Tag: pop

Bethan Lees – “Ships”

Bethan Lees – “Ships”

Moving from backstage into the spotlight, the stuff of many a Hollywood plot line, is the real-life story of Bethan Lees. Whether as a dance teacher or stage manager, Lees has been absorbing new music on the festival circuit and at various open mic nights, where she would occasionally step forward with her own performance. Coming from a musical family […]

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Mariam – “Heart To Heart”

Mariam – “Heart To Heart”

Need a bit of upbeat, atmospheric soul-pop to raise the spirits? Look no further than Heart to Heart, the debut EP from South-London based singer-songwriter Mariam. Crediting her ability to tell stories through songs from her Nigerian heritage, Mariam has been a feature of London’s underground/indie circuit since 2011, entertaining audiences with her voice and her guitar “Pearl”. Although this […]

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The Matinee October 7th

The Matinee October 7th

In this October 7th issue of The Matinee we bring you 6 bands all in different stages of their careers, all putting out superb music. One with new music for the first time in close to 20 years, a brilliant yet relatively unknown band, a well-loved band heading out on their farewell tour, and a couple of bands right in the thick of […]

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The Bedlam Six – “Down Down Down”

The Bedlam Six – “Down Down Down”

If it’s better to be late to the party than not arrive at all, the opportunity to discover a band through their final album is as sweet as being in from the beginning. Conceived in grief and rum, the band has been around since 2006, starting out as a duo. An incarnation as The Black Velvet Band transformed into The […]

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Anna Coddington – “Without A Fight” (single premiere)

Anna Coddington – “Without A Fight” (single premiere)

All Anna Coddington needs to do is discover the cure for cancer and win the Nobel Peace Prize because the Auckland-based artist has practically done it all. Her résumé is remarkable. New Zealanders will recognize Coddington for her longstanding involvement with Kiwi super-collective Fly My Pretties, playing guitar and drums and singing vocals. Her solo work has also garnered national […]

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Anna Dellaria – “Ashamed” (single premiere)

Anna Dellaria – “Ashamed” (single premiere)

It seems like only yesterday when Anna Dellaria first arrived on the indie music landscape. This is somewhat true, as her debut single, “You and I”, was released in February. The song introduced the world to what a few insiders already knew – the 20-year old was a serious and immensely gifted artist. Her powerful, soulful voice is what captures […]

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Jocelyn Mackenzie – “Unlovely EP”

Jocelyn Mackenzie – “Unlovely EP”

Pearl and The Beard were one of Brooklyn’s finest bands when they split up last year. The trio created truly special music. Though the split was sad, it excited fans at what might be next for the former members. Jocelyn Mackenzie’s powerful voice was a huge part of the equation, and she just released her first solo EP, Unlovely. Mackenzie’s […]

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The Matinee August 26th

The Matinee August 26th

The Matinee August 26th includes six new tracks to keep you moving. For this fine Friday we have upbeat synth pop, feel good indie rock and a little singer songwriter fare. Most of our artists are representing the US, also with support from Canada and the UK. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more on our Saturday Sampler and […]

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The Matinee August 23rd

The Matinee August 23rd

As you start day two of the work week and the second-to-last week of summer, The Matinee August 23rd will provide the shot of adrenaline you need. From electronic to art-pop to indie-rock to industrial, there is a little bit of everything.   Chasms – “Black Ice” (San Francisco, USA) RIYL: Savages, Jenny Hval Very few bands have names that […]

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Saturday Sampler August 20th

Saturday Sampler August 20th

The Saturday Sampler August 20th edition has Olympic fever! Well, sort of. While we don’t have any Brazilian artists, this week’s mix does feature 10 songs from pairs of international artists. We’ve got two singles from Brooklyn-based indie artists, two more from sunny U.S. cities (Miami and Los Angeles), a pair from both Norway and England, and two equally upbeat hits […]

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Benji Tranter and The Well Adjusted Individuals – “At the Launderette”

Benji Tranter and The Well Adjusted Individuals – “At the Launderette”

