Author: Ben Yung

Lanikai – “Motor Inn” (video premiere)

Lanikai – “Motor Inn” (video premiere)

A year ago, rising Canadian indie-pop duo Imaginary Cities announced they were taking a hiatus. For how long the break will last is unknown, but this doesn’t mean the band members have completely separated themselves from making new music. In November of 2016, Marti Sarbit released her debut, solo EP under the moniker Lanikai, which had critics applauding its retro-inspired, […]

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The Matinee May 25th

The Matinee May 25th

The Matinee May 25th edition gets the weekend started early with nine songs that will blow you away. Some are ferocious anthems and others will have you uttering three letters, “OMG”. Let’s get to it shall we. Bergfilm – “Nostalgic Love” (Cologne, Germany) RIYL: David Bowie, Joseph of Mercury, David Byrne It’s not often we say this but… don’t pay […]

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Burning Motherfuckers – “Rolling on the Sound of Silence’” (video premiere)

Burning Motherfuckers – “Rolling on the Sound of Silence’” (video premiere)

It wasn’t long ago when a popular music site anointed Norway as the new center of indie-pop innovation (and we would agree). The Nordic country is also home to some of the most creative rock music on the planet. By rock, we mean the breadth of the vast  – metal, doom, garage, indie, and on and on. In some cases, […]

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Gothic Tropic – ‘Fast or Feast’ (album review)

Gothic Tropic – ‘Fast or Feast’ (album review)

“At its best, life is completely unpredictable.” ~~~ Christopher Walken Unpredictability has defined Cecilia Della Peruti since she started her project Gothic Project in 2011. Her debut EP revolved around neo-psychedelia while the singles she has released the past two years have been wide-ranging. Indie pop, electro-rock, synth-pop, or R&B-infused pop, she’s done it all and with aplomb. Given her […]

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The Matinee May 23rd

The Matinee May 23rd

The Matinee has nine pretty awesome – o.k., really awesome new music singles. There is a nice range of genres, including a surprisingly ambient electronic track if you so desire. Baby Strange – “Play Me” (Glasgow, Scotland) RIYL: The Clash, The Libertines, Palma Violets When we heard from Scottish trio BABY STRANGE two months ago when they released “Motormind”, we […]

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PUMAROSA – ‘The Witch’ (album review)

PUMAROSA – ‘The Witch’ (album review)

For more than two years, PUMAROSA have been thrilling music listeners, including ourselves, with their spectacular brand of indie electro-rock. With each single released, it became apparent their music is equally made to buzz through the most secluded, underground night clubs and the cavernous confines of the world’s top theatres. Their popularity, in turn, gradually grew, and they have reached […]

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Aldous Harding – ‘Party’ (album review)

Aldous Harding – ‘Party’ (album review)

The art work for Aldous Harding‘s debut album featured the Lyttleton, New Zealand native. She is situated in a field of brush donning a Liquor Centre ball cap, and her face is solemn. The image provided insights into what Aldous Harding would be – a calm, serene collection of intimate folk music. Her sophomore album, Party, is like the flip […]

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Fly My Pretties – “Closer” (video premiere)

Fly My Pretties – “Closer” (video premiere)

Every country has a band to call their own, where every single and album is fully embraced by the locals and every show is sold out. The fandom spans generations, as grandparents are attending gigs with their kids and grandchildren. In Canada, The Tragically Hip are that band. In Australia, The Jezabels and Cold Chisel would don the crowns. In […]

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Principe Valiente – ‘Oceans’

Principe Valiente – ‘Oceans’

Oceans are the Earth’s great mysteries. The coral reefs are among the most beautiful sites on the planet with their colorful array of marine life, but the vast trenches are among the world’s great mysteries. It is, therefore, fitting that veteran rockers Principe Valiente have named their third album, Oceans, because the record is a treasure trove of surprises. “Wildest […]

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The Matinee May 16th

The Matinee May 16th

The Matinee May 16th will hopefully leave a smile on your face or at least find a new favorite band. You’ll find nine songs today, and each one will leave you contemplating the past, the present, or the future.   AFTERBLOOM – “Such A Drag” (North East & West Midlands, England) RIYL: Twin Peaks, Wavves, False Heads It might be […]

