Category Rock

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True Widow – “Avvolgere” (Relapse Records)

Packing deep, dark and mystical sounds into a beautiful album comes the Texas based band True Widow. Avvolgere marks their fourth studio album. Avvolgere takes the listener on a euphoric journey of distorted vocals and strong guitar riffs. True Widow touches all the spectrums of rock in just one album with many elements that are […]

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The Shondes – “Brighton” (Exotic Fever Records)

The Shondes are a Brooklyn, New York based band that mash together soulful harmonies with energy enticing lyrics. Their new album Brighton marks their third release under Exotic Fever Records and their fifth studio album total. It is clear the Shondes are a force to reckon with as they provide punk, pop and political activism […]

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Frank Ocean – “Blonde”

I have been a fan of Frank Ocean for many years, and waiting for this album to drop was an absolute rollercoaster. For a few weeks there was an Apple Music stream of Frank doing random woodwork, that leaded to him constructing a staircase, and dropping a “visual album,” and then announcing he would drop […]

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Royal Teeth – “Amateurs”

Royal Teeth are an American indie pop band hailing from Lafayette, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, formed in 2010. Their third album “Amateurs” reflects how much they can still have fun and enjoy themselves like a group of well, amateurs! The songs on the album have a contagious energy that is carried through passionate vocals […]

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NATURAL CHILD // OKEY DOKEY [NATURAL CHILD RECORDS AND TAPES]

One of the albums of fall.  Psych-rock with nostalgic overtones, hilarious and sad lyrics, and overall radical warm, orangey red autumn fuzz feel.  Part of the latest wave of tunes like The Sheepdogs to bring back a lot of what we love from the 60s and 70s and presenting it through a 2016 musical lens. […]

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Cool Ghouls – “Animal Races”

Cool Ghouls is a band hailing from San Francsico, and Animal Races is their third studio album. I haven’t listened to these guys before this album, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but what I did get was an indie-psych record with a lot of enjoyable qualities about it. First off, the solos on this […]

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Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes – “Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes”

Although before this album I had never heard of this band, I have got to say that they have one of the best band name’s I have ever heard. The guys in Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes formed in Austin, TX in 2013, and on this self-titled album they blend the sonic fury of 90’s noise […]

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Air Traffic Controller – “Black Box”

Air Traffic Controller is a power pop-rock band hailing from Nova Scotia, and the band has been consistently providing accessible and danceable tracks since they debuted in 2005. This new album doesn’t stray too far away from that formula. On this record, the band makes crafty alternative pop-rock, but with a bit more of an […]

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “Skeleton Tree”

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have gone over many sonic changes throughout the years. When they first formed in 1984, they had a distinct post-punk sound, but have since shifted to a more alternative sound that is very distinct. On their 2013 album Push the Sky Away, the band got far more depressing, and the sound […]

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LVL UP – “Return to Love”

The good people over at Sub Pop Records sent us the new LVL UP album just in the knick of time before their show at ArtsRiot with Eskimeux on the 22nd (that I cannot attend because I will be at Denzel Curry), but listening to this album makes me wish I can be in multiple […]

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Wilco – “Schmilco”

If you have never heard of Wilco at least once in your life, then I do not know how you even wound up at this radio station to be honest. They are legends, and are a band who needs no introduction. They have consistently released quality music since they have been around, and this album […]

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Preoccupations – “Preoccupations”

If you aren’t familiar with the band Preoccupations, you may be familiar with what they were formerly known as, and that is Viet Cong. And before Viet Cong was Viet Cong, most of the members were part of the band Women, so the guys in these bands have had a lot of history together, and […]

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Grouplove – “Big Mess”

I have been a huge proponent of Grouplove ever since 2011 when they dropped their debut album Never Trust a Happy Song, and unfortunately I have missed the chance to see these guys in concert on two separate occasions (and one of those was when they were opening for Young the Giant) so hopefully I will […]

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Fences – “To the Tall Trembling Trees”

My first taste of Fences came back in either 2011 or 2012 when he was featured on a Macklemore track, and although I never delved deeply into his catalog of music, I always thought he was a very talented singer, so I was excited to give this new EP a listen. There isn’t too much […]

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Dawes – “We’re All Gonna Die”

I was particularly happy to receive the new Dawes album in the mail, mainly because I had no idea that they were even releasing an album this year, so it for sure was a pleasant surprise for me. I love every record these guys release, and I didn’t think they would be able to top […]

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Drugdealer – “The End of Comedy”

Drugdealer is the pseudonym of Los Angeles based artist Michael Collins, and his latest album The End of Comedy is sonically a lot different than his previous efforts. A lot of this album features somber piano ballads with a hint of psych-folk, and wonderful orchestral arrangements. Not to mention there are a lot of fantastic collaborators […]

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Twin Atlantic – “GLA”

Back in the day, Twin Atlantic used to be one of my all time favorite bands. Their first two albums Vivarium and Free are both albums that I hold very deeply to my heart, and I reflect a lot on when I listen to them these days. I wasn’t too impressed with their last album, but GLA sees the band having […]

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Local Natives – “Sunlit Youth”

Local Natives are an indie-rock band hailing from California, and I was highly anticipating the release of this album. Local Natives have always been a band that I think has released consistent musical output, and this latest record of their’s is no exception. Compared to their previous releases, Sunlit Youth sees the group utilizing synths in their […]

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The Head and the Heart – “Signs of Light”

If you are wondering where have you heard these guys names before, it’s because they played a concert in Jefford’s parking lot last year for UVM’s SpringFest, so it only makes sense that they would send the UVM radio their latest album. Although I don’t personally like this album as much as the group’s previous […]

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Bastille – “Wild World”

Bastille is a British indie-pop band that has really blown up since their debut album Bad Blood. I was never the biggest fan of these guys, but I managed to catch them live at Osheaga this Summer, and they were fantastic, so I thought I should give their new album a listen, and it’s honestly pretty great! […]

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Angel Olsen – “My Woman”

Angel Olson is an indie-folk singer from St. Louis, Missouri and her last album Burn Your Fire For No Witness was one of my favorites to come out in 2013, so I didn’t think that she would be able to top it this time around, but man was I wrong. My Woman sees Olsen’s wonderful voice front and center, […]

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Water Is Life II- various artists

Continuing support for the Oceti Sakowin this CD is another compilation from 17  indigenous artists produced by Native American Music Awards (.com)  Some of this year’s winners are included Mackenzies Raid, Best Historical and We are All Connected by Sue Straw, best spoken word and Woman of Heart won an award for best traditional.  supporting […]

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Water Is Life I- Various Artists

In this CD produced by Native American Music Awards 16 artists contribute to this CD called Water Is Life I.  Inspired to contribute to the Oceti Sakowin and their stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline that would bring crude oil under the Missouri River,water Protectors are included in this CD as well as NAMMY 2016  […]

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July Talk – “Touch”

July Talk is a band hailing from Toronto, and my first exposure came to them in 2014 when I caught the first two songs of their set at Osheaga. I didn’t stay around too long because I was in a hurry to head to the Green Stage to get a good spot for Pusha T’s […]

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Kllo – “Well Worn”

Kllo (pronounced khl-oh) is a synthpop duo hailing from the United Kingdom, and it is comprised of cousins Simon & Chloe. Well Worn is the group’s debut EP and it doesn’t really leave a lot of room for error. The project itself is short, running at a mere five tracks and just under 25 minutes of material, […]