Tag: ATO Records

The Matinee ’18 July 6th

The Matinee ’18 July 6th

The Matinee ’18 July 6th edition features nine tracks that will get the blood flowing as well as leave you in awe. Dance, rock out, or gently groove in your seat – either way today’s mini-playlist is a mover and a shaker.   Allen Stone – “Warriors” (Chewelah, WA, USA) RIYL: Stevie Wonder, Jamie Lidell, Mayer Hawthorne Do you have […]

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First Impressions: Jim James – ‘Uniform Distortion’

First Impressions: Jim James – ‘Uniform Distortion’

Jim James is undoubtedly one of music’s most influential, innovative, and unpredictable individuals. As the front man of My Morning Jacket, he’s transformed the Louisville outfit from a southern-rock band to an indescribable tour-de-force. He’s produced some of the great albums of the decade, such as Basia Bulat’s Good Advice and Ray LaMontagne’s Ouroboros. Then there is his tireless work […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 June 27th

Melodic Tonic ’18 June 27th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 June 27th edition serves up six sonic cocktails with distinctly North American flavors. From indie dream pop to psychedelic roots-rock, these tunes will quench your new music thirst.   Ava Luna – “Deli Run” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Chastity Belt, Frankie Cosmos, The Mystery Lights Before noise-cancelling headphones were de rigueur accessories, an interesting thing would happen while […]

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Natalie Prass – “The Future and the Past” (album review)

Natalie Prass – “The Future and the Past” (album review)

 In 2015, I described Natalie Prass’ self-titled debut as “everything I love about music. It’s music you can dance to, and music you can cry to.” Since then, she’s actually recorded two records, scrapped one, and released her proper sophomore record, The Future and the Past, on June 1st via ATO Records. According to an interview with Consequence of […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 1st

The Matinee ’18 June 1st

Happy June everyone! To celebrate the arrival of one of the grandest months of the year, The Matinee ’18 June 1st features some sizzling and some cool new tunes. A few alumni of our mini-playlists are making another appearance while there are a few newcomers worthy of your attention. We start things off, though, with a cinematic number that will […]

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Okkervil River – ‘In the Rainbow Rain’ (album review)

Okkervil River – ‘In the Rainbow Rain’ (album review)

In The Rainbow Rain by Okkervil River Less than 18 months ago, Will Sheff, the mastermind behind Okkervil River, released the excellent Away. It saw the New Hampshire native holding on to the past and reminiscing about his late grandfather, the transformation of the band, and his own vulnerability. The record was a rare look into Sheff’s mind, as he’s […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 29th

The Matinee ’18 March 29th

With the long weekend before us, The Matinee ’18 March 29th edition features some several upbeat tunes, including some funky numbers, to get you through the workday. There are also some laid-back, easy-listening tunes in case you want some mellower fare. Enjoy your Thursday and have a safe and most excellent Easter break. Air Waves – “Warrior” ft. Kevin Morby […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 13th

The Matinee ’18 February 13th

The Matinee ’18 February 13th rocks. Literally, the nine songs are predominantly rock tunes – or have basis in rock ‘n roll, indie rock, punk rock, or folk-rock. There is one song, however, that’s beyond categorization. For the most part, this mini-playlist will get the blood flowing, so you can skip that second or third cup of coffee and opt […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 8th

The Matinee ’18 February 8th

The Matinee ’18 February 8th features forward-thinking artists and those rekindling the past with majestic aplomb. This mini-playlist features art-rock; old-school R&B, soul, and dream-folk; ’90s-inspired indie rock; ambient psychedelia; catchy jangle-pop; and some old-fashion slacker rock. We start things off, however, with the surprised new single from a college radio legend.   Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – “Middle […]

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The Matinee September 18th

The Matinee September 18th

The Matinee September 18th includes 6 new tracks for the start of your week. As summer is winding down, we have no shortage of energizing songs to get you going for the week. We have artists representing Australia, Italy and the UK. HÅN – “1986” (Italy) RIYL: Woodes, Kllo, Yumi Zouma HÅN has mesmerized many with her debut track “The […]

