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The Matinee September 27th

The Matinee September 27th

Another ten cool, new tunes occupy The Matinee September 27th edition. Scroll down for the latest single by one of 2014’s top bands, who announced a new album. But first, The Matinee commences with a song by one of the most mysterious artists in the industry.   Aloric – “Fate” (London, England) RIYL: really incomparable but if pressed Keaton Henson, […]

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El Perro Del Mar – “KoKoro”

El Perro Del Mar – “KoKoro”

In the last 2000s and early in this decade, the next great wave of Swedish pop music swept the world. Lykke Li, Tove Lo, Little Dragon, Nikki & the Dove, Miike Snow, and Icona Pop were among this group. Another name that also rose to prominence was Sarah Assbring’s solo project El Perro Del Mar. While Assbring is unflinchingly a […]

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The Matinee September 26th

The Matinee September 26th

The Matinee September 26th includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have a mix of indie pop, synth pop and a bit of singer songwriter. We hope this playlist brightens up your Monday. We have artists representing Belgium, Canada, Greece, and the US today.   AFRAKITE – “Carry Us” (Montreal, Canada) RIYL: Handsome Ghost, They Fray, New York […]

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Weekend Showcase 2.37

Weekend Showcase 2.37

The new television season commences today, but new music never takes a rest. Review the past week in the Weekend Showcase 2.37 edition, which has 50 songs. The artists are representing 13 countries, including: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Togo, the United States, and Wales. The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows the list […]

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Saturday Sampler September 24th

Saturday Sampler September 24th

The Saturday Sampler September 24th promises to energize your weekend plans! These ten songs will inspire you to embrace life, live with gusto, and share love. If you’re into indie pop, funk/soul, psych rock, or punk, today’s Sampler has something for everyone. We hope you find a new favourite among these gems! Anteros – “Ring Ring” (London, England) RIYL: Blondie, Tennis, Bec Sandridge Almost a […]

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Vance Joy

CityFolk 2016 in Photos

CityFolk, the 4 day music festival held in Ottawa, Ontario, was held Sep 15-18th. This marked the second year for the event since re-branding itself and moving to Lansdowne Park. The festival made solid use of three stages: The City Stage on the Great Lawn, the Ravenlaw stage inside the Horticulture Building and the BMO stage inside the Aberdeen Pavillion. A difficulty evident last […]

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The Matinee September 23rd

The Matinee September 23rd

I’m very excited to share my first Matinee with you and tried include a little something for everyone.  We have some amazing soul, folk, alt-rock, and synth pop on The Matinee September 23rd edition. Please feast at this delicious buffet of music…and enjoy!   Devon Gilfillian – “Shortcut” (Nashville, USA) RIYL: Michael Kiwanuka, Gary Clark Jr, Alabama Shakes, Al Green Devon Gilfillian‘s […]

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P.S. Eliot

The New Alternative Music Festival

Every music festival these days is full of overwhelming corporate sponsorship. From the overbearing billboard displaying some awful mass market beer to catching Coldplay in the Nabisco tent, it’s hard to take anything important that these people say seriously. When someone gets on stage at Bonnaroo and rants about politics or social issues, it’s a bit hypocritical to say the least. […]

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The Matinee September 22nd

The Matinee September 22nd

The Matinee September 22nd extends to ten songs. The list is in reverse alphabetical order. Be sure to read and listen right to the bottom; otherwise, you’ll miss a treat from a singer-songwriter with one of the best baritones on the planet.   Vaudou Game – “Revolution” (Lyon, France & Lomé, Togo) RIYL: Fela Kuti, Konono No. 1, Bombino, James […]

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Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Pretty Years”

Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Pretty Years”

When Cymbals Eat Guitars released their debut album, Why There Are Mountains, in 2009, indie stardom was predicted. The record was widely applauded, as the Staten Island band offered an explosive reinterpretation of ’90s alternative and indie rock. Comparisons to legends Pavement were inevitable, and some publications called frontman and project leader Joseph D’Agostino the next Steve Malkmus. The critical […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 34

