Album Reviews

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

Review of 'Love Chills' By YAWN the new full-length LP from the Chicago band, comes out September 9th via Old Flame records, the first single is "Flytrap"

Review Of ‘Love Chills’ By YAWN

‘4 young riff-raffs with a taste for musical adventure’ is how Chicago collective, YAWN typify themselves via the power of Facebook. This feeling of exploratory leanings ring true with the band’s latest LP, ‘Love Chills’. This a record that evolves:

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The New Pornographers 'Brill Bruisers' reviewed by Northern Transmissions. the LP comes out on 8/26 on Matador Records, the lead single is "Brill Bruisers"

The New Pornographers’ ‘Brill Bruisers’

Canadian indie rockers The New Pornographers formed in Vancouver in 1999 and have since been perfecting their special pop rock sound. They’re releasing their sixth album Bill Bruisers out on 26th August 2014 out on Matador records. A bit of a super:

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Royal Blood's new self-titled full-length reviewed by Northern Transmissions. The album is out 8/26 on Dine Alone/Warner, the new single is "Figure It Out"

Review Of Royal Blood’s NEW Self-Titled LP

It was approximately this time last year when – pardon the pun and reference to Royal Blood’s signature tune – the Brighton duo erupted with ‘Out of the Black’. Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher announced themselves, fully formed with just a bass guitar:

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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.