The Matinee July 8th includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure. Unintentionally we have a U.S.-based playlist. We hope you find some awesome rock, indie rock, indie pop, singer-songwriter fare, and possibly your new favorite band or artist. On days like today where you just don’t even want to read the national headlines, we are thankful that music is here to soothe our souls.

Barlow – “Carriers” (Erie, PA, USA)

RIYL: Cloud Nothings, PAWS, No Age

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“Carriers” is the newest from barlow who have been creating awesome shoegaze inspired rock since 2010. The single is from the band’s forthcoming EP, every time i saw him, which arrives on July 15th (next Friday).

With “Carriers” we have garage inspired ’90s rock which provides a fast paced dose of sonic goodness shrouded in just the right amount of reverb. Our only gripe is we need more than 1:49 from this exciting trio.  Barlow has a regional tour upcoming, you can check out the dates on their Facebook page.

Barlow is jake (bass/vocal), ethan- (guitar/vocal) and andy- (drums)

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Big Jesus – “SP” (Atlanta, USA)

RIYL: A Place to Bury Strangers, Early Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine.

Big Jesus - "SP"Big Jesus we feel will soon be shaking things up with their exhilarating sound and have the potential to catch on like wildfire (think Royal Blood). Singer Spencer Ussery shares a bit about their influences: “We grew up on the popular rock music of the 90s, and were greatly impacted by everything from metal, psychedelic pop, shoegaze, hip hop, and even classical piano music”.

Their hybrid mix of genres is apparent with their newest release, and we are excited to hear more from Big Jesus. While many current bands try and emulate ’90s rock greats of the past, Big Jesus are creating something new, fresh and exciting for the sometimes ordinary rock landscape we hear today.

On “SP” we have hard-hitting guitar rock with huge riffs but also amazing melodies which remind a bit of early Smashing Pumpkins (Gish).

The song is from their forthcoming new album, ONEIRIC, which will be released by Mascot Label Group on September 30th. Big Jesus are CJ Ridings (guitar), Spencer Ussery (bass/vocals), Thomas Gonzalez (guitar), and Joe Sweat (drums).

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Michael Nau – “Love Survive” (Cumberland, MD, USA)

RIYL: Diane Coffee, David Bazan, Nap Eyes

Michael Nau - 'Love Survive"

“Love Survive” is a fitting track that everyone needs to hear so that we can drown out the current hate in the world (especially after last nights events in Dallas).

“Love Survive” is an awesome mix of folk, rock, soul and classic pop. The track instantly soothes our mood and reminds us to be thankful for what we have and to lead our lives with love vs. hate with the beginning lyric stating “This is my conquering song where only my love survive.”

Michael Nau is accompanied by his bandmate and wife, Whitney McGraw, who provides sophisticated backing vocals and compliments Nau’s voice perfectly.

“Love Survive” is from Nau’s forthcoming, new album, Mowing, which arrives November 18th via Full Time Hobby.

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Minden – “Artist Statement” (Portland, Oregon USA)

RIYL: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Astronauts, etc., Ariel Pink

Minden Artist - "Statement"

With “Artist Statement” we have the perfect big pop sound which encompasses perfectly calculated percussion, driving synth and lovely melodies that keep you enthralled throughout. There is also an underlying funk vibe (Sly Stone-ish) which adds an extra element to Minden‘s sound which keeps us going back for more.

Singer Casey Burge shares a bit about the motivation behind the track: “‘Artist Statement’ is to do with the way people choose to present themselves… it’s about an internet friendship with someone who lives on the other side of the world and the opportunities and dilemmas that accompany this modern era of instant communication.”

“Artist Statement” is the second track off Minden’s forthcoming new album, Sweet, Simple Things, which is due out August 5th on Hit City U.S.A.

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Streets of Laredo – “99.9%” (Brooklyn, USA via Auckland, New Zealand)

RIYL: Dawes, Barr Brothers

Streets of Laredo - "99.9%"

“99.9%” is an ode to everyone that is out there living it every day – everyone with struggles or hard times or just regular life – let’s all just keep moving on anyway. The track has heavy ’70s psych undertones with almost Dylan-esque vocals. It’s still an upbeat, feel good track, even though the lyrical content necessarily is not.

Dave Gibson shares a bit about the track: “Most of these lyrics were written on a napkin at a bar in the East Village, in possibly the most stereotypical & clichéd way one could imagine — a depressed songwriter finishes his shit day job, goes to Black & White by himself, gets drunk, and writes lyrics on a napkin. There was also a poet, and he was yelling.”

Streets of Laredo is comprised of close-knit family members Daniel, Dave, and Sarahjane Gibson, the Brooklyn by-way-of New Zealand band pulls inspiration from the fervor/madness of the ’70s folk-rock circuit.

“99.9%” is available now at Dine Alone Records and they will be releasing their sophomore album later this fall.

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Ryley Walker – “The Roundabout” (Chicago, IL)

RIYL: Steve Gunn, James Taylor, Bob Dylan

ryleywalkerWe are getting super excited with each new track Ryley Walker is releasing from his forthcoming album. “The Roundabout” continues to prove Mr. Walker’s talent and might even be one of his best songs yet.

He contemplates life and overcoming with his superb talent of storytelling and displaying his amazing talent on guitar. He starts out with “There is no instance in conscience or convenience even though you stand on heavy shoulders”.  He continues contemplating God writing prescriptions and buying someone a drink even though his credit is less than stellar. With “The Roundabout” his vocals take the stage and he emerges with the most confidence vocally we have seen yet.

“The Roundabout” is the latest single from his upcoming album Golden Sings that Have Been Sung (out August 19 on Dead Oceans).

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