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Pond – ‘The Weather’ (album review)

Pond – ‘The Weather’ (album review)

While fellow Aussies King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and former bandmate Kevin Parker (a.k.a. Tame Impala) steal international headlines, it’s easy to overlook the prolific work of Pond. For nearly a decade, the Perth-based rockers have been at the forefront of the psychedelic-rock renaissance, beginning with the zany Psychedelic Mango to the cosmic interface of their highly-lauded Man It […]

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The Matinee May 11th

The Matinee May 11th

The Matinee May 11th once goes global for new music. Hear 9 songs that will get you excited for what lies ahead in the world of independent music. Oh, there’s one super-group who unveiled a new song that will get older music fans excited. Blond Ambition – “Stupid Boy / Girl” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Day Wave, Summer Heart, Beach […]

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Fazerdaze – ‘Morningside’ (album review)

Fazerdaze – ‘Morningside’ (album review)

Morningside by Fazerdaze Every generation has a few defining albums. Nirvana’s Nevermind and In Utero represented the angst of teenagers and college students in the early ’90s. The Velvet Underground & Nico’s eponymous LP was arguably the pinnacle of the liberation revolution that swelled across the Western world and in music. Spice by The Spice Girls was more than just […]

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The Matinee May 9th

The Matinee May 9th

The Matinee May 9th edition explores eight countries for new music with wide-ranging genres. You won’t find two songs that sound alike here. Prepare to be amazed by these 9 talented bands and artists who hail from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden, and the USA.   Attic Giant – “Blow” (Vienna, Austria) RIYL: Phox, The Head and the Heart, Shovels […]

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Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (album review)

Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (album review)

On his remarkable album, 2014’s No Bright, Mike Hadreas unveiled a different side to Perfume Genius. He was vulnerable, assertive, commanding, and proud, and No Bright was the pinnacle of his canon. It was simultaneously a sermon and an enlightening for all willing to hear his message. Three years later, Hadreas has returned with a new record that still requires […]

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Hey Bulldog – “Stranger” (video premiere)

Hey Bulldog – “Stranger” (video premiere)

Remember when The Black Keys use to create dirty, gritty garage-rock? Their early records, particularly Thickfreakness and Magic Potion, remain their best because the music was raw, unrelenting, and full of energy. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney were just two ordinary guys who knew only two things – play it loud and hard. While The Black Keys have moved on […]

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Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings – “Three Star Cellophane Cocaine Brain” (single premiere)

Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings – “Three Star Cellophane Cocaine Brain” (single premiere)

We’re going to make a bold prediction right now: Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings will grace the Quad Stage at Newport Folk Festival within five years (and probably less). This collective from New York City is that good. They first caught our attention last October with “Deep In Your Heart,” a classic soul/folk-rock song that echoes Van Morrison back in the […]

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The Matinee May 4th

The Matinee May 4th

Today’s nine songs combine to form the perfect menu of new music, otherwise known as The Matinee May 4th edition. You may recognize some of the names, and one band will definitely have you thinking about one of the greatest southern-rock bands in history. You’ll have to listen to the entire mini-playlist to find out who that is, though. So […]

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The Matinee May 2nd

The Matinee May 2nd

The Matinee May 2nd offers a mix-and-match collection of new music. There are some fiery rockers, some tender folk tunes, and some get-up-and-move songs. Just listen below to discover some great new music from around the globe. Brass Phantoms – “Waiting Up” (Dublin, Ireland) RIYL: Foals, Kasabian, City Calm Down As U2 gets ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of […]

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Kikagaku Moyo – ‘Stone Garden’ (EP review)

Kikagaku Moyo – ‘Stone Garden’ (EP review)

Japan is often considered as the world’s most advanced country with its endless technological innovations. To many, it is the future. The Japanese, though, are also proud stewards of history, as they have incorporated long-standing traditions and customs in all elements of their lives. In Kikagaku Moyo, the land of the rising sun has its conduit between the past and […]

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