Category: The Revue

Music Makers Festival 2017, London (photo essay)

Music Makers Festival 2017, London (photo essay)

Omnibus Theatre was the venue in August for the first of hopefully many Music Makers Festivals. The cute little theatre was the perfect setting for the two days of music, which were brilliantly organized by Albert Man and Manoja Ullmann. The festival showcased some of the underrated (and even quirky) talent from around the UK and Ireland. Here’s a run […]

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LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’ (album review)

LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’ (album review)

Sometimes with an album review it’s difficult to properly convey the range of emotions that are expressed throughout a record. Not so with the newest, post-breakup album by seminal New York band LCD Soundsystem. Six years ago the band disappeared, and with that their sonically danceable music seemed to belong to the history books. They have since reunited for their […]

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The Matinee September 5th

The Matinee September 5th

From heart-wrenching stories to shimmering pop anthems to songs that defy a single genre, The Matinee September 5th edition will help you recover from the long weekend. Once again, nine songs occupy today’s mini-playlist with the artists coming from five continents. For the first song, you might want to have some Kleenex nearby. Anna Tivel – “Dark Chandelier” (Portland, OR […]

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INHEAVEN – ‘INHEAVEN’ (album review)

INHEAVEN – ‘INHEAVEN’ (album review)

On October 2015, INHEAVEN landed on Earth with the release of their debut single, “Regeneration”, and the South London quartet skyrocketed to become one of the UK’s buzziest bands. In the 23 months since, INHEAVEN have meticulously and methodically released singles while piling into their van and bringing their ’90s-inspired alternative rock to the people. The approach is old-school, but […]

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JOSEPH OF MERCURY – ‘JOSEPH OF MERCURY’ (EP review)

JOSEPH OF MERCURY – ‘JOSEPH OF MERCURY’ (EP review)

Every year, a few artists emerge on the scene who completely bowl people over with unforgettable voices and styles that simultaneously feel retro yet fresh. JOSEPH OF MERCURY, the moniker of Joseph W. Salusbury, is one such artist. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter is a throwback to a time when ballads were heartfelt stories and not just songs. Back to a time […]

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The Matinee September 4th

The Matinee September 4th

The Matinee September 4th is an eclectic blend of indie rock tracks that will get you moving on this holiday Monday (for US folks anyway). We hope you find your new favorite song or band today. Artists are representing Sweden, the US and the UK today. Beachtape – “Through & Through” (Brighton, UK) RIYL: Dinosaur Jr, Mudhoney, Sarn Beachtape have […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.34

Weekend Showcase 3.34

On this first weekend of September – a long weekend for some around the world – let the sparks fly with the Weekend Showcase 3.34 edition. This mega-playlist features 52 fantastic new songs, including a few song-of-the-year candidates. So sit back, grab a cold one, and play these sweet tunes by artists representing 12 countries. They are Australia, Canada, Denmark, […]

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Saturday Sampler September 2nd

Saturday Sampler September 2nd

Since it is the long weekend in many parts of the world, the Saturday Sampler September 2nd edition has ten songs. Nine of them are new, and one is from a few years ago and a remix at that. We’re sharing it today because it’s one of the great remixes of all-time and features two of indie’s great bands. The […]

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The Matinee September 1st

The Matinee September 1st

The Matinee September 1st includes some awesome new songs to get you ready for the long weekend in much of the world or celebrate Father’s Day in New Zealand and Australia. We hope you find your new favorite track or band, who come from Canada, Norway, Sweden, England, and the USA. Wy – “You + I” (Malmö, Sweden) RIYL: Cults, […]

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Blake Berglund – ‘Realms’ (album premiere)

Making music is tough. Selling music is even tougher, so when you hear of an artist who pounded the streets to sell his CDs door-to-door, you know you’ve found someone with a passion to share their sounds. Blake Berglund is just such an artist, using the opportunity to talk with people about music while bringing in money to move his […]

