Category: Music

John Moreland – ‘Big Bad Luv’ (album review)

John Moreland – ‘Big Bad Luv’ (album review)

John Moreland has a gift for creating something beautiful out of the downtrodden and misunderstood. One of today’s top songwriters, Moreland has been gaining career speed since the release of his 2013 debut, In The Throes. In 2015 he followed that up with High on Tulsa Heat to critical acclaim (read our review of that here.) Both albums showcase Moreland’s songwriting […]

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The Matinee May 12th

The Matinee May 12th

The Matinee May 12th has 9 awesome new tracks for your listening pleasure. One from a favorite of all of us of course and a few more alumni and also brand new artists for you to take a listen. The sampling today is worldwide with artists representing Denmark,  France, Sweden, the US and the UK today. The National – “The System […]

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Showcase at 229, London

Absent Kelly presents….229 The Venue, London. 5 May 2017 (photo essay)

Five diverse bands, loosely connected by a rock/indie style, were brought to the 229 Club by music promoter Absent Kelly. These sorts of nights give exposure to grafters looking to get that big break – small venue, small crowd, large ambition. Bradley Donaldson Opening the night was Bradley Donaldson, a singer with an acoustic guitar. Songs were angsty and generally […]

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Callum Pitt – “Least He’s Happy” (single premiere)

Callum Pitt – “Least He’s Happy” (single premiere)

Hot on the heels of his debut single, “You’d Better Sell It While You Can”, released just a few short months ago, Callum Pitt is sending out his second offering. With an arrangement that takes “catchy” to a whole new level, “Least He’s Happy” is a feel-good phenomenon for foot-tapping dance-along fans everywhere. We are delighted to premiere it here […]

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The Matinee May 11th

The Matinee May 11th

The Matinee May 11th once goes global for new music. Hear 9 songs that will get you excited for what lies ahead in the world of independent music. Oh, there’s one super-group who unveiled a new song that will get older music fans excited. Blond Ambition – “Stupid Boy / Girl” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Day Wave, Summer Heart, Beach […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, May 10th

Melodic Tonic ’17, May 10th

Your mid-week serving of new music cocktails has an underlying political theme. These aren’t protest songs, but most of the six songs on the Melodic Tonic May 10th edition are a response to the craziness unfolding on the global stage. Some artists choose to protest with music while others choose to dance. Either way, these artists from Canada, England, Norway, and the USA provide powerful […]

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Fazerdaze – ‘Morningside’ (album review)

Fazerdaze – ‘Morningside’ (album review)

Morningside by Fazerdaze Every generation has a few defining albums. Nirvana’s Nevermind and In Utero represented the angst of teenagers and college students in the early ’90s. The Velvet Underground & Nico’s eponymous LP was arguably the pinnacle of the liberation revolution that swelled across the Western world and in music. Spice by The Spice Girls was more than just […]

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The Matinee May 9th

The Matinee May 9th

The Matinee May 9th edition explores eight countries for new music with wide-ranging genres. You won’t find two songs that sound alike here. Prepare to be amazed by these 9 talented bands and artists who hail from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden, and the USA.   Attic Giant – “Blow” (Vienna, Austria) RIYL: Phox, The Head and the Heart, Shovels […]

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Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (album review)

Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (album review)

On his remarkable album, 2014’s No Bright, Mike Hadreas unveiled a different side to Perfume Genius. He was vulnerable, assertive, commanding, and proud, and No Bright was the pinnacle of his canon. It was simultaneously a sermon and an enlightening for all willing to hear his message. Three years later, Hadreas has returned with a new record that still requires […]

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Hey Bulldog – “Stranger” (video premiere)

Hey Bulldog – “Stranger” (video premiere)

Remember when The Black Keys use to create dirty, gritty garage-rock? Their early records, particularly Thickfreakness and Magic Potion, remain their best because the music was raw, unrelenting, and full of energy. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney were just two ordinary guys who knew only two things – play it loud and hard. While The Black Keys have moved on […]

