Category Rock

STÖNER- totally…

STÖNER– totally…Release date: 2022May06Label: Heavy Psych SoundsRating: 5/5 I fucking love STÖNER. This is their follow up to “Stoners Rule“(June 2021). If you’re familiar with Brant Bjork (Kyuss; Fu Manchu) and/or Nick Oliveri (Kyuss; Queens of the Stone Age), you can’t miss this one. Party March thunders out the gate to get ya in the […]

Emma Ruth Rundle – Engine of Hell

Release Date: November 5, 2021 Label: Sargent House From the label: Engine of Hell is stark, intimate, and unflinching. For anyone that’s endured trauma and grief, there’s a beautiful solace in hearing Rundle articulate and humanize that particular type of pain not only with her words, but with her particular mysterious language of melody and […]

Kurt Vile / (watch my moves) / Verve Forecast

Contemporary rock icon Kurt Vile bursts back onto the music scene with his 2022 album, “(watch my moves)” featuring his iconic guitar based folk-rock. In this introspective hour long project, Kurt brings back his powerful melodies he has become known for. The album takes a slower approach to things when compared to his past albums […]

Trombone Shorty – Lifted [Blue Note]

Modern New Orleans legend Trombone Shorty’s new album blends elements of funk, rock, blues, gospel and more into a horn-drenched, passion-packed gumbo. Featured collaborators include the New Breed Brass Band, Lauren Daigle, and Gary Clark Jr. Track Picks: 1, 3, 4, 7 FCC: 8 RIYL: Jon Batiste, Cory Henry, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, […]

Music for Ukraine

16 minutes of music by Ukrainian composers, gracious piano pieces. Fundraising for Ukraine relief.

Devonte Hynes–Third Coast Percussion

2020 release of multi-genre composer Blood Orange, interesting percussion, marimba works.

Black Country, New Road – Ants From Up There

Brixton band Black Country, New Road’s first truly realized project. The album features a mix of post-punk and indie rock, with touches of klezmer and jazz woven in throughout. A beautiful listen all the way through, ending in an epic twelve minute three part climax. FCC: Clean GMR: No Tracks: Good Will Hunting, Choas Space […]

Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Brian Jackson JID008

Another wonderful entry into the Jazz is Dead album series. Brian Jackson is a keys player who has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and Gil-Scott Heron. Jackson lays keys and flute over the tracks as Younge and Muhammad fill out the rest of the instrumentation. The album follows the Jazz is Dead […]

ABBY BRYANT & THE ECHOES/NOT YOUR LITTLE GIRL/CAN’D AID

This 2021 country-rock album is upbeat, prideful, and inspiring! Byant sings of growing up, independence, finding peace, moving on, self-discovery, and topics of the like. Check this one out! FCC: Clean GMR: No TPs: 2, 6, 8, 10, 11 RIYL: The Whitmore Sisters

Ryan Sweezey – Out Searching (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Burlington singer-songwriter Ryan Sweezey ‘s latest album is truly lovely. His vocals, lyrics and compositions are warm and sincere, drawing on sounds from power-pop and folk, and he really knows how to write a hook.  Track Picks: 1, 3, 4, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Semisonic, Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Folds, Brett Dennen

Clover Koval – Me and the Animals (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The latest album from BTV-via-MA singer-songwriter Clover Koval is a brilliant showcase for her evocative and clever lyricism. Songs bounce around from low-key ballads to uptempo punky numbers, traversing unexpectedly jazzy territories in between. Clover’s vocal and songwriting skill bring it all together. Track Picks: 2, 4, 9, 10 FCC: 3 RIYL: Sidney Gish, Frances […]

Noah Kesey – Songs 2019: Pangea (Julia’s War) [LOCAL]

Former Full Walrus bandleader Noah Kesey is back and better than ever with his debut solo album. Driving dance-rock beats, fuzzed-out twangy guitars and synths, and ethereal vocals make this record a fantastic listen.  Track Picks: 3, 4, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Real Estate, Deerhunter, El Ten Eleven, Remi Russin

Canetis – Chasing Moonlight

My favorite track on this album was ‘Daydreamer’. This music is the perfect mix of guitar, drums and singing. This band was formed in Buffalo, New York in 2019. Since their formation in 2019 they have had the chance to perfect their alternative rock style. This is a band that is signed with Admirable Traits […]

