Author Archives: Local Music Director

Cosmic the Cowboy – Modern Country (Photo) [LOCAL]

BTV’s Cosmic the Cowboy have further refined their sound on their sophomore album, bringing elements of power pop, Americana, psychedelia and modern indie into a unique sonic palette. Trevor Sohnen’s songwriting is as catchy and clever as ever. The only shame (for radio) is how many tracks are explicit! Make sure to shout out Wednesday […]

Maple Run Band – Tears of a Fool (Back Pasture) [LOCAL]

Northern VT country rockers Maple Run Band have released the first single from their upcoming sophomore album, an uptempo honky-tonk shuffle number with heartbroken, regretful lyrics that sounds like it could have come out any time since the 1950s.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Charley Crockett, Ray Price, Buck Owens, Avett Brothers

Peter Day – Kaleidoscope (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Burlington singer-songwriter Peter Day’s latest single is a lush piece of psychedelic-tinged Americana with melancholy lyrics about picking up the broken pieces of one’s life and making something new.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Dawes, My Morning Jacket, Steve Gunn, Ryan Sweezey

No Showers On Vacation – Overflow (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Anyone who’s been following BTV’s No Showers On Vacation has been waiting for this – an official live album that showcases their jazz-inflected jam-rock sound much better than any studio release could. Features an eclectic mix of original compositions and covers ranging from Billy Cobham to Led Zeppelin. Track Picks: 1, 2, 9 FCC: 6 […]

The Dead Shakers – Some Shapes Reappear (Sticky Shed Tapes) [LOCAL]

The sophomore studio effort from beloved BTV psychedelicists The Dead Shakers is something of a concept record, with themes of life, death, plants, and reincarnation dominating Kevin Bloom’s songwriting. Sonically, the album expands on the reverberant sounds of the group’s debut, with twangy guitar licks, power pop melodies, and motorik grooves all snaking their way […]

Tom Pearo – The Beautiful In Between (Self-released) [LOCAL]

From Bandcamp: “Ambient jazz guitarist Tom Pearo creates uniquely beautiful, strange and often magical recordings that take the listener on an inner journey. His third album, The Beautiful In Between, is an instrumental commentary on intermediate states, both physical and mental, that exist in between departure and arrival.” Track Picks: 2, 3, 5 FCC: Clean […]

No Lemon – No Lemon (Gnome Squid) [LOCAL]

BTV’s No Lemon blend elements of psychedelia, funk, reggae and Beatlesy piano pop into their brand of jam-rock. The vibes are often pleasantly low-key, but with attention-grabbing bursts of squelchy synth and hefty grooves.  Track Picks: 1, 3, 8 FCC: 5 RIYL: Dispatch, Dogs In a Pile, Pete Francis, Moondogs

Tyler Mast – String of Horses (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The latest single from BTV singer-songwriter Tyler Mast uses chiming piano and brushed drums to create an epic, wide-open country sound, befitting the lyrics about the depths and trials in the life and soul of an everyday person. Also play Tyler’s previous two singles, “Ayla” and “In the Lupines!”  FCC: Clean RIYL: Nathaniel Rateliff, John […]

Ali McGuirk – Till It’s Over (Signature Sounds) [LOCAL]

The latest album from BTV singer-songwriter Ali McGuirk runs the gamut of R&B sounds, from Memphis soul to hefty blues-rock, with elements of Americana and reggae creeping in around the edges. The musicianship is top-notch, unsurprising given the array of legendary session cats involved (Fred Tackett, Larry Goldings, Lenny Castro), but it’s Ali’s songwriting and […]

Roost.World – The Body (P.O.R.C.H.) [LOCAL]

The latest single from Roost.World, one of BTV’s finest dance-rock bands, places droll stream-of-consciousness vocals over an early 90’s house-flavored groove.  FCC: Clean RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, Guerilla Toss, 808 State, New Order

Ayden Flanigan – Wonton’s Undy (Flanigan Sound) [LOCAL] 

As its intriguing title might suggest, the latest album from Ayden Flanigan is an off-the-wall collection of lo-fi gems. His clever lyrics and twangy blend of Americana and power pop are infectious. Highly recommended! Track Picks: 2, 3, 6, 10  FCC: Clean RIYL: Fruit Bats, Kyle Craft, Pavement, Greg Freeman

XEN Miles – Love, X (Popular Beat Combo) [LOCAL]

On their debut EP, XEN Miles brings a unique voice and sound to the VT singer-songwriter-sphere. Expect sultry vocals, relatable lyrics, and passionate chorus hooks over neo-soul grooves.  Track Picks: 1, 2  FCC: 3 RIYL: Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Everything But the Girl, Norah Jones

