Tag: alternative

The Matinee October 16th

The Matinee October 16th

The Matinee October 16th has a tad bit of an ACL Festival slant here as we just wrapped up another successful weekend. Some songs are from bands that played the festival and ones that we happened to run into at ACL. We hope you find your new favorite artist or band today. Artists are representing Brazil,  Canada, the US, and […]

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October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

In the Summer, I got some business cards printed. I had to choose 10 photos from the 1000s I’ve taken to go on the back of them. One of those had to be October Drift. I “discovered” October Drift playing a support slot for Echobelly in June. I was one of only two photographers who had turned up early and […]

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Otherkin’s fast and furious ‘OK’ (album review)

Otherkin’s fast and furious ‘OK’ (album review)

As U2 are set to release their fourteenth studio album, Songs of Experience, later this autumn, it’s time to ask the question, “Who is Dublin’s next great band?” Is there a band out there that possesses the same energy and thoughtful songwriting of U2’s youthful days, when records like Boy, War, and The Joshua Tree were part of political and […]

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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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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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Tired Lion unleash their fury on ‘Dumb Days’ (album review)

Tired Lion unleash their fury on ‘Dumb Days’ (album review)

Australia-based Triple J’s family of radio stations are among the very best in the world. Their dedication to independent music globally and within the country is unmatched, and each year they hand out several awards to celebrate Oz’s finest indie bands and artists. One of the awards (and arguably the most popular) is Unearthed Artist of the Year. Past winners […]

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Charly Bliss

Charly Bliss & Whenyoung – Old Blue Last, London (photo review)

Charly Bliss pitched up in London’s East End to play only their second ever non-US gig. The Old Blue Last pub is a real East End boozer. It’s a Victorian building on the corner of a cross-roads, and it has a tight upstairs venue that has seen most of the bands in “the scene” over the years. Tonight saw Charly […]

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Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, Camden, London. 8th September 2017 Toronto-based Alvvays came to KOKO to play tribute to their new album, Antisocialites. KOKO is an old Victorian-style theatre with steeply banked levels and balconies overlooking a crowded dance floor. It’s gone through other incarnations (I used to go clubbing there when it was Camden Palace), and the opulent red and gold chamber […]

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The Matinee September 12th

The Matinee September 12th

From bone-jarring stunners to body-moving disco glam-rockers and amusing indie rock, The Matinee September 12th edition will hopefully brighten up your Tuesday. Anna Leone – “My Soul I” (Stockholm, Sweden) RIYL: Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Miya Folick The Matinee kicks off with a song from a newcomer who will blow you away. Before you press play, find a place where […]

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The Matinee September 7th

The Matinee September 7th

Around and around we go, where The Matinee September 7th edition stops, no one knows! Well, we do know where it stops: today’s mini-playlist visits a country for the first time. Eight new songs are featured below, including the latest by one of indie’s greats, plus a 2008 single from one of the most underrated artists of our time.   […]

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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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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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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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The Matinee August 25th

The Matinee August 25th

From a powerful political song to some cool rockers to a groovy disco-pop number, The Matinee August 25th is the perfect way to spend Friday. There are some newcomers, a couple of bands who disappeared but then returned, and a legendary group who offered another surprise.   Baula – “Nova” (Gothenburg, Sweden) RIYL: Lisa Hannigan, Ali Beletic, Land of Talk In […]

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The Matinee August 24th

The Matinee August 24th

Whether you’re looking for an edgy, post-apocalyptic song; a get-of-your-seat Motown number; some gnarly indie-rock; or something foul yet delightfully intoxicating from a Dark Angel, The Matinee August 24th will fit your mood. Nine songs once occupy today’s mini-playlist, featuring several artists and bands who will be releasing some of the most highly-anticipated records of the fall. Chelsea Wolfe – […]

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The Matinee August 17th

The Matinee August 17th

The Matinee August 17th edition features nine songs to delight your senses – and some will bring you to your knees. You’ll want to dance and shimmy your shoulders, rock out, and even laugh out loud at times. So sit back and enjoy these new music treats. The first one, though, requires you to be sitting down with the tissues […]

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The Matinee August 10th

The Matinee August 10th

Around the world we go and where we stop is… The Matinee August 10th edition, of course! Just yesterday, Ben was watching The War on Drugs perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and we were pondering who could be the next indie band or artist to play on one of the late-night talk shows. Our mini-playlist today, as such, reflects who we […]

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Saturday Sampler August 5th

Saturday Sampler August 5th

As we head into the final weeks of summer, it’s time to sit back and reminiscent about its first half, especially given how warm and humid it is in many parts of the world. So instead of blasting sweat-inducing number, the Saturday Sampler August 5th edition features nine songs that offer a reprieve from the heat. We kick things off […]

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Standon Calling 2017 – photo review

Standon Calling 2017 – photo review

Standon Calling Festival in Hertfordshire (UK) took place over three rainy days in July. The festival, in its 12th year, feels like a family-friendly country fair that got a bit out of hand, with dog shows, fancy dress competitions, drag acts, and a swimming pool included. Oh and some music. Here are some of my music highlights from Saturday and […]

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