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The Matinee May 8th

The Matinee May 8th

The Matinee May 8th includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. We have upbeat indie rock, synth pop, dream pop and acoustic based indie pop for this fine Monday.  We have artists representing Canada, The US and The UK.   Billy Raffoul – “Driver” (Leamington, Ontario, Canada) RIYL: Charlie […]

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Garage Flowers

End of the Trail Records….live music at the Fiddler’s Elbow, London. 3 May 2017 (photo essay)

There seemed to be a lot of middle-aged women wearing leather trousers on the tube up to Chalk Farm in North London. On exiting the station, a tout asked me if I wanted to buy a Blondie ticket. Ah, of course, Blondie were playing at the Roundhouse – a legendary venue nearby. I walked past the long queue of peroxide blondes […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.17

Weekend Showcase 3.17

It’s that time of the week where we run down some of the great new music of the past week. The Weekend Showcase 3.17 edition has 53 songs, featuring a few unexpected comebacks and, of course, hidden gems you ought to know. The featured artists represent 11 countries, including: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, […]

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Saturday Sampler May 6th

Saturday Sampler May 6th

Only a feast will be found on The Saturday Sampler May 6th edition, and today we offer songs that span a number of genres in addition to countries. Want some blues-rock? We have that? Desiring some ’90s alternative rock? Check! What about some sunshine pop, funk-infused R&B, radiant electro-pop, or old-fashion garage-rock? Check, check, check, and check!   Beth Ditto – […]

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First Impressions: Slowdive – ‘Slowdive’ (album review)

First Impressions: Slowdive – ‘Slowdive’ (album review)

After a two-decade hiatus, post-rock/shoegaze titans Slowdive delighted fans in January with “Star Roving,” their first single in 22 years! After such a prolonged absence, it was refreshing to hear the familiar churn of Neil Halstead’s reverb-drenched guitar and Rachel Goswell’s airy vocals. Fans wondered whether a full album would contain the same magic as the first single. Thankfully, “Star Roving” was indeed a sign of […]

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Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings – “Three Star Cellophane Cocaine Brain” (single premiere)

Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings – “Three Star Cellophane Cocaine Brain” (single premiere)

We’re going to make a bold prediction right now: Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings will grace the Quad Stage at Newport Folk Festival within five years (and probably less). This collective from New York City is that good. They first caught our attention last October with “Deep In Your Heart,” a classic soul/folk-rock song that echoes Van Morrison back in the […]

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The Matinee May 5th

The Matinee May 5th

Today is the mother of music days. There is so much great music and albums dropping over the past 6 to 24 hours, and The Matinee May 5th is just a microcosm of this great day.  We have a myriad of tracks for your listening pleasure. We have artists representing Australia, Iceland, Sweden, and the US  We hope you find […]

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The Matinee May 4th

The Matinee May 4th

Today’s nine songs combine to form the perfect menu of new music, otherwise known as The Matinee May 4th edition. You may recognize some of the names, and one band will definitely have you thinking about one of the greatest southern-rock bands in history. You’ll have to listen to the entire mini-playlist to find out who that is, though. So […]

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Louis Barabbas – ‘Jocasta: A Musical Tragedy’ (album review)

Louis Barabbas – ‘Jocasta: A Musical Tragedy’ (album review)

Some stories are timeless. Oedipus, Hamlet, Star Wars, Harry Potter. The underlying themes are resolutely tragic and the leading characters resolutely masculine. Louis Barabbas, whose band The Bedlam Six released their swansong album Down Down Down back in 2016, combines his love of the classics with attention to contemporary political intrigue to create an epic, 31-track, feminist-oriented, double album. How […]

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Feist – ‘Pleasure’ (album review)

Feist – ‘Pleasure’ (album review)

For many, Leslie Feist will always be one of the memorable associates of Broken Social Scene; for others she’s better known as a solo artist. Most likely, though, you remember how her infectious “1234” song from her breakthrough album, The Reminder, swarmed the airwaves in 2007. Jump ahead a decade, and Feist is back with her fifth solo record, Pleasure. The good news for […]

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