Tag: Barsuk Records

The Matinee ’18 June 28th

The Matinee ’18 June 28th

Expect the unexpected on The Matinee ’18 June 28th edition. There are rockers and blissful dream-pop. You will also find some tunes that echo bygone eras. Be forewarned, however – don’t judge a book by its cover. Or in this case, just because a song sounds pleasant, its meaning may allude to something completely different. We kick things off with […]

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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 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 February 24th

Saturday Sampler February 24th

The Saturday Sampler February 24th edition mirrors the Olympics: this playlist features plenty of gold-medal caliber talent from across the globe. Artists and bands today represent Austria, England, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, and the USA. From indie rock to soulful pop, these tunes will dazzle and delight you. We kick things off with a new UK “supergroup” of sorts.   Mastersystem […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 January 24th

Melodic Tonic ’18 January 24th

The sonic cocktails on the Melodic Tonic ’18 January 24th edition are a diverse offering. From blues and funk to electronic dream pop and psych rock, these six songs bring you a rollercoaster ride’s worth of emotions. Let’s kick things off with a powerful blues collaboration from two American legends.   Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – “No Mercy in […]

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The Matinee December 5th

The Matinee December 5th

Wendy started the week of with some rockers, and we continue the trend with more upbeat fare on The Matinee December 5th. This is the last week of 2017 that we’ll be sharing new singles, so we may as well go out with a bang.   BEACH RIOT – “She’s a Hurricane” (London/Brighton, England)  RIYL: Queens of the Stone […]

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The Matinee May 11th

The Matinee May 11th

The Matinee May 11th once goes global for new music. Hear 9 songs that will get you excited for what lies ahead in the world of independent music. Oh, there’s one super-group who unveiled a new song that will get older music fans excited. Blond Ambition – “Stupid Boy / Girl” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Day Wave, Summer Heart, Beach […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 18

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 18

Welcome to your Monday serving of new music cocktails. We understand if your ears are still reeling from the new Radiohead album released yesterday. It may be hard to get excited about other new music, but trust us: these six artists have great tunes you should spin right away. This week features a selection of funky vibes from Berlin, bluesy […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 13

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 13

Welcome to another week of new music cocktails – a.k.a. Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 13! This week we’re basking in the beauty of springtime blooms (that’s code for “sneezing our fool heads off due to pollen”), and as such, there’s a mellower theme at play here. Some days you just need gentler tunes to alleviate the aching allergy headaches. So […]

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Nada Surf – “You Know Who You Are”

Nada Surf – “You Know Who You Are”

Since the release of High/Low twenty years ago, Nada Surf have been releasing consistently great records, and their latest release You Know Who You Are, is another great record in the band’s long catalog. For a long time, the band had a formula to rely on, the combination of singer/guitarist Matthew Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca, and drummer Ira Elliot defined […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 28

Melodic Tonic, vol. 28

Welcome to the Melodic Tonic, vol. 28 – a.k.a. your regular Monday serving of new music cocktails. This week we’re shining our spotlight on six collaborative gems. The term “supergroup” seems to be used more frequently these days, with many artists joining forces faster than we can keep up with them. As music fans, we at The Revue always welcome these collective efforts, […]

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From Any Distance, Small Feet Sounds Beautiful in Their Debut

From Any Distance, Small Feet Sounds Beautiful in Their Debut

Stockholm, Sweden’s Small Feet has begun their career with From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like the Ocean (Barsuk), the latest in a canon of albums recorded by solitary, elusive men in bedrooms, cabins, or other intimate spaces. It’s the delicious, engrossing “cabin myth” of Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago and Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. It’s indie-folk-hero Tim Showalter recording the first Strand of Oaks album in […]

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Chris Staples – “Cheap Shades”

Chris Staples – “Cheap Shades”

On Chris Staples’ press kit, it is written: There are no casual Chris Staples fans. The man inspires devotion. The turnaround from casual listener to evangelist is nearly instantaneous. Play his music during a road trip with friends and inevitably someone will ask, “Who is this?” And a lifelong fan is born. The description is completely accurate, yet Staples’ avid following remains […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 6

Melodic Tonic, vol. 6

Happy Monday. Enjoy volume 6 of the Melodic Tonic to get your day going. The inspiration for today’s edition might surprise you. When Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon performed yesterday at Glastonbury with UK folk-pop sister trio The Staves, it reminded me of how prolific he has been lately as both a performer and producer. In addition to producing The Staves’ […]

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Hibou – “Dissolve”

Hibou – “Dissolve”

  Two years ago, Peter Michel – who goes by the moniker Hibou – released an EP, Dunes, and several singles, including the split 7″ “Glow / Hollow”. With a lo-fi, shoegaze approach a la Avi Buffalo, the then 18-year old became an underground favorite. Since then, he’s signed with super indie label Barsuk, who is working with Michel on his debut album. […]

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Trails and Ways – “Pathology”

Trails and Ways – “Pathology”

Over the past few months, we’ve been amused by Trails and Ways for not just their music, but the stories they have to tell about their songs. Their stories are extremely amusing, fun, and good-natured, and they provide an idea of how this young band generates their ideas. These adjectives also describe Trails and Ways’ forthcoming new album, Pathology. Whether […]

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Trails and Ways – “Skeletons”

Trails and Ways – “Skeletons”

“Skeletons”, the bubbly indie-pop track by Trails and Ways, is a splash of Bombay Bicycle Club, a twist of Passion Pit, and a dash of Chromatics. It’s the lead single from their forthcoming LP, Pathology, which comes out June 2 on Barsuk Records. And here’s how the song came to fruition according to Ian Quirk: The song’s origin is from […]

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