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The Matinee ’18 December 11th – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 December 11th – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 December 11th – Part 1 has some powerful tunes, clever takes on the world that is, and a sultry affair. It’s, in our humble opinions, the ideal mini-playlist for these wintry days. After you’re finished here, check out Part 2 of The Matinee. Deerhunter– “Element” (Atlanta, USA)  RIYL: Ezra Furman, The Beatles, Plastic Ono Band Most […]

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Ghostly Kisses – ‘The City Holds My Heart’ (EP review)

Ghostly Kisses – ‘The City Holds My Heart’ (EP review)

 What if classically trained violinist Margaux Sauvé opted to continue to pursue a career in classical music? Could she have performed with l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal or possibly the New York Philharmonic? We may never know the answer because the Quebec City native chose a different path that steered her to the contemporary and the future. She chose to […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 9th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 October 9th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 October 9th – Part 2 continues the alphabet approach to our daily playlist. The songs featured in this edition begin with the letters G to M. As usual, a bevy of countries are presented, including Canada, England, Netherlands, Germany, Australia, and Japan. To hear Part 1 (letters A to D), click here. Ghostly Kisses – “The City […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 20th

The Matinee ’18 September 20th

The Matinee ’18 September 20th edition demonstrates that women are the present and future of music. Each of the nine songs are by a woman singer-songwriter or a female-fronted band. Each offers something different, ranging from indie rock to power-pop to disco-pop to shoegaze to downtempo to grunge. Bec Sandridge – “Animal” (Sydney, Australia) RIYL: La Roux, Dead or Alive, […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 11th – ROW Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 11th – ROW Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 11th – ROW Edition (Rest of the World) has a strong Southern Hemisphere vibe with a couple of artists residing north of the equator. There are buzz-saw rockers and dreamy synth-pop numbers plus one electronic enchantment. For more music, check out the USA edition over here.   Academie – “Eyes” (Johannesburg, South Africa) RIYL: Cults, Cathedrals, […]

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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 June 26th

The Matinee ’18 June 26th

Darkness, brightness, and dreaminess overcome The Matinee ’18 June 26th edition. You’ll understand what this means when spinning the mini-playlist, which is book-ended by two of our favorite artists. Emma Ruth Rundle – “Fever Dreams” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: P.J. Harvey, Chelsea Wolfe, Marriages Emma Ruth Rundle, whose was Marked for Death was one of our 50 Favorite Albums of […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 7th

The Matinee ’18 June 7th

The Matinee ’18 June 7th is an all-women affair. Each of the songs either features a female singer-songwriter or a woman leading the band. The mini-playlist is just further evidence in our long-held belief that women are making the best and more creative music today.   The Beths – “Happy Unhappy” (Auckland, New Zealand)  RIYL: Alex Lahey, Anna Burch, […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 28th

The Matinee ’18 May 28th

The Matinee ’18 May 28th includes six new tracks for some of you enjoying a day off (Hopefully). Many tracks are perfect ‘chill-out’ songs but there is also some great rock in there to get you a little hyped up. Bands/Artists today are representing Australia, Sweden, The US and the UK today. Ella Grace – “Run” (London, England) RIYL: Lucy […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 25th

The Matinee ’18 May 25th

The Matinee ’18 May 25th edition has some fun and entertaining new tunes plus a couple of softer, more relaxing tracks. If you’re heading off for the long weekend, we wish you a fun but safe time. And of course, bring plenty of great music, and hopefully the songs below will populate your playlist.   Albinos Congo – “Double Your […]

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The Matinee November 14th

The Matinee November 14th

The Matinee November 14th features a mix of alumni and newcomers (there is one band that is brand new). Some songs have a classic vibe while others are redefining the meaning of innovation. Cones – “Later” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Air, Summer Heart, Day Wave Just because the temperatures are dropping in the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mean that the music, […]

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The Matinee September 21st

The Matinee September 21st

Autumn has officially arrived, and The Matinee September 21st edition reflects the changing of the seasons. These songs are lot darker and subdued, without a summer anthem to be found. Some of the nine songs, however, will amuse you, others will haunt your mind for days, and the rest will leave you spellbound. Haley Heynderickx – “Oom Sha La La” […]

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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 June 23rd

The Matinee June 23rd

The Matinee June 23rd has a myriad of new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have awesome new indie rock tracks from around the world with artists representing Hungary, Sweden, Israel, the US, Scotland, and England. We hope you find your new favorite song or band, or at least the new music selections will help you kickoff the weekend on […]

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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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Bonobo’s radiant “Migration”

Bonobo’s radiant “Migration”

For seventeen years, Simon Green, better known as Bonobo, has electrified, mesmerized, and astonished with his downtempo electronic style. His previous albums have often focused on a specific moment in time while the music revolved around a central sonic entity. For his sixth album, Migration, Green heads to new frontiers and offers his most expansive effort to date. The result […]

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The Matinee October 11th

The Matinee October 11th

The Matinee October 11th has, for the most part, a nostalgic vibe. Songs that take us back decades to times when music was simpler yet arguably more moving. We begin the mini-playlist with one of our favorites and a tribute to a man whose life was taken way too soon.   Big Smoke – “Best Of You” (Melbourne, Australia) RIYL: […]

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The Matinee May 26th

The Matinee May 26th

The Matinee May 26th features eight song for your listening pleasure. Taking a page out of Wendy’s playbook, the songs come from artists spread across the globe – from Russia to Australia, from New Zealand to Norway, and cutting across England, Canada, and the United States.   Antrru – “Нуар” (St. Petersburg, Russia via Minsk, Belarus) RIYL: Flume, TYCHO, Stefan […]

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Album Review: Elizabeth Shepherd mixes Jazz, Downtempo and more on “The Signal”

Album Review: Elizabeth Shepherd mixes Jazz, Downtempo and more on “The Signal”

Most artist bios have glorious descriptions of the act, and you have to take them with a large salt grain. Not that they’re incorrect, but sometimes you have to wonder if you can believe the hype. I got this CD (yay, a CD!) in the mail from Linus Entertainment and just listened to it before reading the accompanying bio. I […]

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