Western Mass Music Releases 2019
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As always 2019 saw many new releases from bands based in Western Mass.

There were stripped down folk records, in your face queercore punk, twangy records full of pedal steel, and infectious synth pop.

These are just some selections of everything that came out this year.  They aren’t ranked as a best of they are just the records I could find links for online.  I’m sure I missed some and you can email me if you want me to add something.

If you or anyone you know are among the wonderful people who still buy music please consider picking up some of these releases.  Most of them are available on Bandcamp as digital downloads, and several as vinyl or CD releases.

The next generation of indie rock in Western Mass is in good hands with Kalliope Jones. Soulful and poppy with lyrics and melodies that bely their young ages.

A newish folk group featuring Maggie Shar and Molly Merrett (Ephemeral String Band and Maggie and Molly) released two albums in 2019. Screech Plank is a collection of traditional fiddle tunes. Seaside Asylum features unique originals that fuse influences from a variety of acoustic traditions with catchy melodies.

Home Body released their most fully realized record yet on local label Peace and Rhythm Records. Their layered synth pop sound combines danceable beats with fearless lyrics. They capture much of the energy of their legendary live performances and continue to sound like nobody else.

Signature Sounds recording artist And The Kids continue their rise in the world of indie rock with their latest release. The album features a mixture of raw demos and carefully produced studio tracks.

Matt Lorenz’s expands his project The Suitcase Junket to new sonic territories with the help of producer Steve Berlin. The songs are unique and excellent as always as he brings in more blues and rock elements.

Up and coming indie folk singer/songwriter Izzy Heltai released an EP in advance of his forthcoming full length.

A Western Mass alt.country super group of sorts features members of legendary bands Fancy Trash, Lonesome Brothers, Ware River Club and Treefort. Debra DeMuth and Dave Houghton share vocal and songwriting duties.

Lexi Weege’s latest project Weege and The Wondertwins combines modern indie rock and retro jazz for a unique sound. Their second album adds a little bit of twang with the addition of a new guitarist.

Angry Johnny, who has been testing the limits of alt.country, psychobilly and everything twangy recorded these demos while recovering from recent health issues. They are raw even by his usual standards but there’s no question who’s songs they are.

Beesighduh harkens back to the 90s bands that put the Western mass music scene on the map.

Brandee Simone, formerly of the Salvation Alley String Band and other projects releases her debut solo record.

The long awaited full length debut from Carinae is a swirly gem of psychedlic indie rock. Layered but never cluttered production surround the clever lyrics and creative melodies.

Christa Joy ups the twang level on her latest release. Her band of local notables swings through an album of tunes that feature dobro and pedal steel.

Dump Him proved that Queercore and punk in general is alive and well in the Valley. Layers of fuzzy guitar twist together over frantic vocals and pounding drums. Not for the faint of ear.

Lisa Bastoni adds some bluegrassy and bluesy elements to the long tradition of singer songwriters in Western Mass. Featuring a stellar cast of backing musicians from all over the region

Old Flame features dynamo vocalist Emma Ayres leading a soulful indie rock band. Their songs are both personal and political with energy and edge to spare.

The debut relase from one of the newest artists on the scene folk trio Ona Canoa features 3 part harmonies over a variety of acoustic instruments.

Founding member of the Winterpills releases his first solo record in 15 years. Mining a similar vein as that band the album features gorgeous melodies and ethereal vocals but with a more stripped down acoustic sound.

Rosie Porter fronts a twangy band featuring pedal steel and rocking country guitars.

Sandy Bailey returns with her first record in while. Sandy and her talented backing band play a laid back soulful jazz pop on this brief EP.

Indie rock stalwarts True Jacqueline continued Western Mass’s decades long tradition of smart pop lyrics with loud guitars.

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