Tag: Shoegaze

The Matinee June 15th

The Matinee June 15th

Like yesterday’s Melodic Tonic, we’ve scoured the globe for new music for The Matinee June 15th edition. The mini-playlist is bookended with two very familiar names. In between, you’ll find a mix of long-time favorites and a new artist making big splashes overseas. We start things off, however, with a song that isn’t so new but might be for younger […]

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Agent blå – ‘Agent Blue’ (album review)

Agent blå – ‘Agent Blue’ (album review)

Agent blå by Agent Blå Every year sees a young band unexpectedly emerge and win over fans and critics alike. In 2014, it was Alvvays. The following year belonged to Wolf Alice and Preoccupations (fka Viet Cong). Car Seat Headrest, Big Thief, Mothers, and Sunflower Bean ruled 2016. This year’s breakout band could very well be Agent blå. The quintet from […]

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The Matinee June 6th

The Matinee June 6th

The Matinee June 6th buzzes with some anthemic rockers, personal folk-pop songs, and, of course, one ’80s-inspired tune. Oh, there’s one cover song that will rock your world for how the band re-imagined a classic disco tune.   Autre Monde – “I Want My Enemies to Prosper” (Dublin, Ireland) RIYL: Wolf Parade, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs Protest music is back […]

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The Matinee May 29th

The Matinee May 29th

The Matinee May 29th includes 6 new tracks to accompany anyone that might be sharing a holiday today. If you are not observing Memorial Day this Monday, we hope this gets you through your work day with a bit of extra energy. We have artists representing Canada, The US and the UK today. Beauty Sleep – “All In” (Belfast, Northern […]

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The Matinee May 26th

The Matinee May 26th

The Matinee May 26th kicks off the long weekend with nine amazing new music singles. Most of these songs will get you up (and possibly off) your feet, but there are a couple of songs that will have you contemplating your existence. Black Sonic Revolver – “So Many Ways” (Manchester, England) RIYL: Brian Jonestown Massacre, Bass Drum of Death, Night […]

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The Matinee May 25th

The Matinee May 25th

The Matinee May 25th edition gets the weekend started early with nine songs that will blow you away. Some are ferocious anthems and others will have you uttering three letters, “OMG”. Let’s get to it shall we. Bergfilm – “Nostalgic Love” (Cologne, Germany) RIYL: David Bowie, Joseph of Mercury, David Byrne It’s not often we say this but… don’t pay […]

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The Matinee May 23rd

The Matinee May 23rd

The Matinee has nine pretty awesome – o.k., really awesome new music singles. There is a nice range of genres, including a surprisingly ambient electronic track if you so desire. Baby Strange – “Play Me” (Glasgow, Scotland) RIYL: The Clash, The Libertines, Palma Violets When we heard from Scottish trio BABY STRANGE two months ago when they released “Motormind”, we […]

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The Matinee May 16th

The Matinee May 16th

The Matinee May 16th will hopefully leave a smile on your face or at least find a new favorite band. You’ll find nine songs today, and each one will leave you contemplating the past, the present, or the future.   AFTERBLOOM – “Such A Drag” (North East & West Midlands, England) RIYL: Twin Peaks, Wavves, False Heads It might be […]

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The Matinee May 11th

The Matinee May 11th

The Matinee May 11th once goes global for new music. Hear 9 songs that will get you excited for what lies ahead in the world of independent music. Oh, there’s one super-group who unveiled a new song that will get older music fans excited. Blond Ambition – “Stupid Boy / Girl” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Day Wave, Summer Heart, Beach […]

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First Impressions: Slowdive – ‘Slowdive’ (album review)

First Impressions: Slowdive – ‘Slowdive’ (album review)

After a two-decade hiatus, post-rock/shoegaze titans Slowdive delighted fans in January with “Star Roving,” their first single in 22 years! After such a prolonged absence, it was refreshing to hear the familiar churn of Neil Halstead’s reverb-drenched guitar and Rachel Goswell’s airy vocals. Fans wondered whether a full album would contain the same magic as the first single. Thankfully, “Star Roving” was indeed a sign of […]

