Starchild & The New Romantic, aka Bryndon Cook, is a guitarist who has toured with Solange, Chairlift, and Kindness and now has released his first solo album. His album, Language, is full of funky beats, amazing guitar riffs, and beautiful vocals. Cook has said he draws influence from Prince, Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson and […]

Made up of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record and Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater, this group has released a mellow and quiet but amazing album. Dream pop, rock, and indie combined make this album a must listen. Label: Sub Pop Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Angel Olsen, A. Savage, TORRES

Toronto singer/songwriter Bahamas – AKA Afie Jurvanen – releases his anxiously awaited 4th LP, Earthtones. This pop/rock folk album is overall amazing and every song on it should be played. It’s full of amazing guitar licks and solos, beautiful vocals, and some smooth drums. Label: Republic Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 11 […]

Modern string trios, intense and busy to quiet and gracious.

A re-performance of  the 1912 recital of Scriabin’s works performed by the composer, two weeks before his unexpected death. Bravura fast to elegant and gracious.

Works for two violins ranging from squeaky, plucky to lyrically rhythmic. Play most!

Remarkably classical modern pieces by a Japanese composer.

Avant garde pieces for saxophone and piano–silences, blats, but mostly quiet and slow.

Modern pieces exploring color through music, including Debussy, Ligeti and Akiho (especially nice!).

Lyrical, abstract pieces for winds, strings. Play most!

Contemporary pieces for an interesting mix of instruments/ensembles: guitar, percussion, horns, strings, etc. Abstract.

Fairly Western style pieces by a Chinese composer who survived the Cultural Revolution, some inspired by Bach.

This high school has proven that metal is not dead. Their new album draws influences from grunge rock as well but is still a great listen. Label: Rough Trade Records Start w/ 3, 5 FCC: 7, 8, 10 *6 says pussy RIYL: Goat Girl, Dream Wife, The Big Moon  

Trip Hop is a genre that originated in the 90’s in the United Kingdom and Tricky is one of its best artist. Similar to hip hop and rap, Tricky has created a great album with some awesome collaborations. Label: False Idols Start w/ 3, 6, 7, 12 FCC: 1, 8, 9 RIYL: Mina Rose, Smoky Mo, […]

Combining folk and jazz, this artist makes you feel like you stepped back in time. Considering his music to be “roots” music, this album has combined two genres seamlessly and should be next on your list. Label: Little Tiny Records Start w/ 3, 4, 10, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Elvis Presley, Chet Baker

If you love Elton John and Billy Joel but dig indie singer-songwriters, Dent May is the one you should be listening to. Drawing from 70’s pop and combining it with indie rock, this album has groovy rhythmic lines and a great collection of synthesizers. Label: Carpark Records Start w/ 1, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Elon […]

If you’re up at 3 A.M., this is the album to listen to. Pop music with influences from electronic and hip hop, this album is full of piano riffs, sharp synths, and other electronic phrases. Label: Bear and Owl Start w/ 1, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Flume, Odesza, Sam Smith

Seaway takes infectious pop hooks and perfectly combines them with punk instrumentation. With some rock influences this is a great album to listen to as we get closer to summer. Label: Pure Noise Start w/ 1, 3, 7, 11 FCC: 8 RIYL: Joyce Manor, Modern Baseball, State Champs

Ambient, slow pieces with silences and some  nice acoustics!

TV Soundtrack for the HBO series about religious persecution in Britain, written as a Western–ominous, droning, tense pieces for prepared piano and other instruments and electronics.

Beautiful Brazilian pieces for oboe, guitar and other instruments, modern and contemporary. Play!

Two long, electroacoustic pieces with water sounds and voice. Sample.

Mostly lovely solo piano pieces, contemporary. Title track celebrates LGBT community.

The JACK Quartet performs these interesting, abstract, somewhat intense pieces, some with voice of poetry/essays.

Winds + percussion + piano, mostly gracious, one Swiss march.