Category Local

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 […]

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 for a copy!  Track Picks: (s/t: 2, 4) (live: 1, 2, 3) FCC: […]

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 […]