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compiled by Music Director Kelley Dole

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New Music October 23rd 2018
RIYL: Recommended If You Like
*indicates MD pick

 
Rock
 
Steven Graves Band How Long A seasoned band, great female vocals, with a bluesy rock sound. 
RIYL: Tedeschi Trucks Band.
 
*St. Paul & The Broken Bones Young Sick Camellia – Their third album, a show stopper.  RIYL: Anderson East, Simple Minds, Leon Bridges.  Southern soul, rock with R&B grooves.
 
*Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos Rockstone – Really GOOD Reggae Rock/Soul for those who appreciate cross genre’, AAA independent artists!  I see this CD played most of our shows.  Try it!
 
*Oh Pep I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You – “Faultless Folk/Rock” ~ Rolling Stone.  Australian female duo, poetic, funny, deep, gorgeous voices together.
 
*Elvis Costello & The Imposters Look Now – One of Elvis’ best!  Compositions written with Burt Bacharach, including a couple of guest appearances with Burt himself. 
RIYL: Beck, Talking Heads, David Bowie, & Weezer.
 
*Sister Sparrow Gold – “What do you get when you cross Amy Winehouse and
Tina Turner with Mick Jagger…?” ~ Glamour. 
 
The Ratchets First Light – With a little bit of The Boss influence, these rockers from Asbury Park keep you listening and moving.
 
Mod Hippie Wannabe Nobody – Psychedelic Punk Pop, all that.
 
Autopilot Afterglow – Canadian Alternative Indie Rock, known for powerful hooks, dynamic stage show, and passionate work ethic.
 
 
Bluegrass
 
Gregg Welty Community – Delightful, with a nice cover of “Don’t Cross The River.”
 
*Mountain Meadow Mountain Meadow –Innovative stringband combining a wide range of influences bringing you back to traditional Bluegrass.
 
 
Electro/New Age Pop
 
*Farao Pure-O – Norwegian little girl, Berlin adult, Farao blends synthesizers, zither and soaring vocals seamlessly referencing 90s R&B and the untapped gold mine of Euro-disco.
 
 
Jazz
 
Christian McBride’s New Jawn – Four Philadelphia jazz artists walking the line between thrilling virtuosity and gut- instinctive improvisation.
 
*Chucho Valdes Jazz Bata2 – Cuban Jazz, rhythmically permeating deep West African classical music.


Download Recommendations
 
Travellin’ Blue Kings Wired Up – Song: “ I Don’t Wanna Stop.” (Bluegrass)
 
Kurt Vile Bottle It In Song: “Bottle It In”.  (Alternative Indie Rock)
 
Daniel Elfassy & Joseph Daydreaming Song: Daydreaming (Alternative Indie Rock/Electro)
 

 

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Watch Mavis Staples Accept National Arts Award: ‘God Is Not Through With Me Yet’

By  October 23rd, 2018 

Stephen Colbert and Mavis Staples at the National Arts Awards in New York.
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Stephen Colbert presented Mavis Staples the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 58th annual National Arts Awards Monday night in New York City. But first he had to explain the somewhat bizarre reason he was asked to do the honors. The Late Show host said he’s a long admirer of Staples’ soulful voice — from her start performing gospel-inflected music with her father Pops and siblings as the Staples Sisters — as well as her ability to energize the minds and leaders of the Civil Rights movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr.

But Colbert’s friendship with the singer began unexpectedly. During the series finale of his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, Colbert said that, in the heat of the moment on live television, a voice “popped into his head,” telling him out of the hundreds of guests and performers he could and ought to recognize, the only person it made sense at the time to thank was Mavis Staples. So that’s what he did.

Since that impulsive moment, their friendship gave way to numerous all-star performances over the years and was on display at the New York City gala, which honors artists and arts supports for their national leadership. And Staples, who has continued her prolific seven-decade singing career with a new original studio album If All I Was Was Black, was not shy about her persistence. “I don’t want to sound conceited, but I deserved this,” Staples said to a burst of applause. “I’ve been singing for a lifetime and I love it so much … You all better look out, because God is not through with me yet. I’m not stopping. I’m gonna keep on pushing.”

