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College Countdown Playlists

College Countdown playlist for 06/11/2016

 Thanks to Sean for letting me sit in and spin the top forty albums playing on the CMJ charts.  Many of the bands that you heard are coming around this summer and fall so try to see them live.  For past listings, see the previous College Countdown posts but the ones I think you should check out, in particular, are these:   Big Thief @ Rockon Concert Cruise, Boston, MA on 7/19/16;  Sturgill Simpson @ The Orpheum, Boston, MA on 10/9/16;  Andy Shauf @ The Boarding House Park, Lowell, MA  on 7/23/16;  Fruit Bats @ The Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI on 7/22-24/16;  M83 @ The Blue Hills Bank Pavillion, Boston, MA on 7/21/16.  Suellen

College Countdown playlist for 05/27/2016

 Always fun to be able to give Sean the day off and sit in for College Countdown.  It's summertime and so you know what that means, ....it's touring season!  Many of the bands that you heard on the show today are coming to the area and YOU should go and see them.  David Bazan @ the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA on 7/5/16;  Frightened Rabbit @ the Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME on 7/22/16;  Aesop Rock @ the Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME on 6/15/16;  The Coathangers @ Once, Sommerville, MA on 7/14/16;  Strugill Simpson @ The Orpheum in Boston, on 10/9/16;  Modern Baseball @ The House of Blues, Boston on 6/23/16;  Nothing @ the Sinclair, Cambridge, MA on 6/5/16;  Fruit Bats @ the Newport Folk Festival from 7-22 to 7-24, 2016;  Pity Sex @ the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA on 6/9/16;  White Lung @ the Brighton Music Hall, Boston on 7/30/16;  M83 @ the Blue Hills Bank Pavillion, Boston on 7/21/16.  For a more complete list of acts who are playing in the area, please look on the listings in the archives of College Countdown.  Thanks for listening,  Suellen.        

College Countdown playlist for 05/21/2016

This week on the Countdown: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard claim the #1 spot with their new album, "Nonagon Infinity"! Plus, we have TEN new records debuting on the Countdown: two new albums from Islands, plus records from Radiohead, Eagulls, Fruit Bats, Kyle Craft, Eskimeaux, Kaytranada, Thee Commons, and A Giant Dog.

Support your favorite artists by catching them in concert! The following is a list of upcoming shows in our area featuring artists from this week's edition of the Countdown:
May 22 - Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop - Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
May 25 - A Giant Dog - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
May 29 - Charles Bradley - Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
June 5 - NOTHING - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
June 9 - Pity Sex - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
June 15 - Aesop Rock - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
June 17 - Aesop Rock - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
June 19 - Kevin Morby - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
July 2 - Black Mountain - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 20 - M83 - Portland, ME @ Thompson's Point
July 21 - M83 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 30 - White Lung - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
July 31 - The Last Shadow Puppets - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
October 9 - Sturgill Simpson - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

College Countdown playlist for 05/07/2016

This week on the Countdown: Parquet Courts holds the #1 spot for a second week with their latest album, "Human Performance" - plus, new records making their debut from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, NOTHING, Sturgill Simpson, Cate Le Bon, Tim Hecker, Deakin, and Julianna Barwick.

Support your favorite artists by catching them in concert! The following is a list of upcoming shows in our area featuring artists from this week's Countdown:
May 9 - Frightened Rabbit - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 12 - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
May 12 - Yeasayer - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
May 13 - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
May 13 - Yeasayer - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 14 - Teen Suicide - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (opening for Say Anything)
May 22 - Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop - Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
May 29 - Charles Bradley - Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
June 5 - NOTHING - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
June 7 - DIIV - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
June 19 - Kevin Morby - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
July 2 - Black Mountain - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 20 - M83 - Portland, ME @ Thompson's Point
July 21 - M83 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 31 - The Last Shadow Puppets - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
September 16 - RJD2 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs
September 21 - Explosions In The Sky - Boston, MA @ House of Blues

College Countdown playlist for 04/30/2016

We have a new number 1 record on the Countdown this week as Parquet Courts claim their third-straight #1 record with 'Human Performance'! We also have debuts this week from Frightened Rabbit, Suuns, Woods, Laura Gibson, Aurora, and The Coathangers.

Support your favorite artists by catching them in concert! The following is a list of upcoming shows in our area featuring artists from this week's Countdown:
May 1 - Bob Mould - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 3 - Santigold - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 6 - M. Ward - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
May 7 - M. Ward - Boston, MA @ Royale
May 9 - Frightened Rabbit - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 12 - Yeasayer - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
May 13 - Yeasayer - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 14 - Teen Suicide - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (opening for Say Anything)
May 22 - Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop - Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
May 29 - Charles Bradley - Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
June 7 - DIIV - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
June 19 - Kevin Morby - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
June 21 - Lucius - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
July 2 - Black Mountain - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 20 - M83 - Portland, ME @ Thompson's Point
July 21 - M83 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
September 20 - Lucius - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
September 21 - Explosions In The Sky - Boston, MA @ House of Blues

College Countdown playlist for 04/23/2016

We're back from our Vinyl Week hiatus with a new #1 record, Andrew Bird's "Are You Serious"! Plus, a bunch of records making their Countdown debut this week from Parquet Courts, Yeasayer, M83, Frankie Cosmos, Moderat, The Last Shadow Puppets, Teen Suicide, Bombino, Kevin Morby, RJD2, The Thermals, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Little Green Cars, Ray LaMontagne, and Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop

Support your favorite artists by catching them in concert! The following is a list of upcoming shows in our area featuring artists from this week's Countdown:
April 23 - Little Green Cars - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
April 23 - Night Moves - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
April 25 - The Thermals - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
May 1 - Bob Mould - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 3 - Santigold - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 6 - M. Ward - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
May 7 - M. Ward - Boston, MA @ Royale
May 11 - Slingshot Dakota - Dover, NH @ house show
May 12 - Slingshot Dakota - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
May 12 - Yeasayer - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
May 13 - Yeasayer - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 14 - Teen Suicide - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (opening for Say Anything)
May 22 - Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop - Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
May 29 - Charles Bradley - Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
June 3 - Damien Jurado - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
June 7 - DIIV - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
June 16 - Ray LaMontagne - Portland, ME @ Thompson's Point
June 19 - Kevin Morby - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
June 21 - Lucius - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
June 24 - Quilt - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair (co-headlining with Widowspeak)
June 25 - Quilt - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace (co-headlining with Widowspeak)
June 25 - Ray LaMontagne - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
June 26 - Ray LaMontagne - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 2 - Black Mountain - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 20 - M83 - Portland, ME @ Thompson's Point
July 21 - M83 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 22 - Ray LaMontagne - Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
September 20 - Lucius - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
September 21 - Explosions In The Sky - Boston, MA @ House of Blues