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Danny the K - Cigarettes & Silhouettes/J.J. & the Real Jerks - Rat Beach/The Downhauls - Scream Into the Void/The Cornfed Project - s/t/The Hi-End - Nothing to Hide/The Gypsy Moths - Sound On/Stars Like Ours - Better Every Day (Rum Bar)

29 September 2023

Boston enclave Rum Bar Records may not have hit the notoriety of, say, Bomp! Records yet, but trust us when we say they have the market cornered on high quality power pop, punk, garage rock, and genre-agnostic rock & roll.

The Julies – Always & Always (Lost in Ohio)

28 September 2023

After releasing two indie rock/Britpop-soaked EPs in the 90s, The Julies have sufficiently nabbed our attention with their outstanding first full-length LP, out September 29.

The Veldt - Aurora Borealis Ft. Elizabeth Fraser (5BC Records / Little Cloud Records)

28 September 2023

Pioneering shoegazers The Veldt present their new single ‘Aurora Borealis’, the original 1989 version produced by Cocteau TwinsRobin Guthrie, which also sees Elizabeth Fraser make a cameo appearance on backing vocals towards the end. Complementary to this A-side is the B-side remix, created by The Veldt around the turn of the century.

The Summertimes - The Summertimes (Rank and File Records)

27 September 2023

Following their debut single in January (“The Perfect Wave”), and a second in April (“Inside”), The Summertimes have just released their self-titled debut LP. Songwriters David Beniuk and David Challenger were joined in the studio by a bunch of Australia’s most revered musos, including guitarist Ashley Naylor (Paul Kelly and The Church), drummer Steve O’Brien (Tumbleweed) and bassist Steve Bull (Icehouse)

Wasting My Time - Stella Wembley (Gothic Empire Records)

27 September 2023

Leeds-based Italian-born artist Stella Wembley presents her Wasting My Time EP, a four-track release of sheer electro-goth delight surrounding the track “Wasting My Time”. A vocalist, lyricist, composer, music producer and video director, Wembley is a rising star of the UK dark synth and gothic scene.

Todd Sickafoose - Bear Proof (Secret Hatch)

27 September 2023

Inspired by the cyclical nature of success and failure, especially in the face of hard times, Sickafoose composed an interrelated series of pieces exploring the emotional arc of enduring that cycle.

Robby Vee - Double Spin (Paramour Records)

26 September 2023

Robby Vee “The Prince Of Twang” was born Robert Velline named after his father Bobby Vee. He is recognized by both the American & Canadian Rockabilly Hall of Fames and in 2019 he was recognized by the IRRMA for a Iowa Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Nomination.

The Caughtery - The Rain Song (self-released)

26 September 2023

Austin rock duo The Caughtery presents ‘The Rain Song’, leaving their own distinguished mark on the Led Zeppelin classic. Produced and recorded by David Gayler at Studio71West in Spicewood, Texas, this was mixed by legendary producer Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, Tin Machine, U2, Ozzy Osbourne, HIM, The Mission), who also worked with Robert Plant on his Shaken n Stirred solo album. To boot, Palmer also contributes additional guitar.

The Persian Leaps - Jeane (Land Ski Records)

25 September 2023

Power pop / indie rock outfit The Persian Leaps presents their new single ‘Jeane’, released via Land Ski Records. This propulsive and addictive rendition of one of The Smiths’ lesser known tracks celebrates the band’s colossal body of work and the impact it has had on so many people.

Diamond Dogs - About the Hardest Nut to Crack (Wild Kingdom/Sound Pollution)

25 September 2023

Eleven songs, thirty-five minutes, eight days of recording.

Mirrors On The Moon - Whiskey & Wine (self-released)

24 September 2023

New Jersey band Mirrors On The Moon is set to release their debut EP Whiskey & Wine written, produced, and mixed by Donny Dykowsky and mastered by Joe Lambert on October 6. Mirrors On The Moon is Donny Dykowsky on vocals/guitars, Freddy Pastore on bass (Chesterwhite), John Hummel on drums (Lady Gaga), Dave Archer on keys (UNI and the Urchins) with backing vocals by Emily MacMahon.

Karamelien - Living With The Moon (self-released)

22 September 2023

UK indiepop duo Karamelien presents their new single “Living With The Moon”, the title track from their forthcoming album by the same name.

An upbeat, breezy offering, this is a feel-good guitar-driven anthem that gives the musical finger to the armchair critics. At the same time, it comes to terms with the ongoing struggle with mental health and embraces the lunar flow – the ups and downs and ebbs and flows of life and all its mysteries.

