Category: Music

The Holydrug Couple – ‘Hyper Super Mega’ (album review)

The Holydrug Couple – ‘Hyper Super Mega’ (album review)

Hyper Super Mega by The Holydrug Couple A decade since their formation, The Holydrug Couple continue to push psychedelic-pop to the extremes. Ives Sepúlveda Minho and Manuel Parra’s first two albums, Awe and Noctuary, were laid-back, summertime efforts. Meanwhile, Soundtrack for Pantanal was cosmic in its scope, and it displayed the Santiago-based duo’s ability to make the hazy dazzling. For their […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 17th

The Matinee ’18 September 17th

The Matinee ’18 September 17th includes 6 new tracks to keep you moving this week. Some tracks are great indie rock, while we have a few singer-songwriters totally worth sharing. Artists today are representing the Canada, the US, and the UK today. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today. Boy Bjorn – “Now I’m Running” (Nashville, […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 14th

The Matinee ’18 September 14th

The Matinee ’18 September 14th edition is a rambunctious affair with most of the songs turning back the clocks. Many of them take us to the eras and genres that our parents and grandparents spun in their youth. For some of us here, these times were also when we were teenagers. So whether you’re 18 or 80, we think you’ll […]

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Ava Luna – ‘Moon 2’ (album review)

Ava Luna – ‘Moon 2’ (album review)

Last year, avant-pop outfit Ava Luna made our list of Most Anticipated Albums of 2018. With their back catalog of diverse tracks across multiple LPs, the Brooklyn-based quintet were poised to create something great and boundary pushing. Their latest record, Moon 2, exceeds expectations, and it is one of the year’s most unique and captivating records. Moon 2 starts out with […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 13th – North American Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 13th – North American Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 13th – North American Edition features artists and bands who are originally from or now call Canada and the USA home. All six are alumni to The Matinee, so their names should not be surprises. If they are new to you, then we highly recommend following them because you’ll see them in the future. The second […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 13th – ROW Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 13th – ROW Edition

We have another two-parter for you today. First up is The Matinee ’18 September 13th – ROW Edition, or Rest of the World. The six songs in this mini-playlist are immensely creative and riveting, and some could be up for song of the year. As usual, several countries are represented, and we do realize one group features members from Mexico. […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 September 12th

Melodic Tonic ’18 September 12th

This week’s Melodic Tonic ’18 September 12th edition has lots of soul. That’s because of our first song. The rest of today’s mini playlist is a mix of indie bedroom pop, indie rock, and indie alt-country. So crank these tunes and give your mid-week slump the swift kick it deserves! Let’s get right to it with an instant classic from an […]

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Spiritualized – ‘And Nothing Hurt’ (album review)

Spiritualized – ‘And Nothing Hurt’ (album review)

 Thirty-six years ago, Jason Pierce co-launched Spacemen 3, introducing the world to his and Peter Kember’s cosmic vision of neo-psychedelia and psych-rock. Since that time, he’s been known as J. Spaceman, which he took to a different orbit in 1990 with Spiritualized. Seven largely imaginative albums followed, ranging from the space rock of Lazer Guided Melodies to the more […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 11th – ROW Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 11th – ROW Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 11th – ROW Edition (Rest of the World) has a strong Southern Hemisphere vibe with a couple of artists residing north of the equator. There are buzz-saw rockers and dreamy synth-pop numbers plus one electronic enchantment. For more music, check out the USA edition over here.   Academie – “Eyes” (Johannesburg, South Africa) RIYL: Cults, Cathedrals, […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 11th – USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 11th – USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 11th – USA Edition has a bit of everything. You’ll delight in some ’80s synth-pop and art-pop, gasp to an indie-rock ballad and an Americana fable, and be blown away from a couple of moving numbers. For more music, check out the Rest of the World edition over here.   Ariel Beesley – “Awake All Night” […]

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Maribou State – ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ (album review)

Maribou State – ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ (album review)

