Tag: Folk Rock

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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The Wild Reeds – ‘The World We Built’ (album review)

The Wild Reeds – ‘The World We Built’ (album review)

Three years ago, The Wild Reeds made a statement with Blind and Brave, which was a cohesive LP that paid homage to the evolution of folk music. This was a record that was meant to be listened to at the cottage or around the campfire, where the rich harmonies and soothing melodies could be heard in the still air. Given […]

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Father John Misty – ‘Pure Comedy’ (album review)

Father John Misty – ‘Pure Comedy’ (album review)

Since 2012, J. Tillman, otherwise known as Father John Misty, has been gradually (and effortlessly) rising in the ranks of the indie scene. Over the course of his two previous records, Misty has managed to not only act as a kind of jester to the serious and often pretentious nature of the industry, but also maintaining a high level of […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Lewis Watson

SXSW 2017 Memories – Lewis Watson

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 Lewis Watson. One of the most […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Ciaran Lavery

SXSW 2017 Memories – Ciaran Lavery

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 Ciaran Lavery. Belfast’s folk-rock singer-songwriter with […]

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Hand Habits by Chantal Anderson

Hand Habits – “Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void)”

Anyone who as heard music created by Meg Duffy can agree that her talent is undeniable. Whether it’s playing guitar for Kevin Morby and supplying this amazing backbone to his music, or her own project, Hand Habits, her music is impressive. Her debut LP as Hand Habits, Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void) is a testament to her skills, both […]

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The Matinee January 16th

The Matinee January 16th

The Matinee January 16th is packed full of awesome indie rock and indie pop for your listening pleasure. Whether you are working today or have the day off to remember the great Martin Luther King, Jr., we hope you find your new favorite song or band today. We have artists representing the UK, the US and Sweden today. Bad Wave – […]

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Saturday Sampler January 14th

Saturday Sampler January 14th

We promise that the Saturday Sampler January 14th edition won’t be like the cult movie parody of Friday the 13th. Instead, expect some awesome music that will ignite your weekend.   The Bay Rays – “Satisfaction” (Kent, England) RIYL: Young the Giant, Catfish and The Bottlemen Let’s get the weekend started with a bang, and Kent trio The Bay Rays have […]

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The Matinee January 13th

The Matinee January 13th

We would like to say that The Matinee January 13th edition is a creepy one, but it is not. Instead, it has the usual cast of great new music for you to discover. So if you’re superstitious, let this mini-playlist help you get through the day.   Carly Van Skaik – “Red Leaves” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: BANKS, Broods, Tessa […]

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The Matinee December 6th

The Matinee December 6th

The Matinee December 6th features a bevy of new artists making waves within indie music circles plus some recognizable stars seeking to firmly take their place among the elite. To kick things off, however, we begin with the premiere of the debut single of a brand new artist.   Girl As Wave – “Polaroid” (New York City, USA) RIYL: Kristin […]

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Taylor Noelle – “Out Of My System”

Taylor Noelle – “Out Of My System”

When music comes out of Nashville, you’d expect country. When an artist comes from Los Angeles, you’d expect indie-rock with a polished edge. Taylor Noelle brings a blend of both, which is hardly surprising since she moved from her native Los Angeles to Nashville to make her music. Out Of My System, Taylor Noelle’s debut EP, reveals a singer-songwriter with […]

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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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The Matinee November 29th

The Matinee November 29th

The Matinee November 29th edition is a hodgepodge of new music delights. Find a perfect 10 songs from artists representing six countries today. There is significant representation from New Zealand and England.   CAIROBI – “Saint” (London, England) RIYL: Elephant Stone, The Black Angels, The Black Lips Over the pass two years, the UK has given us some of the […]

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Monomyth – “Happy Pop Family”

Monomyth – “Happy Pop Family”

Like Alvvays and Nap Eyes, Monomyth are redefining the music of Canada’s East Coast, which has long been associated with Celtic music, The Rankin Family, and Joel Plaskett-style folk rock. Since forming in 2012, the quartet infused a ’70s psychedelic sensibility into the Halifax scene with hheir self-titled, debut EP and their first full-length, Saturnalia Regalia!. Since then, the multi-fronted/multi-songwriters […]

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The Matinee November 9th

The Matinee November 9th

As we all recover from the US Election aftermath, The Matinee November 9th is inspired by something completely different. Last week, Norwegian band Sløtface released “Empire Records”, a tribute to the 1995 movie that helped define a generation with its ensemble cast of characters. Today’s mini-playlist offers nine songs that together could comprise the soundtrack to those coming-of-age movies of […]

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Hiss Golden Messenger – “Heart Like A Levee”

Hiss Golden Messenger – “Heart Like A Levee”

Every new path taken in life brings a set of challenges. The joy, guilt, and soul searching can hit anyone hard in the gut. After the rise from his last record, Lateness of Dancer, M.C. Taylor – the genius behind Hiss Golden Messenger – had to contemplate the choice between being a full-time musician and an exciting job in Ethnography, where […]

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Saturday Sampler October 15th

Saturday Sampler October 15th

The Saturday Sampler October 15th edition offers a fabulous menu of 10 new music singles. While several countries are represented spanning different genres, there is a common theme to what we’re serving. Each song is highly perceptive, examining how judgmental the world has become and urging us live our lives to the fullest. Like all great meals, the Sampler begins with an […]

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Sera – “Rocks!”

Sera – “Rocks!”

Fans of folk music will probably be familiar with Folkstock Records, a prolific boutique label well known for championing new, acoustic folk and roots music. We’ve come to expect excellence from them, but rock? That would be unexpected. Expect the unexpected. Following the release of her fourth album, Little Girl, Welsh singer-songwriter Sera selected a handful of tracks with a […]

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The Matinee October 11th

The Matinee October 11th

The Matinee October 11th has, for the most part, a nostalgic vibe. Songs that take us back decades to times when music was simpler yet arguably more moving. We begin the mini-playlist with one of our favorites and a tribute to a man whose life was taken way too soon.   Big Smoke – “Best Of You” (Melbourne, Australia) RIYL: […]

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The Matinee September 13th

The Matinee September 13th

With so much great music the past couple of weeks, The Matinee September 13th edition has been extended to include nine songs. Unfortunately, there aren’t any “exotic” countries represented, but England, Canada, Iceland, Australia, and the USA are still pretty great. Archive – “Bright Lights” (London, England) RIYL: Massive Attack, Phoria, Mt. Wolf Before there was Röyksopp, Mt. Wolf, and Phoria, […]

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