Album Reviews

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

Review of 'Heavy Love' By Duke Garwood, the album comes out on February 8th

Review of ‘Heavy Love’ By Duke Garwood

Artist: Duke Garwood Title: Heavy Love Record Label: Heavenly Recordings Rating: 8 London-based, blues-rock/experimental singer-songwriter Duke Garwood has returned with his 5th solo album, Heavy Love, which was recorded at Josh Homme’s famed Pink Duck studio. The thumbs-up from Greg Dulli (“I f*cking love this.”) on Duke Garwood’s official site is a pretty good indicator […]

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Review of 'I Sell The Circus' by 'Ricked Wicky. The new Robert Pollard project

Review: ‘I Sell The Circus’ by ‘Ricked Wicky’

Artist: Ricked Wicky Album: I Sell the Circus Label: Fire Rating: 6.7 In an in an unsurprising move, Robert Pollard has a new album dropping mere months after Guided By Voices’ second (and likely final) breakup. The line that differentiates the material on a GBV album and a Pollard solo record is blurry for sure, and […]

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Review of the new Album by Vision Fortune, 'Country Music.'

Review of the new Album by Vision Fortune

Artist:  Vision Fortune Title:  Country Music Record Label: ATP Recordings Rating: 6.5/10 Take a second and think about what country music means to you – plaids shirts, outrageous Stetsons and of course amazing song titles such as these beauties, is what country music is to me – ‘Get Your Tongue Out Of My Mouth ‘Cause […]

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Review Of The New Album 'In the Pink of Condition' From 'H Hawkline.'

Review Of The New Album From ‘H Hawkline’

Artist: H Hawkline Abum : In the Pink of Condition Label: Heavenly Rating: 7.7 Cardiff-based H Hawkline’s In the Pink of Condition is his first album for Heavenly Records, a label that has found recent succes with albums from groups like Toy and Temples. In the Pink is a pop record that exists on its […]

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Review Of 'Sauna' The New LP From Mount Eerie. The album will be available on february 3rd

Review Of ‘Sauna’ The New LP From Mount Eerie

Artist: Mount Eerie Title: Sauna Rating: 7.1 Label: P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd. Since adopting the moniker Mount Eerie a decade ago, songwriter Phil Elverum — formerly of the Microphones — has focused most of his output around the natural world, using the landscape of the Pacific Northwest as a mirror by which to examine […]

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Review of the new Father John Misty album 'I Love You Honey Bear,' available February 3rd

Review Of The New Father John Misty Album

Artist: Father John Misty Title: I Love You Honey Bear Label: Sub Pop Rating: 8.3 Father John Misty, the singer songwriter otherwise known as J Tillman and former member of the bands Fleet Foxes and Saxon Shore is to release his second album under the moniker, out on Sub pop. Produced by Tillman and Jonathan […]

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Review of the new album by Jessica Pratt 'On Your Own Love Again.'

Review Of Jessica Pratt’s New Album

Artist: Jessica Pratt Album: On Your Own Love Again Label: Drag City Rating: 8.7 It has been a very long time since the last time Jessica Pratt set down to record some songs. Approximately eight years or so. Her self-titled was released in 2011, but the songs themselves had been kicking around since she was […]

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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.