Pianist Vastek performs mostly ethereal pieces by Cage, Dennehy and Harrison, with instrumental accompaniment. Play most!

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Lovely Creatures” is the long anticipated “best of” double album of their best stuff. Gritty, epic, just such grumbly rock. Listen! FCC: none Play: try them all RIYL: Nick Cave yo! LABEL: Epic/BMG

Cody Chesnutt’s “My Love Divine Degree” is back with this 3rd album that has equal parts soul and notes on humanity. Def worth checking out. PLAY: 4, 9, 8 FCC: None RIYL: The Roots, Gary Clark Jr. Label: Handwritten

Chuck Berry passed this year, but he had one more album for the fans. “CHUCK” is classic rock and roll, blistering guitar riffs, and totally worth dropping into any rock set. FCC: clean RIYL: THE chuck berry! LABEL: Dualtone PLAY: All of them

Flowing between shimmering compositions and immersive soundscapes, Somersault evokes the laid-back mood of a warm, breezy city night, the air crackling with humidity and excitement. These songs pulse and pull, capturing a blend of promise and heartache. It’s beautiful and layered, a refined, sweeping creation that threads together numerous styles, textures, and themes into a […]

Gloriously sunny 60s pop from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Label: Easy Eye Sound Play: 1, 4, 5, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr., John Prine, The Beatles (see: Shine on Me)

The 12 tracks that compose Powerplant grow and burn with greater fire than the duo have possessed heretofore. Now accompanied by a full band, Girlpool continue to make their mark with an original and intimate sound carried by incisive lyrics, soft textures, hushed harmonies, and soaring hooks. “When Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker harmonize, it’s […]

A highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed debut, Masterpiece. Big Thief is vulnerable, folk-tinged indie rock at its best. “Big Thief’s sophomore album beautifully excavates family history and trauma into a delicate, intricately built folk rock record, showcasing the gorgeous style of singer Adrianne Lenker.” – Pitchfork: Best New Music (8.3) “Big Thief’s quiet power propels songs of the […]

Radcliffe enlisted a seven-piece band to combine his rugged guitar-based lo-fi songs with “an energy that sort of billows.” This album is full of laid-back, gentle indie-rock gems. Label: Run For Cover Play: 1, 2, 4, 8 FCC: 6 RIYL: Cass McCombs, Alex G, Adult Mom, Hovvdy, Elvis Depressedly

Mostly autotune mediocrity. Some tracks, (the one with Stefflon Don, in particular) got a lil whop whop to them. Clean: 9, 20 RIYL: Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Christopher Martin

Fujiya & Miyagi combined their last two EPs into this new, self-titled studio album. Lots of funky beats and good vibes. Listen! FCC: None RIYL: Hot Chip, Junior Boys Label: Impossible Objects of Desire

ANI DIFRANCO is back with her new studio album “BINARY” and she is cranking out her political lyrics again. Totally a cathartic listen for so many reasons. FCC: 1, 5 RIYL: Ani Label: RBR

The eagerly anticipated sophomore album from Sylvan Esso delivers! Amelia Meath’s soft vocal’s weave in and out of the heavy intricate synths that drive throughout the album. With a lot of easily accessible beats, and intricate instrumentation, their is a lot here for fans and newbs alike. RIYL: tune yards, overcoats, future islands Label: Loma […]

Blondie newest album is a great addition to the band’s catalog. Immediately recognizable with pounding drums, those classic rock guitar riffs and signature vocals the band still manage to keep it fresh. Lotta good tracks on here for anyone into rock and roll. My only complaint is that lyrically every song is about love. whether its […]

The debut full-length album from New York based duo Overcoats is a pretty awesome little electro/alt-pop album. The solid drum machine beats, and drony synths underlay the vocal interplay beautifully. The vocals themselves combine elements of soul, gospel, and and folk with these sometimes robotic undertones to make a really absorbing sound. Highly recommended!   […]

Tusmørke– Hinsides Release date: 2017May12 Label: Svart Rating:  5/5 Hjemsøkte Hjem is an ethereal amalgamation of woodsy folk and punk unlike anything else I’ve heard. I Feel Like Midnight throws in some funk to compliment sounds of woodland animals. Rykende Ruin lifts your spirits with somber riffs straight from 1973. Lyssky Drom reaches out and […]

Beastmaker– Inside The Skull Release date: 2017May19 Label: Rise Above Rating: 3.5/5 Beastmaker hail from Fresno, CA with this follow-up to Lusus Naturae, released just last year. Evil One lives up to its’ name, reminiscent of tracks from Electric Wizard and Uncle Acid. Now Howls The Beast lunges for the throat with sinister, foreboding vocals set […]

Sabbath Assembly– Rites of Passage Release date: 2017May12 Label: Svart Records Rating: 4/5 Sabbath Assembly hail from TX and NYC with a potent mix of occult rock. Shadows Revenge takes no prisoners with dark, foreboding riffs set to thick, rolling drums. Angel’s Trumpets is soft, melodic with dark, dirty bass licks.  Does Love Die is full of harmonic […]

New to the studio here at WRUV FM Burlington from this Ojibwe artist, Annie Humphrey all original and described as alternative music but has a message within.  Great stories are told in this CD like a story about Winona LaDuke. (track called Tipi To A Tesla).  We The People, a track that challenges us all, […]

  Seattle-based electronic artist Yair Rubinstein AKA Big Spider’s Back returns with this 9 track analog playground available as a cassette tape only release. Get lost on a highway with tech-house bangers like “Light Sleeper,” “Outbound,” and “Dream Sequencer.” Or find solace on a long walk with wavey instrumentals like “Ativan” or “Sunset Programming. Where ever you might going, Beverly Centaur will get […]

Virginia-based DJ and multi-instrumentalist Joel Burleson aka KI:Theory (pronounced “Key Theory”) blends alternative rock and glitchy electronica on this  blazzey blah of a record. It’s all those tired EDM sounds juxtaposed with Indie Rock angst and exasperated vocals. Pure instrumental tracks such as “Used to Like” and “Goner” make the album almost worth keeping, but those are few and far […]

The Mountain Goats are now sixteen albums deep, and yet still find a way to keep things fresh. This time around, the theme is – as the title implies – dark, gritty and gothic. And while some songs follow this idea more than others, the collective feeling is one similar to the art depicted on […]

Carl Craig is known for Techno. So what is this? A collaboration between the Detroit iconoclast and a French Orchestra– a fabulous album that takes his music out of the club and into the concert hall. Beautifully minimal and progressive, tracks like “The Melody”, “Domina” and “Technology” are about as close to pure bliss you […]

How does one begin to describe an album, which is unlike anything they have ever heard before? Well the first step would be to admit said fact. Check. The second is to try to try your best anyway. Imagine you are listening to an insane attempt at making an all encompassing art pop project, but […]

Remix albums are easy to ignore, so let’s start at the beginning. Félicité is an award-winning film centered around the vibrant music scene of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The backing band for the lead character in this movie are the Kasai Allstars, a well known act from the region known for mixing traditional sounds […]