Eric George – Mirrors In My Room (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Eric George is known for exploring all different branches of the folk music tradition. His latest release has a timeless, but not dated, sound, and his lyrics are genuinely heartfelt, not overly complex but laden with meaning and emotion.  Track Picks: 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Fruit Bats, Andy Shauf, Kyle Craft, Waxahatchee

Beneath Black Waves – s/t EP / Live at Robot Dog Studios (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Minimalist sibling post-punk duo have released two EPs thus far, both showcasing their brand of dark, reverb-drenched gothic rock. The latter (recorded live at Robot Dog Studios) is currently only available on Bandcamp – you can stream it there or contact local@wruv.org for a copy!  Track Picks: (s/t: 2, 4) (live: 1, 2, 3) FCC: […]

The Dead Shakers & Bleach Day – Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog [Self-released] (LOCAL)

Two of Burlington’s premier shoegazey psychedelic groups team up for a joyful cover of Norma Tanega’s 60s pop classic. Currently only available on Bandcamp – stream there or email local@wruv.org for a copy! FCC: Clean RIYL: Animal Collective, The Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, Jorge Elbrecht

Oneida – Success [Joyful Noise]

The latest album from NYC punk minimalists Oneida starts off chugging like a speeding train and never slows down once. Motorik beats, rarely more than two chords per song, and washes of tuneless guitar make this a powerful barebones rock record.  Track Picks: 2, 4, 5 FCC: Clean  RIYL: Sonic Youth, Oh Sees, Buzzcocks, Parquet […]

Ali McGuirk – X Boyfriends (Signature Sounds) [LOCAL]

An ode to exactly what the title says, Ali McGuirk’s latest single pairs her smoky voice with a reggae-tinged neo-soul groove, with stabs of electric guitar and whirls of Hammond organ. FCC: Clean RIYL: Al Green, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Sarah King

Tyler Mast – Ayla / In the Lupines (Self-released) [LOCAL]

BTV singer-songwriter Tyler Mast has released two singles from his new album “In the Company of a Friend.” “Ayla” is a passionate piano-led soul ballad featuring fellow singer-songwriter Josh Panda, while “In the Lupines” rides a sensual, swampy groove to a secret place out in nature.  If you play either song, please announce the Tyler […]

FOZ. – Building Blocks (The Swamp) [LOCAL]

BTV’s FOZ. keeps making strides in his rhymes and productions on his latest release and first full-length album. Gorgeously warped samples provide the backdrop, while his nonchalant delivery disguises complex multisyllabic rhymes. Track Picks: 1, 3, 4, 9 FCC: 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 RIYL: Nujabes, A Tribe Called Quest, Madlib, Eyedea

Moondogs – Acid Test (Aqua Bear) [LOCAL]

Moondogs may now be one of BTV’s hottest live acts, but their debut album was largely the one-man bedroom project of Will Sturcke. Here, programmed beats, synths and wailing guitar combine to create a trippy mix of jam, psychedelia and hip-hop.  Track Picks: 1, 2, 8, 9, 12 FCC: 4, 5, 6 RIYL: Dispatch, MGMT, […]

Bow Thayer – Goldfish Bowl (Self-released) [LOCAL]

VT folkstar Bow Thayer adopts a jazzy, early-20th-century Americana sound for his latest single, an existential number questioning the nature of reality and existence.  FCC: Clean  RIYL: The Devil Makes Three, Brown Bird, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Session Americana

Luminous Crush – Kinds of Light (Lonely Highway) [LOCAL]

Central VT duo Luminous Crush pull together a diverse tapestry of sounds for their latest album. Tracks alternate between pristine power-pop gems and enveloping psychedelic soundscapes, with gorgeous layered vocal harmonies common throughout. Highly recommended!  Track Picks: 4, 6, 8, 9 FCC: Clean  RIYL: Guerilla Toss, Animal Collective, Marika Hackman, Stereolab

Ali McGuirk – All Back (Signature Sounds) [LOCAL]

The latest single from BTV singer-songwriter Ali McGuirk rides a smooth, easy R&B groove, with burbling Hammond organ courtesy of Larry Goldings. Described by the artist as “a song for the end of the pandemic,” McGuirk’s powerful and smoky voice is the star of the show as always.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, […]

Ben Collins – Space Ranger (Chickadee Song) [LOCAL]

BTV guitar wizard Ben Collins, formerly half of the Rose McCann Band, takes on a grittier, bluesier sound on his debut album as frontman of The Celestial Company. Tracks run the gamut from hard rockers to jazzy slow burners, with Collins’ gravelly voice and fiery fretwork at the center of it all.  Track Picks: 2, […]

Tom Pearo – Nitelite (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The latest single from local ambient guitar wizard Tom Pearo pairs his chiming fretwork with ethereal violin accompaniment by Shay Gestalt, for a sound that will elevate you to another dimension.  FCC: Clean  RIYL: Michael Hedges, Explosions In the Sky, Cocteau Twins, Father Figuer