Tag: cinematic indie

Saturday Sampler December 9th

Saturday Sampler December 9th

And it all comes to an end… well, sort of. The Saturday Sampler December 9th edition is our very last mini-playlist of 2017. There’s still the Weekend Showcase tomorrow that runs down this past week in music plus our Mega, Mega Playlist of our favorite songs that we will share on New Year’s Eve. In addition, we’ll be sharing our […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th

Breathe in the calming tones of the Melodic Tonic ’17, November 29th edition. These six artists from Sweden and Italy to England, Australia, and the US will restore your sanity amid the hectic pace of the holiday season. Sit back and let these artists take you to a more blissful place. Calexico – “Voices in the Field” (Tucson, AZ USA) […]

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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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Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th

Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th

The Melodic Tonic ’17, November 16th edition features powerful American voices with equally powerful messages. But sprinkled between the well-known names are two new bands with unforgettable sounds. Today’s playlist begins with one of music’s finest (and fiercest) voices. Brandi Carlile – “The Joke” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Indigo Girls, Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michaelson American singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile is one of […]

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The Matinee November 9th

The Matinee November 9th

The Matinee November 9th edition is filled with alumni. As a result, the artists and bands are listed in reverse alphabetical order once again so those at the end of the alphabet get their time at the top. There is one newcomer to the list, but they’ve been around for a couple of years. We’ve also changed things up a […]

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Wy – ‘Okay’ (album review)

Wy – ‘Okay’ (album review)

Slowdive. Cigarettes After Sex. Mazzy Star. These three bands are among the very best when it comes to breathtaking dreamgaze and dream-pop. Their secret, though, doesn’t lie solely in the heart-fluttering soundscapes or the knee-buckling vocals of their famous lead singers, but also in the vividly poignant lyrics they craft. Their songs are stories we all can relate to, and […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17 October 18th

Melodic Tonic ’17 October 18th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is on the milder side. These six singles complement the season with equal amounts of autumn warmth and cool breezes. From Americana, indie dream folk and electronic pop to cinematic art fare, this mostly American mini playlist brings you the freshest sounds of the week.   Shallow Lenses – “Take It To The […]

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The Matinee October 13th

The Matinee October 13th

It’s Friday the 13th, and we could share a creepy playlist or just share great music regardless of the tone. We’ve opted for the latter because a good spooky tune can be shared year round in our opinion. So put on the headphones or turn up the speakers, and enjoy this terrific selection of new music on The Matinee October […]

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The Matinee October 5th

The Matinee October 5th

A European invasion, led by three from Sweden, takes over The Matinee October 5th edition. Some songs are perfect for the fast-approaching spooky holiday and others will just make you smile. Let’s get started with a song by one of the great indie bands of this century. Wild Beasts – “Punk Drunk & Trembling” (London, England) RIYL: Wild Beasts, Metronomy, […]

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Prom Queen showers contrasting brilliance on ‘Doom Wop’ (album review)

Prom Queen showers contrasting brilliance on ‘Doom Wop’ (album review)

Leeni Ramadan is an artistic tour de force. Although she has focused her efforts around her musical project  Prom Queen, her talents extend well beyond writing compositions and lyrics. Her sophomore “record”, Midnight Veil, was a video-based album where the music revolved around the film (see it here). She’s a videographer, and she’s likely a designer given the elaborate costumes […]

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The Matinee September 18th

The Matinee September 18th

The Matinee September 18th includes 6 new tracks for the start of your week. As summer is winding down, we have no shortage of energizing songs to get you going for the week. We have artists representing Australia, Italy and the UK. HÅN – “1986” (Italy) RIYL: Woodes, Kllo, Yumi Zouma HÅN has mesmerized many with her debut track “The […]

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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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The Matinee September 7th

The Matinee September 7th

Around and around we go, where The Matinee September 7th edition stops, no one knows! Well, we do know where it stops: today’s mini-playlist visits a country for the first time. Eight new songs are featured below, including the latest by one of indie’s greats, plus a 2008 single from one of the most underrated artists of our time.   […]

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The Matinee September 1st

The Matinee September 1st

The Matinee September 1st includes some awesome new songs to get you ready for the long weekend in much of the world or celebrate Father’s Day in New Zealand and Australia. We hope you find your new favorite track or band, who come from Canada, Norway, Sweden, England, and the USA. Wy – “You + I” (Malmö, Sweden) RIYL: Cults, […]

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The Matinee August 29th

The Matinee August 29th

Simplicity can be beautiful, exhilarating, and brilliant, and this is the theme of The Matinee August 29th edition. Even the most uplifting and exciting song doesn’t need a whole of instruments and textures to get the adrenaline flowing. We start things off with a band that has long perfected this art. The National – “Day I Die” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: […]

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King Nun – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

King Nun – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

This week, I counted how many bands I’ve photographed so far in 2017. King Nun came in at 203rd place. I’ve been a busy boy! I mention this because it means I have spent a lot of time listening to dozens of bands that are new to me. King Nun are one of those – pretty much all I knew about […]

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The Matinee August 21st

The Matinee August 21st

The Matinee August 21st includes 6 awesome new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have anthemic indie rock, dreamy electro pop and captivating indie rock. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today and that this gets your week started off right. Artists are representing Australia, Canada, Norway, The US and the UK today. Adrian Underhill – […]

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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 August 1st

The Matinee August 1st

With Newport Folk Festival behind us, we’re trying to get back into the swing of things. The Matinee August 1st edition, as such, has the regular nine songs. Unfortunately, exhaustion has set in, so apologies to the artists and bands for the short blurbs. The music, however, is what matters most. Alvvays – “Dreams Tonite” (Toronto, Canada) RIYL: The Pains […]

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The Matinee July 25th

The Matinee July 25th

The Matinee July 25th features music that I like to listen to while taking a long trip by plane. There are songs that ease the nerves and help you relax, and a few whose sole intention is to get the energy flowing and awaken you from your high-altitude stupor. With that, let’s take a musical trip that starts in the […]

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