Tag: Alt-country

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 5th

The Matinee May 5th

Today is the mother of music days. There is so much great music and albums dropping over the past 6 to 24 hours, and The Matinee May 5th is just a microcosm of this great day.  We have a myriad of tracks for your listening pleasure. We have artists representing Australia, Iceland, Sweden, and the US  We hope you find […]

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The Matinee May 2nd

The Matinee May 2nd

The Matinee May 2nd offers a mix-and-match collection of new music. There are some fiery rockers, some tender folk tunes, and some get-up-and-move songs. Just listen below to discover some great new music from around the globe. Brass Phantoms – “Waiting Up” (Dublin, Ireland) RIYL: Foals, Kasabian, City Calm Down As U2 gets ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of […]

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Mark Blacknell – “The Marching Parade” (single premiere)

Mark Blacknell – “The Marching Parade” (single premiere)

Songwriters write songs. Filmmakers make films. Being both a songwriter and filmmaker, Mark Blacknell fuses visual with audio in his forthcoming single, “The Marching Parade”, which we are delighted to premiere it here today. With over 15 years as a musician, Mark’s eclectic personal history as a war veteran and conservationist informs his style. From the marching rhythm of snares […]

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The Matinee March 21st

The Matinee March 21st

The Matinee March 21st has a strong Canadian flavor, reflecting the burgeoning music in the world’s second-largest country. The mini-playlist is, we must warn you, more somber and even intense. The storytelling in these songs are stellar with the final song the year’s biggest and most beautiful tearjerker. Cigarettes After Sex – “Apocalypse” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Cigarettes After Sex, Rhye, […]

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The Matinee February 21st

The Matinee February 21st

The Matinee February 21st edition is another full-course buffet of new music. The mini-playlist is littered with alumni who are making their second, third, and even fourth appearance in these parts. Of course, there are new artists to discover, too (heck, they all are still waiting to be discovered by the rest of the world). Alex the Astronaut – “Rockstar City” […]

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Brady Toops – “Carolina” (video premiere)

Brady Toops – “Carolina” (video premiere)

The transition from pro baseball player to reality TV star to successful singer-songwriter may seem to encompass everything that anyone could ever want from life. By 2015, Brady Toops had achieved all this and more, yet there was something missing. He reveals: I think I had slowly lost heart, and didn’t realize it. The youthful zeal of my 20s had […]

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First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

Love is Hell. The sentiment that Ryan Adams put forth over a decade ago seems downright prophetic now. His newest LP, Prisoner, is out today via PaxAm, and it finds the Heartbreaker assessing the damages of his battered heart following his divorce last year. The 12 tracks on his 15th album of new material are introspective but not mournful. He’s admitting that he’s […]

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Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

The build-up for Never Closer has been intense, in part because of UK Somgwriter and Broadcaster Tom Robinson’s introduction and updates on the album’s Pledge Music site, but also through the impact of Raphael’s intensely confessional poem “I Come From Ireland”, released as an early single and reviewed in our Saturday Sampler here. Would the album live up to expectations? […]

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The Matinee February 2nd

The Matinee February 2nd

It’s Groundhog Day, but on The Matinee February 2nd you won’t hear any repeats. Well, maybe you will because these nine singles will have you hitting rewind. There is a noticeable Australian focus, which demonstrates the country’s thriving music scene.   Ainsley Farrell – “Lady Long Hair” (Sydney, Australia via California, USA) RIYL: Laura Marling, Damien Jurado, Julia Jacklin One […]

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The Matinee January 26th

The Matinee January 26th

We’re going really deep on today’s The Matinee January 26th edition. Sure, there are a couple of familiar names, but for the most part today’s mini-playlist features hidden gems and bands just getting started. To kick things off, we begin with the premiere of a brand new duo’s debut single.   Bad Flamingo – “Whiskey Lies” (Tennessee, USA) (debut single and […]

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The Matinee January 23rd

The Matinee January 23rd

The Matinee January 23rd includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure. We hope the eclectic choice today brightens up your Monday. We have a mix of indie rock, post-punk rock, electro-pop, punk inspired rock, and country/Americana. Countries represented today include the US, UK, and Sweden. Dead Seem Old – “This Mess Won’t Make Itself” (London, England) RIYL: Dead Seem Old Dead […]

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The Matinee January 20th

The Matinee January 20th

Well, today is one that we have dreaded for a long time, but The Matinee January 20th edition will pick up your spirits. We have a luck nine new songs on the mini-playlist. Some are heart-stoppers, others are mind-blowing rockers, and a couple will have you grooving. Happy weekend everyone (or try to have a happy weekend).   Ryan Adams […]

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The Matinee December 9th

The Matinee December 9th

You won’t find an East Coast bias on The Matinee December 9th edition, as four of the six songs come from America’s western seaboard. But regardless of geography, each song has a retro feel, which is ideal during this time when we should be reminiscing.   The Feelies – “Been Replaced” (Haledon, NJ, USA) RIYL: Wire, Mission of Burma The […]

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The Matinee December 1st

The Matinee December 1st

The Matinee December 1st features 10 songs by artists in seven countries. It’s a more energetic mini-playlist to help you power through the work day and the holiday crowds. For those in the northern hemisphere, the songs will add some heat to the cold, wintry nights. For those in the southern hemisphere, the playlist will add some sizzle to the […]

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Saturday Sampler November 26th

Saturday Sampler November 26th

The Saturday Sampler November 26th takes you around the globe with 10 hot new singles from artists in Australia, England, Germany, and the USA. These artists all have a different sound, but the one thing they share is inspiration from the past. You may be surprised how many of these groups are inspired by groups from “the good ol’ days” […]

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The Matinee November 24th

The Matinee November 24th

On this Thanksgiving Day, we offer a tidy 8 new songs on The Matinee November 24th edition. The mini-playlist is the perfect accompaniment for those looking for a break from eating, watching football, or being with the family or those who need some tune for the (in)digestion hours. If you don’t have the pleasure of celebrating Thanksgiving and are at […]

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Big Smoke – “Time Is Golden”

Big Smoke – “Time Is Golden”

It’s difficult to not think about the circumstances and the journey that went into the development of Big Smoke‘s debut album, Time Is Golden.  For years, the quintet was a hidden gem limited to Melbourne and its surroundings. During this time, however, they became one of the most respected bands within the city and they finally got their break when […]

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The Matinee November 8th

The Matinee November 8th

For Americans, it’s election day. This year’s election has been interesting to say the least. We hope these six songs get you motivated to cast your ballot if you have not already. For all you citizens from around the world, here are some tunes to get you moving on this fine fall Tuesday. We have artists representing the US, the […]

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Saturday Sampler November 5th

Saturday Sampler November 5th

There is a bit of everything on the Saturday Sampler November 5th edition. From electronic to ambient, Irish folk to alt-country, neo-psychedelia to seismic indie rock, you will hear it below. Enjoy the first weekend of November!   Bonobo – “Kerala” (Los Angeles, USA via Brighton, England) RIYL: Tycho, Four Tet, Emancipator Ambient electronic artist Simon Green – aka Bonobo – expresses […]

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