September 2021

Kristine England

Sep 30, 2021

Bad Waitress 

No Taste

The Toronto punk group features four girls with gloriously terrible attitudes, and its new album No Taste arrives just in time to herald the end of summer sunshine. "Bad Waitress embrace the feral spirit of punk, riot grrrl, and grunge but they really do give it their own unique twist." (Under the Radar)

"Manners"

Hot Mustard 

Mother Sauce

This instrumental duo serves up tasty beats and funky grooves, replete with a jazzy horn section. The brainchild of Jack Powell (Opus Thimble Studios) and Nick Carusos operate from Johns Island, SC. The horns are courtesy of  Big Brass Beats from Brooklyn. Expectations subverted.

"Window Seat"

Matthew E. White

K Bay

The singer from Virginia Beach channels his 70s influence to bring some joyous disco that will leave you “burnin’ up.” White spent some of his early child in the far east before settling in VA. He studied jazz at Virginia Commonwealth University and dabbled in various genres ever since.

"Let's Ball"

The Reytons

Kids Off the Estate

The Sheffield (or is Doncaster?), UK foursome offers some punk-tinged indie rock ahead of its November release, Kids Off the Estate, accompanied by a video showcasing next-level manipulation. Relationships are hard.

"Nothing to Declare"

X Ambassadors 

Beautiful Liar

Dark and haunting are the vibes you’ll get from the group’s third album. Compelling and slightly disturbing. The group formed in Ithaca, NY and is currently comprised of lead vocalist Sam Harris, keyboardist Casey Harris, and drummer Adam Levin (they bring a bassist along on the road).

"Beautiful Liar"

The Lathums

How Beautiful Life Can Be

Hailing from Wigan, The Lathums marched up the UK charts in short order with its debut album, released September 24 and hitting the top on October 1. Close your eyes and you can hear the Smiths, sans the self-pity.

"The Great Escape"


Kurt Vile

Various Artists — I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico

Approaching this album with trepidation (as a skeptic of tribute records would), I found it hard to choose which song to highlight. Eventually, this track edged out Fontaine DC’s “The Black Angel’s Death Song” or Sharon Van Etten’s version of “Femme Fatale.” It was really close.

"Run Run Run"

Wang Wen

100,000 Whys

The music sounds like a soundtrack from a forgotten film. Synthy, spacy, and sometimes heavy, this Chinese post-rock export will take you on a sonic journey. The title was inspired by English poet Rudyard Kipling:  "One million Hows, two million Wheres, and seven million Whys!"

"Forgotten River"

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