John Blum - Nine Rivers (ESP-Disk’)

22 September 2023

If you’ve ever imagined Paganini as a pianist performing “Flight of the Bumblebee” after a dozen cups of strong coffee, you’re nearly there.

Berkley - Pueblo (Big Secret Records)

21 September 2023

Portland indie pop artist Berkley releases the full-length debut Pueblo album via Oregon label Big Secret Records. Moving towards the full vision of the small world Berkley has built with his singles “Pueblo Nights”, ‘Your Place” and “Fiesta Day”, the songwriter expands personal flashbacks of his youth growing up in Pueblo, Colorado into 10 tracks of gauzy, straight-ahead reflections on how one creates the myths of their life and whether they are worth living or erasing.

Koppel Colley Blade - Perspective (Cowbell)

20 September 2023

Also known as the KCB Collective, saxophonist Benjamin Koppel, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Brian Blade have been a working band for a decade.

Black Rose Burning - Fight (PV Recording Company)

20 September 2023

NYC-based alternative rock outfit Black Rose Burning trails their invigorating third full-length album Ad Astra, mastered by Jason Corbett of ACTORS at Jacknife Sound with the release of the single, “Fight!” Earlier, the band released the singles, ‘Night Terrors’ and ‘Sing to Me (E.L.E.)’.

Riot Fest: Day 3 - Douglass Park (Chicago, IL) - September 17, 2023

20 September 2023
After a delayed start, the final day of this year’s Riot Fest moved swiftly toward its eagerly-anticipated headlining set by The Cure.

Peter Gabriel and band at Madison Square Garden

Peter Gabriel - Madison Square Garden (New York) - September 18, 2023

19 September 2023

Last night at Madison Square Garden, English ’70s art rock pioneer and world music champion Peter Gabriel brought his i/o tour celebrating his first album of original music since 2002’s Up

Rocket Kings - Paving The Way (self-released)

19 September 2023

Reading-based indie pop outfit Rocket Kings present their new full-length Paving The Way album, previewed by the video for the title track. With 12 tracks on offer, this is the band’s sophomore album, full of original songs. Expect top tunes, ukuleles, melodies, harmonies – like a sweet cocktail of The Beautiful South, Belle and Sebastian and The Cranberries.

Sabatta - Get Your Sh-- Together (Blackfriars Entertainment)

18 September 2023

London-based alternative rock artist Sabatta presents his rip-roaring new single “Get Your Sh— Together” as a wake up call to the masses. A funkadelic groove-laden track that is as addictive as it is memorable, this song heralds his forthcoming album How To Get Even.

Ivo Perelman/Matt Moran - Tuning Forks (Ibeji)

18 September 2023

Perelman’s clearly searching for the soul balm that comes from absorbing what’s in front of him as sound , taking it into his very pores, digesting it, and letting it inform his own work at a deep level.

Andy Summers - North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (Skokie, IL) - September 8, 2023

16 September 2023

Legendary Police guitarist Andy Summers delighted enthusiastic superfans during an intimate evening of music, imagery and stories.

Gareth Koch – Ghost Stories (Foghorn Records)

16 September 2023

”Ghost Stories” is Gareth Koch’s newest instrumental album; an evolution he says that builds off of ”Songs From Another Life” with Steve Kilbey and “Music in the Afterlife” with Martin Kennedy. Dreamy and steeped in lushly layered guitars, the album incorporates elements of classical, prog-rock, and ambient music, referencing music past and present.

Para Lia - In Clash With The Zeitgeist (About Us Records)

15 September 2023

Alternative rock / post-punk duo Para Lia present their new album In Clash With The Zeitgeist, an 11-track offering of post-punk and indie rock delight, released via the Berlin label About Us Records.

Eddie Henderson - Witness to History (Smoke Sessions)

15 September 2023

Ever research someone and think, “Holy cats, what a life!” Dr. Eddie Henderson can bring about that kind of gasp.

ON - Gator (Indiestructable Records)

14 September 2023

Toronto-NYC indie rock power trio ON is back to blow our minds with their fresh single ‘Gator”, released via Toronto-based imprint Indiestructable Records. Like a 2000-pound-per-square-inch bite force from an Alligator, this 6/8 groove is a hook-laden rock waltz. It’s a parody and observation about living in a gated community amongst live Alligators roaming free. “Gator”’s meaning is two-fold.

Sky Lions - Inside The Circle (self-released)

13 September 2023

Portland-based music mavericks Sky Lions present their new album Inside The Circle, a nine-track offering that presents a powerful blend of post-punk with alternative and hard rock.

SLUGish Ensembler - In Solitude (Slow & Steady)

13 September 2023

It’s likely no surprise that the title In Solitude, the latest album from bass clarinetist Steven Lugerner’s multi-faceted group SLUGish Ensemble, references the pandemic.

