Author: Ben Yung

The Matinee ’18 November 13th – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 November 13th – Part 1

It’s Tuesday, which means another doubleheader of new music. The Matinee ’18 November 13th – Part 1 features some blissful and ethereal tunes and some soul-shaking rockers. There’s something for everyone on this mini-playlist. After spinning these seven songs, check out Part 2 over here. angelic milk – “Celebrate” (St. Petersburg, Russia) RIYL: The Raveonettes, Wolf Alice, Black Honey Last […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 13th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 November 13th – Part 2

On the other half of our doubleheader, The Matinee ’18 November 13th – Part 2 traverses many dimensions. There are cosmic tunes, a wall-shaker, and a song that is perfect for a wedding. Then there are a few tunes that belong on a film soundtrack plus another that features one of the best voices in the business. If you haven’t […]

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Native Sun – ‘Always Different, Always the Same’ (EP review)

Native Sun – ‘Always Different, Always the Same’ (EP review)

If more bands made unrelenting rock ‘n roll like New York City’s Native Sun, no one would be mentioning the genre as one being on its last legs. The quartet of Dany Gomez (vocals/guitar), Jake Pflum (lead guitar), Alexis Castro (drums), and Mo Martinez (bass) are throwbacks, as their music features one hyper-drive guitar riff and explosive rhythm after another. […]

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Linn Koch-Emmery – ‘Waves’ (EP review)

Linn Koch-Emmery – ‘Waves’ (EP review)

Twelve years ago, Linn Koch-Emmery brought her first electric guitar and with it came visions of sharing her music with the rest of the world. Throughout high school and into her twenties, she played in a host of bands, but she found her voice and sound in 2016 when she went solo. Her debut single, “Come Back”, opened eyes while […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 8th

The Matinee ’18 November 8th

After Hollie focused on North American artists, The Matinee ’18 November 8th edition heads overseas. There is a sizable Commonwealth presence, but in the middle of the mini-playlist is one of electronica’s great and underappreciated duos. Evi Vine – “Sabbath” (London, England) RIYL: Emma Ruth Rundle, Chelsea Wolfe, A Place To Bury Strangers “Her vocals break your heart into a […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 6th – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 November 6th – Part 1

With so much great new music, we’re firing out another doubleheader. The Matinee ’18 November 6th – Part 1 has some intimate and sultry tunes, breathtaking numbers, and a handful of tunes that will get you up off your seat. Afterwards, spin Part 2 of The Matinee over here, and listen to another eight terrific tracks. Charlene Soraia – “Now […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 6th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 November 6th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 November 6th – Part 2 features eight more songs, ranging from tunes that are retro inspired and others that are pushing the envelope. As such, some of these songs will take you back to summer and a few will transport you to the future. If you missed Part 1, click here to listen to more great new […]

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IAN SWEET – ‘Crush Crusher’ (album review)

IAN SWEET – ‘Crush Crusher’ (album review)

 Two years ago when IAN SWEET released their debut album, Shapeshifter, the band effortlessly moved from edgy rockers to lo-fi, blissful tunes. It showcased the then trio’s refusal to be pigeonholed into a specific genre, yet at the same time it revealed their continuing journey to define themselves. Since its release, IAN SWEET has once again become the solo […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 1st

The Matinee ’18 November 1st

The Matinee ’18 November 1st is filled with new music from long-time and more recent favorites, including two of our favorite discoveries of the year. There are some robust rockers, haunting and breathtaking ballads, and some groovy and even quirky numbers. We kick things off, however, with a surprise double feature from one of Scotland’s most outstanding bands. Young Fathers […]

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Azure Ray – ‘Waves’ (EP review)

Azure Ray – ‘Waves’ (EP review)

Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink have been partners in crime for over two decades. As young teenagers, they launched the band Little Red Rocket, which blossomed into Azure Ray. For nearly a decade, the two would become the standard to which all dream-pop would be compared. Following the release of the lovely As Above So Below EP in 2012, though, […]

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Eliza Shaddad – ‘Future’ (album review)

Eliza Shaddad – ‘Future’ (album review)

