Tag: punk pop

Makthaverskan – ‘III’ (album review)

Makthaverskan – ‘III’ (album review)

For nearly a decade, Makthaverskan have exhilarated Swedish music fans with their fast and furious mix of post-punk and dark pop. Their first two albums, I and II, were underground hits with the latter putting the Gothenburg-based band on the global indie map. Their performance at SXSW in 2015 further catapulted them into the psyche of most taste makers and […]

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The Matinee October 10th

The Matinee October 10th

While Halloween is coming, The Matinee October 10th edition actually has a touch of spring and summer, which is just perfect for those recovering from the long weekend. The songs are also largely retro, and this is more of a coincidence. As always, we circumnavigate the globe to find the best new music from indie’s hidden gems. Black Sonic Revolver […]

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Alvvays get nostalgic with ‘Antisocialites’ (album review)

Alvvays get nostalgic with ‘Antisocialites’ (album review)

Antisocialites by Alvvays When Alvvays‘ eponymous debut album arrived in July 2014, it represented the ideal summer record. The shimmering dream-pop heightened the optimism and hope that filled the record, and its individual songs (notably “Archie, Marry Me” and “Adult Diversion”) would define memories still to be written. Their sophomore LP similarly arrives at the perfect time. As summer fades, […]

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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 August 18th

The Matinee August 18th

As usual, there is a bit of everything on our daily playlists, and The Matinee August 18th edition is no exception. One thing we always search for are songs that not only sound great but have a personal message or captivating story to tell. Substance over style as they say, but it’s great when a song has both. Well, all […]

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Saturday Sampler July 1st

Saturday Sampler July 1st

Happy Canada Day! We could have prepared a Canada Day playlist, but in true Canadian spirit we’ve decided to celebrate the beautiful mosaic of new music across the globe. Some of the songs are by recognizable artists, and they are standing next to bands and musicians awaiting their major breakthrough. Enjoy the holiday weekend Canada and may everyone else have […]

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The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th is like a high school reunion, as each of the nine artists / bands featured today have occupied past playlists and/or have had their albums reviewed. This is a first for us. Algiers – “The Underside of Power” (Atlanta, USA) RIYL: TV on the Radio, Benjamin Booker, Leon Bridges Atlanta-based indie rockers Algiers are one of […]

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Spizz Energi – Black Heart, Camden, London 11 April 2017 (photo essay)

Spizz Energi – Black Heart, Camden, London 11 April 2017 (photo essay)

I’m upstairs waiting in the tiny sweaty venue that is the Black Heart.  A hand is placed on my shoulder.  I turn to see Phil Ross, guitarist, looking at me, eye makeup already smeared down his face. “How come you’re not headlining tonight?”, I ask him, but he just points to his ears, which are stuffed with heavy duty ear […]

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Diet Cig – ‘Swear I’m Good At This’

Diet Cig – ‘Swear I’m Good At This’

The New York-based duo of guitarist/vocalist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman, Diet Cig, have garnered a reputation for incredibly fun shows, full of raw rock music and an always welcoming, positive environment.  Their debut LP, Swear I’m Good At This, bundles all of that energy into twelve, rapid-fire tracks that clock in at just under a half hour. It’s […]

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Saturday Sampler January 14th

Saturday Sampler January 14th

We promise that the Saturday Sampler January 14th edition won’t be like the cult movie parody of Friday the 13th. Instead, expect some awesome music that will ignite your weekend.   The Bay Rays – “Satisfaction” (Kent, England) RIYL: Young the Giant, Catfish and The Bottlemen Let’s get the weekend started with a bang, and Kent trio The Bay Rays have […]

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Saturday Sampler September 24th

Saturday Sampler September 24th

The Saturday Sampler September 24th promises to energize your weekend plans! These ten songs will inspire you to embrace life, live with gusto, and share love. If you’re into indie pop, funk/soul, psych rock, or punk, today’s Sampler has something for everyone. We hope you find a new favourite among these gems! Anteros – “Ring Ring” (London, England) RIYL: Blondie, Tennis, Bec Sandridge Almost a […]

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The Tuts – “Update Your Brain”

The Tuts – “Update Your Brain”

The twentieth anniversary of the Spice Girls’ debut single, “Wannabe”, came and went with surprisingly little fanfare. It was a seminal moment in music because it ushered in the “Girl Power” movement, which gave feminism a new set of ambassadors and helped advance a new “wave” (read Jennifer Keishin Armstong’s excellent article of the Spice Girls’ arrival and influence on […]

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The Matinee August 4th

The Matinee August 4th

The Matinee August 4th features an 8-pack of new music. As usual, we have hit a few different countries on our daily investigation to uncover indie music’s hidden gems. Take a listen and you just might find another artist to add to your own playlist.   Anil Sebastian – “Human” (London, England) RIYL: Rhye, The Antlers, Phoria There are so […]

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The Matinee July 7th

The Matinee July 7th

After a few days of focusing on American and English artists, we return to our regularly scheduled programming of featuring new music from around the globe. On The Matinee July 7th edition, we have seven songs by artists in seven different countries. Sevens are wild today!   angelic milk – “Tie Me Up” (St. Petersburg, Russia) RIYL: Death Valley Girls, […]

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The Matinee July 5th

The Matinee July 5th

To aid you in your recovery from the long weekend, The Matinee July 5th features a combination of melodic tunes and some anthemic tracks. So whether you just need something to soothe the soul or a blast of energy, take a spin at these 7 songs by artists in England, Australia, and USA. Astronauts. – “Skeleton” (London, England) RIYL: Elliott […]

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The Matinee May 27th

The Matinee May 27th

The Matinee May 27th includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure we have a mix of lo-fi garage fare, indie rock, synth pop, and indie rock. We hope this starts your weekend off right. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more on our Saturday Sampler. We have quite a few countries represented today including New Zealand, Russia, Finland,  […]

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Saturday Sampler for May 21st

Saturday Sampler for May 21st

Ten lip-smacking courses are on the menu for the Saturday Sampler. There is a sizable portion of American entrées to savior, a couple of Swedish delights to taste, some English sweets to whet the appetite, and an Aussie treat that will keep you coming back for more. So with that, let’s get to the Sampler.   Goodbye Heart – “Lives […]

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Bleached – “Welcome the Worms”

Bleached – “Welcome the Worms”

There are no shortage of songs and albums that reflect back on one’s experiences. Love, heartbreak, one-night stands, messing breakups, she-doesn’t-know-I-love-her, and all the mushy stuff in-between are the most prevalent themes plus the increasing number of vindictive songs, where artists are putting their personal rivalries with others into song. Every once in a while, however, there comes an album […]

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The Van T’s – “Laguna Babe” EP

The Van T’s – “Laguna Babe” EP

Two months ago when we first caught wind of The Van T’s, the Glasgow-based punk-rock band, I had suggested that “Growler”, the lead track from the band’s new EP, had a lot of Wolf Parade. While that observation somewhat still applies, The Van T’s demonstrate on Laguna Babe that they are more than just an indie-rock band. Throughout the four […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 20

Melodic Tonic, vol. 20

Happy Monday, and welcome to another serving of the Melodic Tonic, vol 20, which features new music cocktails to get your week started off right. Since the CMJ Music Marathon kicks off this week in New York, let’s get started with two artists who represent that scene before we explore fresh new tunes from Denmark and Wales and a new indie supergroup from […]

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