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The Matinee July 27th

The Matinee July 27th

Once again we take a new music trip around the globe on The Matinee July 27th edition. Speaking of trips, some of us, including myself, are en route if not having already arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, and we hope one of these days the artists listed below will be gracing the stages of NFF or one of the after-parties. […]

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s EPIC ‘Murder of the Universe’ (album review)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s EPIC ‘Murder of the Universe’ (album review)

Murder Of The Universe by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Last year, Aussie psychedelic mind-benders King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard gave us the endlessly looping, choose-your-own-adventure masterpiece, Nonagon Infinity. It was undoubtedly the most amusing and fun record of not just 2016 but this decade. Earlier this year, they challenged themselves with Flying Microtonal Banana, which featured short bursts of […]

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Slow Dancer – ‘In A Mood’ (album review)

Slow Dancer – ‘In A Mood’ (album review)

Creating something refreshing doesn’t necessary mean reinventing the wheel. It does include looking to the past for inspiration and reviving classical arrangements for today’s music listeners. More importantly, it’s about re-introducing people to the idea that simplicity can yield music that is inviting and dazzling. This is what Simon Okely – AKA Slow Dancer – has achieved with his sophomore album, […]

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Benjamin Booker – ‘Witness’ (album review)

Benjamin Booker – ‘Witness’ (album review)

“No matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.” ~~ Lebron James, May 31, 2017 Three years ago, Benjamin Booker took the music world by storm with his eponymous debut album. His fiery blues-rock captivated music listeners, and critics were universally applauding his talents. Consequently, Benjamin Booker landed on many […]

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Saturday Sampler May 27th

Saturday Sampler May 27th

Saturday Sampler May 27th once again goes global for some fine, new music delicacies. There are some familiar names on the list, and a handful of newcomers that blew us away. Hopefully, they will do the same for you and expanding your musical palette in the process.   DBFC – “Disco Coco” (Paris, France & Manchester, England) RIYL: Daft Punk, […]

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The Matinee March 30th

The Matinee March 30th

The Matinee March 30th edition features nine songs with the “wow” factor. Songs that will take you to heaven, others that will take you back in time, many that will just steal your breath way, and others that will have your rocking. We start things off with a singer-songwriter on the verge of international stardom.   Aldous Harding – “Imagining […]

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Hurray For the Riff Raff – ‘The Navigator’ (album review)

Hurray For the Riff Raff – ‘The Navigator’ (album review)

With her sixth record as Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alynda Lee Segarra drew inspiration from her past to write The Navigator. In her youth, Segarra was very much a navigator, having left the Bronx in her teens and traveled on box cars across the country. On The Navigator, Segarra tells the story of Navita, a character very much based […]

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Saturday Sampler March 11th

Saturday Sampler March 11th

The Saturday Sampler March 11th edition features voices from around the globe (including Canada, England, Netherlands, Sweden, and the US), but with a twist. Since the world celebrated International Women’s Day earlier this week, our focus today is on strong women musicians. Seven of the artists on this playlist include talented female vocalists, because women deserve recognition every day of the year, not […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, March 8th

Melodic Tonic ’17, March 8th

Today’s mid-week serving of 9 delicious new music cocktails has it all: catchy glam pop, indie folk, lush dream pop, indie rock, and more! Next week the music industry turns its focus to the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference, and many of these bands will be there. The songs featured here come from artists in Australia, England, Portugal, and the U.S. Let’s kick things […]

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’

Entering their seventh year as a band, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have already released eight full-lengths, including last year’s exhilarating Nonagon Infinity, and two EPs. This year, they are embarking on their most ambitious project – to share five albums before December 31st arrives. And none of the albums will sound alike. The first LP one out of the […]

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