Tag: Arts & Crafts

The Matinee ’18 November 16th

The Matinee ’18 November 16th

Your weekend soundtrack offers nine new music gems to discover. The Matinee ’18 November 16th edition features brooding indie rock, ethereal electro-pop, and an ambient-pop tune to remember. Grab your headphones and dive into these tunes from artists in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, and the USA.   Karen O & Danger Mouse – “Lux Prima” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Karen O, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 November 7th

Melodic Tonic ’18 November 7th

Melodic Tonic ’18 November 7th is a tight five tunes to help you get over hump day. Some are extremely chill while others will leave you dazzled. Andrew Bird – “Bloodless” (Chicago, USA) RIYL: Jim James, Kishi Bashi, The Tallest Man on Earth You may not think of Andrew Bird as a protest artist. After all, violins and whistles are rarely […]

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The Matinee ’18 August 28th – Roll Edition

The Matinee ’18 August 28th – Roll Edition

The second half of our daily mini-playlist is less rock and more songs that will dazzle and mesmerize with their music while immerse you in their stories. The Matinee ’18 August 28th – Roll Edition features six songs from some of our all-time and more recent favorites and a couple of “new-ish” bands. To hear the Rock Edition of The […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 24th

The Matinee ’18 July 24th

The Matinee ’18 July 24th features new music that will stir every bone in your body. There are intimate and dreamy numbers, raucous punk, spaced-out psychedelia, and boom anthems. So if you need a pick-me-up or something to calm the nerves, you’ll find it in the mini-playlist. Basement Revolver – “Dancing” (Hamilton, Ontario)  RIYL: The Cardigans, The Raveonettes, Lush […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 16th – Americas Edition

The Matinee ’18 July 16th – Americas Edition

The second part of our daily playlists, The Matinee ’18 July 16th – Americas Edition, features bands and artists who are in Canada and the US, although originated in Chile. There’s a wide range of genres featured as well. If you’re interested, find the European edition over here to discover more great new music. That playlist has seven songs.   […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 June 27th

Melodic Tonic ’18 June 27th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 June 27th edition serves up six sonic cocktails with distinctly North American flavors. From indie dream pop to psychedelic roots-rock, these tunes will quench your new music thirst.   Ava Luna – “Deli Run” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Chastity Belt, Frankie Cosmos, The Mystery Lights Before noise-cancelling headphones were de rigueur accessories, an interesting thing would happen while […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 11th

The Matinee ’18 June 11th

The Matinee ’18 June 11th includes six new tracks to kick off your Monday. Maybe a summer vacation is in your future, and a number of these songs can get you through the work week if there is no vacation in sight. Artists are representing Australia, Norway, the US and the UK today. Ben Browning – “Even Though” (Melbourne, Australia) […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 May 16th

Melodic Tonic ’18 May 16th

Women rule the Melodic Tonic ’18 May 16th edition. Many of these six songs feature strong female voices – some well known; some new. These artists represent Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and USA. Bernice – “He’s the Moon” (Toronto, Canada) RIYL: Feist, Cat Power, tUnE-yArDs The terms substantive and richly textured are seldom paired with dream pop because most artists […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 21st

The Matinee ’18 February 21st

This week we’ve changed the schedule a bit, so there won’t be a Melodic Tonic. Instead, The Matinee ’18 February 21st edition is today’s spotlight on new music. Due to the last-minute change, the descriptions are tighter than usual, and we would like to send our apologies to the artists and bands that the shorter pieces. For readers and listeners, […]

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Broken Social Scene – ‘Hug Of Thunder’ (album review)

Broken Social Scene – ‘Hug Of Thunder’ (album review)

“It is the blessing of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson In their nearly 20 years of existence, Broken Social Scene have established the benchmark for indie rock in the 21st century. They have also become the ideal for what it means to be a super-collective, as each member has achieved […]

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Saturday Sampler May 27th

Saturday Sampler May 27th

Saturday Sampler May 27th once again goes global for some fine, new music delicacies. There are some familiar names on the list, and a handful of newcomers that blew us away. Hopefully, they will do the same for you and expanding your musical palette in the process.   DBFC – “Disco Coco” (Paris, France & Manchester, England) RIYL: Daft Punk, […]

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Saturday Sampler April 15th

Saturday Sampler April 15th

The Saturday Sampler April 15th edition has plenty of sweet treats for your holiday weekend. These 9 songs from artists in England, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, and the US offer a variety of genres from indie folk to rap- and R&B-infused synthpop. Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase playlist will include every song we’ve covered this week.   BNQT – “Unlikely […]

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Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”

Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”

Following the end of their Celebration Rock tour that finished in November 2013 and lasted 20 months spanning 40 countries, Japandroids stated they would be taking a well-deserved break. Since that message was shared, Brian King and David Prowse said very little publicly. There weren’t any hints nor rumors that they were working on new material. Then almost four years to the day […]

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Brendan Canning

Zaphod’s Welcomes Brendan Canning (photo essay)

On November 19th, Brendan Canning headlined a Saturday night show at Ottawa’s infamous nightclub Zaphod Beeblebrox. Recently releasing his album Home Wrecking Years, this third solo offering of the founding member of Broken Social Scene hit all the right notes with the crowd. Despite a broken guitar string at one point, the tunes flowed, rocked and, at times, got sweet and jammy. […]

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The Matinee November 3rd

The Matinee November 3rd

We’re going across the globe for new music on The Matinee November 3rd edition. There are several hidden gems, three returnees, and one band who make their long-awaited return.   Bam Spacey – “Avstånd Och Skog” (Malmö, Sweden) RIYL: Moonbabies, POSTILJONEN, Electric Youth What a better way to start the day than with some gorgeous dream pop and from the […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 29

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 29

Welcome to your Monday serving of new music cocktails! This week we’ve got a full plate of audio delights with a slight concentration on Pacific Northwest artists. Feast your ears upon new indie folk and garage rock from Seattle, some uptempo singer/songwriter fare from Vancouver, a bit of Portland indie supergroup action, as well as some chill shoegaze from Colorado […]

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The Matinee August 9th

The Matinee August 9th

The Matinee August 9th has a selection of eight sumptuous tunes. You might recognition a few of the names on the list while many will be brand new. The songs range from dark and mysterious to fun and whimsical. So whatever your mood is today, this mini-playlist likely has it. Andrew Judah – “Blue” (Kelowna, BC, Canada) RIYL: Why We […]

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The Matinee July 28th

The Matinee July 28th

The Matinee July 28th takes stops in Australia and New Zealand, Canada and the USA, before arriving in England for some new music. Hear eight “new” songs by some of the best and brightest artists from around the planet.   Aldous Harding – “Stop Your Tears” (Lyttleton, New Zealand) RIYL: Nadia Reid, Gillian Welch, Aoife O’Donovan For a few years, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 25

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 25

Welcome to a fresh serving of new music cocktails on the Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 25. This week we’re going to take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride with these five new singles. We’ll start with the upbeat energy of Canadian indie pop-rock before easing into some Australian dream pop and heartfelt British indie singer/songwriter earnestness. That segues perfectly into a […]

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The Matinee April 21st

The Matinee April 21st

On The Matinee April 21st edition, we have songs from familiar names and a few artists who have released their debut singles, which are just awesome. And as always, several countries are represented, namely Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, The Netherlands, and the United States.   Andy Shauf – “The Worst in You” (Regina, SK, Canada) Andy Shauf is one of […]

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