Category: Music

Favorite EPs of 2018: The Regrettes – ‘Attention Seeker’

Favorite EPs of 2018: The Regrettes – ‘Attention Seeker’

 Attention Seeker is a great follow up to The Regrettes‘ debut album, Feel your Feelings Fool!, which also made one of our 2017 lists. The energetic, retro-inspired, female-fronted band are creating rock ‘n roll with an attitude and plenty of personality, and all this despite an eventful year that included a few line-up changes and their tour bus getting […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Public Service Broadcasting – ‘White Star Liner’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Public Service Broadcasting – ‘White Star Liner’

Public Service Broadcasting quietly released White Star Liner last year without much fanfare. The trio has consistently tackled historical themes including space exploration to coal mining so it’s only fitting that they tackle the massive sinking of the Titanic. “The Unsinkable Ship” takes a grand turn as we hear a man recount the wonder and awe that he experienced as […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: No Violet – ‘Faces’

Favorite EPs of 2018: No Violet – ‘Faces’

No Violet took their time to release their debut EP, but the time spent honing their sound was worth it. The four-track Faces was released in the autumn, and it grinds like the darker, cooler days. Opener “Be My Friend” starts out like a ballad with front woman Ellie Godwin showing off the delicacies in her trembling voice. The song […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Minus the Bear – ‘Fair Enough’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Minus the Bear – ‘Fair Enough’

Minus the Bear’s Fair Enough EP was released in October and is the last recording for the band that started as a joke in Seattle. MTB has always been under the radar for many years with an enthusiastic fan base, and they sadly announced their break-up this summer and just wrapped up their final tour in their hometown. Minus the […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Holy Golden – ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Holy Golden – ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’

 Holy Golden have released a lot of great music this year. In February, they released the sublime LP Otherworld and in October they released an amazing EP, Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way. The duo of Leslie Schott and Andrew Valenti have been carefully crafting an image and sound that is distinctively their own, and Sleepwalkers is another peek into […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Hatchie – ‘Sugar & Spice’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Hatchie – ‘Sugar & Spice’

 The project of Australian vocalist and bassist Harriette Pillbeam, Hatchie released her first EP, the dreamy Sugar & Spice this year. Laden with jangly guitar, amazing harmonies, and catchy vocals, the record is easily one of our favorite EPs of the year. It carries an intentional, nostalgic vibe that Hatchie describes as recreating the feelings felt falling in love […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Ghostly Kisses – ‘The City Holds My Heart’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Ghostly Kisses – ‘The City Holds My Heart’

In an age where band names and artists’ pseudonyms are creative writing projects, few truly adopt names that fit their music. Margaux Sauvé, though, is the exception, as her project Ghostly Kisses perfectly defines her art. It is haunting but intimate, cinematic yet icy dark, spine-tingling and breathtaking. All these characterizations are captured on her sophomore EP, The City Holds […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: First Aid Kit – ‘Tender Offerings’

Favorite EPs of 2018: First Aid Kit – ‘Tender Offerings’

First Aid Kit released their stellar album Ruins in January. While recording, they had to cut a handful of songs from the record, as is all too common. Instead of throwing four of those tunes into the dustbin, Klara and Johanna Söderberg opted to release them as Tender Offerings, and they are some of the prettiest songs the sisters have […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Everything Everything – ‘A Deeper Sea’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Everything Everything – ‘A Deeper Sea’

A Deeper Sea was a nice surprise from Everything Everything. The band released the EP specifically for the first track, “The Mariana” which the band shared “we felt inspired to write a new song dealing with male identity and depression.” The lyrics state “Someone has to be the man”. The track is simple yet profound and adds another reason to […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Everyone You Know – ‘Cheer Up Charlie’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Everyone You Know – ‘Cheer Up Charlie’

 Let’s start out by saying that Everyone You Know are going to be huge! Sneaking slowly into the scene this year, brothers Rhys and Harvey have quietly been working on their live act, before dropping Cheer Up Charlie. Five tracks and two skits make up the Londoner’s excellent debut effort. Part electronic, part dance, part pop, part hip hop, […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: The Dig – ‘Moonlight Baby’

Favorite EPs of 2018: The Dig – ‘Moonlight Baby’

Moonlight Baby EP by The Dig Moonlight Baby was released this year by The Dig. The band is creating really catch indie rock with a bit of a psych flair. It was actually a hard decision of which EP to nominate, as they also released the EP Afternoon with Caroline which was part of their El Dig playlist of 2018 […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’

In the increasing crowded space of downtempo, trip-hop, and, as we like to call it, post-rock indietronica with bands positioning to be the next Portishead, a little outfit from London has nudged itself to the top of the class. For nearly three years, Dahlia Sleeps have consistently left listeners in a state of cardiac arrest with their music. These experiences […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: boygenius – ‘boygenius’

Favorite EPs of 2018: boygenius – ‘boygenius’

boygenius by boygenius Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus are undeniably three of the most exciting and talented young singer-songwriters of the decade. When news broke the three were working on a project together, it was impossible to not take note. The result of this collaboration is boygenius, which is undeniably one of the year’s best releases – EP […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Amasa Hines – ‘Ivory Living Glass’

Plenty of bands can make strong cases to being crowned the most criminally underrated group in music, but they would be hard-pressed to beat Amasa Hines‘ case. The Little Rock, Arkansas outfit have been redefining emotionally-charged and -powerful music since their formation at the turn of the decade. Their unique sound and approach have caught the attention of festival planners and […]

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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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The Matinee ’18 December 13th

The Matinee ’18 December 13th

The Matinee ’18 December 13th is filled with light and darkness. Some of the songs will place a spell on you while others will get you up and moving. This is the penultimate mini-playlist of the year, so dive into these nine singles. Be Forest – “BENGALA” (Pesaro, Italy) RIYL: No Joy, Trementina, Swervedriver As the shoegaze world awaits My […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 December 12th

Melodic Tonic ’18 December 12th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 December 12th edition shines the spotlight on storytelling guitarists. From the indie folk-comedy stylings of Flight of the Conchords to dazzling indie psych-rock and dream-pop, today’s playlist offers plenty of lyrical and musical richness. Flight of the Conchords – “Father and Son” (Live in London) (Wellington, New Zealand) RIYL: Flight of the Conchords What better way […]

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The Matinee ’18 December 11th – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 December 11th – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 December 11th – Part 1 has some powerful tunes, clever takes on the world that is, and a sultry affair. It’s, in our humble opinions, the ideal mini-playlist for these wintry days. After you’re finished here, check out Part 2 of The Matinee. Deerhunter– “Element” (Atlanta, USA)  RIYL: Ezra Furman, The Beatles, Plastic Ono Band Most […]

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The Matinee ’18 December 11th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 December 11th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 December 11th – Part 2 will make you sing like you’re in a choir, dance like it’s 1999, and contemplate the future. It’s a little wintry and a bit summery, so prepare for all climates on this mini-playlist. Don’t forget to spin the songs in Part 1, which you can find here. Niki Black – “Hallelujah” (Los […]

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The Matinee ’18 December 10th

The Matinee ’18 December 10th

The Matinee ’18 December 10th is the last Monday playlist of 2018. It was hard choosing just 6 so here is a nine track playlist to get your week started off right. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. Artists today are representing New Zealand, The US and The UK today. Calva Louise – “Tug Of War” […]

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