Tag: alt-pop

SPENCER’s debut single “Or So I Thought” is a spectacle of alt-pop (single premiere)

SPENCER’s debut single “Or So I Thought” is a spectacle of alt-pop (single premiere)

“Dare to be different”. It’s a statement that many of us strive to achieve, but we often fail to live up to this mantra. Sophie Lewis, however, personifies the phrase and then some. Whereas other artists her age attempt to replicate the music of BANKS, Tove Lo, or Lady Gaga, the 20-year old singer-songwriter’s influences include Fiona Apple, Björk, and […]

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The Matinee November 13th

The Matinee November 13th

The Matinee November 13th includes 6 new tracks to get your fall week started off right. We have a nice mix of synth-pop, electro-pop, and captivating indie rock. Bands are representing the US, England, and Sweden today. Cavalry – “Black” (Liverpool, England) RIYL: The Boxer Rebellion, The Airborne Toxic Event, Frightened Rabbit With each new release, Cavalry continue to prove […]

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The Matinee November 7th

The Matinee November 7th

We head off on another globetrotting adventure on The Matinee November 7th edition. There are nine songs in this mini-playlist, and each artist / band represents a different country. In other words, no single country is represented twice. Well sort of not represented twice (you’ll see below where one artist is based in one country but was born in another). […]

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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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Bodies Be Rivers – “None The Wiser” (single premiere)

Bodies Be Rivers – “None The Wiser” (single premiere)

There are as many bands in New York City’s five boroughs as there are delicatessens and pizzerias. With so much selection, how does one rise above the pack and become among the Big Apple’s elite? There’s the easy way out – imitation. Then there’s the less road traveled – create something new and different, which is full of depth and […]

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Saturday Sampler October 28th

Saturday Sampler October 28th

The Saturday Sampler October 28th edition brews up some bewitching treats in preparation for Halloween. From brooding indie art rock to charming Americana and sultry pop, these nine songs will put a spell on you. Today’s featured artists are from Canada, Colombia, England, Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA. Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase includes every song we have […]

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The Matinee October 23rd

The Matinee October 23rd

The Matinee October 23rd includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have a nice mix of pretty awesome rock and some killer synth pop. We hope you find your new favorite song or band and that your weekday is kicked off right. Artists today are representing Canada, Norway, the US and the UK today. Denny – “Girls Like You” […]

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Saturday Sampler October 21st

Saturday Sampler October 21st

We’re not covering too much geographical ground on the Saturday Sampler October 21st edition, but we are spanning a few genres. Whether you’re in the mood for some instrumental funk, boisterous garage rock, innovative alt-pop, or some hip-shaking old-school soul and indie pop-rock, we have you covered.   Dutch Party – “Now and Later” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Destroyer, MOONFACE, […]

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Paper Pilots – “Playing Games” (video premiere)

Paper Pilots – “Playing Games” (video premiere)

When we were introduced last month to Paper Pilots, they had released their “Playing Games” single – and it was a sheepish moment. We pride ourselves on unearthing hidden gems, yet Paper Pilots have been around since 2012. It took us over five years to discover the alt-pop brilliance of one of Los Angeles’ finest groups, the project headed by Justin David […]

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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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The Matinee October 17th

The Matinee October 17th

The Matinee October 17th returns with nine more songs as always. There’s quite a bit of variety from somber folk-rock tracks to far-out stoner, psychedelic rock to alternative R&B. Or maybe you want some soul music or a song that takes you back to the ’80s. Whatever your mood, hopefully one of these songs will fulfill your needs.   ABISHA […]

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The Matinee October 12th

The Matinee October 12th

We have another nine new music selections for your listening pleasure. There’s quite a bit of variety on this one from cinematic songs that belong in an IMAX film to classically told stories to upbeat earworms. The Matinee October 12th has something for every mood. Ceiling Demons – “The Rose” (North Yorkshire, England) RIYL: Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nick Cave […]

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The Matinee October 3rd

The Matinee October 3rd

The Matinee October 3rd edition has a throwback vibe with many of the songs channeling the sounds of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. There are also some innovative, contemporary tunes, but for those who like the classics will enjoy many of today’s selections.   BEACHWARE – “Rip City” (Auckland, New Zealand) RIYL: Allah-Lahs, Ephrata, Ariel Pink While most of […]

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The Matinee October 2nd

The Matinee October 2nd

The Matinee October 2nd includes 6 new amazing tracks to get you started for this new fall week. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today. Artists are representing the US and the UK today. Cavalry – “Heresy” (Liverpool, England) RIYL: Manchester Orchestra, Frightened Rabbit, Local Natives Cavalry have continuously been releasing melodic and atmospheric tracks that command […]

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The Matinee September 29th

The Matinee September 29th

The Matinee September 29th includes 9 amazing track to get the beginning of your weekend started off right. As usual we have an eclectic mix of awesome indie bands and artists for your listening pleasure. We have artists representing Australia, Canada, US, The UK, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden today. Check back tomorrow for more on our Saturday sampler and […]

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Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

What would it be like to have a drink with Alex Cameron or even to spend a day with him? Would he be like one of the testosterone-filled characters he has created on his catchy, imaginative, albeit slightly creep new album, Forced Witness, or would he be the complete antithesis? Whatever the answer, there’s no questioning the creative brilliance of […]

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The Matinee August 10th

The Matinee August 10th

Around the world we go and where we stop is… The Matinee August 10th edition, of course! Just yesterday, Ben was watching The War on Drugs perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and we were pondering who could be the next indie band or artist to play on one of the late-night talk shows. Our mini-playlist today, as such, reflects who we […]

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Standon Calling 2017 – photo review

Standon Calling 2017 – photo review

Standon Calling Festival in Hertfordshire (UK) took place over three rainy days in July. The festival, in its 12th year, feels like a family-friendly country fair that got a bit out of hand, with dog shows, fancy dress competitions, drag acts, and a swimming pool included. Oh and some music. Here are some of my music highlights from Saturday and […]

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The Matinee July 27th

The Matinee July 27th

Once again we take a new music trip around the globe on The Matinee July 27th edition. Speaking of trips, some of us, including myself, are en route if not having already arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, and we hope one of these days the artists listed below will be gracing the stages of NFF or one of the after-parties. […]

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The Matinee July 21st

The Matinee July 21st

Another eclectic and awesome batch of new music singles occupies The Matinee July 21st edition. We won’t say much more because we’re ecstatic that one of the great Canadian bands has released a new single, meaning a new album is on the way! Just to change things up, the list is in reverse alphabetical order. Wolf Parade – “Valley Boy” […]

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