Category: Music

Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (album review)

Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (album review)

There has been a trend among aspiring indie-rockers of using rainbow colors to signal youthful optimism and blissful psychedelic confusion. So maybe to the uninitiated (who is uninitiated at this point?) the cover of Spoon’s new album might look like something synthy, fun and perky. But the moment you dive into the multi-chrome skull, you realize oh right, you’re listening to […]

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The Matinee March 30th

The Matinee March 30th

The Matinee March 30th edition features nine songs with the “wow” factor. Songs that will take you to heaven, others that will take you back in time, many that will just steal your breath way, and others that will have your rocking. We start things off with a singer-songwriter on the verge of international stardom.   Aldous Harding – “Imagining […]

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Emmy Rival – “Native Gold” (single premiere)

Emmy Rival – “Native Gold” (single premiere)

At its core, music is therapeutic. At its peak, music is cathartic. When a song brings these two elements together, people take notice. To arrive at this intersection, too often an individual must travel down a path full of pain, loss, and fear. A sense of loneliness and vulnerability are the likely companions, but at some point the darkness ebbs […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, March 29th

Melodic Tonic ’17, March 29th

Your mid-week serving of new music cocktails is a shoegaze lover’s dream. These six singles from artists in the UK and US explore the spectrum from ambient dreamwave to louder psychedelic rock, with hints of bossa nova for added variety!  Enjoy the next 25 minutes of sonic bliss. Slowdive – “Sugar For the Pill” (Reading, England) RIYL: Slowdive, Mojave 3, The Jesus […]

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Desperate Journalist – ‘Grow Up’ (album review)

Desperate Journalist – ‘Grow Up’ (album review)

Finding a great post-punk rock album these days is going the way of the Black Rhino – an endangered species that is nearing extinction. While there have been plenty of records that crossed this great plain, the truly great ones – like Savages’ Adore Life and Preoccupations’ Viet Cong – are difficult to find. So when one is spotted, it is a […]

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Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Our premiere of the signature single “Carolina” from Brady Toops’ sophomore album Tried & True praised his strong yet authentic vocals. Was it too much to expect that the rest of the album would deliver the same quality? After all, the single release usually showcases the artist’s best work, and Brady had set the bar high. He does not disappoint. […]

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Loosie – “Today” (single premiere)

Loosie – “Today” (single premiere)

A year ago we shared a debut album from a most unusual music collective: The NYChillharmonic. This 22-piece group was our introduction to its composer and principal vocalist, Sara McDonald. Now we are honored to share the first single from her latest project, the dynamic, Brooklyn-based “fever dream pop” quintet, Loosie. Most people expect indie bedroom dream pop to consist of lo-fi instrumentation awash in heavy reverb. […]

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The Matinee March 28th

The Matinee March 28th

Whereas yesterday we traversed the globe for new music, The Matinee March 28th edition is a bit more stationary. That said, we still think you’ll enjoy this selection of nine songs. We did!   Agent blå – “Rote Learning” (Gothenburg, Sweden) RIYL: Alvvays, A Place To Bury Strangers, Sløtface When Swedish quintet Agent blå arrived on the scene at the […]

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Kraków Loves Adana – ‘Call Yourself New’ (album review)

Kraków Loves Adana – ‘Call Yourself New’ (album review)

For more than a decade, bands like The National, Daughter, and Frightened Rabbit have made the brooding beautiful, but German indie-rock group Kraków Loves Adana have done something similarly exceptional. With their third album, Call Yourself New, they have made the melancholic exhilarating. They have turned the exercise of contemplating our very existence into a memorable and often breathtaking experience […]

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The Matinee March 27th

The Matinee March 27th

The Matinee March 27th edition once again goes all over the map for new music – geographically and in terms of genres. If you’re wondering why Wendy isn’t curating today’s mini-playlist, don’t be alarmed! She’s still with us, but she’s busy with post-SXSW preparations. O.k., off to the music that features artists representing nine countries.   Ali Horn – “Days […]

