Author: Ben Yung

INHEAVEN – ‘INHEAVEN’ (album review)

INHEAVEN – ‘INHEAVEN’ (album review)

On October 2015, INHEAVEN landed on Earth with the release of their debut single, “Regeneration”, and the South London quartet skyrocketed to become one of the UK’s buzziest bands. In the 23 months since, INHEAVEN have meticulously and methodically released singles while piling into their van and bringing their ’90s-inspired alternative rock to the people. The approach is old-school, but […]

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JOSEPH OF MERCURY – ‘JOSEPH OF MERCURY’ (EP review)

JOSEPH OF MERCURY – ‘JOSEPH OF MERCURY’ (EP review)

Every year, a few artists emerge on the scene who completely bowl people over with unforgettable voices and styles that simultaneously feel retro yet fresh. JOSEPH OF MERCURY, the moniker of Joseph W. Salusbury, is one such artist. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter is a throwback to a time when ballads were heartfelt stories and not just songs. Back to a time […]

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The Matinee August 31st

The Matinee August 31st

Most of the nine songs on the Matinee August 31st edition could be considered throwbacks. The artists channel some of the legendary artists and genres in music, but transforming them with a modern twist. There are a couple, though, who are just innovators. Some would even say pioneers. Take a listen below. Oh, you might want to have some popcorn […]

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Nadine Shah – ‘Holiday Destination’ (album review)

Nadine Shah – ‘Holiday Destination’ (album review)

Holiday Destination by Nadine Shah In her five-year career, Nadine Shah has established herself as one of music’s most gifted singer-songwriters. Her debut album, Love Your Dum and Mad, was a hard-charging, intelligent introduction. She followed that up with the more purposeful and brooding, Fast Food. Each record astutely conveyed hidden meanings, as Shah took the listener on a roller […]

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The Matinee August 29th

The Matinee August 29th

Simplicity can be beautiful, exhilarating, and brilliant, and this is the theme of The Matinee August 29th edition. Even the most uplifting and exciting song doesn’t need a whole of instruments and textures to get the adrenaline flowing. We start things off with a band that has long perfected this art. The National – “Day I Die” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: […]

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Widowspeak – ‘Expect the Best’ (album review)

Widowspeak – ‘Expect the Best’ (album review)

A pattern has emerged in Widowspeak‘s albums. Their self-titled debut was stripped back, deliciously haunting dream-folk – or what they characterize as cowboy grunge, dream country, or earthtone pop. Almanac saw Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas III aim higher, adopting a more widescreen approach to transform the dreamy music into an ethereal experience. Their 2015 full-length, the engrossing All […]

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Gordi – ‘Reservoir’ (album review)

Gordi – ‘Reservoir’ (album review)

Reservoir by Gordi The past 24 months have been a whirlwind for Sophie Payten, who goes by the alias Gordi. She rocketed to Triple-J fame with her cover of Courtney Barnett’s hit, “Avant Gardener”, and her debut EP, Clever Disguise, was a critical darling. She toured internationally solo and occasionally as part of Justin Vernon’s/Bon Iver’s band. Within this busy […]

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Radio Wolf – “Song on the Radio” (feat. Marika Gauci) (single premiere)

Radio Wolf – “Song on the Radio” (feat. Marika Gauci) (single premiere)

No matter your age, most everyone has a soft spot for ’80s music. Unlike any other period, the music of that era was vibrant and infectious. Our parents called the songs naive and endlessly hopeful, but for us they defined a generation that felt liberated and cherished its individuality. Even today, we still grin and momentarily escape when the radio […]

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The Matinee August 24th

The Matinee August 24th

Whether you’re looking for an edgy, post-apocalyptic song; a get-of-your-seat Motown number; some gnarly indie-rock; or something foul yet delightfully intoxicating from a Dark Angel, The Matinee August 24th will fit your mood. Nine songs once occupy today’s mini-playlist, featuring several artists and bands who will be releasing some of the most highly-anticipated records of the fall. Chelsea Wolfe – […]

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The Matinee August 22nd

The Matinee August 22nd

The term “global citizen” use to be a passing reference for a globetrotter, but now hundreds of millions of people can say wear this badge with honor. The Matinee August 22nd edition features three artists / bands who have made their homes in different corners of Earth. For that matter, the entire playlist features artists spread across this fine planet. […]

