Tag: Synth-Pop

Julian Azar – “Denial” (feat. Tkačuk) (single premiere)

Julian Azar – “Denial” (feat. Tkačuk) (single premiere)

Julian Azar is a name to remember. It’s one that we have already etched into our collective memories, as the gifted, Stockholm native stunned us with his anthemic and emotional second single, “Givenchy Ghosts”. The song was an introduction for many people, including ourselves, to the brilliance of the young producer, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Azar’s next big project is his […]

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The Matinee February 9th

The Matinee February 9th

The Matinee February 9th takes a global tour, featuring nine songs that will have you moving, shouting, and indulging in your favorite memories. Let’s get to the songs.   ASHA – “Drowning” (Central Coast, Australia) RIYL: BANKS, Woodes, Aurora While listening to the great Triple J station while driving across Tasmania, a voice bellowed out from the speakers. A voice which […]

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The Matinee February 7th

The Matinee February 7th

The Matinee February 7th offers a smooth 9 songs on this Tuesday. There is one notable name, but the remaining artists are on the verge of something really, really special. Amber Arcades – “It Changes” (Utrecht, Netherlands) RIYL: Alvvays, Waxahatchee, Courtney Barnett Annelotte de Graaf – the woman behind Amber Arcades – has become one of our all-time favorite artists on […]

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The Matinee February 3rd

The Matinee February 3rd

The Matinee February 3rd includes 6 amazing new tracks to get your Friday moving. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. We have a nice mix of indie rock and dream pop from Australia and the US. Check back tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler and of course the Weekend Showcase on Sunday. Bad Wave – “Time To Get […]

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Saturday Sampler January 28th

Saturday Sampler January 28th

Today on the Saturday Sampler January 28th, we aim to lift your spirits with some new music that range from the whimsical to the heartfelt to the extremely thoughtful. In some fashion, these songs will move you.   Los Angeles Police Department – “The Plane 2” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Washed Out, Summer Heart, Youth Lagoon It’s been a little […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17 January 25

Melodic Tonic ’17 January 25

Welcome to your mid-week serving of new music cocktails! Today’s edition (the Melodic Tonic ’17 January 25 edition) is a Eurocentric blend of six artists with ties to England, Germany, Scotland, and Wales. Beat the Wednesday slump with fresh offerings from British legends and rising stars alike. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – “Fact 67” (Berlin, Germany via San Francisco, USA) RIYL: […]

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The Matinee January 24th

The Matinee January 24th

We go globetrotting on The Matinee January 24th edition. Nine songs by artists in seven countries are featured. There are some rockers, one tantalizing number, and a handful of songs that will leave you breathless. Take a listen and discover a few of these hidden gems, two of whom were among our favorites of 2016.   A Festival, A Parade […]

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The Matinee January 12th

The Matinee January 12th

The great songs keep coming and picking nine for The Matinee January 12th edition was incredibly difficult. We’re trying to get them all in, but in the meantime here are the songs blowing these two ear drums.   Aish – “Promise Me” (San Francisco, USA) RIYL: Sufjan Stevens, Kishi Bashi, Sondre Lerche Making his mark as a composer, producer, and […]

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Dear Boy – “Alluria” (Pr0files Rework) (single premiere)

Dear Boy – “Alluria” (Pr0files Rework) (single premiere)

What happens when two of Los Angeles’ great, under-the-radar bands get together on a project? The answer obviously is something spectacular. Alone, Dear Boy and Pr0files have established significant online followings (ignore Facebook likes and focus on the number of Spotify and SoundCloud plays) thanks to their personal and often creative takes on the genres they occupy. Last year, both […]

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The Matinee December 6th

The Matinee December 6th

The Matinee December 6th features a bevy of new artists making waves within indie music circles plus some recognizable stars seeking to firmly take their place among the elite. To kick things off, however, we begin with the premiere of the debut single of a brand new artist.   Girl As Wave – “Polaroid” (New York City, USA) RIYL: Kristin […]

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The Matinee December 1st

The Matinee December 1st

The Matinee December 1st features 10 songs by artists in seven countries. It’s a more energetic mini-playlist to help you power through the work day and the holiday crowds. For those in the northern hemisphere, the songs will add some heat to the cold, wintry nights. For those in the southern hemisphere, the playlist will add some sizzle to the […]

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The Matinee November 29th

The Matinee November 29th

The Matinee November 29th edition is a hodgepodge of new music delights. Find a perfect 10 songs from artists representing six countries today. There is significant representation from New Zealand and England.   CAIROBI – “Saint” (London, England) RIYL: Elephant Stone, The Black Angels, The Black Lips Over the pass two years, the UK has given us some of the […]

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MADEIRA, girlboss light up Wellington’s MOON (gig review and photo essay)

MADEIRA, girlboss light up Wellington’s MOON (gig review and photo essay)

On a cool, Saturday evening, Wellington’s favorite dive bar MOON opened its doors to MADEIRA and girlboss. Given the music that these two singer-songwriters have crafted to date, expectations were that the show would be very intimate. The opposite was true to delight of the few hundred people in attendance. The headliner this night was MADEIRA. Featured a few times in […]

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MADEIRA – “Bad Humors” EP

MADEIRA – “Bad Humors” EP

Music is immensely therapeutic, whether one is the artist or the listener. For Kim Pflaum, the former member and co-founder of rising New Zealand electro-pop band Yumi Zouma, the past two-plus years have been dedicated to healing and finding herself again. The struggles, the pain, and the redemption of this time are revealed on her tantalizing and thoughtful debut EP, Bad Humors, […]

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The Matinee November 22nd

The Matinee November 22nd

The Matinee November 22nd offers nine new music singles whose sole aim is to disarm you. There are songs for rockers. Tracks for those who wish to daydream. And there are tunes that will leave you breathless. Once again, the artists come from different parts of the globe, although there is a noticeable English presence.   Cuesta Loeb – “Charlotte […]

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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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The Matinee October 27th

The Matinee October 27th

The curtain has lifted on The Matinee October 27th edition. Today’s set of songs features new music by a few familiar names (including one star band) and a handful of talented artists about to make major noise. Today’s list is in reverse, alphabetical order.   The Van T’s – “Fun Garçon” (Glasgow, Scotland) RIYL: Black Honey, Honeyblood, iDestroy There are […]

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The Radio Dept. – “Running Out Of Love”

The Radio Dept. – “Running Out Of Love”

Since their arrival in 1995, The Radio Dept. have developed a reputation as one of music’s most important bands. Through their first three albums, they demonstrated that pop music could simultaneously entertain while tackle some of the world’s most difficult questions and issues of the day. They were the genre’s equivalent to the great protest singer-songwriters of the ’60s and […]

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The Matinee October 25th

The Matinee October 25th

The Matinee October 25th edition is a bit mellower, featuring indie rock, indie folk, folk-rock, electro-pop, dream-pop, blues rock, and some funky weirdness. Just take a listen below and you’ll quickly understand what the last term means. Bryde – “Wouldn’t That Make You Feel Good?” (Brixton, England) RIYL: PJ Harvey, Emma Ruth Rundle, TORRES 2016 has been the Year of […]

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Hazel English – “Never Going Home” EP

Hazel English – “Never Going Home” EP

Despite her meteoric rise of the past eighteen months which saw her first three singles be streamed more than 1.2 million times on SoundCloud, very little has been revealed about Hazel English. Despite her surging popularity, the Australian-born, Oakland-based singer-songwriter has kept a low profile, allowing her music to speak for her. Last week, English released her debut EP, Never […]

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