Tag: indie folk

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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Titus Andronicus – ‘A Productive Cough’ (album review)

Titus Andronicus – ‘A Productive Cough’ (album review)

For nearly a decade, Titus Andronicus made a career of blasting their violent, unrelenting punk music in dive and underground bars across North America. They were limited to these venues not because of lack of interest but their music and frenetic live shows needed to be contained. The  were and still are a detonating stockpile of dynamite. Maybe over the […]

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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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The Matinee ’18 February 23rd

The Matinee ’18 February 23rd

Plenty of star power is on The Matinee ’18 February 23rd edition, which kicks off with a couple of big time Brooklyn bands and finishes off with a fast-rising singer-songwriter. A few of the artists listed below are also heading to SXSW, so this is as good as a time to start planning who to see.   Parquet Courts – […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 20th

The Matinee ’18 February 20th

Just like the Winter Olympics, The Matinee ’18 February 20th is dominated by Norwegian artists. There is also a heavy dose of UK bands and only one group from the US. You’ll hear rockers, brooding dark-pop, some retro-soul, and stirring cinematic numbers. Black Gold Buffalo – “Start A Fire” & “Magnets” (London, England) RIYL: Poliça, Desperate Journalist, Wolf Alice The […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 15th – World Edition

The Matinee ’18 February 15th – World Edition

To get you through the post-Valentine’s Day blues or just lift your spirits, we’re offering a double bang of new music. We start with The Matinee ’18 February 15th – World Edition, featuring six new tunes from outside North America. Check back at 5:00 GMT / noon EST / 9 AM PST for the other half-dozen tracks from Canadian and […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 18th

The Matinee ’18 January 18th

The Matinee ’18 January 18th is filled with songs from artists who either were on Artists to Watch list or one of our 61 Most Anticipated Albums. There are, of course, one newcomer and a couple of bands that we didn’t have on our radar when it came to new albums. Dr. Dog – “Listening In” (Philadelphia, USA) RIYL: My […]

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Stables, Xsara and Rotem – Camden Assembly, London (photo review)

Stables, Xsara and Rotem – Camden Assembly, London (photo review)

I had been warned that the Camden Assembly is a nightmare for photographing bands thanks to the back wall of light-bulbs and the now compulsory LEDs flooding the stage with purple light. However, I was intrigued to see what I could do, and also to meet the guys behind BeNuMu.com. BeNuMu put on two free gigs over the weekend to […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 16th

The Matinee ’18 January 16th

We obviously have to start the day with a tune from The Cranberries. For many of us, they were one of the bands with whom we grew up and helped us get through the lean high school and college days. Their albums, particularly Everybody Else Is Doing It, so Why Can’t We? and No Need To Argue remain among our […]

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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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Alanna Eileen – ‘Keepsake’ (EP review)

Alanna Eileen – ‘Keepsake’ (EP review)

The phrase, “put on your headphones”, is often associated with the energy and bass-heavy music found in hip hop, dance, electronic, pop, and occasionally rock music. It also applies to Alanna Eileen‘s music because only with your favorite buds on can you truly appreciate the delicate beauty expressed on her sophomore EP, Keepsake. The Melbourne-born, New Zealand-based singer-songwriter’s style is […]

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The War on Drugs – Alexandra Palace, London (photo review)

The War on Drugs – Alexandra Palace, London (photo review)

Alexandra Palace was built in 1873 and is steeped in history. The huge arched building on top of a hill in North London looms over the neighborhood. Ally Pally was the place where the world’s first TV was transmitted, and it has been home to some epic gigs over recent years. With a capacity of nearly 11,000, the main hall […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 22nd

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 22nd

Today’s pre-Thanksgiving serving of new music cocktails is an all-American affair from coast to coast with one tune from overseas. The six songs on the Melodic Tonic ’17, November 22nd edition are from artists we are thankful for, from San Francisco and Seattle to Nashville, New York and Boston, and across the pond in London. Even if you aren’t celebrating […]

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Julien Baker – Union Chapel, London (photo review)

Julien Baker – Union Chapel, London (photo review)

The Union Chapel is found in the middle of a Georgian terrace of houses and set back from Islington’s busy Upper Street. The venue is as it appears – a church with high-arched ceilings, lofted galleries, stained glass windows, and ancient pews and pulpit. It has, however, an upstairs bar and a stage where the altar would have been. 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 2nd

The Matinee November 2nd

The Matinee November 2nd edition starts off with a song from one of soul’s great artists. It’s one of the most moving songs you’ll hear. It ends with a young artist who is finally getting her well-received break. The song she shares is a classic. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – “Call On God” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Sharon Jones…because she […]

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London gig roundup (photo review)

London gig roundup (photo review)

Been a busy couple of weeks for my camera and earplug combo. Here’s a sample of where I’ve been in and around London. Music is very much alive and thriving in our capital city. Everywhere you turn there’s a band waiting for my camera and cynical commentary. Hopefully this won’t disappoint. In alphabetical order: Desperate Journalist  The Dome, Tufnell Park, […]

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The Matinee October 31st

The Matinee October 31st

Obviously today is Halloween, and creepy songs could occupy The Matinee October 31st edition. On the other hand, we could just share what we think is great music for people to discover, basically sticking with our usual formula. Or, we could combine both, which is exactly what we’ve done today. There are a couple of songs that have a definite […]

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The Matinee October 19th

The Matinee October 19th

The Matinee October 19th is an all-women affair. Each of the songs is from either a female solo artist or a female-fronted band. There are plenty of reasons for this, but mostly because women are making the best and most creative music today. The nine songs showcase how far and wide the talent and ingenuity extends (and no, it’s not […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17 October 18th

Melodic Tonic ’17 October 18th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is on the milder side. These six singles complement the season with equal amounts of autumn warmth and cool breezes. From Americana, indie dream folk and electronic pop to cinematic art fare, this mostly American mini playlist brings you the freshest sounds of the week.   Shallow Lenses – “Take It To The […]

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