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The eponymous debut LP by Loud Forest (album premiere)

The eponymous debut LP by Loud Forest (album premiere)

Over the past three months, we have become enamored with the music of Rachel and Bernard Chadwick. Through their project Loud Forest, the wife-and-husband duo are – to borrow a phrase from Forest Gump – like a box of chocolates, where you never know what you are going to get. Despite their varied sound, the Chadwicks dazzled us with their […]

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Mutual Benefit – “Skip a Sinking Stone”

Mutual Benefit – “Skip a Sinking Stone”

Last week, Brooklyn’s Mutual Benefit released their second LP, Skip A Sinking Stone via Mom+Pop records in the States, Spunk in Australia and New Zealand, and Transgressive Records everywhere else. In 2013, Mutual Benefit’s debut, Love’s Crushing Diamond was one of the most beautiful records of that year. Jordan Lee, the creative force behind Mutual Benefit, is back with what […]

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The Matinee May 26th

The Matinee May 26th

The Matinee May 26th features eight song for your listening pleasure. Taking a page out of Wendy’s playbook, the songs come from artists spread across the globe – from Russia to Australia, from New Zealand to Norway, and cutting across England, Canada, and the United States.   Antrru – “Нуар” (St. Petersburg, Russia via Minsk, Belarus) RIYL: Flume, TYCHO, Stefan […]

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Van Damsel perform at Zaphod Beeblebrox (Photo Essay)

Van Damsel perform at Zaphod Beeblebrox (Photo Essay)

On the heels of a pair of performances at CMW, Van Damsel made a stop at Zaphod Beeblebrox in Ottawa to hold an all ages show. The BC hailing band recently (April 22nd) launched their first self-titled album, which proceeded a couple of EP releases including Say Hello To Your Mother and The Sunshine, Girl.  The intimate but enthusiastic group in […]

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Black Honey – “Headspin” EP

Black Honey – “Headspin” EP

2015 was the year of Wolf Alice. Now set aside 2016 as the year of Black Honey, the Brighton, England-based quartet who have already taken the world by storm. Late in 2014, they released their eponymous debut EP, which drew comparisons to Lush and even Mazzy Starr for the band’s blend of garage-infused, cinematic indie-pop. This was best evidenced on […]

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The Matinee May 25th

The Matinee May 25th

Today we have six new tracks for your mid-week listening pleasure which include a mix of R&B inspired synth pop, 80s inspired pop, cinematic alt folk rock, indie rock and a little more synth pop. We hope you find your new favorite band or artist today.   Evy and the Gaffer – “Upside Down” (Boulder, CO, USA) RIYL: If Erykah […]

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Lady Lamb

She Shreds 10th Edition Release Party at Market Hotel

Ten issues may not seem like a huge milestone for a magazine, but for one that breaks rules and is single-handedly changing everything a guitar magazine should be, She Shreds is ready to celebrate that milestone. She Shreds is the only print magazine dedicated to female guitarists and bassists and to celebrate their milestone they put together a showcase featuring […]

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Hunter As a Horse – “The Two Magics Vol.1” EP

Hunter As a Horse – “The Two Magics Vol.1” EP

When songwriter and vocalist Mia van Wyk and producer Paul Gala burst on the indie scene as Hunter As a Horse in 2013, the two immediately caught the attention of listeners and bloggers with their take of electronica. Akin to the works of early Phantogram and Porcelain Raft, their first set of singles – which ended up being compiled under […]

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Captain Ledge Band – “No Need to Cry” (single premiere)

Captain Ledge Band – “No Need to Cry” (single premiere)

Favorite bands exist everywhere. We all have our personal favorites. There is the bar on the corner that has its own favorite bands, who play every other week to the same loyal patrons. There are city favorites, where people will gather at the local watering hole, the country fair, or the municipal theatre to see them perform. Then there are […]

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Islands play Ritual (photo essay)

Islands play Ritual (photo essay)

Two weeks ago, indie quartet Islands released two new albums, Should I Remain Here, At Sea? and Taste. This ambitious project showcased the two sides of the Montreal now Los Angeles-based group – the guitar-driven, indie-rock and art-rock sound we have grown accustomed to and a new more electronic-oriented approach. The beginning of the show focused primarily on material from […]

