Author: Ben Yung

The Matinee April 27th

The Matinee April 27th

The Matinee April 27th feels like a playlist for a summer road trip, so each song will be associated with a traveling reference. This journey is the one heading home, so the list is in reverse alphabetical order. Umm – “Black Summer” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: The Dig, The Breeders, Communist Daughter Our journey begins on a coastal highway, where […]

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Bad Mannequins – “Buzz Killer Skinny Gene” (single premiere)

Bad Mannequins – “Buzz Killer Skinny Gene” (single premiere)

Everyone is getting into the trilogy business, so why can’t a band? It may not be a trend within music just yet, but newcomers Bad Mannequins don’t intend to follow the pack. Instead, they’re aiming to be trendsetters when their debut EP drops in early June. To give us a taste of what lies within this trifecta of records, the […]

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Gentleman Brawlers – “Can’t Always” (video premiere)

Gentleman Brawlers – “Can’t Always” (video premiere)

There are two things we have to come to learn about Brooklyn/Queens collective Gentleman Brawlers. First, frontwoman Becca Fox loves to dance. In the band’s video “My Theory”, which we premiered eleven months ago, we watch her and her friends dancing in a New York City apartment and on the rooftop. Second, this is a band that will not abide […]

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The Matinee April 25th

The Matinee April 25th

The Matinee April 25th is a humdinger of a playlist, featuring nine songs by artists representing five countries. There are some luxurious ballads, edgy rockers, quirky pop tunes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the new music. Antonioni – “Love Is A Landmark” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Mothers In every corner of the globe, a person is crying […]

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The Black Angels – ‘Death Song’ (album review)

The Black Angels – ‘Death Song’ (album review)

In 2004, just as Austin, Texas emerged as the mecca of indie music, a new band formed that would change the landscape. Taking their name from Velvet Underground’s underrated classic hit, “The Black Angels’ Death Song”, The Black Angels built a cult reputation for their stoner-heavy, ’70s-inspired, psychedelic-garage rock before breaking through in 2010 with Phosphene Dream. Pulverizing is the best way […]

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Anteros – ‘Drunk’ (EP review)

Anteros – ‘Drunk’ (EP review)

For nearly two years, we’ve been predicting the potential breakout of Anteros. Their rise has been steady, and it mirrors the incremental climb of Sundara Karma – the Reading quintet who last year finally joined the UK elite after five years of releasing anthemic indie pop-rock. Eventually, Anteros will receive the recognition they deserve, and it starts with their new […]

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From the Balcony: Prince and Me

From the Balcony: Prince and Me

Everything seemed to stop a year ago when news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson had died. One moment he was touring the world as part of his Piano & A Microphone Tour, and the next we were left with just memories and his music. To call the day devastating would be an understatement, as the outpouring of emotion flooded social […]

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The Matinee April 20th

The Matinee April 20th

The Matinee April 20th takes flight with nine new music singles. There are a couple of familiar names and others that you will want to take note of immediately. We start things off with one of indie’s great singer-songwriters.   Waxahatchee – “Silver” (Philadelphia via Birmingham, Alabama, USA) RIYL: Liz Phair, Vivian Girls, Angel Olsen Since the start of the […]

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The Wild Reeds – ‘The World We Built’ (album review)

The Wild Reeds – ‘The World We Built’ (album review)

Three years ago, The Wild Reeds made a statement with Blind and Brave, which was a cohesive LP that paid homage to the evolution of folk music. This was a record that was meant to be listened to at the cottage or around the campfire, where the rich harmonies and soothing melodies could be heard in the still air. Given […]

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The Matinee April 18th

The Matinee April 18th

Following Hollie’s lead on yesterday’s Melodic Tonic, The Matinee April 18th features nine new songs that span the spectrum of new music. Bedouine – “Dusty Eyes” (Los Angeles, USA via Aleppo, Syria) RIYL: Julia Jacklin, Natalie Prass, Hope Sandoval As we enter the third week of April, we’re still looking for this year’s breakout, singer-songwriter. An artist who could follow […]

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Cold Beat – ‘Chaos By Invitation’ (album review)

Cold Beat – ‘Chaos By Invitation’ (album review)

Cold Beat – Chaos By Invitation by Cold Beat Those who have followed Hannah Lew’s career will know the former Grass Widows’ member and current mastermind of Cold Beat is not one to settle. If anything, she is one of the most unpredictable artists at this time. Post-punk, shoegaze, indie rock, krautrock, synth-pop, she’s nearly done it all. Cold Beat’s […]

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A playlist for the long weekend by Jack of North Downs

A playlist for the long weekend by Jack of North Downs

Only two songs into their career, English super-electronic group North Downs have taken the indie sphere by storm. Their music cannot be easily categorized, as they integrate numerous genres into their unique sound. Trip-hop, tropical house, R&B, rock, progressive soul – nothing is safe from North Downs’ surgical hands. Despite a few hundred thousand plays of their music, the band […]

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The Matinee April 14th

The Matinee April 14th

It’s the long weekend for most people, so we’ve tried to create a mini-playlist to help jump start the time off or one you could spin on a road trip. The Matinee April 14th has nine songs from, as always, around the world. There are some dazzling, low-key numbers and amusing, truly LOL tracks. Enjoy and happy long weekend!   […]

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The Matinee April 13th

The Matinee April 13th

After yesterday’s Melodic Tonic offered six easy, breezy numbers, we’ve opted to turn up the decibels several notches on The Matinee April 13th edition. There are three smooth, low-key tunes, but for the most part you want to get ready to either move or have your face melted. The Black Angels – “Half Believing” (Austin, USA) RIYL: The Black Lips, […]

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Tashaki Miyaki – ‘The Dream’ (album review)

Tashaki Miyaki – ‘The Dream’ (album review)

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer” ~Harriet Tubman When Paige Stark and Luke Paquin arrived on the music in 2011 as Tashaki Miyaki, the music world opened its ears to a form of shoegaze that was lush and ethereal and even reaching levels of ecstasy. For the next six years, the duo would tease their growing fan base with […]

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The Matinee April 11th

The Matinee April 11th

Nine songs are the marquee of The Matinee April 11th edition. There are some whimsical, albeit clever, band names and a couple of artists you’ll recognize. As always, we try to give a taste of the different music being created around the globe.   The Dollar Bill Murrays – “The More You Know” (Brisbane, Australia) RIYL: Queens of the Stone […]

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SOFTSPOT – ‘Clearing’ (album review)

SOFTSPOT – ‘Clearing’ (album review)

This is the time of year when the summer albums starting coming out, offering party anthems for people to waste away the long nights and sweltering heat. But in the case of art-pop quartet SOFTSPOT, their new album belongs more in autumn than in the months of April and May. Akin to Kate Bush’s and The Cure’s early works, Clearing […]

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Blaenavon – ‘That’s Your Lot’ (album review)

Blaenavon – ‘That’s Your Lot’ (album review)

For the better part of four years, the UK indie spotlight shone brightly on British art-rock band Blaenavon. Their debut single, “Into The Night”, shot them straight onto BBC Introducing and popular tastemaker The Line of Best Fit. Two more EPs would follow before Ben Gregory (vocals/guitar), Frank Wright (bass), and Harris McMillan (drums) hit their twenties. After a couple of […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories #4 – The Fairy Tale of Austin

SXSW 2017 Memories #4 – The Fairy Tale of Austin

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, and we’ll be sharing their memories over […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories #3 – The ABCs of SXSW

SXSW 2017 Memories #3 – The ABCs of SXSW

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, and we’ll be sharing their memories over […]

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