Staples also nodded to her late friend, Aretha Franklin, who received the Carolyn Clark Powers Lifetime Achievement Award in the past. “She was the greatest,” said Staples. Then, turning to her other pal, Colbert, who was holding the golden Jeff Koons Balloon Dog trophy, said with a laugh, “now give me my balloons!"

~Posted By; Kelley Dole

 

Nathaniel Rateliff teaming up with student activists for concert to prevent gun-violence



Photo by; Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are teaming up with Colorado student activists next weekend for two days of events concluding in a concert to support gun-violence prevention.

“The nonpartisan events will emphasize voter registration and engagement, encouraging Colorado citizens to find peaceful solutions to the issue of gun violence,” according to a post on Facebook by Rateliff’s private foundation, The Marigold Project, which touts itself as supporting community and nonprofit organizations working on economic and social justice issues.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Industry Denver in RiNo, the event called Not One More will feature panels and workshops about gun-violence prevention. The panels will feature student activists, mental health specialists, faith leaders and local politicians speaking about peaceful protest, how to hold elected officials accountable and dispelling myths about violence.

Local and national leaders from Students Demand Action, Moms Demand Action and other advocacy groups will be present.

Workshop registration can be found at do303.com

When local student activists last planned an event in August protesting the NRAlast-minute concerns erupted after the students received an onslaught of violent threats.

The day after the Not One More event, Denver-based band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are scheduled to hold a rally and concert — at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 — at Levitt Pavilion, along with performers Fantastic Negrito, Los Mocochetes and the Denver Children’s Choir.

Rateliff posted about the event on Instagram, saying, “We believe that we can find common ground on this issue and keep our children safe. When we see the youth of the world wanting to make change happen, us as their elders need to respond in the correct way and listen.”

~Posted by; Kelley Dole

New Music Added
April 24, 2017

RIYL: Recommended If You Like
*indicates MD pick
 
Bluegrass
*Bobby Osborne Original85-year-old genre pioneer enlists many familiar names to join in on some of his favorite songs.
 
*The Bucking Mules Smoke Behind The Clouds“The Mules traverse the traditional musical landscape of the Cumberland Plateau, the Tennessee River, the Blue Ridge and beyond, favoring spirit and simplicity over pretense.”
 
*Luke Bulla Self-Titled EP/Who Loves You Better – World-class fiddler/songwriter with an A-list of pals in his back pocket.
 
*The Dead South Illusion & Doubt – Boot stompin’ murder ballads, odes to loves lost and good-time drinkin’ tunes done with a tip of the hat and a wink. RIYL: The Devil Makes Three, Trampled By Turtles
 
Blues
*Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ TajmoTwo living legends collaborate with undeniable chemistry.
 
Compilations
*Bleeps, Beats & Bass: 10 Years of Basserk Records – (slipcase) Genre-spanning collection from a dynamic, Netherlands-based electronic label.
 
Country
*Bobby Bare Things ChangeCountry Music Hall Of Fame-er, Grammy-winner and award-winning songwriter has a laundry list of accolades, but the music speaks for itself.
 
Folk/Americana
David Starr The Head & Heart - Production by John Oats on a solid EP of authentic and timeless rockin’ Americana.
 
Greg Wickham If I Left This WorldAlt-country star’s solo debut pairs great orchestration and polished songwriting with a genre-bending sensibility.
 
*Matt Hannah Dreamland – “A fantastically vivid, melancholy-country spin on Americana music.”
 
Electronic
*Joe Goddard Electric LinesCool, downtempo electro/soul tracks from a member of Hot Chip.
 
