The Matinee October 15 edition takes off a special seven-song mini-playlist. There’s more of a mix, although some songs lean towards the heavier, harder side. Let’s get started with a personal favorite.


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The Besnard Lakes – “Golden Lion” (Montreal, Canada)

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One of Montreal’s long-time secrets, The Besnard Lakes have for a dozen years taken ’70s rock and spun a dreamy weave through it. They’ve released a handful of albums and several awesome covers. Their sound hasn’t changed too much, but they’ve refined it. The only thing that has changed is they’ve gotten older and better. Their latest single, “Golden Lion”, (which isn’t a cover of The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s anthem), retains the ethereal, slow-building rock that they’ve perfected – shimmering melodies, shoegaze guitar riffs, and a climax that peaks just enough to draw you in and retain your attention. If this is your first introduction to The Besnard Lakes, this song is just the ticket to draw you in to their fantastic indie-rock –

“Golden Lion” will be released as a special 12″ on November 13, 2015 via Jagjaguwar and Outside Music. The Besnard Lakes’ new album, A Complex Coliseum Museum, is due January 22, 2016, also via the two labels.

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Cross Record – “Steady Waves” (Dripping Springs, Texas, USA)

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Wow! That’s really all that needs to be said about “Steady Waves”, the new single from wife-husband duo Cross Record. The project of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski, the former Chicago residents transplanted themselves on a ranch in rural Texas, where they worked several jobs and found the inspiration for their sophomore album. That inspiration was the struggles experienced by so many individuals to make ends meet and the communities in which they reside.

The song starts off as a lush and breathtaking acoustic number, resonating with the endearing beauty of Tiny Ruins. It then builds into rhythmic cascade that is heart-pounding before ebbing back to a quiet whisper. It is a stirring and stunning take about everyday life, its ebbs and flows, and the calm moments and dramatic events.

“Steady Waves” is the lead single from Cross Records’ forthcoming, sophomore album, Wabi-Sabi, which is expected January 29th, 2016 on Ba Da Bing Records. Pre-order the album now via the label’s store.

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ESTRONS – “Make A Man” (Cardiff, Wales)

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From the region that brought us Wolf Alice and Eagulls comes ESTRONS. Like those bands, ESTRONS focus on creating inide-rock that will just blow your mind. With a dash of post-punk and a whole of ’80s-esque rock ‘n roll attitude, ESTRONS have released a cathartic and highly anthemic new single, “Make A Man”. If there was a “go-f***-yourself” song of the season, this would be it.

ESTRONS are Taliesyn Källström, Hugh Parry, James Keeley, and Rhodri Daniel. “Make A Man” will officially be released on December 4th 2015 via Gofod Records. Their debut EP, Whoever she was…, will follow short thereafter, specifically, on December 11th 2015.

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High Up – “You Can’t Give Up On Me” (Omaha, USA)

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Charles Bradley and The Extraordinaires, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and Lee Fields have helped reinvigorate funk-soul over the past ten years. Their lively concerts and mind-blowing sound have captivated younger audiences, where the genre is no longer considered the music of our grandparents and great-grandparents. Instead, we’ve witnessed several young artists replicate the sounds of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Leon Bridges, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are just a few of the more recent names to gravitate to the music popularized by James Brown, Otis Redding, and many others.

A “new” name to add to this list is High Up, a collective based in Omaha, Nebraska. Comprised of sisters Christine (lead vocals) and Orenda Fink (trombone, backing vocals – and yes the Orenda Fink who released the stunning Blue Dream), Greg Elsasser (drums), Josh Soto (bass), and Jason Biggers (trumpet), High Up have released two singles to date. The latest is the gorgeous ballad “You Can’t Give Up On Me”, which circles around Christine’s powerful, soulful voice and Orenda’s touching songwriting about never letting go of a loved one. It’s a track that pulls at the emotional heart strings yet completely blows you away.  The song is a wonderful introduction to a band that is adding contemporary to a classic.


In The Whale – “Neighbor” (Denver, USA)

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From the Rocky Mountain region of the USA comes In The Whale. Not exactly a hidden gem like some other bands, the two-piece, Denver-based band have been releasing awesome punk-/garage-/indie-rock for the past four years. Comprised of Nate Valdez (vocals, guitar) and Eric Riley (drums, backing vocals), the duo have released a new song, “Neighbor”. Produced by follow no-nonsense indie-rockers, No Age, “Neighbor” just blows the doors off the house with its gritty and heavy hard licks and pounding drumming. If Chris Cornell decided to create a two-piece outfit, it would like sound like In The Whale.

“Neighbor” will be part of a two-song digital single, which will be released October 23rd via Red Bull Sound Select. The band will be heading out on an extensive tour in November. View tour dates here.

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Murder Shoes – “Nineteeneightyone” (Minneapolis, USA)

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One of our favorite new discoveries from earlier this year is Murder Shoes, the five-piece from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In April, they released they sublime “Maybe You Can”, and they’ve returned with a new single and some additional news. “Nineteeneightyone” is a dazzling pop-rock tune that has the warm brilliance of Blouse and Tennis. With its shoegaze underbelly and the cool and captivating vocals of Tess Weinberg, it’s easy to get lost and sent into a dream when listening to “Nineteeneightyone”. With now two great tracks, the band’s debut album cannot come soon enough.

Speaking of which, “Nineteeneightyone” is the second single from Murder Shoes forthcoming Daydreaming, which comes out November 6 via Land Ski Records. Pre-order it on Bandcamp.

Murder Shoes are Tess Weinberg, Christopher White, Derek Van Gieson, Elliot Manthey, and Tim Heinlein.

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Sudakistan – “Concrete Djungle” (Stockholm, Sweden)

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Explosive. Dynamic. Blistering and mind-bending. That’s “Concrete Djungle”, the new single from Sudakistan. The five-piece outfit comprised of ex-pats from South America who now call Stockholm home are getting set to release their debut album, Caballo Negro. Nearly three years in the making, Sudakistan could be considered perfectionist as they craft a sound that sounds familiar yet new. On “Concrete Djungle”, Thee Oh Sees’ psychedelia and John Dwyer-esque “Woos!” can be heard along with Wooden Shjips’ trademark of kaleidoscope soundscapes. At the same time, the band has incorporated Latin rhythms into the track. The whole combination has resulted in one awesome single that is, and I’ll said it again, explosive, dynamic, blistering, and mind-bending.

Caballo Negro is due on October 30 via PNKSLM Recordings.

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