Category: Music

Two Cartoons – ‘The Great British Hangover’ (EP review)

Two Cartoons – ‘The Great British Hangover’ (EP review)

Laughter is the best medicine for everything, especially during these bizarre days. With the world resembling more like The Twilight Zone which makes Shortland Street seem sensible, these times scream for a Pavement or Stephen Malkmus revival. That doesn’t seem likely, so to whom do we turn to get a dose of fantasy, humor, and entertainment? Look to New Zealand, […]

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Melanie Crew – ‘Midnight Sounds’ (EP review)

Melanie Crew – ‘Midnight Sounds’ (EP review)

As the tinsel and trees start to emerge ahead of the holiday season, it’s refreshing to find something simple and authentic. Meet Melanie Crew. Pure voice, simple acoustic accompaniment, and slice-of-life lyrics. Recorded and produced at her home in London, her music is a testament to musical integrity. Melanie Crew released her third EP, Midnight Sounds, just a few weeks […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th

The Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th edition features powerful American voices with equally powerful messages. But sprinkled between the well-known names are two new bands with unforgettable sounds. Today’s playlist begins with one of music’s finest (and fiercest) voices. Brandi Carlile – “The Joke” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Indigo Girls, Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michaelson American singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile is one of […]

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Pissed Jeans – Electric Ballroom, London (photo review)

Pissed Jeans – Electric Ballroom, London (photo review)

A night of three faces of punk rock at Camden’s Electric Ballroom – from the haven of grunge punk to full on hardcore punk-rock with a diversion through the weird and wonderful, too. Saturday night in the heart of trendy North London could never be called dull. Scrap Brain DEMO by SCRAP BRAIN DIY grunge punks. Why write songs that […]

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Glass Spells – “I Know What I Want” (single premiere)

Glass Spells – “I Know What I Want” (single premiere)

It’s been four years since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released Mosquito, and there hasn’t been any news about them getting back into the studio and recording a new album. Their performance in Brooklyn last week offers a glimmer of hope, but until they say something we’ll keep our hopes to a minimum. While we wait for Karen O-fronted band to […]

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The Matinee November 15th

The Matinee November 15th

We’ve changed things up today, so instead of the Melodic Tonic we’re sharing The Matinee November 15th edition. The mini-playlist’s tile might be different and the author is the other guy, but one thing is definitely the same – you’ll only find great new music from around the globe. And since we’ve already stirred the pot, the artists/bands are listed […]

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The Academic – Live at Dingwalls, London (photo essay)

The Academic – Live at Dingwalls, London (photo essay)

The Academic The Academic. Remember that name because I think you’ll be hearing a lot more from them next year (and we’ve already covered their music for some time). The fantastic Irish indie band performed the perfect set on Wednesday evening at Dingwalls in Camden, London. Opening with their latest single “Permanent Vacation”, they had the busy crowd singing along […]

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Angel Olsen – ‘Phases’ (album review)

Angel Olsen – ‘Phases’ (album review)

Phases by Angel Olsen Angel Olsen is one of the most compelling songwriters and performers in the world. Her lyrics can be heart-wrenching, surreal, or frantic, and her voice always suits her words. Whether it’s her frenetic screaming on “Shut Up Kiss Me” or the brooding “White Fire”, Olsen crafts her music perfectly, which is why it is a bit […]

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Kingdom of Birds – “Lined Paper Song” (single premiere)

Kingdom of Birds – “Lined Paper Song” (single premiere)

So, what were you doing before you turned 15 years old? It likely wasn’t recording rock songs and sharing it around the world with tastemakers applauding your work. Then again, young upstarts Kingdom of Birds, who have been releasing and recording music for more than a year, are pretty unique. They are also one of the biggest surprises of the […]

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The Matinee November 14th

The Matinee November 14th

The Matinee November 14th features a mix of alumni and newcomers (there is one band that is brand new). Some songs have a classic vibe while others are redefining the meaning of innovation. Cones – “Later” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Air, Summer Heart, Day Wave Just because the temperatures are dropping in the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mean that the music, […]

