Category: Music

The Matinee ’18 April 6th

The Matinee ’18 April 6th

With Easter now passed and spring technically here, the movie industry heads into its busiest season. There has already been one massive blockbuster (Black Panther), and at the end of this month The Avengers: Infinity War will be released. So in honor of the annual tradition where we spend our hard-working dollars to be entertained for a couple of hours while devouring […]

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Courtney Marie Andrews – ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ (album review)

Courtney Marie Andrews – ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ (album review)

For years, Courtney Marie Andrews rotated between her solo career and as a touring side musician for artists around the world. During this time, she released five albums that went largely unnoticed. Her sixth album, Honest Life, though, was her breakthrough, being recognized among 2016’s very best recordings, including making it on our Favorite 50 Albums list. It was, as […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 5th

The Matinee ’18 April 5th

The Matinee ’18 April 5th features nine songs that will either take your breath away or melt your face – even if you cannot speak the language. There are artists and bands capturing the spirit and energy of bygone eras and others taking music to new places. Some of the songs will also entertain you for their lyrics while other […]

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SXSW 2018 Recap & Band Awards – Pt. 1

SXSW 2018 Recap & Band Awards – Pt. 1

Thousands of bands descended upon Austin less than a month ago, and we experienced just a fraction of those playing. This year felt much more regulated with fewer big-name artists and advertising endorsements, which made the festival feel a bit out of reach in year’s past. Although SXSW 2018 was less commercialized, there was no shortage of music or bands. […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 April 4th

Melodic Tonic ’18 April 4th

Bask in the mellow springtime warmth of the Melodic Tonic ’18 April 4th edition. These refreshing tunes begin and end in Sweden with a mix of American, Canadian, and UK artists nestled in between. So find yourself a sunny nook with a cool beverage where you can enjoy the bliss these artists provide.   I’m Kingfisher – “Sarajevo” (Lund, Sweden) […]

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Kerri Powers – “Bicycle Man” (single premiere)

Kerri Powers – “Bicycle Man” (single premiere)

Some people are born athletes and others are born leaders. Kerri Powers was born to play the guitar and tell stories that could best be defined as Mark Twain’s Mississippi River tales meet Kurt Vonnegut’s Sierra Nevada deserts. The Connecticut-based singer-songwriter, in other words, is a throwback, who would have been a star if she started performing in the ’70s […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 3rd

The Matinee ’18 April 3rd

The Matinee ’18 April 3rd is filled with fabulous storytellers and superb musicians. The nine songs will either crush your souls, make you laugh, entice you to take a long drive, or daydream about better days to come. Arctic Lake – “What You May Find” (London, England) RIYL: London Grammar, Portishead, Dahlia Sleeps Since debuting three years ago with the […]

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Amen Dunes – ‘Freedom’ (album review)

Amen Dunes – ‘Freedom’ (album review)

Freedom by Amen Dunes Freedom is more than just an ideal. It is also more than a right for us to exercise, for us to specifically to act, speak, and think without fear of repression. In it truest form, however, freedom is a journey with no idea that goes beyond the actions and words. For Damon McMahon, the mastermind behind […]

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Florist blossoms at Espace B in Paris (photo review)

Florist blossoms at Espace B in Paris (photo review)

Words and photos are from Elissa Vinh, a photographer and writer based in Paris, France and London, England. An assertive, high-pitched scream from the audience filled the whole room as the band came up on stage. “We do it really soft”, Florist front woman Emily Sprague quietly replied in the microphone, alluding to her blend of calm folk and electronic […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 2nd

The Matinee ’18 April 2nd

The Matinee ’18 April 2nd includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have an eclectic bunch to get your Monday started, after a possible three day weekend. We have artists representing Australia, Canada, the US and the UK today. Bravestation – “Deeper Than Oceans” (Toronto, Canada) RIYL: Al Green, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye Toronto based Bravestation are back […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.12

Weekend Showcase 4.12

With Easter long weekend, the Weekend Showcase 4.12 edition is a day early so you can enjoy the music while hiding eggs or finding them. The mega-playlist features 45 songs from artists representing 16 countries, including: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Northern Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, the United States, and Wales. The playlist and […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 30th – North American Edition

The Matinee ’18 March 30th – North American Edition

The second part of our Good Friday twinbill – The Matinee ’18 March 30th – North American Edition – has seven songs, and several of them are from some of our all-time favorites. There are upbeat numbers and a few extremely moving and powerful numbers.   Bloodboy – “Is Now a Good Time to Ruin Your Life?” (Los Angeles, USA) […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 30th – World Edition

The Matinee ’18 March 30th – World Edition

For this Good Friday, we’re offering two for the price of one. On The Matinee ’18 March 30th – World Edition, we head off to five countries for six songs. There’s a wide range of singles for your listening pleasure. Dirty Pixels – “On Ice” (Auckland, New Zealand) RIYL: Bright Eyes, Deerhunter, of Montreal It has been seven years since […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 29th

The Matinee ’18 March 29th

With the long weekend before us, The Matinee ’18 March 29th edition features some several upbeat tunes, including some funky numbers, to get you through the workday. There are also some laid-back, easy-listening tunes in case you want some mellower fare. Enjoy your Thursday and have a safe and most excellent Easter break. Air Waves – “Warrior” ft. Kevin Morby […]

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The Dan Ryan – “Maker” (video premiere)

The Dan Ryan – “Maker” (video premiere)

The Dan Ryan formed as a side project in Lawrence, Kansas, and they currently reside in the music capital of the world, Austin, Texas. The psych-folk band have released two albums to date, both of which channel a bygone era when the stories mattered and the music were the canvases to the actual art. Today, they put their art onto […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 March 28th

Melodic Tonic ’18 March 28th

The six new music cocktails on the Melodic Tonic ’18 March 28th edition are potent. From indie blues to scorching rock and psychedelic dream pop, there is plenty of diversity to sample, starting with an award-winning American duo. Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – “The Bottle Wins Again” (Los Angeles & Memphis, USA) RIYL: Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite, John Lee […]

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Sunflower Bean – ‘Twentytwo in Blue’ (album review)

Sunflower Bean – ‘Twentytwo in Blue’ (album review)

In 1967, three teenagers came together to form one of the great rock bands in history. Fleetwood Mac started with drummer Mick Fleetwood before settling in as a five piece with John and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks. Thirty-one years ago, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic pieced together Nirvana in Aberdeen, Washington. We all know their histories and […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 27th

The Matinee ’18 March 27th

Rocking tracks, shimmering electronic / electro-pop numbers, two young English singer-songwriters to watch, and one of the most devastatingly beautiful songs of the year are featured on The Matinee ’18 March 27th edition. Several countries are yet again represented, once again demonstrating that music is one of the few things that unites us. Blush Response – “Cruel” (Adelaide, Australia) RIYL: […]

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Other States– “Both Worlds” (single premiere)

Other States– “Both Worlds” (single premiere)

Like any art form, the more creative a song is, the more striking it is. Let’s be honest, there are only so many times you can view still-life paintings or portraits of rich, dead people. Similarly, one can only listen to a love song set to a folk-pop or electro-pop arrangement so often. Then there are the few artists and […]

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Preoccupations – ‘New Material’ (album review)

Preoccupations – ‘New Material’ (album review)

New Material by Preoccupations If one was to start a list of the best bands of the 2010s, Calgary’s Preoccupations would be near – if not at – the top of the list. Their debut album, Viet Cong, when they were known as Viet Cong, was a viscerally raw and emotionally deep ode to a fallen friend. After a name change, […]

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