Tag: new wave

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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Renowned producer Gordon Raphael unleashes, “Savage” (single premiere)

Renowned producer Gordon Raphael unleashes, “Savage” (single premiere)

For nearly two decades, Gordon Raphael established himself as one of the industry’s most respected and sought-after music producers. His “claim-to-fame” occurred in 2001 when he produced The Strokes debut EP, The Modern Age, and their first two full-length albums – 2001’s This Is It, which was named by NME as the album of the decade, and 2003’s Room on […]

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The Matinee February 7th

The Matinee February 7th

The Matinee February 7th offers a smooth 9 songs on this Tuesday. There is one notable name, but the remaining artists are on the verge of something really, really special. Amber Arcades – “It Changes” (Utrecht, Netherlands) RIYL: Alvvays, Waxahatchee, Courtney Barnett Annelotte de Graaf – the woman behind Amber Arcades – has become one of our all-time favorite artists on […]

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The Matinee November 9th

The Matinee November 9th

As we all recover from the US Election aftermath, The Matinee November 9th is inspired by something completely different. Last week, Norwegian band Sløtface released “Empire Records”, a tribute to the 1995 movie that helped define a generation with its ensemble cast of characters. Today’s mini-playlist offers nine songs that together could comprise the soundtrack to those coming-of-age movies of […]

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Psychic Twin – “Strange Diary”

Psychic Twin – “Strange Diary”

Like a young child growing up, Erin Fein has nursed and watched her dream-pop project Psychic Twin mature. First conceived in 2010, Fein revealed Psychic Twin to the world in 2013 in a subtle yet explosive way. Her split single debut, featuring “Strangers” and “Dream State”, showcased a woman who deftly bridged reality with the dreamworld, much like what Beach […]

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The Matinee September 1st

The Matinee September 1st

The Matinee September 1st rocks, rolls, and swoons with eight fantastic songs. You will recognize several of the artists and bands on the mini-playlist, but there are, of course, a couple of hidden gems. Enjoy the first day of September with this set of great new music.   Taylor Payne – “The Jungle Talks” (Adelaide/Sunshine Coast, Australia) RIYL: LP, Cloves, […]

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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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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 28

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 28

Today’s new music cocktails are a bit darker and moodier than usual. These five artists offer something refreshing that will take your breath away. Let’s get things started with some vintage-inspired New Wave from an unlikely place.   Black Arcade – “Severed Lies” (Lexington, KY USA) RIYL: New Order, The Cure, Editors New Wave nostalgia has never felt fresher or more relevant than […]

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The Matinee June 29th

The Matinee June 29th

The Matinee June 29th includes 6 new tracks for your mid week pleasure today. We have a wide range of sounds today including synth pop, indie rock and a lovely dose of shoegaze. We have artists from the Australia, France and The US.   CHELAN – “Beams” (Joshua Tree, CA, USA) RIYL: Beach House, Phantogram, Snowmine Chelan (sh-lan), who formed […]

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The Technicolors – “Space Cadet” (single premiere)

The Technicolors – “Space Cadet” (single premiere)

A year ago, The Technicolors burst on the scene with their EP, Ultraviolet Disguise, which received some US-wide airplay and coverage. The EP was an electrifying mixture of Muse’ electric rock and the anthemic pop-rock of Snow Patrol. Not surprisingly, it put the Phoenix-based quartet on the national radar. Instead of building on this popular approach, The Technicolors have taken […]

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Still Parade – “Concrete Vision”

Still Parade – “Concrete Vision”

Still Parade, aka Niklas Kramer, graced us with a marvelous new album that contains a rawer, more unrefined feel than his 2013 hit single, “Anchors”, which has garnered over 900k plays on SoundCloud and was featured last year in an ad campaign for Victoria Secret. Maybe the rawness of his new album, Concrete Vision, is due to Kramer’s new tape […]

