Category: Music

Blaenavon – ‘That’s Your Lot’ (album review)

Blaenavon – ‘That’s Your Lot’ (album review)

For the better part of four years, the UK indie spotlight shone brightly on British art-rock band Blaenavon. Their debut single, “Into The Night”, shot them straight onto BBC Introducing and popular tastemaker The Line of Best Fit. Two more EPs would follow before Ben Gregory (vocals/guitar), Frank Wright (bass), and Harris McMillan (drums) hit their twenties. After a couple of […]

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Saturday Sampler April 8th

Saturday Sampler April 8th

The Saturday Sampler April 8th edition is bursting with springtime energy! These 9 songs from artists in Australia, Denmark, England, Norway, and the USA will energize your weekend with their indie rock, dream pop, synth pop, and electronica. Hopefully you’ll fall in love with their sound like we have. Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase playlist will include these […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories #4 – The Fairy Tale of Austin

SXSW 2017 Memories #4 – The Fairy Tale of Austin

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, and we’ll be sharing their memories over […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories #3 – The ABCs of SXSW

SXSW 2017 Memories #3 – The ABCs of SXSW

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, and we’ll be sharing their memories over […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories #2 – Establishing roots in Austin

SXSW 2017 Memories #2 – Establishing roots in Austin

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, and we’ll be sharing their memories over […]

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First Impressions: Future Islands – ‘The Far Field’ (album review)

First Impressions: Future Islands – ‘The Far Field’ (album review)

Future Islands are the reigning royalty of indie synth-pop. Over the last 11 years, they have cemented a reputation for both showmanship and craftsmanship. Their live shows are marked by high-energy performances from frontman Samuel T. Herring, while their music always gets the crowd on their feet. Now with the release of their fifth album, The Far Field, we ask the […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories #1 – keeping Austin weird

SXSW 2017 Memories #1 – keeping Austin weird

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, and we’ll be sharing their memories over […]

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The Matinee April 7th

The Matinee April 7th

The Matinee April 7th will put some wind in your sails on this final day of the work week. Most of the songs will lift your spirits, and others will leave you breathless. Sounds like the perfect way to start the weekend!   Gothic Tropic – “Your Soul” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Perfume Genius, Blondfire, Hannah Georgas There is a […]

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The Matinee April 6th

The Matinee April 6th

The Matinee April 6th is a work of art. Well, the music is. Find nine songs by artists from different parts of the globe. There’s a bit of everything – moving ballads, entrancing witch-rock, mesmerizing folktronica, ’80s glam-rock, and a whole lot more.   Big Thief – “Mythological Beauty” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Orenda Fink, O+S Almost a year to the […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, April 5th

Melodic Tonic ’17, April 5th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is potent! From elegant indie electronic to blistering psych rock, this is a playlist you can really sink your teeth into. It features six new tunes from artists in Canada, England, France, Greece, and the US. We kick things off with a mysterious new American artist whose secret identity and beautiful debut single […]

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Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

What do you do when you graduate Unversity? Grow up? Get a proper job? Put the drums in the loft and leave the guitar to gather dust in the corner? Not necessarily… As actor Jim Carrey remarked, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love”, so Brighton-based […]

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Julia Holter – ‘In The Same Room’ (album review)

Julia Holter – ‘In The Same Room’ (album review)

Hearing Julia Holter’s music in a live setting is a transcendent experience. Her current band which features violist/vocalist Dina Maccabee, stand-up bassist Devin Hoff, and drummer/vocalist Corey Fogel put on some of the most ethereal shows. This creates the perfect debut record for Domino Record Company’s new Documents series, Julia Holter’s live in-studio record In the Same Room. Documents is […]

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The Matinee April 4th

The Matinee April 4th

The Matinee April 4th has a retro feel with most of the songs channeling the music of the past. Nine songs are featured, and you’ll recognize some of the artists.   Amber Arcades – “Can’t Say That We Tried” (Utrecht, Netherlands) RIYL: Slowdive, Alvvays, Teeth & Tongue It has been quite the twelve months for Annelotte de Graaf, the woman […]

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Hider unveils “You Look So Amazing” (single premiere)

Hider unveils “You Look So Amazing” (single premiere)

For decades, artists have hid their identities in order to maintain their anonymity and allow their music and craft speak for them. Daft Punk for years remained an unknown, as they took to the stage donning space suits and whatever costume in their wardrobe. Burial, Zhu, and deadmau5 achieved massive success in electronica without people discovering who they were. In […]

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The Matinee April 3rd

The Matinee April 3rd

The Matinee April 3rd has an upbeat theme today. We have encouraging tracks, ethereal ones and edgy indie rock ones. We hope these 6 tracks get your weekend moving. Artists are representing the US and the UK today. We hope you find your new favorite band or track today. Fickle Friends – “Hello Hello” (Brighton, England) RIYL: Marian Hill, Oh […]

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Euphoria Festival 2017 – What it is and Who to See

Euphoria Festival 2017 – What it is and Who to See

Central Texas has recovered from the long weeks of SXSW and is ready for the next big music event – Euphoria. The festival is one of the newer concerts with their premier being back in 2012 with only about 3,000 attended the event. Fast forward to 2016, and that crowd participation has increased to 50,000. With their most impressive line […]

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Saturday Sampler April 1st

Saturday Sampler April 1st

It’s April Fool’s Day, but there aren’t any jokes on this playlist. Instead, the Saturday Sampler April 1st edition reflects the bounty of new music that is blooming in our sonic garden. We have nine fresh tunes for your listening pleasure, ranging from euphoric pop numbers, wind-swept synth-pop, charming indie pop, and hypnotic benders. These songs are the work of artists […]

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First Impressions: The Jesus and Mary Chain – ‘Damage and Joy’ (album review)

First Impressions: The Jesus and Mary Chain – ‘Damage and Joy’ (album review)

For more than three decades, The Jesus and Mary Chain have had an incalculable influence on music. From shoegaze to garage-rock to alt-rock, the Reid brothers’ legacy reaches far and wide, and their music continues to be the standard within these genres. But when a band has been adored for so long and created such high expectations, their return comes with great […]

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SXSW 2017 Recap

SXSW 2017 Recap

Another year of SXSW has concluded. It’s the largest music festival currently in the world, and if you have ever attended, it is quite daunting. Imagine any type of place where you can add a stage and a backline and pretty much every single place within a 20 mile radius of downtown Austin has a band playing in it for […]

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The Matinee March 31st

The Matinee March 31st

It’s Friday!!! To help you end the work week while kicking off the weekend, The Matinee March 31st edition goes a little longer. Instead of the usual six songs, we’ve included nine for your listening pleasure. The extended version reflects the quantity and quality of great new music we’ve been receiving. And we still have the Saturday Sampler to go! […]

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