Tag: dark pop

The Matinee ’18 November 9th

The Matinee ’18 November 9th

Like yesterday, The Matinee ’18 November 9th edition has a strong overseas presence with more than half the songs coming from Australian artists and bands. This is just evidence of how the music scene Down Under is flourishing. The mini-playlist also includes a duo of young teenagers, a super-duo, one of the UK’s best young bands, and one of the […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 17th

The Matinee ’18 September 17th

The Matinee ’18 September 17th includes 6 new tracks to keep you moving this week. Some tracks are great indie rock, while we have a few singer-songwriters totally worth sharing. Artists today are representing the Canada, the US, and the UK today. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today. Boy Bjorn – “Now I’m Running” (Nashville, […]

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The Matinee ’18 August 20th – Australia Edition

The Matinee ’18 August 20th – Australia Edition

With all the great music coming out, we’ve divided The Matinee into two parts once again. We head Down Under with the The Matinee ’18 August 20th – Australia Edition. Granted, one artist now calls England home, but he’s Aussie born. Anyway, the six songs featured below span a broad section of genres – folk-pop, dystopian future rock, downtempo trip-hop, […]

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The Matinee ’18 August 16th

The Matinee ’18 August 16th

Several “newcomers” and a handful of indie stars make up The Matinee ’18 August 16th edition. There are rockers, there are some cosmic dreams, and there is some upbeat pop fare. We’re positive you’ll find a new band to love in this mini-playlist. Beverly Kills – “Fourteen” (Gothenburg, Sweden) RIYL: The Joy Formidable, Eagulls, YONAKA There is no shortage of […]

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The Matinee ’18 August 7th

The Matinee ’18 August 7th

The Matinee ’18 August 7th enchants, dazzles, rocks, and simply awes with nine fantastic tunes. This one is a more global affair than previous efforts, so get ready for a musical ride around the planet. ALCABEAN – “Getaway” (Copenhagen, Denmark) RIYL: The Hunna, SWMRS, The 1975 Just a few months since releasing their excellent new EP, Head Down, Danish firecrackers […]

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Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’ (EP review)

Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’ (EP review)

 Over in the UK, a renaissance in electronic music is happening. Pigeonholing the cinematic affairs of Phoria, Maribou State, and London Grammar within the genre, though, would be a disservice to their creativity and innovation. Some call it alternative, but post-rock indietronica pop is a more fitting categorization. Another band making some of the most gorgeous and breathtaking music […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 27th

The Matinee ’18 February 27th

The usual perfect nine new music singles are featured on The Matinee ’18 February 27th. We go global with some dramatic singles, some really wacky tunes, and, of course, shoegaze! Baiba Dekena – “You Don’t Know Me” (Innsbruck, Austria via Liepāja, Latvia)  RIYL: Lianne La Havas, Corinne Bailey Rae, Daughter Nearly nine months have passed since we were first […]

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Saturday Sampler November 25th

Saturday Sampler November 25th

The Saturday Sampler November 25th edition brings you nine sparkling music gems from across the globe. Featuring artists from Belgium, Denmark, England, Spain, Sweden, and the USA, today’s playlist will warm you on this final weekend of November. Dahlia Sleeps – “Rise” (London, England) RIYL: Cults, Phantogram, BROODS The word “stunning” is often overused when writing about music, and we’re […]

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The Matinee November 24th

The Matinee November 24th

For those in the US, you’re probably suffering from a post-Thanksgiving hangover where the turkey and stuffing are still sitting in your gut. The rest of the world, meanwhile, cannot wait for the weekend to arrive. Either way, you probably need a jolt of energy, which we hope to provide on The Matinee November 24th edition. Granted, there are some […]

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The Matinee October 12th

The Matinee October 12th

We have another nine new music selections for your listening pleasure. There’s quite a bit of variety on this one from cinematic songs that belong in an IMAX film to classically told stories to upbeat earworms. The Matinee October 12th has something for every mood. Ceiling Demons – “The Rose” (North Yorkshire, England) RIYL: Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nick Cave […]

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YONAKA – ‘Heavy” (EP review)

YONAKA – ‘Heavy” (EP review)

After bursting onto the scene in 2016, YONAKA immediately became one of the UK’s buzziest bands. Comparisons to Wolf Alice were inevitable with their combination of gritty, explosive indie rock and foreboding storytelling. Not surprisingly, Atlantic Records UK quickly signed the Brighton-based quartet, further fueling expectations that a record was on the way. Finally, YONAKA’s first EP arrived on Friday, and […]

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The Matinee August 18th

The Matinee August 18th

As usual, there is a bit of everything on our daily playlists, and The Matinee August 18th edition is no exception. One thing we always search for are songs that not only sound great but have a personal message or captivating story to tell. Substance over style as they say, but it’s great when a song has both. Well, all […]

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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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The Matinee July 14th

The Matinee July 14th

The Matinee July 14th kicks off the weekend with some shimmering new tunes. Well, there are also some rockers and brooding numbers, but we’re sure you’ll find something to add to your playlist. Let’s get started. Cherryshoes – “I Was A God” (Hay On Wye, Wales) RIYL: Chelsea Wolfe, Anna von Hausswolff, early Zola Jesus Since releasing their debut single, […]

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Agent blå – ‘Agent Blue’ (album review)

Agent blå – ‘Agent Blue’ (album review)

Agent blå by Agent Blå Every year sees a young band unexpectedly emerge and win over fans and critics alike. In 2014, it was Alvvays. The following year belonged to Wolf Alice and Preoccupations (fka Viet Cong). Car Seat Headrest, Big Thief, Mothers, and Sunflower Bean ruled 2016. This year’s breakout band could very well be Agent blå. The quintet from […]

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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 January 17th

The Matinee January 17th

The Matinee January 17th edition features a bevy of brilliance. Seriously, these songs are early contenders for song of the year. Let’s get right to it, shall we?   Nadia Reid – “Richard” (Port Chalmers, New Zealand) RIYL: Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Julianna Hatfield As most of the music world prepares for Lorde’s new album to drop, people’s eyes should […]

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