Tag: rock

The Balconies

The Balconies Bring it Back to the Black Sheep Inn (photo essay)

Despite recommending The Balconies at Canadian Music Week, sadly I was unable to make their performance due to logistics. It took me just over a month, but on the weekend I was able to correct that oversight. The Balconies were formed in Ottawa before relocating to Toronto, so they retain a very faithful following in the area. According to frontwoman […]

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Showcase at 229, London

Absent Kelly presents….229 The Venue, London. 5 May 2017 (photo essay)

Five diverse bands, loosely connected by a rock/indie style, were brought to the 229 Club by music promoter Absent Kelly. These sorts of nights give exposure to grafters looking to get that big break – small venue, small crowd, large ambition. Bradley Donaldson Opening the night was Bradley Donaldson, a singer with an acoustic guitar. Songs were angsty and generally […]

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The Matinee May 11th

The Matinee May 11th

The Matinee May 11th once goes global for new music. Hear 9 songs that will get you excited for what lies ahead in the world of independent music. Oh, there’s one super-group who unveiled a new song that will get older music fans excited. Blond Ambition – “Stupid Boy / Girl” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Day Wave, Summer Heart, Beach […]

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Garage Flowers

End of the Trail Records….live music at the Fiddler’s Elbow, London. 3 May 2017 (photo essay)

There seemed to be a lot of middle-aged women wearing leather trousers on the tube up to Chalk Farm in North London. On exiting the station, a tout asked me if I wanted to buy a Blondie ticket. Ah, of course, Blondie were playing at the Roundhouse – a legendary venue nearby. I walked past the long queue of peroxide blondes […]

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The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th is like a high school reunion, as each of the nine artists / bands featured today have occupied past playlists and/or have had their albums reviewed. This is a first for us. Algiers – “The Underside of Power” (Atlanta, USA) RIYL: TV on the Radio, Benjamin Booker, Leon Bridges Atlanta-based indie rockers Algiers are one of […]

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Spizz Energi – Black Heart, Camden, London 11 April 2017 (photo essay)

Spizz Energi – Black Heart, Camden, London 11 April 2017 (photo essay)

I’m upstairs waiting in the tiny sweaty venue that is the Black Heart.  A hand is placed on my shoulder.  I turn to see Phil Ross, guitarist, looking at me, eye makeup already smeared down his face. “How come you’re not headlining tonight?”, I ask him, but he just points to his ears, which are stuffed with heavy duty ear […]

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The Matinee April 11th

The Matinee April 11th

Nine songs are the marquee of The Matinee April 11th edition. There are some whimsical, albeit clever, band names and a couple of artists you’ll recognize. As always, we try to give a taste of the different music being created around the globe.   The Dollar Bill Murrays – “The More You Know” (Brisbane, Australia) RIYL: Queens of the Stone […]

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ELBRÅNO live at The Horn

ELBRÅNO Rock Out The Horn, UK (photo essay)

ELBRÅNO completely rocked out The Horn in St Albans last Wednesday with their take on Groove Metal. ELBRÅNO’s bio makes a really interesting read. Alex, the lead singer, is from Norway and was influenced by Hard Rock and Blues. Marios, from Greece, is the bassist who brings on the element of Stoner Rock. Bruno has been a drummer in Death […]

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Against Me!

Against Me! rock the Bronson Centre (photo essay)

A couple years ago, the Bronson Centre was renovated, removing many rows of seats to make room for a “standing” area in front of the stage. This is exactly the kind of show this change was made for, as one does not go see Against Me! and sit through the performance. Sure enough, when the band hit the stage and […]

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Saturday Sampler February 25th

Saturday Sampler February 25th

Saturday Sampler February 25th edition is a mosaic of new music. It’s not just the countries represented – Australia, England, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, and USA – but the music. You’ll find an eclectic and diverse batch of music that will have your auditory senses screaming in delight.   Analogue Wave – “Hope” (Dublin, Ireland) RIYL: Aphex Twin, Leftfield, Massive Attack, Depeche […]

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The Matinee February 23rd

The Matinee February 23rd

Another day and another mini-playlist, and The Matinee February 23rd edition features nine stirring singles. We expand the countries covered today because, well, why not?   Aadae – “River Of Tears” (London, England) RIYL: Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige To kick off today’s mini-playlist is a young artist who personifies what music ought to be and what we strive […]

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First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

Love is Hell. The sentiment that Ryan Adams put forth over a decade ago seems downright prophetic now. His newest LP, Prisoner, is out today via PaxAm, and it finds the Heartbreaker assessing the damages of his battered heart following his divorce last year. The 12 tracks on his 15th album of new material are introspective but not mournful. He’s admitting that he’s […]

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Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

The build-up for Never Closer has been intense, in part because of UK Somgwriter and Broadcaster Tom Robinson’s introduction and updates on the album’s Pledge Music site, but also through the impact of Raphael’s intensely confessional poem “I Come From Ireland”, released as an early single and reviewed in our Saturday Sampler here. Would the album live up to expectations? […]

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The Matinee January 10th

The Matinee January 10th

The Matinee January 10th features nine stellar songs to jump start your Tuesday. There are some breathtaking electronic / ambient numbers, a couple of fierce rockers, and a few tunes that will take you back in time.   Doombird – “Sheer” (Sacramento, USA) RIYL: Maribou State, Phoria, Lane 8 At the tail end of 2016, Doombird released their debut album with […]

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The Black Leaders – “Take It Easy”

The Black Leaders – “Take It Easy”

Rock and Roll may be a universal language, but there is a distinctly French flavour to The Black Leaders. Formed in Rennes in 2014, the band released their first album My Best Friend in 2015. Their follow-up, Take It Easy, reflects a journey between France and the UK with vocalist Marie Guyottot delivering tones of a chanteuse against raw rock […]

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The Matinee November 9th

The Matinee November 9th

As we all recover from the US Election aftermath, The Matinee November 9th is inspired by something completely different. Last week, Norwegian band Sløtface released “Empire Records”, a tribute to the 1995 movie that helped define a generation with its ensemble cast of characters. Today’s mini-playlist offers nine songs that together could comprise the soundtrack to those coming-of-age movies of […]

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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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The Matinee September 27th

The Matinee September 27th

Another ten cool, new tunes occupy The Matinee September 27th edition. Scroll down for the latest single by one of 2014’s top bands, who announced a new album. But first, The Matinee commences with a song by one of the most mysterious artists in the industry.   Aloric – “Fate” (London, England) RIYL: really incomparable but if pressed Keaton Henson, […]

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The Matinee August 2nd

The Matinee August 2nd

The Matinee August 2nd features eight cool, new tunes. There are some familiar names (i.e., artists previously covered on The Matinee) but several new arrivals. Take a moment and listen to new music by some of indie music’s hidden gems.   Arbitraire – “Dandelions” (Denmark) RIYL: Aloric, Purity Ring, Phoria Eight months ago, electronic trio Arbitraire tickled our ears with […]

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