Tag: alt-pop

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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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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The Matinee July 4th

The Matinee July 4th

Happy Fourth of July to all our American friends. We hope the day is full of fantastic food, drink, and, of course, friends and family. To help you celebrate the holiday, we offer a selection of nine songs on The Matinee July 4th edition. Some of them are as explosive as fireworks while others will have you contemplating what it […]

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The Matinee June 30th

The Matinee June 30th

The Matinee June 30th features another exhilarating set of new music. Nine songs once again are shared. There are some familiar names and a few that are still making a name for themselves. Listen right to the end because the final song is one of the year’s most stunning. CYMBALS – “Car Crash” (London England & Paris, France) RIYL: Future […]

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The Matinee June 27th

The Matinee June 27th

The Matinee June 27th features another set of nine terrific songs. There is one song that might have you doing a double take since it’s not often we profile a country/bluegrass/Americana artist. But like so many of the artists we have featured and showcase today, he’s one excellent singer-songwriter. First, however, we kick things off with a duo who have […]

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The Matinee June 26th

The Matinee June 26th

We have six awesome tracks today that range from soaring indie pop, upbeat synth pop, and straight up indie rock. We hope you discover your new favorite song or artist today. We have artists representing Australia, Greece, Sweden and the US today. Be The Bear – “Erupt” (Gothenburg, Sweden) RIYL: Aurora, Björk, Kiiara Be The Bear is Swedish artist Christina […]

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London Live Music Roundup – June 10th to June 20th

London Live Music Roundup – June 10th to June 20th

London’s live music scene is thriving. Our photographers in London continue to get out to some of the best gigs in the capital, and here’s a round up of a few that Marcus and Paul got to in the last week.   The Wedding Present – Saturday 10th June – Roundhouse, Camden   Perennial jangle pop-rock, indie boys play their […]

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The Matinee June 13th

The Matinee June 13th

The Matinee June 13th has a bit of a familiar feel in that many of the artists and bands listed before have been featured before. We kick things off with the return of one of indie rock’s great bands. Wolf Alice – “Yuk Foo” (London, England) RIYL: Siouxsie Sioux, Hole, Dead Kennedys In 2014 and 2015, Wolf Alice was the […]

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The Matinee June 12th

The Matinee June 12th

The Matinee June 12th includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have a mix of upbeat, dreamy synth pop and awesome indie rock. The artists today are all from the U.S., which doesn’t happen too often. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today. Cosmos & Creature – “Bad Drug” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Brandyn […]

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Sleep Party People – ‘Lingering’ (album review)

Sleep Party People – ‘Lingering’ (album review)

Over a decade ago, Brian Batz fiddled with an old, out-of-tune piano. This innocent event would change his life forever, leading him down a path that eventually would lead to the birth of Sleep Party People. Three critically-acclaimed albums later, the Copenhagen-based has become a global indie darling, as he’s been compared to Radiohead, Boards of Canada, Caribou, and The […]

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The Matinee June 5th

The Matinee June 5th

The Matinee June 5th includes 6 new tracks to get your week started off right. We have a mixture of synth pop and indie rock today. Artists are representing Canada, Norway and the USA today. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today. Anna of the North – “Lovers” (Oslo, Norway) RIYL: Phoebe Ryan, VÉRITÉ Anna of […]

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Saturday Sampler June 3rd

Saturday Sampler June 3rd

Yesterday we mentioned several songs released this week by some rather popular artists. Well, we’re starting the Saturday Sampler June 3rd edition with one of those songs because A) it’s by the greatest band of the last 25 years, and B) it’s so good. Radiohead – “I Promise” (Oxford, England) RIYL: Radiohead Yes, we know Radiohead is a massive band, and our […]

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The Matinee June 2nd

The Matinee June 2nd

In the past twenty-four hours, Radiohead shared “I Promise”, an unreleased song from their seminal album, OK Computer. Phoenix revealed “Goodbye Soleil”. Lorde shared “Perfect Places”, the latest track from her house party-influenced new album. Finally, Arcade Fire unveiled the disco-pop track, “Everything Now”.  We’ve opted to go in a different direction for The Matinee June 2nd, sharing tunes by lesser-known […]

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Lanikai – “Motor Inn” (video premiere)

Lanikai – “Motor Inn” (video premiere)

A year ago, rising Canadian indie-pop duo Imaginary Cities announced they were taking a hiatus. For how long the break will last is unknown, but this doesn’t mean the band members have completely separated themselves from making new music. In November of 2016, Marti Sarbit released her debut, solo EP under the moniker Lanikai, which had critics applauding its retro-inspired, […]

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Gothic Tropic – ‘Fast or Feast’ (album review)

Gothic Tropic – ‘Fast or Feast’ (album review)

“At its best, life is completely unpredictable.” ~~~ Christopher Walken Unpredictability has defined Cecilia Della Peruti since she started her project Gothic Project in 2011. Her debut EP revolved around neo-psychedelia while the singles she has released the past two years have been wide-ranging. Indie pop, electro-rock, synth-pop, or R&B-infused pop, she’s done it all and with aplomb. Given her […]

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The Matinee May 22nd

The Matinee May 22nd

The Matinee May 22nd includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure we have myriad of different sounds that will quench anyone’s appetite for impressive new music. Genres range from synthpop and indie rock. Artists represented today span Canada, The US and The UK. Adaline – “How Could We Know” (Toronto, Canada) RIYL: Broods, Phantogram, Oh Wonder “How Could We […]

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