Tag: Art-pop

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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The Matinee April 12th

The Matinee April 12th

Like yesterday’s Melodic Tonic, The Matinee April 12th features a number of emerging singer-songwriters who will dazzle you with their poignant storytelling and intimate sound. Then there are a handful of bands who will help put a spark into your day.   Basement Revolver – “Johnny” (Hamilton, Canada) When Alvvays released their debut album two years ago, they opened the […]

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Language Arts play Zaphods (photo essay)

Language Arts play Zaphods (photo essay)

Art-pop group Language Arts brought their compelling sound to Ottawa and played Zaphod Beeblebrox on Wednesday, March 16th. They are currently touring in support of their recent sophomore release Able Island available on MapleMusic Recordings. The album is dedicated to their home province Nova Scotia. This dedication was demonstrated by having photos of Nova Scotia projected onto themselves during the performance. I […]

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Mundo Musique: New Zealand Maestro Andrew Keoghan

Mundo Musique: New Zealand Maestro Andrew Keoghan

In 2012 while traveling through New Zealand, my wife and I were introduced to the music of Andrew Keoghan, the multi-instrumentalist who play plays the violin, guitar, synth, beats, and other instruments. In addition, Keoghan is a classically trained singer and arranger, and his growth as a musician started at a very young age. Born in Antigua and raised predominantly […]

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