Category Rock

SKANGER – A CHANCE TO COUNT THE COST (SINGLE) [22 RECORDINGS]

A dreamy single from Skanger- their interpretation of an 80s slow dance, complete with synth and drawn-out vocals. A good tune to just sway to… FCC: Clean

THE MASTERMINDS – DON’T GO (SINGLE) [AQUAMARINE]

The Masterminds channel The Doors with their latest single, “Don’t Go.” Rock along with their ripping riffs and organ fills, and enjoy a guitar solo that tears it up. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: 60s rock, garage rock

RED RED – LONG BLACK TRAIN (SINGLE) [DONOR PRODUCTIONS]

From their Spotify page: ” RED RED was marooned on Earth when their ship exploded after they tried to fuel it with used fritkot oil. They play psychedelic rock music beamed from the turntables of the Great Galactic Ape… RED RED is good for the pancreas, liver, and the easement of manly afflictions.” A Side […]

THE BLUESBONES – LIVE ON STAGE [DONOR PRODUCTIONS]

Who knew the blues scene in Belgium was so electric? At times spooky and at times comical, The Bluesbones bring explosive blues rock that, although it may not be superb lyrically, features fantastic musicianship and heart. The organist plays with gusto and is the heart and soul of the whole outfit. Give it a listen! […]

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS – JUST DROPPED IN (TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY RENDITION WAS IN) [DAPTONE]

A DJ Ravioli all-time favorite! The newest album from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings features a treasure trove of previously unheard material from the beloved Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings. Listeners will be enthralled with a perfectly eclectic mix of covers that range from Woody Guthrie to Janet Jackson, all of them with the band’s […]

Jesse Taylor Band – Ever-Changing (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The latest EP from Burlington’s Jesse Taylor Band merges the sonic palettes and instrumental chops of classic rock with a modern, confessional songwriting sensibility. Killer, creative guitar hooks draw you in while Taylor’s emotive, personal lyrics and vocals keep you listening.  Track Picks: 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Pretenders, Hop Along, Paramore, Cheap Trick

SHEMEKIA COPELAND – UNCIVIL WAR [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

Shemekia Copeland hits it out of the park with her newest album after releasing her single “Uncivil War.” Copeland’s vocals are excellent and enable the strong blues sensibilities of her music. She sings anthems, love songs, and ballads for the broken heart. Listeners are even treated to a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Under My […]

THE PARSON RED HEADS – LIFETIME OF COMEDY (ADVANCE TRACKS) [FLUFF & GRAVY]

The latest album by The Parson Red Heads has been put on hold by COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped them from releasing a few tracks for eager listeners. Silky slide guitars provide backup for sleepy harmonies against a driving beat on “All I Wanted.” On “Turn Around,” the band channels more of a classic 60s […]

PALOMA FAITH – INFINITE [SONY UK]

Okay look: Paloma Faith is all about pop. Alllll about it. And this album’s no exception. This trite bubblegum pop aspires to be something a little deeper and nearly succeeds, except when it doesn’t. The lyrics are very basic (“We got the love, we got each other, we’ll survive”), the arrangements straightforward and boppable. But […]

ANE BRUN – WE NEED A MOTHER (SINGLE) [BALLON RANGER]

Dark electronica from Ane Brun on this single. Steady beats are overlayed with Brun’s haunting vocals and ghoulish strings. Give it a listen. FCC: Clean RIYL: Anna Ternheim, Sophie Zelmani, Thomas Dybdahl

JIM WHITE – SUM OF WHAT WE’VE BEEN (SINGLE) [FLUFF & GRAVY]

A gorgeous and full Americana sound on this latest single from Jim White. The driving beat will have you imagining yourself taking a long car ride at sunset surrounded by waving fields of golden wheat. Sugary harmonies are the cherry on top. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Willard Grant Conspiracy, Richmond Fontaine, Giant Sand

PETER COR – RWANDA [SELF RELEASED]

An interesting mix of Afro-fusion tunes from Peter Cor, created after his recent trip to Rwanda. Cor has composed for the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Lakeside, and Lee Ritenour, and his style shines through in this album. These tracks will have you on your feet and will put a smile on your face. […]

OLIVER WOOD – SOUL OF THIS TOWN (SINGLE) [HONEY JAR RECORDS]

An absolutely stunning single from Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers. Honeyed horns hum in the background while Wood’s vocals spin a soulful yarn, sometimes accompanied by sweet harmonies. Beautiful, melancholy, thoughtful, and a real treat for the ears. Play, play, play! FCC: Clean RIYL: The Wood Brothers, King Johnson, Phil Cook, Cordovas

