Tag: soul

Delve into Algiers’ fiery ‘The Underside of Power’ (album review)

Delve into Algiers’ fiery ‘The Underside of Power’ (album review)

Two years ago, Algiers announced themselves to the world with their raw but fiery debut album. Algiers introduced us to the intercontinental band’s kaleidoscopic sound that was unlike anything released that year or even in this decade. Elements of gospel, soul, post-punk, New Wave, blues, and indie rock were masterfully blended into a maelstrom of combustible sonic energy. Algiers’ brilliance […]

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The Matinee June 9th

The Matinee June 9th

The Matinee June 9th has a bit of everything today. It includes new music from a couple of major bands, a super-collective of mega-talented artists, and a few groups and artists still looking to achieve a major breakthrough. There is a heavy electronic bent on this, but not the typical EDM stuff. Sit back and enjoy the music. Black Fly […]

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The Matinee June 8th

The Matinee June 8th

The Matinee June 8th features a bevy of well-known artists and a handful of hidden gems to discover. The list is in reverse alphabetical order because we haven’t done this in a while. Waxahatchee – “Never Been Wrong” (Philadelphia, USA) RIYL: Liz Phair, Juliana Hatfield, Veruca Salt While Katie Crutchfield’s first three albums as Waxahatchee have been critical darlings, she remains […]

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Benjamin Booker – ‘Witness’ (album review)

Benjamin Booker – ‘Witness’ (album review)

“No matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.” ~~ Lebron James, May 31, 2017 Three years ago, Benjamin Booker took the music world by storm with his eponymous debut album. His fiery blues-rock captivated music listeners, and critics were universally applauding his talents. Consequently, Benjamin Booker landed on many […]

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The Matinee May 19th

The Matinee May 19th

The Matinee May 19th has awesome new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have a myriad of tunes. Most are upbeat, so we hope today’s playlist kicks off the beginning to your weekend. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler, and then Sunday for our mega, mega playlist. Cigarettes After Sex – “Each Time You Fall In […]

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The Matinee May 5th

The Matinee May 5th

Today is the mother of music days. There is so much great music and albums dropping over the past 6 to 24 hours, and The Matinee May 5th is just a microcosm of this great day.  We have a myriad of tracks for your listening pleasure. We have artists representing Australia, Iceland, Sweden, and the US  We hope you find […]

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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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The Matinee April 27th

The Matinee April 27th

The Matinee April 27th feels like a playlist for a summer road trip, so each song will be associated with a traveling reference. This journey is the one heading home, so the list is in reverse alphabetical order. Umm – “Black Summer” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: The Dig, The Breeders, Communist Daughter Our journey begins on a coastal highway, where […]

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The Matinee April 25th

The Matinee April 25th

The Matinee April 25th is a humdinger of a playlist, featuring nine songs by artists representing five countries. There are some luxurious ballads, edgy rockers, quirky pop tunes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the new music. Antonioni – “Love Is A Landmark” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Mothers In every corner of the globe, a person is crying […]

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The Matinee April 14th

The Matinee April 14th

It’s the long weekend for most people, so we’ve tried to create a mini-playlist to help jump start the time off or one you could spin on a road trip. The Matinee April 14th has nine songs from, as always, around the world. There are some dazzling, low-key numbers and amusing, truly LOL tracks. Enjoy and happy long weekend!   […]

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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 – Saro

SXSW 2017 Memories – Saro

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 Saro. Best known for his electro-soul […]

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The Matinee March 28th

The Matinee March 28th

Whereas yesterday we traversed the globe for new music, The Matinee March 28th edition is a bit more stationary. That said, we still think you’ll enjoy this selection of nine songs. We did!   Agent blå – “Rote Learning” (Gothenburg, Sweden) RIYL: Alvvays, A Place To Bury Strangers, Sløtface When Swedish quintet Agent blå arrived on the scene at the […]

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The Matinee March 21st

The Matinee March 21st

The Matinee March 21st has a strong Canadian flavor, reflecting the burgeoning music in the world’s second-largest country. The mini-playlist is, we must warn you, more somber and even intense. The storytelling in these songs are stellar with the final song the year’s biggest and most beautiful tearjerker. Cigarettes After Sex – “Apocalypse” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Cigarettes After Sex, Rhye, […]

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The Matinee March 16th

The Matinee March 16th

We go globe-trotting once again for The Matinee March 16th edition with seven countries represented. Let’s get to the music.   Bleeding Knees Club – “Chew The Gum” (Sydney, Australia) RIYL: Blink-182, Twin Peaks, DZ Deathrays Four years ago, Sydney-based Bleeding Knees Club burst on the Aussie indie scene, winning fans over with their whimsical garage-rock and punk-pop fusion. After […]

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Saturday Sampler March 11th

Saturday Sampler March 11th

The Saturday Sampler March 11th edition features voices from around the globe (including Canada, England, Netherlands, Sweden, and the US), but with a twist. Since the world celebrated International Women’s Day earlier this week, our focus today is on strong women musicians. Seven of the artists on this playlist include talented female vocalists, because women deserve recognition every day of the year, not […]

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The Matinee March 3rd

The Matinee March 3rd

The Matinee March 3rd include 6 new awesome tracks to get your weekend started off right. We have newcomers today, a couple of our favorites and a very legendary and established band. Tracks range from high energy rock to a chilled out vibe. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. Artists represented today include Canada, the US, […]

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Brady Toops – “Carolina” (video premiere)

Brady Toops – “Carolina” (video premiere)

The transition from pro baseball player to reality TV star to successful singer-songwriter may seem to encompass everything that anyone could ever want from life. By 2015, Brady Toops had achieved all this and more, yet there was something missing. He reveals: I think I had slowly lost heart, and didn’t realize it. The youthful zeal of my 20s had […]

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The Matinee February 16th

The Matinee February 16th

The Matinee February 16th arrives with a six-pack of new music. Let’s just get to the music.   Girl As Wave – “Speed Of Light” (New York City, USA) RIYL: The Bangles, Belinda Carlisle, Moving Panoramas It’s been a month since she debuted her first single as Girl As Wave, and we still know very little about the former folk-singer-turned-indie-pop-starlet. […]

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The Matinee January 27th

The Matinee January 27th

The Matinee January 27th features a bevy of new music singles once again. There are some familiar names on the list, and a handful of artists making their first appearance. Happy Weekend everyone!   annelie – “STUCK” (Gothenburg, Sweden) RIYL: early Purity Ring, Esther Joy Lane, Linying Simplicity can yield something tremendous and beautiful. It is a belief that we […]

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