Author: Ben Yung

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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The Matinee November 2nd

The Matinee November 2nd

The Matinee November 2nd edition starts off with a song from one of soul’s great artists. It’s one of the most moving songs you’ll hear. It ends with a young artist who is finally getting her well-received break. The song she shares is a classic. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – “Call On God” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Sharon Jones…because she […]

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Pauline Andrès – “Loneliest Girl In Nashville” (single premiere)

Pauline Andrès – “Loneliest Girl In Nashville” (single premiere)

Restless soul. Globetrotter. Dreamer. A life-long dreamer and wander. All these terms apply to Pauline Andrès, who has long searched for a place that will allow her to realize her most cherished dreams and, thus, to call home. Born in France and having lived in Berlin up until last year, Andrès has always been like a square peg in a […]

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Strange Hellos – ‘Chromatic’ (album review)

Strange Hellos – ‘Chromatic’ (album review)

Plenty of new bands arrive on the scene with the purpose of imitating one or two specific artists with the hope of finding immediate success. For Norwegian super-group, Strange Hellos, they choose not to be pigeonholed. Instead, Martin Skålnes (of O. Martin and Aurora), Birgitta Alida Hole (Lumikide), Fredrik Vogsborg (The Megaphonic Thrift and Casiokids), and Even Kjelby (Great News) […]

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The Matinee October 31st

The Matinee October 31st

Obviously today is Halloween, and creepy songs could occupy The Matinee October 31st edition. On the other hand, we could just share what we think is great music for people to discover, basically sticking with our usual formula. Or, we could combine both, which is exactly what we’ve done today. There are a couple of songs that have a definite […]

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Bodies Be Rivers – “None The Wiser” (single premiere)

Bodies Be Rivers – “None The Wiser” (single premiere)

There are as many bands in New York City’s five boroughs as there are delicatessens and pizzerias. With so much selection, how does one rise above the pack and become among the Big Apple’s elite? There’s the easy way out – imitation. Then there’s the less road traveled – create something new and different, which is full of depth and […]

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Masasolo – ‘At Sixes and Sevens’ (album review)

Masasolo – ‘At Sixes and Sevens’ (album review)

When Morten Søgaard introduced his new project Masasolo in early 2016 with their debut single, “Really Thought She Loved Me”, the immediate reaction was that Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker had suddenly decide to join Ruban Nielson’s outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The song was an eye-opening introduction to, what was at the time, the newest addition to Copenhagen’s fast-expanding indie scene. […]

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The Matinee October 26th

The Matinee October 26th

There are nine Grade A selections on offer on The Matinee October 26th edition. Most of the numbers are fun and even a bit outrageous. A few are gentle nods to the past, musically and lyrically. Then there is one song that sticks out for being, well, odd. Enjoy the songs and hopefully you’ll find one if not nine new […]

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Makthaverskan – ‘III’ (album review)

Makthaverskan – ‘III’ (album review)

For nearly a decade, Makthaverskan have exhilarated Swedish music fans with their fast and furious mix of post-punk and dark pop. Their first two albums, I and II, were underground hits with the latter putting the Gothenburg-based band on the global indie map. Their performance at SXSW in 2015 further catapulted them into the psyche of most taste makers and […]

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Linn Koch-Emmery – ‘Boys’ (EP review)

Linn Koch-Emmery – ‘Boys’ (EP review)

Sweden for over five decades has produced some of world’s finest artists and bands, and we’re not talking about ABBA or Robyn. In particular, the Swedish music scene has experienced a renaissance over the past decade with the likes of Lykke Li, Jens Lekman, José González, Fever Ray, First Aid Kit, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tove Lo, and many […]

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The Matinee October 24th

The Matinee October 24th

The Matinee October 24th features songs that will have you fist-pumping and rocking out your brains. Then there are tunes that will leave your mouth agape and having you wonder what you just have heard. Another way to consider this mini-playlist is Beauty meets the Beast.   Aisha Badru – “Bridges” (New York City, USA) RIYL: Daughter, London Grammar, Wye […]

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Bully – ‘Losing’ (album review)

Bully – ‘Losing’ (album review)

In 2014, Bully, the project fronted by Alicia Bognanno, were voted Nashville’s Best Band, giving the “Nashville Sound” a different dynamic. Forget about country or Americana, Bully’s full-throttle grunge brought the noise, attitude, and brutally honest lyricism to Music City. Their excellent debut album, Feels Like, followed a year after and rekindled the angst and grit recalled in the songs […]

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Wy – ‘Okay’ (album review)

Wy – ‘Okay’ (album review)

Slowdive. Cigarettes After Sex. Mazzy Star. These three bands are among the very best when it comes to breathtaking dreamgaze and dream-pop. Their secret, though, doesn’t lie solely in the heart-fluttering soundscapes or the knee-buckling vocals of their famous lead singers, but also in the vividly poignant lyrics they craft. Their songs are stories we all can relate to, and […]

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Paper Pilots – “Playing Games” (video premiere)

Paper Pilots – “Playing Games” (video premiere)

When we were introduced last month to Paper Pilots, they had released their “Playing Games” single – and it was a sheepish moment. We pride ourselves on unearthing hidden gems, yet Paper Pilots have been around since 2012. It took us over five years to discover the alt-pop brilliance of one of Los Angeles’ finest groups, the project headed by Justin David […]

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The Matinee October 19th

The Matinee October 19th

The Matinee October 19th is an all-women affair. Each of the songs is from either a female solo artist or a female-fronted band. There are plenty of reasons for this, but mostly because women are making the best and most creative music today. The nine songs showcase how far and wide the talent and ingenuity extends (and no, it’s not […]

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The Pack A.D. – ‘Dollhouse’ (album review)

The Pack A.D. – ‘Dollhouse’ (album review)

The Pack A.D. have had one of the most underappreciated careers in Canadian music. For a decade, the duo of Becky Black (guitar/vocals) and Maya Miller (drums/vocals) have been traversing the country’s ten provinces and three territories. From big festivals to the most ragged dive bar, they’ve brought their electrifying garage-rock to the people. It all started with 2006’s Tintype […]

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PAVVLA – “This Is Not A Movie” (video premiere)

PAVVLA – “This Is Not A Movie” (video premiere)

Everyone wants a happy ending, particularly when it comes to love. Unfortunately, as we all know, reality often has other ideas, and not all love stories can end like When Harry Met Sally, Pretty Woman, or Jerry Maguire. We often have to encounter multiple heartbreaks before finally finding the one. But there are times when you do find that special person […]

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The Matinee October 17th

The Matinee October 17th

The Matinee October 17th returns with nine more songs as always. There’s quite a bit of variety from somber folk-rock tracks to far-out stoner, psychedelic rock to alternative R&B. Or maybe you want some soul music or a song that takes you back to the ’80s. Whatever your mood, hopefully one of these songs will fulfill your needs.   ABISHA […]

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St. Vincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’ (album review)

St. Vincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’ (album review)

Annie Clark’s appeal extends across multiple borders. For the better part of the past ten years and under the moniker St. Vincent, she is recognized as one of the most innovative voices and artists in music. She has been featured in Q magazine while gracing the covers of NME, Guitar World, and Nylon. She is a fashion trendsetter with more […]

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