Black Market Karma & Sonic Boom - The Sour Truth (Flower Power Records)

12 September 2023

London psychedelic pop artist Black Market Karma presents “The Sour Truth”, their long-awaited collaboration with legendary musician-producer Sonic Boom (aka Pete Kember) of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum fame. This single will be released on 10” vinyl and digitally via London boutique label Flower Power Records.

Ben Winkelman - Heartbeat (OA2)

11 September 2023

Written at a crucial time, pianist Ben Winkelman’s sixth album Heartbeat captures an emotional whirlwind, with anticipation and dread mixing freely and productively.

Big Bliss - Vital Return (Good Eye)

10 September 2023

Formed in late 2015, Brooklyn-based Big Bliss is back with ”Vital Return”. Composed during Covid and amidst an array of setbacks and challenges, their liberating newly released second LP brims with superbly crafted melancholic and intense tunes.

The Jorgensens - Americana Soul (Paramour Group)

8 September 2023

Kurt Jorgensen has been a long time band leader, releasing eight albums to date, while receiving the praise of fans and critics alike. The Minnesota Music Awards has presented Kurt with singer of the year, entertainer of the year, songwriter of the year, album of the year, and song of the year. Brianna Tagg-Jorgensen has played in a number of bands due to her multi instrumental talents. Being proficient at piano, guitar, and has been lucky enough to tour nationwide. Brianna has performed multiple times at South by Southwest and was the lead vocal on a track that was nominated for an Independent Music Award.

James Brandon Lewis/Red Lily Quartet - For Mahalia, With Love (TAO Forms)

8 September 2023

When it comes to the latest album from saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and his Red Lily Quartet, the title, quite frankly, says it all.

Graham Parker & the Goldtops - Last Chance to Learn the Twist (Big Stir)

7 September 2023

Last Chance to Learn the Twist is nothing so cliché as a return to form – it’s simply one of this veteran artist’s very best records.

Clay Joule - Keep On (Truwan Studio)

7 September 2023

Based in the New Jersey town of Secaucus, Clay Joule is a singer-songwriter who makes buoyant and uplifting soft rock music, characterised by his delicate vocal leads and backed up by warm organic instrumentation. His music always carries an important message and his latest release, “Keep On” is no exception – a dialogue and reminder about who is really in charge of our destiny.

The Cruzados - Land of the Endless Sun (Rum Bar)

6 September 2023
Five of the best recordings from She’s Automatic, plus six new songs originally released as a digital EP of the same name, plus three live recordings.

Bark - Loud (Cool Dog Sounds/Dial Back Sound)

5 September 2023

Loud, the duo’s fourth album, features Tim on six-string bass and baritone guitar and Susan on drums, relying on meaty riffs, no-frills songwriting, and the duo’s ragged-but-right harmonizing to carry the performances.

Maureen Toth - Chiaroscuro (self-released)

4 September 2023

Chiaroscuro, is the latest EP from Maureen Toth, a collection of songs that live up to the titular idea of artistic use of light and shade. Championed by Women of Substance Radio, the inherent quality in Toth’s forthright material has drawn comparisons to Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell, and Shelby Lynne.

Afton Wolfe - The Harvest (self-released)

2 September 2023

Afton Wolfe is a product of his home, Mississippi. It is the birthplace of at least 2 American art forms: country music and blues music. Meridian is the birthplace of Jimmy Rodgers, while the Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of the blues, and the first rock n’ roll notes ever played, according to some music historians, came from Hattiesburg. Afton also draws much of his style from nearby New Orleans. Moran/Marcus Gilmore - Refract (Red Hook)

1 September 2023

Electronic artist (Tyler Gilmore to the ‘rents) joins with jazz piano titan Jason Moran and hugely respected drummer Marcus Gilmore for Refract, an adventure in glitched-out improvisation.

Christian Dillingham - Cascades (Greenleaf)

30 August 2023

A first call bassist in both Chicago jazz and classical music, Christian Dillingham proves himself the kind of composer and bandleader who should also top lists with Cascades.

Megafauna - Olympico (self-released)

28 August 2023

The quartet’s sixth LP Olympico seethes with energy, while also evidencing the kind of refined craft great outfits earn over the course of careers.

Leslie Vincent - About Last Night (self-released)

25 August 2023

Leslie Vincent is a prolific songwriter and jazz vocalist. Equally at home singing the Great American Songbook, musical theater, and contemporary rock and pop, she has quickly become one of the most notable voices to emerge in the vibrant Minneapolis music scene, being hailed for her joy-filled performances and her “fun, human, beautiful interpretations”