Tag: Shoegaze

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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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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