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Melodic Tonic ’18 December 5th

Melodic Tonic ’18 December 5th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 December 5th edition is a bold mix of multiple genres. This year may be almost over but 2019 has lots of great musical treats in store. Today’s playlist begins with a thunderous roar from an indie icon.   Bob Mould – “What Do You Want Me to Know?” (Berlin, Germany via USA) RIYL: Hüsker Dü, Sugar, […]

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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 October 23rd – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 October 23rd – Part 2

If you’re craving more great new music, then The Matinee ’18 October 23rd – Part 2 offers six additional tunes. Some tunes are like gentle breezes, and others are like a hurricane or an avalanche. As such, each of the songs will fit whatever mood you’re in, so take a listen and get to know these great artists and bands. […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 11th

The Matinee ’18 October 11th

The Matinee ’18 October 11th is bookend by two dizzying songs that prepare you for the arrival of Friday. Between them are some outrageous numbers, powerful ballads, and theatrical affairs. Without further ado, let’s get started with two songs that belong in any post-summer playlist. Anemone – “Sunshine (Back To The Start)” (Montréal, Canada)  RIYL: Melody’s Echo Chamber, The […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 October 3rd

Melodic Tonic ’18 October 3rd

The Melodic Tonic ’18 October 3rd edition gets a boost from women: five of the six artists featured today are either solo females or bands with strong female talents. With so much focus in the news about women being heard and believed, it seems like a good time to remind everyone of the empowering strength of womens’ voices. Adia Victoria […]

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Spiritualized – ‘And Nothing Hurt’ (album review)

Spiritualized – ‘And Nothing Hurt’ (album review)

 Thirty-six years ago, Jason Pierce co-launched Spacemen 3, introducing the world to his and Peter Kember’s cosmic vision of neo-psychedelia and psych-rock. Since that time, he’s been known as J. Spaceman, which he took to a different orbit in 1990 with Spiritualized. Seven largely imaginative albums followed, ranging from the space rock of Lazer Guided Melodies to the more […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 6th

The Matinee ’18 September 6th

The Matinee ’18 September 6th edition is a treasure chest of new music delights, featuring a broad spectrum of genres from artists from across the globe. Some tunes will get you jumping, others will leave you lost in memory and thought, and some may even perplex you. Sit back and enjoy this mini-playlist.   The Twilight Sad – “Videograms” (Kilsyth, […]

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The Matinee ’18 August 9th

The Matinee ’18 August 9th

The Matinee ’18 August 9th features a bit of everything – engrossing, intimate ballads; vibrant rockers; dark, mysterious enchantments; and catchy indie pop-rock. We begin with one of the great singer-songwriters today. Adrianne Lenker – “cradle” (Boston, USA) RIYL: Big Thief, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers Over the past three years, Big Thief have emerged as one of the most captivating […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 31st

The Matinee ’18 July 31st

The Matinee ’18 July 31st is filled with marvelous tunes and stories. The songs are listed in reverse alphabetical order, except we begin with the long-awaited return of one of music’s geniuses. Phosphorescent – “New Birth in New England” (Brooklyn, USA)  Alternate streams: YouTube, Spotify RIYL: Phosphorescent, Matthew Houck Finally! At long last! It’s coming! Matthew Houck – a.k.a. […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 July 11th

Melodic Tonic ’18 July 11th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 July 11th will pull on all your heartstrings. These six songs offer a powerful emotional rush, whether it’s from retro synth pop, cool electronica, or Venezuelan-inspired dream folk. Kiss your midweek slump goodbye with this moving playlist. John Grant – “Love Is Magic” (Reykjavik, Iceland, via Michigan USA) RIYL: Todd Terje meets Father John Misty “Sade […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 June 13th

Melodic Tonic ’18 June 13th

The dream of the ’90s is alive… in this week’s Melodic Tonic June 13th edition. Actually, you will hear retro influences from the ’80s and ’90s on these six songs, including the return of two beloved ’90s bands and a few newcomers as well. We kick things off with some floating action of the Space variety.   Spiritualized – “I’m Your […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 1st

The Matinee ’18 May 1st

The Matinee ’18 May 1st kicks off the month with songs from artists based in nine countries. There are cinematic adventures, personal love stories, and brooding throbbers to get you through the day. Let’s get started with a young woman who should be on everyone’s watch list. Coco Reilly – “Define You” (Nashville & New York City, USA) RIYL: Hope […]

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Ezra Furman – ‘Transangelic Exodus’ (album review)

Ezra Furman – ‘Transangelic Exodus’ (album review)

“The thing I realized is, I tend to like pretentious stuff. ‘Cause pretentious, that’s a compliment to me. It means ambitious, I like ambitious stuff.” (Ezra Furman interview, The A/V Club) Ezra Furman was worried that calling his new album Transangelic Exodus, would sound pretentious. If you’ve been following his last few records, they’ve been screaming, queer rock n’ roll […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 January 31st

Melodic Tonic ’18 January 31st

A mildly psychedelic haze winds through the Melodic Tonic ’18 January 31st edition. These six singles run the gamut from indie psych rock and quirky synth-funk to mellower folk-pop and singer/songwriter fare. Let’s get started with one of two collaborative projects featured today.   Dungen & Woods – “Turn Around” (Stockholm, Sweden & Brooklyn, USA)  RIYL: Dungen, Woods If we gave […]

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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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Melodic Tonic ’18, January 10th

Melodic Tonic ’18, January 10th

We start the new year with fresh tunes from familiar voices. The Melodic Tonic ’18, January 10th edition is a strictly North American mix of indie legends and emerging talents alike, so crank these tunes to cure your winter blues. We start with a band that needs no introduction.   The Breeders – “All Nerve” (Dayton, OH, USA) RIYL: The […]

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Saturday Sampler December 9th

Saturday Sampler December 9th

And it all comes to an end… well, sort of. The Saturday Sampler December 9th edition is our very last mini-playlist of 2017. There’s still the Weekend Showcase tomorrow that runs down this past week in music plus our Mega, Mega Playlist of our favorite songs that we will share on New Year’s Eve. In addition, we’ll be sharing our […]

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The Matinee August 31st

The Matinee August 31st

Most of the nine songs on the Matinee August 31st edition could be considered throwbacks. The artists channel some of the legendary artists and genres in music, but transforming them with a modern twist. There are a couple, though, who are just innovators. Some would even say pioneers. Take a listen below. Oh, you might want to have some popcorn […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17 July 19th

Melodic Tonic ’17 July 19th

The Melodic Tonic ’17 July 19th edition serves up six intoxicating new music cocktails. This week features the newest from The War on Drugs along with familiar voices from the UK and Canada. These summer songs will take you on an emotional and musical journey, so let’s kick things off in Philadelphia.   The War on Drugs – “Strangest Thing” […]

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Mammút – ‘Kinder Versions’ (album review)

Mammút – ‘Kinder Versions’ (album review)

Woolly mammoths reigned the northern hemispheres during the Ice Age, but as everyone knows they have long been extinct. They can now only be spotted in museums and history books, never to rise again. Now a different type of giant is re-awakening, having adopted the Latin form of its name as their own. Icelandic band Mammút have returned with a […]

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