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The Matinee ’18 February 15th – North American Edition

The Matinee ’18 February 15th – North American Edition

Earlier today we shared the World Edition of The Matinee, which you can find here. Now it’s time for The Matinee ’18 February 15th – North American Edition. Six more songs featuring all-time favorites and a couple of new ones. We get started with one of the great indie artists of the past fifteen years.   Eleanor Friedberger – “In […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 15th – World Edition

The Matinee ’18 February 15th – World Edition

To get you through the post-Valentine’s Day blues or just lift your spirits, we’re offering a double bang of new music. We start with The Matinee ’18 February 15th – World Edition, featuring six new tunes from outside North America. Check back at 5:00 GMT / noon EST / 9 AM PST for the other half-dozen tracks from Canadian and […]

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Ezra Furman – ‘Transangelic Exodus’ (album review)

Ezra Furman – ‘Transangelic Exodus’ (album review)

“The thing I realized is, I tend to like pretentious stuff. ‘Cause pretentious, that’s a compliment to me. It means ambitious, I like ambitious stuff.” (Ezra Furman interview, The A/V Club) Ezra Furman was worried that calling his new album Transangelic Exodus, would sound pretentious. If you’ve been following his last few records, they’ve been screaming, queer rock n’ roll […]

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Quicksilver Daydream – ‘A Thousand Shadows, A Single Flame’ (EP review)

Quicksilver Daydream – ‘A Thousand Shadows, A Single Flame’ (EP review)

 The name Quicksilver Daydream evokes images of horse-drawn caravans crossing the vast deserts of the southwest USA in search for riches and a new life. These are the days when the horizon stretched for miles and uninterrupted by the resident cacti, rattlers, coyotes, and hares. The arid lands, however, have a mystique to them. They are filled with mystery […]

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Saturday Sampler February 10th

Saturday Sampler February 10th

The Saturday Sampler February 10th edition is like a day at the amusement park or Olympics. These nine songs will get your adrenaline flowing and make you scream while others let you catch your breath and lose yourself in the moment. We get things started with one of the nicest guys around.   Shakey Graves – “Kids These Days” (Austin, […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 8th

The Matinee ’18 February 8th

The Matinee ’18 February 8th features forward-thinking artists and those rekindling the past with majestic aplomb. This mini-playlist features art-rock; old-school R&B, soul, and dream-folk; ’90s-inspired indie rock; ambient psychedelia; catchy jangle-pop; and some old-fashion slacker rock. We start things off, however, with the surprised new single from a college radio legend.   Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – “Middle […]

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Kyle Craft's Full Circle Nightmare comes out Feb.

Kyle Craft – ‘Full Circle Nightmare’ (album review)

Full Circle Nightmare by Kyle Craft In his short career, Kyle Craft has established himself as one of music’s sharpest and most gifted songwriters. For the Shreveport, Louisiana native, the music is secondary. The words are what counts. His debut, Dolls Of Highland, was a break-up album like no other, filled with Ziggy Stardust-like characters and stories that would make […]

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Pearl Charles – ‘Sleepless Dreamer’ (album review)

Pearl Charles – ‘Sleepless Dreamer’ (album review)

Sleepless Dreamer by Pearl Charles “It all feels familiar / Like we’ve lived this life before”, sings Pearl Charles on “All the Boys”, the shimmering opening single of Sleepless Dreamer. Those lines encapsulate the entire album, as a wonderfully familiar feeling streams across the album. In each of the LP’s ten songs, the warm and sunny disposition of the Laurel […]

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Tyler Childers live at Omeara, London

Tyler Childers – Live at Omeara, London (photo essay)

Tyler Childers “You guys have one hell of a setlist worked out. Wish I was watching that show!”. The crowd called throughout for their favourites last Tuesday, but American country singer Tyler Childers knew exactly what he was going to perform before he packed his guitar up and strolled off into the night. Despite being only 26, the man from […]

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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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The Matinee ’18 February 2nd

The Matinee ’18 February 2nd

The Matinee ’18 February 2nd is filled with music that will help you overcome the Friday blues and prepare you for the weekend. There is a tune from one of punk’s / indie rock’s biggest artists as well as songs from two of our Artists to Watch. If you’re looking to get a pop fix, you’ll get that, too, today. […]

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Jesse Marchant – ‘Illusion of Love’ (album review)

Jesse Marchant – ‘Illusion of Love’ (album review)

Jesse Marchant is a rare breed today in that his music is timeless. The Montreal-born, New York-based singer-songwriter could easily be mistaken for Nick Drake’s twin, Mark Kozelek’s equal when it comes to vivid storytelling, and Jim James’ peer with respect to vocals that leave a lasting imprint. His 2014 self-titled album reflected all these element, as Marchant delivered one […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 30th

The Matinee ’18 January 30th

From fiery rockers to groovy funk and disco-filled joyrides to gorgeous ballads, The Matinee ’18 January 30th will leave you in awe. Well, the music on the mini-playlist did leave us gasping at times. We hope you enjoy today’s selection of new music, which features some familiar names (or past alumni with new names).   ALCABEAN – “Still Remember” (Copenhagen, […]

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Saturday Sampler January 27th

Saturday Sampler January 27th

The retro vibes are strong for your weekend playlist: the nine songs on the Saturday Sampler January 27th edition offer a kaleidoscopic range of sonic hues, from indie pop to psych rock and glam punk. Hopefully you will find a new favorite artist in this mix. Happy weekend!   The Aces – “Fake Nice” (Orem, UT, USA) RIYL: Hinds, Pale […]

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Steve Benjamins – “Manhood” (single premiere)

Steve Benjamins – “Manhood” (single premiere)

Music can be about much more than pleasing tunes and engaging lyrics. Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Benjamins brings a touch of introspection to his single “Manhood”, exploring what it takes to be masculine at a time when male behaviour is coming under a critical spotlight. We’re delighted to premiere the single and Benjamin’s video here today. Sometimes less is […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – US Edition

The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – US Edition

Here is part two of our daily playlist. The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – US Edition features a few of our all-time favorites plus several impressive newcomers that made us do double takes. There are some incredibly moving and powerful songs while others will get you rocking or dancing. After spinning these songs, check out the part one of The […]

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Saturday Sampler January 20th

Saturday Sampler January 20th

The Saturday Sampler January 20th edition brings you nine brilliant new songs from across the globe. Featuring artists from Austria, England, Norway, Sweden, and the U.S., today’s playlist offers a variety of genres to please every musical palette. We kick things off with a stunning Scandinavian artist.   Big Fox – “The Fight” (Malmö, Sweden) RIYL: Lisa Hannigan, Joan As […]

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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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The Matinee ’18 January 16th

The Matinee ’18 January 16th

We obviously have to start the day with a tune from The Cranberries. For many of us, they were one of the bands with whom we grew up and helped us get through the lean high school and college days. Their albums, particularly Everybody Else Is Doing It, so Why Can’t We? and No Need To Argue remain among our […]

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Saturday Sampler January 13th

Saturday Sampler January 13th

The Saturday Sampler January 13th edition includes nine sizzling tracks from across the globe. Featuring artists from Australia, Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand, and the USA, these tunes offer plenty of sonic richness for all your weekend plans.   Caroline Rose – “Soul No. 5” (New York City via Burlington, VT, USA) LONER by Caroline Rose RIYL: Bec Sandridge, Alex […]

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