Category: Music

Sarah Jickling opens up on “This Time” (single premiere + album teaser)

Sarah Jickling opens up on “This Time” (single premiere + album teaser)

Mental illness continues to be one of the least discussed and understood conditions in Canada. It’s a sensitive subject matter that most people choose to ignore, and many with a mental illness avoid bringing up their conditions for fear of being ostracized. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20% of all Canadians will experience a mental illness in their […]

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The Matinee June 19th

The Matinee June 19th

Today’s Matinee includes six awesome new tracks that will get your week started off right. Summer is almost officially here (Wednesday to be exact). It’s time to add a few more upbeat tracks to your summer list. We have artists representing Sweden, the US and the UK today. We hope you find your new favorite song or artist. BANNERS – […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.23

Weekend Showcase 3.23

The past week was one of the best of 2017, and the Weekend Showcase 3.23 edition reflects its greatness. A staggering 54 songs are on it, featuring some big-name artists (e.g., Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, Chelsea Wolfe, Cigarettes After Sex); rising stars (e.g., Julia Jacklin, Noga Erez, Wolf Alice); established veterans (e.g., Frankie Rose, The Dears, Michael Nau); and, of […]

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Saturday Sampler June 17th

Saturday Sampler June 17th

Who needs an intro when the music on the Saturday Sampler June 17th is this decadent and sumptuous. Literally, just dive right in because these nine songs will be the highlights of your day.   Cathedrals – “With You” (San Francisco, USA) RIYL: Chairlift, GEMS, Sylvan Esso Taking time away from writing music can be a reinvigorating exercise and new, […]

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First Impressions: Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’ (album review)

First Impressions: Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’ (album review)

After 6 years on hiatus, Fleet Foxes return with their third studio album, Crack-Up, out today via Nonesuch Records. Crack-Up is a study (pun intended) on independence, partnering, and complicated names. During the band’s hiatus, frontman Robin Pecknold famously enrolled at Columbia University to begin a delayed undergraduate program where he “got some academic pretensions out of [his] system” and finally during summer break […]

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The Matinee June 16th

The Matinee June 16th

The Matinee June 16th is a new music kaleidoscope, offering a few choice selections from different genres. Wendy usually joins me on Fridays, but she’s off on holiday. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the samplings below. Arcade Fire – “Creature Comfort” (Montreal, Canada) RIYL: Arcade Fire Admittedly, we weren’t terribly ecstatic by Arcade Fire‘s first single for their new album, “Everything Now”. […]

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Northside Festival 2017 Review

Northside Festival 2017 Review

Over the last nine years, Northside Festival has grown from a small festival on the north side of Williamsburg to one of the largest music events in North America. It’s more than just music, though. Northside now has two components – Music, featuring over 300 bands this year, and Innovation, which is a blend of tech, marketing, and journalism based […]

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Slow Dancer – ‘In A Mood’ (album review)

Slow Dancer – ‘In A Mood’ (album review)

Creating something refreshing doesn’t necessary mean reinventing the wheel. It does include looking to the past for inspiration and reviving classical arrangements for today’s music listeners. More importantly, it’s about re-introducing people to the idea that simplicity can yield music that is inviting and dazzling. This is what Simon Okely – AKA Slow Dancer – has achieved with his sophomore album, […]

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The Matinee June 15th

The Matinee June 15th

Like yesterday’s Melodic Tonic, we’ve scoured the globe for new music for The Matinee June 15th edition. The mini-playlist is bookended with two very familiar names. In between, you’ll find a mix of long-time favorites and a new artist making big splashes overseas. We start things off, however, with a song that isn’t so new but might be for younger […]

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Agent blå – ‘Agent Blue’ (album review)

Agent blå – ‘Agent Blue’ (album review)

Agent blå by Agent Blå Every year sees a young band unexpectedly emerge and win over fans and critics alike. In 2014, it was Alvvays. The following year belonged to Wolf Alice and Preoccupations (fka Viet Cong). Car Seat Headrest, Big Thief, Mothers, and Sunflower Bean ruled 2016. This year’s breakout band could very well be Agent blå. The quintet from […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, June 14th

