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Melodic Tonic ’18 September 19th

Melodic Tonic ’18 September 19th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 September 19th edition serves up sonic warmth on this last Wednesday of the summer. Bask in these sunny tunes courtesy of artists in Australia, Canada, England (via Northern Ireland), and the US. We start with a surprise group that exists as a tribute of sorts.   Goshen Electric Co. – “The Gray Tower” (Goshen, Indiana USA) […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 11th – USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 11th – USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 11th – USA Edition has a bit of everything. You’ll delight in some ’80s synth-pop and art-pop, gasp to an indie-rock ballad and an Americana fable, and be blown away from a couple of moving numbers. For more music, check out the Rest of the World edition over here.   Ariel Beesley – “Awake All Night” […]

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Mitski’s complex yet compact ‘Be the Cowboy’ (album review)

Mitski’s complex yet compact ‘Be the Cowboy’ (album review)

Whether it is sitting behind the piano, ratcheting a distorted electric guitar, or scratching a synthesizer, Mitski Miyawaki – or simply Mitski – has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to make personal vulnerability sound bold and, thus, something to not fear. Instead, as she showed on Puberty 2, she wore it like a badge of honor, revealing to the world she […]

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The Matinee ’18 August 10th

The Matinee ’18 August 10th

It’s Friday, and usually we offer anthemic fare. However, for The Matinee ’18 August 10th edition, there’s a bit more melodic numbers in order to ease in to the weekend not to mention to calmly beat the summer heat. Oh, there are still some raucous numbers that will get the adrenaline rushing. Happy weekend everyone! The Dodos – “Forum” (San […]

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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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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 15th – North American Edition

The Matinee ’18 May 15th – North American Edition

The Matinee ’18 May 15th – North American Edition features four of our long-time favorites plus two “newcomers”. The latter will be releasing their debut albums later this year. We kick things off, however, with one of the great artists of this decade.   Mitski – “Geyser” (Brooklyn, USA) Be the Cowboy by Mitski RIYL: St. Vincent, Japanese Breakfast, Lykki […]

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A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Pinned’ (album review)

A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Pinned’ (album review)

It wasn’t long ago when A Place To Bury Strangers were considered the next great shoegaze, noise-pop band. They were trusted to take the music of My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and Slowdive to harsher and louder heights. They were, after all, dubbed the “loudest band of New York” for a reason. In the 11 years since their self-titled debut […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 2nd

The Matinee ’18 March 2nd

Yesterday’s mini-playlist was filled with under-the-radar talent. The Matinee ’18 March 2nd edition, however, is loaded with indie stars, many of whom dropped brand new tunes yesterday. There is, of course, plenty of hidden gems, although eight of the nine artists listed have been previously featured in this space. As such, you’re likely to recognize a few of the names. […]

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Marlon Williams – ‘Make Way For Love’ (album review)

Marlon Williams – ‘Make Way For Love’ (album review)

Make Way For Love by Marlon Williams On his superb eponymous debut album and the off-circuit single, “Vampire Again”, Marlon Williams displayed a playful and adventurous side. The LP, with its country-folk and roots-rock orientation, was a jaunt across the barren Outback of Australia and the deserts of the US. It was complex, riveting, and a unique and masterful piece of […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 6th

The Matinee ’18 February 6th

Crowd pleasers. Entertaining and energetic numbers. Warm and intimate ballads. A 17-year old singer-songwriter who will knock your socks off. You’ll find all these things on The Matinee ’18 February 6th edition, so you’re sure to find a new artist that you’ll want to follow to the very end.   BERRIES – “Faults” (London, England) RIYL: The Big Moon, False […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 1st

The Matinee ’18 February 1st

The Matinee ’18 February 1st edition kicks off the second month of the year with nine incredible songs. Some will take you back in time and relive the music of the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Others will take you to the future with their innovative approaches, blurring genres together to form music that can only be described as spectacularly […]

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Shame – ‘Songs of Praise’ (album review)

Shame – ‘Songs of Praise’ (album review)

Is it too early to say that one of the year’s best albums has arrived? Given 2018 is only 15 days old, it is likely the case, but Shame‘s debut LP, Songs of Praise, will not be immediately forgotten. For that matter, this post-punk titan of a record will long be remembered come December because, unlike so much music these […]

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Saturday Sampler January 13th

Saturday Sampler January 13th

The Saturday Sampler January 13th edition includes nine sizzling tracks from across the globe. Featuring artists from Australia, Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand, and the USA, these tunes offer plenty of sonic richness for all your weekend plans.   Caroline Rose – “Soul No. 5” (New York City via Burlington, VT, USA) LONER by Caroline Rose RIYL: Bec Sandridge, Alex […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, December 6th

Melodic Tonic ’17, December 6th

From indie folk to psych rock, the Melodic Tonic ’17, December 6th edition is a mid-week sonic feast. Featuring six artists from six countries (Australia, England, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, and the US), this mini-playlist offers something for everyone. We kick things off with one of our favorite American indie rockers.   Strand of Oaks – “Passing Out” (Philadelphia, USA)  […]

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Saturday Sampler November 18th

Saturday Sampler November 18th

The Saturday Sampler November 18th is another global affair, featuring nine songs in four languages from artists in three countries. With styles ranging from soul to psych rock to New Wave and pop, these tunes offer something for everyone. Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase playlist includes everything we have shared this week. Today we begin by remembering the […]

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The Matinee November 9th

The Matinee November 9th

The Matinee November 9th edition is filled with alumni. As a result, the artists and bands are listed in reverse alphabetical order once again so those at the end of the alphabet get their time at the top. There is one newcomer to the list, but they’ve been around for a couple of years. We’ve also changed things up a […]

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The Matinee November 3rd

The Matinee November 3rd

The Matinee November 3rd features get-up-on-your feet tunes, emotionally-moving numbers, and a song by a band with one of the great names in music history. You will be entertained, stunned, and just amazed by the talents of these nine bands and artists. Things get started with a humdinger of a disco-pop tune. argonaut&wasp – “Prove It To You” (Brooklyn, USA) […]

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Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ (album review)

Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ (album review)

Alex Lahey has a lot to say, and she’s wasting little time sharing her stories with us. Since breaking out in Australia as a Triple J Unearthed find with “Air Mail” in 2015 and the viral hit, “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” in early 2016, the Melbourne-based artist has emerged as the country’s next big music sensation. Last year […]

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Phoebe Bridgers’ beautiful ‘Stranger in the Alps’ (album review)

Phoebe Bridgers’ beautiful ‘Stranger in the Alps’ (album review)

The music of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers is emotional, intimate, witty, and incredibly relatable. It’s easy to see why Ryan Adams produced and released her 2015 EP, Killer, on his record label. It’s also easy to see why Conor Oberst and Julien Baker tapped her to support their tours when hearing her first LP, Stranger in the Alps, which […]

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