Tag: classic rock

The Matinee ’18 April 26th

The Matinee ’18 April 26th

The Matinee ’18 April 26th features nine gems that will make you want to relive Thursday. From brooding spine-tinglers to moving dream-pop numbers to exhilarating neo-soul to rockers that welcome spring, we’re convinced today’s mini-playlist will impress if not dazzle you. audiobooks – “Gothenburg” (London, England) RIYL: Alice Glass, Zola Jesus, Esther Joy Some bands’ online success doesn’t always translate […]

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Amen Dunes – ‘Freedom’ (album review)

Amen Dunes – ‘Freedom’ (album review)

Freedom by Amen Dunes Freedom is more than just an ideal. It is also more than a right for us to exercise, for us to specifically to act, speak, and think without fear of repression. In it truest form, however, freedom is a journey with no idea that goes beyond the actions and words. For Damon McMahon, the mastermind behind […]

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Nap Eyes – ‘I’m Bad Now’ (album review)

Nap Eyes – ‘I’m Bad Now’ (album review)

The Velvet Underground were and still are the masters of lo-fi, underground rock ‘n roll. Even after their multiple formulations and dissolutions, they didn’t stray too far from the the light but trippy formula that made them legends. Even Lou Reed stayed close to the sound that he, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Angus MacLise popularized more than forty years […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 2nd

The Matinee ’18 March 2nd

Yesterday’s mini-playlist was filled with under-the-radar talent. The Matinee ’18 March 2nd edition, however, is loaded with indie stars, many of whom dropped brand new tunes yesterday. There is, of course, plenty of hidden gems, although eight of the nine artists listed have been previously featured in this space. As such, you’re likely to recognize a few of the names. […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 1st

The Matinee ’18 March 1st

Two notable characteristics apply to the The Matinee ’18 March 1st edition. First, it is filled with artists and bands who remain under the radar, but they won’t be long. Second, Canadian artists feature prominently on the mini-playlist with five of the nine songs coming from the Great White North. The Matinee commences with a young singer-songwriter with a gift […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 23rd

The Matinee ’18 February 23rd

Plenty of star power is on The Matinee ’18 February 23rd edition, which kicks off with a couple of big time Brooklyn bands and finishes off with a fast-rising singer-songwriter. A few of the artists listed below are also heading to SXSW, so this is as good as a time to start planning who to see.   Parquet Courts – […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 8th

The Matinee ’18 February 8th

The Matinee ’18 February 8th features forward-thinking artists and those rekindling the past with majestic aplomb. This mini-playlist features art-rock; old-school R&B, soul, and dream-folk; ’90s-inspired indie rock; ambient psychedelia; catchy jangle-pop; and some old-fashion slacker rock. We start things off, however, with the surprised new single from a college radio legend.   Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – “Middle […]

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Pearl Charles – ‘Sleepless Dreamer’ (album review)

Pearl Charles – ‘Sleepless Dreamer’ (album review)

Sleepless Dreamer by Pearl Charles “It all feels familiar / Like we’ve lived this life before”, sings Pearl Charles on “All the Boys”, the shimmering opening single of Sleepless Dreamer. Those lines encapsulate the entire album, as a wonderfully familiar feeling streams across the album. In each of the LP’s ten songs, the warm and sunny disposition of the Laurel […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 1st

The Matinee ’18 February 1st

The Matinee ’18 February 1st edition kicks off the second month of the year with nine incredible songs. Some will take you back in time and relive the music of the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Others will take you to the future with their innovative approaches, blurring genres together to form music that can only be described as spectacularly […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 2

Once again, due to the avalanche of new music released this week, today we have two mini-playlists. The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 2 features songs by some familiar names and others you ought to know. To hear Part 1, click here.   Loma – “Relay Runner” (Dripping Springs, TX and New York City, USA) Loma by LOMA RIYL: […]

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Saturday Sampler November 18th

Saturday Sampler November 18th

The Saturday Sampler November 18th is another global affair, featuring nine songs in four languages from artists in three countries. With styles ranging from soul to psych rock to New Wave and pop, these tunes offer something for everyone. Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase playlist includes everything we have shared this week. Today we begin by remembering the […]

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Saturday Sampler November 4th

Saturday Sampler November 4th

The ten songs on the Saturday Sampler November 4th have two things in common. First, a retro vibe filters across each and every one of them with some tunes recalling great bands of the past and others taking classic genres into the future. Second, they are all filled with fantastic stories. A few are cinematic in nature, others are optimistic, […]

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The Matinee October 10th

The Matinee October 10th

While Halloween is coming, The Matinee October 10th edition actually has a touch of spring and summer, which is just perfect for those recovering from the long weekend. The songs are also largely retro, and this is more of a coincidence. As always, we circumnavigate the globe to find the best new music from indie’s hidden gems. Black Sonic Revolver […]

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The Matinee September 28th

The Matinee September 28th

Rock. That’s pretty much what you will find on The Matinee September 28th edition. There’s no electro- or synth-pop, no indietronica, and not even indie-pop. Every single song today is guitar-driven. Seven of the songs are outright rockers and only two could be considered “pop-rock”. There’s also a huge European flavor, particularly from the UK, on the mini-playlist because, let’s […]

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JOSEPH OF MERCURY – ‘JOSEPH OF MERCURY’ (EP review)

JOSEPH OF MERCURY – ‘JOSEPH OF MERCURY’ (EP review)

Every year, a few artists emerge on the scene who completely bowl people over with unforgettable voices and styles that simultaneously feel retro yet fresh. JOSEPH OF MERCURY, the moniker of Joseph W. Salusbury, is one such artist. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter is a throwback to a time when ballads were heartfelt stories and not just songs. Back to a time […]

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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 July 18th

The Matinee July 18th

The Matinee July 18th edition is perfect for these steamy summer nights. The songs are either radiant, dreamy, or really sultry with a wide range of genres included. Reggae, dream-folk, disco-pop, alternative rock, electronic rock, and a slice of Americana are among the selections.   French for Rabbits – “It Will Be Okay” (Wellington via Waikuku Beach, New Zealand) RIYL: […]

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The Matinee July 11th

The Matinee July 11th

The Matinee July 11th is like a grand buffet, offering a diverse and eclectic set of new music from across the globe. There’s dream folk from New Zealand and Australia plus blistering indie rock from England and the USA. Great Britain also offers some savory R&B, synth-pop delights come from Canada, and the country of Norway offers some biting psychedelia. […]

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Indulge in Trevor Sensor’s ‘Andy Warhol’s Dream’ (album review)

Indulge in Trevor Sensor’s ‘Andy Warhol’s Dream’ (album review)

To live inside Trevor Sensor‘s mind for a week or even just a day would be an unforgettable experience. The 23-year old’s first two EPs were met with critical acclaim for his clever yet biting wordplay and old-school folk-rock approach. Yet his real life is also filled with memorable moments, such as his “near-death experience” at SXSW in 2016. The […]

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The Matinee May 23rd

The Matinee May 23rd

The Matinee has nine pretty awesome – o.k., really awesome new music singles. There is a nice range of genres, including a surprisingly ambient electronic track if you so desire. Baby Strange – “Play Me” (Glasgow, Scotland) RIYL: The Clash, The Libertines, Palma Violets When we heard from Scottish trio BABY STRANGE two months ago when they released “Motormind”, we […]

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