Category: Hidden Gems

Melodic Tonic special edition: Young Frontier

Melodic Tonic special edition: Young Frontier

Welcome to a special edition of the Melodic Tonic! Since many of us at The Revue are headed to Newport Folk Festival this week, today’s post is different. Instead of sharing several new singles from multiple artists, I’d like to share several songs from one group. We’re not ones to make predictions, but we think this band will play the festival […]

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The Matinee April 22nd

The Matinee April 22nd

The Matinee April 22nd includes six awesome tracks today, all inadvertently from overseas. If you are looking for some stellar indie  pop-rock and a little bit of singer-songwriter look no further. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more cool new music on our Saturday Sampler. Have a safe and happy weekend. The Boxer Rebellion – “Weapon” (London, England) The […]

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Dutch delight: MY BABY

Dutch delight: MY BABY

The Netherlands has a rich and diverse music history. Lately, though, like in many countries, the mainstream music scene is populated with DJs, electronic producers, and international pop stars. There is, however, one band that has carved out a sizable following in the northwestern European country. Meet MY BABY, a three-piece band based out of Amsterdam who make some of […]

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Artists to Watch in 2016

Artists to Watch in 2016

We’ve shared our favorite EPs and LPs of 2015 and recently our Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. It’s now time to list 25 artists we think will become embedded in the ears of music listeners around the world. Whether they achieve mainstream success is unknown, but we think at the very least they will be among the most talked-about bands […]

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Our Favorite Hidden Gems of 2015

Our Favorite Hidden Gems of 2015

You might be asking, “Why would we have a list dedicated to hidden gems when The Revue is about hidden gems?” That’s definitely true. This list is dedicated to those artists who really blew us away this past year with new singles or albums, and who continue to fly under the radar. Some of our favorite gems, who were once […]

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Hidden Gem: Fran Minney

Hidden Gem: Fran Minney

To say we have a soft spot in our hearts for aspiring singer-songwriters would be an understatement. Tiny Ruins, Nadia Reid, Keeva., Nora Konstanse, Ezequiel de Lima, and many more. A new one to add is Leeds, UK artist Fran Minney. Known for her wild, electric blue hair, Minney’s music is the complete opposite – humble, endearing alt-folk music matched […]

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Hidden Gem: Gabrielle Papillon

Hidden Gem: Gabrielle Papillon

While several Canadian artists have become international sensations, especially in the pop, rock, and hip hop realms, many continue to fly under the radar, especially with the folk community. Yet, Canada’s folk scene is vibrant and healthy, arguably at its most innovative and daring point. This year along, for instance, saw hidden gems Dana Sipos take us on an escapade […]

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Replay: Checking in on Phosphene

Replay: Checking in on Phosphene

The Revue was established in 2013, so we’ll check in from time-to-time on artists that we have profiled over the past two years in a series we all Replay. First up is Bay-area, indie rock band Phosphene. A year ago, Rich shared their self-titled debut album, one that he likened to the moving and emotive power of Sharon Van Etten and […]

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A Texas Hidden Gem: Telegraph Canyon

A Texas Hidden Gem: Telegraph Canyon

The best way to describe Telegraph Canyon would be if early My Morning Jacket decided to add horns and strings and, for good measure, an Americana twist to their sound. Telegraph Canyon has been around as early as 2007 but have released two very solid albums including 2009’s The Tide and The Current and at the end of July their […]

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Prinze George, Maryland’s Hidden Gem

Prinze George, Maryland’s Hidden Gem

A year ago, Maryland trio Prinze George burst on the music scene with their single “Victor”. While it received some buzz on this side of the Atlantic, the song was a hit with European audiences as it was featured on the soundtrack for Honig Im Kopf, a summer hit in Germany and other parts of Europe. The swell of support helped catapult […]

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Hidden Gem – We Came As Strangers