Just when you thought you’d heard it all, Benji Tranter and The Well Adjusted Individuals put a new spin on things with At The Launderette. The EP is four tracks of fun that transform everyday monotony into a collection of quirky delights. Jazz, blues, rock, country, pop, whatever your taste, if you’ve got a fancy for the idiosyncratic, there’s something […]

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The Matinee April 29th

The Matinee April 29th

The Matinee April 29th includes six new tracks to get your weekend started. We have a range of indie pop, psych rock, psych pop and indie rock. Our artists are split between the US and the UK.   Andie Case – “Coming Around” (Marysville, WA, USA) Andie Case already has a huge following of fans.  She has created some awesome […]

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The Matinee April 13th

The Matinee April 13th

The Matinee April 13th is the perfect playlist to get you through this fine Wednesday. It’s spring, the weather is getting warmer and we have 6 tracks that will leaving you feeling upbeat, laid back or just plain awake. We hope you find your new favorite song today. We have artists representing the UK, USA and Sweden today.   Megan […]

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Lorna Dea – “Little Spark”

Lorna Dea – “Little Spark”

Sometimes all you need is pop. For just those moments, meet Lorna Dea. Bubbly and up-beat, Lorna’s sound channels all-time favourites from across the decades – The Supremes, Bananarama, The Bangles, The Spice Girls, Little Mix – into a one-woman band. Her debut EP Little Spark, released on 16 March 2016, is an essential addition to any girl-power party. Little […]

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First Impressions: Lucius – “Good Grief”

First Impressions: Lucius – “Good Grief”

… When most people think about Lucius, typically they think of the band’s two frontwomen, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. They’re hard to miss with their mirror-image style and perfect harmonies. Since this stylish duo shares the spotlight, it’s understandable when people mistakenly think that Lucius is just them. But there is much more depth to the band, their sound, and their new […]

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Anna Dellaria – “You and I” (debut single premiere)

Anna Dellaria – “You and I” (debut single premiere)

Like the great soul and R&B singers of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, Anna Dellaria packs a wallop with every note she sings. With tremendous range and an intoxicating sultriness, Dellaria’s presence is like that of Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, and Mavis Staples. Every word she utters sends a chill down your back. Each soaring aria blows you away and […]

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Rachel Platten Wildfire Tour Review (photo essay)

Rachel Platten Wildfire Tour Review (photo essay)

Rachel Platten‘s tour stood out from the past shows I’ve experienced in recent years. I‘ve attended plenty of music concerts since 2005, mostly by independent acts, and I’ve grown to expect bands to have certain cliches during their performance. Rachel Platten did not meet these expectations. Her show didn’t include bizarre propa or some peculiar homemade instrument. Her band didn’t […]

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Sophia Danai – “Love Royale” (album premiere)

Sophia Danai – “Love Royale” (album premiere)

Canada’s music scene is bursting at the seams with great artists. The country is home to many of the industry’s biggest and brightest stars as well as its most innovative. Drake’s ear-popping hip hop; The Weeknd’s creative brilliance that blends R&B, pop, and electronic; and Arcade Fire’s symphonic, indie-rock escapades are just some of the examples. We haven’t even touched […]

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Photo Essay: Dragonette at Theatre Corona

Photo Essay: Dragonette at Theatre Corona

My music addiction is mostly satisfied in Ottawa but sometimes there is a band I want to see whose tour does not bring them to Ottawa, and for those cases Montreal is my next choice. It’s within a reasonable drive and many of the acts that skip Ottawa do go to Montreal. This was one of those times. I have […]

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Andrew Johnston ‘Take The Highway’ Premiere

Andrew Johnston ‘Take The Highway’ Premiere

Today, we have a single premiere, Take The Highway, from Andrew Johnston. Andrew has been releasing albums both under his ‘real’ name and his moniker, Andrew Vs. The Enabler, since 2006. He is an Ottawa native who lives in Montreal and has been forming a solid foundation for himself in the Montreal music scene for years.  His music resembles that […]

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