Author: Ben Yung

The Matinee September 21st

The Matinee September 21st

Autumn has officially arrived, and The Matinee September 21st edition reflects the changing of the seasons. These songs are lot darker and subdued, without a summer anthem to be found. Some of the nine songs, however, will amuse you, others will haunt your mind for days, and the rest will leave you spellbound. Haley Heynderickx – “Oom Sha La La” […]

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Albion Place – “If This is How You Feel” (single premiere)

Albion Place – “If This is How You Feel” (single premiere)

Ask any music fan about Dunedin, New Zealand, and they’ll likely mention one thing – the Dunedin Sound. In the ’80s, a new form of indie pop emerged that mixed jangle and psychedelic pop. Bands like The Chills and The Clean led the way, and they became internationally known. Flying Nun Records was one of the first labels to support […]

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Tired Lion unleash their fury on ‘Dumb Days’ (album review)

Tired Lion unleash their fury on ‘Dumb Days’ (album review)

Australia-based Triple J’s family of radio stations are among the very best in the world. Their dedication to independent music globally and within the country is unmatched, and each year they hand out several awards to celebrate Oz’s finest indie bands and artists. One of the awards (and arguably the most popular) is Unearthed Artist of the Year. Past winners […]

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Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

What would it be like to have a drink with Alex Cameron or even to spend a day with him? Would he be like one of the testosterone-filled characters he has created on his catchy, imaginative, albeit slightly creep new album, Forced Witness, or would he be the complete antithesis? Whatever the answer, there’s no questioning the creative brilliance of […]

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The Matinee September 19th

The Matinee September 19th

It’s time to go gallivanting around the globe in search for new music. The Matinee September 19th has nine songs from artists in seven countries. You’ll recognize a few of them if you’ve been following this space, and there are, of course, some newcomers. You might want to be sitting down for some of the songs because they are absolutely […]

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Sløtface’s extra exuberant debut ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ (album review)

Sløtface’s extra exuberant debut ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ (album review)

Try Not To Freak Out by SLØTFACE A powerhouse is emerging in Norway, and its name is Sløtface. While the band formed five years ago, these indie stars began to truly shine in the spring of 2016. That rise made them one of our artists to watch in 2017. This year, they’ve seen their popularity extend across Europe and slowly […]

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Lenore.’s harmonious self-titled debut album (album review)

Lenore.’s harmonious self-titled debut album (album review)

When considering some of the great harmonious folk/alt-folk bands today, the names Lucius, Joseph, and The Wild Reeds immediately spring to mind. Another name to add to this list is Lenore. Centered around the gorgeous vocals of Joy Pearson and Rebecca Marie Miller, the Portland, Oregon-based band’s debut album is a thing of beauty. Not exactly traditional folk, Lenore.’s music […]

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Shelita Burke – “Photograph” (single premiere)

Shelita Burke – “Photograph” (single premiere)

There is a fine line between being a pop star and a great singer-songwriter. The two are not mutually exclusive. Look around and how many of today’s top-selling artists would you consider to be great songwriters? How many even write their own songs? There are, however, some exceptions where the pop star is a great songwriter. Shelita Burke is one […]

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The Matinee September 15th

The Matinee September 15th

Another nine songs are on today’s The Matinee September 15th edition. Hopefully this selection will perk up your eyes and pique your interest. We get things started with one of the finest singer-songwriters to arrive on the scene in the past two years.   Julia Jacklin – “Eastwick” (Blue Mountains, Australia) RIYL: Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Nadia Reid Even when […]

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The Matinee September 14th

The Matinee September 14th

The Matinee September 14th is in reverse alphabetical order so that a band we’ve featured often gets their chance to be at the top (granted, they’ve always had a special place in our hearts). The mini-playlist features a wide-range of genres, from old-school R&B and soul to smooth dream-pop, catchy indie-rock, and alt-country. There is also a fantastic track from […]

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Chad VanGaalen hovers closer to home on the insightful ‘Light Information’ (album review)

Chad VanGaalen hovers closer to home on the insightful ‘Light Information’ (album review)

