Very abstract, avant works for various instruments, interesting!

Quattro Duo performs these contemporary works for flute/guitar–lovely, rhythmically varied. Play!

Heavy rock guitar and rough, raspy vocals feature prominently in the latest album from British indie rock band The Luka State. It’s an interesting mix of intense, angry headbangers with some less extreme interventions sprinkled throughout (including the titular track, where things get a bit more emotional). Stick around for a big ending chord. Play! […]

A pop anthem with crashing drums and full synth from The Juliana Theory. Give it a spin for big motivational, hill-climbing vibes. FCC: Clean RIYL: Further Seems Forever, Acceptance, Mae, Hot Rod Circuit

Sounds for all seasons on this latest album from Rick Sal. There is a certain joyous storytelling in all the songs, even the more somber ones. A fun, bouncy song on some tracks, latin rhythms and influences on others. Trigger warning for Track 10, many mentions of death, including suicide. Other than that, give it […]

Release date: September 18, 2020Label: Century Media Records Napalm Death released their first record in more than five years towards the end of 2020. Although it’s unmistakably Napalm Death, this record is far from predictable. Backlash Just Because is raucous, quirky and discordant and ultimately catchy-as-anything rampaging noise. Contagion presents a more stripped-down Napalm Death. It’s chocked […]

Release date: May 29, 2020Label: Epitaph Joyce Manor albums have always have always been about energy and feeling. Songs from Northern Torrance sounds like a punk rock demo tape from the early aughts. These songs evoke small venues, parking lots and basements. Check out the anti-authoritarian anger on the crowd favorite, House Warning Party. DFHP […]

Music for horn, all contemporary in varied styles and accompaniment. Play!

Lyrical, interesting pieces for trombone, piano and violin. All contemporary. Play!

Interesting works for brass trio and piano. Play!

Excellent collection of solos for flute and clarinet, varied stylistically, contemporary.

Computer works exploring the parts of sounds: overtones, partials and whether harmonic (pitch) or inharmonic (individual sounds). Generally meandering, ambient, but some dissonance.

Excellent collection of Italian composers’ modern works for a variety of flutes. Play!

Y’all. First off, I– Black Hat. Black suit. My shady clothes.Mustache twirled tight beneath my noseCreepin’ I lurk in the shadowsCause I’m a criminal. Boo! Hiss!At me when I’m aroundthat miss I’ll take without a soundmy lair is hidden undergroundMy scheme? The pinnacle! –love covers, but only when they diverge significantly from the original enough […]

If you know Peggy Lee, you know what you’re getting, even if these are rarities: super soft, crooning light jazz from the 1950s, heavy on the harp glissandos. Think Perry Como and you’re halfway there. As a bonus, this collection avoids all nine (9) of Lee’s songs that have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 […]

Right off the bat, the Stone Souls will draw you in with gorgeous vocals set to a driving rock beat. They’ll keep you hooked with crunchy slide guitar and tambourine served with a hearty side of angst. And stay tuned until the end for a somber and beautiful final track. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 2, […]

Gorgeous solo vibraphone with effects brought forth by Nabil Ayers and Alan Braufman’s new label Valley of Search. Indeed there is a searching element here and what that is so dreamy. Not a dull moment.

Philadelphia-based musician and Temple University senior released this album at the beginning of the year. Intense, highly melodic and beautifully lyrical tunes that have a “pop sensibility”. I believe that everyone can find something they enjoy from this record. Recommended.

Incredible poetry-emphasized rap music that has such a unique flow to it. Lots of loops created from interviews of poets as well as Ferreira’s own, warbly piano. Highly recommended.

Winooski’s beloved AfroPop group’s latest track is a triumphant anthem of overcoming and resilience. The group’s typical shiny pop production, dancefloor-ready grooves and autotuned vocal harmonies are bolstered by a guest rap verse by R.O.D. and a fearsome guitar solo by Andre Maquera. FCC: Clean RIYL: Falle Nioke, Rema, Burna Boy, Wizkid

The debut single from BTV indie combo Next Nobodies sounds like it belongs in a smoke-filled disco with the lights turned down low. The four-on-the-floor groove keeps you grounded as the chiming keys, echoey guitars and smooth vocals envelop you. FCC: Clean RIYL: Mark Ronson, Tame Impala, Breakbot

Recent UVM alum Princess Nostalgia’s new single is all about “loving yourself – even the nasty/stinky/freaky parts.” Sonically, the track continues in her unique style of retro R&B influenced electronic grooves with choppy guitars and heavily AutoTuned vocals. FCC: Clean RIYL: Charli XCX, Tokimonsta, Disclosure

Beloved BTV indie-pop songwriter Francesca Blanchard’s latest single is a “letter to solitude and the city that helped (her) through it.” The song is a keyboard-led ballad which builds from a minimalist intro to the type of grand climax that many of Francesca’s best songs have. Lyrically, the song’s dream fantasy of being rescued from […]

Burlington-based indie project Couchsleepers take a folkier turn on their latest single, with a lush arrangement driven by a banjo riff and lyrics that address the challenges of maintaining a relationship while battling one’s personal demons. FCC: Clean RIYL: Adrianne Lenker, Fleet Foxes, Pinegrove

Burlington-based singer-songwriter Willoughby J. Morse’s latest single sounds like a modern indie-folk update of an early 60’s girl-group song, with echoey production and stomping beat surrounding soft-spoken lyrics about a covert queer liaison.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Couchsleepers