Author: Ben Yung

Fenne Lily – ‘On Hold’ (album review)

Fenne Lily – ‘On Hold’ (album review)

Fenne Lily has been on the indie radar since 2016, arriving first with the sombre “Top To Toe”. The song introduced the world to a young singer-songwriter from Bristol with the arresting voice and musical side that bridges the lush valleys of Dido to the soaring and edgy sonatas of Sharon Van Etten. During the past two years, she gradually […]

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A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Pinned’ (album review)

A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Pinned’ (album review)

It wasn’t long ago when A Place To Bury Strangers were considered the next great shoegaze, noise-pop band. They were trusted to take the music of My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and Slowdive to harsher and louder heights. They were, after all, dubbed the “loudest band of New York” for a reason. In the 11 years since their self-titled debut […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 24th

The Matinee ’18 April 24th

The Matinee ’18 April 24th edition features everything from the bone-chilling to the experimental to the exhilarating to the breathtaking. Each of them has a bit of cinema, so be prepared to lose yourself in each of the nine songs. The Bones of J.R. Jones – “Know My Name” (New York City, USA)  RIYL: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night […]

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mastersystem – ‘Dance Music’ (album review)

mastersystem – ‘Dance Music’ (album review)

Fans of Frightened Rabbit, Editors, and Minor Victories know that these great UK bands are more associated with the new wave of indie rock. Their approaches are more melodic in their orientation – or in the case of Minor Victories more shoegaze-y. In a live setting, however, they’ll occasionally unfurl an unexpected guitar solo or menacing riff. A mood-swaying gig, […]

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Say Sue Me – ‘Where We Were Together’ (album review)

Say Sue Me – ‘Where We Were Together’ (album review)

Say Sue Me – Where We Were Together by Say Sue Me “I always thought we’d be friends forever”, Kirby says to Kevin in St. Elmo’s Fire, which tells the story of a group of friends and college graduates entering the “real world”. This line encapsulates the entire movie, where the bonds between friends are unbreakable despite heartbreak, disagreements, injury, […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 19th

The Matinee ’18 April 19th

The Matinee ’18 April 19th edition is filled with mostly alumni, many of whom have released their first songs in a long time. The playlist, as such, is a cause for celebration, so gather your friends together and have a party. Another thing to note is that nine countries are represented. Consequently, this The Matinee is truly a global one. […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 17th

The Matinee ’18 April 17th

Awesome new music with shorter descriptions are on order for The Matinee ’18 April 17th. Rockers, anthemic numbers, and intimate tunes are all featured. Let’s get to it! BILK – “Spiked” (Essex, England) RIYL: The Clash, The Strokes, Shame Essex trio BILK may still be hovering under the radar, but soon enough Sol Abrahams (vocals/guitar), Luke Hare (bass), and James […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 12th

The Matinee ’18 April 12th

The Matinee ’18 April 12th edition features nine songs as usual. The descriptions, however, are much briefer because I’m on holidays. Let’s be honest – you’re here for the music and not necessarily what I have to write. With that being said, let’s get to the music.   Beach Skulls – “That’s Not Me” (Liverpool & Manchester, England and Glasgow, […]

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The Amazing – ‘In Transit’ (album review)

The Amazing – ‘In Transit’ (album review)

In Transit by The Amazing Through their first four album, The Amazing have established a reputation for making lush, ethereal music that merged post-rock and the classic sounds of the ’70s LA music scene with progressive and shoegaze elements. Their self-titled debut LP started the journey in 2009 while their last album, 2016’s Ambulance, perfected it. Given their history, it […]

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MIEN – ‘MIEN’ (album review)

MIEN – ‘MIEN’ (album review)

On their own, The Black Angels, The Horrors, Elephant Stone, and The Earlies are great bands, and each have made their mark on their music landscape. The Black Angels are unquestionably one of the best psychedelic-rock bands of the 21st Century. The Horrors helped bring spook-ified psych-rock into the mainstream. Elephant Stone, if you ask most neo-psychedelic fanatics, are the […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 10th

