Author: Ben Yung

Daytime TV – “Smoke and Sugar” (single premiere)

Daytime TV – “Smoke and Sugar” (single premiere)

The long days of winter are slowly fading away and the longer, sunnier days of spring are just right around the corner. It may not quite feel like that in some parts of the world, such as in grey and wet London, but the days are coming. Giving us a sense of what is to come is the new single […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.07

Weekend Showcase 3.07

The Weekend Showcase 3.07 is starting to get out of hibernation as the weather starts to get warmer. Find 54 songs by artists representing 15 countries, including: Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows the list of articles from the past […]

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Betty Moon – “Liar” (song premiere)

Betty Moon – “Liar” (song premiere)

Alternative rock fans in Canada and the United States will recognize the name Betty Moon, who was one of the original rockers to come out from the grunge era of the early ’90s. Through seven albums spanning a quarter-of-a-century, Moon won the adoration of critics and listeners for her hard-driving sound and honest songwriting. She’s been nominated for four CASBY […]

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The Matinee February 23rd

The Matinee February 23rd

Another day and another mini-playlist, and The Matinee February 23rd edition features nine stirring singles. We expand the countries covered today because, well, why not?   Aadae – “River Of Tears” (London, England) RIYL: Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige To kick off today’s mini-playlist is a young artist who personifies what music ought to be and what we strive […]

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Tim Darcy – “Saturday Night”

Tim Darcy – “Saturday Night”

Tim Darcy‘s main outfit, Ought, has already established a reputation as being one of Canadian music’s most adventurous bands. As a solo artist, would he expand upon his band’s experimentalism or pursue a more linear, sonic path? The answer lies somewhere in-between on his eye-opening debut album, Saturday Night. A more apt description of Saturday Night is that it is […]

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Leslie Clio – “Darkness Is A Filler” (single premiere)

Leslie Clio – “Darkness Is A Filler” (single premiere)

Every country has a shining gem that is awaiting to be discovered by the rest of the world. An artist with immense gifts who goes unseen for years. But when you hear her for the first time, you are left asking, “How has she remain hidden all this time?” Leslie Clio is one such artist. Her catchy folk-pop and pop […]

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Simen Mitlid – “I Don’t Care” (single premiere)

Simen Mitlid – “I Don’t Care” (single premiere)

Nine months ago, we were introduced to Simen Mitlid, who released the folk-pop gem, “Sleeping.” At the time, we said he could be Norway’s answer to The Tallest Man on Earth with his radiant vocals, engaging sound, and personal storytelling. This was the last song Mitlid would release, leaving fans to wonder whether the native of the small village of Os […]

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The Matinee February 21st

The Matinee February 21st

The Matinee February 21st edition is another full-course buffet of new music. The mini-playlist is littered with alumni who are making their second, third, and even fourth appearance in these parts. Of course, there are new artists to discover, too (heck, they all are still waiting to be discovered by the rest of the world). Alex the Astronaut – “Rockstar City” […]

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Frederick The Younger – “Human Child”

Frederick The Younger – “Human Child”

Many US cities are known for a specific sound. Chicago has blues. San Francisco has become the place where psychedelic and garage rock have been re-imagined. Nashville is country music. Brooklyn and Austin are the meccas of indie music. Louisville, Kentucky, though, does not have a specific genre to which it could attach itself. Instead, with the likes of My […]

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The Matinee February 16th

The Matinee February 16th

The Matinee February 16th arrives with a six-pack of new music. Let’s just get to the music.   Girl As Wave – “Speed Of Light” (New York City, USA) RIYL: The Bangles, Belinda Carlisle, Moving Panoramas It’s been a month since she debuted her first single as Girl As Wave, and we still know very little about the former folk-singer-turned-indie-pop-starlet. […]

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Julian Azar – “Denial” (feat. Tkačuk) (single premiere)

Julian Azar – “Denial” (feat. Tkačuk) (single premiere)

Julian Azar is a name to remember. It’s one that we have already etched into our collective memories, as the gifted, Stockholm native stunned us with his anthemic and emotional second single, “Givenchy Ghosts”. The song was an introduction for many people, including ourselves, to the brilliance of the young producer, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Azar’s next big project is his […]

