Monthly Archives: September 2019

Cortege- Capricorn

  Cortege– Capricorn Release date: 2019Sep27 Label: Self-released Rating: 4/5 Cortege is a duo from Austin, TX with a strong focus on atmospheric, instrumental drone-doom. Each track is unique, building upon the last. Aurora ripples gently against the shore, whistling and flourishing. The Watch gurgles to life with somber strums and sorrowful noise. Occultation rumbles softly. Capricorn expresses […]

Sofi Tukker – Dancing on the People [Ultra]

From promoter: “The Dancing on the People EP is the follow up to Sofi Tukker’s Grammy nominated debut album Treehouse.” Label: Ultra Start w/ 1, 4, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Robyn, FKA Twigs, Lykke Li

Snoh Aalegra – Ugh, those feels again [AWAL]

From promoter: “One of the most exciting voices in recent time, Iranian/Swedish singer and songwriter Son Aalegra released her new album Ugh, those feels again. Her music draws from the classic sounds of her idols as well as the experiences of her life as an Iranian woman who’s long felt like an outsider and now […]

M83 – DSVII [Mute]

From promoter: “ DSVII is influenced heavily by early ‘80s sci-fi/fantasy films including The Never Ending Story, Phantasm and In The Mouth of Madness as well as analog synth pioneers such as the aforementioned Brian Eno in addition to Suzanne Ciani, Mort Garson and John Carpenter.” Label: Mute Start w/ 1, 6, 8, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Beach House, Washed Out, Twin […]

Lettuce – Elevate [Lettuce Records]

From promoter: “Genre-defying funk-jazz-soul-hip-hop-psychedelic-jam-art-rock-experimental-avant-garde music titans, Lettuce have released their latest studio album, Elevate, via their own Lettuce Records.” Label: Lettuce Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Tame Impala, Trombone Shorty, Soulive

Kyle Lionhart – Too Young [Ivy League]

From promoter: “After releasing two critically acclaimed EP’s, Australian folk/soul singer songwriter, Kyle Lionhart, presents the excellent and beachy debut album.” Label: Ivy League Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 FCC: 1 RIYL: Nick Cunningham, Corey Harper, The Dreggs

Hiss Golden Messenger – Terms of Surrender [Merge]

Terms of Surrender is Hiss Golden Messenger’s 11th album which was written in depression but finds notes of hope. It is a folk-rock album with a conscience. Label: Merge Start w/ 1, 5, 6 FCC: 2, 7 RIYL: Phosphorescent, Wilco, Rayland Baxter

Ex Norwegian – Something Unreal The Best Of… [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Ex Norwegian is easily one of the best pop bands of all time. This album is a love letter to classic rock n roll-based pop.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Twin Peaks, King Tuff, Peter Bjorn and John

Darrin Bradbury – Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs [Anti]

From promoter: “The album’s title track dishes up Bradbury’s signature gumbo of countrified talking blues, oddball folk, and black humor, with some stoner-worthy philosophy about the origins of microwaves tossed into the pot.” Label: Anti Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: John Prine, Jeremy Ivey, Milk Carton Kids

Chastity Belt – Chastity Belt [Hardly Art]

From promoter: “The new self-titled album is the work of the band playing “old songs, and trying new things on top of it,” like adding more dynamic harmonies and violin, says bassist Annie Truscott.” Label: Hardly Art Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 FCC: 9, 10 RIYL: Ian Sweet, Snail Mail, Lala Lala

James Levy – Somebody (Innit Recordings/The Orchard) [LOCAL]

Shelburne, VT native James Levy returns from collaborating with the likes of Charles Bradley and Julian Casablancas with a mellow collection of country-folk-pop-rock, based mainly around piano, acoustic and steel guitar.  Track Picks: 1, 2, 5, 12 FCC: None RIYL: Whitney, Avett Brothers, Orville Peck, Chris Isaak

Bootstraps – “Evergreen” [Single] [Hyperextension]

From promoter: “Originally from Portland, Beckett’s first steps into songwriting and recording were influenced by the rich indie backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. Beckett eventually moved to Los Angeles where he was approached by a friend, actor/screenwriter Sam Jaeger, to write music for the film Take Me Home, which went on to win Best Music In A Film at […]

Knocked Loose – A Different Shade of Blue

Release date: August 23, 2019 Label: Pure Noise Records Easily one of the most exciting young hardcore bands in the world, Knocked Loose just released A Different Shade of Blue. This album is as heavy and as aggressive an album as you can find. Trapped in the Grasp of a Memory is full of anger and chunky breakdowns. Seriously, the […]

Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues–Roots and Branches

Songs of Little Walter or pieces he made hits–funk, blues, soul + nice harmonica!

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers–Killing’ It Live

Rocking Roots Rock with some excellent guitar, originals and covers. Play!

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

This young man deserves to go far–excellent songs, playing, and passion–finger picking to hard rocking. Play, play, play!

Shemekia Copeland–America’s Child

A broad mix of styles, good stories, sung well, including politics, history and love. Play!

Nathalie Joachim–Fanm d’Ayiti

Haitian/American composer/flutist/vocalist with classical/electronic/folk melange works. Play!

Phoenix Arising

Contemporary works for saxophone and other instruments/orchestra. Mandat’s particularly interesting!

GuitarEVOL.3UTION + Orchestra

Modern/contemporary works for guitar and orchestra, somewhat intense but very interesting!


Contemporary clarinet works, meandering, lovely and varying. Play!

Maria Lithell Flyg–Collected Chamber Music

Lovely, quiet, ambient works for various instruments and combos by a Swedish composer. Excellent!

Paul Reale–Children’s Palace

Playful, gracious, modern works for winds + piano.


From early 20th century onward, works for cello and piano, encompassing several styles. Play!

Playing on the Edge

The Sirius Quartet performs these new works that can be abrupt, but still gracious. Play!