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The Matinee May 24th

The Matinee May 24th

We have eight songs featured on The Matinee May 24th edition. There are some familiar names and plenty of new ones. Just to change things up, the songs are listed in reverse, alphabetical order.   WILDES – “Illuminate” (London, England) RIYL: Lorde, Daughter, Lana Del Rey Earlier this year, 19-year old Ella Wilde – or simply WILDES – released one […]

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Iska Dhaaf – “The Wanting Creature”

Iska Dhaaf – “The Wanting Creature”

Whether with their past bands or as individual performers, Benjamin Verdoes  (of alt-rock group Mount St. Helens Vietnam Band) and Nathan Quiroga (of the genre-blending, hip-hop collective Buffalo Madonna) have always been artists pushing the proverbial musical envelope while also writing songs that were far from the conventional. So when the two artists decided to join forces as Iska Dhaaf […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 20

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 20

Today’s serving of new music cocktails comes with a recommendation guide. When you’re trying to decide which music to dive into, sometimes it helps to have a few starting points for comparison. You wouldn’t recommend a steakhouse to a vegetarian, just as you wouldn’t suggest black metal to a chillwave fan, right? That’s our view. Hopefully the “RIYL” (Recommended If […]

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FURS – “Just Kids”

FURS – “Just Kids”

For over two years, London-based quartet FURS have been teasing us with infectious single after infectious single. It began with “Just Kids”. The song was deliriously brilliant psychedelic pop that completely grabbed your attention with the anthemic instrumentation and frontwoman Elle Wade’s dreamy vocals. Not surprisingly, the song attracted the attention of many across the blogosphere and was a Hype […]

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Weekend Showcase 2.19

Weekend Showcase 2.19

The weekly run down of the past week’s featured new music – a.k.a. Weekend Showcase 2.19 edition – features an even 50 songs, which is nine songs and 160 minutes shorter than the Grateful Dead tribute album, Day of the Dead. The past included 2 premieres, 7 albums reviews, 1 Mundo list, and 42 other singles. Ten countries are represented, […]

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Saturday Sampler for May 21st

Saturday Sampler for May 21st

Ten lip-smacking courses are on the menu for the Saturday Sampler. There is a sizable portion of American entrées to savior, a couple of Swedish delights to taste, some English sweets to whet the appetite, and an Aussie treat that will keep you coming back for more. So with that, let’s get to the Sampler.   Goodbye Heart – “Lives […]

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First Impressions: “Day of the Dead” (various artists)

First Impressions: “Day of the Dead” (various artists)

A few years ago, brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National set out to curate an epic tribute album to The Grateful Dead. The brothers collaborated with a diverse set of musicians with an effort to re-imagine classic Grateful Dead songs for a new generation of listeners to enjoy. Their initial plan was to create one album of 10 songs. The result is a […]

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The Matinee May 20th

The Matinee May 20th

The Matinee May 20th has six new tracks for your listening pleasure. It’s Friday and the weekend is about to start – it’s hard not to share some really addicting upbeat indie pop. That is most of what is on our list aside from some electropop and some killer soul. We hope you find your new favorite song, artist or […]

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Mundo 5: Five Influential Albums (by LANKS)

Mundo 5: Five Influential Albums (by LANKS)

Will Cuming is one of Melbourne, Australia’s rising stars and one of the city’s most gifted talents. He’s a songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a producer, and a DJ. He’s written electronic dance music, electro-pop songs, folktronica, indietronica, ambient. You name it; he’s probably done it. If you are not familiar with his name, you likely have heard of LANKS, which is […]

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Twin Peaks – “Down In Heaven”

Twin Peaks – “Down In Heaven”

Through their first two album, Twin Peaks developed a reputation as a rock ‘n roll party band. From their scuzz rock of their debut Sunken to the intoxicating euphoria of their sophomore album Wild Onion, the Chicago quintet’s music was premised on one thing – having a good time. Their high-energy music translated well to the stage, where their live […]

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