Category: Music

The Matinee October 3rd

The Matinee October 3rd

The Matinee October 3rd edition has a throwback vibe with many of the songs channeling the sounds of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. There are also some innovative, contemporary tunes, but for those who like the classics will enjoy many of today’s selections.   BEACHWARE – “Rip City” (Auckland, New Zealand) RIYL: Allah-Lahs, Ephrata, Ariel Pink While most of […]

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Nelson Can deliver a knockout blow with the emphatic ‘EP3’ (EP review)

Nelson Can deliver a knockout blow with the emphatic ‘EP3’ (EP review)

Who says a band needs a guitar to be electrifying? Sure, everyone likes a great guitar solo, and shoegaze wouldn’t exist without the steely instrument. But for any doubters of the bass-drum-voice combination, Nelson Can‘s new EP, the unpretentiously named EP3, will change your thoughts on the approach. After performing together for nearly six years, Selina Gin (vocals), Maria Juntunen […]

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Prom Queen showers contrasting brilliance on ‘Doom Wop’ (album review)

Prom Queen showers contrasting brilliance on ‘Doom Wop’ (album review)

Leeni Ramadan is an artistic tour de force. Although she has focused her efforts around her musical project  Prom Queen, her talents extend well beyond writing compositions and lyrics. Her sophomore “record”, Midnight Veil, was a video-based album where the music revolved around the film (see it here). She’s a videographer, and she’s likely a designer given the elaborate costumes […]

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The Matinee October 2nd

The Matinee October 2nd

The Matinee October 2nd includes 6 new amazing tracks to get you started for this new fall week. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today. Artists are representing the US and the UK today. Cavalry – “Heresy” (Liverpool, England) RIYL: Manchester Orchestra, Frightened Rabbit, Local Natives Cavalry have continuously been releasing melodic and atmospheric tracks that command […]

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Alaskalaska

Alaskalaska – Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London (photo review)

Another day, another trip to London’s East End. This time for the launch party for Alaskalaska’s new EP. Bethnal Green is part of London that still feels a bit edgy, despite the encroaching hipster wine bars and craft beer pubs. The Working Men’s Club looks like it probably did in the 1960s with pine-paneled walls, a downstairs bar that sports […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.38

Weekend Showcase 3.38

October has arrived, and the calendar change means cooler temperatures and darker music. The Weekend Showcase 3.38 edition reflects the new season, as there are several pulsating and brooding numbers. The mega-playlist features 55 songs from artists representing 14 countries, including: Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden, the United States, and Wales. […]

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Saturday Sampler September 30th

Saturday Sampler September 30th

It’s the last day of September, which means cooler weather, plenty of pumpkin-infused treats, and stores beginning to bombard us with holiday promotions. But you can overcome all of this with the Saturday Sampler September 30th edition. It features nine blustery songs to welcome the weekend. There’s a bit of everything, but as a whole the mini-playlist is as vibrant […]

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First Impressions: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’ (album review)

First Impressions: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’ (album review)

In 2015, Wolf Alice were the year’s buzziest and fastest-rising band. They went from UK indie darlings to global stars in the blink of an eye, propelled by their debut album, My Love Is Cool. That LP populated dozens of “Best of” and “Favorite” lists, including our own. It was fierce and edgy, but it also surprised with unexpected pop […]

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The Matinee September 29th

The Matinee September 29th

The Matinee September 29th includes 9 amazing track to get the beginning of your weekend started off right. As usual we have an eclectic mix of awesome indie bands and artists for your listening pleasure. We have artists representing Australia, Canada, US, The UK, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden today. Check back tomorrow for more on our Saturday sampler and […]

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Museums tell a modern fairy tale with “Winter 91” (single premiere)

The term cinematic is used (and likely over used) to describe music’s effect on its listeners. These songs feature spellbinding compositions or are reminiscent of ’80s coming-of-age movies. Rarely, though, is a song cinematic in both its sound and story because writing a fresh, innovative, yet personal tale in five minutes or less is an immensely difficult task. So what […]

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The Matinee September 28th

The Matinee September 28th

Rock. That’s pretty much what you will find on The Matinee September 28th edition. There’s no electro- or synth-pop, no indietronica, and not even indie-pop. Every single song today is guitar-driven. Seven of the songs are outright rockers and only two could be considered “pop-rock”. There’s also a huge European flavor, particularly from the UK, on the mini-playlist because, let’s […]

