Monthly Archives: July 2020

NICK BROWN – APPALACHIA [SELF RELEASED]

In his excellent debut album, Nick Brown gifts powerful lyrics from the heart, layered, harmonious walls of sound, and a treasure trove of unique tracks to listeners. The album is a satisfying balance of classic and new-age sounds. You’ll hear the influence of classic rock and soul combined with Brown’s own distinctive style. Play, play, […]

GABE STILLMAN – SHAME SHAME FT. THE NIGHTHAWKS (SINGLE) [SELF-RELEASED]

A fresh blues track from Gabe Stillman, accompanied by the Nighthawks. Sharp harmonica, soulful guitar, and an old-fashioned groove. You won’t feel any shame for giving this one a spin. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Ben Rice, Mick Clarke, Roomful of Blues

MULATU ASTATKE & BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE – TO KNOW WITHOUT KNOWING [AGOGO]

A mellifluous collection of Ethiopian melodies set to a variety of unique grooves. You’ll hear a fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, and even some Reggae sounds. An excellent listen- play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Mahmoud Ahmed, Ebo Taylor, Girma Béyéné

LADAMA – OYE MUJER [SIX DEGREES]

An excellent new album from powerful, all-female group LADAMA. The record is a perfect balance of groove and meaningful lyrics that impart a call of action to women across the world to rise up and fight against the injustices of the world. The songs are sung in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and feature a variety […]

Immanuel Wilkins – Warriors [Blue Note]

The first single off of Immanuel Wilkins’ upcoming release for Blue Note records, Omega. This album is going to be amazing as this track clearly shows.

Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher [Dead Oceans]

The second full length record from indie icon Phoebe Bridgers is harmonically strong, tonally muted, and derives much of its aura from that of Elliott Smith. Highly recommended for fans of any genre.

R.A.P Ferreira – Purple Moonlight Pages [Ruby Yacht]

A resident of Biddeford, ME, R.A.P Ferreira evokes the feelings of isolated suburban living in the Pine State. His lyrics are hard to pin down at times, but what is evident is how incredible a rhymer Ferreira is. The sense of realism is very appealing. Check the tracks for profanity before airplay.

PAULA BOGGS BAND – A FINER THREAD (SINGLE) [SELF RELEASED]

A new single from the Paula Boggs band that blends jazz, bluegrass, Americana, and world music. A unique and gritty sound from some incredibly talented musicians. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Paula Boggs

JOSIAH JOHNSON – NOBODY KNOWS (SINGLE) [ANTI-]

Former and founding member of The Head and the Heart Josiah Johnson makes his solo debut with his newest single, Nobody Knows, a folksy tune about introspection and learning how to take responsibility for oneself. The song is personal and beautiful. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Planes on Paper, Christian Lee Hutson, Clem Snide

HANNAH GEORGAS – DREAMS (SINGLE) [BRASSLAND/ARTS AND CRAFTS]

A lackadaisical single from Canadian native Hannah Georgas. The artist describes the song herself as being “about those moments when you find happiness within yourself and are open enough that you’re able to share that feeling with someone else.” Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Aidan Knight, Jenn Grant, Royal Wood, Regina Spektor

CASS MCCOMBS & STEVE GUNN – SWEET LUCY B/W WILD MOUNTAIN THYME (7-INCH) [ANTI-]

A delightful 7″ from Cass McCombs and Steve Gunn featuring the sweetest lyrics, vocals, and acoustic guitar. Sweet Lucy (originally by Michael Hurley) and Wild Mountain Thyme (a traditional Scottish song) are both worth a thoughtful listen. A gift to the ears. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent, Damien Jurado

ELEANOR UNDERHILL – STRANGE CHEMISTRY (SINGLE) [SELF RELEASED]

Heartfelt lyrics and psychedelic undertones abound in this entrancing new single from Eleanor Underhill. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Underhill Rose, The Get Right Band

CLIFF BEACH – PENNY CANDY (FEAT. MESTIZO BEAT) (SINGLE) [F-SPOT/CALIFORNIA SOUL]

You’ll have your funk face on while listening to this new single from ever-groovy Cliff Beach featuring Mestizo Beat. Absolutely delicious Nu-funk. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: The Soul Motivators, Soul Scratch, The Aquaducks

VENUS FURS – VENUS FURS [SILK SCREAMING]

A solid compilation of Indie Rock sounds from Venus Furs, AKA Paul Kasner of Montreal. This angry and melancholy album features heavy guitar riffs and catchy hooks. Keep an ear out for unusual acoustic sounds and unexpected horn riffs too! FCC: Clean TRY: 5, 7

THE ALLERGIES – GET YOURSELF SOME (SINGLE) [JALAPENO]

An infectious new single from Bristol-based duo The Allergies. This song will have you movin’ and groovin’ any time of day. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Dr. Rubberfunk, Smoove, Fort Knox Five

The Mark Harvey Group – A Rite Four All Souls [Americas Musicworks]

From Promoter: “Trumpeter, composer and bandleaderHarvey has been an uncompromising explorer of new sonic territories for decades. He has performed in David Douglas’s Festival of New Trumpet Music; appeared at the Knitting Factory, the Village Gate, the Public Theater, Roulette, and the Berlin Jazz Festival among others; shared the stage with Jaki Byard, Geri Allen, Ricky […]

Gato Libre – Koneko [Libra]

From Promoter: “The group draws listeners in with its lyricism and simple melodies. But it is a deceptive simplicity. The trio develop their solos to sustain a meditative atmosphere as they play, blending improvisation and composition into an integrated whole. It all sounds effortless and relaxed, but it is the product of great musical discipline, close […]

MY TAM (Tammy Huynh) – Philly Pop [Self Released]

Tammy Huynh, a graduate from Temple University has been playing in and around Philly for the past few years and garnered attention as a pretty damn amazing vocalist. Huynh released Philly Pop, her first EP during the COVID-19 quarantine. “‘PHILLY POP’ (play on “City Pop”) is a mock radio station set in a dystopian future.” […]

Francesca Blanchard – Make It Better (Tone Tree Music) [LOCAL]

The Burlington-based singer-songwriter’s first full-length in five years takes listeners through various aspects of a failing relationship. Highlights include the anthemic title track and “Baby,” a very catchy number with a striking vocal “guitar” solo. Track Picks: 1, 4, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, Weyes Blood, Maggie Rogers