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The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2018

The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2018

Like the ball drop at Times Squares in New York City, the fireworks igniting from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the annual rite of hundreds of million of people making resolutions they cannot keep, we once again share some of our favorite songs from the past 365 days. The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2018 is another doozy. Specifically, it features […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.34

Weekend Showcase 4.34

Every long weekend needs a great playlist, and we are here to serve you. More accurately, the 44 artists and bands (45 songs) featured on the Weekend Showcase 4.34 edition are doing the chores. Turn up the volume and blast these great songs that come Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, and the United States. The […]

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Rubblebucket – ‘Sun Machine’ (album review)

Rubblebucket – ‘Sun Machine’ (album review)

When Kalmia Traver (vocals/saxophone) and Alex Toth (vocals/trumpet) founded Rubblebucket eleven years ago, they completely re-wrote the music playbook. They did everything from mixing funk, jazz, and pop to putting the marching band on the concert stage. During their time together, they forged life-long relationships with band mates Adam Dotson (trombone/backing vocals/flute/keyboards) and Ian Hersey (guitar/backing vocals) and between themselves. […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.31

Weekend Showcase 4.31

Hard to believe that the summer is almost over, but the music is still scorching. The Weekend Showcase 4.31 edition has 39 such tunes. Some are outrageous rockers, others are groovy dance tunes, and many are spine-tingling or breathtaking. The artists and bands represent twelve countries. They include: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 August 8th

Melodic Tonic ’18 August 8th

From the deserts of Arizona to the mountains of North Carolina, the Melodic Tonic ’18 August 8th edition is an audio tour of America’s best new music. These six tunes are high on variety (from indie folk and dream-pop to post-rock) and guaranteed to move you. Let’s kick it off with a longtime favorite. Guster – “Don’t Go” (Boston, USA) RIYL: […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.28

Weekend Showcase 4.28

It’s that time of the week where we review the best new music from the past week or so on the Weekend Showcase 4.28 edition. Forty-four (44) songs are on this week’s mega-playlist, and they are representing 12 countries, including: Australia, Canada, Chile, England, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, the United States, and Wales. The playlist and tracklisting, as […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 19th

The Matinee ’18 July 19th

The Matinee ’18 July 19th is another mixed bag of new music from across the globe. Some of the tracks are heavier and darker and others are whimsical and witty. Take a spin of the nine songs below, beginning with booming garage rocker.   The Bullseyes – “Yet There’s You” (Poland) RIYL: The Black Keys, King Khan & BBQ Show, […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.26

Weekend Showcase 4.26

Another week has passed which means another opportunity to share the best new music of the past seven days (or so). The Weekend Showcase 4.26 edition features 44 songs that come from a wide spectrum of genres. Twelve (12) countries are represented, including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, U.A.E., Ukraine, United States, and Wales. The playlist and […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 5th

The Matinee ’18 July 5th

The Matinee ’18 July 5th edition is a global affair. Several countries are represented, and there is a wide-range of genres, too. Be prepared to be dazzled as well as to dance and rock out. Boniface – “Dear Megan” (Winnipeg, Canada) RIYL: Postal Service, The 1975, CHVRCHES While artists with lesser talent play to sold-out shows, Micah Visser continues to […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.20

Weekend Showcase 4.20

Forty-two (42) songs occupy the Weekend Showcase 4.20 edition. It’s an eclectic mix of songs on the mega-playlist. There’s something for everyone. Twelve countries are represented, including Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, the United States, and Wales. The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows the list of articles from the past week. The SoundCloud version […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 24th

The Matinee ’18 May 24th

Big, bold anthems and bone-chilling ballads fill up The Matinee ’18 May 24th edition. There are a few familiar names (and favorites) plus the usual assortment of hidden gems. This mini-playlist feels like a weekend version, which for some the weekend starts today. CASTLEBEAT – “Town” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Daywave, Fazerdaze, Kane Strang Summer is just around the corner with […]

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The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2017

The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2017

More than 2,500 songs shared, some 200 LPs and EPs reviewed, thousands of photos from concerts and festivals, and dozens of premieres later, we’ve arrived at our annual tradition of sharing our favorite songs of the past 52 weeks – also known as The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2017. This year’s playlist is the biggest yet. The 2015 version had […]

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Favorite EPs of 2017 – Part 3

Favorite EPs of 2017 – Part 3

Today we conclude our 30 Favorite EPs of 2017 with Part 3. This list has a more global feel with more than half coming from Europe. The other noticeable element of each of the ten bands and artists is the incredible songwriting on display. If you missed the first twenty, you can catch up with Part 1 and Part 2. […]

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Kalbells – ‘Ten Flowers’ (album review)

Kalbells – ‘Ten Flowers’ (album review)

Kalmia Traver is often associated with leading the alt-pop marching band collective Rubblebucket. With her booming tenor and baritone saxophones, her radiant vocals, and frenetic dancing on stage, she exemplifies the term frontwoman, or, in this case, field commander. While she looks in control on stage, she was quietly fighting another battle off it, one with ovarian cancer. Like everything […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.03

Weekend Showcase 3.03

While parts of the world are rewinding the clock some 100 years, music continues to push forward with to offer exciting new sounds and taking familiar approaches and adding a modern twist. The Weekend Showcase 3.03 edition looks back on the week that was in new music. Find 52 songs on today’s mega-playlist, featuring artists from twelve countries. The countries […]

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Rubblebucket – “If U C My Enemies” EP

Rubblebucket – “If U C My Enemies” EP

In an era where imitation has become the road to success, Rubblebucket have stayed true to their roots in making funkified indie-pop music through unconventional ways. They are part marching band, part pop collective, and part Afro-funk quintet. Through seven outputs (four albums and three EPs), one thing is clear about Rubblebucket’s music – they have an uncompromising purpose to […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.02

Weekend Showcase 3.02

It’s been quite the week with an Inauguration that reverberated across the planet and the solidarity shown by tens of millions of people. It was also a tremendous week in new music, and the Weekend Showcase 3.02 edition offers some of those highlights. Find 51 songs featuring artists from 15 countries, including: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, […]

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The Matinee January 16th

The Matinee January 16th

The Matinee January 16th is packed full of awesome indie rock and indie pop for your listening pleasure. Whether you are working today or have the day off to remember the great Martin Luther King, Jr., we hope you find your new favorite song or band today. We have artists representing the UK, the US and Sweden today. Bad Wave – […]

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Weekend Showcase October 3rd Edition

Weekend Showcase October 3rd Edition

On the Weekend Showcase October 3rd Edition, we have arguably our most diverse playlist, ranging from indie rock to indie pop, electronic to folk, high-intensity songs to lush and mellow numbers. As always, we span the globe to find the best new music from well-known to those-you-should-know independent artists. Nine countries are represented, specifically: Austria, Australia, Colombia, England, Israel, New […]

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Matinee September 30

Matinee September 30

We have another six tracks for your listening pleasure. Most of the tracks are smooth or upbeat, along with a lovely singer-songwriter for a little diversity. Most are from the USA, but we do have a couple from the UK.   Blonde Summer (USA) – “Stay Kids” Blonde Summer is an American indie rock band from Los Angeles. Since their […]

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