Author: Ben Yung

No Vacation – ‘Intermission’ (EP review)

No Vacation – ‘Intermission’ (EP review)

Dreams, so we’ve been told, only occur while we sleep in our bedrooms. For No Vacation, the bedroom is where everything started, and now they’re living their dreams. The guitar-pop quintet have in a short period achieved a cult status within the indie community, leading them to move from their hometown of San Francisco to the music mecca of Brooklyn. […]

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The Matinee November 21st

The Matinee November 21st

The Bold and the Beautiful. The Young and The Restless. And of course, As the World Turns. These are not merely titles of soap operas but another way to describe the nine songs featured on The Matinee November 21st edition. There are some stunning songs on the list, a few tunes that will get you up and moving (or possibly […]

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The Darts – ‘Me.Ow’ (album review)

The Darts – ‘Me.Ow’ (album review)

 Once upon a time – and not that long ago actually – many within the music industry and even fans held the belief that “girls can’t rock”. The notion that a group of women could unleash explosive rock ‘n roll was unthinkable to many. It has been only a little over forty years since The Runaways changed the music […]

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Bee Bee Sea – ‘Sonic Boomerang’ (album review)

Bee Bee Sea – ‘Sonic Boomerang’ (album review)

Beautiful, elegant, classic, and stylish are adjectives often associated with Italy. It is, after all, the birthplace of the Renaissance, which influenced much of modern-day philosophy, architecture, science, and the arts, as masters like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Galileo have forever been immortalized. Today, Italy will be linked with the word outrageous, the term psychedelic rock, and the name Bee […]

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Two Cartoons – ‘The Great British Hangover’ (EP review)

Two Cartoons – ‘The Great British Hangover’ (EP review)

Laughter is the best medicine for everything, especially during these bizarre days. With the world resembling more like The Twilight Zone which makes Shortland Street seem sensible, these times scream for a Pavement or Stephen Malkmus revival. That doesn’t seem likely, so to whom do we turn to get a dose of fantasy, humor, and entertainment? Look to New Zealand, […]

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Glass Spells – “I Know What I Want” (single premiere)

Glass Spells – “I Know What I Want” (single premiere)

It’s been four years since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released Mosquito, and there hasn’t been any news about them getting back into the studio and recording a new album. Their performance in Brooklyn last week offers a glimmer of hope, but until they say something we’ll keep our hopes to a minimum. While we wait for Karen O-fronted band to […]

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The Matinee November 15th

The Matinee November 15th

We’ve changed things up today, so instead of the Melodic Tonic we’re sharing The Matinee November 15th edition. The mini-playlist’s tile might be different and the author is the other guy, but one thing is definitely the same – you’ll only find great new music from around the globe. And since we’ve already stirred the pot, the artists/bands are listed […]

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Kingdom of Birds – “Lined Paper Song” (single premiere)

Kingdom of Birds – “Lined Paper Song” (single premiere)

So, what were you doing before you turned 15 years old? It likely wasn’t recording rock songs and sharing it around the world with tastemakers applauding your work. Then again, young upstarts Kingdom of Birds, who have been releasing and recording music for more than a year, are pretty unique. They are also one of the biggest surprises of the […]

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The Matinee November 14th

The Matinee November 14th

The Matinee November 14th features a mix of alumni and newcomers (there is one band that is brand new). Some songs have a classic vibe while others are redefining the meaning of innovation. Cones – “Later” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Air, Summer Heart, Day Wave Just because the temperatures are dropping in the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mean that the music, […]

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Fever High – ‘FHNY’ (album review)

Fever High – ‘FHNY’ (album review)

When a band gets Jeff Goldblum to do a cameo on one of their songs, they must have two qualities: a) creative minds, and b) a great sense of humor. Reni Lane and Anna Noreen of Fever High have both in spades. The Brooklyn-based duo are retro-fying synth-pop and New Wave to their early days while infusing some surprising elements. The result […]