*Juveniles Without WarningElectro/nu-disco-inspired dream-pop. RIYL: Cut Copy
 
Lost In Stars Lost In Stars – LA-based producer “mines the depths of experimental electro, house, UK dubstep, grime & synth-pop” without missing a beat.
 
World
Tarek Yamani PeninsularInteresting polyrhythmic fusion of modern jazz and the sounds of the Arabian Penninsula.
 
 
 
Hip Hop/Rap
Sixo The Odds Of Free Will – Producer with a penchant for less-electronic beats rounds up a formidable host of guest vocalists/MCs, including Open Mike Eagle.
 
Jazz
*Chick Corea The MusicianCherry-picked selections from the artist’s 70th birthday concert/collaboration series in 2011 spanning a lifetime of improvisational prowess.
 
*Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio DreamsvilleCurator of the respected, traditional-leaning series teams up for the second time with this formidable trio, pursuing a slightly more subdued feel on their second recording together.
 
*Jeremy Bacon Trio Cage Free Free RangeTraditional trio swings effectively on original takes and nods to the greats.
 
*Leigh Pilzer Strunkin’- 100% original, swingin’ compositions by the bari-saxophonist/bandleader and her all-female quartet of trombone, bass, piano and drums make for a rare treat in the often-repetitious, male-dominated contemporary scene.
 
R&B/Groove/Soul
Blockhead Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book10th anniversary re-release of the influential producer’s 2007 beats/samples album.
 
Miami Horror The Shapes‘80s-inspired synth party incorporating some world flavor. RIYL: Talking Heads, Hot Chip
 
Rock
BNQT Volume 1Veritable indie super-group comprised of members of Midlake, Band Of Horses, Franz ferdinand, Travis & Grandaddy cultivates an easy-going, “draggin’ the line” feeling.
 
*Christopher Paul Stelling Itinerant Arias(slipcase) NPR says   “his music feels undeniable…steeped in tradition yet filled with vitality, immediacy and soul.” A rugged, Americana-leaning sound.           
 
The Courtneys IIFuzzy, lo-fi Canadian power pop. RIYL: Bleached, Charly Bliss
 
*Deep State Thought GardenTackling heavy ideas with undeniably catchy, fuzz-mongering pop/punk.
 
Fotoform FotoformSeattle-based band conjures up melodic shoegaze/pop with nods to ‘80s darkwave bands. RIYL: Kristin Kontrol (Dum Dum Girls)
 
*Golden Pelicans Disciples Of BloodBrash thrashers from the sunshine state throw down on brief yet powerful punk outbursts harkening back to the blissful days of hair metal.
 
*Laure Briard Sorcellerie(slipcase) French psych-pop and ‘60s ye-ye mystique.
 
*Loose Tooth Big DayThey’re kinda like a scrappy version of Pavement, which is great.
 
Low Cut Connie Dirty Pictures Pt. 1Piano bashin’ rock revivalists rest somewhere between The New York Dolls and Old 97’s.
 
*Low Roar Once In A Long, Long WhilePiano-based ambience and subdued, electro-tinged anthems.
 
Michelle Blades Premature Love Songs(slipcase) Beautifully unadorned, multilingual, lo-fi acoustic ruminations.
 
Ray Davies AmericanaFormer Kinks frontman uses his latest solo effort to delve deep into a love/hate relationship with the American Dream.
 
Skating Polly New Trick EPTeen alt-rock duo gets a hand from members of Veruca Salt. RIYL: Samantha Crain
 
*Slowdive SlowdiveThe movement that emphasized dreamy, headspace-filling sound over bravado has seen quite the resurgence lately, so it makes sense that some of the finest shoegazers out there are making a triumphant return as well.
 
*Toma Aroma – Austin, TX group makes “loose-limbed power-pop of the highest order” with ‘70s influences. RIYL: Foxygen, White Denim
 
Violents & Monica Martin Awake And Pretty Much SoberSubtle R&B nuances form the spine of this orchestral, electro-leaning collaboration.
 
