On-Air Next is back — your weekly guide to Radio 1190's top picks for fresh independent music. Every Thursday, I provide hot scoops and new groups for crate diggers, outsiders, weirdos and music lovers alike. So far, 2017 has already blessed us with exciting new sounds. This week, I'm bringing y'all new records from Cherry Glazerr and Matthew Squires that make going back to school a little more interesting.

Matthew Squires is a musical wunderkind from Austin with a knack for bending different genres into his idiosyncratic creative vision. His new record, "Tambaleo," is a album slammed with unique sounds and approaches. He shares Sufjan's appetite for grandiose instrumental movements but gives his music an edge closer to Margot and The Nuclear So and So's. "Tambaleo" is your Uber driver through a different dimension, winding through dismal mountain passes and mesas of vibrant beauty. It's surely an album in the proper sense of the word. Songs that don't seem special on their own contribute to the whole, and I've been easily sucked into a full listen when I intended to check out just a couple tracks.


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"Tambaleo" is unexpectedly approachable. Although it's sweeping, it still has the feeling that it could be crafted by one of your ambitious friends, not a full-scale (ahem, Warner Bros.) production. Interested yet? Check out the tracks "Unwholesome Health," "Shining" and "Shape of Your Heat" to catch Matthew Squires' vibe.

Cherry Glazerr is coming to the Larimer Lounge on Feb. 3 with Slow Hollows. In the meantime, check out their new record "Apocalipstick." Clem Creevy and friends are throwing down once again with hooky vocals, dreamy synth beds and ambitions to rule the world. Cherry Glazerr fits well with Tacocat or PWR BTTM, but they set themselves apart with heavy rock 'n' roll riffs and unstoppable energy.

Cherry Glazerr's reputation for exciting live shows precedes them, and you definitely don't want to miss them in February. We're also bringing their tourmates Slow Hollows into the studio on the 3rd for a tight 1190 session before the show.

What's on-air next for 1190? We've packed 2017 with in-studio performances, an expanded local music selection, groovy specialty shows and more ticket giveaways. Be sure to tune in to 98.9 FM in Boulder or 1190 AM in Denver to catch new records from Matthew Squires, Cherry Glazerr and all of your new favorite artists.

Jarocki is Radio 1190's music director. Read more reviews: coloradodaily.com/columnists