Author: Hollie Daugherty

Melodic Tonic ’18 May 9th

Melodic Tonic ’18 May 9th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 May 9th edition is a bit mellow but far from boring. These three pairs of tunes (a set from the USA, UK, and Australia) will help you chill out, de-stress, and defuse your mid-week stress. The Color Forty Nine – “I Will” (San Diego, USA) RIYL: Calexico, DeVotchKa, Fernando Viciconte “Tequila sunset music” is a term […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 April 25th

Melodic Tonic ’18 April 25th

Ease into your day with the Melodic Tonic ’18 April 25th edition. Start out with warm indie Americana, neo-soul, and smooth R&B, then shift into high gear with indie rock and blues. These six artists from the USA and UK will hit your sweet spot with their original tunes. Let’s kick things off with an amazing duo now based in Nashville. Birds […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 April 18th

Melodic Tonic ’18 April 18th

The four songs on the Melodic Tonic ’18 April 18th edition will transport you to another time – back to the ’80s. Drink deep from the cup of nostalgia as artists from England, Greece, and the US quench your thirst for retro rhythms. We kick things off with something familiar and very energizing. Poptone – “Go!” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: […]

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The Melodic Tonic ’18 April 11th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 April 11th

The six songs on the Melodic Tonic April 11th edition will make you sigh and smile in appreciation. These artists from Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, and the US offer some musical encouragement to help you get through whatever this week throws at you. So sit back and let yourself get lost in these tunes. Neko Case – “Bad Luck” (Vermont, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 April 4th

Melodic Tonic ’18 April 4th

Bask in the mellow springtime warmth of the Melodic Tonic ’18 April 4th edition. These refreshing tunes begin and end in Sweden with a mix of American, Canadian, and UK artists nestled in between. So find yourself a sunny nook with a cool beverage where you can enjoy the bliss these artists provide.   I’m Kingfisher – “Sarajevo” (Lund, Sweden) […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 March 28th

Melodic Tonic ’18 March 28th

The six new music cocktails on the Melodic Tonic ’18 March 28th edition are potent. From indie blues to scorching rock and psychedelic dream pop, there is plenty of diversity to sample, starting with an award-winning American duo. Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – “The Bottle Wins Again” (Los Angeles & Memphis, USA) RIYL: Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite, John Lee […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 March 21st

Melodic Tonic ’18 March 21st

This week the Melodic Tonic ’18 March 21st edition serves up some mellow fare. Prepare to back in the gentler tones of six North American artists whose melodies will soothe you. Aisha Burns – “Must Be a Way” (Beverly, MA via San Antonio, TX USA) RIYL: Margo Timmins, Gillian Welch, Sara Watkins, Rhiannon Giddens Some songs are so powerful that you […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18, March 14th

Melodic Tonic ’18, March 14th

Reset your stress levels with these six songs on the Melodic Tonic March 14th edition. Featuring a few chill tracks nestled between some upbeat fare, these tunes are from emerging artists in Canada, England, Germany, Scotland, and the USA. Have a listen and let these songs work their sonic magic.   Blossoms – “I Can’t Stand It” (Stockport, England)  […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 March 7th

Melodic Tonic ’18 March 7th

Girls rock the Melodic Tonic ’18 March 7th edition! Today’s playlist is the reverse of the Oscar category for Best Director: it features multiple female artists from Sweden, The Netherlands, and the USA… plus one male band. From indie folk rock and dream pop to soul-punk and psych rock, these six songs are fire. Neko Case – “Hell-On” (Vermont, USA) […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 February 28th

Melodic Tonic ’18 February 28th

The six cocktails on the Melodic Tonic ’18 February 28th edition are all potent in their own way. From dreamy indie pop to jangly Americana and psychedelic folk-rock, these artists from England, Scotland, and the USA offer plenty of variety to cure the midweek blues. This week’s playlist begins and ends in the UK.   Tracyanne & Danny – “Home […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 February 14th

