Tag: Americana

Valley Queen – ‘Supergiant’ (album review)

Valley Queen – ‘Supergiant’ (album review)

It wasn’t long ago – about two decades – when the southern US was the place to find the hottest, upcoming indie band. From Louisville to Athens, Georgia to Austin, outfits such as My Morning Jacket, Drive-by Truckers, Okkervil River, and Shearwater were transforming rock ‘n roll. Or more accurately, they were re-defining southern rock, bringing the music of Lynyrd […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 21st

The Matinee ’18 June 21st

In some cases, The Matinee ’18 June 21st edition dives really deep to share new music. Some names, however, you may recognize from past mini-playlists. Today’s list is in reverse alphabetical order, except for the first track. We have to share the newest single from one of post-rock’s / shoegaze’s great bands first.   Mogwai – “We’re Not Done (End […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 14th

The Matinee ’18 June 14th

The Matinee ’18 June 14th edition is full of mystery, surprises, and sweet grooves. Sounds like the ideal little summer playlist in our humble opinion. Big Data – “See Through” (feat. L1ZY) (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: The 2 Bears, More Giraffes, Caribou Alan Wilkis has quickly established a name for himself under the moniker Big Data, as he isn’t just creating […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 12th

The Matinee ’18 June 12th

Another wide-ranging set of nine songs is featured on The Matinee ’18 June 12th. The mini-playlist commences with the return of one of indie rock’s great bands of the past two decades who set the tone for what comes after. Interpol – “The Rover” (New York City, USA) RIYL: Interpol, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Wolf Parade It’s hard to believe […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 7th

The Matinee ’18 June 7th

The Matinee ’18 June 7th is an all-women affair. Each of the songs either features a female singer-songwriter or a woman leading the band. The mini-playlist is just further evidence in our long-held belief that women are making the best and more creative music today.   The Beths – “Happy Unhappy” (Auckland, New Zealand)  RIYL: Alex Lahey, Anna Burch, […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 22nd

The Matinee ’18 May 22nd

From stunning numbers that will leave you vulnerable to rambunctious numbers that will leave you celebrating who you are, The Matinee ’18 May 22nd is filled with nine great songs. The mini-playlist kicks off with some haze from one of the coolest, little bands in the world. Baywaves – “I’m Tryna” (Madrid, Spain) RIYL: Tame Impala, Masasolo, Pond The Spanish […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 8th – ROW Edition

The Matinee ’18 May 8th – ROW Edition

The Matinee ’18 May 8th – ROW Edition features artists from the US, Canada, and New Zealand. There’s quite a bit of variety with this six-pack of songs. We kick things off with a masterpiece from one of the great artists of our time. To hear the European version of The Matinee, click here.   Childish Gambino – “This Is […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 30th

The Matinee ’18 April 30th

The Matinee ’18 April 30th includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have a wide range of tracks today to get your work week started off right. Artists are representing Australia, Canada, The US and The UK. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today. A Festival, A Parade – “Cold Shower” (Newcastle Upon Tyne, […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 24th

The Matinee ’18 April 24th

The Matinee ’18 April 24th edition features everything from the bone-chilling to the experimental to the exhilarating to the breathtaking. Each of them has a bit of cinema, so be prepared to lose yourself in each of the nine songs. The Bones of J.R. Jones – “Know My Name” (New York City, USA)  RIYL: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night […]

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Courtney Marie Andrews – ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ (album review)

Courtney Marie Andrews – ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ (album review)

For years, Courtney Marie Andrews rotated between her solo career and as a touring side musician for artists around the world. During this time, she released five albums that went largely unnoticed. Her sixth album, Honest Life, though, was her breakthrough, being recognized among 2016’s very best recordings, including making it on our Favorite 50 Albums list. It was, as […]

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Kerri Powers – “Bicycle Man” (single premiere)

Kerri Powers – “Bicycle Man” (single premiere)

Some people are born athletes and others are born leaders. Kerri Powers was born to play the guitar and tell stories that could best be defined as Mark Twain’s Mississippi River tales meet Kurt Vonnegut’s Sierra Nevada deserts. The Connecticut-based singer-songwriter, in other words, is a throwback, who would have been a star if she started performing in the ’70s […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 3rd

The Matinee ’18 April 3rd

The Matinee ’18 April 3rd is filled with fabulous storytellers and superb musicians. The nine songs will either crush your souls, make you laugh, entice you to take a long drive, or daydream about better days to come. Arctic Lake – “What You May Find” (London, England) RIYL: London Grammar, Portishead, Dahlia Sleeps Since debuting three years ago with the […]

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Saturday Sampler March 24th

Saturday Sampler March 24th

The Saturday Sampler March 24th edition once again spans the globe to bring you nine sizzling new tunes. From England, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa, and the USA, this playlist is full of sonic treasures for you to explore this weekend. We kick things off with an absolute banger from an emerging Irish band destined for greatness.   Brass Phantoms – […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 8th

The Matinee ’18 March 8th

Today is International Women’s Day, which holds even more significance this year with the emergence of the #MeToo movement and the leadership women throughout the world have assumed to facilitate and cause social change. Many would like to use the slogan, “The future is female”, but for us they are also the present. They are the ones we now look […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 19th

The Matinee ’18 January 19th

The Matinee ’18 January 19th includes 9 awesome new tracks to get your weekend kicked off right. We have a nice mix of songs to fill anyone’s specific musical palate. Artists are representing Canada, France, the UK, the US, and Japan. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler and of course our Mega Playlist on Sunday. The […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 12th

The Matinee ’18 January 12th

It’s been an incredible week for new music, and The Matinee ’18 January 12th edition continues the trend. Today’s mini-playlist takes on a more melodic tone, but there are still a few tunes that will get the adrenaline flowing. Acid Dad – “2Ci” (New York City, USA) RIYL: Surf Rock Is Dead, Hockey Dad, Salad Boys Once again, New Yorkers […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 9th

The Matinee ’18 January 9th

Yesterday, Wendy shared six smooth and laid-back tunes to ease us into the new year. The Matinee ’18 January 9th edition, meanwhile, amps up the intensity somewhat to get the adrenaline flowing. There are a couple of songs that will help you relax, but they, too, will captivate you in different ways. Death By Unga Bunga – “Into The Night” […]

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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 Matinee November 28th

The Matinee November 28th

Nine songs from artists and bands representing multiple countries. It’s what you expect to find on The Matinee November 28th edition. Six of the songs are from Europe, two from Australasia, and the final one from an American band we’ve come to really adore. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these great new tunes.   Annie Taylor – “Wasted Youth” (Zurich, […]

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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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