Album Reviews

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

alt-J new album 'This Is All Yours' reviewed by Northern Transmissions,

Review of ‘This Is All Yours’ By alt-J

In the two years since the release of their debut album An Awesome Wave, alt-J have remained relatively quiet. The album was a runaway success for the group, and its avant-pop garnered comparisons to bigger acts like Radiohead. While they hadn’t quite reach the same creative peak that Thom Yorke:

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Review Of The New full-length From Broncho 'Just Hip Enough To Be Woman'

Review Of The New full-length From Broncho

Listening to ‘Just Enough Hip To Be Woman’ – the second LP by Broncho – is akin to half hearing snippets from recognisable bands being half-heartedly mimicked. Throughout the band’s sophomore effort, there’s flashes of The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Howler and The Velvet Underground but as the:

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Review of The Juan MacLeans new album 'In A Dream' comes out September16, on DFA

Review of ‘In A Dream’ by The Juan MacLean

With LCD Soundsystem now in the past-tense for the past three years, there has now been plenty of breathing room for the DFA label’s other stars to really shine without living in the shadow of the their flagship band. That being said, I started this review by talking about LCD Soundsystem.But seriously:

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eview of This Will Destroy you's new album 'Another Language', out 9/16 via Suicide Squeeze

Review Of ‘This Will Destroy Yous’ New Album

When Texas trio This Will Destroy You came on the scene in 2005, their take on the ethereal drone and slow climb of post-rock wasn’t the freshest sound on the block, but they were decent at it. Their debut EP Young Mountain had plenty of ethereal guitars and powerful bursts of aggression:

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Northern Transmissions' Review of She Keeps Bees' new album 'Eight Houses'

Review Of She Keeps Bees’ ‘Eight Houses’

A blues-rock duo from Brooklyn isn’t exactly an original concept, but She Keeps Bees’ latest, Eight Houses, manages to stand out from the crowd with a contemporary twist on Deep South and pre-war sounds. The duo, who have an impressive eight releases under their belt since forming in 2006:

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Review of Lia Ices' new album 'Ices', her full length comes out on September 16th via Jagjaguwar,

Review Of Lia Ices’ ‘Ices’

Lia Kessel aka Lia Ices is a singer-songwriter from Westport, Connecticut and is releasing her third album Ices out on Jagjaguwar this month. Despite the first two albums being released 2008 and 2011, it was 2012 that Lia Ices gained more attention after her song “Love is Won” from her second album Grown:

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Review Of Tennis' New album 'Ritual In Repeat' out tomorrow on Communion,

Review Of Tennis’ New LP ‘Ritual In Repeat’

Tennis had every reason to be a flavor of the minute when they started releasing their sunny singles in 2009. They were a husband and wife duo that made cutesy indie pop after supposedly spending several months together on a a sailboat. It was nice for a summer daydream:

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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.