Tag: alt-pop

Fickle Friends – ‘You Are Someone Else’ (album review)

Fickle Friends – ‘You Are Someone Else’ (album review)

As we enter Spring, we’re almost already overwhelmed by breakout albums from young artists. Perhaps one of the strongest debuts so far comes from the UK’s Fickle Friends. Over the last few years, they’ve given us a bunch of infectious, dance-your-ass-off singles. This March, they released their debut full-length record, You Are Someone Else, which features some of those songs […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 30th – North American Edition

The Matinee ’18 March 30th – North American Edition

The second part of our Good Friday twinbill – The Matinee ’18 March 30th – North American Edition – has seven songs, and several of them are from some of our all-time favorites. There are upbeat numbers and a few extremely moving and powerful numbers.   Bloodboy – “Is Now a Good Time to Ruin Your Life?” (Los Angeles, USA) […]

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Saturday Sampler March 17th

Saturday Sampler March 17th

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Strangely enough, the Saturday Sampler March 17th edition features no Irish music. Instead, these nine singles are the work of talents from England, Netherlands, USA, and Wales. Afterpartees – “Two Kinds of Lovers” (Horst, Netherlands) RIYL: Wilco, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. Say hello to Afterpartees, a Dutch band we recently discovered even though they have been around since 2011. […]

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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 21st

The Matinee ’18 February 21st

This week we’ve changed the schedule a bit, so there won’t be a Melodic Tonic. Instead, The Matinee ’18 February 21st edition is today’s spotlight on new music. Due to the last-minute change, the descriptions are tighter than usual, and we would like to send our apologies to the artists and bands that the shorter pieces. For readers and listeners, […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 19th

The Matinee ’18 February 19th

The Matinee ’18 February 19th is filled with 6 new exciting tunes to get our week started off right. For those of you that might have a holiday today, we hope these get your day away from work on the right track. Artists are representing Australia and The US today. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. […]

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Saturday Sampler January 27th

Saturday Sampler January 27th

The retro vibes are strong for your weekend playlist: the nine songs on the Saturday Sampler January 27th edition offer a kaleidoscopic range of sonic hues, from indie pop to psych rock and glam punk. Hopefully you will find a new favorite artist in this mix. Happy weekend!   The Aces – “Fake Nice” (Orem, UT, USA) RIYL: Hinds, Pale […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 25th

The Matinee ’18 January 25th

The Matinee ’18 January 25th edition features mostly artists from abroad with a strong focus on the burgeoning indie scenes in Australia and New Zealand. There are also tunes from bands in Europe, but we start things off with one of the great innovators of the past decade and an indie giant. The list is in reverse alphabetical order.   […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – World Edition

The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – World Edition

With so many great songs out, we’re offering another two-part playlist. For this one, The Matinee ’18 January 23rd – World Edition features seven songs from artists in six countries outside of North America. The US edition is now out, and you can listen to it here.   DUETS AND STUFF – “Serve Somebody” (somewhere in Sweden) RIYL: Tennis, Peter […]

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Saturday Sampler January 20th

Saturday Sampler January 20th

The Saturday Sampler January 20th edition brings you nine brilliant new songs from across the globe. Featuring artists from Austria, England, Norway, Sweden, and the U.S., today’s playlist offers a variety of genres to please every musical palette. We kick things off with a stunning Scandinavian artist.   Big Fox – “The Fight” (Malmö, Sweden) RIYL: Lisa Hannigan, Joan As […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 15th

The Matinee ’18 January 15th

The Matinee ’18 January 15th includes 7 new tracks to get your week started off right. We have a nice mix of rock and indie-pop for your listening pleasure. Artists represent the UK and the US today. Haux – “Heartbeat” (London, England via Boston, USA) RIYL: Hayden Calnin, Henry Green, S. Carey Woodson Black – a.k.a. Haux – is back […]

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Marcus’ top pix of 2017

Marcus’ top pix of 2017

2017 has been a crazy year for photographing bands. I’ve managed to get a whopping 277 of them in front of my camera. I also had some firsts – first time in a photo pit, first time shooting at a festival, first time a photo has been published, as well as my first of 40 articles for The Revue. I’ve […]

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The Matinee December 8th

The Matinee December 8th

Whether you want to dance of have a song that allows you to lay back and stare at the stars, The Matinee December 8th is the ticket for you. The mini-playlist once again features nine songs that will get you ready for the weekend. This is also the last The Matinee of 2017, and we’ll be back on January 8th. […]

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The Matinee December 7th

The Matinee December 7th

The Matinee December 7th is rarity – each of the nine artists and bands have previously been showcased before, either on one of our daily playlists or in another feature. Some, however, have not released anything new in a little while others are gearing up for a massive 2018. Anna Burch – “Tea-Soaked Letter” (Detroit, USA) RIYL: Jay Som, Fazerdaze, […]

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Saturday Sampler December 2nd

Saturday Sampler December 2nd

Kick start your weekend with nine powerful tracks on the Saturday Sampler December 2nd edition. Artists from Australia, Canada, England, Sweden, and the US bring you a variety of genres sure to quicken your pulse and delight your senses. We kick things off with one of our favourite new London bands. Anteros – “Love” (London, England) RIYL: Blondie, Wolf Alice, […]

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The Matinee November 28th

The Matinee November 28th

Nine songs from artists and bands representing multiple countries. It’s what you expect to find on The Matinee November 28th edition. Six of the songs are from Europe, two from Australasia, and the final one from an American band we’ve come to really adore. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these great new tunes.   Annie Taylor – “Wasted Youth” (Zurich, […]

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Slum Sociable – ‘Slum Sociable’ (album review)

Slum Sociable – ‘Slum Sociable’ (album review)

 Music can be therapeutic, not just for listeners but also for the artists. In the case of Slum Sociable, their self-titled, debut album represents more than two years of personal loss and struggle. For Edward Cregan Quinn, the LP was an outlet to deal with the loss of a close friend. The record, however, represents something different for Miller Upchurch […]

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The Matinee November 27th

The Matinee November 27th

The Matinee November 27th includes 6 new tracks to kick start your week. We have a great mix of tracks ot get your Monday started off right. Artists are representing Australia, Canada, Finland, The US and The UK today. Billy Raffoul – “Difficult” (Nashville, USA via Leamington, ON, Canada) RIYL: Joe Cocker, Hozier, Ray Lamontagne Billy Raffoul is back with […]

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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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