*Woods Love Is Love – New material effortlessly captures the wild, meandering, often funky spirit of their live performances, while delving into politically reactionary, yet hopeful territory.

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New Music Added
April 18, 2017

RIYL: Recommended If You Like
*indicates MD pick
 
Blues
*The Hooten Hallers The Hooten HallersThroaty, growlin’, howlin’ blues/Americana bustin’ at the seams.
 
Compilations
Concord Singles April 2017 – Gov’t Mule, Marcus King, John Lee Hooker, Coltrane remastered and more!
 
Country
*Angaleena Presley WrangledOf no relation to the King himself, she’s best known for her contributions to The Pistol Annies (along with Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe) and a gift for tell-it-like-it-is songcraft wrought with observational humor and versatile pipes.
 
Folk/Americana
The Two Tracks Postcard TownSheridan, WY-based quartet has the chops to move well beyond the small-town scene that fostered them.
 
Electronic
Actress AZDRepetitious, trance-like rhythms that appear to be caught in a loop.
 
Corbo Adrift – Brief dalliances with the ambient/downtempo realm.
 
darkDark Heathered – Electro/pop duo doesn’t break new ground, but certainly gets the cool vocals/beats formula down to perfection.
 
*Juana Molina Halo- Argentinian experimentalist/actress creates a hypnotic aura through synthetic and organic means.
 
Kelly Lee Owens Kelly Lee Owens – Subdued, sparse and spectral electro/pop.
 
World
*Battle Of Santiago La MigraCanadian ensemble is a cocktail of Afro-Cuban ideas and post-rock accents. Think Mogwai meets Fela.
 
*Yorkston/Thorne/Khan Neuk Wight Delhi All-StarsA super-group of sorts with a passion for traditional Indian themes fuses this fascination with mellow indie folk.
 
Jazz
The Black Market Trust Just One Of Those ThingsBarbershop-style harmonies and effortless acoustic swing.
 
R&B/Groove/Soul
*Tuxedo IIMayer Hawthorne/Jake One collab pays further homage to the finest disco funk.
 
Rock
Alvarez Kings Somewhere BetweenGlossy and synth-laden ala Two Door Cinema Club, The Wombats.
 
Andre Cymone 1969Gifted industry songwriter and one-time Prince collaborator calls ‘em as he sees ‘em in a fresh rock/groove style.
 
Big Star Thank You Friends: Big Star’s ‘Third’ Live & MoreJody Stevens (last surviving member) and famous comrades pay tribute to the band’s hugely influential body of work at an epic live show.
 
Blume Hinges We Float – Roiling pop/rock for fans of Cloud Nothings, Joyce Manor, etc.
 
*Charly Bliss GuppyExuberant pop/punk encased in the sweet n’ sour shell of youth.
 
*The Funaddicts What’s The Rush?Punny names are the best. “Kick it down under with second wave ska from Brisbane.” This is their second album.
 
Future Islands The Far Field – There is certainly a reason this up-and-coming crew have made a name for themselves with Destroyer-esque vocals, raw songwriting, and danceable synth appeal.
 
Hajk Hajk – Nordic outfit has a pleasing, radio-ready indie vibe.
 
Horse Jumper Of Love Horse Jumper Of Love(slipcase) Bummed-out and fuzzed-out, dude.
 
*Hoops RoutinesChillwave daring to occupy a space between the heyday of the cassette and the last gasp of a coastal sunset. RIYL: The Radio Dept
 
The Kubricks The HeistUK ska-sters with a soulful, futuristic Clash vibe.
 
*Little Dragon Season HighLeaning more heavily than ever into the retro synth grooves.
 
Little Hurricane Same Sun, Same MoonPower duo’s latest comes closest to capturing the essence of their engaging blues/folk/rock dynamic as experienced live.
 
*Matt & Sam’s Brother My Brain Hurts A Lot – Catchy and often humorous pop/punk solo project from a member of JPNSGRLS.
 
