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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 Albums of 2018: Young Fathers – ‘Cocoa Sugar’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Young Fathers – ‘Cocoa Sugar’

Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers Young Fathers have never been ones to settle and stay stagnant, which explains why their music defies categorization. Some try to pigeon-hole them within the vast genre alternative hip-hop, but their music infuses elements of pop, trip-hop, Afrobeat, rock, krautrock, and even classical. With each transformation, Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and Graham Hastings reap new […]

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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 Albums of 2018: City Calm Down – ‘Echoes in Blue’

Favorite Albums of 2018: City Calm Down – ‘Echoes in Blue’

 Down Under, a little indie band is capturing the brooding brilliance of The National and the cathartic darkness of Joy Division. In the process, they are winning over fans and critics alike. For City Calm Down, recognition and acclaim started with their second EP, 2012’s Movements, and gathered steam following the release of their debut album, 2015’s In a […]

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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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The Matinee ’18 December 3rd

The Matinee ’18 December 3rd

The Matinee ’18 December 3rd includes 6 brand new tracks to get your Monday kicked off right. As we move into the end of 2018, we hope you find your new favorite song or band today. We have a mix of sound today from singer-songwriter, synthpop as well as indie rock.   Artists are representing Canada, The US and the […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 29th

The Matinee ’18 November 29th

The Matinee ’18 November 29th edition is filled with mystery, imaginative stories, and big statements. The songs will take you to another planet and through the cosmos, into the confines of the unknown, and within the mind of others. Buckle in because these eight songs offer a whirlwind of emotions. Sharon Van Etten – “Jupiter 4” (Los Angeles via Brooklyn […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 22nd

The Matinee ’18 November 22nd

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Like many people in the US today, The Matinee ’18 November 22nd is an extravagant musical feast. However, you won’t find any turkeys on the mini-playlist. Since it is a major holiday and due to yours truly’s own personal travel, the descriptions are extremely short. Actually, each song has been compared to one of the dishes you […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 November 21st

Melodic Tonic ’18 November 21st

From Greece to Alaska, the Melodic Tonic ’18 November 21st edition is a whirlwind indie journey. Sample lush indie dream pop, soulful tunes, dark mellow rock and more from these six emerging bands. Piroshka – “Everlastingly Yours” (London, England) RIYL: Belle and Sebastian, Cocteau Twins, Lush Amidst all these recent ‘90s band reunions and supergroup formations comes an unexpected gift: […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 16th

The Matinee ’18 November 16th

Your weekend soundtrack offers nine new music gems to discover. The Matinee ’18 November 16th edition features brooding indie rock, ethereal electro-pop, and an ambient-pop tune to remember. Grab your headphones and dive into these tunes from artists in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, and the USA.   Karen O & Danger Mouse – “Lux Prima” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Karen O, […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 12th

The Matinee ’18 November 12th

The Matinee ’18 November 12th includes 6 new tracks to kick off your week. We have a nice mix of punk inspired rock as well as exciting synthpop as well. We hope you discover your new favorite song or band today. Artists are representing Canada, The US and the UK today. 36? – “so what?” (Calgary, Canada) RIYL: Animal Collective, […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 9th

The Matinee ’18 November 9th

Like yesterday, The Matinee ’18 November 9th edition has a strong overseas presence with more than half the songs coming from Australian artists and bands. This is just evidence of how the music scene Down Under is flourishing. The mini-playlist also includes a duo of young teenagers, a super-duo, one of the UK’s best young bands, and one of the […]

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Austin City Limits Festival Recap – 2018

Austin City Limits Festival Recap – 2018

It’s been a few weeks since Weekend Two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival came to a close, and it was once again another amazing year. It was still a bit warm in Austin and we missed the torrential rain that caused flooding by one day so the festival was luckily dry and sunny for all three days.  This […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 November 7th

Melodic Tonic ’18 November 7th

Melodic Tonic ’18 November 7th is a tight five tunes to help you get over hump day. Some are extremely chill while others will leave you dazzled. Andrew Bird – “Bloodless” (Chicago, USA) RIYL: Jim James, Kishi Bashi, The Tallest Man on Earth You may not think of Andrew Bird as a protest artist. After all, violins and whistles are rarely […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 October 31st

Melodic Tonic ’18 October 31st

The Halloween edition of the Melodic Tonic is full of tasty treats instead of tricks. These six tunes are the mellow soundtrack to help you relax after whatever ghoulish events are on your calendar. We begin with the arrival of an indie artist who feels like an old friend. Pedro the Lion – “Yellow Bike” (Seattle via Phoenix, USA) Phoenix […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 30th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 October 30th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 October 30th – Part 2 features spine-tingling, dreamy, and emotional numbers. Settle in, wrap yourself in a blanket, and be swept away by these six fabulous songs. After hearing these songs, visit Part 1 to listen to six more tunes. Loyal Lobos – “Wrong” (Los Angeles, USA via Bogotá, Colombia) RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Rosie Carney, Stella Donnelly […]

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Jo Marches – ‘Day In Day Out’ (EP review)

Jo Marches – ‘Day In Day Out’ (EP review)

 In the three short years since Johanneke Kranendonk unveiled her project Jo Marches, she has proven to be unpredictable. At one moment, she weaves a synth-driven, disco-punk tune that echoes the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She then quickly she spins a psychedelic-pop trip a la Tame Impala. Suddenly, she concocts an industrial-driven, krautrock-infused number. One trait, however, is common to […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 October 17th

Melodic Tonic ’18 October 17th

The force is strong on the Melodic Tonic ’18 October 17th edition. Today’s playlist includes fierce tunes from equally fierce artists. We have a balance of indie rock and synth/electronica from indie legends and emerging talents in Germany, Sweden, and the USA. Juliana Hatfield – “It’s So Weird” (Boston, USA) RIYL: The Juliana Hatfield Three, Liz Phair, The Breeders, Tegan […]

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