Melodic Tonic ’18 February 14th

The Valentine’s Day edition of the Melodic Tonic isn’t full of love songs. Instead, these five tunes from artists in the USA and UK offer upbeat fare that moves your heart, body, and soul. We kick things off with one of indie music’s hottest groups. Mt. Joy – “Dirty Love” (Los Angeles via Philadelphia, USA) RIYL: The Lone Bellow, The Lumineers, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 February 8th

Melodic Tonic ’18 February 8th

This week’s serving of new music cocktails spans the globe – from Athens, Greece to Athens, Georgia in the US. These six singles offer delicious flavors of indie folk, art pop, indie psych rock, Americana, and even some old-school jazzy torch singer fare. Artists today represent England, Greece, Scotland, Sweden, and the USA. We kick things off with a gorgeous […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 January 31st

Melodic Tonic ’18 January 31st

A mildly psychedelic haze winds through the Melodic Tonic ’18 January 31st edition. These six singles run the gamut from indie psych rock and quirky synth-funk to mellower folk-pop and singer/songwriter fare. Let’s get started with one of two collaborative projects featured today.   Dungen & Woods – “Turn Around” (Stockholm, Sweden & Brooklyn, USA)  RIYL: Dungen, Woods If we gave […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 January 24th

Melodic Tonic ’18 January 24th

The sonic cocktails on the Melodic Tonic ’18 January 24th edition are a diverse offering. From blues and funk to electronic dream pop and psych rock, these six songs bring you a rollercoaster ride’s worth of emotions. Let’s kick things off with a powerful blues collaboration from two American legends.   Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – “No Mercy in […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 January 17th

Melodic Tonic ’18 January 17th

Today’s serving of new music cocktails features six stunning artists from Australia, Canada, England, and the USA. With genres ranging from indie pop to Australian chillwave and British soul, this week’s Melodic Tonic lives up to its name. Let’s kick things off with one of Canada’s finest indie rockers.   Preoccupations – “Espionage” (Calgary, Canada) RIYL: Bauhaus, David Bowie, Sisters […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18, January 10th

Melodic Tonic ’18, January 10th

We start the new year with fresh tunes from familiar voices. The Melodic Tonic ’18, January 10th edition is a strictly North American mix of indie legends and emerging talents alike, so crank these tunes to cure your winter blues. We start with a band that needs no introduction.   The Breeders – “All Nerve” (Dayton, OH, USA) RIYL: The […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, December 6th

Melodic Tonic ’17, December 6th

From indie folk to psych rock, the Melodic Tonic ’17, December 6th edition is a mid-week sonic feast. Featuring six artists from six countries (Australia, England, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, and the US), this mini-playlist offers something for everyone. We kick things off with one of our favorite American indie rockers.   Strand of Oaks – “Passing Out” (Philadelphia, USA)  […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th

Breathe in the calming tones of the Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th edition. These six artists from Sweden and Italy to England, Australia, and the US will restore your sanity amid the hectic pace of the holiday season. Sit back and let these artists take you to a more blissful place. Calexico – “Voices in the Field” (Tucson, AZ USA) […]

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The Spy From Cairo – “Shaabi Dub (Good Things)” (single premiere)

The Spy From Cairo – “Shaabi Dub (Good Things)” (single premiere)

Fans of world music tend to be restless souls who crave beats that speak to their adventurous spirits. Wanderlust carries them to exotic locations around the globe where they savor the tastes and sounds of the local cultures. The memories of those adventures become forever linked to a particular soundtrack – whether it’s swaying to shaabi or Tuareg artists in […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th

The Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th edition features powerful American voices with equally powerful messages. But sprinkled between the well-known names are two new bands with unforgettable sounds. Today’s playlist begins with one of music’s finest (and fiercest) voices. Brandi Carlile – “The Joke” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Indigo Girls, Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michaelson American singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile is one of […]

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