Melodic Tonic ’17, June 14th

The six new music cocktails on today’s Melodic Tonic are a tasty mix of indie tunes from the UK, US, Sweden, Canada, and France. From upbeat Americana to ambient experimental with hints of jazz, these tunes provide the fuel you need to help you through your mid-week slump. The Nickajack Men – “Running” (Denny, Scotland) RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Delta […]

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Big Thief – ‘Capacity’ (album review)

Big Thief – ‘Capacity’ (album review)

Last year, Brooklyn’s Big Thief released their first LP, Masterpiece, an album which solidified the Brooklyn-based quartet as one of the best new bands. Almost immediately after Masterpiece appeared on countless year-end lists, Big Thief announced their second record, Capacity. It seemed a fairly short amount of time between records, as many people, including myself, were still immensely enjoying their […]

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The Matinee June 13th

The Matinee June 13th

The Matinee June 13th has a bit of a familiar feel in that many of the artists and bands listed before have been featured before. We kick things off with the return of one of indie rock’s great bands. Wolf Alice – “Yuk Foo” (London, England) RIYL: Siouxsie Sioux, Hole, Dead Kennedys In 2014 and 2015, Wolf Alice was the […]

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Helen Connelly – “Do You Remember” (single premiere)

Helen Connelly – “Do You Remember” (single premiere)

Finding an artist with a distinctive voice is always a pleasure. Since we first discovered Essex-based Helen Connelly, back in 2015, we’ve been fans of her jazz-pop vibe. We followed her progress with the release of her single “Behind Your Eyes” last year, and we’re eagerly anticipating the imminent release of her EP, Garden of Kisses. Our patience has been […]

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Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ (album review)

Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ (album review)

One of the great success stories of the past decade is Cigarettes After Sex, which started off as a dorm-room project of Greg Gonzalez. Without any support from a label, Gonzalez and his band’s success grew through the internet, as their hazy, immersive cinematic-pop was endlessly played on YouTube, SoundCloud, and every streaming service imaginable. What’s even more impressive is […]

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Noga Erez – ‘Off The Radar’ (album review)

Noga Erez – ‘Off The Radar’ (album review)

Every once in a while an artist arrives who makes you reevaluate your musical choices, including genres you tend to avoid. Israeli artist Noga Erez is one of them. She is not the typical producer and singer-songwriter who is trying to create a dance music hit à la The Chainsmokers, Skrillex, or Calvin Harris. Nor is she’s imitating the moody […]

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The Matinee June 12th

The Matinee June 12th

The Matinee June 12th includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have a mix of upbeat, dreamy synth pop and awesome indie rock. The artists today are all from the U.S., which doesn’t happen too often. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today. Cosmos & Creature – “Bad Drug” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Brandyn […]

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Saturday Sampler June 10th

Saturday Sampler June 10th

Saturday Sampler June 10th features an even 10 new music singles because one of the great bands of this generation dropped a surprise song in the wee hours of the morning. You’ll also find some familiar names on the list below and, of course, new artists (well, new to us). decker. – “Matchstick Man” (Sedona, AZ, USA) RIYL: Band of […]

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The Matinee June 9th

The Matinee June 9th

The Matinee June 9th has a bit of everything today. It includes new music from a couple of major bands, a super-collective of mega-talented artists, and a few groups and artists still looking to achieve a major breakthrough. There is a heavy electronic bent on this, but not the typical EDM stuff. Sit back and enjoy the music. Black Fly […]

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The Matinee June 8th

The Matinee June 8th

The Matinee June 8th features a bevy of well-known artists and a handful of hidden gems to discover. The list is in reverse alphabetical order because we haven’t done this in a while. Waxahatchee – “Never Been Wrong” (Philadelphia, USA) RIYL: Liz Phair, Juliana Hatfield, Veruca Salt While Katie Crutchfield’s first three albums as Waxahatchee have been critical darlings, she remains […]

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