*Nightlands I Can Feel The Night Around Me – Smooth harmonies and lite rock in the best possible way from Dave Hartley of The War On Drugs.
 
Warm Soda I Don’t Wanna Grow UpYou won’t either after taking a listen to these slightly lo-fi power pop gems. RIYL: White Reaper, Car Seat Headrest
 
The Whistles & The Bells Modern Plagues – Kooky songwriter on the fence between Americana and soft-spoken rock n’ roll. RIYL: A more down-to-Earth Cold War Kids
 
*Wilsen I Go Missing In My SleepA deft amalgamation of Slyvan Esso-like vocals and shimmery guitar/percussion interplay. RIYL: Maggie Rogers, Laura Marling
 
Singles Club
Pinecastle Records Spring 2017 Singles – Three baby-fresh bluegrass ditties for your listening pleasure.
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New Music Added
April 10, 2017

RIYL: Recommended If You Like
*indicates MD pick
 
Country
*Jason Eady Jason EadyOne of the genre’s strongest emerging talents keeps an eye on the past while gazing into the future, creating a perfect sound for the here and now.
 
Electronic
B. Miles B. Miles(slipcase) Streamlined downtempo pop.
 
*Clark Death PeakGlitchy, atmospheric sounds channeling “warehouse rave” while incorporating the occasional essential vocal manipulation.
 
World
*Gaby Moreno IlusionFolk, rock and soul have met their match in this bilingual songstress.
 
*Oumou Sangare Mogoya(slipcase) Incredible Malian artist points toward changing the status quo in funky fashion.
 
Jazz
Antonio Adolfo HybridoA tribute to Wayne Shorter done with Brazilian lounge flair.
 
Bobby Watson Made In AmericaThe composer/saxophonist and trio play around on cool, unassuming originals inspired in part by influential and oft overlooked American historical figures.
 
Hermon Mehari BleuElectric vibraphone adds a surprising sizzle to this ensemble’s originals and standards.
 
*Renaud Penant In The Mood For A Classic – A fresh perspective on timeless favorites by this international trio, accentuated by deftly bowed acoustic bass.
 
R&B/Groove/Soul
*Jeb Loy Nichols Country HustleThis is not a country record. It’s bona-fide low-key left-field soul fest.
 
Pho TwoAstute instrumental funk/rock outfit hailing from the Minneapolis area.
 
Reggae
*Nattali Rize Rebel FrequencyOne of the finest voices on the scene today returns to inspire and empower the masses.
 
Rock
American High Bones In The Attic, Flowers In The Basement Bit of an early Shins/R.EM. thing happening here.
 
*The Black Angels Death Song“A sharply-honed elaboration on their signature sound – menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky, hallucinatory dream.” RIYL: All Them Witches
 
Blaenavon That’s Your LotPianos and guitars and thoughtful lyrics stirred up into a nice modern indie stew. RIYl: Foals
 
*Brett Newski The Worst Of Brett Newski (Songs To Sink The America Dream)It’s all hilarious because it’s all true, and you have this folk/rock troubadour to thank for it.
 
*Those Lavender Whales My Bones Are SingingAdorably lo-fi, to-the-point musings on the struggles and trifles of everyday existence. RIYL: The Moldy Peaches, Allo Darlin’
 
Cold War Kids LA DivineFoot-stomping, heart-pounding, and more pop-like with every album.
 
Diet Cig Swear I’m Good At ThisLots of quick interludes on the trials and tribulations of young adult life. RIYL: Bleached, Bully
 
Humble Braggers I Know Better, I’m No Better(slipcase) Hooky-y, glossy-y, synth-y, dance-y.
 
*The Jesus & Mary Chain Damage & Joy18 years and the iconic, game-changing sound hasn’t missed a beat.
 
Letters To Lions Clean EatingAussie guys have the shimmery, shiny tempo change down pat. RIYL: The Kooks
 
*Mastodon Emperor Of SandAn epic concept album coping with tragic loss. Cancer sucks. This record rocks and you know it.
 