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Julien Baker – Union Chapel, London (photo review)

Julien Baker – Union Chapel, London (photo review)

The Union Chapel is found in the middle of a Georgian terrace of houses and set back from Islington’s busy Upper Street. The venue is as it appears – a church with high-arched ceilings, lofted galleries, stained glass windows, and ancient pews and pulpit. It has, however, an upstairs bar and a stage where the altar would have been. The […]

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Fever High – ‘FHNY’ (album review)

Fever High – ‘FHNY’ (album review)

When a band gets Jeff Goldblum to do a cameo on one of their songs, they must have two qualities: a) creative minds, and b) a great sense of humor. Reni Lane and Anna Noreen of Fever High have both in spades. The Brooklyn-based duo are retro-fying synth-pop and New Wave to their early days while infusing some surprising elements. The result […]

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Holy Wars – ‘Mother Father’ (EP review)

Holy Wars – ‘Mother Father’ (EP review)

Courage is often associated with physical strength and daring feats. It can, however, be displayed in many other ways, such as persevering through fear, danger, or difficulty, or revealing your naked self for the world to see, hear, and critique. For Kat Leon – née Katherine Pawlak – her courage is revealed on the debut EP from her new project, Holy […]

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The Matinee November 13th

The Matinee November 13th

The Matinee November 13th includes 6 new tracks to get your fall week started off right. We have a nice mix of synth-pop, electro-pop, and captivating indie rock. Bands are representing the US, England, and Sweden today. Cavalry – “Black” (Liverpool, England) RIYL: The Boxer Rebellion, The Airborne Toxic Event, Frightened Rabbit With each new release, Cavalry continue to prove […]

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Saturday Sampler November 11th

Saturday Sampler November 11th

The menu for the Saturday Sampler November 11th edition features an enticing array of new music entrées. Some of the offerings will brighten your palette. Others are more subtle, but when you’ve finished sampling them you’ll be asking for more. There are also some sweet notes to finish that provide the perfect ending to this nine-course music feast.   Black […]

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The Matinee November 10th

The Matinee November 10th

The Matinee November 10th edition is another trip around the world and across music genres. There are some intimate and personal numbers, cathartic political statements, and just some fun tunes. Crack open your favorite beverage and start the weekend with these nine songs. The Boxer Rebellion – “Love Yourself” (London, England) RIYL: Frightened Rabbit, Editors, Phosphorescent When The Boxer Rebellion […]

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Lavender Child delivers ethereal bliss on her debut single “Happy Illusions” (premiere)

Lavender Child delivers ethereal bliss on her debut single “Happy Illusions” (premiere)

You’re never too old to believe in fairy tales or fantasies. They are the temporary outlets from reality, where for a moment we can pretend to be a hero, royalty, a character from another dimension, or even a celestial being. Or maybe the stories take us to imaginary and mythical place, where we dance with the fairies and elves in […]

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The Matinee November 9th

The Matinee November 9th

The Matinee November 9th edition is filled with alumni. As a result, the artists and bands are listed in reverse alphabetical order once again so those at the end of the alphabet get their time at the top. There is one newcomer to the list, but they’ve been around for a couple of years. We’ve also changed things up a […]

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Lahayna – ‘Lahayna’ (album review)

Lahayna – ‘Lahayna’ (album review)

It’s rare to find a band that hits its stride immediately, which is what Lahayna accomplished with their debut single, “In the City”, back in 2007, achieving UK music history by reaching #33 in the Official UK Singles Chart, despite being unsigned and with no radio airplay or industry support. The band’s bassist, Chris Church, explains: “We built a dedicated […]

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Stillwave – ‘Sell Another Soul’ (album review)

Stillwave – ‘Sell Another Soul’ (album review)

What would be oblivion sound like should it ever occur? Would it be bold and beautiful, explosive and searing, or a brooding experience done in slow motion? It likely would be all of the above, and the soundtrack for this historical moment would be Stillwave‘s debut album, Sell Another Soul. The record encompasses the multiple facets of the long-time favorites […]

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