Chad VanGaalen is one of the most unique individuals and personalities in Canadian music. In this 16 years in the business, he has established himself as a Canadian institution. He does not have the fame or name recognition as Bieber, Rush, or Dion, but he’s one of the country’s most respected individuals. As a producer, he guided Alvvays on their […]

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Bad Pop – “Linda Ronstadt” (single premiere)

Bad Pop – “Linda Ronstadt” (single premiere)

Whoever came up with the phrase “Weird is wonderful” must have had Bad Pop in mind. For nearly a decade, the Vancouver trio have made the unusual anthemic, the bizarre humorous, and the ordinary odd. Bad Pop are extremely unique, which is an understatement. They are also one of the most entertaining and fun live bands on the planet. Hanging […]

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Faith Healer resurrect the classics with ‘Try ;-)’ (album review)

Faith Healer resurrect the classics with ‘Try ;-)’ (album review)

Two years, Jessica Jalbert, under the moniker Faith Healer, released one of the best debut albums of 2015 with Cosmic Troubles, which was a dazzling psychedelic experience. The record, however, flew under the radar. This time around things should be different because her sophomore album, Try 😉, is the best record released by a Canadian this week, which is saying […]

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Brad Peterson – “Clap Your Hands” (single premiere)

Brad Peterson – “Clap Your Hands” (single premiere)

You often hear the phrase, “It’s a young person’s game”, when it comes to most professions. Finance, advertising, marketing, and sports are all littered with hungry, young career-minded individuals looking to make their mark. Music, for the most part, is no different, although 2017 has been the exception to the rule. The year has seen several veteran bands make comebacks […]

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The Matinee September 12th

The Matinee September 12th

From bone-jarring stunners to body-moving disco glam-rockers and amusing indie rock, The Matinee September 12th edition will hopefully brighten up your Tuesday. Anna Leone – “My Soul I” (Stockholm, Sweden) RIYL: Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Miya Folick The Matinee kicks off with a song from a newcomer who will blow you away. Before you press play, find a place where […]

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Zola Jesus’ bold, bleak, and beautiful ‘Okovi’ (album review)

Zola Jesus’ bold, bleak, and beautiful ‘Okovi’ (album review)

Okovi by Zola Jesus Already more than a decade into her career, 28-year old Nika Roza Danilova – aka Zola Jesus – has consistently delivered some of the most forceful and spectacularly dark albums. Her second record, Stridulum, is a modern-day masterpiece. Conatus was a bold step in creating languid, acoustic Goth dramas. Her 2014 LP, Taiga, was a departure, as she aimed […]

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Alvvays get nostalgic with ‘Antisocialites’ (album review)

Alvvays get nostalgic with ‘Antisocialites’ (album review)

Antisocialites by Alvvays When Alvvays‘ eponymous debut album arrived in July 2014, it represented the ideal summer record. The shimmering dream-pop heightened the optimism and hope that filled the record, and its individual songs (notably “Archie, Marry Me” and “Adult Diversion”) would define memories still to be written. Their sophomore LP similarly arrives at the perfect time. As summer fades, […]

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Beaches – ‘Second of Spring’ (album review)

Beaches – ‘Second of Spring’ (album review)

When a band is celebrating their 10th anniversary and releasing their first album in four years, they can be forgiven for sharing a 17-track, 76-minute marathon. Check that! More bands should follow the lead of Melbourne quintet Beaches and use the milestone to unveil their most ambitious and expansive output to date. This is exactly what Second of Spring is. […]

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The Matinee September 7th

The Matinee September 7th

Around and around we go, where The Matinee September 7th edition stops, no one knows! Well, we do know where it stops: today’s mini-playlist visits a country for the first time. Eight new songs are featured below, including the latest by one of indie’s greats, plus a 2008 single from one of the most underrated artists of our time.   […]

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The Matinee September 5th

The Matinee September 5th

From heart-wrenching stories to shimmering pop anthems to songs that defy a single genre, The Matinee September 5th edition will help you recover from the long weekend. Once again, nine songs occupy today’s mini-playlist with the artists coming from five continents. For the first song, you might want to have some Kleenex nearby. Anna Tivel – “Dark Chandelier” (Portland, OR […]

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