Tag: Shoegaze

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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The Matinee February 23rd

The Matinee February 23rd

Another day and another mini-playlist, and The Matinee February 23rd edition features nine stirring singles. We expand the countries covered today because, well, why not?   Aadae – “River Of Tears” (London, England) RIYL: Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige To kick off today’s mini-playlist is a young artist who personifies what music ought to be and what we strive […]

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The Matinee February 20th

The Matinee February 20th

The Matinee February 20th includes 6 new tracks to kick off your weekend. Whether you are observing a holiday today or working these six new tracks will get you moving. We have infectious indie rock, exciting electro pop, soulful roots music and dreamy shoegaze for your listening pleasure. We have a worldwide mix today with artists representing Australia, Canada, Norway, […]

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No Joy

No Joy packs Pressed in a sold-out show (photo essay)

Montreal-based No Joy made a recent stop in Ottawa in support of their new EP Creep, which is to be released Feb 24th. The band’s wall of sound washed over the packed house, as they delivered their shoegaze style to the faithful crammed into Pressed. The band let the music do their talking as they moved through the setlist without banter. After a […]

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The Matinee January 19th

The Matinee January 19th

As The Matinee January 19th edition demonstrates, women are taking over the music industry. We’ve long purported that female artists are creating some of the most creative, ambitious, and meaningful music today. Eight of the nine songs below are either by a female singer-songwriter or a woman-fronted band. And this is a global phenomenon, as the artists are from Ireland, […]

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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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Slowdive – “Star Roving” (single)

Slowdive – “Star Roving” (single)

We don’t do this often, but when a seminal band like Slowdive returns after a 22-year hiatus, we have to give them plenty of love. “Star Roving” is their first song since 1995, and it is unbelievably good. The lush vocals, the dramatic build, and the mind-blowing, cosmic shoegaze we have loved for years have all returned. It’s as if […]

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Saturday Sampler December 17th

Saturday Sampler December 17th

Are you ready to shake up your weekend? The Saturday Sampler December 17th edition offers eight sparkling gems guaranteed to move you. The singles are the work of artists from England, Italy, Sweden, and the USA. With the holidays fast approaching, this mini playlist is our gift to you. Cheers!   Active Bird Community – “Dead Legs” (New York City, […]

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The Matinee December 16th

The Matinee December 16th

We have a septet of new music on The Matinee December 16th. It’s a more lively set as we countdown the final days of the year. Plus, it’s the end of the week, and we all could use a boost, right?   Chicano Batman – “Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: The Latin Blues Band, soul/tropicalia-’70s […]

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The Matinee December 15th

The Matinee December 15th

It is only ten days until Santa breaks into millions of homes around the world, and if you’re fretting the day The Matinee December 15th will ease your nerves. As usual, we’ve traveled far and wide for new music. Do listen to the very end, as the last song is one of the most moving and powerful songs of the […]

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Saturday Sampler December 10th

Saturday Sampler December 10th

We’ve truly gone global for the Saturday Sampler December 10th new music edition. Nine songs from nine countries are featured today. From stirring, introspective numbers to shoegaze-y goodness, there’s something for pretty much everyone.   Aly Tadros – “Your Escape” (Brooklyn via Laredo, TX, USA) RIYL: Fiona Apple, Norah Jones It’s one thing to have lyrics like “I’ve got the red dress / […]

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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 18th

The Matinee November 18th

The Baudelaires – “Bomber Dan” (Melbourne, Australia) RIYL: The Dandy Warhols, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Tame Impala Australia knows what’s up but it’s time for the rest of the world to get hip to The Baudelaires. This quartet from Melbourne, Australia have been catching people’s attention since their debut EP in mid 2014. After the EP release, they’ve been playing […]

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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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Saturday Sampler October 15th

Saturday Sampler October 15th

The Saturday Sampler October 15th edition offers a fabulous menu of 10 new music singles. While several countries are represented spanning different genres, there is a common theme to what we’re serving. Each song is highly perceptive, examining how judgmental the world has become and urging us live our lives to the fullest. Like all great meals, the Sampler begins with an […]

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The Matinee October 14th

The Matinee October 14th

I’m sitting outside, laptop in tow, enjoying a gorgeous fall day in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The sun is shining, the brightly colored leaves are floating down to the earth, but not before playfully floating along on the breeze. It’s one of those days where you’re just happy to be alive to experience it. The songs on The Matinee October 14th edition will […]

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The Matinee October 13th

The Matinee October 13th

The Matinee October 13th once again features ten new songs that span different parts of the world. Some familiar names return. One of our Artists to Watch for 2016 finally shares a new song. And, of course, there are some hidden gems, particularly the last song on the list. Happy Thursday everyone!   American Wrestlers – “Hello, Dear” (St. Louis, […]

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