Tag: 80s Pop

The Matinee November 30th

The Matinee November 30th

A strong Commonwealth presence is felt on the Matinee November 30th edition. Of the nine artists and bands featured, eight hail from the UK or Australia and the other one comes from the US. It’s just one of those days where a small part of the world released some of the best new music of the past few days. There […]

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First Impressions: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’ (album review)

First Impressions: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’ (album review)

In 2015, Wolf Alice were the year’s buzziest and fastest-rising band. They went from UK indie darlings to global stars in the blink of an eye, propelled by their debut album, My Love Is Cool. That LP populated dozens of “Best of” and “Favorite” lists, including our own. It was fierce and edgy, but it also surprised with unexpected pop […]

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The Matinee August 24th

The Matinee August 24th

Whether you’re looking for an edgy, post-apocalyptic song; a get-of-your-seat Motown number; some gnarly indie-rock; or something foul yet delightfully intoxicating from a Dark Angel, The Matinee August 24th will fit your mood. Nine songs once occupy today’s mini-playlist, featuring several artists and bands who will be releasing some of the most highly-anticipated records of the fall. Chelsea Wolfe – […]

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The Matinee June 6th

The Matinee June 6th

The Matinee June 6th buzzes with some anthemic rockers, personal folk-pop songs, and, of course, one ’80s-inspired tune. Oh, there’s one cover song that will rock your world for how the band re-imagined a classic disco tune.   Autre Monde – “I Want My Enemies to Prosper” (Dublin, Ireland) RIYL: Wolf Parade, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs Protest music is back […]

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MADEIRA, girlboss light up Wellington’s MOON (gig review and photo essay)

MADEIRA, girlboss light up Wellington’s MOON (gig review and photo essay)

On a cool, Saturday evening, Wellington’s favorite dive bar MOON opened its doors to MADEIRA and girlboss. Given the music that these two singer-songwriters have crafted to date, expectations were that the show would be very intimate. The opposite was true to delight of the few hundred people in attendance. The headliner this night was MADEIRA. Featured a few times in […]

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Saturday Sampler October 8th

Saturday Sampler October 8th

Saturday Sampler October 8th edition is the early long weekend treat for those in Canada (Happy Thanksgiving!) and the United States. So before you indulge in turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin up north or in a variety of cocktails down south, warm up with these ten delectable, new music singles. We have music from New Zealand, Ireland, England, Sweden, Canada, and […]

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Beverly – “The Blue Swell”

Beverly – “The Blue Swell”

Everyone has heard the old cliché that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So what’s the cliché with us? The answer is simple – create an album that sounds and feels like the ’80s and early ’90s, sprinkle in some crystalline guitars, and you’ll immediately grab our attention – or at least mine anyway. We’re talking about […]

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The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th edition is a little bit more relaxed than past playlists. There’s still a rocker in there and one tune that will have you moving, but for the most part the songs below are meant to be enjoyed in a relaxed environment.   Conner Youngblood – “A Summer Song” (Dallas, USA) Riding a wave of accolades of […]

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The Matinee April 20th

The Matinee April 20th

The Matinee April 20th includes a nice mix of tracks including from the singer-songwriter fare, indie pop, indie rock, ambient folk and even a little synth/electro pop. We have the USA, Canada, The UK and Norway represented today. We hope you find your new favorite song or band.   case/lang/veirs – “Honey and Smoke” (USA and Canada) We shared the […]

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The Matinee March 30th

The Matinee March 30th

The Matinee March 30th includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have some new artists to share and a few new tracks from some favorites as well. We hope this playlist gets you through your humpday we have a mix of indie rock, indie pop, electro pop and singer-songwriter. Our artists are representing the US and UK today. […]

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Astronauts, Etc. – “I Know”

Astronauts, Etc. – “I Know”

“I Know” is the surprisingly new single from Astronauts, Etc. The project of Anthony Ferraro, who is a classically trained pianist, Astronauts, Etc. is known for creating gorgeous, melodic dream- and synth-pop. On this new single, the sublime pop of the ’80s can be heard. The single comes on the heels of Ferraro’s debut, solo EP, Sadie, which was released […]

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Girl Friend – “You Lead the Way”

Girl Friend – “You Lead the Way”

“You Lead the Way” is the latest single from Manchester pop band Girl Friend. It’s a groovy, catchy song that ebbs with the sound of the ’80s. Think a more restrained Passion Pit. However, their ability to build mood and atmosphere through melodies and harmonies is reminiscent of Phoenix, which is evident on “Monte Carlo” and “Chemical Reaction”, which are […]

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