Tag: Merge Records

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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Titus Andronicus – ‘A Productive Cough’ (album review)

Titus Andronicus – ‘A Productive Cough’ (album review)

For nearly a decade, Titus Andronicus made a career of blasting their violent, unrelenting punk music in dive and underground bars across North America. They were limited to these venues not because of lack of interest but their music and frenetic live shows needed to be contained. The  were and still are a detonating stockpile of dynamite. Maybe over the […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 February 28th

Melodic Tonic ’18 February 28th

The six cocktails on the Melodic Tonic ’18 February 28th edition are all potent in their own way. From dreamy indie pop to jangly Americana and psychedelic folk-rock, these artists from England, Scotland, and the USA offer plenty of variety to cure the midweek blues. This week’s playlist begins and ends in the UK.   Tracyanne & Danny – “Home […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 22nd

The Matinee ’18 February 22nd

Nine more songs occupy The Matinee ’18 February 22nd. A couple of indie giants return and plenty of smaller bands that you ought to know. Anyway, let’s get to the music. Speedy Ortiz – “Lucky 88” (Boston, USA) RIYL: Veruca Salt, Hop Along, Girlpool As a band enters the “veteran” phase of their careers, they tend to dial down the […]

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Ought – ‘Room Inside the World’ (album review)

Ought – ‘Room Inside the World’ (album review)

Anyone who has either read the Marvel comic books or watched the 18 films in its canon – the latest being Black Panther – knows that each character’s story eventually converges with the other superheroes to create a single universe. Montreal imaginative indie-rockers Ought have adopted a similar approach, although within a more manageable size of projects. Their first two […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 9th

The Matinee ’18 February 9th

The Matinee ’18 February 9th has a bit of a sunny disposition, featuring songs that will warm your soul and steal your breath away like a beautiful sunset. You’ll find some shoegaze and psych-rock, indie rock to cinematic indie pop, something whimsical yet witty, and a slice of disco. Sit back and let the music below be your guide to […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 6th

The Matinee ’18 February 6th

Crowd pleasers. Entertaining and energetic numbers. Warm and intimate ballads. A 17-year old singer-songwriter who will knock your socks off. You’ll find all these things on The Matinee ’18 February 6th edition, so you’re sure to find a new artist that you’ll want to follow to the very end.   BERRIES – “Faults” (London, England) RIYL: The Big Moon, False […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 January 31st

Melodic Tonic ’18 January 31st

A mildly psychedelic haze winds through the Melodic Tonic ’18 January 31st edition. These six singles run the gamut from indie psych rock and quirky synth-funk to mellower folk-pop and singer/songwriter fare. Let’s get started with one of two collaborative projects featured today.   Dungen & Woods – “Turn Around” (Stockholm, Sweden & Brooklyn, USA)  RIYL: Dungen, Woods If we gave […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 19th

The Matinee ’18 January 19th

The Matinee ’18 January 19th includes 9 awesome new tracks to get your weekend kicked off right. We have a nice mix of songs to fill anyone’s specific musical palate. Artists are representing Canada, France, the UK, the US, and Japan. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler and of course our Mega Playlist on Sunday. The […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 18th

The Matinee ’18 January 18th

The Matinee ’18 January 18th is filled with songs from artists who either were on Artists to Watch list or one of our 61 Most Anticipated Albums. There are, of course, one newcomer and a couple of bands that we didn’t have on our radar when it came to new albums. Dr. Dog – “Listening In” (Philadelphia, USA) RIYL: My […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18, January 10th

Melodic Tonic ’18, January 10th

We start the new year with fresh tunes from familiar voices. The Melodic Tonic ’18, January 10th edition is a strictly North American mix of indie legends and emerging talents alike, so crank these tunes to cure your winter blues. We start with a band that needs no introduction.   The Breeders – “All Nerve” (Dayton, OH, USA) RIYL: The […]

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The Matinee November 10th

The Matinee November 10th

The Matinee November 10th edition is another trip around the world and across music genres. There are some intimate and personal numbers, cathartic political statements, and just some fun tunes. Crack open your favorite beverage and start the weekend with these nine songs. The Boxer Rebellion – “Love Yourself” (London, England) RIYL: Frightened Rabbit, Editors, Phosphorescent When The Boxer Rebellion […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 8th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 8th

Your mid-week serving of new music cocktails is a globe-trotting affair. Featuring six new singles from artists in Australia, England, Scotland, Wales, and the US, today’s mini-playlist brings you plenty of sonic diversity. Let’s get things started with a bang courtesy of San Francisco’s finest rockers. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Question of Faith” (San Francisco, USA) RIYL: The Black […]

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The Matinee November 2nd

The Matinee November 2nd

The Matinee November 2nd edition starts off with a song from one of soul’s great artists. It’s one of the most moving songs you’ll hear. It ends with a young artist who is finally getting her well-received break. The song she shares is a classic. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – “Call On God” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Sharon Jones…because she […]

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Destroyer – ‘ken’ (album review)

Destroyer – ‘ken’ (album review)

Canadian musician Dan Bejar makes lush, chameleonic art rock as Destroyer. On ken, his 12th album since forming Destroyer in 1995, Bejar pairs vintage elements with modern musings to create one of the year’s most enjoyable albums. Since Bejar is an artist with few peers, ken is an album with few, if any, rivals. There is no denying Bejar’s unique sound. No other modern […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, October 25th

Melodic Tonic ’17, October 25th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is full of zest and zing. From quirky American indie pop and garage punk to whimsical British indie fare, these six songs will give you a musical buzz without the hangover. So dig in as we celebrate the return of some indie greats while getting to know some talented newcomers.   tUnE-yArDs – […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, September 27th

Melodic Tonic ’17, September 27th

The Melodic Tonic ’17, September 27th edition provides the perfect antidote to the mid-week blues – a.k.a. hump day. Most of the tunes will leave you in a relaxed state, and we’ve included the video to one song as it’s a must see. Happy Wednesday everyone.   Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – “Continental Breakfast” (Australia/USA) Lotta Sea Lice by […]

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The Matinee September 14th

The Matinee September 14th

The Matinee September 14th is in reverse alphabetical order so that a band we’ve featured often gets their chance to be at the top (granted, they’ve always had a special place in our hearts). The mini-playlist features a wide-range of genres, from old-school R&B and soul to smooth dream-pop, catchy indie-rock, and alt-country. There is also a fantastic track from […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, September 13th

Melodic Tonic ’17, September 13th

Since the 18th annual AmericanaFest is happening this week in Nashville, the Melodic Tonic September 13th edition has a strong American focus. While not all six of the songs in this playlist are from the Americana genre, these selections run the gamut from folk and rock to electronic pop. We kick things off with a pair of true American troubadours […]

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Saturday Sampler August 19th

Saturday Sampler August 19th

The Saturday Sampler August 19th edition features nine tantalizing singles from across the globe. Artists from Australia, Canada, Russia, Sweden, and the US infuse this playlist with a wide range of genres. Whether you’re a fan of indie rock, gothic Americana, disco pop, psychedelic folk-pop, dream pop-rock, or David Bowie, these tunes are sure to spice up your weekend. Check […]

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