Tag: Pop-Rock

Linn Koch-Emmery – ‘Boys’ (EP review)

Linn Koch-Emmery – ‘Boys’ (EP review)

Sweden for over five decades has produced some of world’s finest artists and bands, and we’re not talking about ABBA or Robyn. In particular, the Swedish music scene has experienced a renaissance over the past decade with the likes of Lykke Li, Jens Lekman, José González, Fever Ray, First Aid Kit, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tove Lo, and many […]

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Racing at Meow, Wellington

Racing electrify Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

On Saturday night, Auckland-based Racing brought their The Bass EP tour to Wellington’s Meow. It was the last stop of the band’s cross-country tour, and the quartet didn’t hold anything back, playing for nearly 90 minutes. Before describing the band’s music and show, it is important to describe Ed Knowles’ presence. Imagine for a moment that Dr. Frankenstein was tasked […]

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John Hassall and the April Rainers

Absent Kelly Presents…John Hassall & the April Rainers (photo-essay)

When I think of The Libertines, I think of two half cut blokes strumming guitars and stumbling about the stage in some shambling bromance. If you had asked me the names of the band members, I would have struggled other than to offer you Mr Barat and Mr Doherty.  John Hassall was/is the bass player in that apparently earth breaking garage […]

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Feist – ‘Pleasure’ (album review)

Feist – ‘Pleasure’ (album review)

For many, Leslie Feist will always be one of the memorable associates of Broken Social Scene; for others she’s better known as a solo artist. Most likely, though, you remember how her infectious “1234” song from her breakthrough album, The Reminder, swarmed the airwaves in 2007. Jump ahead a decade, and Feist is back with her fifth solo record, Pleasure. The good news for […]

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The Matinee April 25th

The Matinee April 25th

The Matinee April 25th is a humdinger of a playlist, featuring nine songs by artists representing five countries. There are some luxurious ballads, edgy rockers, quirky pop tunes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the new music. Antonioni – “Love Is A Landmark” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Mothers In every corner of the globe, a person is crying […]

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The Regrettes – “Feel Your Feelings Fool!”

The Regrettes – “Feel Your Feelings Fool!”

When four teenagers (15 and 16 years of age) release an album, the expectations are that it would sound something like Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, or One Republic. Unless you’re The Regrettes. The Los Angeles-based band are not your typical newcomers. They’re inspired by ’50s and ’60s doo-wop, 70s rock ‘n roll, and Gen Y post-punk rock. The Ronettes, […]

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The Matinee December 2nd

The Matinee December 2nd

The Matinee December 2nd edition shakes, shimmers, and scintillates. Six songs are featured, five of whom are returnees and another one will most likely become a repeat alumnus. Happy weekend everyone! AMETHYSTS – “Stones” (Suffolk, England) RIYL: Elohim, Oh Wonder, Meadowlark We last shared AMETHYSTS back in July and we are still enamored by their talent of tight electronic production […]

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The Matinee November 21st

The Matinee November 21st

The Matinee November 21st is an eclectic group of tracks to get your week started off right. We have a smorgasbord of songs which just might include something for everyone. We have some awesome punk inspired rock, earworm worthy indie pop/rock and some upbeat electro/synth pop for you. Artists are representing Australia, The US and the UK today. We hope […]

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The Matinee November 15th

The Matinee November 15th

The week is off to a great start in terms of music, and The Matinee November 15th edition will hopefully continue the trend. Ten songs are featured below. The descriptions are brief because there have been a few dramatic events down here in New Zealand.   case/lang/veirs – “Supermoon” (USA and Canada) RIYL: Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs Earlier […]

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Sundara Karma – “Loveblood” EP

Sundara Karma – “Loveblood” EP

A little more than five years, four friends in their mid-teens formed Sundara Karma. Methodically and patiently, they developed their sound, polished their live shows, and started making waves outside their hometown of Reading. Their single, “Flame”, put them on nearly every music tastemaster’s radar, including our own. Their complete package of anthemic, ’90s-inspired pop-rock, thoughtful storytelling, and frenetic live […]

