When he’s not performing as the drummer for punk noisemakers Brunch, local musician Ayden Flanigan crafts a brand of twangy alt-rock, as heard in this new single from an upcoming album, which describes the confusion that arises when a friendship turns into something more.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Pavement, Wilco, Fruit Bats, Greg Freeman 

Local folk ensemble A Box of Stars’ latest EP sounds like the band’s name – homespun and cozy, with a sense of spacious wonder. Gentle, warm vibes and deep vocals abound.  Track Picks: 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sufjan Stevens, Nick Drake, Big Thief, HAMSA

Charlie Hill may have left Burlington for Nashville, abandoning his former stage name of Chazzy Lake in the process, but his brand of Americana-flavored power-pop songwriting is as brilliant as ever on his two latest singles from the upcoming album “Chuck Pond.”  FCC: Clean RIYL: Wilco, Fruit Bats, Kyle Craft, Danny and the Parts

Bostonian singer-songwriter Chris Walton pulls from folk, funk, and neo-soul to create a smooth, heartfelt sound centered around his beautiful guitar picking and passionate vocals. Lyrics focus on the ups and downs of romance and relationships.  Track Picks: 2, 5, 6, 10  FCC: 4, 8 RIYL: Son Little, Lianne La Havas, Michael Kiwanuka, John Mayer

Label: Kill Rock Stars RIYL: Vanillaroma, The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant (specifically release Melophobia) FCC: 3, 4, 7, 9 Focus: 2, 5, 8, 11 Ron Gallo is a Philadelphia-bred rock musician who mixes rock, garage punk, and intelligence into each of his songs. And this album is no exception. This is Ron Gallo’s sixth […]

Interesting, abstract choral works.

These are works composed in the style of other composers but in microtones. Nice!

For cello + piano, lyrical works celebrating the Earth.

Abstract and lyrical commissioned works–piano, violin + cello.

Contemporary works for winds, strings or various combinations, mostly lyrical. Play!

The Kukuruz Quartet composed of 2 pianos and 4 pianists perform commissioned works, abstract, highly varied. Some with tape.

Works by Turina and Castelnuovo-Tedesco for strings–modern.

Impressionistic works for violin and piano, varied rhythms. Nice!

Interesting mix of tuba and other instruments, Classical to contemporary.

Cellist Claire Bryant performs interesting contemporary, abstract pieces accompanied with viola/violin,

Label: Repeating CloudRIYL: Molly Martin, Social Cinema, LocketFCC: CleanFocus: 2, 5, 7 This album is jam-packed with songs perfect for doing homework outside on a sunny day, going for a jog, or taking a nice drive. Speed changes keep the songs interesting and unpredictable in a great way. Variety within and between songs makes each […]

From promoter:” Andrew Gabbard has become a household name in the Ohio rock-n-roll scene. As a guitarist and vocalist for Cincinnati-based Thee Shams and the critically acclaimed Buffalo Killers, his songwriting chops have been proven time and time again. He currently serves as one half of the Gabbard Brothers, performs as a touring guitarist for The […]

From promoter:”Kenny Beats produces this fluttery and fun as all get out new record from Benny Sings. Inspired by his deep love of bossa nova, it’s endlessly catchy and features Remi Wolf! It’s a warm, lighthearted romp.” RIYL: Nick Hakim, Fat Night, Free Nationals FCC: Clean

From promoter: “Long Daze, Dark Nights is the upcoming album from Waldo Witt. The artist embraces 60s and 70s psychedelia inspirations like Todd Rundgren, King Crimson, and Brian Wilson, alongside a continued adoration of 80s soft rock and disco, resulting in a vibrant sounding record, full of hooks and charismatic structural twists.” RIYL: Jerry Paper, Tame Impala, Toro y Moi […]

From promoter: “Izzy’s songs grew out of the tireless grind of DIY shows. His early, self-booked tours were both extensive and eccentric; the venues included VFW dive bars, coffee shops, and as the intermission between two sets of a Grateful Dead cover band. The unpredictability of those settings and audiences inspired Izzy to fine-tune his curious and […]

Psychedelic cowboy Dougie Poole delivers a somber yet beautiful third album that centers around the themes of loneliness and stagnation in one’s life. The songs range in genre from indie folk to classic country, featuring Poole’s rich vocal performances among an ensemble of acoustic guitar, lap steel, airy synths, and laid back drums. The melancholic […]

This EP has almost a soft rock feel to it while still containing a collection of somber lyrics. Bass, low guitar, and percussion lines define this EP. Despite some songs having lyrics on the more somber side, the EP never lags, or brings your mood down. The slowness of some songs is reinforced with drum […]

Abstract works built on fragments of other works, various instruments.

Abstract orchestral works.

Kevin Kastning and Mark Wingfield perform improvisations for 36 contra guitar (and others) with electric guitar.