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 34

Welcome to your now mid-week serving of new music cocktails! Much like Bob Geldof, I don’t like Mondays, either, so this column now comes to you on Wednesdays. Today’s artists bring a variety of styles and genres, from Swedish dream pop and Canadian psych rock to American indie folk, indie rock, and a new genre I’m calling cosmic Americana. Let’s kick things off […]

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Kishi Bashi – “Sonderlust”

Kishi Bashi – “Sonderlust”

. The sign of a truly great artist is their ability to reinvent themself or their sound. How many chameleonic personas did David Bowie adopt during his career? Fans of indie pop artist/violin virtuoso Kishi Bashi are noticing a similar trend. The songs on his latest album, Sonderlust, bear little resemblance to his first two solo releases. His debut, 151a, […]

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The Matinee September 20th

The Matinee September 20th

As there is so much good music being released lately, The Matinee September 20th features ten amazing, new songs. The mini-playlist features two songs from Australia, Sweden, and the USA, and one each from New Zealand, Denmark, England, and Canada.   BEATCOMBER – “Sick Breeze” (Wellington, New Zealand) RIYL: Beach Day, Beach Baby, ALVVAYS We kick things off with some […]

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Preoccupations – “Preoccupations”

Preoccupations – “Preoccupations”

Under their previous incarnation as Viet Cong, Preoccupations‘ 2015 debut album was more than a great album. It was a visceral experience both musically and emotionally. It was raw and cathartic, resonating with Joy Division’s industrial and post-punk brilliance. Beneath the reverb-drenched guitars and the thunderous rhythms, however, were four guys releasing the pain that came with losing a dear […]

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Jack Ellis – “Disdained” (video premiere)

Jack Ellis – “Disdained” (video premiere)

I don’t believe songwriting has to be profound, but I truly believe that it’s a crime for you to be go outta of your way for it not to be. ~~~ Steve Earle A lot of musicians would likely be in jail if Steve Earle was a legislator, but one artist who would not be is singer-songwriter Jack Ellis. The […]

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The Matinee September 19th

The Matinee September 19th

The Matinee September 19th includes six new awesome tracks. Don’t worry, we have switched our writing schedule around a little, Hollie’s Melodic Tonic has moved to Wednesday. Let’s get this week started off right, we have songs including amazing indie rock, laid back dreamy rock and smooth synth pop. We have artists representing Australia, The US, and the UK today. […]

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Weekend Showcase 2.36

Weekend Showcase 2.36

On this final weekend of summer, we offer the Weekend Showcase 2.36, our weekly playlist featuring new music from around the world. Find 50 songs on this week’s edition. Old favorites can be found as well a couple of dozen newcomers. As usual, the playlist features a bevy of countries and regions – seventeen to be exact. The listed places […]

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Saturday Sampler September 17th

Saturday Sampler September 17th

If you need a wake up call, the Saturday Sampler September 17th edition is your answer. Ten songs occupy the mini-playlist, which includes an epic burner, several rockers, and a couple of smooth but scintillating tracks. The artists featured today are from as far away as the Middle East to the southwestern USA.   decker. – “The Holy Ghost” (Sedona, Arizona, […]

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Mundo 10: Jarrett Steil of The Rebel Light’s End of Summer Playlist

Mundo 10: Jarrett Steil of The Rebel Light’s End of Summer Playlist

Next week is the official end of summer and the start of a new equinox arrives next Thursday. One of our favorite Los Angeles-based bands, The Rebel Light, though, is here to send us off with an amazing end of summer playlist. Just as a refresher, The Rebel Light have been rocking the West Coast since 2013. We first caught […]

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The Matinee September 16th

The Matinee September 16th

The Matinee September 16th includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have a nice mix of indie rock, synth pop, folktronica, and a bit of singer-songwriter fare. We hope you find a new favorite band or track today. We have artists representing the US and England. Dead Love Fear Wave – “Golden Rule” (Manchester, England) RIYL: Beck, New […]

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