Category Local

Francesca Blanchard – je sais plus quoi te dire (Tone Tree) [LOCAL]

Local indie-pop favorite Francesca Blanchard’s latest single (translated: “I don’t know what to tell you”) starts with the sound of 60s French pop known as ye-ye and transforms it into a wild and chaotic landscape of hard-driving dance beats, whirring synths and whispered vocals. If you play this song, be sure to announce Francesca’s upcoming […]

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. Now finally available on all streaming services! FCC: Clean RIYL: Animal Collective, The Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, Jorge Elbrecht

Maple Run Band – Used to Be the Next Big Thing (Back Pasture) [LOCAL]

The 2nd album from VT country rockers Maple Run Band is no sophomore slump. Indeed, bandleader Trevor Crist’s songwriting is even more timeless, clever, and heartfelt than before. You’ll almost certainly find yourself singing the infectious tunes on this album to yourself. Track Picks: 1, 6, 7, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Avett Brothers, The […]

Sarah King – Always an Almost / Blame It On the Booze (Ringleader) [LOCAL]

Award-winning VT singer-songwriter Sarah King has expanded the sonic palette of her brand of dark Americana on her latest releases: the Memphis-style soul groove of “Always an Almost,” the uptempo piano-driven country pop of “Blame It On the Booze,” and the hard-driving blues rock of both singles’ B-sides. All tracks recommended!  FCC: Clean RIYL: Brandi […]

Mal Maïz – Historia de un Inmigrante (Self-released) [LOCAL]

On their debut release, BTV Afro-Latin ensemble Mal Maiz brings a hard-grooving blend of funk, rock, cumbia and more, serving as an expression of bandleader Maïz Vargas’ Costa Rican culture and his experiences as an immigrant in America.   Track Picks: 2, 3 FCC: 6 RIYL: Santana, Ozomatli, Grupo Fantasma, Malo

Levi Kz – Do You Believe In Narwhals (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The debut EP from Burlington’s Levi Kz (kay-zee) is a charming collection of homespun folk and rock tunes. Fuzzy bedroom psychedelia with clever lyrics and an alt-country twang.  Track Picks:  3, 4, 6 FCC: Clean  RIYL: Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs, Big Thief, Another Sexless Weekend

Greg Freeman – I Looked Out [Bud Tapes] (LOCAL)

Local singer-songwriter and guitar shredder Greg Freeman’s debut album packs a punch. Hefty riffs and passionate solos abound, and Greg’s unique vocals and lyrics keep you listening for more.  Track Picks: 2, 3, 4  FCC: 7  RIYL: Neutral Milk Hotel, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr, Ayden Flanigan

Maple Run Band – Loretta (Back Pasture) [LOCAL]

From promo: The latest single from Maple Run Band’s upcoming album is a “stripped-down acoustic country ballad… a eulogy for a lost companion inspired by The Louvin Brothers and Billy Joe Shaver that showcases [singer songwriter Trevor Crist’s] ability to blend genuine emotional expression with clever witticisms.” If you play this song (or any other […]

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, […]

Astral Underground – Astral Underground [Self-released] (LOCAL)

Enosburg-based “celestial flute jazz” trio The Astral Underground bring a truly unique sound on their debut album. Margaux Simmons’ flute playing takes center stage over hefty synth-bass and drum grooves, with swells of organ and guitar filling in the sound.  Now available on all streaming services! Contact for access to alternate versions recorded live […]

Sage Hatfield – Failing Upwards (Oakhonest) [LOCAL]

Brattleboro’s Sage Hatfield continues to spin emotionally affecting tales and portraits on his latest EP, bringing together humor, pathos and tragedy in a lo-fi, soft-spoken acoustic package. Check out “Chelsea Royal Diner” for an unexpected WRUV cameo!  Track Picks: 2 (clean version only), 3, 5 FCC: 2, 4 (contact to access clean version of […]

Johanna Rose – can’t love you from the ground (Self-released) [LOCAL]

From promo: On their latest EP, treehouse-dwelling VT musician Johanna Rose “explores the heights and gullies of surviving a disparate late capitalist world, in arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth.  … Resonator guitar, upright bass, bowed fiddle, and pedal steel weave their way through…  while Rose lyrically encapsulates mountain life in a […]

Father Figuer – F F [Self-released] (LOCAL)

On their latest EP (their last as a Burlington band), Father Figuer have sharpened the attack of their sound in order to bring intensity to powerful, personal lyrics focused on healing from trauma and abuse. The emotional power of their slow-building compositions and arrangements is as strong as ever. Track Picks: 1, 2 FCC: 4 RIYL: […]

Another Sexless Weekend – Ice Cream Window and the Dynamic Flavors (Self-released) [LOCAL]

There are certainly a lot of dynamic flavors of music on this album, as multiple different singers and songwriters bring elements of alt-country, power-pop and psychedelia to the table, but if the sonics are varied, the quality of clever songwriting is consistently great. Some choice covers of classic pop songs are the proverbial cherry on […]

Maple Run Band – Used To Be the Next Big Thing (Back Pasture) [LOCAL]

Maple Run Band’s Trevor Crist continues to prove himself one of VT’s best songwriters with the group’s latest single, a portrait of the life of an artist who came this close to fame and fortune, set to an upbeat country-rock tune. FCC: Clean RIYL: Jason Isbell, Son Volt, Old 97s, Erin Cassels-Brown

Austin Kopec – Moonflower (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The debut solo release from Austin Kopec (formerly of The Hydes) is a low-key, lo-fi collection of indie bedroom R&B, with jazzy lead guitar, melodic bass, and only one vocal number.  Track Picks: 3, 5 FCC: Clean  RIYL: Homeshake, Blood Orange, Mild High Club, XEN Miles

The Burning Sun – Marrow (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The debut album from genre-blending Burlington rock group The Burning Sun was conceived as “an ode to the wild grandness of life.” It certainly sounds that way, with complex prog-jazz rhythms, echoes of guitar and synth, and Katy Hellman’s intensely passionate vocals. Track Picks: 1, 3, 8 FCC: Clean  RIYL: Heartless Bastards, The Cranberries, Sinéad […]

Lake Waves – Tricky Friends (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Local rock band Lake Waves blend the sounds of post-punk and indie folk music into an intoxicating mixture on their debut full-length album. Allie Krasner and Amaal Abdelrahman’s powerful, emotive vocals are the star of the show.  Track Picks: 1, 4, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Cranberries, Slothrust, Wet Leg, Clay Aching

James Kochalka Superstar – The Mummy’s On the Loose [Self-released] (LOCAL)

Burlington comedic punk veteran James Kochalka teams up with local hardcore heroes Rough Francis and legendary Dead Kennedys vocalist Jello Biafra (!!) for a goofy, spooky, and heavy monster mosh released just in time for Halloween.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Dead Kennedys, Death, Ghost, Clutch

Kaia Ellis and Sawyer Bouley – Wait For Me (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Members of UVM bands Comatose Kids and McAuley Kart team up for this bossa-nova flavored single, a beautiful slice of jazzy neo-soul with themes of self-acceptance. FCC: Clean RIYL: Norah Jones, Everything But the Girl, Lianne La Havas, XEN Miles

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! Track Picks: 1, 5, 8 FCC: […]

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 […]