Author Archives: DJ Ravioli

THIS BLISS – RETROSHADE [MINT 400]

Hailing from the Boston area, This Bliss brings a mix of rock and atmospheric pop fused into a series of scintillating tracks that explore the boundaries of trip-hop and electronica. Looking for something completely new yet with a throwback feel? Give this one a spin. FCC: None TRY: 1, 4 RIYL: CHVRCHES, Vita and The […]

SULENE – HE.DON.IC (EP) [TRASH CASUAL]

Giant electronic beats and sleepy vocals from Sulene, who grew up in South Africa and moved to the U.S. at age 19. Since then, she’s been busy touring around the world and creating music for TV, film, and commercials. This latest EP explores addiction and pleasure through dark pop motifs. Big FCC warning on this […]

RATBOYS – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RATBOY [TOPSHELF]

The name alone was enough to draw me into this album, which celebrates the decade anniversary of the founding of Ratboys. The A-side features re-recordings of five songs from their original and beloved EP. The B-side features re-recorded and rarely heard college-era tracks from the band as well as a brand new, steel guitar-infused track […]

QUIET TAKES – SAN FIDEL (EP) [SELF RELEASED]

Moody aquarium sounds with sweet, languid harmonies and lush synth backgrounds. Self-described “music for feelers” that evokes the experience of being wrapped in a warm, soft blanket. Really beautiful, sad, and slow. Give it a spin for a pensive moment. FCC: None TRY: 2, 3, 4 RIYL: Azure Ray, Bat for Lashes, Cat Power, Feist, […]

COME CLOSER – PRETTY GARBAGE [PIRATES PRESS RECORDS]

A solid set of tracks with driving guitar beats and singalong choruses. Give it a spin to find your favorite, or try one of my picks below! Don’t forget to get the clean versions of tracks 4, 5, and 8 if you want to play on air. FCC: 4, 5, 8 (clean versions available, email […]

ADULT MOM – DRIVER [EPITAPH]

Gorgeous indie rock from Adult Mom on this latest album. Watch out for FCC warnings on several of the tracks, but otherwise enjoy beautiful harmonies and catchy hooks. Play! FCC: 5, 7, 8, 9 (Clean version of 5 available, email blues@wruv.org TRY: 2, 3, 10 RIYL: Girlpool, Frankie Cosmos, Mitski, Soccer Mommy

IZY – FRANTIC (SINGLE) [HOPESTREET RECORDINGS]

Funkiest track I’ve heard in a while. Izy brings bright harmonies, a bassline that won’t quit, and a bouncy groove. Play, play, play! FCC: Clean RIYL: D’Angelo, Bilal, Raphael Saadiq

CURTIS SALGADO – DAMAGE CONTROL [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

Curtis Salgado testifies on this latest album of classic blues sounds made contemporary. Whether you dig the full band blues or slow jams to take you to church, Salgado does it all with delicious organ and vocals full of wisdom. Play! FCC: 3 TRY: 1, 6, 11 RIYL: Albert Castiglia, Tommy Castro, Chris Cain

GRUPO ESTRELLA CAMPESINA – CHANGUI EN YATERAS (SINGLE) [PETALUMA RECORDS]

A sweet summertime groove. Sugary harmonies and light percussion perfect for enjoying the sunshine. Play for sure! FCC: Clean RIYL: Buena Vista Social Club, Elio Revé y Su Charangón, Orquesta Akokán

LEE MORETTI – VANISHING ACTS (EP) [MINT 400]

A short but sweet EP from Lee Moretti. Full of intense vocals backed by guitar and piano with an overall melancholy tone. Couple of beautiful ballads with rock sensibilities. Give it a spin! FCC: None TRY: 1, 2 RIYL: The Furies

MARBLE PARTY – TIME AND TIME AGAIN [SELF RELEASED]

The fourth album from Marble Party, based in Marin County, California. Marble Party, composed of Dan Barbee (keys, vocals), Eric Eisenberg (guitar, lead vocals), Greg Merriman (bass, vocals), Andy Trapp (drums, vocals), is influenced by power pop, alt-rock, and psychedelic pop. Fans have compared them to Fountains of Wayne, Weezer, and Wilco, with a hint […]

BEN RICE – FUTURE PRETEND [DEGRAW SOUND]

Soft pop rock with driving beats, perfect for summertime backyard relaxation. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 3, 7 RIYL: M Ward, Grizfolk, Reuben and The Dark, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

QUIET CANYONS – QUIET CANYONS [TRASH CASUAL]