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The Matinee April 24th

The Matinee April 24th

The Matinee April 24th includes six awesome tracks to get your Monday started off right. We have awesome indie rock, sublime scandi pop – amazing shoegaze inspired rock along with laid back indie rock. Artists are representing Canada, Sweden, the US and the UK today. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. CloseTalker – “Waking Up” (Saskatoon, […]

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The Matinee April 11th

The Matinee April 11th

Nine songs are the marquee of The Matinee April 11th edition. There are some whimsical, albeit clever, band names and a couple of artists you’ll recognize. As always, we try to give a taste of the different music being created around the globe.   The Dollar Bill Murrays – “The More You Know” (Brisbane, Australia) RIYL: Queens of the Stone […]

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The Matinee April 6th

The Matinee April 6th

The Matinee April 6th is a work of art. Well, the music is. Find nine songs by artists from different parts of the globe. There’s a bit of everything – moving ballads, entrancing witch-rock, mesmerizing folktronica, ’80s glam-rock, and a whole lot more.   Big Thief – “Mythological Beauty” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Orenda Fink, O+S Almost a year to the […]

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The Matinee April 4th

The Matinee April 4th

The Matinee April 4th has a retro feel with most of the songs channeling the music of the past. Nine songs are featured, and you’ll recognize some of the artists.   Amber Arcades – “Can’t Say That We Tried” (Utrecht, Netherlands) RIYL: Slowdive, Alvvays, Teeth & Tongue It has been quite the twelve months for Annelotte de Graaf, the woman […]

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First Impressions: The Jesus and Mary Chain – ‘Damage and Joy’ (album review)

First Impressions: The Jesus and Mary Chain – ‘Damage and Joy’ (album review)

For more than three decades, The Jesus and Mary Chain have had an incalculable influence on music. From shoegaze to garage-rock to alt-rock, the Reid brothers’ legacy reaches far and wide, and their music continues to be the standard within these genres. But when a band has been adored for so long and created such high expectations, their return comes with great […]

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The Matinee March 31st

The Matinee March 31st

It’s Friday!!! To help you end the work week while kicking off the weekend, The Matinee March 31st edition goes a little longer. Instead of the usual six songs, we’ve included nine for your listening pleasure. The extended version reflects the quantity and quality of great new music we’ve been receiving. And we still have the Saturday Sampler to go! […]

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The Matinee March 17th

The Matinee March 17th

It’s St. Paddy’s Day, so for The Matinee March 17th edition we’re offering a selection of music that will either bring you a bit of luck or help that green ale go down more smoothly. Wendy and Jeanette are in Austin for SXSW, so Hollie and Ben are the lucky souls curating today’s mini-playlist. We kick things off, rather appropriately, […]

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The Matinee March 14th

The Matinee March 14th

The Matinee March 14th traverses the globe for some cool, new music. Eight countries are represented today, and some of these artists are currently at SXSW.   Calvin Love – “Sugar Hives” (Edmonton, Canada) RIYL: John Lennon, Leif Vollebekk, Cameron Avery It’s time to start referring Calvin Love as a genius. The Edmonton-based singer-songwriter has an incredible way with words, […]

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The Matinee March 7th

The Matinee March 7th

The Matinee March 7th gets a bit heavy on the psychedelic, but offers a couple of surprises. The finale, let’s just say, will leave you breathless. Goon – “Cammie at Night” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Ulrika Spacek, DIIV, Morgan Delt Four years into their career, Goon are still waiting for their breakthrough moment beyond the lights of Los Angeles. But […]

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The Matinee March 6th

The Matinee March 6th

The Matinee March 6th includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure and the perfect way to start your week off right.  We have awesome indie rock, exciting electro pop, wistful dream pop and laid back singer-songwriter fare.  Artists represented today include Canada, Iceland, The UK and Russia.   CloseTalker – “Okay Hollywood” (Saskatoon, Canada) RIYL: Local Natives, Minus the […]

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