonlight while unsurprisingly raising the stakes once more. In ten songs, Good Tiger not only further establish themselves as one of the best post-hardcore bands of this decade, but they also explore every avenue of their wide array of influences, from the soaring opener, “The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking” to the cinematic “Blueshift” and even intimate tracks like “I’ll Finish This Book Later.”

Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending

Nothing short of a rebirth, Franz Ferdinand’s new album, Always Ascending is sure to remind longtime listeners why they first fell in love with the band to begin with, while still finding them expanding on their eclectic sound. Catchy, groovy and filled to the brim with smart lyricism, Always Ascending will make you want to get up and dance before hitting you quickly with a few of the band’s most emotional songs yet.

Drive-In - Arcade

For fans of LANY, M83 or The 1975, Drive-In’s new EP, Arcade is made up of lush instrumentals, soothing vocals, and sparkling synth. A perfect combination to lull you into relaxation and help you unwind after a long day, or a soundtrack for late night drives, Arcade might be short, but it easily transports you into a neon world that Drive-In created. 

CITRA - Mr. Copacetic

Two years in the marking, Mr. Copacetic is the perfect embodiment of Denver’s most energetic rock band, CITRA. This collection of five songs, while brief, is loud, dynamic, catchy and incredibly well written. It’s a lot of things, but it’s certainly not boring. From start to finish, Mr. Copacetic not only takes you on a wild ride, but it further establishes CITRA’s unique sound, which falls somewhere in between gritty modern rock and the likes of Motörhead.

Acadia - All Heart

Acadia’s sophomore EP, All Heart is the definition of powerful. Comprised of six emotional and heartfelt tracks about life, love and the hardships that come along with a meaningful relationship, the aptly titled All Heart finds vocalist Jameson Trudel wearing his heart on his sleeve.