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The Matinee February 14th

The Matinee February 14th

It’s Valentine’s Day, and we have dedicated The Matinee February 14th edition to love songs!!!…. Did you actually believe that? There’s no chance we do that. Instead, we’re just going share awesome music like we always do. The love songs can wait another day (it’s not like they are an endangered species).   Aldous Harding – “Horizon” (Lyttleton, New Zealand) RIYL: […]

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Denver, Colorado – “Trams Of Gothenburg” (single premiere)

Denver, Colorado – “Trams Of Gothenburg” (single premiere)

Five months ago, sound engineer Simeon Pappinen Hillert quietly announced the arrival of Denver, Colorado, his first endeavor into the competitive music industry. With the assistance of Elin-Louise Ahlberg (backing vocals) and Claes Fredholm (drums), Hillert delivered his debut single, “Eternal Love // Unusual Fog.” The song was a four-minute, multi-faceted gem that absolutely dazzled us. It has taken a […]

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Unnveig Aas – “What Hurts The Most (Is Knowing You Want To Leave)” (single premiere)

Unnveig Aas – “What Hurts The Most (Is Knowing You Want To Leave)” (single premiere)

Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, Kacey Musgraves, and Courtney Marie Andrews are often mentioned as artists who are reclaiming country music, bringing the genre back to the days of Cash, Williams, and Lynn. Across the Atlantic, another young and gifted singer-songwriter is doing her part to rekindle country music’s magic. For years, Unnveig Aas has dabbled in country, folk, […]

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The Matinee February 9th

The Matinee February 9th

The Matinee February 9th takes a global tour, featuring nine songs that will have you moving, shouting, and indulging in your favorite memories. Let’s get to the songs.   ASHA – “Drowning” (Central Coast, Australia) RIYL: BANKS, Woodes, Aurora While listening to the great Triple J station while driving across Tasmania, a voice bellowed out from the speakers. A voice which […]

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Porcelain Raft – “Microclimate”

Porcelain Raft – “Microclimate”

Since arriving on the music scene in 2010 under the moniker Porcelain Raft, Italian-born, Los Angeles-based Mauro Remiddi swept listeners away with his ethereal ambience and soaring, transcendent anthems. The release of his third studio album (and thirteenth effort overall including ten EPs), Microclimate, is Remiddi’s most expansive effort to date and arguably his most rewarding endeavor. The opener, “The […]

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The Matinee February 7th

The Matinee February 7th

The Matinee February 7th offers a smooth 9 songs on this Tuesday. There is one notable name, but the remaining artists are on the verge of something really, really special. Amber Arcades – “It Changes” (Utrecht, Netherlands) RIYL: Alvvays, Waxahatchee, Courtney Barnett Annelotte de Graaf – the woman behind Amber Arcades – has become one of our all-time favorite artists on […]

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Ron Gallo – “Heavy Meta”

Ron Gallo – “Heavy Meta”

As we entered the Newport Blues Cafe after Day 1 of the Newport Folk Festival, a three-piece rock band was tearing up the venue. Their rock ‘n roll was loud and blistering. After each of the four songs they would play, they finished with stoic, business-like expressions, acting like they’ve been here before and done it all. My friend asked […]

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Stef Chura – “Messes”

Stef Chura – “Messes”

When we listed Stef Chura an Artist to Watch in 2017, it was a recognition that the 28-year old was doing something others were not – she was reviving both the “girly sound” of alternative rock that Liz Phair ushered in well before Chura was conceived and the emphatic pop-rock of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Like Phair, Chura […]

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The Matinee February 2nd

The Matinee February 2nd

It’s Groundhog Day, but on The Matinee February 2nd you won’t hear any repeats. Well, maybe you will because these nine singles will have you hitting rewind. There is a noticeable Australian focus, which demonstrates the country’s thriving music scene.   Ainsley Farrell – “Lady Long Hair” (Sydney, Australia via California, USA) RIYL: Laura Marling, Damien Jurado, Julia Jacklin One […]

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