Tag: Folk Rock

Roxanne De Bastion – “The Painter” (single premiere)

Roxanne De Bastion – “The Painter” (single premiere)

Occasionally an artist shows up who is absolutely, definitely, poised for something special. Roxanne De Bastion fills that category perfectly. Oozing potential through the sweeping soundscapes of her music and the totally relatability of her lyrics, De Bastion is already coming to the attention of the great and the good of the music industry. She can be confident that her […]

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Ratboys – ‘GN’ (album review)

Ratboys – ‘GN’ (album review)

GN by Ratboys “Ratboys are your new favorite band” screams out the headline on the Chicago-based band’s press kit. Those are bold words in an era full of bands battling to be heard and embraced by old and new generations of music fans. While such a proclamation would be dismissed as just ultra-exuberance, Ratboys back up the statement on their […]

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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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A wander through Kevin Morby’s ‘City Music’ (album review)

A wander through Kevin Morby’s ‘City Music’ (album review)

Humans of New York is one of the internet’s most captivating websites, sharing stories about the people born in the Big Apple and those who moved there to start new lives. From the heartbreaking to the inspiring, from successes to those struggling to survive, the site puts a human face to one of the world’s most chaotic and exhilarating metropolises […]

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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 June 15th

The Matinee June 15th

Like yesterday’s Melodic Tonic, we’ve scoured the globe for new music for The Matinee June 15th edition. The mini-playlist is bookended with two very familiar names. In between, you’ll find a mix of long-time favorites and a new artist making big splashes overseas. We start things off, however, with a song that isn’t so new but might be for younger […]

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Big Thief – ‘Capacity’ (album review)

Big Thief – ‘Capacity’ (album review)

Last year, Brooklyn’s Big Thief released their first LP, Masterpiece, an album which solidified the Brooklyn-based quartet as one of the best new bands. Almost immediately after Masterpiece appeared on countless year-end lists, Big Thief announced their second record, Capacity. It seemed a fairly short amount of time between records, as many people, including myself, were still immensely enjoying their […]

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The Matinee May 26th

The Matinee May 26th

The Matinee May 26th kicks off the long weekend with nine amazing new music singles. Most of these songs will get you up (and possibly off) your feet, but there are a couple of songs that will have you contemplating your existence. Black Sonic Revolver – “So Many Ways” (Manchester, England) RIYL: Brian Jonestown Massacre, Bass Drum of Death, Night […]

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Quinn Devlin & the Bridge Street Kings – ‘Sweet Thursday’ (EP review)

Quinn Devlin & the Bridge Street Kings – ‘Sweet Thursday’ (EP review)

As time passes, Quinn Devlin is finding more ways to welcome us to his inner world. This time he’s opened his doors to optimism and four new tunes that will make you want to walk out in the sunset and dance. In a perfect marriage between Bad Company and Van Morrison, Quinn Devlin & the Bridge Street Kings‘ new EP, Sweet […]

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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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John Moreland – ‘Big Bad Luv’ (album review)

John Moreland – ‘Big Bad Luv’ (album review)

John Moreland has a gift for creating something beautiful out of the downtrodden and misunderstood. One of today’s top songwriters, Moreland has been gaining career speed since the release of his 2013 debut, In The Throes. In 2015 he followed that up with High on Tulsa Heat to critical acclaim (read our review of that here.) Both albums showcase Moreland’s songwriting […]

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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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Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings – “Three Star Cellophane Cocaine Brain” (single premiere)

Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings – “Three Star Cellophane Cocaine Brain” (single premiere)

We’re going to make a bold prediction right now: Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings will grace the Quad Stage at Newport Folk Festival within five years (and probably less). This collective from New York City is that good. They first caught our attention last October with “Deep In Your Heart,” a classic soul/folk-rock song that echoes Van Morrison back in the […]

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Feist – ‘Pleasure’ (album review)

Feist – ‘Pleasure’ (album review)

For many, Leslie Feist will always be one of the memorable associates of Broken Social Scene; for others she’s better known as a solo artist. Most likely, though, you remember how her infectious “1234” song from her breakthrough album, The Reminder, swarmed the airwaves in 2007. Jump ahead a decade, and Feist is back with her fifth solo record, Pleasure. The good news for […]

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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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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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