Category Rock

Elektric Mistress – Chapter 99 (EP)

Label: Self-Released Release Date: June 17, 2022 High energy psychedelic heartache with some witchcraft! From the promoter: Channeling the energy of inspirations such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd, Halifax, Canada Elecktic Mistress is all about the groove with their face-punching psychedelic stoner rock firmly rooted in what has come before, but also […]

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! Make sure to shout out Wednesday […]

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 […]

Our Dying World – Hymns of Blinding Darkness

Label: Self-released Release date: June 24, 2022 Our Dying World provides symphonic and melodic keyboard-oriented stylings on Hymns of Blinding Darkness. This record is a mixed bag. Everything We Know is Gone is a perplexing mix of killer guitar riffs and fantasy soundtrack music. The song both rocks and confounds with blazing melodic riffs that […]

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

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

Split Image – Torrent of Illusion

Label: Low Budget Productions Release Date: June 1, 2022 With a dash of thrash, punk, crust, and hardcore, Split Image possesses a unique sound that boasts familiarity through thrashy riffs, progressive, technical elements, and a solid nod to old-school hardcore. Torrent of Illusion packs a punch! The record deals with intense lyrical themes surrounding mental health and […]

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

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. Currently only available on Bandcamp – stream there or email local@wruv.org for a copy! FCC: Clean RIYL: Animal Collective, The Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, Jorge Elbrecht

John Ondolo – The Hypnotic Guitar of [Mississippi]

From label: “This album brings together John Ondolo’s rare early 78rpm recordings in the first-ever overview of this innovative but overlooked artist. The music traces Ondolo’s creative output, from the resonant acoustic guitar masterpiece Tumshukuru Mungu to the relentless guitar and flute (!) interplay of Kenya Style to his later electric guitar, bass, and drum […]

S Raekwon – I Like It When You Smile [Father/Daughter]

From Promoter: “Coming off the heels of his gorgeous debut album, Where I’m at Now, a steady tour run with labelmate Tasha, and an exciting pair of performances at SXSW, the New York City-based producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, S. Raekwon (aka Steven Raekwon Reynolds) springs forward with a new EP of loose and joyous indie-pop gems. With I Like […]

Modern Nun – Name [Self-Released]

From Promoter: “ is a lesbian rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Over the past two years, they’ve formed a loyal fanbase with their captivating lyrics and catchy instrumentals, launching onto the scene with their debut EP Name in January of 2022. They have since opened for Wet Leg and released three new singles “Cherries” “Courthouse” and their […]

Brother Swan – Loom Radio Sampler [Self-Released]

Indie trio from California. Has a sort of spacey haze to it, happy sounding music with darker lyrics. RIYL: Alex G, Elliott Smith, Snow Patrol

Hellcat Bloom – semi-sweet [Poprock]

Fun bedroom pop/indie that is an amalgam of different sounds. Bound to find something you’ll enjoy in this. RIYL: Claro, Beach Boys, Bjork FCC: 2 and 7

Coastwest Unrest – The Darkest Brilliance [Reclaim]

From Promoter: “If Coastwest Unrest’s new album, The Darkest Brilliance, sounds at once expansive & claustrophobic, jarring & soothing, apocalyptic, yet leaving a light shining at the end of the tunnel, that is because it reflects the world in which it was recorded. RIYL: Current Joys & The Hold Steady.”

Julia Jacklin – Pre Pleasure [Polyvinyl]

From Promoter: “The Australian singer/songwriter carved out a rep as a direct lyricist who excavates the parameters of intimacy & agency in songs both stark & raw, loose & playful. PRE PLEASURE is the sound of Julia Jacklin gently loosening her grip. RIYL: Big Thief, Courtney Barnett, & Phoebe Bridgers”

Cheekface – Too Much to Ask [Self-Released]

From Promoter: “When life hands you problems, make problem-ade. It’s tough times, and that’s just one piece of advice that Los Angeles trio Cheekface has to offer for getting through it. The mantra also moonlights as the hook on the opening track to their new album, Too Much To Ask, out everywhere now. Across 11 tracks, Cheekface‘s songwriters, […]

Mavis Staples & Levon Helm – Carry Me Home

Release Date: May 20, 2022 Label: Anti- From the label: Captured at Woodstock, New York’s Levon Helm Studios in the summer of 2011, Carry Me Home is a new album that showcases the music of Mavis Staples and Levon Helm, two of the past century’s most iconic voices who came together in love and joy, […]

Oneida – Success [Joyful Noise]

The latest album from NYC punk minimalists Oneida starts off chugging like a speeding train and never slows down once. Motorik beats, rarely more than two chords per song, and washes of tuneless guitar make this a powerful barebones rock record.  Track Picks: 2, 4, 5 FCC: Clean  RIYL: Sonic Youth, Oh Sees, Buzzcocks, Parquet […]

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 […]