Hidden Gem – We Came As Strangers

We Came As Strangers is set to release their third album Eyedom at the end of August. The band name is very fitting as that is exactly how the quartet came together – as strangers. Justin Sandercoe wanted a band pulled together that could be a true collaboration with all members involved in the production aspect.  He had worked with everyone […]

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Dust Turns to Ash: Alternate futures and The Secret Machines

Not long after writing this recent feature on Cosmicide, I resolved to come up with a sequel (or rather prequel) discussing the previous band of guiding hand Brandon Curtis. And, apropos of Amazon’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Man in the High Castle, I got to thinking about alternate histories. See, both The Secret Machines and Arcade Fire released their […]

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Ezequiel de Lima, the Argentinian Hidden Gem

Ezequiel de Lima, the Argentinian Hidden Gem

“Space, the final frontier.” It’s a quote that many of us, especially those who grew up with the original Star Trek series, are familiar with and have likely uttered numerous times. In music, America is the final frontier. It is the country that most artists, whether they are from the US or another country, want to achieve success. It’s not […]

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Wesley Fuller – a hidden gem from Melbourne

Wesley Fuller – a hidden gem from Melbourne

Do you ever hear a song and say to yourself, “What the heck is that?”  This is then followed by, “How come I haven’t heard such and such before?” This was my reaction when hearing Wesley Fuller‘s new single, “Shock Me”, which he released a month ago. So who is Wesley Fuller? I wish I could tell you more about […]

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Hidden Gem – psychedelic pop of Gulp

Hidden Gem – psychedelic pop of Gulp

How does a band that includes Super Furry Animals’ bassist Guto Pryce be considered a hidden gem? Gulp is just that, as the quartet has been around for three years yet has been a relative unknown. Formed in 2012, Pryce teamed up with his partner, singer and keyboardist Lindsey Leven, drummer Gwion Llewelyn, and guitarist Gid Goundrey, and the foursome […]

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Hidden Gem: Mauro Remiddi – a.k.a. Porcelain Raft

Hidden Gem: Mauro Remiddi – a.k.a. Porcelain Raft

Is it fair to call Porcelain Raft a hidden gem? On the one hand, Mauro Remiddi, who is the man behind Porcelain Raft, has gathered a fairly loyal following, although interspersed across the globe. On the other hand, he hasn’t achieved the same level of popularity of similar synth-electronic acts that emerged around the same time, most notably Phantogram. However, […]

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Tony Volker – Break and Reshape EP

Tony Volker – Break and Reshape EP

Yesterday, UK producer and songwriter Tony Volker released Break and Reshape.  Volker’s music is influenced by a few different forces, citing John Hopkins and Thom Yorke as inspiration.  It’s really hard to tie Volker’s music down to a specific formula, which makes Break and Reshape one of the most varied listens of the year, despite only having five tracks. The […]

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Hidden Gem – indie-rock chameleons, Fleabite

Hidden Gem – indie-rock chameleons, Fleabite

I know some people prefer Spotify, Google Play, or even streaming stuff through YouTube, but SoundCloud is my choice because of the variety of music that’s available and the algorithm that site uses to suggest new music is usually spot on. Exhibit A is today’s Hidden Gem – Fleabite. Fleabite was originally created by three young women – Ali, Vicky, […]

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Yes Sunshine – “No No No”

Yes Sunshine – “No No No”

In 2013, Yes Sunshine formed to pay tribute to the passing of a close friend. Since then, they’ve toured the UK, played with bands and artists like Yuck, Royal Blood, and Pete Doherty, and were ven named BBC Introducing’s band of the month in February.  Yesterday, Yes Sunshine released their latest single, “No No No”, on Mint 400 records. “No No […]

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Hidden Gem – Annie Sumi

Hidden Gem – Annie Sumi

Can an artist be considered a Hidden Gem if the likes of George Stroumboulopoulos features her music on his show? Even with coverage by a well-known radio personality, success doesn’t always follows an artist, no matter how talented s/he may be. Case in point Annie Sumi, a 21-year old musician from Whitby, Ontario, whose songwriter exceeds her youth and who, […]

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