Monthly Archives: October 2019

JIMMY EAT WORLD – Surviving // RCA Records

It just took some time, but pop punk powerhouses Jimmy Eat World end a three year silence with their new record Surviving. This record showcases the same ear for melody that helped skyrocket the band after their 2001 record Bleed American, and removes some of the angst to show a more mature and refined version […]

Peach Pyramid – Bright Blue [Oscar St]

From promoter: “We have Peach Pyramid’s sophomore release Bright Blue, which was produced by The New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder and is being released on Kathryn’s label. The band also shares a member with another Victoria, BC group that you all are hopefully already aware of—Bridal Party!” Label: Oscar St Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lucy Dacus, Hand Habits, […]

THE SHIVAS – Dark Thoughts // Tender Loving Empire

Since 2006, Portland’s The Shiva’s have been churning out psychedelic, fuzzed out garage rock with an uncompromising dedication to D.I.Y. sensibilities.  Having honed and tightened their performances over the years without sacrificing the organic element of their live shows, The Shiva’s have matured into a project that is as raw and honest in studio as […]

Shana Falana – Darkest Light [Arrowhawk]

From promoter: “Stereogum has described Shana’s music as “psychedelic dream pop dashed on the rocks of goth defiance,” which I think is perfect, but I also want to point out her wise lyricism about personal empowerment, rebirth, and redemption!” Label: Arrowhawk Start w/ 1, 3, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: PJ Harvey, Warpaint, Tamaryn

Vetiver – Up On High [Mama Bird]

From promoter: “Andy Cabic’s musical being is, like many curious 21st century musicians shaped and sustained by divergent tangents. If he’s not crafting a melancholy folk-rock diamond in his Northern California studio, he’s moving a dance floor with bossa nova and house DJ sets.” Label: Mama Bird Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6 FCC: Clean […]

Tummyache – Humpday [Poor Man Records]

From promoter: “Combining the rich tones of Sharon Van Etten and the vulnerability of Julien Baker, Bryce sounds rawer than ever on ‘In Between.’ Throwing off the armour of her more folk-indebted past, Bryce surrounds herself with fraught, meditative guitars that match the emotion present in her voice.” Label: Poor Man Records Start w/ 1, 3, 4 FCC: […]

Sufjan Stevens – The Decalogue [Asthmatic Kitty]

From promoter: “Composed by Sufjan Stevens for a dance work choreographed by Justin Peck that premiered with the New York City Ballet in May of 2017, is quiet and experimental. Stevens’s piano score, as played and recorded by Timo Andres, sounds like etudes in the Romantic-modernist tradition, as if prompted by Debussy” Label: Asthmatic Kitty Start w/ 1, 4, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: […]

Sinkane – Gettin’ Weird [Spacebomb]

From promoter: “Sudanese-American musician Sinkane blends rock, electronica, and jazz on the new EP Gettin’ Weird. This EP arrives six months after his latest album, “Dépaysé”. Gettin’ Weird showcases reworked and reimagined versions of songs that was previously released.” Label: Spacebomb Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Yeasayer, Lower Dens, Cate Le Bon

Sandy – Traces [Geographic North]

From promoter: “dreamy trip hop-leaning EP” Label: Geographic North Start w/ 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: Caribou, Cocteau Twins, Peaking Lights

Proxima Parada – Kind Reminder [AntiFragile]

From promoter: “Nostalgic to the likes of Bob Dylan and the Band, Vulfpeck and Lake Street Dive, Proxima Parada have been accumulating Spotify streams at full speed.” Label: AntiFragile Start w/ 3, 6, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Brittany Howard, Charles Bradley, Bahamas

Omni – Networker [Sub Pop]

From promoter: “Enter networker, the new album by Omni and first with the indie giant Sub Pop Records.” Label: Sub Pop Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Preoccupations, Shame, Priests

Claud – Sideline Star [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Sideline Star is emerging pop artist Claud’s much-anticipated EP. Borne out of a dark period of transition and growth, the project chronicles the evolution of a 20-year-old artist as they embark on a journey to find both self-understanding and a sense of belonging in an often intolerant world.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 3, 4, 5, […]

Cigarettes After Sex – Cry [Partisan Records]

From promoter: “Cigarettes After Sex has returned with their sophomore album Cry a step forward in their honey-sweet, smoldering, lush pop.” Label: Partisan Records Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 FCC: 2, 4 RIYL: Beach House, Mazzy Star, Rhye, The xx

Anna Meredith – Fibs [Moshi Moshi]

From promoter: “One of the most innovative minds in modern British music. Vibrant and kaleidoscopic in a way few musicians could ever muster.” Label: Moshi Moshi Start w/ 2, 6, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Julia Holter, Bjork, Dirty Projectors

Anna of the North – Dream Girl [Honeymoon]

From promoter: “Anna of the North is an artist from Oslo building her own colorful world of pop music. Since featuring on Tyler the Creator’s Flower Boy (alongside Steve Lacy, Frank Ocean, and Rex Orange County) in 2017, Anna released her debut album Lovers in 2018, pricking all the right ears through tender melodies and lyrical storytelling.” Label: Honeymoon Start w/ 1, 2, 4, […]

Third Chamber – Harvesting Our Decay

Release date: November 22, 2019 Label: Self-Released Third Chamber makes death a primary ingredient in their melting pot of metal. Hints of grindcore and hardcore also stand out among politically charged lyrics. Harvesting Our Decay is not music for the soft. The title track stirs together hammering riffs with a heavy dose of blast beats. For a self-released debut, the production […]

Ego Ella May – So Far // Tru Thoughts

From promoter: “South Londons singer Ego Ella May has released her new album, highlighting her future-soul sound with old-school production.” Label: Tru Thoughts FCC: 6 Start w/: 2,4,8 RIYL: Jamila Woods, H.E.R., Jhené Aiko, Amber Mark

Sergei Prokofiev–Piano Sonatas Nos. 4, 7 & 9

Nice, modern sonatas from different eras of the composer’s life. Play!

Mathias Levy–Unis Vers

A mix of classical and jazz and gypsy violin. Nice!

Mason Bates–Children of Adam and Ralph Vaughn Williams–Dona Nobis Pacem

Chorale works performed by Richmond Symphony and chorus–contemporary and modern. Bates’ more intense.

My Time Is Now–Inspirations from the Gershwins

Works of classical/jazz by Gershwin and others.


Nice mix of contemporary works for string trio, also modern and baroque together. Play!

Almost All-American: 21st Century Works for Clarinet

Contemporary works for clarinet, piano, some voice. Play!

William Susman–Collision Point

In the vein of Philip Glass, minimalist works winds, strings and piano. Nice!

Alexandra Pajak–Mind/Electric

Inspired by mental illness and how people live with their conditions, a clinician has composed these gracious, respectful pieces for strings, piano and oboe. Play!