Tag: Americana

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th

Breathe in the calming tones of the Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th edition. These six artists from Sweden and Italy to England, Australia, and the US will restore your sanity amid the hectic pace of the holiday season. Sit back and let these artists take you to a more blissful place. Calexico – “Voices in the Field” (Tucson, AZ USA) […]

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The Matinee November 28th

The Matinee November 28th

Nine songs from artists and bands representing multiple countries. It’s what you expect to find on The Matinee November 28th edition. Six of the songs are from Europe, two from Australasia, and the final one from an American band we’ve come to really adore. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these great new tunes.   Annie Taylor – “Wasted Youth” (Zurich, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th

The Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th edition features powerful American voices with equally powerful messages. But sprinkled between the well-known names are two new bands with unforgettable sounds. Today’s playlist begins with one of music’s finest (and fiercest) voices. Brandi Carlile – “The Joke” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Indigo Girls, Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michaelson American singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile is one of […]

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The Matinee November 3rd

The Matinee November 3rd

The Matinee November 3rd features get-up-on-your feet tunes, emotionally-moving numbers, and a song by a band with one of the great names in music history. You will be entertained, stunned, and just amazed by the talents of these nine bands and artists. Things get started with a humdinger of a disco-pop tune. argonaut&wasp – “Prove It To You” (Brooklyn, USA) […]

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Wand’s sweetly precocious ‘Plum’ (album review)

Wand’s sweetly precocious ‘Plum’ (album review)

Set aside all expectations when listening to Wand‘s fourth studio album, Plum. It isn’t the raucous wrecking ball that was Golem or the hurtling garage-rock meteor of Ganglion Reef. The record isn’t even the blistering bleakness heard on 1000 Days. Instead, the Los Angeles-based quintet have reinvented themselves with an expansive record, though the band’s intelligent and observant songwriting remains. Musically, […]

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The Matinee September 22nd

The Matinee September 22nd

As we do every Friday, The Matinee September 22nd has nine songs to help you kick off the weekend. We kick things off a bit differently, featuring one of the great indie-rock artists and arguably the best songwriter of her generation as well as the return of a great UK band.   Angel Olsen – “Special” (Asheville, NC, USA) RIYL: […]

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Saturday Sampler September 16th

Saturday Sampler September 16th

The weekend playlist known as the Saturday Sampler September 16th edition rocks, rolls, and dives deep into the new music sea. This international affair includes nine new singles from Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Sweden, and the USA. We kick things off with weekend-appropriate dance tunes from one of Australia’s most beloved synth-pop bands. Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase […]

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The Matinee August 15th

The Matinee August 15th

The Matinee August 15th will hopefully get you focused on the tasks at hand. Who are we kidding. The ten songs will have you contemplating the events of the world, reflect on your past, and mostly entertain you. As you listen to each song, hopefully you’ll fall head over heels for the artists and bands like we have. We kick […]

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The Matinee July 3rd

The Matinee July 3rd

The Matinee July 3rd is full of awesome new tunes for all of you state side listeners that might be enjoying a 4 day weekend. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. Artists are representing Canada, The UK and the US today. BOYS – “Dreamland” (London, England) RIYL: The Drums, Beach Fossils, Ducktails “Dreamland” is the newest […]

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Saturday Sampler July 1st

Saturday Sampler July 1st

Happy Canada Day! We could have prepared a Canada Day playlist, but in true Canadian spirit we’ve decided to celebrate the beautiful mosaic of new music across the globe. Some of the songs are by recognizable artists, and they are standing next to bands and musicians awaiting their major breakthrough. Enjoy the holiday weekend Canada and may everyone else have […]

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The Matinee June 29th

The Matinee June 29th

We’re circling the globe once again to provide you with new music on The Matinee June 29th edition. Eight countries (nine if you count one artist representing two nations) are represented. The one country represented twice is not the USA. Easy hint: the mini-playlist is bookend by artists from Down Under. Alex Cameron – “Candy May” (Sydney, Australia) RIYL: Kevin […]

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The Matinee June 27th

The Matinee June 27th

The Matinee June 27th features another set of nine terrific songs. There is one song that might have you doing a double take since it’s not often we profile a country/bluegrass/Americana artist. But like so many of the artists we have featured and showcase today, he’s one excellent singer-songwriter. First, however, we kick things off with a duo who have […]

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Saturday Sampler June 24th

Saturday Sampler June 24th

For the first weekend of summer, the Saturday Sampler June 24th edition offers plenty of sizzling tunes. These nine singles from artists in Australia, England, Ireland, Norway, and the US are the perfect soundtrack for your weekend plans. We hope you’ll discover a new favorite among these gems! Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase will include every tune we’ve […]

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The Matinee May 30th

The Matinee May 30th

We truly are mining indie music’s hidden gems on The Matinee May 30th edition. Every single one of the nine artists and bands featured below have fewer than 1200 Facebook followers. Some even have yet to hit triple digits and have a very minimal social media presence. That’s how “new” they are, but they deserve your complete attention for creating […]

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The Matinee May 25th

The Matinee May 25th

The Matinee May 25th edition gets the weekend started early with nine songs that will blow you away. Some are ferocious anthems and others will have you uttering three letters, “OMG”. Let’s get to it shall we. Bergfilm – “Nostalgic Love” (Cologne, Germany) RIYL: David Bowie, Joseph of Mercury, David Byrne It’s not often we say this but… don’t pay […]

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The Matinee May 9th

The Matinee May 9th

The Matinee May 9th edition explores eight countries for new music with wide-ranging genres. You won’t find two songs that sound alike here. Prepare to be amazed by these 9 talented bands and artists who hail from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden, and the USA.   Attic Giant – “Blow” (Vienna, Austria) RIYL: Phox, The Head and the Heart, Shovels […]

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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 April 28th

The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th is like a high school reunion, as each of the nine artists / bands featured today have occupied past playlists and/or have had their albums reviewed. This is a first for us. Algiers – “The Underside of Power” (Atlanta, USA) RIYL: TV on the Radio, Benjamin Booker, Leon Bridges Atlanta-based indie rockers Algiers are one of […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – The National Parks

SXSW 2017 Memories – The National Parks

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including The National Parks. The band from […]

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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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