Tag: singer-songwriter

The Matinee December 7th

The Matinee December 7th

The Matinee December 7th is rarity – each of the nine artists and bands have previously been showcased before, either on one of our daily playlists or in another feature. Some, however, have not released anything new in a little while others are gearing up for a massive 2018. Anna Burch – “Tea-Soaked Letter” (Detroit, USA) RIYL: Jay Som, Fazerdaze, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, December 6th

Melodic Tonic ’17, December 6th

From indie folk to psych rock, the Melodic Tonic ’17, December 6th edition is a mid-week sonic feast. Featuring six artists from six countries (Australia, England, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, and the US), this mini-playlist offers something for everyone. We kick things off with one of our favorite American indie rockers.   Strand of Oaks – “Passing Out” (Philadelphia, USA)  […]

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The Matinee November 30th

The Matinee November 30th

A strong Commonwealth presence is felt on the Matinee November 30th edition. Of the nine artists and bands featured, eight hail from the UK or Australia and the other one comes from the US. It’s just one of those days where a small part of the world released some of the best new music of the past few days. There […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th

Breathe in the calming tones of the Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th edition. These six artists from Sweden and Italy to England, Australia, and the US will restore your sanity amid the hectic pace of the holiday season. Sit back and let these artists take you to a more blissful place. Calexico – “Voices in the Field” (Tucson, AZ USA) […]

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Rachael Yamagata live at Islington Assembly Hall, London (photo essay)

Rachael Yamagata live at Islington Assembly Hall, London (photo essay)

Singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata‘s headline gig at the Islington Assembly Hall was a pleasure to experience. Her beautiful voice and her witty personality went down like a storm with the modest-sized crowd. Joking away with the audience throughout her set, it felt like a real personal performance. Opening with “Has It Happened Yet”, a song she wished was her saddest number […]

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The Matinee November 28th

The Matinee November 28th

Nine songs from artists and bands representing multiple countries. It’s what you expect to find on The Matinee November 28th edition. Six of the songs are from Europe, two from Australasia, and the final one from an American band we’ve come to really adore. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these great new tunes.   Annie Taylor – “Wasted Youth” (Zurich, […]

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The Matinee November 27th

The Matinee November 27th

The Matinee November 27th includes 6 new tracks to kick start your week. We have a great mix of tracks ot get your Monday started off right. Artists are representing Australia, Canada, Finland, The US and The UK today. Billy Raffoul – “Difficult” (Nashville, USA via Leamington, ON, Canada) RIYL: Joe Cocker, Hozier, Ray Lamontagne Billy Raffoul is back with […]

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Saturday Sampler November 25th

Saturday Sampler November 25th

The Saturday Sampler November 25th edition brings you nine sparkling music gems from across the globe. Featuring artists from Belgium, Denmark, England, Spain, Sweden, and the USA, today’s playlist will warm you on this final weekend of November. Dahlia Sleeps – “Rise” (London, England) RIYL: Cults, Phantogram, BROODS The word “stunning” is often overused when writing about music, and we’re […]

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The Matinee November 20th

The Matinee November 20th

The Matinee November 20th includes six awesome new tracks to get your week started off right. For all of you stateside folks, hopefully it’s a nice, laid-back holiday week. We have synth pop and indie pop ready today. Artists are representing Iceland, Ireland, The US and the UK today. The Academic – “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” (Mullingar, Ireland)  RIYL: […]

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John Jacob Magistery

John Jacob Magistery perform Harmoney at Cafe Dekcuf

John Jacob Magistery first came to our attention in 2016 when they impressed us during a late-night set at The Rainbow. Their engaging lyrics and bursts of spontaneous energy on stage made them an obvious recommendation as a band to catch later that year at CityFolk Festival. The Montreal natives recently completed an EP, Harmoney, prompting a return visit to […]

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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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Melanie Crew – ‘Midnight Sounds’ (EP review)

Melanie Crew – ‘Midnight Sounds’ (EP review)

As the tinsel and trees start to emerge ahead of the holiday season, it’s refreshing to find something simple and authentic. Meet Melanie Crew. Pure voice, simple acoustic accompaniment, and slice-of-life lyrics. Recorded and produced at her home in London, her music is a testament to musical integrity. Melanie Crew released her third EP, Midnight Sounds, just a few weeks […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th

The Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th edition features powerful American voices with equally powerful messages. But sprinkled between the well-known names are two new bands with unforgettable sounds. Today’s playlist begins with one of music’s finest (and fiercest) voices. Brandi Carlile – “The Joke” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Indigo Girls, Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michaelson American singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile is one of […]

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Julien Baker – Union Chapel, London (photo review)

Julien Baker – Union Chapel, London (photo review)

The Union Chapel is found in the middle of a Georgian terrace of houses and set back from Islington’s busy Upper Street. The venue is as it appears – a church with high-arched ceilings, lofted galleries, stained glass windows, and ancient pews and pulpit. It has, however, an upstairs bar and a stage where the altar would have been. The […]

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Saturday Sampler November 11th

Saturday Sampler November 11th

The menu for the Saturday Sampler November 11th edition features an enticing array of new music entrées. Some of the offerings will brighten your palette. Others are more subtle, but when you’ve finished sampling them you’ll be asking for more. There are also some sweet notes to finish that provide the perfect ending to this nine-course music feast.   Black […]

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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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Miya Folick – ‘Give It To Me’ (EP review)

Miya Folick – ‘Give It To Me’ (EP review)

Few artists today can consistently and simultaneously devastate and challenge listeners. These artists’ stories elicit such strong emotions that after the songs end you need to collect yourself. PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, Feist, Sharon Van Etten, TORRES, and Julien Baker are just some of the examples. Miya Folick is another one. While she has yet to achieve the fame of […]

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Saturday Sampler November 4th

Saturday Sampler November 4th

The ten songs on the Saturday Sampler November 4th have two things in common. First, a retro vibe filters across each and every one of them with some tunes recalling great bands of the past and others taking classic genres into the future. Second, they are all filled with fantastic stories. A few are cinematic in nature, others are optimistic, […]

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The Matinee November 3rd

The Matinee November 3rd

The Matinee November 3rd features get-up-on-your feet tunes, emotionally-moving numbers, and a song by a band with one of the great names in music history. You will be entertained, stunned, and just amazed by the talents of these nine bands and artists. Things get started with a humdinger of a disco-pop tune. argonaut&wasp – “Prove It To You” (Brooklyn, USA) […]

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Julien Baker's new album, Turn Out The Lights, comes out Oct. 27.

Julien Baker – ‘Turn out The Lights’ (album review)

The long-awaited sophomore album from Memphis, Tennessee’s Julien Baker, Turn Out the Lights was released last week. It was long-awaited because her debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the best debut records in years. Sprained Ankle was full of heart-wrenching songwriting, from heartbreak to depressive thoughts, Baker’s music hits direct to the heart. It was such a strong release that […]

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