Tag: Alt-Rock

Thunder on the Left – Rough Trade East, London (photo review)

Thunder on the Left – Rough Trade East, London (photo review)

Gig in a shop. Not a bad idea. Thirty years ago today, I was the Assistant Manager of an Our Price Music branch, which was a national chain of record stores in the UK that got rid of vinyl in favour of CDs and then got rid of those in favour of VHS and mobile phones. No wonder it no […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 21st

The Matinee ’18 February 21st

This week we’ve changed the schedule a bit, so there won’t be a Melodic Tonic. Instead, The Matinee ’18 February 21st edition is today’s spotlight on new music. Due to the last-minute change, the descriptions are tighter than usual, and we would like to send our apologies to the artists and bands that the shorter pieces. For readers and listeners, […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 20th

The Matinee ’18 February 20th

Just like the Winter Olympics, The Matinee ’18 February 20th is dominated by Norwegian artists. There is also a heavy dose of UK bands and only one group from the US. You’ll hear rockers, brooding dark-pop, some retro-soul, and stirring cinematic numbers. Black Gold Buffalo – “Start A Fire” & “Magnets” (London, England) RIYL: Poliça, Desperate Journalist, Wolf Alice The […]

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Quicksilver Daydream – ‘A Thousand Shadows, A Single Flame’ (EP review)

Quicksilver Daydream – ‘A Thousand Shadows, A Single Flame’ (EP review)

 The name Quicksilver Daydream evokes images of horse-drawn caravans crossing the vast deserts of the southwest USA in search for riches and a new life. These are the days when the horizon stretched for miles and uninterrupted by the resident cacti, rattlers, coyotes, and hares. The arid lands, however, have a mystique to them. They are filled with mystery […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 13th

The Matinee ’18 February 13th

The Matinee ’18 February 13th rocks. Literally, the nine songs are predominantly rock tunes – or have basis in rock ‘n roll, indie rock, punk rock, or folk-rock. There is one song, however, that’s beyond categorization. For the most part, this mini-playlist will get the blood flowing, so you can skip that second or third cup of coffee and opt […]

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Saturday Sampler February 10th

Saturday Sampler February 10th

The Saturday Sampler February 10th edition is like a day at the amusement park or Olympics. These nine songs will get your adrenaline flowing and make you scream while others let you catch your breath and lose yourself in the moment. We get things started with one of the nicest guys around.   Shakey Graves – “Kids These Days” (Austin, […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 6th

The Matinee ’18 February 6th

Crowd pleasers. Entertaining and energetic numbers. Warm and intimate ballads. A 17-year old singer-songwriter who will knock your socks off. You’ll find all these things on The Matinee ’18 February 6th edition, so you’re sure to find a new artist that you’ll want to follow to the very end.   BERRIES – “Faults” (London, England) RIYL: The Big Moon, False […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 2nd

The Matinee ’18 February 2nd

The Matinee ’18 February 2nd is filled with music that will help you overcome the Friday blues and prepare you for the weekend. There is a tune from one of punk’s / indie rock’s biggest artists as well as songs from two of our Artists to Watch. If you’re looking to get a pop fix, you’ll get that, too, today. […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 26th

The Matinee ’18 January 26th

Nine songs once again occupy The Matinee ’18 January 26th edition, which has rockers, indie-pop numbers, and innovative electronica. These songs you have to hear to believe. Kicking things off is one of our favorite artists of the past two years.   Annabel Allum – “Beat the Birds” (Guildford, England) RIYL: Fiona Apple, TORRES, Alanis Morissette After blowing us away […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 25th

The Matinee ’18 January 25th

The Matinee ’18 January 25th edition features mostly artists from abroad with a strong focus on the burgeoning indie scenes in Australia and New Zealand. There are also tunes from bands in Europe, but we start things off with one of the great innovators of the past decade and an indie giant. The list is in reverse alphabetical order.   […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – US Edition

The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – US Edition

Here is part two of our daily playlist. The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – US Edition features a few of our all-time favorites plus several impressive newcomers that made us do double takes. There are some incredibly moving and powerful songs while others will get you rocking or dancing. After spinning these songs, check out the part one of The […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – World Edition

The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – World Edition

With so many great songs out, we’re offering another two-part playlist. For this one, The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – World Edition features seven songs from artists in six countries outside of North America. The US edition is now out, and you can listen to it here.   DUETS AND STUFF – “Serve Somebody” (somewhere in Sweden) RIYL: Tennis, Peter […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 19th

The Matinee ’18 January 19th

The Matinee ’18 January 19th includes 9 awesome new tracks to get your weekend kicked off right. We have a nice mix of songs to fill anyone’s specific musical palate. Artists are representing Canada, France, the UK, the US, and Japan. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler and of course our Mega Playlist on Sunday. The […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 16th

The Matinee ’18 January 16th

We obviously have to start the day with a tune from The Cranberries. For many of us, they were one of the bands with whom we grew up and helped us get through the lean high school and college days. Their albums, particularly Everybody Else Is Doing It, so Why Can’t We? and No Need To Argue remain among our […]

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Marcus’ top pix of 2017

Marcus’ top pix of 2017

2017 has been a crazy year for photographing bands. I’ve managed to get a whopping 277 of them in front of my camera. I also had some firsts – first time in a photo pit, first time shooting at a festival, first time a photo has been published, as well as my first of 40 articles for The Revue. I’ve […]

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Saturday Sampler December 9th

Saturday Sampler December 9th

And it all comes to an end… well, sort of. The Saturday Sampler December 9th edition is our very last mini-playlist of 2017. There’s still the Weekend Showcase tomorrow that runs down this past week in music plus our Mega, Mega Playlist of our favorite songs that we will share on New Year’s Eve. In addition, we’ll be sharing our […]

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The Matinee December 7th

The Matinee December 7th

The Matinee December 7th is rarity – each of the nine artists and bands have previously been showcased before, either on one of our daily playlists or in another feature. Some, however, have not released anything new in a little while others are gearing up for a massive 2018. Anna Burch – “Tea-Soaked Letter” (Detroit, USA) RIYL: Jay Som, Fazerdaze, […]

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The Matinee December 5th

The Matinee December 5th

Wendy started the week of with some rockers, and we continue the trend with more upbeat fare on The Matinee December 5th. This is the last week of 2017 that we’ll be sharing new singles, so we may as well go out with a bang.   BEACH RIOT – “She’s a Hurricane” (London/Brighton, England)  RIYL: Queens of the Stone […]

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The Matinee December 4th

The Matinee December 4th

The Matinee December 4th kicks off the first full week of December and is our last Monday Matinee until January. We have six new tracks spanning rock and dream pop for your listening pleasure. Artists are representing Israel, The US and the UK today. We hope you enjoy your week and don’t forget to check back for all of our […]

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The Matinee November 30th

The Matinee November 30th

A strong Commonwealth presence is felt on the Matinee November 30th edition. Of the nine artists and bands featured, eight hail from the UK or Australia and the other one comes from the US. It’s just one of those days where a small part of the world released some of the best new music of the past few days. There […]

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