Category Local

Matthew Mercury – Matthew Mercury (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The debut album from this VT-based group blends the sounds of modern alternative with a classic-rock songwriting sensibility. A very strong set of tunes. Start with: 3, 5, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Spoon, Arcade Fire, The Growlers, Alabama Shakes

boys cruise – Jerry (Sleepyhead Music Group) [LOCAL]

The debut album from Burlington’s preeminent snow pop group is packed with super-catchy riffs and hooks, and lyrics typifying the emotion and confusion of youth. Start with: 4, 6, 10 FCC: 2, 3, 8, 9, 13 (track 12 has explicit title but clean lyrics) RIYL: Surf Curse, Mom Jeans., Violent Femmes

James Levy – Somebody (Innit Recordings/The Orchard) [LOCAL]

Shelburne, VT native James Levy returns from collaborating with the likes of Charles Bradley and Julian Casablancas with a mellow collection of country-folk-pop-rock, based mainly around piano, acoustic and steel guitar.  Track Picks: 1, 2, 5, 12 FCC: None RIYL: Whitney, Avett Brothers, Orville Peck, Chris Isaak

Come To Your Senses- Pater Mayhew Band

A cool review in 7-days, “”  winner of best rock album in 2017.  Album dedicated to Mother Earth…Rock local we appreciate!!  play all

Rick Davies – Rick Davies Thugtet

Davies, Rick  (Emlyn Music)  Rick Davies Thugtet.   Fourth CD of original tunes from this local Latin jazz musician who died in late 2015.  Great musicians from both sides of Lake Champlain.  Thugtet is based in Plattsburgh; Alex Stewart (sax) and Ray Vega (trumpet) from UVM sat in on the recording.  Great energy in the music […]

Journey Home-Raphael Groten

  As Raphael suggests,” close your eyes and journey within.” original music with acoustic guitar to open your heart and be calm.  A local Vermont artist Raphael is a UVM graduate and plays fantastic guitar.  Play all and check out the website at

Let’s Whisper, As Close As We Are

Local! Let’s Whisper’s 4th album.  Now a trio; Colin Clary, Dana Kaplan, Brad Searles.  Easy Indie pop that is (as always) fun and happy.  “all of our songs are love songs” Pleasant vocal harmonies and really a ton of fun! Try:4,6,7,8 <—my fav!

Crazyhearse – Holy Water and Gin

LOCAL  An older release that is new to WRUV.  It’s a primer for their upcoming new album.  Very fun.  Again, I dare you not to move while listening. FCC #6 (too bad, it’s hilarious ) Try: everything else…

Zephrus – Liquid Sun

LOCAL  Zephrus’ 2nd studio release.  Lots of depth and range of tempos.  The guys are getting tighter, more adventurous, and all around growing into an even better band.  Taking Prog rock, classic rock, and a bit of jam to a higher level. FCC: clean RIYL:  Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Solid rock n roll Try:3, 6, […]

Gang of Thieves – Thunderfunk

LOCAL   Fantastic album! Catches you right off the bat on track 1.  Gang of Thieves takes Alice in Chains, Rage Against the Machine, Sublime, and P-Funk; throws it all together and comes up with their own special brand of AWESOME.  I DARE you to listen without moving.  Seriously. FCC #9 RIYL: Alice in Chains, Rage, […]

Mike Gordon – Overstep (ATO Records)

This album was recorded (partly) in Colchester, VT!!! Any fans of Mike Gordon can appreciate this album.  It does tend to get pretty weird in some parts, and the many different genres represented (everything from Phish-style jams, to acoustic blues, to jazz, to reggae, and even just straight-up alternative rock) cause this album to sound […]

Quiet Lion – “Whatever You Say”

An addition to WRUV that’s long overdue. “Whatever You Say” is the debut full-length from Burlington’s own Quiet Lion. The band is co-fronted by the founder of  Jenke Arts, Tommy Alexander. Alexander is well matched with Alanna Grace Flynn, and their lush and gentle folk is a group effort, epitomizing what their artists collective can […]

Various Artists – “State & Main Records: Volume II”

A collection of music by bands on  State & Main Records, a record label based in Montpelier Vt. From  Hip-Hop opener “You Want It” to the hardcore blitz of “Death Perception”, this release showcases the variety of musicians making deserving music in the Green Mountain State. Highlights include blues-y garage rockers Lake Superior, punk singer-songwriter Murdered Wives, the […]