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The Matinee June 16th

The Matinee June 16th

The Matinee June 16th is a new music kaleidoscope, offering a few choice selections from different genres. Wendy usually joins me on Fridays, but she’s off on holiday. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the samplings below. Arcade Fire – “Creature Comfort” (Montreal, Canada) RIYL: Arcade Fire Admittedly, we weren’t terribly ecstatic by Arcade Fire‘s first single for their new album, “Everything Now”. […]

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Aldous Harding – ‘Party’ (album review)

Aldous Harding – ‘Party’ (album review)

The art work for Aldous Harding‘s debut album featured the Lyttleton, New Zealand native. She is situated in a field of brush donning a Liquor Centre ball cap, and her face is solemn. The image provided insights into what Aldous Harding would be – a calm, serene collection of intimate folk music. Her sophomore album, Party, is like the flip […]

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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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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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The Matinee March 30th

The Matinee March 30th

The Matinee March 30th edition features nine songs with the “wow” factor. Songs that will take you to heaven, others that will take you back in time, many that will just steal your breath way, and others that will have your rocking. We start things off with a singer-songwriter on the verge of international stardom.   Aldous Harding – “Imagining […]

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Saturday Sampler March 25th

Saturday Sampler March 25th

The Saturday Sampler March 25th edition sizzles with international singles from Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, and the US. These nine songs are the high-energy soundtrack to your weekend. Hopefully you’ll discover a new favorite artist while you enjoy some new tunes from established groups. Be sure to check out our Weekend Showcase tomorrow for all the music we have shared since […]

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The Matinee February 14th

The Matinee February 14th

It’s Valentine’s Day, and we have dedicated The Matinee February 14th edition to love songs!!!…. Did you actually believe that? There’s no chance we do that. Instead, we’re just going share awesome music like we always do. The love songs can wait another day (it’s not like they are an endangered species).   Aldous Harding – “Horizon” (Lyttleton, New Zealand) RIYL: […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17 February 1st

Melodic Tonic ’17 February 1st

Are you ready for an emotional rollercoaster ride? Your mid-week serving of new music cocktails on the Melodic Tonic ’17 February 1st edition features seven tunes guaranteed to soothe, energize, and distract  you from everything else that’s going on in the world!   Ambiere – “Tree of Life” (Manchester, England) RIYL: Portishead, The XX, Florence + The Machine The lush, hypnotic […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 13

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 13

Welcome to another week of new music cocktails – a.k.a. Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 13! This week we’re basking in the beauty of springtime blooms (that’s code for “sneezing our fool heads off due to pollen”), and as such, there’s a mellower theme at play here. Some days you just need gentler tunes to alleviate the aching allergy headaches. So […]

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Purity Ring – “another eternity”

Purity Ring – “another eternity”

The release of a sophomore album for a highly buzzed, electro-pop act can be a dicey game. If the new material veers too close to true “pop”, the the fan base might cry foul. If it swings the other way, it could suffer too much from “sameness” or lose the edge that made early material so well regarded. Edmonton, Alberta duo Corin […]

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