Kingdoms In Colour by Maribou State For the better part of their seven years together, Chris Davids and Liam Ivory have taken their Maribou State project to nearly every corner of the globe. From playing lavish events in Ibiza to DJ’ing in intimate clubs in India and New Zealand, they have gradually established a reputation as one of electronic music’s […]

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Gold Star – ‘Uppers & Downers’ (album review)

Gold Star – ‘Uppers & Downers’ (album review)

Marlon Rabenreither is a throwback to the days when songwriting was entrenched as a celebrated art form. The music he crafts under the moniker Gold Star is in a word – timeless. His first two albums, Dark Days and Big Blue, captured the energy and spirit of the late ’60s and ’70s when rock ‘n roll and folk-rock were at […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 10th

The Matinee ’18 September 10th

The Matinee ’18 September 10th includes 6 awesome new tracks to get your week started off right. As we transition into fall, we are still able to capture those upbeat summer days with these new releases. Artists today are representing Australia, Canada, The US and The UK today. Deidre & the Dark – “One Night” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Natalie Prass, […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 7th

The Matinee ’18 September 7th

Get ready for the weekend with The Matinee ’18 September 7th edition. There are some seductive and groovy numbers, bubbly pop tunes, and, of course, fiery rockers. We begin, however, with a song from a man who left us far too soon. Charles Bradley – “I Feel A Change” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Charles Bradley Almost exactly a year ago – […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 6th

The Matinee ’18 September 6th

The Matinee ’18 September 6th edition is a treasure chest of new music delights, featuring a broad spectrum of genres from artists from across the globe. Some tunes will get you jumping, others will leave you lost in memory and thought, and some may even perplex you. Sit back and enjoy this mini-playlist.   The Twilight Sad – “Videograms” (Kilsyth, […]

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Juanita Stein – ‘Until the Lights Fade’ (album review)

Juanita Stein – ‘Until the Lights Fade’ (album review)

A year ago, Juanita Stein released her debut solo album, America, which showcased a vastly different side from her days fronting the underappreciated indie-rock band Howling Bells. Instead of catchy and booming numbers, the record was complex and mystical, as Stein combined an ethereal vocal deliver with hard-hitting and occasionally unnerving stories. In addition, she brought an expected cinema and […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 September 5th

Melodic Tonic ’18 September 5th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 September 5th edition offers tasty treats from well-known and emerging artists alike. From cinematic fare to soul, dream pop, and indie lo-fi rock, this mid-week playlist features artists from the UK, US, Norway, and Sweden. We kick things off with something grand yet haunting. Thom Yorke – “Suspirium” (Oxford, England) Add “film score composer” to Thom […]

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Wild Nothing – ‘Indigo’ (album review)

Wild Nothing – ‘Indigo’ (album review)

Indigo by Wild Nothing Through his first three full-length albums and two EPs, Jack Tatum, through his project Wild Nothing, made effortless, lo-fi dream-pop. The records were made for intimate moments in the bedroom, whether with a friend, your partner, or alone. The Virginia Tech alumnus, however, goes hi-fi and widescreen on Indigo. If his debut Gemini and follow-up LPs, […]

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Hospital – ‘Memory Waves’ (album premiere)

Hospital – ‘Memory Waves’ (album premiere)

When thinking about the music that comes from Russia, most English-speaking music fans will cite Pussy Riot, Pinkshinyultrablast, and Tchaikovsky. The list is pretty limited due to the lack of exposure Russian artists and bands receive abroad. Someone, however, has to be the first, and the group could be Hospital. Formed in 2011, Hospital is an indie-pop rock band that […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 4th

The Matinee ’18 September 4th

The Matinee ’18 September 4th edition is filled with surprises. This includes the return of an indie star from abroad, songs that sound like one thing but reveal a different message in its lyrics, and playful tunes that will leave you smiling. CASTLEBEAT – “Research” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: DIIV, Ghost Wave, Daywave The summer may be over in some parts […]

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