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Holy Wars – ‘Mother Father’ (EP review)

Holy Wars – ‘Mother Father’ (EP review)

Courage is often associated with physical strength and daring feats. It can, however, be displayed in many other ways, such as persevering through fear, danger, or difficulty, or revealing your naked self for the world to see, hear, and critique. For Kat Leon – née Katherine Pawlak – her courage is revealed on the debut EP from her new project, Holy […]

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The Matinee November 10th

The Matinee November 10th

The Matinee November 10th edition is another trip around the world and across music genres. There are some intimate and personal numbers, cathartic political statements, and just some fun tunes. Crack open your favorite beverage and start the weekend with these nine songs. The Boxer Rebellion – “Love Yourself” (London, England) RIYL: Frightened Rabbit, Editors, Phosphorescent When The Boxer Rebellion […]

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Lavender Child delivers ethereal bliss on her debut single “Happy Illusions” (premiere)

Lavender Child delivers ethereal bliss on her debut single “Happy Illusions” (premiere)

You’re never too old to believe in fairy tales or fantasies. They are the temporary outlets from reality, where for a moment we can pretend to be a hero, royalty, a character from another dimension, or even a celestial being. Or maybe the stories take us to imaginary and mythical place, where we dance with the fairies and elves in […]

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The Matinee November 9th

The Matinee November 9th

The Matinee November 9th edition is filled with alumni. As a result, the artists and bands are listed in reverse alphabetical order once again so those at the end of the alphabet get their time at the top. There is one newcomer to the list, but they’ve been around for a couple of years. We’ve also changed things up a […]

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Stillwave – ‘Sell Another Soul’ (album review)

Stillwave – ‘Sell Another Soul’ (album review)

What would be oblivion sound like should it ever occur? Would it be bold and beautiful, explosive and searing, or a brooding experience done in slow motion? It likely would be all of the above, and the soundtrack for this historical moment would be Stillwave‘s debut album, Sell Another Soul. The record encompasses the multiple facets of the long-time favorites […]

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The Matinee November 7th

The Matinee November 7th

We head off on another globetrotting adventure on The Matinee November 7th edition. There are nine songs in this mini-playlist, and each artist / band represents a different country. In other words, no single country is represented twice. Well sort of not represented twice (you’ll see below where one artist is based in one country but was born in another). […]

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Miya Folick – ‘Give It To Me’ (EP review)

Miya Folick – ‘Give It To Me’ (EP review)

Few artists today can consistently and simultaneously devastate and challenge listeners. These artists’ stories elicit such strong emotions that after the songs end you need to collect yourself. PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, Feist, Sharon Van Etten, TORRES, and Julien Baker are just some of the examples. Miya Folick is another one. While she has yet to achieve the fame of […]

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Tuvaband – ‘Mess’ (EP review)

Tuvaband – ‘Mess’ (EP review)

Jazz and blues are the ideal genres to enjoy with a glass of wine or smoky whiskey. They are genres that naturally calm the nerves and ease the soul. Every so often, however, a band within the indie scene arrives and challenges this perception of the perfect pairing. Challenge is probably the incorrect word but rather a band that expands […]

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Saturday Sampler November 4th

Saturday Sampler November 4th

The ten songs on the Saturday Sampler November 4th have two things in common. First, a retro vibe filters across each and every one of them with some tunes recalling great bands of the past and others taking classic genres into the future. Second, they are all filled with fantastic stories. A few are cinematic in nature, others are optimistic, […]

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Vacances – “Don’t Go” (single premiere)

Vacances – “Don’t Go” (single premiere)

Every one loves pop music. Of course, there is a lot of diversity within the genre and various sub-categories. For us, the best pop tune is one that offers something different beyond the music that occupies Top-40 radio, makes us feel good, and delivers a full story to which we can relate. Call it the trifecta – the perfect trifecta […]

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