Author: Ben Yung

The Matinee ’18 August 7th

The Matinee ’18 August 7th

The Matinee ’18 August 7th enchants, dazzles, rocks, and simply awes with nine fantastic tunes. This one is a more global affair than previous efforts, so get ready for a musical ride around the planet. ALCABEAN – “Getaway” (Copenhagen, Denmark) RIYL: The Hunna, SWMRS, The 1975 Just a few months since releasing their excellent new EP, Head Down, Danish firecrackers […]

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The Matinee ’18 August 2nd

The Matinee ’18 August 2nd

The Matinee ’18 August 2nd edition starts with a disco rocker and ends with a dream. In between, there are additional rockers, surf vibes, and moving stories. Sit back and take a listen to nine songs from artists you ought to know. Black Honey – “Midnight” (Brighton, England) Alternate streams: YouTube RIYL: YONAKA, Blondie, Jack River For the most part, […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 31st

The Matinee ’18 July 31st

The Matinee ’18 July 31st is filled with marvelous tunes and stories. The songs are listed in reverse alphabetical order, except we begin with the long-awaited return of one of music’s geniuses. Phosphorescent – “New Birth in New England” (Brooklyn, USA)  Alternate streams: YouTube, Spotify RIYL: Phosphorescent, Matthew Houck Finally! At long last! It’s coming! Matthew Houck – a.k.a. […]

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Newport Folk Festival 2018 – Day Three Guide

Newport Folk Festival 2018 – Day Three Guide

Two days are in the books, and Saturday was a typical Newport Folk Festival day – from the music, to the surprises, to the unpredictable and temperamental weather. And ten thousand festival goers won’t hesitate to do it all again today! The final day is once again filled with conflicts, so if you need a hand check out our Newport […]

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Newport Folk Festival 2018 – Day Two Guide

Newport Folk Festival 2018 – Day Two Guide

After a memorable Day One, we get to do it all again at Fort Adams State Park. What will Newport Folk Festival have in store for us this day? We offer a few predictions in our Newport Folk Festival 2018 – Day Two Guide , which also might be handy to navigate through the multiple conflicts. Since WiFi is at […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.29

Weekend Showcase 4.29

The Weekend Showcase 4.29 edition is much leaner due to holidays and one of the best festivals on the planet taking place this weekend. You’ll find 37 songs on the mega-playlist, featuring artists and bands from a much leaner six countries, including: Australia, Canada, Chile, England, Norway, and the United States. The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows the list […]

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Newport Folk Festival 2018 – Day One Guide

Newport Folk Festival 2018 – Day One Guide

Yesterday, we shared our complete guide of the 53rd edition of Newport Folk Festival. To make it easier, we’ll be splitting the guide up into each day, so here is obviously Day One. Whether this is your 20th NFF or your first, you know there will be conflicts – plenty of conflicts! The Newport Folk Festival 2018 Day One Guide, […]

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Newport Folk Festival 2018 – The Full Guide

Newport Folk Festival 2018 – The Full Guide

This year marks the 53rd year of the prestigious Newport Folk Festival (July 27th to 29th), which every music lover must attend at least once in their life. This is easier said than done, of course, because NFF sells out in about 2 minutes when tickets go on sale in late November. The Festival only accommodates 10,000 people around Fort […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 26th

The Matinee ’18 July 26th

The usual nine songs are on The Matinee ’18 July 26th edition, but the descriptions are a bit abbreviated because it’s Newport Folk Festival weekend. Apologies to the bands and artists for the shorter write-ups, but we hope they understand. Without further ado, here are the tunes. The Aquadolls – “Hollywood” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Phantastic Ferniture, Colleen Green, Jesse […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 24th

The Matinee ’18 July 24th

The Matinee ’18 July 24th features new music that will stir every bone in your body. There are intimate and dreamy numbers, raucous punk, spaced-out psychedelia, and boom anthems. So if you need a pick-me-up or something to calm the nerves, you’ll find it in the mini-playlist. Basement Revolver – “Dancing” (Hamilton, Ontario)  RIYL: The Cardigans, The Raveonettes, Lush […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 19th

