Author: Ben Yung

Anna Burch – ‘Quit the Curse’ (album review)

Anna Burch – ‘Quit the Curse’ (album review)

Quit the Curse by Anna Burch When you first don’t succeed, try and try again. Maybe for Anna Burch, the launch of her solo career will result in the success that evaded her previous projects Frontier Ruckus and Failed Flowers. Her debut album, Quit the Curse, is a huge step in the direction of seeing her name atop marquees across […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 1st

The Matinee ’18 February 1st

The Matinee ’18 February 1st edition kicks off the second month of the year with nine incredible songs. Some will take you back in time and relive the music of the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Others will take you to the future with their innovative approaches, blurring genres together to form music that can only be described as spectacularly […]

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Santa Barbara – “Marianne’s Dark Eyes” (single premiere)

Santa Barbara – “Marianne’s Dark Eyes” (single premiere)

Kiwi ingenuity is a term probably only known by New Zealanders. The phrase essentially means making the most out of something no matter how big or small or how many resources one has. Musically, it also refers to going against the grain and doing something different without completely alienating the masses. So while trio Santa Barbara may currently call Los […]

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Jesse Marchant – ‘Illusion of Love’ (album review)

Jesse Marchant – ‘Illusion of Love’ (album review)

Jesse Marchant is a rare breed today in that his music is timeless. The Montreal-born, New York-based singer-songwriter could easily be mistaken for Nick Drake’s twin, Mark Kozelek’s equal when it comes to vivid storytelling, and Jim James’ peer with respect to vocals that leave a lasting imprint. His 2014 self-titled album reflected all these element, as Marchant delivered one […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 30th

The Matinee ’18 January 30th

From fiery rockers to groovy funk and disco-filled joyrides to gorgeous ballads, The Matinee ’18 January 30th will leave you in awe. Well, the music on the mini-playlist did leave us gasping at times. We hope you enjoy today’s selection of new music, which features some familiar names (or past alumni with new names).   ALCABEAN – “Still Remember” (Copenhagen, […]

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Dream Wife – ‘Dream Wife’ (album review)

Dream Wife – ‘Dream Wife’ (album review)

As festival lineups are revealed, a recurring pattern is evident – most of the bands and artists listed are men. Women and female-fronted bands make up less than half – or in some cases only a quarter – of the revealed performers. It’s a surprising development not only because we are currently experiencing one of the great social revolutions of […]

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HOLY – ‘All These Worlds Are Yours’ (album review)

HOLY – ‘All These Worlds Are Yours’ (album review)

You would have to rewind the clocks 50 years to find the last great psychedelic-pop-rock opus. Of course, I’m referring to The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was released in June 1967. While that album introduced us to the alter egos of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, Hannes Ferm’s sophomore album under the moniker HOLY is a […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 25th

The Matinee ’18 January 25th

The Matinee ’18 January 25th edition features mostly artists from abroad with a strong focus on the burgeoning indie scenes in Australia and New Zealand. There are also tunes from bands in Europe, but we start things off with one of the great innovators of the past decade and an indie giant. The list is in reverse alphabetical order.   […]

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QWAM – ‘Feed Me’ (EP review)

QWAM – ‘Feed Me’ (EP review)

Even punk bands can be “politically correct”. Well, to a certain extent that is. Take for example Brooklyn-based quartet, QWAM and the title of their debut EP, Feed Me, which easily could be called Fuck You since this mini-record’s five songs are are eight middle fingers raised against conformity and the establishment. The band’s attitude and focus shouldn’t be a […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – US Edition

The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – US Edition

Here is part two of our daily playlist. The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – US Edition features a few of our all-time favorites plus several impressive newcomers that made us do double takes. There are some incredibly moving and powerful songs while others will get you rocking or dancing. After spinning these songs, check out the part one of The […]

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Shopping – ‘The Official Body’ (album review)

Shopping – ‘The Official Body’ (album review)

The Official Body by Shopping Since the early part of this decade, Shopping have established themselves as the one of the most unexpected bands on the planet – a trio that is making post-punk danceable. Call it disco-punk if you will, but whatever the categorization their music is contagious musically and extremely witty lyrically. Their debut album, Consumer Complaints, introduced […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – World Edition

The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – World Edition

With so many great songs out, we’re offering another two-part playlist. For this one, The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – World Edition features seven songs from artists in six countries outside of North America. The US edition is now out, and you can listen to it here.   DUETS AND STUFF – “Serve Somebody” (somewhere in Sweden) RIYL: Tennis, Peter […]

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Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS – ‘Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988’ (album review)

Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS – ‘Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988’ (album review)

With the best name in indie rock and a style that can best be described as Ariel Pink co-hosting an episode of Sesame Street with Elmo, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS‘ sophomore album, ‘Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988’, is a riot. Its eleven songs are more fun than singing the “Pinball Number Count” or “C Is for Cookie”. […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 18th

The Matinee ’18 January 18th

The Matinee ’18 January 18th is filled with songs from artists who either were on Artists to Watch list or one of our 61 Most Anticipated Albums. There are, of course, one newcomer and a couple of bands that we didn’t have on our radar when it came to new albums. Dr. Dog – “Listening In” (Philadelphia, USA) RIYL: My […]

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Juan de Fuca – ‘Solve/Resolve’ (album review)

Juan de Fuca – ‘Solve/Resolve’ (album review)

R.E.M., Drive-by Truckers, of Montreal, The B-52s, and Juan de Fuca? “Juan de who?” you might be asking. If you’re a history buff, you’re thinking that Juan de Fuca is a famous 16th Century Greek explorer and not five blokes from the southeast American city that made college radio popular. Fast forward to 2018, and Jack Cherry (vocals), Jack Webster […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 16th

The Matinee ’18 January 16th

We obviously have to start the day with a tune from The Cranberries. For many of us, they were one of the bands with whom we grew up and helped us get through the lean high school and college days. Their albums, particularly Everybody Else Is Doing It, so Why Can’t We? and No Need To Argue remain among our […]

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – ‘Wrong Creatures’ (album review)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – ‘Wrong Creatures’ (album review)

Seventeen years ago, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announced themselves with their fantastic debut, B.R.M.C. It wasn’t just a celebrated album – it had some critics calling the band “revolutionaries” because they were making psychedelic and garage rock relevant once again. Maybe the term was unfairly applied to the Los Angeles-based trio, but it was clear Peter Hayes (vocals/guitar), Robert Levon Been […]

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Shame – ‘Songs of Praise’ (album review)

Shame – ‘Songs of Praise’ (album review)

Is it too early to say that one of the year’s best albums has arrived? Given 2018 is only 15 days old, it is likely the case, but Shame‘s debut LP, Songs of Praise, will not be immediately forgotten. For that matter, this post-punk titan of a record will long be remembered come December because, unlike so much music these […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 2

Once again, due to the avalanche of new music released this week, today we have two mini-playlists. The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 2 features songs by some familiar names and others you ought to know. To hear Part 1, click here.   Loma – “Relay Runner” (Dripping Springs, TX and New York City, USA) Loma by LOMA RIYL: […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 1

Due to the avalanche of new music that has arrived over the past 36 hours, we’ve opted to split the The Matinee ’18 January 11th edition into two parts, dividing the 16 songs alphabetically. Part 2 is available here. Without further delay, let’s get to the music. The Cavves – “Beaches” (Wichita, KS, USA) RIYL: Dick Diver, Wavves, The Regrettes […]

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