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The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2018

The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2018

Like the ball drop at Times Squares in New York City, the fireworks igniting from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the annual rite of hundreds of million of people making resolutions they cannot keep, we once again share some of our favorite songs from the past 365 days. The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2018 is another doozy. Specifically, it features […]

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20 Favorite Hidden Gems of 2018

20 Favorite Hidden Gems of 2018

It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone is anxious to unwrap the gifts that sit idly under the tree. There will be plenty of surprises on this day, which is the perfect time to unveil the bands and artists who we met for the first time this year and left us astonished. Hopefully one day, our 20 Favorite Hidden Gems of 2018 […]

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Favorite 50 Albums of 2018 – The Final 25

Favorite 50 Albums of 2018 – The Final 25

Yesterday, we shared the first 25 of our Favorite 50 Albums of 2018. Here are the remaining twenty-five, which is littered with some of the very best singer-songwriters of our time. Click on the individual albums to be read the short descriptions and hear a few songs from these tremendous LPs. We’ve also included a Spotify playlist for your listening […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Spiritualized – ‘And Nothing Hurt’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Spiritualized – ‘And Nothing Hurt’

Throughout his 36-year career, whether through Spacemen 3, J Spaceman, or now Spiritualized, Jason Pierce has developed a reputation as a perfectionist. He only unveils new music when he’s completely satisfied, which could lead to lengthy gaps between albums. The latest void lasted 6 years between 2012’s Sweet Heart Sweet Light and this year’s And Nothing Hurt, which makes his […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Neko Case – ‘Hell On’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Neko Case – ‘Hell On’

Hell-On by Neko Case Throughout her career, Neko Case has mesmerized long-time fans with her incredible voice and creative storytelling. At times, she’s like a poet, and another moment she’s the greatest fable writer of the past 40 years, painting vivid stories that include sparrows, foxes, and almighty storms. But since Middle Cyclone, Case started to look a lot more […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Maribou State – ‘Kingdoms in Color’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Maribou State – ‘Kingdoms in Color’

Kingdoms In Colour by Maribou State Chris Davids and Liam Ivory aren’t the ordinary production duo. Sure they’ve taken their Maribou State project to Ibiza and performed in some of the biggest festivals, but they are from the EDM type. Instead, they are cinematic innovators, who create widescreen and expansive soundscapes that are beyond mesmerizing. Their artistry reaches a whole […]

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Favorite 50 Albums of 2018 – The First 25

Favorite 50 Albums of 2018 – The First 25

Two days ago, we shared our Favorite 20 EPs of the year. Today, we commence our look back at our Favorite 50 Albums of 2018, counting down the first 25. As we always do, the list is in alphabetical order. As a reminder, we have not ranked the LPs nor use the term “Best” since both imply that we have […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Gregory Alan Isakov – ‘Evening Machines’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Gregory Alan Isakov – ‘Evening Machines’

Evening Machines by Gregory Alan Isakov Gregory Alan Isakov – he of the golden voice and soothing, ambient folk music – was probably a lighthouse in his former life. Nothing else explains how his music cuts through the din of life’s distracting darkness and helps lead listeners to a place of calm. His 2013 album, The Weatherman, is still the […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Glen Hansard – ‘Between Two Shores’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Glen Hansard – ‘Between Two Shores’

Glen Hansard is built a reputation as a hopeless romantic. This isn’t to say his focus is solely on the emotions of the heart, but rather that he finds optimism in even the darkest moments and lessons can be learned even in heartbreak. This explains why fans from as far as Australia and those on both sides of the pond […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – ‘Wrong Creatures’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – ‘Wrong Creatures’

When Black Rebel Motorcycle Club first arrived on the scene in the early 2000s, they helped launch a new era in psychedelic rock. Their debut album, B.R.M.C., was a wall-rattler. Since then, Peter Hayes (vocals/guitar), Robert Levon Been (vocals/bass/guitar), and Leah Shapiro (drums) have waded in experimental and mournful waters, but with their eighth studio LP, Wrong Creatures, they return to […]

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Favorite 20 EPs of 2018

Favorite 20 EPs of 2018

A truly great EP is one that sounds like a full-length album, where during its brief duration the listener is either challenged or taken somewhere beyond reality. Our Favorite 20 EPs of 2018 features extended players that took us to well beyond the stars and into fantasy realms. They made us dance and cry, lifted our spirits, and made us look […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.49

Weekend Showcase 4.49

The Weekend Showcase 4.49 edition is the final one for 2018. As always, the mega-playlist is a global affair, featuring 45 songs from artists and bands in 10 countries. They include: Australia, Canada, England, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, and the United States. The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows the list of articles from the past week. […]

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The Matinee ’18 December 14th

The Matinee ’18 December 14th

For this final mini-playlist of the year, The Matinee ’18 December 14th edition is memorable. There are blazers and hip-shakers, grueling tunes, and intimate ballads. It’s the perfect eclectic mix that captures how great 2018 was in terms of new music. angelic milk – “acid & coca-cola” (St. Petersburg, Russia)  RIYL: Alice Glass, The Raveonettes, Dream Wife Through her […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.48

Weekend Showcase 4.48

We are coming to the final stretch of 2018. It’s a time of merriment, reunions, and celebration. The Weekend Showcase 4.48 edition applauds the great new music of the past week or so, and the penultimate mega-playlist of 2018 is another dazzler. Forty-four songs are on it, and the artists represent a lucky 13 countries. They include: Australia, Belgium, Canada, […]

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The Matinee ’18 December 7th

The Matinee ’18 December 7th

The Matinee ’18 December 7th edition is a whirlwind global tour of new music. From Australia, England and the Americas to Scandinavia, this playlist sparkles and shines more than your holiday decorations. Beverly Kills – “Dreamless” (Gothenburg, Sweden) RIYL: Amason, Alvvays, Agent Blå Not long ago we said Beverly Kills could be Sweden’s next great band when they released “Melodrama”. This […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.47

Weekend Showcase 4.47

Happy first of December! There are only 24 more days until the presents are unwrapped and hopefully the last bits of egg nog, Christmas cake, and minced pies. To help you get through what seem to be endless queues, we offer the Weekend Showcase 4.47 edition. This week’s mega-playlist has a cool 44 songs. There is plenty of variety from […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 30th

The Matinee ’18 November 30th

The Matinee ’18 November 30th is an “ooh and aah” edition, featuring songs that will get your rocking and dancing and some that will you leave you spellbound. A few tracks, too, will take you back in time – or for us back to our youth (which is a long time ago). Arlo Parks – “Cola” (London, England) RIYL: Neneh […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.46

Weekend Showcase 4.46

Only a couple of more weeks to go until we start counting down the best of the year, and some of the 2018’s outstanding songs are on the Weekend Showcase 4.46 edition. As usual, it features songs from across the globe – twelve (12) countries to be exact. They are: Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 23rd

The Matinee ’18 November 23rd

Whether you’re lining up to snag a bargain during the Black Friday sales or are recovering from the massive Thanksgiving feasts, The Matinee ’18 November 23rd edition will help you stay alert and wide awake. The nine songs taken together are like a massive caffeine cocktail, so forego the Red Bulls and just spin the mini-playlist. Amasa Hines – “Zatoichi” […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.45

Weekend Showcase 4.45

We are approaching the home stretch of 2018, which means the song-of-the-year candidates are quickly emerging and hints of what is to come for 2019 are offered. The Weekend Showcase 4.45 mega-playlist has both covered. This week’s edition features 46 songs, starring some of the finest and most influence indie artists and bands to emerging newcomers. Twelve (12) countries are represented, […]

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