Tag: indie folk

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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SXSW 2017 Memories – Someday River

SXSW 2017 Memories – Someday River

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 Someday River. Three-piece indie-psych band, making […]

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The Matinee March 27th

The Matinee March 27th

The Matinee March 27th edition once again goes all over the map for new music – geographically and in terms of genres. If you’re wondering why Wendy isn’t curating today’s mini-playlist, don’t be alarmed! She’s still with us, but she’s busy with post-SXSW preparations. O.k., off to the music that features artists representing nine countries.   Ali Horn – “Days […]

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Saturday Sampler March 25th

Saturday Sampler March 25th

The Saturday Sampler March 25th edition sizzles with international singles from Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, and the US. These nine songs are the high-energy soundtrack to your weekend. Hopefully you’ll discover a new favorite artist while you enjoy some new tunes from established groups. Be sure to check out our Weekend Showcase tomorrow for all the music we have shared since […]

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Hurray For the Riff Raff – ‘The Navigator’ (album review)

Hurray For the Riff Raff – ‘The Navigator’ (album review)

With her sixth record as Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alynda Lee Segarra drew inspiration from her past to write The Navigator. In her youth, Segarra was very much a navigator, having left the Bronx in her teens and traveled on box cars across the country. On The Navigator, Segarra tells the story of Navita, a character very much based […]

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Nadia Reid – ‘Preservation’ (album review)

Nadia Reid – ‘Preservation’ (album review)

Nadia Reid‘s 2015 debut LP, listen to formation, look for the signs, was a beautifully complex and intricate album. The Port Chalmers, New Zealand native weaved soul-revealing stories within her folk-inspired sound. At its floor, Reid delivered a statement with the album, if not an instant classic, and it put Reid on the musical map with Pitchfork and The Guardian […]

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The Matinee March 6th

The Matinee March 6th

The Matinee March 6th includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure and the perfect way to start your week off right.  We have awesome indie rock, exciting electro pop, wistful dream pop and laid back singer-songwriter fare.  Artists represented today include Canada, Iceland, The UK and Russia.   CloseTalker – “Okay Hollywood” (Saskatoon, Canada) RIYL: Local Natives, Minus the […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, March 1st

Melodic Tonic ’17, March 1st

This week’s serving of new music cocktails features a triumphant return of a beloved indie band plus an American folk troubadour and a few newcomers who will charm you with their shoegaze, indie rock, and dream pop. These six tunes span the globe from Australia to Canada, England, and the U.S. Let’s get things started with great news out of Montreal.   Land […]

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