From promoter: “Their latest release, Saturn Return, carries these landmark events to term with a level of honesty, grace and reverence that only the Secret Sisters could conceive. Boasting production by Brandi Carlile, the sisters embellish the classic Nashville sound with their unique brand of harmony and raw lyricism, running the gambit from reflections on the wisdom of […]

From promoter: “The follow up to 2018’s acclaimed LONER, Superstar (out March 6) is a bigger, badder, glitter-filled cinematic pop record” Label: New West Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 5 FCC: 9 RIYL: Jenny Lewis, Julia Jacklin, Natalie Prass

From promoter: “Lucy, the musical project from Massachusetts based artist Cooper Handy, has developed a unique blend of pop, hip-hop, punk, and DIY sound. The result is exciting, raw, and triumphant music from an artist who’s made a career out of making & self-releasing videos and music, unpolished & posted in near-real time.” Label: Dots Per […]

From promoter: “And NIIA rules, some really lush R&B — not often we get to tell folks we have something going for adds that sounds like Solange or SZA but stoked to do so” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 3, 9, 12 FCC: 2, 3,  4, 5, 10, 11 RIYL: Solange, SZA, Blood Orange, Rhye

From promoter: “Frankie valet expertly marries shoegaze, slowcore, twee, and 90s fuzz on this intimate and honest record about growth” Label: It Takes Time Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Strange Ranger, Vivian Girls, Built to Spill

From promoter: “Eyelids is a cool group with members of Guided By Voices and The Decemberists and is produced by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck — you’ll get the idea there, it’s great if you love that 90s alt crunch” Label: Jealous Butcher Start w/ 2, 4, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Guided By Voices, The Decemberists, R.E.M.

From promoter: “Three thick lps of hot jellied kraut-prog heavies coming at you from 1970s swiss-german based Kedama 3 lps of “live” in the studio and actual live recordings” Label: Castle Face Start w/ 1, 6, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Can, White Fence, King Crimson

From promoter: “Having grown from a solo act to an expansive, multi-piece orchestra, Star Parks offer listeners a sophisticated, soulful pop sound that lands somewhere between Roxy Music and Saturday Looks Good yet carries a particular combination of starkness and buoyancy. If these are the sounds of late capitalism, at least we can shake our […]

From promoter: “her solo music has incrementally privileged a suppleness and and toughness: a matrix of grooves over which she can assert messages that are at once idealistic and robust” Label: Arts & Crafts Start w/ 1, 5, 7 FCC: 8 RIYL: Jenny Lewis, Waxahatchee, Feist, Brittany Howard

Pitchfork: “On his fourth album, Kevin Parker takes a breath and eases into a smoother psychedelic sound. Even without the adrenaline-filled highs, the compositions are as rich and thoughtful as ever.” Label: Interscope Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mild High Club, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Homeshake

From promoter: “Canadian emcee Haviah Mighty is ON THE RISE! One of XXL’s Toronto Rappers You Should Know, Mighty cut her teeth in The Sorority and is ready to carve out a space in the worldwide hip hop landscape.” Label: Self-released FCC: Clean Start w/: 1,2,3,4,8 RIYL: Little Simz, Missy Elliott, Leikeli47, The Sorority

Matthew Mercury return with three dance-club remixes of tracks from their debut album. Included are “Lightning Ocean” (Gentry Mix), “London” (Christopher Hawthorn Mix), and “Swing Like a Hammer” (remixed by WRUV’s own Two Sev!). The latter two have yet to hit streaming services – email for mp3s, or play them from the disc in […]

Fun, modern, jazzy saxophone quartets. Play!

Modern, solo cello works from 1916 to 1966–Muczynski’s fun!

Trio Casals performs this contemporary collection of works, all lovely!

Beautiful, mostly quiet, slow, minimalist solo piano. Play!

Contemporary, classical but with varied elements of other genres and rhythms. Play!

Modern, short, varying orchestral works, play most! Lyrical and interesting.

Flute + guitar on themes of topography, water, climate with electronics and voice, lyrical!

Three Reed Duo (sax + oboe, with piano on some  tracks perform a mix of modern and contemporary pieces. Excellent!

Release date: January 24, 2020 Label: Entertainment One Crowbar vocalist and guitarist, Kirk Windstein has released a solo record. In fact, Dream in Motion sounds a lot like Crowbar but slower and darker. Windstein’s voice reminds me of the deep south, whiskey, and cigarettes. The title track is easily the best on the album, channeling darkness and and infectious hooks […]

The Psychedelic Furs are out with a new single “Don’t Believe,” from the highly anticipated upcoming studio album, Made of Rain. From its exhilarating opening bars, Made Of Rain – the first Psychedelic Furs album in 29 years – sounds like them and them alone. It’s a joy to hear again, fresher than ever, that unique […]

From promoter: “Inspired by the countryside of his homeland, Iceland’s Ásgeir moves from beautiful folk passages to delicate electronics. Both intensely personal and of the nature.” Label: One Little Indian Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, James Blake, Sufjan Stevens

From promoter: “On their second full-length album ley lines [Fueled By Ramen], flor draw fearlessness from the strength of their union as friends and bandmates, a D.I.Y. journey, and shared willingness to bring bold pop ambition to alternative music.” Label: Fueled By Ramen Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Grouplove, Young the Giant, COIN

From promoter: “Describing her ambition to “alchemize my heartache by turning my sad songs into dance tracks,” Forever’s personas of popstar, poet, and provocateur collide on Close To The Flame to form a haunting and seductive project. The 6 songs capture both the grandeur and the grotesqueries of love and loss — including twisted romance […]