Tag: indie folk

The Matinee August 22nd

The Matinee August 22nd

The term “global citizen” use to be a passing reference for a globetrotter, but now hundreds of millions of people can say wear this badge with honor. The Matinee August 22nd edition features three artists / bands who have made their homes in different corners of Earth. For that matter, the entire playlist features artists spread across this fine planet. […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, August 2nd

Melodic Tonic ’17, August 2nd

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is a long-sipping mix to be savored. These nine tunes range from indie rock to mellow singer/songwriter fare with synth-pop and psych-folk for balance. Featured artists are from Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, USA, and Wales. Note: This Friday, Bandcamp will donate 100% of their sales to the Transgender Law Center in […]

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The Matinee July 27th

The Matinee July 27th

Once again we take a new music trip around the globe on The Matinee July 27th edition. Speaking of trips, some of us, including myself, are en route if not having already arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, and we hope one of these days the artists listed below will be gracing the stages of NFF or one of the after-parties. […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, July 26th

Melodic Tonic ’17, July 26th

The five songs on this week’s Melodic Tonic range from gentle indie folk to rollicking synth rock. Featuring artists from Australia, Denmark, Ireland, South Africa, and the US, this mini playlist offers great new music from across the globe. Today we start with one of our favorite bands from the Pacific Northwest.   Planes on Paper – “Television” (Yakima, Washington […]

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The Matinee July 25th

The Matinee July 25th

The Matinee July 25th features music that I like to listen to while taking a long trip by plane. There are songs that ease the nerves and help you relax, and a few whose sole intention is to get the energy flowing and awaken you from your high-altitude stupor. With that, let’s take a musical trip that starts in the […]

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The Matinee July 13th

The Matinee July 13th

The Matinee July 13th offers another round of great new music. There are some spine-tingling numbers, gritty rockers, quirky electronic pop, and a folk tune that will have you smiling. Let’s get to the tunes. TORRES – “Three Futures” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: St. Vincent, Waxahatchee, Weyes Blood Mackenzie Scott, a.k.a. TORRES, has slowly trickled out new music and teasers, offering […]

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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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Bedouine’s beautiful and wistful debut album (album review)

Bedouine’s beautiful and wistful debut album (album review)

The American Dream may be a fleeting ideal, as the income divide grows and the US’s borders are increasingly more difficult to cross. For people who immigrated before 2017, however, many have flourished and embraced America as their homeland, such as Azniv Korkejian. Her story is one made for novels and Netflix mini-series. Born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, […]

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First Impressions: Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’ (album review)

First Impressions: Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’ (album review)

After 6 years on hiatus, Fleet Foxes return with their third studio album, Crack-Up, out today via Nonesuch Records. Crack-Up is a study (pun intended) on independence, partnering, and complicated names. During the band’s hiatus, frontman Robin Pecknold famously enrolled at Columbia University to begin a delayed undergraduate program where he “got some academic pretensions out of [his] system” and finally during summer break […]

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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 June 6th

The Matinee June 6th

The Matinee June 6th buzzes with some anthemic rockers, personal folk-pop songs, and, of course, one ’80s-inspired tune. Oh, there’s one cover song that will rock your world for how the band re-imagined a classic disco tune.   Autre Monde – “I Want My Enemies to Prosper” (Dublin, Ireland) RIYL: Wolf Parade, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs Protest music is back […]

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Saturday Sampler June 3rd

Saturday Sampler June 3rd

Yesterday we mentioned several songs released this week by some rather popular artists. Well, we’re starting the Saturday Sampler June 3rd edition with one of those songs because A) it’s by the greatest band of the last 25 years, and B) it’s so good. Radiohead – “I Promise” (Oxford, England) RIYL: Radiohead Yes, we know Radiohead is a massive band, and our […]

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Saturday Sampler May 13th

Saturday Sampler May 13th

The Saturday Sampler May 13th edition is strongly European for a change, with only two American bands represented. Take these nine new songs for a spin, then check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase will include all the music we have shared since Monday.   BAIO – “PHILOSOPHY!” (London, England via New York City) RIYL: Phoenix, Spoon, Todd Terje Vampire Weekend bassist Chris […]

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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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Thoughtdream – “Colette” (single premiere)

Thoughtdream – “Colette” (single premiere)

Chemistry. It’s more than just a science, especially when discussing the indescribable bond between two people. It often happens suddenly when two strangers meet, as a connection joins them quickly like a strike of lightning. Such encounters require a great deal of good fortune and luck, but when they occur something brilliant blossoms. For Jesse Flamand and Jeremy Rompala, their […]

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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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Melodic Tonic ’17, April 17th

Melodic Tonic ’17, April 17th

This week’s Melodic Tonic brings you six tunes to start your week, instead of arriving on Wednesday. This mini playlist takes you on a journey of sound from Copenhagen to Seattle, with new music that ranges from brooding darkwave/post-punk to soulful indie pop and intimate indie folk. Let’s start with a pair of Danish bands since one is performing at Canadian Music Week that […]

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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 – Wild Rivers

SXSW 2017 Memories – Wild Rivers

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 Wild Rivers. The Toronto-based quartet are […]

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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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