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Anna Pancaldi – ‘Sweet Charity’ (EP review)

Anna Pancaldi – ‘Sweet Charity’ (EP review)

When UK indie music national treasure Johnno Casson describes an artist as “very nice and very talented, too”, there’s every chance s/he is worth a listen. It’s not the first time Anna Pancaldi has received acclaim from those in the know. BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary described Anna’s music as “(r)eally polished…She doesn’t need our help, we need her”, and […]

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Bite the Buffalo

Bite the Buffalo ‘Big Blind’ LP gig – Cargo, London (photo review)

Back in London’s Shoreditch. This time to Cargo for the LP launch event for Bite the Buffalo’s, Big Blind. Cargo is a venue set in three Victorian red brick railway arches. Previously a train workshop, the ghosts of its engineers still inhabit the vaulted halls, as does an actual stuffed lion in one of the bars. Tonight Bite the Buffalo […]

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Peek into ‘Taking It to Heart, vol. 2′ with The Wet Secrets’ unreleased single (premiere)

Peek into ‘Taking It to Heart, vol. 2′ with The Wet Secrets’ unreleased single (premiere)

Nearly a year ago to the day, Calgary-based indie label Treeline Recordings released their first album. It wasn’t, however, any ordinary record. Founder Ryan Montemurro wanted to create a compilation featuring some of the best talents in Canada in order to raise funding for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. Thirteen artists and bands – including The Operators, The […]

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Chelsea Wolfe unleashes the foreboding ‘Hiss Spun’ (album review)

Chelsea Wolfe unleashes the foreboding ‘Hiss Spun’ (album review)

Some people opt to age gracefully, but Chelsea Wolfe has chosen to get louder, harder, and gloomier. She’s still a young 33 years old, and with each passing year and album her sound gets fuller and darker. Her seventh record is, at she told Billboard last week, her most personal, which explains why Hiss Spun is also her heaviest and […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, September 27th

Melodic Tonic ’17, September 27th

The Melodic Tonic ’17, September 27th edition provides the perfect antidote to the mid-week blues – a.k.a. hump day. Most of the tunes will leave you in a relaxed state, and we’ve included the video to one song as it’s a must see. Happy Wednesday everyone.   Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – “Continental Breakfast” (Australia/USA) Lotta Sea Lice by […]

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Imitating Aeroplanes dizzying disco debut ‘Planet Language’ (album review)

Imitating Aeroplanes dizzying disco debut ‘Planet Language’ (album review)

Music tends to follow the seasons. Spring ushers in heart-warming and optimistic numbers. Summer brings over-produced dance and rock anthems. Brooding and gloomy songs, meanwhile, populate autumn and winter. Don’t tell the newly formed super-group Imitating Aeroplanes that they should be introducing music that makes our knees tremble and causes us to lose our minds. Last Friday, the project of […]

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KNIGHTFALL – “Metro Station” ft Nana The Writer (single premiere)

KNIGHTFALL – “Metro Station” ft Nana The Writer (single premiere)

Electronic fans get out your cellphones – or if you’re old-school take out your pens and paper – and jot down the name KNIGHTFALL. Australian fans likely are familiar with Gerard Sidhu and Stephen Docker, who are the masterminds behind Australian synth-pop band Strange Talk and for six years crafted pop-heavy dance tracks perfect for workout playlists (“Cast Away” and […]

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Phoebe Bridgers’ beautiful ‘Stranger in the Alps’ (album review)

Phoebe Bridgers’ beautiful ‘Stranger in the Alps’ (album review)

The music of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers is emotional, intimate, witty, and incredibly relatable. It’s easy to see why Ryan Adams produced and released her 2015 EP, Killer, on his record label. It’s also easy to see why Conor Oberst and Julien Baker tapped her to support their tours when hearing her first LP, Stranger in the Alps, which […]

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The Matinee September 26th

The Matinee September 26th

There is plenty of variety on The Matinee September 26th edition. R&B and soul, ambient electronica, synth-pop, drone neo-psychedelia, twee-pop, bedroom pop, and, of course, indie rock populate the mini-playlist. Each and every single song is worth investing the time because the bands and artists will surprise you with their musical and songwriting talents.   Bully – “Running” (Nashville, USA) […]

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