The latest single from this Burlington indie rock group features a twangy, very catchy guitar lead, a soaring wordless chorus, and production which gradually grows more and more lo-fi and distorted, for a sound that’s at once familiar and unique. FCC: Clean RIYL: Hop Along, Real Estate, Frankie Cosmos, J Bengoy

From promoter: “You may know her from the Elephant 6 and Merge Records bands The Ladybug Transistor and The Essex Green! While Sasha Bell still has a roots in neo psych pop on this solo debut, there’s also the added magic of elaborate instrumental flourishes.” Label: Both Sides Now Start w/ 1, 2, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bedouine, Molly Sarle, Helena […]

From promoter: “Nine months after first releasing his Soul Trash mixtape via Dropbox link as a cassette tape bounce, Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi is re-releasing his 12 track project featuring the same songs but presented in a more hi-fi setting. The 24 minute project is filled with lo-fi sounds and hip-hop beats, accompanied with classic Chaz auto-tuned vocals heard […]

From promoter: “13 years and six studio albums in, The Growlers are still masters of blending catchy pop choruses with dark, sleazy grooves; of mixing unabashed optimism with after-hours vignettes of neon lights and cheap red wine.” Label: Beach goth Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 7, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Strokes, Allah Las, King Tuff

From promoter: “Less than a year after releasing her last EP, Sasha Sloan returns with the mid-tempo and occasionally dark, Self Portrait EP. Sloan found her own success with her own music in 2017 after writing for acts like John Legend and Charli XCX. Now she wants to leave her mark with her own original music.” Label: RCA Start w/ 1, 3, 4, […]

From promoter: “UK artist Rex Orange County is blending electronic, RnB, and Jazz on his newest record Pony. The highly anticipated follow up to 2017’s Apricot Princess sees Rex implementing blissful washed out guitars, soulful vocal melodies, and the occasional brass feature to bring a healthy dosage of funk and soul to his sound.” Label: Sony Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 7 […]

From promoter: “Leif Vollebekk’s songs have long been known for their high emotional quotient, with themes of yearning, lost love and adventure regularly threading through his work.” Label: Secret City Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Barr Brothers, Andy Shauf, Mandolin Orange

From promoter: “Landon Elliott is an old spirit, and its shows in his voice. Its rasp and grain-forged in North Carolina’s huge-sky Outer Banks, where he lived until he was 22 – bring his songs so resonantly to life that by rights it should belong to a much older person.” Label: American Paradox Start w/ […]

From promoter: “And Guided By Voices are here for their third album of 2019 but fortunately also their shortest and tightest of the year, it’s got all the crunchy 90s rock you could hope for.” Label: GBV Start w/ 4, 8, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Car Seat Headrest, TY Segall, The Hold Steady

From promoter: “R&B pop chameleon Berhana is turning the genre on its head. The Atlanta-born Amain Berhane comes from a film background and with a cinematic vision. He sees music primarily in its capacity for storytelling and escapism. Much of HAN was recorded in Japan, between Kumejima and Tokyo.” Label: EQT Start w/ 2, 5, 7 FCC: 9, 10, […]

From promoter: “After a two year hiatus, indie rock band Cold War Kids are ready to release their highly anticipated album, New Age Norms – Pt. 1. Inspired by the release cycles of the recent Kanye West projects, the new album is the first installment of the trilogy to be released as a part of other connected works.” Label: CWKTWO Start […]

Vermont music veteran Miriam Bernardo turns in a wonderful, lush collection of folk and folk-rock on her first solo album. Featuring contributions from many Vermont musicians and songwriters, including Hadestown creator Anaïs Mitchell (“I Got A Well”). FCC: Clean Track Picks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 RIYL: Anaïs Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Iron and Wine, Shana […]

Local ex-punk-turned-folkie Jason Baker describes his music as “sociopolitical Americana.” All acoustic, mostly solo, with plain-spoken lyrics about social and environmental issues sung in a deep, world-weary voice. FCC: 2 (clean version available)  Track Picks: 4, 5, 11 RIYL: Pete Seeger, Leo Kottke, Gordon Lightfoot

Shoegazey indie quartet The Onlys (currently split between Burlington and NYC) have a sound that’s upbeat yet full of melancholy. Their latest single is an understated,  melodic number with abstract, poetic lyrics.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Deerhunter, Real Estate, Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils

Release date: November 8, 2019 Label: Nuclear Blast Get Loud! is the twelfth release from hardcore legends, Agnostic Front. Even after all this time, I still think vocalist, Roger Miret, has one of the most unique deliveries in the genre. At this point, you kind of know what you’re getting…energetic and in-your-face hardcore. Spray Painted Walls stomps into the […]

Release date: October 4, 2019 Label: Century Media Records Heart Like a Grave is full of “Finnish melancholy, drawing inspiration from some of the bleakest tales, lyrics, and poems of the north.” For the most part, the quintet effectively balances between memorably light and dark moments. Insomnium delivers some truly gorgeous and devastating passages, alternating between symphonic fragility and […]

Country blues with a mix of soul. Great addition to any playlist. Catfish Keith finds a way to draw the listener in with twangy guitar sounds and fun vocal tracks. Label: Fish Tail Records FCC: clean Play: any

Lucky Guy! is a bluesy mix of Louisiana swamp pop, West Coast blues, New Orleans funk and rock and roll. This album is a fun mix of old school blues and the flavors of newer blues and soul. Play play play! Label: Alligator Records FCC: clean Play: any

From promoter: “After the tremendous critical and popular response to The Cash Box Kings’ 2017 Alligator Records debut, Royal Mint, the band returns with Hail To The Kings! their tenth career release. Recorded in Chicago and produced by Nosek, the album features 13 songs, including 11 originals written or co-written by Nosek and Wilson.” This album is old school blues and is a […]

From promoter: “Members of King Crimson, Shriek Back and Peter Gabriel’s original band bring these genre – less masterpieces into the 21st century. ” Play for a cool set! FCC: clean Play: 1, 4, 5 Label: 7d Media

From promoter: “Award-winning San Francisco Bay-area blues band Rick Estrin and The Nightcats released their fifth Alligator Records album, Contemporary, on Friday, September 20, 2019.” Contemporary explores new sounds while incorporating a traditional blues styling. FCC: clean Label: Alligator Records Play: 1, 2, 10

From promoter: “Seattle based artist Ryan Caraveo, is making dark and melodic hip hop tracks on his new record Butterfly Boy. Getting his start online back in 2014, Caraveo developed a strong fanbase selling out shows in cities like Seattle and Los Angeles. Butterfly Boy has an overarching sense of dread communicated through dark synth and guitar samples, as well as the […]

From COS: “Some may argue that with this album, Chromatics have completely left behind their original punk, lo-fi, noisy, chaotic sound and instead grown into their “Italo-Disco”-influenced sound of more recent times. However, you can arguably hear little gems of punk in the guitars of tracks like “Through the Looking Glass” but served in a […]

From promoter: “From the soundtrack of Queen & Slim, the first movie written and produced by Lena Waithe (The Chi, Master Of None) and the first directed by Melina Matsoukas (who did Beyoncé’s “Formation” among other iconic videos). Is a new song from Megan Thee Stallion, the Houston rapper who has been enjoying a huge year largely thanks to her albumFever, its breakout hit […]

From Promoter: “Their new EP, Phasing, retains that same sweet, sun-drenched malaise of past No Vacation releases, but everything has now been tightened up a notch. The band says it’s a result of being more collaborative and understanding that each member has something unique to contribute. On Phasing, Nat was able to flex her classical […]