Tag: Art Rock

Astronauts, etc. – ‘Living in Symbol’ (album review)

Astronauts, etc. – ‘Living in Symbol’ (album review)

Living In Symbol by Astronauts, etc. More than six years ago, Anthony Ferraro, under the name Astronauts, etc., casually and with little fanfare released “Mystery Colors”, which became one of 2012’s surprise hit. He followed that up with a few more singles, including one of the decade’s most outstanding tracks, “Coldboy”. For the long-time keyboardist of Toro y Moi, whose […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 22nd

The Matinee ’18 May 22nd

From stunning numbers that will leave you vulnerable to rambunctious numbers that will leave you celebrating who you are, The Matinee ’18 May 22nd is filled with nine great songs. The mini-playlist kicks off with some haze from one of the coolest, little bands in the world. Baywaves – “I’m Tryna” (Madrid, Spain) RIYL: Tame Impala, Masasolo, Pond The Spanish […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 2nd

The Matinee ’18 May 2nd

We had to switch up our schedule this week, so today you’ll find The Matinee ’18 May 2nd edition. Snappier descriptions today, which on hump day is ideal. Buck Meek – “Maybe” (Brooklyn via Driftwood, TX, USA) RIYL: Cass McCombs, Twain, subdued Unknown Mortal Orchestra Getting out from under your popular band’s huge shadow is always difficult, but Big Thief […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 1st

The Matinee ’18 May 1st

The Matinee ’18 May 1st kicks off the month with songs from artists based in nine countries. There are cinematic adventures, personal love stories, and brooding throbbers to get you through the day. Let’s get started with a young woman who should be on everyone’s watch list. Coco Reilly – “Define You” (Nashville & New York City, USA) RIYL: Hope […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 2nd

The Matinee ’18 April 2nd

The Matinee ’18 April 2nd includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have an eclectic bunch to get your Monday started, after a possible three day weekend. We have artists representing Australia, Canada, the US and the UK today. Bravestation – “Deeper Than Oceans” (Toronto, Canada) RIYL: Al Green, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye Toronto based Bravestation are back […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 27th

The Matinee ’18 March 27th

Rocking tracks, shimmering electronic / electro-pop numbers, two young English singer-songwriters to watch, and one of the most devastatingly beautiful songs of the year are featured on The Matinee ’18 March 27th edition. Several countries are yet again represented, once again demonstrating that music is one of the few things that unites us. Blush Response – “Cruel” (Adelaide, Australia) RIYL: […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 6th

The Matinee ’18 March 6th

From groovy pop-rock numbers, raucous indie-rock and alternative anthems, stunning dream-pop, foreboding post-punk and indietronica, and creative art-rock, The Matinee ’18 March 6th feels more like autumn than spring. Nonetheless, the music is, as always, terrific.   Hinds – “The Club” (Madrid, Spain) RIYL: Wolf Alice, Honeyblood, Divinyls One could make a strong argument that Hinds are largely responsible for […]

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Loma

Loma – “Loma” (album review)

 After Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record opened for Shearwater on their 2016 tour, front man Jonathan Meiburg approached them with the idea of working together. Meiburg had spent the whole tour listening to Cross Record’s opening sets, which is something he hadn’t done with previous opening bands. Entranced by Cross and Duszynski’s songs, he knew they […]

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Saturday Sampler February 17th

Saturday Sampler February 17th

Saturday Sampler February 17th features songs that will get you up and moving and take you away to another dimension. There rockers, pop-rock anthems, political statements, and some good old-fashion dreamgaze. In other words, this mini-playlist is the perfect way to spend the weekend. Belako – “Maskenfreiheit” (Mungia, Spain) RIYL: Bosnian Rainbows, Bikini Kills, Crystal Fighters We may have found […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 16th

The Matinee ’18 February 16th

The Matinee ’18 February 16th is full of surprises with a few all-time favorites unveiling new songs to go with tracks from fast-rising “newcomers”. There’s a bit of almost everything below, from rockers to slow burners to melodic ballads. Happy Friday everyone! Courtney Barnett – “Nameless, Faceless” (Melbourne, Australia) RIYL: Courtney Barnett We still remember the day – one of […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 9th

The Matinee ’18 February 9th

The Matinee ’18 February 9th has a bit of a sunny disposition, featuring songs that will warm your soul and steal your breath away like a beautiful sunset. You’ll find some shoegaze and psych-rock, indie rock to cinematic indie pop, something whimsical yet witty, and a slice of disco. Sit back and let the music below be your guide to […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 19th

The Matinee ’18 January 19th

The Matinee ’18 January 19th includes 9 awesome new tracks to get your weekend kicked off right. We have a nice mix of songs to fill anyone’s specific musical palate. Artists are representing Canada, France, the UK, the US, and Japan. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler and of course our Mega Playlist on Sunday. The […]

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Typhoon – ‘Offerings’ (album review)

Typhoon – ‘Offerings’ (album review)

Typhoon’s excellent 2013 record White Lighter was a mostly folk affair. There were hints here and there of a breakout from that classification, but on their latest record, Offerings, the Portland, Oregon-based band shed all attempts at being pigeon-holed. The result is a truly epic record that is full of quiet, intimate moments as well as loud, triumphant ones. 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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The Matinee September 8th

The Matinee September 8th

A kaleidoscope of new music is featured on The Matinee September 8th edition. There’s something for everyone, so spin each song and enjoy the artistry of these emerging artists and bands.   Anna of the North – “Always” (Oslo, Norway) RIYL: CHVRCHES, Yumi Zouma, Keep Shelly in Athens Today is the big day for Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith, who […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, August 30th

Melodic Tonic ’17, August 30th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is a dark and stormy blend. We start with some brooding synth-pop and add in some art rock, a dash of Icelandic soul, and end with a double shot of Americana.   Zola Jesus – “Siphon” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Austra, Phantogram, PJ Harvey Zola Jesus has the dark equivalent of a Midas touch […]

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Grizzly Bear – ‘Painted Ruins’ (album review)

Grizzly Bear – ‘Painted Ruins’ (album review)

Painted Ruins by Grizzly Bear It has taken a five-year hiatus for many to appreciate the influence art-rock / indie-rock quartet Grizzly Bear had on the indie music scene and its revival in the early to mid-2000s. Whereas Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumental eruptions blew away audiences and The National’s brooding rockers grabbed onto people’s souls, Grizzly Bear’s wind-swept, hauntingly cinematic soundscapes […]

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Gang of Youths – ‘Go Farther in Lightness’ (album review)

Gang of Youths – ‘Go Farther in Lightness’ (album review)

“Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Dylan Thomas’ poem remains one of the most iconic pieces of literature. It was not merely a lament to his father but also a petition to humanity to fight each day and live boldly. Seventy years later, its sequel has arrived in the form […]

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The Matinee August 4th

The Matinee August 4th

It’s the era of the singer-songwriter. If the radio is your source for new music, you are missing out on artists and bands who continue to one-up each other with their smart and biting lyrics. Even those who occupy the pop and electronica fields are crafting memorably tunes. The Matinee August 4th edition is evidence of how music is changing […]

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The Matinee August 1st

The Matinee August 1st

With Newport Folk Festival behind us, we’re trying to get back into the swing of things. The Matinee August 1st edition, as such, has the regular nine songs. Unfortunately, exhaustion has set in, so apologies to the artists and bands for the short blurbs. The music, however, is what matters most. Alvvays – “Dreams Tonite” (Toronto, Canada) RIYL: The Pains […]

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