Author: Hollie Daugherty

Melodic Tonic vol. 10

Melodic Tonic vol. 10

This week’s Melodic Tonic vol. 10 is a collection of some new releases by musical ninjas and several collaborative efforts. We’re only kidding about the ninjas. Well, mostly. Sometimes the amount of new music whizzing by catches us quite off-guard. This week was no different. Take a listen to some of the new tunes that snuck up on us recently!   EL […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 9

Melodic Tonic, vol. 9

This week’s cocktail of Melodic Summer Songs arrives a bit later than normal due to crazy festival schedules. These long days spent soaking up hot rays and even hotter music makes us appreciate “feel good” summer tunes. That’s what’s on tap this week, so pour yourself a cold beverage and enjoy these singles. Beat Connection – So Good For those of […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 8

Melodic Tonic, vol. 8

Happy Monday from under this pile of new music I’ve been swimming in the last few weeks! Summer is one of our busiest seasons here at The Revue, thanks to festivals nearly every weekend. While we aren’t complaining about seeing so much live music, it cuts into the time we can spend exploring new recorded music. That’s why this week’s Melodic Tonic includes […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 7

Melodic Tonic, vol. 7

The Melodic Tonic returns to kickstart your Monday! With summer in full swing, this week’s selection includes some fresh sounds for sunny days and some contemplative singer/songwriter fare for the evening hours when you need to unwind.   Mercury Rev – “The Queen of Swans” Fans of American alternative/neo-psych legends Mercury Rev have waited seven long years for a follow-up […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 6

Melodic Tonic, vol. 6

Happy Monday. Enjoy volume 6 of the Melodic Tonic to get your day going. The inspiration for today’s edition might surprise you. When Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon performed yesterday at Glastonbury with UK folk-pop sister trio The Staves, it reminded me of how prolific he has been lately as both a performer and producer. In addition to producing The Staves’ […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 5 – new singles by Duran Duran, Bully, & Daggerhands

Melodic Tonic, vol. 5 – new singles by Duran Duran, Bully, & Daggerhands

After returning from Bonnaroo festival last week (where I finally saw ‘80s icons Tears for Fears!), I planned to focus solely on some lesser-known artists with Tennessee roots and share some of new singles. Those plans changed when another legendary ‘80s group quietly released a surprise new track. Just when I thought Beck’s upbeat new song, “Dreams,” was poised to be […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 3

Melodic Tonic, vol. 3

As a festival junkie/live music addict, few things are as enjoyable as discovering new artists. There is a special joy in seeing an upcoming performer in a small venue or on a tiny stage before their career launches them into superstardom. I remember seeing a young girl perform at a festival in 2008 and thinking, “Wow, what a powerful voice!” Instead of […]

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Algiers – “Algiers”

Algiers – “Algiers”

The first notes on the Algiers self-titled debut album (released June 2 on Matador Records) are instantly gripping: ominous yet reverent, its languid cadence and bluesy gospel harmonies give voice to the oppressive weight of southern heat and humidity. The first track, “Remains,” greets your ears not as a gentle breeze but with the turbulence of an impending storm. You […]

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Melodic Tonic, volume 2

Melodic Tonic, volume 2

Welcome to your Monday music cocktail – the Melodic Tonic! Summer is quickly approaching, which means one thing to many of us hardcore music lovers: festival season! Monsoon season is also here in many parts of the U.S., and quite frankly, some of us have forgotten what sunshine looks like. Today’s mix includes a few upbeat selections to infuse a little sonic sunshine. Speaking […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 1

Melodic Tonic, vol. 1

Welcome to the first installment of your weekly Melodic Tonic, a collection of singles served up every Monday like Happy Hour cocktails for your ears. These posts are for those of you whose busy schedules make it hard to consume entire albums. We get it! Full albums require a time commitment, but these audio apéritifs are designed for quick enjoyment. […]

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Planes on Paper – “The Ruins”

Planes on Paper – “The Ruins”

“Goodness speaks in a whisper,” according to an old proverb. The power of a whisper – intimate and personal – is that it requires you to pause and absorb the private message spoken to an audience of one. Such is the music of Planes on Paper, an acoustic folk duo from Washington state. On their latest EP, The Ruins, released […]

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Twin Danger – “No One Knows”

Twin Danger – “No One Knows”

Every so often a shift occurs in the zeitgeist that creates new fans of old genres: a resurgence in swing music occurred in the mid-‘90s, and the recent Oscar-winning film Whiplash introduced younger filmgoers to jazz, in general, and saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, in particular. “Bird” was name-checked multiple times in the movie, for obvious reason. The man is a […]

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Year Abroad – UK’s Lo-Fi, Experimental, Indie Rock Duo

Year Abroad – UK’s Lo-Fi, Experimental, Indie Rock Duo

Imagine a Venn diagram of avant-garde filmmakers and visual artists with David Lynch, David Cronenberg, and Christian Marclay colliding near its center. This is the sphere of influence that has shaped London-based experimental duo Year Abroad. Year Abroad consists of Matt Clark (vocals) and Matt Reay (drums) blending their innovative talents to produce a unique sound befitting a movie soundtrack. […]

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Letts – “Hold Fast”

Letts – “Hold Fast”

When you’re the lead guitarist for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, what do you do with your spare time when the band is taking a rest from non-stop touring? If you’re Christian Letts, you leave L.A. and head to the countryside of your native England to pour your emotions into sculpting, painting, and songwriting. You write enough songs to […]

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Freedom Fry, “Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na)”

Freedom Fry, “Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na)”

Listening to indie pop from California on a dreary winter day is an effective method of escapism: you forget the snow and the freezing temperatures. When you crank the tunes and close your eyes, you feel transported to a land of warm beaches and convertibles. Freedom Fry – the L.A.-based duo of Parisian singer/songwriter Marie Seyrat and Michigan native Bruce […]

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Hidden Gem: Sweden’s Brother North

Hidden Gem: Sweden’s Brother North

Scandinavian indie folk duo Brother North released their self-titled debut last April to great acclaim in their native Sweden, though they have been making music together for over a decade. Freyr Flodgren and Lucas Enquist, both in their early 20s, are childhood friends who formed the group in 2012. Featuring delicate acoustic guitar accentuated by cello and piano, the pair […]

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