Album Reviews

Album reviews and new music previews from the latest releases by upcoming bands and indie record labels.

Review of Jenny Lewis' LP 'The Voyager' out 8/29 on Warner. The first single of the LP is "Just One Of The Guys" Jenny Lewis plays 8/25 in Middletown, RI

Review Of Jenny Lewis’ New LP ‘The Voyager’

Creativity and catharsis forge a soothing union and doesn’t Jenny Lewis know it. The Las Vegas songstress found solace in the inception of her third solo LP, ‘The Voyager’, the follow up to 2008’s sublime ‘Acid Tongue’. Lewis turned to music to guide her.

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Stardeath and White Dwarfs new album 'Waistoid' reviewed by Northern Transmissions. The album comes out on July 29th via Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label

Review: Stardeath And White Dwarfs’ Waistoid

On July 29th, Stardeath and White Dwarfs are set to arrive with their first full-length album in almost 5 years. As far as self-penned material goes, the group have remained relatively quiet since 2009’s Warner Bros. released The Birth. Apart from an,

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Review of The Amazing Snakeheads new album 'Amphetamine Blues', the LP comes out on July 23 on Domino Records, the first single from the LP is "Truth Serum"

Review Of The Amazing Snakeheads’ New LP

“When I sing, I sound like where I’m from”. Never has there been a truer statement; these are the words straight from Dale Barclay, the talisman and mouthpiece of The Amazing Snakeheads. They’re from Glasgow and don’t we know it?! This is a city,

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Review of White Fences new album For 'The Recently Found Innocent' out July 22nd via Drag City Records. The first single off the album is "Like That"

Review of The New Album From White Fence

White Lung, The White Stripes, Whitesnake—bands associated with the blank colour aren’t exactly uncommon, but White Fence may have chosen the most boring object of the spectrum to name themselves after. In a way, it fits: suburban,

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Review of The new EP from 'Big Deal' entitled 'Sakura', it get's released on mute records globally, tomorrow. The first single off 'Sakura' is "Always Boys"

Review of ‘Sakura’ by Big Deal

Big Deal” is one of those phrases that can mean its exact opposite depending on how you say it. That makes it a perfect name for a band that plays with aural contrasts and flirts with the paradox of speaking internal emotions out loud. Alice Costelloe,

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Then new album from Dead Space 'Faker' reviewed by Northern Transmissions' Evan Mcdowell, the LP comes out on July 15th via Gerrard Cosloy's 12xu label

Review of ‘Faker’ by Dead space

Dead Space are an Austin, TX based trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Quin Galavis, guitarist Garrett Hadden, and drummer Jenny Arthur. The band have been together for years (honing their craft since high school), but have yet to release a proper,

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Review of Review of Alvvays' new self-titled album, it comes out on July 22 on Polyvinyl Records, the lead single is "Archie Marry Me" Alvvays play 7/11 in New York ' new self-titled album, it comes out on July 22 on Polyvinyl Records, the lead single is "Archie Marry Me" Alvvays play 7/11 in New York

Review of Alvvays’ new self-titled album

Chvrches, Wavves, and now Alvvays—’V’ sure has gotten a facelift on the soundwaves recently. Continuing the clever trend of bucking an infinite cascade of Google search results for your band name, Alvvays, thankfully, don’t sing with a,

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Northern Transmissions reviews music from the world of independent music. Its focus is on independent music, especially indie rock. However, the range of musical genres covered extends to pop, hip hop, folk, jazz, heavy metal, experimental, and various forms of electronic dance music. The site, not only concentrates on new music. Journalists for Northern Transmissions also review reissued albums and box sets. In 2010 Charles Brownstein, left his day job selling shoes and created Northern Transmissions. Influenced by Indie rock, Record stores, and Sirius XMU Bloggers. Brownstein had no previous writing or blogging. He wanted to create a more independent website where he could pick bands and artists that he liked.


In 2010 Charles Brownstein, left his day job selling shoes and created Northern Transmissions. Influenced by Indie rock, Record stores, and Sirius XMU Bloggers. Brownstein had no previous writing or blogging. He wanted to create a more independent website where he could pick bands and artists that he liked.


Northern Transmissions covers new music on a daily basis. It has a staff of roughly eight writers who all have a passion for various types of independent music. The site prides itself on being fiercely independent and honest in its coverage of albums. Northern Transmissions has never deleted any reviews, even recently rating one of indie rocks biggest act Arctic Monkeys with a score of four out of ten, for the bands latest release AM.


Labels that Northern Transmissions frequently covers releases from include Captured Tracks, Sub Pop, Matador, 4AD, XX Recordings, Slumberland records, Mom + Pop Records, Fat Possum, Hardly Art, Bella Union Records, Burger Records, DFA, Drag City, Domino Recordings, Downtown Records, Fat Cat, Flying Nun, Fools Gold,Frenchkiss, Iamsound, Jajaguwar, Secretly Canadian, Polyvinyl, Kanine, K, Kill, Rock Stars, Mexican Summer, Merge, Memphis Industries, Modular People, Mute, Ninja Tune, OWSLA, Sacred Bones, Saddle Creek, Stones Throw, Suicide Squeeze, Vagrant, Verve, Vice, Western Vinyl, Wichita Recordings, Woodsist and many more.


Northern Transmissions main goal is to forever provide its readers with reviews of records that we our selves would listen to. If myself or writers from Northern Transmissions wouldnt take the time to listen to an artist or band, we would never want to write about it.