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The Matinee May 24th

The Matinee May 24th

We have eight songs featured on The Matinee May 24th edition. There are some familiar names and plenty of new ones. Just to change things up, the songs are listed in reverse, alphabetical order.   WILDES – “Illuminate” (London, England) RIYL: Lorde, Daughter, Lana Del Rey Earlier this year, 19-year old Ella Wilde – or simply WILDES – released one […]

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Spooky Cigarette – “Spiritual Hypochondriac” (single premiere)

Spooky Cigarette – “Spiritual Hypochondriac” (single premiere)

There’s a self-deprecating style to Spooky Cigarette that extends from the band’s name to its music. Based out of the fine city of San Diego, the band’s name is a tongue-in-cheek derivation of frontman Frank Mindingall‘s – and I quote – “self-proclaimed identity as a black (spook) fag (cigarette)”. It’s not just a sarcastic name but a clever one, as […]

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Red Cell – “Vial of Dreams” (single premiere)

Red Cell – “Vial of Dreams” (single premiere)

Everything that is old is new again – or so it seems these days in music. Soul and old-school country music are undergoing revivals with the likes of Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Sturgill Simpson reaching both indie and mainstream success. And of course, the likes of Meghan Trainor have become huge pop stars. When executed […]

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Operators – “Blue Wave”

Operators – “Blue Wave”

One of these days, Dan Boeckner will settle down. For now, he’s content to be known as a collaborator, working with some of the best in music – Spencer Krug, Arlen Thompson, and Dante DeCaro as the reunited Wolf Parade; Alexei Perry on Handsome Furs; and together with Spoon frontman Britt Daniels and Sam Brown as the Divine Fits. This […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 12

Melodic Tonic, vol. 12

Happy Monday, and welcome to another week of new music discoveries! We kick it off as always with the Melodic Tonic, vol 12. And by discoveries, we mean that feeling of “How have I missed this band?” you get after discovering a group that has somehow eluded your radar. Eleventh Dream Day – “Taking Too Long” Quick: name an indie alternative band from […]

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You Are Number Six – “Lensflare”

You Are Number Six – “Lensflare”

Location: Montpellier, France Members: You Are Number Six is the project of Theo Lefebvre. For those who like: Cymbals, Talking Heads, The Editors Our take:  “Lensflare” is the title track from Theo Lefebvre’s – a.k.a. You Are Number Six – latest album. The single reflects the retro-rock, new-wave mix that Lefebvre has come to perfect over the past couple of […]

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Pompeya, Moscow, “Pasedena”, dance-pop

Pompeya, Moscow, “Pasedena”, dance-pop

  Earlier this week, we premiered the debut EP by Saint Petersburg, Russia duo VEiiLA. Another band from Russia making waves in the vast country is indie dance-pop/new wave band Pompeya. They’ve now set their sights on breaking through in the US market, having recorded their latest album Real in Philadelphia and New York. From the new album is “Pasedena”, an ’80s-inspired pop track […]

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Joi Noir – “Cake (the Queen is Dead)”

Joi Noir – “Cake (the Queen is Dead)”

  We’ve featured multi-national bands before, but nothing like Joi Noir. “Joi” is taken by the initial of each of the founding trio’s first name – Jack Kuznetsov (drums), Olga Gallo (vocals, bass) and Igor Plotnikov (guitars) – and the three come from different parts of the world – Canada, Spain, and Siberia. However, they’ve been everywhere. For instance, the “Noir” is a reference to […]

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Video: Nightmare Fortress – “A Life Worth Leaving”

Video: Nightmare Fortress – “A Life Worth Leaving”

Seattle’s Nightmare Fortress create truly stunning music. Their debut record, The Wanting, came out this year and features a myriad of lush, layered, and intense tracks that are reminiscent of some of the most memorable 80’s New Wave and Post-Punk bands.  One stand out track from The Wanting is “A Life Worth Leaving”, and this week, Nightmare Fortress is sharing a video for […]

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