Tag: Synth-Pop

The Matinee ’18 November 13th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 November 13th – Part 2

On the other half of our doubleheader, The Matinee ’18 November 13th – Part 2 traverses many dimensions. There are cosmic tunes, a wall-shaker, and a song that is perfect for a wedding. Then there are a few tunes that belong on a film soundtrack plus another that features one of the best voices in the business. If you haven’t […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 8th

The Matinee ’18 November 8th

After Hollie focused on North American artists, The Matinee ’18 November 8th edition heads overseas. There is a sizable Commonwealth presence, but in the middle of the mini-playlist is one of electronica’s great and underappreciated duos. Evi Vine – “Sabbath” (London, England) RIYL: Emma Ruth Rundle, Chelsea Wolfe, A Place To Bury Strangers “Her vocals break your heart into a […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 1st

The Matinee ’18 November 1st

The Matinee ’18 November 1st is filled with new music from long-time and more recent favorites, including two of our favorite discoveries of the year. There are some robust rockers, haunting and breathtaking ballads, and some groovy and even quirky numbers. We kick things off, however, with a surprise double feature from one of Scotland’s most outstanding bands. Young Fathers […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 25th

The Matinee ’18 October 25th

Another nine songs occupy The Matinee ’18 October 25th edition. The descriptions are leaner again today, but this just gives you more time to enjoy the great music. Aadae – “Carousel Horses” (London, England via Nigeria) RIYL: Erykah Badu, Sade, Tash Sultana More than a year-and-a-half ago, Nigerian-born, London-based singer-songwriter Aadae left us mesmerized with her debut single, “River of […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 18th

The Matinee ’18 October 18th

The Matinee ’18 October 18th is full of cinema, theater, magic, and epics. Let these nine songs take you places that real or imagined.   Behaviorist – “Dirty Pictures” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: San Fermin, Phoria, Rubblebucket The respect and popularity of an artist should never be judged by the number of followers s/he has on social media. Instead, look at […]

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Art d’Ecco – ‘Trespasser’ (album review)

Art d’Ecco – ‘Trespasser’ (album review)

 Back in the ’70s and ’80s, children would create a time capsule and bury it in their background. In this tin box, they would add their favorite toy, maybe an award they won, a letter they’ve written to their older self, and a mix tape. Names like Talking Heads, David Bowie, Thompson Twins, Human League, Bananarama, Pat Benatar, New […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 5th

The Matinee ’18 October 5th

We don’t normally comment on the artwork, but the nine songs on The Matinee ’18 October 5th edition features plenty of awesome images. Musically, all the tracks are, as we always do on Fridays, uplifting, get-up-on-your-feet rockers, bangers, and anthemic affairs. We hope the mini-playlist will be the perfect way to start the weekend (or to survive one last work […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 2nd

The Matinee ’18 October 2nd

The Matinee ’18 October 2nd crosses Europe and the US for nine songs to brighten up your Tuesday. The days may be getting darker, but these songs will help brighten your day (well, a couple will make it gloomier, but in a delightful way!). Beverly Kills – “Melodrama” (Gothenburg, Sweden) RIYL: The Raveonettes, Alvvays, Agent Blå It was only six […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 1st

The Matinee ’18 October 1st

The Matinee ’18 October 1st has no shortage of tracks to get your Monday going just right. With a handful of upbeat and infectious tracks, we hope you find your new favorite song or band today. Artists are representing Canada, New Zealand, Norway, The US and the UK today. Bearson – “It’s Not This” (feat. Lemaitre & josh pan) (Oslo, […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 27th

The Matinee ’18 September 27th

The Matinee ’18 September 27th edition floats to the heavens with some lush dream-pop and obliterates ear drums with seismic rockers. There are some thing in-between, of course, including two art-rock masterpieces, a jack-of-all-trades band, and three of the finest singer-songwriters around today. We get things started with one of Australia’s greatest geniuses.   Methyl Ethel – “Scream Whole” (Perth, […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 25th – North America Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 25th – North America Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 25th – North America Edition is another hodgepodge collection of music. There’s a retro vibe to some of the tracks and some that look into the future. If you’re seeking more great new music, head over hear to spin the Rest of the World Edition. Art d’Ecco – “Who is it Now?” (The Gulf Islands, B.C., […]

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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 September 11th – USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 11th – USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 September 11th – USA Edition has a bit of everything. You’ll delight in some ’80s synth-pop and art-pop, gasp to an indie-rock ballad and an Americana fable, and be blown away from a couple of moving numbers. For more music, check out the Rest of the World edition over here.   Ariel Beesley – “Awake All Night” […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 7th

The Matinee ’18 September 7th

Get ready for the weekend with The Matinee ’18 September 7th edition. There are some seductive and groovy numbers, bubbly pop tunes, and, of course, fiery rockers. We begin, however, with a song from a man who left us far too soon. Charles Bradley – “I Feel A Change” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Charles Bradley Almost exactly a year ago – […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 6th

The Matinee ’18 September 6th

The Matinee ’18 September 6th edition is a treasure chest of new music delights, featuring a broad spectrum of genres from artists from across the globe. Some tunes will get you jumping, others will leave you lost in memory and thought, and some may even perplex you. Sit back and enjoy this mini-playlist.   The Twilight Sad – “Videograms” (Kilsyth, […]

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Hospital – ‘Memory Waves’ (album premiere)

Hospital – ‘Memory Waves’ (album premiere)

When thinking about the music that comes from Russia, most English-speaking music fans will cite Pussy Riot, Pinkshinyultrablast, and Tchaikovsky. The list is pretty limited due to the lack of exposure Russian artists and bands receive abroad. Someone, however, has to be the first, and the group could be Hospital. Formed in 2011, Hospital is an indie-pop rock band that […]

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The Matinee ’18 August 30th

The Matinee ’18 August 30th

Fiery rockers, shimmering pop tunes, and one spellbinding tune fill up The Matinee ’18 August 30th edition. We highly recommend putting the headphones on so as to not interpret your colleagues or neighbors. You might also want to close the door or pull down the shades because you might just be head banging, pumping your fist, dancing, and/or shouting in […]

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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 14th – World Edition

The Matinee ’18 August 14th – World Edition

The Matinee ’18 August 14th – World Edition has a very strong Down Under flavor with four of the six songs coming from artists and bands residing in New Zealand or Australia. For the USA edition, go here. BROODS – “Peach” (Auckland via Blenheim, New Zealand) Alternative streams: YouTube, Spotify RIYL: Lorde, CHVRCHES, Little Dragon Lorde counts them as friends […]

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