The Matinee ’18 July 19th

The Matinee ’18 July 19th is another mixed bag of new music from across the globe. Some of the tracks are heavier and darker and others are whimsical and witty. Take a spin of the nine songs below, beginning with booming garage rocker.   The Bullseyes – “Yet There’s You” (Poland) RIYL: The Black Keys, King Khan & BBQ Show, […]

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Valley Queen – ‘Supergiant’ (album review)

Valley Queen – ‘Supergiant’ (album review)

It wasn’t long ago – about two decades – when the southern US was the place to find the hottest, upcoming indie band. From Louisville to Athens, Georgia to Austin, outfits such as My Morning Jacket, Drive-by Truckers, Okkervil River, and Shearwater were transforming rock ‘n roll. Or more accurately, they were re-defining southern rock, bringing the music of Lynyrd […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 16th – Americas Edition

The Matinee ’18 July 16th – Americas Edition

The second part of our daily playlists, The Matinee ’18 July 16th – Americas Edition, features bands and artists who are in Canada and the US, although originated in Chile. There’s a wide range of genres featured as well. If you’re interested, find the European edition over here to discover more great new music. That playlist has seven songs.   […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 16th – European Edition

The Matinee ’18 July 16th – European Edition

We have two mini-playlists for you since the past few days yielded some incredible new music. The Matinee ’18 July 16th – European Edition has seven songs, and it is listed in reverse alphabetical order. The majority are of the sublime variety, but a couple will get your heart pumping. Head over here to listen to the Americas Edition, which […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 13th

The Matinee ’18 July 13th

The Matinee ’18 July 13th is not spooky nor brooding nor eerie. Instead, it’s quite the opposite – offering ten energetic, infectious, and rip-roaring numbers to end the week on the right note. There’s some surf-rock and indie pop, a bit of classic rock and disco-pop, and you’ll even find a country-rock tune. So saddle up and let today’s musical […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 12th

The Matinee ’18 July 12th

We once again whirl around the world and across genres to represent some fine new music. The Matinee ’18 July 12th has the usual nine selections. It’s a very diverse group, featuring indietronica, ’90s Brit-wave, film-noir, post-punk, indie folk, indie rock, guitar-pop, and shoegaze. There’s also a retro vibe to the majority of songs. Champagne Superchillin’ – “Gipsy Ferrari” (Brooklyn, […]

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BODEGA – ‘Endless Scroll’ (album review)

BODEGA – ‘Endless Scroll’ (album review)

Endless Scroll by BODEGA If Seth MacFarlane collaborated with Trey Parker and Matt Stone to create a lo-fi, post-punk rock album, what would it sound like? If we had to make a guess, it would resemble Endless Scroll, which is BODEGA‘s incredibly witty, intelligent, and amusing debut album. Packed with 14 songs with only two exceeding the three-minute mark, the […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 10th

The Matinee ’18 July 10th

A wide-range of songs are featured on The Matinee ’18 July 10th. Gritty rockers, sultry electro-disco-pop, sweet indie pop, hazy and blissful tunes, and some classic rock ‘n roll are all on order. You might want to stand up while you spin some of these tracks. Dentist – “Upset Words” (Asbury Park, NJ, USA) RIYL: Veruca Salt, Speedy Ortiz, Colleen […]

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Odina – ‘Nothing Makes Sense’ (EP review)

Odina – ‘Nothing Makes Sense’ (EP review)

In March 2017, we proclaimed that Spanish singer-songwriter Odina was “(o)ne of the more remarkable, young talents to arrive on the indie scene in the past twelve months”. She has just released the stunning single, “Why’d You Make Me Cry”, which exhibited Odina’s maturity and imaginative storytelling. Major music sites and taste-makers, such as Clash, NYLON, and The Line of Best Fit, […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 5th

The Matinee ’18 July 5th

The Matinee ’18 July 5th edition is a global affair. Several countries are represented, and there is a wide-range of genres, too. Be prepared to be dazzled as well as to dance and rock out. Boniface – “Dear Megan” (Winnipeg, Canada) RIYL: Postal Service, The 1975, CHVRCHES While artists with lesser talent play to sold-out shows, Micah Visser continues to […]

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