Category Rock

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 […]

Willverine – Save the World [Self-released] (LOCAL)

The second single from local indie-pop producer Willverine is a slow-paced, drony electronic number with devotional lyrics delivered in low tones, which gradually builds to a triumphant peak enhanced by trumpet and live drums. FCC: Clean RIYL: Hippo Campus, NNAMDI, Joji

Marcie Hernandez – Light a Torch [Self-released] (LOCAL)

The new single from Burlington singer-songwriter Marcie Hernandez blends a modernized retro soul groove with Latin flourishes of piano and trumpet (courtesy of UVM’s Ray Vega) and bilingual lyrics which reference Hernandez’s Puerto Rican roots and Emma Lazarus’ “New Colossus.” FCC: Clean RIYL: Amy Winehouse, La Quinta Estacion, Andrea Cruz

Allegra Krieger – The Joys of Forgetting [Northern Spy]

Folk music but with an amplified end that sounds similar to Big Thief. Enjoyable!

numun – voyage au soleil [Musique Impossible]

Minimalist in the style of the Eno/Fripp duos. New agey type spa music that is actually pretty decent (do not think spa music is a knock). Shoegaze fans might enjoy!

Eli Winter – Unbecoming [American Dreams]

3 extended pieces from this guitarist, Eli Winter, in the John Fahey type bag. Dreamy and floats nicely like Michael Hedges. Pretty stuff.

Immaterial Possession – S/T [Clandestine]

Interesting, deep almost Velvet Underground-y vibe to this rock band. Morbid and heady in the best way.

Ani diFranco – Do or Die (single), [Righteous Babe Records]

Does what it says on the tin. This feels like a very welcome throwback Ani sound with soft jazz, like Not So Soft meets Knuckle Down. The lyrics all pertain to what’s happening right now in the United States, and I think we can all agree that we need Ani to keep releasing songs until […]

Graham Nash – Vote (single) [Blue Castle Records]

Gentle and insistent, much like you have to be when you convince your family to head to the polls this year and do the right thing. While he originally wrote this tune back when all the American people had to contend with was Richard Nixon, legendary American folk songster Nash only released this understated and […]

Deftones – Ohms

Release date: September 25, 2020Label: Reprise Records If you like early 2010’s Deftones, you’re going to like Ohms. Genesis starts off full of hazy crushing glory. The chorus for Ceremony will stick with you for days. Urantia satisfies the way that only a Deftones song can – it begins with a jagged riff that’s reminiscent […]

CUT COPY – Freeze, Melt // Cutters Records

From Promoter: “Grammy-nominated electronica act Cut Copy returns with their sixth studio album, Freeze, Melt, breaking from their traditionally dance-oriented music to provide a more thoughtful, ambient record. With tracks averaging over five minutes and creating a textural landscape of synths, drum machines, and (sometimes) founder DJ Dan Whitford’s melodic vocals, Freeze, Melt is certainly […]

ELDERBROOK – Why Do We Shake In the Cold? // Parlophone/Atlantic

From Promoter: “London based artist Elderbrook’s debut full-length, Why Do We Shake In The Cold? is a lyrical ode to his singer-songwriter roots set in a modern electronic sound. After dropping his first EP Simmer Down in 2015, his collaborations and remixes have since garnered acclaim with fans. Elderbrook (a.k.a. English musician and producer Alexander […]

YELLOW DAYS – A Day In A Yellow Beat // RCA

From Promoter: “Self-described as an “upbeat existential millennial crisis”, A Day In A Yellow Beat is the newest album from indie-pop R&B project Yellow Days. The brainchild of Manchester-born George Van Den Broek, Van Den Broek’s latest album serves as a long-awaited followup to his first two albums, released in 2016 and 2017 respectively when […]

Nubya Garcia – Source [Concord Jazz]

Really dope soul infused jazz from this titan of the tenor sax. Smoother than Melissa Aldana, kind of aligning with a grittier Walter Smith III. Pretty fun stuff here!