Future by Eliza Shaddad Nearly seven years ago, Eliza Shaddad introduced herself to the music world armed with just an acoustic guitar and a set of intimate songs. The woman with the Master’s in Philosophy was heading down the well-worn path traveled by hundreds of thousands before – trying to maneuver her way through the swell of similar, folk-driven singer-songwriters. […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 30th – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 October 30th – Part 1

We have another doubleheader of new music. The Matinee ’18 October 30th – Part 1 edition is the more feisty and blustery one. As such, get ready to move. Afterwards, spin Part 2, which features more spellbinding and dreamy numbers. Balthazar – “Fever” (Kortrijk and Ghent, Belgium) RIYL: Maribou State, Warhaus, Milky Chance Before Milky Chance set the world on […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 30th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 October 30th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 October 30th – Part 2 features spine-tingling, dreamy, and emotional numbers. Settle in, wrap yourself in a blanket, and be swept away by these six fabulous songs. After hearing these songs, visit Part 1 to listen to six more tunes. Loyal Lobos – “Wrong” (Los Angeles, USA via Bogotá, Colombia) RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Rosie Carney, Stella Donnelly […]

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Miya Folick – ‘Premonitions’ (album review)

Miya Folick – ‘Premonitions’ (album review)

 Stardom has been in Miya Folick‘s future since she released her debut single, “Talking With Strangers”, which revealed her awe-striking, wide-ranging vocals and poignant and gut-wrenching songwriting. Over the past three years through the release of more than dozen singles and two outstanding EPs – 2015’s Strange Darling and 2017’s Give It To Me, which was one of last […]

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Jo Marches – ‘Day In Day Out’ (EP review)

Jo Marches – ‘Day In Day Out’ (EP review)

 In the three short years since Johanneke Kranendonk unveiled her project Jo Marches, she has proven to be unpredictable. At one moment, she weaves a synth-driven, disco-punk tune that echoes the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She then quickly she spins a psychedelic-pop trip a la Tame Impala. Suddenly, she concocts an industrial-driven, krautrock-infused number. One trait, however, is common to […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 25th

The Matinee ’18 October 25th

Another nine songs occupy The Matinee ’18 October 25th edition. The descriptions are leaner again today, but this just gives you more time to enjoy the great music. Aadae – “Carousel Horses” (London, England via Nigeria) RIYL: Erykah Badu, Sade, Tash Sultana More than a year-and-a-half ago, Nigerian-born, London-based singer-songwriter Aadae left us mesmerized with her debut single, “River of […]

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Lights on Moscow – ‘Aorta Songs – Part 1’ (EP review)

Lights on Moscow – ‘Aorta Songs – Part 1’ (EP review)

 Some collaborations are created instantaneously while others percolate for a few years before fully blossoming. In the case of Lights On Moscow, Hazel Wilde of Lanterns On The Lake and Justin Lockey of Editors, Minor Victories, and Mastersystem have worked together for years, but they only made the project official this year. The wait, however, has been worth it, […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 23rd – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 October 23rd – Part 1

With a doubleheader on tap today, the descriptions are tighter, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The Matinee ’18 October 23rd – Part 1 edition features thunderous tunes, emotional roller coasters, spine-tingling mysteries, and boisterous anthems. Sit back, put the headphones on, and enjoy these six tremendous songs. Afterwards, discover more great music with Part 2. Benz – “The […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 23rd – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 October 23rd – Part 2

If you’re craving more great new music, then The Matinee ’18 October 23rd – Part 2 offers six additional tunes. Some tunes are like gentle breezes, and others are like a hurricane or an avalanche. As such, each of the songs will fit whatever mood you’re in, so take a listen and get to know these great artists and bands. […]

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Belle Mare – ‘Liars’ (EP review)

Belle Mare – ‘Liars’ (EP review)

Since Belle Mare‘s birth in 2012, Amelia Bushell (vocals) and Thomas Servidone (guitar) have perfected the art of turning dream-pop into an ethereal experience. Their debut EP, The Boat Of The Fragile Mind, and album, Heaven Forget, were blissful marvels, filled with breathtaking moments. The pair along with Rob Walbourne (drums) and Sam Bartos (bass) extend their boundaries on their equally stunning […]

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