VERZACHE – Messed Up [SINGLE] // self-released

From promoter: “On his latest single, “Messed Up,” Toronto-based producer Verzache sings about the turbulent mindset that follows a break-up. Starting out producing trap-inspired beats, Verzache has recently leaned into more lo-fi production, bridging acoustic sounds and laid back electronic production in a way that feels as organic as it does synthesized. This duality lends […]

OKEY DOKEY – Once Upon One Time // Park The Van

From promoter: “Okey Dokey is no longer a band. Indeed, what was once the Nashville duo of Johny Fisher and Aaron Martin has decided to do what no other band has ever done and grown into something bigger… a community. Where most bands attempt to use their exclusivity and fame to attract their fan base, Okey Dokey wants […]

CHINA CLUB – Ming & Zhizhi // self-released

From promoter: ” If you’re yearning for an auditory trip to another dimension, listen no further than China Club. Originally a two-piece from Dallas, TX, the band pivoted to a collective of musicians headed by Kamaron Black (he/him, they/them). Their eclectic soundscapes reflect a marriage of East and West and were borne from a camaraderie […]

NAILBITER – Brace // Hand Drawn Dracula

From promoter: “Nailbiter is the alter ego of Josh Korody, Toronto’s studio guru and producer (known for his work with shoegaze bands WISH and Beliefs). Following his critically acclaimed EP Waveshaper, Korody dove face first into the Techno scene, focusing his creative energy on experimentation rather than form. His next release, Brace (out October 30) is a collection of freeform ideas, experimental […]

REPTALIENS – Wrestling [EP] // Captured Tracks

From promoter: “Reptaliens’ Wrestling EP differs in two major ways from the groups previous releases: It is the first recording project engineered, produced, and mixed entirely by the songwriting duo of Bambi and Cole Browning. Also, it stylistically differs greatly from anything the band has released before, resulting in a darker and more emotive sound, […]

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS – Made of Rain // Cooking Vinyl

The Psychedelic Furs hit us with their first full length album since 1991! Full of heavy guitar driven melodic and chaotic tracks, Made of Rain is a nice taste of the 80s group gone 2010s rock. Complex instrumentation and a lot of fun melodies makes for a really complete sounding album. If you want to […]

Mastodon – Medium Rarities

Release date: September 11, 2020Label: Reprise Records Mastodon released Medium Rarities to satisfy fans during a long gap between full-length records. This record includes a couple of new tracks, instrumental versions of their hits, some live tracks and a couple of B-sides. Fallen Torches is powerful and probably the best track on the whole album […]

Chazzy Lake – Sup, Circumstance [Self-released] (LOCAL)

The debut solo album from Charlie Hill (also known for his work with J Bengoy) presents an engaging blend of lo-fi, Americana, classic rock and new wave. His songwriting, in terms of lyrics, hooks and melodies, is as strong as ever. A strong recommendation! Track Picks: 2, 6, 8, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Fruit Bats, […]

Madaila – West [Future Fields] (LOCAL)

The first of four EPs announced for release in 2020 by Mark Daly’s one-man band Madaila, West takes a rootsier approach to the project’s sound without sacrificing any of their songcraft. A gorgeous collection of harmonic folky rock with a psychedelic twinge. Track Picks: 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lord Huron, Iron and Wine, […]

Couchsleepers – Only When It’s Dark (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The debut full-length from Harrison Hsiang’s project Couchsleepers typifies his brand of “folk songwriting that tastes like indie rock,” with lyrics centered around romance, heartbreak and insomnia. Track picks: 2, 3, 7, 9 FCC: 7 (clean version available in station and on Subsonic!) RIYL: Pinegrove, Peach Pit, Theo Katzman

Francesca Blanchard – Make It Better (Tone Tree Music) [LOCAL]

The Burlington-based singer-songwriter’s first full-length in five years takes listeners through various aspects of a failing relationship. Highlights include the anthemic title track and “Baby,” a very catchy number with a striking vocal “guitar” solo. Also available is “Make It Better (with friends)” – a new version of the title track recorded in quarantine featuring […]

Madaila – Madaila (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Mark Daly abandoned plans for a series of sonically distinct themed EPs after one release this year, instead choosing to put out this self-titled collection which returns to the synth-pop stylings of his earlier work, with lyrics addressing pressing social issues relevant to the current day. FCC: Clean Track Picks: 1, 2, 6 RIYL: Miike […]