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The Matinee August 31st

The Matinee August 31st

Most of the nine songs on the Matinee August 31st edition could be considered throwbacks. The artists channel some of the legendary artists and genres in music, but transforming them with a modern twist. There are a couple, though, who are just innovators. Some would even say pioneers. Take a listen below. Oh, you might want to have some popcorn […]

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Nadine Shah – ‘Holiday Destination’ (album review)

Nadine Shah – ‘Holiday Destination’ (album review)

Holiday Destination by Nadine Shah In her five-year career, Nadine Shah has established herself as one of music’s most gifted singer-songwriters. Her debut album, Love Your Dum and Mad, was a hard-charging, intelligent introduction. She followed that up with the more purposeful and brooding, Fast Food. Each record astutely conveyed hidden meanings, as Shah took the listener on a roller […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, August 30th

Melodic Tonic ’17, August 30th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is a dark and stormy blend. We start with some brooding synth-pop and add in some art rock, a dash of Icelandic soul, and end with a double shot of Americana.   Zola Jesus – “Siphon” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Austra, Phantogram, PJ Harvey Zola Jesus has the dark equivalent of a Midas touch […]

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The Matinee August 29th

The Matinee August 29th

Simplicity can be beautiful, exhilarating, and brilliant, and this is the theme of The Matinee August 29th edition. Even the most uplifting and exciting song doesn’t need a whole of instruments and textures to get the adrenaline flowing. We start things off with a band that has long perfected this art. The National – “Day I Die” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: […]

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Widowspeak – ‘Expect the Best’ (album review)

Widowspeak – ‘Expect the Best’ (album review)

A pattern has emerged in Widowspeak‘s albums. Their self-titled debut was stripped back, deliciously haunting dream-folk – or what they characterize as cowboy grunge, dream country, or earthtone pop. Almanac saw Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas III aim higher, adopting a more widescreen approach to transform the dreamy music into an ethereal experience. Their 2015 full-length, the engrossing All […]

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Gordi – ‘Reservoir’ (album review)

Gordi – ‘Reservoir’ (album review)

Reservoir by Gordi The past 24 months have been a whirlwind for Sophie Payten, who goes by the alias Gordi. She rocketed to Triple-J fame with her cover of Courtney Barnett’s hit, “Avant Gardener”, and her debut EP, Clever Disguise, was a critical darling. She toured internationally solo and occasionally as part of Justin Vernon’s/Bon Iver’s band. Within this busy […]

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The Matinee August 28th

The Matinee August 28th

Today is a mix of six songs that will hopefully get our minds off the major flooding and destruction from Hurricane Harvey going on in Texas. Our hearts go out to those affected. For this Monday, we have a mix of heart pounding rock, genre crossing indie rock, and smooth electro/synth pop. We inadvertently have an all male cast today. […]

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Fluffer Pit Parties – Deap Vally, Baby in Vain, and Yassassin (photo essay)

Fluffer Pit Parties – Deap Vally, Baby in Vain, and Yassassin (photo essay)

Deap Vally Not only is Deap Vally‘s Femejism one of my favourite names for an album; it’s quite possibly one of my favourite albums of all-time. Rarely do you find an album where you like every single song! Hearing it live is even better. Fresh from the airport by the sounds of their tales, the Californian duo headlined a night […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.33

Weekend Showcase 3.33

Can you believe that it’s already the final week of August? Summer is almost but the music still sizzles, and the Weekend Showcase 3.33 edition is the evidence. Fifty-four (54) songs are on the playlist, and the artists represent 16 countries. They include: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, […]

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Saturday Sampler August 26th

Saturday Sampler August 26th

Yesterday, Wendy and Ben featured only two artists from the US on The Matinee August 25th edition. For the Saturday Sampler August 26th version, Hollie and Ben have upped the ante and opted to just have one American band. Do we succeed? Of course we did! The selection on the Sampler is enticing, featuring songs from artists in seven countries. […]

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