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The Matinee November 17th

The Matinee November 17th

Old and new favorites collide on The Matinee November 17th edition. The mini-playlist has some sweet melodies and heartbreaking ballads plus a few upbeat numbers to get you in a perky mood. Although we usually list the songs alphabetically, we have to start with the return of a young woman who has amazed us when she introduced herself a little […]

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Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Absent Kelly presents….Sonic Sketch, featuring Dishy Tangent. Notting Hill Arts Club 9 September 2017 What’s not to like about Dishy Tangent? Four good looking blokes from Canning Town in the East End of London, creating great tunes. I was asked by DJ Sonic, or bass player Del Sajiwandani as he is also known, to take some portrait shots of the […]

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Nicole Atkins – ‘Goodnight Rhonda Lee’ (Album Review)

Nicole Atkins – ‘Goodnight Rhonda Lee’ (Album Review)

Nicole Atkins has been one of the most consistent sources of great music over the last ten years. Her debut record, Neptune City, was a noir-pop masterpiece, and it was followed by three more great records. On her last LP, Slow Phaser, Atkins freed herself from big label obligation and did it on her own, with a little help from […]

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Nick Heyward – Bantersaurus Rex (photo essay)

Nick Heyward – Bantersaurus Rex (photo essay)

You may remember Nick Heyward as the front man of Haircut 100, a young man with a big old guitar under his arm and a cheeky smile on his face. Most people will have a soft spot for Nick, who was a peer of the likes of Teardrop Explodes, ABC, and Orange Juice – crucial listening for 1980’s students. On 19th […]

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Helen Connelly – “Do You Remember” (single premiere)

Helen Connelly – “Do You Remember” (single premiere)

Finding an artist with a distinctive voice is always a pleasure. Since we first discovered Essex-based Helen Connelly, back in 2015, we’ve been fans of her jazz-pop vibe. We followed her progress with the release of her single “Behind Your Eyes” last year, and we’re eagerly anticipating the imminent release of her EP, Garden of Kisses. Our patience has been […]

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Callum Pitt – “Least He’s Happy” (single premiere)

Callum Pitt – “Least He’s Happy” (single premiere)

Hot on the heels of his debut single, “You’d Better Sell It While You Can”, released just a few short months ago, Callum Pitt is sending out his second offering. With an arrangement that takes “catchy” to a whole new level, “Least He’s Happy” is a feel-good phenomenon for foot-tapping dance-along fans everywhere. We are delighted to premiere it here […]

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Bobby Uzóma – “Alone” (single premiere)

Bobby Uzóma – “Alone” (single premiere)

We picked out Bobby Uzóma’s forthcoming EP as one of 2017’s most anticipated records back at the start of the year. Then we waited and still are waiting. The EP is still a work in progress, and we completely understand that good things take time. In the meantime, we’re delighted that Bobby has decided to reward our patience with a […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Alex Napping

SXSW 2017 Memories – Alex Napping

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 Alex Napping. Alex Napping is a […]

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Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Our premiere of the signature single “Carolina” from Brady Toops’ sophomore album Tried & True praised his strong yet authentic vocals. Was it too much to expect that the rest of the album would deliver the same quality? After all, the single release usually showcases the artist’s best work, and Brady had set the bar high. He does not disappoint. […]

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She Drew The Gun Capture the Crowd at The Horn UK (photo essay)

She Drew The Gun Capture the Crowd at The Horn UK (photo essay)

I’m not lying when I say I’ve fallen in love a little with She Drew The Gun, the Liverpool-based indie-rock band who are among the UK’s fastest-rising bands. Earlier in the week, they were in Austin at SXSW, showcasing their talents to new fans. They returned to the UK in time to kick off their mini-tour in support of their […]

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Albert Man – “Nothing Of Nothing Much”

Albert Man – “Nothing Of Nothing Much”

Received with critical acclaim, Albert Man‘s 2016 album, Cheap Suit, placed him at the forefront of London’s gig circuit and generated praise from the BBC Radio’s Head of Music. We also gave it an in-depth review along with an interview with the man himelf, so we’ve been eagerly awaiting his next release. It comes in the shape of an EP, […]

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Bethan Lees – “Ships”

Bethan Lees – “Ships”

Moving from backstage into the spotlight, the stuff of many a Hollywood plot line, is the real-life story of Bethan Lees. Whether as a dance teacher or stage manager, Lees has been absorbing new music on the festival circuit and at various open mic nights, where she would occasionally step forward with her own performance. Coming from a musical family […]

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Mariam – “Heart To Heart”

Mariam – “Heart To Heart”

Need a bit of upbeat, atmospheric soul-pop to raise the spirits? Look no further than Heart to Heart, the debut EP from South-London based singer-songwriter Mariam. Crediting her ability to tell stories through songs from her Nigerian heritage, Mariam has been a feature of London’s underground/indie circuit since 2011, entertaining audiences with her voice and her guitar “Pearl”. Although this […]

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The Matinee October 7th

The Matinee October 7th

In this October 7th issue of The Matinee we bring you 6 bands all in different stages of their careers, all putting out superb music. One with new music for the first time in close to 20 years, a brilliant yet relatively unknown band, a well-loved band heading out on their farewell tour, and a couple of bands right in the thick of […]

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The Bedlam Six – “Down Down Down”

The Bedlam Six – “Down Down Down”

If it’s better to be late to the party than not arrive at all, the opportunity to discover a band through their final album is as sweet as being in from the beginning. Conceived in grief and rum, the band has been around since 2006, starting out as a duo. An incarnation as The Black Velvet Band transformed into The […]

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Anna Coddington – “Without A Fight” (single premiere)

Anna Coddington – “Without A Fight” (single premiere)

All Anna Coddington needs to do is discover the cure for cancer and win the Nobel Peace Prize because the Auckland-based artist has practically done it all. Her résumé is remarkable. New Zealanders will recognize Coddington for her longstanding involvement with Kiwi super-collective Fly My Pretties, playing guitar and drums and singing vocals. Her solo work has also garnered national […]

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Anna Dellaria – “Ashamed” (single premiere)

Anna Dellaria – “Ashamed” (single premiere)

It seems like only yesterday when Anna Dellaria first arrived on the indie music landscape. This is somewhat true, as her debut single, “You and I”, was released in February. The song introduced the world to what a few insiders already knew – the 20-year old was a serious and immensely gifted artist. Her powerful, soulful voice is what captures […]

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Jocelyn Mackenzie – “Unlovely EP”

Jocelyn Mackenzie – “Unlovely EP”

Pearl and The Beard were one of Brooklyn’s finest bands when they split up last year. The trio created truly special music. Though the split was sad, it excited fans at what might be next for the former members. Jocelyn Mackenzie’s powerful voice was a huge part of the equation, and she just released her first solo EP, Unlovely. Mackenzie’s […]

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The Matinee August 26th

The Matinee August 26th

The Matinee August 26th includes six new tracks to keep you moving. For this fine Friday we have upbeat synth pop, feel good indie rock and a little singer songwriter fare. Most of our artists are representing the US, also with support from Canada and the UK. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more on our Saturday Sampler and […]

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The Matinee August 23rd

The Matinee August 23rd

As you start day two of the work week and the second-to-last week of summer, The Matinee August 23rd will provide the shot of adrenaline you need. From electronic to art-pop to indie-rock to industrial, there is a little bit of everything.   Chasms – “Black Ice” (San Francisco, USA) RIYL: Savages, Jenny Hval Very few bands have names that […]

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