Author: Hollie Daugherty

Melodic Tonic ’17, December 6th

Melodic Tonic ’17, December 6th

From indie folk to psych rock, the Melodic Tonic ’17, December 6th edition is a mid-week sonic feast. Featuring six artists from six countries (Australia, England, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, and the US), this mini-playlist offers something for everyone. We kick things off with one of our favorite American indie rockers.   Strand of Oaks – “Passing Out” (Philadelphia, USA)  […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th

Breathe in the calming tones of the Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th edition. These six artists from Sweden and Italy to England, Australia, and the US will restore your sanity amid the hectic pace of the holiday season. Sit back and let these artists take you to a more blissful place. Calexico – “Voices in the Field” (Tucson, AZ USA) […]

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The Spy From Cairo – “Shaabi Dub (Good Things)” (single premiere)

The Spy From Cairo – “Shaabi Dub (Good Things)” (single premiere)

Fans of world music tend to be restless souls who crave beats that speak to their adventurous spirits. Wanderlust carries them to exotic locations around the globe where they savor the tastes and sounds of the local cultures. The memories of those adventures become forever linked to a particular soundtrack – whether it’s swaying to shaabi or Tuareg artists in […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th

The Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th edition features powerful American voices with equally powerful messages. But sprinkled between the well-known names are two new bands with unforgettable sounds. Today’s playlist begins with one of music’s finest (and fiercest) voices. Brandi Carlile – “The Joke” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Indigo Girls, Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michaelson American singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile is one of […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 8th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 8th

Your mid-week serving of new music cocktails is a globe-trotting affair. Featuring six new singles from artists in Australia, England, Scotland, Wales, and the US, today’s mini-playlist brings you plenty of sonic diversity. Let’s get things started with a bang courtesy of San Francisco’s finest rockers. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Question of Faith” (San Francisco, USA) RIYL: The Black […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 1st

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 1st

The first day of November brings a fresh batch of new music. Today’s mid-week playlist features an eclectic mix from around the globe, including artists from Australia, England, Greece, Scotland, and the USA. Let’s get started with a belated Halloween treat. The Wytches – “Double World” (Peterborough, England) RIYL: Morphine, Mark Lanegan Band, The Pack A.D. If you woke up […]

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Destroyer – ‘ken’ (album review)

Destroyer – ‘ken’ (album review)

Canadian musician Dan Bejar makes lush, chameleonic art rock as Destroyer. On ken, his 12th album since forming Destroyer in 1995, Bejar pairs vintage elements with modern musings to create one of the year’s most enjoyable albums. Since Bejar is an artist with few peers, ken is an album with few, if any, rivals. There is no denying Bejar’s unique sound. No other modern […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, October 25th

Melodic Tonic ’17, October 25th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is full of zest and zing. From quirky American indie pop and garage punk to whimsical British indie fare, these six songs will give you a musical buzz without the hangover. So dig in as we celebrate the return of some indie greats while getting to know some talented newcomers.   tUnE-yArDs – […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17 October 18th

Melodic Tonic ’17 October 18th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is on the milder side. These six singles complement the season with equal amounts of autumn warmth and cool breezes. From Americana, indie dream folk and electronic pop to cinematic art fare, this mostly American mini playlist brings you the freshest sounds of the week.   Shallow Lenses – “Take It To The […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, October 11th

Melodic Tonic ’17, October 11th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music features a global flavor. Featuring artists from Australia to the UK, these six songs offer equal amounts of bright pop and darker electronica. We start with good news from one of our favorite Glasgow bands.   Belle and Sebastian – “I’ll Be Your Pilot” (Glasgow, Scotland) RIYL: Belle and Sebastian You can’t really call Belle […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, October 4th

Melodic Tonic ’17, October 4th

Your mid-week serving of new music cocktails features old-school indie rock, Cuban-French electronic soul, and three varieties of indie folk. These five tracks are as smooth as your morning coffee: it starts out with a hot jolt then becomes something just warm enough to sip and savor.   The Breeders – “Wait in the Car” (Dayton, OH, USA) RIYL: The […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, September 27th

Melodic Tonic ’17, September 27th

The Melodic Tonic ’17, September 27th edition provides the perfect antidote to the mid-week blues – a.k.a. hump day. Most of the tunes will leave you in a relaxed state, and we’ve included the video to one song as it’s a must see. Happy Wednesday everyone.   Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – “Continental Breakfast” (Australia/USA) Lotta Sea Lice by […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17 September 20th

Melodic Tonic ’17 September 20th

Melodic Tonic ’17 September 20th features another six songs, although from five artists this time. Two of the songs form an absolute epic. Sit back and take a sip fro this new music cocktail. Curtis Harding – “Need Your Love” (Atlanta, USA) RIYL: Al Green, Future Islands, St. Paul & The Broken Bones Last month we lost our collective minds […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, September 13th

Melodic Tonic ’17, September 13th

Since the 18th annual AmericanaFest is happening this week in Nashville, the Melodic Tonic September 13th edition has a strong American focus. While not all six of the songs in this playlist are from the Americana genre, these selections run the gamut from folk and rock to electronic pop. We kick things off with a pair of true American troubadours […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, September 6th

Melodic Tonic ’17, September 6th

The six singles on today’s Melodic Tonic range from the sublime to the super-charged. Featuring artists from England, Iceland, Italy, Scotland, and the US, this playlist is a feast for your ears. Let’s kick things off with an emerging young artist we have recently come to love.   Best Girl Athlete – “Song” (Aberdeen, Scotland) RIYL: Woodes, Lucia Fontaine “A […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, August 30th

Melodic Tonic ’17, August 30th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is a dark and stormy blend. We start with some brooding synth-pop and add in some art rock, a dash of Icelandic soul, and end with a double shot of Americana.   Zola Jesus – “Siphon” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Austra, Phantogram, PJ Harvey Zola Jesus has the dark equivalent of a Midas touch […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17 August 23rd

Melodic Tonic ’17 August 23rd

Today’s new music cocktails is a sensual treat. These six songs from American, Australian and Greek artists feature funky beats that will move your body to introspective rock that will speak to your mind. We kick things off with a favorite duo whose third album arrives in October.   Cults – “I Took Your Picture” (New York City, USA) RIYL: Chvrches, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, August 16th

Melodic Tonic ’17, August 16th

The Melodic Tonic August 16th edition is a sumptuous sonic feast of genres. From ambient, Americana/folk, electronic, gospel, punk-pop, and shoegaze, these songs will both energize your heart and quiet your mind. Featured artists are from Canada, England, Iceland, Norway, and the U.S.   Dream Wife – “Fire” (London, England & Reykjavik, Iceland) RIYL: Blondie, The Breeders Back in March, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, August 9th

Melodic Tonic ’17, August 9th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails has a unifying, one-word theme: calming. These are great rainy-day tunes. We are all seeking relief from the stress of life and the chaos of the world. What better way to find solace than with six new singles from artists in Canada, USA, and Netherlands? All of the artists have one-word band names, so […]

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Killing Moon Label – ‘New Moons: Vol. VIII’ (album premiere)

Killing Moon Label – ‘New Moons: Vol. VIII’ (album premiere)

New Moons: Vol. VIII, the latest compilation from London label Killing Moon, is out today, and we are excited to share this amazing collection. Killing Moon have an affinity for finding, promoting, and sharing emerging talents who then transition from obscurity to stardom. (Alt-J ring a bell?)  With their New Moons series now on its eighth volume, you are sure to find new artists […]

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