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Saturday Sampler October 29th

Saturday Sampler October 29th

The Saturday Sampler October 29th edition offers a balance of American and European artists whose 10 songs cover a variety of genres. We’ve got indie pop, old-school psychedelic folk and modern folk-rock plus African beats from Belgium and dazzling electronic. Dive into this playlist to discover the hidden gems that await you!   Anna Renee – “Dali” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Skott, […]

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Bloodboy – “The Best of Bloodboy” EP

Bloodboy – “The Best of Bloodboy” EP

As a teenager, Lexie Papilion made a name for herself as a competitive surfer. She was a member of the USA Surf Team at just 15-years old, slicing through A-frames and spinning 360s with ease. A decade later, Papilion is taking the finesse, guile, and courage she demonstrated on the Pacific Ocean and applying them to her new music project, […]

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The Matinee October 12th

The Matinee October 12th

The Matinee October 12th has a plethora of feel good indie pop.synth pop. We have six tracks that should definitely get you moving through the middle of your week. We have the US, the UK via Australia and India (a first for us) represented today. We hope you find your new favorite track or band.   Fairchild – “Relevance” (Manchester, […]

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The Matinee September 19th

The Matinee September 19th

The Matinee September 19th includes six new awesome tracks. Don’t worry, we have switched our writing schedule around a little, Hollie’s Melodic Tonic has moved to Wednesday. Let’s get this week started off right, we have songs including amazing indie rock, laid back dreamy rock and smooth synth pop. We have artists representing Australia, The US, and the UK today. […]

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Saturday Sampler September 17th

Saturday Sampler September 17th

If you need a wake up call, the Saturday Sampler September 17th edition is your answer. Ten songs occupy the mini-playlist, which includes an epic burner, several rockers, and a couple of smooth but scintillating tracks. The artists featured today are from as far away as the Middle East to the southwestern USA.   decker. – “The Holy Ghost” (Sedona, Arizona, […]

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The Matinee August 24th

The Matinee August 24th

The Matinee August 24th includes six eclectic new singles for your listening pleasure. We have an upbeat mix today that ranges from amazing indie rock to energetic synth pop. We inadvertently have the majority of artists coming from the US along with the UK. Breathe Panel – “On My Way” (Brighton, England) RIYL: Deerhunter, The Walkmen, The Radio Dept Breathe […]

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The Matinee August 5th

The Matinee August 5th

The Matinee August 5th includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure on this fine Friday. We have singer-songwriter fare, dreamy indie pop, feel good indie rock, and awesome synth pop. Artists are representing the US and the UK today. Don’t forget to check back for more tracks tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler and of course our mega mega playlist […]

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The Matinee July 28th

The Matinee July 28th

The Matinee July 28th takes stops in Australia and New Zealand, Canada and the USA, before arriving in England for some new music. Hear eight “new” songs by some of the best and brightest artists from around the planet.   Aldous Harding – “Stop Your Tears” (Lyttleton, New Zealand) RIYL: Nadia Reid, Gillian Welch, Aoife O’Donovan For a few years, […]

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The Matinee July 15th

The Matinee July 15th

The Matinee July 15th has six brand new songs for your listening pleasure. We have awesome indie rock, stellar future soul and amazing synth pop. We have artists representing Canada, the US, and The Netherlands. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler and the Weekend Showcase on Sunday. CAPTIONS. – “Bearfights” (Ventura, CA, USA) RIYL: Local Natives, […]

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The Matinee July 12th

The Matinee July 12th

We have an 8-pack of great new music on The Matinee July 12th edition that includes one unbelievable cover; an unpretentious and clever teenager who is redefining alt hip hop; a handful of rockers; and a couple of sultry numbers that will spice things up.   Aloric – “When Doves Cry” (Prince cover) (London, England) RIYL: Phoria, Mt. Wolf, The […]

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