New Music Show Preview w/ Ani DiFranco, Slowdive & more!

Ani DiFranco | photo by Charles Waldorf

It’s almost that time of year where you can crank up your radio AND roll down your windows.  In fact, tonight would be a good night to give it a try because we’ve got some exciting new albums to play for you.  Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach sounds rather cheery on his new one “Shine On Me”.  We’ll spin it for you.  Also on the menu, a preview of the new Father John Misty album that comes out later this week.  We’ll hear from Rave-Ups frontman Jimmer Podrasky who has a new solo album, the return of the Canadian super-group Broken Social Scene, and a few more …


In more than a few ways it is a timely return for singer, songwriter, and activist Ani DiFranco.  An artist that has never strayed from sharing her views, “Play God” is a matured and thoughtful approach to an avenue that we expect Ani to take.  Musically, the groove is right on “Play God”.  Lyrically, Ani tells a story of advocacy through her own eyes and life up to now.  Her new album Binary arrives later this spring, check out a live performance of “Play God” ahead of our show tonight.


SLOWDIVE “Sugar for the Pill”

It’s been 22 years in waiting.  If you were a fan of Slowdive, you already knew that.  If not, allow us to reintroduce the iconic shoegazers.  After releasing three albums in the early to mid ‘90s, band members moved on to other music pursuits, including Mojave 3.  Fast forward just about two decades and rumors of a reunion started to bubble.  And earlier this year, we heard “Star Roving” which was Slowdive’s first new song since 1995.  “Sugar for the Pill” is another new tune ahead of the bands self-titled album due out on May 5th.  It’s classic dream pop from a band that truly helped define the sound.  Have a listen:



You’re gonna dig Gold Connections, we’ve got a good feeling about these guys.  You’ll especially enjoy their music if you were a fan of Car Seat Headrest.  Will Toledo (of CSH) was a classmate of Gold Connections frontman Will Marsh back in 2014 when the two were attending William & Mary.  Will Marsh is from Charlottesville, Virginia and just last week released the first Gold Connections EP.  We’ll play you couple songs tonight on our show, if you’d like to check out more here’s a link to the album:


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