Tag: rock ‘n roll

The Matinee April 18th

The Matinee April 18th

Following Hollie’s lead on yesterday’s Melodic Tonic, The Matinee April 18th features nine new songs that span the spectrum of new music. Bedouine – “Dusty Eyes” (Los Angeles, USA via Aleppo, Syria) RIYL: Julia Jacklin, Natalie Prass, Hope Sandoval As we enter the third week of April, we’re still looking for this year’s breakout, singer-songwriter. An artist who could follow […]

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First Impressions: The Jesus and Mary Chain – ‘Damage and Joy’ (album review)

First Impressions: The Jesus and Mary Chain – ‘Damage and Joy’ (album review)

For more than three decades, The Jesus and Mary Chain have had an incalculable influence on music. From shoegaze to garage-rock to alt-rock, the Reid brothers’ legacy reaches far and wide, and their music continues to be the standard within these genres. But when a band has been adored for so long and created such high expectations, their return comes with great […]

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The Matinee March 30th

The Matinee March 30th

The Matinee March 30th edition features nine songs with the “wow” factor. Songs that will take you to heaven, others that will take you back in time, many that will just steal your breath way, and others that will have your rocking. We start things off with a singer-songwriter on the verge of international stardom.   Aldous Harding – “Imagining […]

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Saturday Sampler March 18th

Saturday Sampler March 18th

Whether you’re nursing the hangover after celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or just need a boost to get the weekend going, let the Saturday Sampler March 18th edition be your remedy. We have nine cool new tunes to brighten your day. Chastity Belt – “Different Now” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Beach House, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Wild Nothing The world today has us all feeling […]

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The Matinee March 10th

The Matinee March 10th

The Matinee March 10th edition features more songs that fall under the category of “instant classic”. Well, at least be in the running for our favorite songs of the year. This batch of nine begins with one of our favorite bands and ends with a song that is one of the funniest of the year. For what it’s worth, Jeanette, […]

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Saturday Sampler March 4th

Saturday Sampler March 4th

The Saturday Sampler March 4th reflects the month’s famous slogan – “in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”. Hear nine songs that will be buzzing in your head for days if not weeks to come. Bring on March and the oncoming spring! Beach Fossils – “This Year” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Real Estate, Craft Spells, Wild Nothing It has […]

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Strand of Oaks – “Hard Love”

Strand of Oaks – “Hard Love”

Timothy Showalter’s days of flying under the radar as one of the best songwriters in the world may be over with the release of Strand of Oaks’ latest record, Hard Love. The songwriter, currently out of Philadelphia but originally from Goshen, Indiana, has released some truly fantastic records, including 2015’s Heal. Always relatable and a true open book either in […]

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The Matinee February 14th

The Matinee February 14th

It’s Valentine’s Day, and we have dedicated The Matinee February 14th edition to love songs!!!…. Did you actually believe that? There’s no chance we do that. Instead, we’re just going share awesome music like we always do. The love songs can wait another day (it’s not like they are an endangered species).   Aldous Harding – “Horizon” (Lyttleton, New Zealand) RIYL: […]

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Ron Gallo – “Heavy Meta”

Ron Gallo – “Heavy Meta”

As we entered the Newport Blues Cafe after Day 1 of the Newport Folk Festival, a three-piece rock band was tearing up the venue. Their rock ‘n roll was loud and blistering. After each of the four songs they would play, they finished with stoic, business-like expressions, acting like they’ve been here before and done it all. My friend asked […]

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Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”

Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”

Following the end of their Celebration Rock tour that finished in November 2013 and lasted 20 months spanning 40 countries, Japandroids stated they would be taking a well-deserved break. Since that message was shared, Brian King and David Prowse said very little publicly. There weren’t any hints nor rumors that they were working on new material. Then almost four years to the day […]

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The Matinee January 26th

The Matinee January 26th

We’re going really deep on today’s The Matinee January 26th edition. Sure, there are a couple of familiar names, but for the most part today’s mini-playlist features hidden gems and bands just getting started. To kick things off, we begin with the premiere of a brand new duo’s debut single.   Bad Flamingo – “Whiskey Lies” (Tennessee, USA) (debut single and […]

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Saturday Sampler January 21st

Saturday Sampler January 21st

Much like an exclamation point at the end of a politically charged week, the Saturday Sampler January 21st edition is full of bold, powerful music. Some of the singles share the common theme of being protest songs, while others are just pure rock & roll. These nine songs are the work of artists from Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Scotland, and the USA. […]

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The Matinee January 20th

The Matinee January 20th

Well, today is one that we have dreaded for a long time, but The Matinee January 20th edition will pick up your spirits. We have a luck nine new songs on the mini-playlist. Some are heart-stoppers, others are mind-blowing rockers, and a couple will have you grooving. Happy weekend everyone (or try to have a happy weekend).   Ryan Adams […]

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The Matinee January 12th

The Matinee January 12th

The great songs keep coming and picking nine for The Matinee January 12th edition was incredibly difficult. We’re trying to get them all in, but in the meantime here are the songs blowing these two ear drums.   Aish – “Promise Me” (San Francisco, USA) RIYL: Sufjan Stevens, Kishi Bashi, Sondre Lerche Making his mark as a composer, producer, and […]

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Big Smoke – “Time Is Golden”

Big Smoke – “Time Is Golden”

It’s difficult to not think about the circumstances and the journey that went into the development of Big Smoke‘s debut album, Time Is Golden.  For years, the quintet was a hidden gem limited to Melbourne and its surroundings. During this time, however, they became one of the most respected bands within the city and they finally got their break when […]

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Heathen Sons – “Heathen Sons”

Heathen Sons – “Heathen Sons”

Last summer, I heard whispering of a band called Heathen Sons. It was through that grapevine that I heard they were rocking the Nashville scene with acts like Two Cow Garage, American Aquarium, and the Turnpike Troubadours. In 2015, they released a killer EP, Through The Eyes of a Lion, which gave audiences a small taste of their stellar rock […]

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The Matinee October 6th

The Matinee October 6th

The Matinee October 6th edition has a few rockers and a few songs that will either crush your soul or take your breath away. A few artists were previously featured in this space, so you might recognize the names. There are, of course, some new names to remember.   Chasms – “Beyond Flesh” (San Francisco, USA) RIYL: Cocteau Twins, Wytches, […]

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Saturday Sampler September 24th

Saturday Sampler September 24th

The Saturday Sampler September 24th promises to energize your weekend plans! These ten songs will inspire you to embrace life, live with gusto, and share love. If you’re into indie pop, funk/soul, psych rock, or punk, today’s Sampler has something for everyone. We hope you find a new favourite among these gems! Anteros – “Ring Ring” (London, England) RIYL: Blondie, Tennis, Bec Sandridge Almost a […]

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The Matinee September 19th

The Matinee September 19th

The Matinee September 19th includes six new awesome tracks. Don’t worry, we have switched our writing schedule around a little, Hollie’s Melodic Tonic has moved to Wednesday. Let’s get this week started off right, we have songs including amazing indie rock, laid back dreamy rock and smooth synth pop. We have artists representing Australia, The US, and the UK today. […]

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The Matinee September 9th

The Matinee September 9th

The Matinee September 9th includes six brand new tracks for your listening pleasure. Today we have a mix of awesome indie rock, amazing blues rock, folk inspired indie rock and a nice dose of funk inspired indie rock. We are hoping today’s offerings get your Friday off to an upbeat start. We have Canada, the US and the UK represented […]

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