Tag: Synth-Pop

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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The Matinee ’18 August 14th – USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 August 14th – USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 August 14th – USA Edition features some ferocious post-punk, intimate and driving indie rock, plus stunning synth-pop. We kick things off with not just a great tune but a great piece of storytelling. For the World Edition, click here.   Castle Pines – “Woo Hoo” (Corona, CA, USA) RIYL: Counting Crows, Patterson Hood, Jakob Dylan Sticklers for […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 27th

The Matinee ’18 July 27th

The Matinee ’18 July 27th features mostly upbeat tunes with a pop bent. The mini-playlist is also filled with artists from the USA, many of who are among indie’s best or on the verge of reaching such heights. As it is Newport Folk Festival weekend and due to travel and work, the descriptions are quite abbreviated. We apologize to the […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 17th

The Matinee ’18 July 17th

The Matinee ’18 July 17th includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have six new tracks that span synth pop, indie pop and indie rock. We hope you find your new favorite  song or band on this lovely Tuesday. Artists are representing Canada, The US and The UK today. Cannons – “Nevermind, Never Mine” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 6th

The Matinee ’18 July 6th

The Matinee ’18 July 6th edition features nine tracks that will get the blood flowing as well as leave you in awe. Dance, rock out, or gently groove in your seat – either way today’s mini-playlist is a mover and a shaker.   Allen Stone – “Warriors” (Chewelah, WA, USA) RIYL: Stevie Wonder, Jamie Lidell, Mayer Hawthorne Do you have […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 5th

The Matinee ’18 July 5th

The Matinee ’18 July 5th edition is a global affair. Several countries are represented, and there is a wide-range of genres, too. Be prepared to be dazzled as well as to dance and rock out. Boniface – “Dear Megan” (Winnipeg, Canada) RIYL: Postal Service, The 1975, CHVRCHES While artists with lesser talent play to sold-out shows, Micah Visser continues to […]

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Wildhart – ‘Caught In A Fisheye’ (EP review)

Wildhart – ‘Caught In A Fisheye’ (EP review)

 Two years ago, Swedish alt-pop outfit Wildhart released their debut EP, the aptly titled EP1, which was a dreamy and stirring effort. Now reduced from a trio to just Ylva Holmdahl (vocals) and Kiwi Berg (synthesizers), the duo have transformed themselves. As oppose to the ethereal and cosmic nature of their first record, Caught In A Fisheye is the end […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 25th

The Matinee ’18 June 25th

The Matinee ’18 June 25th includes 6 new tracks to get your week started off right. We have a nice mix of synth pop, psych pop and indie rock for your listening pleasure. Artists are representing Canada, Norway, The US and the UK today. Basement Revolver – “Knocking” (Hamilton, Ontario) RIYL: Big Thief, Sharon Van Etten, Waxahatchee Basement Revolver are back […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 21st

The Matinee ’18 June 21st

In some cases, The Matinee ’18 June 21st edition dives really deep to share new music. Some names, however, you may recognize from past mini-playlists. Today’s list is in reverse alphabetical order, except for the first track. We have to share the newest single from one of post-rock’s / shoegaze’s great bands first.   Mogwai – “We’re Not Done (End […]

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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 ’18 May 15th – North American Edition

The Matinee ’18 May 15th – North American Edition

The Matinee ’18 May 15th – North American Edition features four of our long-time favorites plus two “newcomers”. The latter will be releasing their debut albums later this year. We kick things off, however, with one of the great artists of this decade.   Mitski – “Geyser” (Brooklyn, USA) Be the Cowboy by Mitski RIYL: St. Vincent, Japanese Breakfast, Lykki […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 10th

The Matinee ’18 May 10th

The Matinee ’18 May 10th covers a lot of ground geographically and musically. You’ll be fist-pumping, dancing, or sitting back to absorb the tremendous songwriting. The mini-playlist commences with one of our long-time favorites.   THYLA – “Blame” (Brighton, England) RIYL: Estrons, Paramore, Wolf Alice Three years into their careers, Thyla are gradually moving up the popularity charts, but swimming […]

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