Danny and the Parts – Making Believe [Voltage Controlled Life] (LOCAL)

Local Americana stalwarts Danny and the Parts’ latest EP is a more psychedelic take on their signature sound, courtesy of producer Noah Kesey, but the heart of their beautiful songwriting remains the same. Track Picks: 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: Wilco, Kurt Vile, My Morning Jacket

Saints and Liars ft. Bow Thayer – Picket Fences Blue (Self-released) [LOCAL]

VT Americana group Saints and Liars team up with New England music veteran Bow Thayer for their latest single, a twangy and triumphant number describing what it’s like “to take the high road” when others are trying to bring you down. FCC: Clean RIYL: Chris Stapleton, Mallett Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff

Low Echo – Midnight (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The latest single from Burlington folk duo Low Echo takes things in a bit of a different direction for the group, with a heavy, dramatic Southern blues-rock sound featuring some fearsome slide guitar. FCC: Clean RIYL: Chris Cornell, Brandi Carlile, Steve Earle

Hope DeLuca – The Other Side / I’m Sorry (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The latest single from UVM-based singer-songwriter Hope DeLuca is an acoustic lament in two movements written from the perspective of both sides of a breakup. FCC: Clean RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Frances Forever, Beabadoobee

Ryan Sweezey – My Turn [Self-released] (LOCAL)

The latest and final single from Ryan Sweezey’s upcoming album Out Searching is a gorgeous bit of piano pop about feeling like the world is passing you by and leaving you behind. FCC: Clean RIYL: Semisonic, Ben Folds, Death Cab for Cutie

The Wolf In Our Own Backyard – …Sings The Hits! [Records DK]

The Wolf In Our Own Backyard has once again made an exceptional folk album featuring a diverse variety of tunes that flow along with wonderful cohesion. The album contains excellent instrumentation, including some fantastic guitar playing, solid drums, and some delightful horns, banjo, and pedal steel guitar on certain tracks. The LP is rounded out […]

TEDDY GROSSMAN – SOON COME, ABRAÇO RECORDS

A combination of soulful harmonies and country-esque guitar riffs, sometimes supported by horns or strings, create this album of upbeat tracks. Teddy Grossman’s voice rings softly yet strongly, complementing the instrumentals on his solo, full-length debut album. FCC clean, except for Giving Up Recommended tracks: Out Of Thin Air, Ready.

UNA – It’s OK [SINGLE], Cool Jewel Records

UNA delivers profound pop using predominantly downtempo jazz inspired beats and Wurli electric piano, contributing their vibe to what was once labeled electronica but is now considered as a new style. Dream-Pop, Indietronica, and Alternative R&B have all been recognized as influences in UNA’s recent work; their newest single, It’s OK, certainly embodies these latter […]

Immy Owusu – Mantra [Single], Hopestreet Recordings

Immy Owusu, a multi-instrumentalist from the Australian Surf Coast, has released his first single with Melbourne label Hopestreet Recordings, Mantra. Immy’s ‘Afrodelik’ style to music, which encompasses psychedelic rock, funk, and West African roots, is captured in Mantra, a dreamlike slice of his music. While exhibiting an atmospheric and psychedelic unique afro-funk sound, it’s clear […]

BadBadNotGood – Talk Memory (XL Recordings)

BadBadNotGood return with a solid new album of spacey, modern jazz fusion that at times pushes into realms of R&B and Electronic. Featuring great guests like Karriem Riggins (percussion), Brandee Younger (harp) and Terrace Martin (alto saxophone). Give this a spin! Not just for jazz programming. Play: 4, 1, all FCC: Clean RIYL: Flying Lotus, […]

Sarah King – Poison [Stripped] (Self-released) [LOCAL]

VT singer-songwriter Sarah King muses on ways to deal with “a man who won’t listen” on her latest single, an alternate solo piano version of the opening track from her EP The Hour.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Kat Wright, Susan Tedeschi, Nick Cave, Giovanina Bucci

Chris Walton – Fade [Self-released]

Boston, MA’s Chris Walton has serious talent. His casually passionate vocal performances and smooth funk-rock grooves will have you hooked in. Highly recommended!  Track Picks: 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Michael Kiwanuka, Son Little, Gregory Porter, Cory Henry