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Grizzly Bear – ‘Painted Ruins’ (album review)

Grizzly Bear – ‘Painted Ruins’ (album review)

Painted Ruins by Grizzly Bear It has taken a five-year hiatus for many to appreciate the influence art-rock / indie-rock quartet Grizzly Bear had on the indie music scene and its revival in the early to mid-2000s. Whereas Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumental eruptions blew away audiences and The National’s brooding rockers grabbed onto people’s souls, Grizzly Bear’s wind-swept, hauntingly cinematic soundscapes […]

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Gang of Youths – ‘Go Farther in Lightness’ (album review)

Gang of Youths – ‘Go Farther in Lightness’ (album review)

“Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Dylan Thomas’ poem remains one of the most iconic pieces of literature. It was not merely a lament to his father but also a petition to humanity to fight each day and live boldly. Seventy years later, its sequel has arrived in the form […]

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PEP – “Run” (single premiere)

PEP – “Run” (single premiere)

The sitcoms of the ’70s and ’80s had great theme songs. Some of them are even considered among the best songs in television history. Who can forget the jingles to Different Strokes, Facts of Life, Perfect Strangers, and Love Boat? Then there are the classics like Family Ties, Silver Spoons, and la crème de la crème, Cheers. Right from the opening notes, you knew […]

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The Matinee August 17th

The Matinee August 17th

The Matinee August 17th edition features nine songs to delight your senses – and some will bring you to your knees. You’ll want to dance and shimmy your shoulders, rock out, and even laugh out loud at times. So sit back and enjoy these new music treats. The first one, though, requires you to be sitting down with the tissues […]

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Fly My Pretties – “Black Hole” (video premiere)

Fly My Pretties – “Black Hole” (video premiere)

When a band sounds as good in real time as they do in a studio, like  Fly My Pretties do, they may as well forego the whole studio experience and just release a live album. And that’s exactly what the New Zealand super-collective are doing. Tomorrow, they will release String Theory (The Complete Show), which features 18 songs from their […]

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Mermaidens – ‘Perfect Body’ (album review)

Mermaidens – ‘Perfect Body’ (album review)

Perfect Body by Mermaidens Mermaidens have long represented beauty, grace, mystery, and even desire. Daryl Hannah portrayed a mermaid in the movie Splash, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid is an all-time classic. Even the mythological gods Neptune and Poseidon have been depicted as mermen, revealed as powerful entities from a different realm. But for Wellington-based trio Mermaidens, they’ve taken their namesake, put it in […]

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The Matinee August 15th

The Matinee August 15th

The Matinee August 15th will hopefully get you focused on the tasks at hand. Who are we kidding. The ten songs will have you contemplating the events of the world, reflect on your past, and mostly entertain you. As you listen to each song, hopefully you’ll fall head over heels for the artists and bands like we have. We kick […]

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The Districts – ‘Popular Manipulations’ (album review)

The Districts – ‘Popular Manipulations’ (album review)

Popular Manipulations by The Districts The “Leader of the Free World” utters threats like “fire and fury” as part of his foreign policy approach. Meanwhile at home, he refuses to call overt acts of racism and hate for what they are. One of music’s biggest stars was in court to defend herself as a victim of sexual assault. And each […]

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Arrows Of Love – ‘Product’ (album review)

Arrows Of Love – ‘Product’ (album review)

“This world is very cynical There will be no happy endings here At least for some men” This quote isn’t from Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, or Jeremy Corbyn. It’s not from noted philosophers Marshall McLuhan, Noam Chomsky, or Michel Foucault. Those three lines are from “Come With Me”, the creepy centerpiece of Arrows Of Love‘s new album that succinctly encapsulates what […]

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The Matinee August 8th

The Matinee August 8th

We’re going backwards on The Matinee August 8th edition. This is just another way of saying that the song are listed in reverse alphabetical order. The bookends will go you moving while the songs in between will dazzle, rock, and steal your breath away. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these nine sizzling tunes. Widowspeak – “When I Tried” (Tacoma, WA, […]

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