Tag: Art-pop

The Matinee ’18 May 1st

The Matinee ’18 May 1st

The Matinee ’18 May 1st kicks off the month with songs from artists based in nine countries. There are cinematic adventures, personal love stories, and brooding throbbers to get you through the day. Let’s get started with a young woman who should be on everyone’s watch list. Coco Reilly – “Define You” (Nashville & New York City, USA) RIYL: Hope […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 20th

The Matinee ’18 April 20th

The Matinee ’18 April 20th features fun, boisterous, catchy, and even bombastic numbers. The mini-playlist is the perfect gateway into the weekend, so turn up the volume and listen to these nine fabulous songs. Courtney Barnett – “City Looks Pretty” (Melbourne, Australia) RIYL: Courtney Barnett Courtney Barnett stated earlier in the year that her new album would be different and […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 20th

The Matinee ’18 March 20th

Singer-songwriters galore occupy The Matinee ’18 March 20th edition. There are some bands in the playlist, but the majority are young women and men carving out their own niches with fabulous stories to share. This isn’t to say the music is languid or laid back, as there are some rip-roaring hip shakers and more melodic shimmying-quality tunes below. bed. – […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 15th – North American Edition

The Matinee ’18 February 15th – North American Edition

Earlier today we shared the World Edition of The Matinee, which you can find here. Now it’s time for The Matinee ’18 February 15th – North American Edition. Six more songs featuring all-time favorites and a couple of new ones. We get started with one of the great indie artists of the past fifteen years.   Eleanor Friedberger – “In […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 13th

The Matinee ’18 February 13th

The Matinee ’18 February 13th rocks. Literally, the nine songs are predominantly rock tunes – or have basis in rock ‘n roll, indie rock, punk rock, or folk-rock. There is one song, however, that’s beyond categorization. For the most part, this mini-playlist will get the blood flowing, so you can skip that second or third cup of coffee and opt […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 9th

The Matinee ’18 February 9th

The Matinee ’18 February 9th has a bit of a sunny disposition, featuring songs that will warm your soul and steal your breath away like a beautiful sunset. You’ll find some shoegaze and psych-rock, indie rock to cinematic indie pop, something whimsical yet witty, and a slice of disco. Sit back and let the music below be your guide to […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 8th

The Matinee ’18 February 8th

The Matinee ’18 February 8th features forward-thinking artists and those rekindling the past with majestic aplomb. This mini-playlist features art-rock; old-school R&B, soul, and dream-folk; ’90s-inspired indie rock; ambient psychedelia; catchy jangle-pop; and some old-fashion slacker rock. We start things off, however, with the surprised new single from a college radio legend.   Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – “Middle […]

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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 October 30th

The Matinee October 30th

The Matinee October 30th includes six new tracks to get your Monday started off right. We have a nice mix of genres today and we hope you find your new favorite artists or band today. Artists are representing Israel, Ireland, The US and the UK today. The Academic – “Permanent Vacation” (Mullingar, Ireland) RIYL: The Hunna, Sundara Karma, Viola Beach […]

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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 September 14th

The Matinee September 14th

The Matinee September 14th is in reverse alphabetical order so that a band we’ve featured often gets their chance to be at the top (granted, they’ve always had a special place in our hearts). The mini-playlist features a wide-range of genres, from old-school R&B and soul to smooth dream-pop, catchy indie-rock, and alt-country. There is also a fantastic track from […]

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The Matinee September 12th

The Matinee September 12th

From bone-jarring stunners to body-moving disco glam-rockers and amusing indie rock, The Matinee September 12th edition will hopefully brighten up your Tuesday. Anna Leone – “My Soul I” (Stockholm, Sweden) RIYL: Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Miya Folick The Matinee kicks off with a song from a newcomer who will blow you away. Before you press play, find a place where […]

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Saturday Sampler July 29th

Saturday Sampler July 29th

Saturday Sampler July 29th has a lean 6 songs since we’re all a bit busy these days. Seems like the end of July has been the perfect storm for us, but thankfully the music out there has been the perfect tonic.   ALYESKA – “Absaroka” (Los Angeles via small town Montana, USA) RIYL: Sharon Van Etten, Belle Mare, She Keeps […]

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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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SOFTSPOT – ‘Clearing’ (album review)

SOFTSPOT – ‘Clearing’ (album review)

This is the time of year when the summer albums starting coming out, offering party anthems for people to waste away the long nights and sweltering heat. But in the case of art-pop quartet SOFTSPOT, their new album belongs more in autumn than in the months of April and May. Akin to Kate Bush’s and The Cure’s early works, Clearing […]

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DIDI – “Sorry” (single premiere)

DIDI – “Sorry” (single premiere)

In the music industry, the dividing line between those behind the mixing desk and those behind the mike can seem like the boundary between two nations. Different cultures, different personalities, even different languages. The divide is gendered, too, with far fewer women in the engineering and producing space, so a successful female producer who transitions to performer is bound to […]

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Saturday Sampler February 11th

Saturday Sampler February 11th

Saturday Sampler February 11th edition has another delectable serving of new music treats. Lots of these songs will get you up and moving while others will have you contemplating the world today. Anyway, let’s get the feast underway! Body Music – “Just One” (New York City & Boston via Medellín, Colombia) RIYL: Martha Wash, Black Box, disco/house Kick off your weekend […]

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Grapell – “Love Chamber”

Grapell – “Love Chamber”

Swedish duo Grapell are a rare breed in today’s music. They are one of the very few bands who can make the sultry sound spectacular. Take music that is blissful and romantic and simultaneously make it breathtaking and mind-altering. The secret to Emil Erstrand and Nils Nygårdh’s sound is that they have not confined themselves to any particular genre. Instead, […]

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The Matinee August 23rd

The Matinee August 23rd

As you start day two of the work week and the second-to-last week of summer, The Matinee August 23rd will provide the shot of adrenaline you need. From electronic to art-pop to indie-rock to industrial, there is a little bit of everything.   Chasms – “Black Ice” (San Francisco, USA) RIYL: Savages, Jenny Hval Very few bands have names that […]

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Strange Heights, “Dive Into Fire” (single premiere)

Strange Heights, “Dive Into Fire” (single premiere)

There aren’t many bands whose names mirror their music. Sonic Youth and Lush come immediately to mind. We can now add Strange Heights. It’s not that the Chicago sextet’s music is strange in the bizarre sense. It’s not creepy or eerie. While Strange Heights don’t write music that would be considered formulaic, it is not really experimental. Their music, however, is […]

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