I began listening to this album as the snow came back for a visit this April and as much as I was angry at yet another false spring, these tracks fit the mood perfectly. Quiet Canyons’ debut album envelops the listener with the softest of vocals and sweetest guitar on a collection of dreamy, foggy […]

SPORTS – GET A GOOD LOOK PT. 1 (EP) [NAKED/ONERPM)

Funky indie rock bass lines abound in this short and sweet EP from Sports, complimented with bubbling dream pop riffs and fuzzy vocals. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 2, 3, 6 RIYL: Portugal The Man, The Drums, Passion Pit, Tame Impala

SMITH & BURROWS – ONLY SMITH & BURROWS IS GOOD ENOUGH [PIAS]

Super layered tracks with a variety of sounds from pop folk to indie rock. Lots of quirky lyrics and some social commentary. These melodies are so catchy they’ll be floating around in your head for weeks! Play! FCC: 1 uses “d*mn” and “b*tch,” both technically allowable but up to you! TRY: 1, 4, 10 RIYL: […]

RONNIE MCNEIR – UNDERSTANDING (SINGLE) [BLUE RIVER RECORDS]

A groovy soul track with cameos from dancehall and calypso sounds, all overlaid with smooth-as-butter vocals. Play, play, play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Prince Phillip Mitchell, Lamont Dozier, The Natural Four

BOOGIE BEASTS – BRING IT ON (SINGLE) [NAKED RECORDS]

Fresh electric delta blues all the way from Belgium! Sexy slide guitar, wailing harmonica, and more await you on this track. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: The Dynamite Blues Band, The Goon Mat, The Damned and Dirty

A BETTER HAND – CHEAP SMOKES AND CHAMPAGNE (EP) [MUTANT LEAGUE RECORDS]

Get emo with some pop punk tracks on this short EP that will take you right back to the early 2000s. Bring your low-rise jeans and chunky highlights. Play! FCC: 3 (Clean version available, reach out to blues@wruv.org) TRY: 2, 5 RIYL: State Champs, Bring Me The Horizon, All Time Low

SELWYN BIRCHWOOD – LIVING IN A BURNING HOUSE [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

Absolutely electric blues from Selwyn Birchwood! Some songs feature accents of horns and some organ, others feature boogie woogie basslines you won’t be able to keep yourself from grooving along to. So much good stuff on this record- give it a spin! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 11 RIYL: Mike Zito, Anthony Gomes, Curtis Salgado

KERRY KEARNY – TALES FROM THE PSYCHEDELTA [HIGHLANDER RECORDS]

Biiiig slide guitar from Kerry Kearny on this classic blues album. Kearny enthralls with the sounds of the delta, plenty of storytelling lyrics, and a voice that sounds like a bucket full of rusty nails (as it should). There’s even a little bit of organ, as a treat. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 2, 5, 9 […]

DAVID WALTERS – FREEDOM (FT. VINCENT SEGAL, BALLAKÉ SISSOKO, & ROGER RASPAIL) (SINGLE) [SIX DEGREES]

A melancholy chant with gorgeous guitar instrumentation and somber vocals. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: B.Alone, Flavia Coelho, Voilaa

TOMMY GUERRERO – SUNSHINE RADIO [TOO GOOD]

Instrumental grooves of all kinds of Tommy Guerrero. These tracks create ambience that keeps you interested. Some songs are more dissonant than others, but you’ll just have to give it a listen yourself to find the ones you really vibe with. FCC: Clean TRY: 2, 6, 10 RIYL: El Michels Affair, Calibro 35, Menahan Street […]

COME CLOSER – HIGH LIFE (SINGLE) [PIRATES PRESS]

A double-sided single from Come Closer. “High Life” is an energetic song fit for a Burlington basement concert. “Get It Wrong” shows a little more emotion while keeping that same energy. Listen for strong rhythm guitar and lots of cymbals. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: TPT, Hooverville, Having Trouble Breathing

TIGERS JAW – I WON’T CARE HOW YOU REMEMBER ME [HOPELESS]

Some sweet acoustic and electric sounds from Tigers Jaw on their latest release. Most of the album is upbeat indie rock featuring some lovely harmonies. These are songs to belt out when you’re alone in your car- give ’em a spin! FFC: Clean TRY: 1, 7, 10 RIYL: The Menzingers, Ratboys, Citizen, Joyce Manor

THE LUKA STATE – FALL IN FALL OUT [ANTIFRAGILE]

Heavy rock guitar and rough, raspy vocals feature prominently in the latest album from British indie rock band The Luka State. It’s an interesting mix of intense, angry headbangers with some less extreme interventions sprinkled throughout (including the titular track, where things get a bit more emotional). Stick around for a big ending chord. Play! […]