The Weekend Showcase 2.49 edition is the final one of 2016. It has been an exceptional year for independent music, and this final mega-playlist epitomizes everything we love about the songs we heard. Mind-altering rockers, psychedelia, and shoegaze. Thoughtful and socially conscious numbers. Hip-shaking indie pop. Masterful mosaics of sound that could not categorized. In short, there are 42 songs on this slightly condensed Weekend Showcase. The 10 countries represented are: Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States.

Beginning Monday, we will unveil our Favorite 50 Albums of the Year and our concert photographs to end 2016. The new year will commence with our expectations and anticipations for the next 365 days.

The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows the list of articles from the past week.

Thank you to the nearly 2500 artists we profiled this year for sharing your music. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year everyone.



The Matinee December 12 – dark Dark, Loose Buttons, MAINLAND, RCKB, Sylvan Esso, Young Summer

The Matinee December 13 – Aurora Blue, bed., Blondfire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mosa Wild, Noa May, Rainbrother, Tripnaha

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 47 – Austra, BROS, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Saintsenaca, Yellow House

The Matinee December 15 – Blisss, Death In The Afternoon, Kraków Loves Adana, Louie Louie, Midnight Faces, SCARLET, Tye James

The Matinee December 16 – Chicano Batman, Meatbodies, Mister and Mississippi, The Sadies (feat. Kurt Vile), The Sly Persuaders, Tzara, Weird.

Saturday Sampler December 17 – Active Bird Community, The Awful Truth (feat. Esmé Patterson), Communist Daughter, Exam Season, GEMS, Golden Coast, Red Sleeping Beauty, Soviet Soviet



Favorite 30 EPs of 2016

  • Part 1 – Bad Family, Benji Tranter and The Well Adjusted Individuals, Black Honey, Chris Bathgate, Chris Watts, Day Wave, Eliza Shaddad, Emily Reo, Eskimeaux, Glen Hansard
  • Part 2 – Grapell, Hazel English, Heron Oblivion, Jesse Mac Cormack, La Sera, Lady Lamb, Massive Attack, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Molly Parden, Muteboy
  • Part 3 – Naked Giants, Ofelia K, The Perennials, Sade x MF Doom mixed by Seanh, Sheer Mag, Snail Mail, Sundara Karma, Tiny Dinosaurs, The Van T’s, Wolf Parade

Favorite 30 Hidden Gems

  • Part 1 – A Festival, A Parade, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Acapulco Lips, Ali Beletic, Amy Klein, Ashley Shadow, Auna Sims, BLAJK, Cuesta Loeb, Dayflower, Few Bits, Future Elevators, Genders, Ghost Wave, Jack Grelle
  • Part 2 – Ian Sweet, Lewis Bootle, Lowlight, Lucia Fontaine, Mal Devisa, The Mindoor, Ninet Tayeb, PALM HONEY, Petal, The Regrettes, SGF, VVEELS, Wolfie’s Just Fine, XIXA, Yassassin



Weekend Showcase 2.49 Tracklisting

  • Meatbodies – “Creature Feature” (Los Angeles, USA)
  • Mosa Wild – “Smoke” (Ashford, England)
  • dark Dark – “Moments” (Los Angeles/Austin, USA)
  • Austra – “Future Politics” (Toronto, Canada)
  • BROS – “Tell Me” (Toronto, Canada)
  • Chicano Batman – “Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)” (Los Angeles, USA)
  • Blondfire – “Monuments” (Los Angeles, USA)
  • MAINLAND – “Dummy Test” (New York City, USA)
  • Sylvan Esso – “Kick Jump Twist” (Raleigh, NC USA)
  • bed. – “Girl” (Portland, OR USA)
  • Exam Season – “Everything Is Salted Caramel” (Ringwood, England)
  • Weird. – “Forever Floating Feels” (Rome, Italy)
  • SCARLET – “Alone” (Manchester/Liverpool, England)
  • Tye James – “Lies” (New York City, USA)
  • Tzara – “Love Is Pain” (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Tripnaha – “Water” (Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • Young Summer – “Young Chunk of Coal” (Washington, DC, USA)
  • Aurora Blue – “Cool Woman” (Orillia, ON, Canada)
  • Rainbrother – “Breakout” (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • GEMS – “Blow Out the Light” (Los Angeles via Washington, DC, USA)
  • RKCB – “Disorder” (Los Angeles, USA)
  • Noa May – “Hey” (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Saintseneca – “All the Best” (Columbus, OH, USA)
  • Blisss – “Porcelain” (London, England)

Supporting labels: ANTI RecordsArt Is Hard Records, ATO Records, Better Call RobBlack Candy Records, Born Losers RecordsCarpark Records, Dine Alone Records, Domino RecordsFelte, The Homestead Records, In The Red RecordsLabrador Records, Lady Sometimes Records, Yep Roc Records

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