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Saturday Sampler March 25th

Saturday Sampler March 25th

The Saturday Sampler March 25th edition sizzles with international singles from Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, and the US. These nine songs are the high-energy soundtrack to your weekend. Hopefully you’ll discover a new favorite artist while you enjoy some new tunes from established groups. Be sure to check out our Weekend Showcase tomorrow for all the music we have shared since […]

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The Matinee March 24th

The Matinee March 24th

The Matinee March 24th edition is a musical kaleidoscope of colorful sounds from across the globe. Today’s nine songs come to you from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Greece, Norway, and the USA. These gems sparkle with varying shades of indie genres to help you kick off your weekend. Be sure to check back this weekend for a full playlist of […]

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The Matinee March 23rd

The Matinee March 23rd

The Matinee March 23rd once again features nine songs, and each one will intrigue you in different ways. Some will make you laugh while others will have you thinking about your place in the world. Whatever you’re feeling like today, hopefully the mini-playlist will satisfy your mood.   Perfume Genius – “Slip Away” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Arcade Fire, Future Islands, […]

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MY BABY –  ‘Prehistoric Rhythm’ (album review)

MY BABY – ‘Prehistoric Rhythm’ (album review)

Prehistoric Rhythm by MY BABY Two years ago, MY BABY were one of the Netherlands’ best stories. Their outstanding, sophomore album, Shamanaid, turned the trio from internet darlings to Dutch stars, as fans gravitated to their trippy, sweat-inducing, voodoo psychedelia. A sold out Paradiso in Amsterdam cemented MY BABY’s status as one the country’s must-see bands. Their success, however, extended […]

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Fanny And The Atta Boys – ‘A Peck Of Dirt’ (album premiere)

Fanny And The Atta Boys – ‘A Peck Of Dirt’ (album premiere)

Combine a hefty dose of nostalgia with a mix of jazz and toe-tapping rhythms and you’ve got yourself A Peck Of Dirt, the brand new album from Fanny And The Atta Boys. Released on March 24 with support from Heyday Media Group, this is an album of sounds that are sure to pack any old-time dance floor, and we are […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, March 22

Melodic Tonic ’17, March 22

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails features fresh springtime offerings. Spring is officially here, and with it comes a wealth of great tunes from artists with debut albums due out soon. These singles are by artists from Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, USA, and two from Sweden. So sit back and enjoy the gems in this 24-minute playlist. Let’s get things started […]

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The Dream Eaters – “Dead On The Inside” (single premiere)

The Dream Eaters – “Dead On The Inside” (single premiere)

Standing stoically in New York Harbor is the iconic Statute of Liberty. For 142 years, it has symbolized the very values expressed in the United States’ Star-Spangled Banner – freedom, opportunity, and courage. New York City itself has become the center of the American Dream, as tens of thousands of people descend upon its five boroughs each year to turn their […]

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The Matinee March 21st

The Matinee March 21st

The Matinee March 21st has a strong Canadian flavor, reflecting the burgeoning music in the world’s second-largest country. The mini-playlist is, we must warn you, more somber and even intense. The storytelling in these songs are stellar with the final song the year’s biggest and most beautiful tearjerker. Cigarettes After Sex – “Apocalypse” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Cigarettes After Sex, Rhye, […]

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Anohni – ‘Paradise’ (EP review)

Anohni – ‘Paradise’ (EP review)

Paradise by ANOHNI After more than a decade of fronting Antony and the Johnsons, front woman Anohni released her much-celebrated, debut album, Hopelessness, in May 2016. With the benefit of hindsight, the album was more than just a masterpiece. It was timely and poignant, revealing the instability and chaos that were brimming below the surface but have risen since the events of […]

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Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

Everybody Works by Jay SomMany musicians who self-record achieve a gauzy pastel haze akin to the sounds Melina Duterte, playing as Jay Som, creates in her sunny Oakland studio (which doubles as her sleeping quarters). In another corner of the music world, many aspiring pop craftspeople (the type who unapologetically let ourselves be charmed by Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION or drunkenly vow to […]

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