The Matinee ’18 April 10th

The Matinee ’18 April 10th features ten songs from nine artists / bands (one of them gets a double feature). There are some warm, intimate numbers; fierce rockers; a femme fatale; and one of the most innovative songs of the year.   Chris Crofton – “UFO Hunters” feat. Jim James (Nashville, USA) RIYL: Cass McCombs, Kevin Morby, Fred Thomas For […]

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Kraków Loves Adana – ‘Songs After The Blue’ (album review)

Kraków Loves Adana – ‘Songs After The Blue’ (album review)

 A year ago, Kraków Loves Adana, the project of Hamburg-based Deniz Cicek and Robert Heitmann, made the melancholic exhilarating with their underrated and overlooked album, Call Yourself New. It was a unique concept album that followed multiple individuals who all shared one common thing – finding meaning in their lives. Since the recording of their third LP, the world […]

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City Calm Down – ‘Echoes In Blue’ (album review)

City Calm Down – ‘Echoes In Blue’ (album review)

Greatness has been long predicted for City Calm Down, following the release of their critically received second EP, Movements, in 2012. Their debut album, 2015’s In a Restless House, which was an extraordinary piece of brooding indie rock in The National mould, garnered the band acclaim in their native Australia, as the record peaked at 25 on the ARIA chart […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 6th

The Matinee ’18 April 6th

With Easter now passed and spring technically here, the movie industry heads into its busiest season. There has already been one massive blockbuster (Black Panther), and at the end of this month The Avengers: Infinity War will be released. So in honor of the annual tradition where we spend our hard-working dollars to be entertained for a couple of hours while devouring […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 5th

The Matinee ’18 April 5th

The Matinee ’18 April 5th features nine songs that will either take your breath away or melt your face – even if you cannot speak the language. There are artists and bands capturing the spirit and energy of bygone eras and others taking music to new places. Some of the songs will also entertain you for their lyrics while other […]

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Kerri Powers – “Bicycle Man” (single premiere)

Kerri Powers – “Bicycle Man” (single premiere)

Some people are born athletes and others are born leaders. Kerri Powers was born to play the guitar and tell stories that could best be defined as Mark Twain’s Mississippi River tales meet Kurt Vonnegut’s Sierra Nevada deserts. The Connecticut-based singer-songwriter, in other words, is a throwback, who would have been a star if she started performing in the ’70s […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 3rd

The Matinee ’18 April 3rd

The Matinee ’18 April 3rd is filled with fabulous storytellers and superb musicians. The nine songs will either crush your souls, make you laugh, entice you to take a long drive, or daydream about better days to come. Arctic Lake – “What You May Find” (London, England) RIYL: London Grammar, Portishead, Dahlia Sleeps Since debuting three years ago with the […]

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Amen Dunes – ‘Freedom’ (album review)

Amen Dunes – ‘Freedom’ (album review)

Freedom by Amen Dunes Freedom is more than just an ideal. It is also more than a right for us to exercise, for us to specifically to act, speak, and think without fear of repression. In it truest form, however, freedom is a journey with no idea that goes beyond the actions and words. For Damon McMahon, the mastermind behind […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 30th – North American Edition

The Matinee ’18 March 30th – North American Edition

The second part of our Good Friday twinbill – The Matinee ’18 March 30th – North American Edition – has seven songs, and several of them are from some of our all-time favorites. There are upbeat numbers and a few extremely moving and powerful numbers.   Bloodboy – “Is Now a Good Time to Ruin Your Life?” (Los Angeles, USA) […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 29th

The Matinee ’18 March 29th

With the long weekend before us, The Matinee ’18 March 29th edition features some several upbeat tunes, including some funky numbers, to get you through the workday. There are also some laid-back, easy-listening tunes in case you want some mellower fare. Enjoy your Thursday and have a safe and most excellent Easter break. Air Waves – “Warrior” ft. Kevin Morby […]

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