Tag: Indie Rock

mastersystem – ‘Dance Music’ (album review)

mastersystem – ‘Dance Music’ (album review)

Fans of Frightened Rabbit, Editors, and Minor Victories know that these great UK bands are more associated with the new wave of indie rock. Their approaches are more melodic in their orientation – or in the case of Minor Victories more shoegaze-y. In a live setting, however, they’ll occasionally unfurl an unexpected guitar solo or menacing riff. A mood-swaying gig, […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 23rd

The Matinee ’18 April 23rd

The Matinee ’18 April 23rd gets your Monday started with a mix of eclectic tunes for the start of another week of Spring. We have a few upbeat tracks, and a couple of slower laid back ones. We hope you find your new favorite song or artist. Artists are representing Canada, Norway, The US and the UK.   Amanda Tenfjord […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 20th

The Matinee ’18 April 20th

The Matinee ’18 April 20th features fun, boisterous, catchy, and even bombastic numbers. The mini-playlist is the perfect gateway into the weekend, so turn up the volume and listen to these nine fabulous songs. Courtney Barnett – “City Looks Pretty” (Melbourne, Australia) RIYL: Courtney Barnett Courtney Barnett stated earlier in the year that her new album would be different and […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 19th

The Matinee ’18 April 19th

The Matinee ’18 April 19th edition is filled with mostly alumni, many of whom have released their first songs in a long time. The playlist, as such, is a cause for celebration, so gather your friends together and have a party. Another thing to note is that nine countries are represented. Consequently, this The Matinee is truly a global one. […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 17th

The Matinee ’18 April 17th

Awesome new music with shorter descriptions are on order for The Matinee ’18 April 17th. Rockers, anthemic numbers, and intimate tunes are all featured. Let’s get to it! BILK – “Spiked” (Essex, England) RIYL: The Clash, The Strokes, Shame Essex trio BILK may still be hovering under the radar, but soon enough Sol Abrahams (vocals/guitar), Luke Hare (bass), and James […]

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October Drift and 485C – Birthdays, London (photo review)

October Drift and 485C – Birthdays, London (photo review)

Birthdays is an underground venue in a bar in Dalston. Dalston is an area of London that seems to sport more mobile phone repair shops per head than any other part of the capital. It is real Eastenders country, although more grime than soap. Before the gig started, I had a chance to share a vodka and slimline with the […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 13th

The Matinee ’18 April 13th

For some, today represents bad luck. For us, Fridays are meant for great music that delivers you to the weekend. The Matinee ’18 April 13th edition, specifically, is the source of our good vibes, featuring the usual nine sweet tunes that caught our attention. Happy weekend everyone!   Florence + The Machine – “Sky Full of Song” (London, England) RIYL: […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 12th

The Matinee ’18 April 12th

The Matinee ’18 April 12th edition features nine songs as usual. The descriptions, however, are much briefer because I’m on holidays. Let’s be honest – you’re here for the music and not necessarily what I have to write. With that being said, let’s get to the music.   Beach Skulls – “That’s Not Me” (Liverpool & Manchester, England and Glasgow, […]

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The Amazing – ‘In Transit’ (album review)

The Amazing – ‘In Transit’ (album review)

In Transit by The Amazing Through their first four album, The Amazing have established a reputation for making lush, ethereal music that merged post-rock and the classic sounds of the ’70s LA music scene with progressive and shoegaze elements. Their self-titled debut LP started the journey in 2009 while their last album, 2016’s Ambulance, perfected it. Given their history, it […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 10th

The Matinee ’18 April 10th

The Matinee ’18 April 10th features ten songs from nine artists / bands (one of them gets a double feature). There are some warm, intimate numbers; fierce rockers; a femme fatale; and one of the most innovative songs of the year.   Chris Crofton – “UFO Hunters” feat. Jim James (Nashville, USA) RIYL: Cass McCombs, Kevin Morby, Fred Thomas For […]

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SXSW 2018 Memories – Smokey Brights

SXSW 2018 Memories – Smokey Brights

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just three years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. These memories are from Smokey Brights. While many assume a band from Seattle must be following […]

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Kraków Loves Adana – ‘Songs After The Blue’ (album review)

Kraków Loves Adana – ‘Songs After The Blue’ (album review)

 A year ago, Kraków Loves Adana, the project of Hamburg-based Deniz Cicek and Robert Heitmann, made the melancholic exhilarating with their underrated and overlooked album, Call Yourself New. It was a unique concept album that followed multiple individuals who all shared one common thing – finding meaning in their lives. Since the recording of their third LP, the world […]

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City Calm Down – ‘Echoes In Blue’ (album review)

City Calm Down – ‘Echoes In Blue’ (album review)

Greatness has been long predicted for City Calm Down, following the release of their critically received second EP, Movements, in 2012. Their debut album, 2015’s In a Restless House, which was an extraordinary piece of brooding indie rock in The National mould, garnered the band acclaim in their native Australia, as the record peaked at 25 on the ARIA chart […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 9th

The Matinee ’18 April 9th

The Matinee ’18 April 9th includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have a nice mix of tunes to get you feeling relaxed  on this find Monday. We hope we are due for some warm weather soon as many of these tracks can be added to that upcoming playlist. It’s been surprisingly cold this past weekend. We have […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 6th

The Matinee ’18 April 6th

With Easter now passed and spring technically here, the movie industry heads into its busiest season. There has already been one massive blockbuster (Black Panther), and at the end of this month The Avengers: Infinity War will be released. So in honor of the annual tradition where we spend our hard-working dollars to be entertained for a couple of hours while devouring […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 5th

The Matinee ’18 April 5th

The Matinee ’18 April 5th features nine songs that will either take your breath away or melt your face – even if you cannot speak the language. There are artists and bands capturing the spirit and energy of bygone eras and others taking music to new places. Some of the songs will also entertain you for their lyrics while other […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 3rd

The Matinee ’18 April 3rd

The Matinee ’18 April 3rd is filled with fabulous storytellers and superb musicians. The nine songs will either crush your souls, make you laugh, entice you to take a long drive, or daydream about better days to come. Arctic Lake – “What You May Find” (London, England) RIYL: London Grammar, Portishead, Dahlia Sleeps Since debuting three years ago with the […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 2nd

The Matinee ’18 April 2nd

The Matinee ’18 April 2nd includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have an eclectic bunch to get your Monday started, after a possible three day weekend. We have artists representing Australia, Canada, the US and the UK today. Bravestation – “Deeper Than Oceans” (Toronto, Canada) RIYL: Al Green, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye Toronto based Bravestation are back […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 30th – North American Edition

The Matinee ’18 March 30th – North American Edition

The second part of our Good Friday twinbill – The Matinee ’18 March 30th – North American Edition – has seven songs, and several of them are from some of our all-time favorites. There are upbeat numbers and a few extremely moving and powerful numbers.   Bloodboy – “Is Now a Good Time to Ruin Your Life?” (Los Angeles, USA) […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 30th – World Edition

The Matinee ’18 March 30th – World Edition

For this Good Friday, we’re offering two for the price of one. On The Matinee ’18 March 30th – World Edition, we head off to five countries for six songs. There’s a wide range of singles for your listening pleasure. Dirty Pixels – “On Ice” (Auckland, New Zealand) RIYL: Bright Eyes, Deerhunter, of Montreal It has been seven years since […]

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