*RF Shannon Jaguar PalacePositively dreamy post-shoegaze…i.e. less reverb, more pedal steel.
 
San Fermin BelongLiquid vocals accentuate indie rock tracks both hypnotically subtle and dance-floor ready.
 
*Timber Timbre Sincerely, Future PollutionSocio-political commentary and decidedly funkier sounds abound, along with the same darkly seductive sense of freak-folkiness we’ve come to know.
 
*Walker Lukens Ain’t Got A Reason EPTaking all things familiar and compiling them in a way that still manages to feel new is no easy feat, yet here he goes.
 
*White Reaper The World’s Best American BandMan, can these guys write a killer, guitar-drenched chorus.
 
*The Wild Reeds The World We Built – Intricate harmonies form the backbone of engaging, crescendo-laden indie with a healthy respect for folk forbearers.
 
Added To Main Library (See list in the on-air booth for many, many more!)
Rock:
Annie Lennox Medusa (1995) Diva (1992)
Bob Dylan Remasters (2003)
Blood, Sweat & Tears Greatest Hits (1999)
Five Iron Frenzy The End Is Here (2004)
Jimmy Buffett Fruit Cakes (1994) Changes In Latitudes…(1977)

Groove/Soul: Whitney Houston Self-Titled (1985)

etc…
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New Music Added
April 9, 2017

RIYL: Recommended If You Like
*indicates MD pick
 
Digital Only

Electronic: *ANOHNI Paradise EPPristine selections from last year’s Hopelessness sessions that didn’t quite make the album, but inhabit the same dark, daring electro space and are no less powerfully relevant. Try: 2, 4, 5
 
Rock: *Monster Movie Keep The Voices Distant – One-time member of Slowdive and a buddy have been making all-encompassing shoegaze for decades now. It shows. Try: 1, 6
 
Bluegrass
*Andrew Vogts Sasquatch With An Alien On Its HeadSuzuki-trained kiddo joins up with a few of his peers and mentors on tunes both familiar and fresh.
 
Rob Benzing Rob Benzing Another gifted youngster and co. relish in traditional favorites as well as his original works.
 
*Tom Ewing Adventures Of A Blue Grass Boy – Former member of Bill Monroe’s band shares a personal history in song.
 
Country
Sam Outlaw Tenderheart“…daring to tread gently with unapologetic sentiment and un-ironic nods to country music’s greatest neon rainbow chasers.”
 
Folk/Americana
*Jackson Melnick Notes From Slate RiverHometown boy makes good on his first fully-formed studio release, pairing poetic sensibility with a fuller sound and promising stylistic maturity.
 
*Jamie Kindleyside It Is What It Is – Poignant, often light-hearted storytelling with shades of Cat Stevens in the mix.
 
Electronic
*Jimmy Whoo Motel Music Part IISteady beats and ambivalent vocals, a bit like Chromatics lite.
 
Lou Canon SuspiciousToying with vocal manipulation along with some run-of-the-mill breathy, downtempo ideas.
 
World
Mashkoor Ali Kahn TranscendenceTraditional Indian compositions from a true vocal master.
 
*Viewx Farka Toure SambaSon of Malian artist Ali Barke Toure recorded this session in front of a live-audience, pausing occasionally to get the recordings just right and lend insight into the collaborative studio process. The result is exhilarating.
 
Hip-Hop/Rap
*Curta Click Bait – Denver-based fringe rap tackling themes of alienation from tech-saturated society and life in general with wry, observational humor and panache.
 
 
 
Jazz
*Angie Wells & Raphael Lemonnier Love & Mischief - Brilliant debut of seductive vocal favorites and a few originals.
 
*Chicago/London Underground A Night Walking Through Mirrors(slipcase) Absolute free jazz from the long-standing experimental quartet.
 
Ed Palermo Big Band The Great Un-American Songbook(slipcase) Swingin’ renditions of the irreverent band leader’s favorites: from The Beatles to Jeff Beck, Radiohead, Green Day and beyond.
 
Jimmy Greene Flowers: Beautiful Life Vol. 2 A dynamic companion to the first record made in memory of his young daughter is filled with vibrant energy and the sort of “groove-oriented” sounds she loved.
 
*The Microscopic Septet Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To MeOn an unpretentious mission since the early ‘80s to “break all the rules and respect all the saints,” the ensemble continues to invigorate and challenge, this time specifically exploring themes of the blues.
 
*Terence Blanchard The Comedian - Though the recent Robert De Niro film was panned by critics, its score stands as a masterwork of all things cool and familiar.
 
*Tigran Hamasyan An Ancient Observer – Beautiful solo piano works with a classical focus.
 
R&B/Groove/Soul
*Chaz Bundick (of Toro Y Moi) Meets The Mattson 2 Star Stuff(slipcase) Funky fresh psych-rock/soul collaboration designed for late nights and plush velvet furniture.
 
Cilantro Boombox ShineA nifty mix of funky soul and old school hip-hop flair with a sense of humor.
 
*Justin Carter The Leaves Fall – (slipcase) Blending the acoustic with the cutting edge seems an easy feat for this golden-voiced artist.
 
Rock
Adam Melchor The Archer EPSad guitar guys are everywhere. EVERYWHERE.
 
Big Brutus The Odd Willow(slipcase) Part mystical meditation, part familiar-yet-challenging neo-folk lyricism.
 
*Craig Brown Band The Lucky Ones ForgetHitting the sweet spot between slacker rock and astute Americana with a punk aesthetic.
 
*Father John Misty Pure ComedyHumanity’s swan song astutely interpreted in pure observational long-form poetics. A gorgeous, horrifying work of nonchalant genius.
 
The Gift Altar – (slipcase) Brian Eno lends a hand on production for these Portuguese indie rockers.
 
*Happyness Write InDulcet tones with just a dash of shoegaze. RIYL: The Feelies
 
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer ApocalipstickSolid blues and soul-focused themes dance around the occasional touch of synth. RIYL: Marcus King Band, Black Joe Lewis
 
Here Lies Man Here Lies Man – Straightforward psych rock with all the right grooves.
 
Juliana Hatfield Pussycat‘90s indie pop/rock queen’s latest outpouring tackles all the important points.
 
*The Magnetic Fields Selections From 50 Song Memoir – Mastermind Stephin Merrit wrote one song for every year of his life, deftly encapsulating the prolifically odd and often hilarious beauty of the work that’s become his trademark.
 
*Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Rake It In: The Greatestest HitsRoll the windows down and crank up some top notch numbers from America’s finest punk covers outfit.
 
*Particle Kid Particle KidIt starts with a whisper and proceeds to follow a meandering path that’s equally serene and cataclysmic, playing on anticipated folk and rock ideas in unanticipated ways.
 
Radiator King A Hollow Triumph After AllRugged, Americana-influenced indie rock. RIYL: Old 97’s
 
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn HitchcockEnglish stalwart remains quite the odd duck.
 
Said The Whale As Long As Your Eyes Are WideImmediately catchy, piano-driven, upbeat stuff with great vocals. RIYL: Portugal The Man, Ra Ra Riot
 
Sneaks It’s A MythOvertly breathy and lackluster seem to be the selling points here.
 
Some Kind Of Animal Some Kind Of Animal – Released under the banner of a well-known Philly punk label’s “folk” series, the band inhabits a sphere more closely related to orchestral indie with folk leanings, like a sleepy Local Natives.
 
String Cheese Incident BelieveHeard this name before…something to do with the Eldo?
 
The Weeks EasyBand of brothers dish up “rowdy, raucous, Mississppi indie rock.”
 
Zoe Sky Jordan Topiary – (slipcase) Quite bright, engaging, pop-oriented songwriting from this young Canadian.
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