Tag: Synth-Rock

The Matinee ’18 December 4th – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 December 4th – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 December 4th – Part 1 is literally jam-packed with some groovy, sultry flair. Some tunes will take you back to summer while others will send you down to the depths of the abyss. Once you’re finished with these seven tunes, head on over to Part 2. Autogramm – “Jessica Don’t Like Rock’n’Roll” (Vancouver, Canada) RIYL: The Cars, […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 22nd

The Matinee ’18 November 22nd

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Like many people in the US today, The Matinee ’18 November 22nd is an extravagant musical feast. However, you won’t find any turkeys on the mini-playlist. Since it is a major holiday and due to yours truly’s own personal travel, the descriptions are extremely short. Actually, each song has been compared to one of the dishes you […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 4th

The Matinee ’18 October 4th

The return of one of indie’s greatest singer-songwriters highlights The Matinee ’18 October 4th edition. Following her are eight other outstanding young artists and bands, some of whom have shot to stardom and others on the cusp of it. Sharon Van Etten – “Comeback Kid” (Los Angeles via Brooklyn & New Jersey, USA) RIYL: Siouxsie Sioux, The Knife, Fever Ray […]

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The Matinee ’18 August 20th – ROW Edition

The Matinee ’18 August 20th – ROW Edition

Part two of The Matinee focuses on music outside of Australia. Six songs occupy The Matinee ’18 August 20th – ROW Edition (or Rest of the World), which features a wide selection of genres. There are the usual American outfits, but you’ll also find artists from Belarus, Sweden, and England. To hear the Down Under version, click here. Arc Iris […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 9th

The Matinee ’18 March 9th

While Fridays are often filled with upbeat and energizing songs, The Matinee ’18 March 9th edition features more tunes that are of the breathtaking and stunning variety. There are still some rock anthems, but this mini-playlist is meant for a quiet evening with that special someone.   Wet – “There’s a Reason” (Brooklyn, USA)  RIYL: Rhye, Men I Trust, […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 16th

The Matinee ’18 January 16th

We obviously have to start the day with a tune from The Cranberries. For many of us, they were one of the bands with whom we grew up and helped us get through the lean high school and college days. Their albums, particularly Everybody Else Is Doing It, so Why Can’t We? and No Need To Argue remain among our […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 1

Due to the avalanche of new music that has arrived over the past 36 hours, we’ve opted to split the The Matinee ’18 January 11th edition into two parts, dividing the 16 songs alphabetically. Part 2 is available here. Without further delay, let’s get to the music. The Cavves – “Beaches” (Wichita, KS, USA) RIYL: Dick Diver, Wavves, The Regrettes […]

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The Matinee October 31st

The Matinee October 31st

Obviously today is Halloween, and creepy songs could occupy The Matinee October 31st edition. On the other hand, we could just share what we think is great music for people to discover, basically sticking with our usual formula. Or, we could combine both, which is exactly what we’ve done today. There are a couple of songs that have a definite […]

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St. Vincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’ (album review)

St. Vincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’ (album review)

Annie Clark’s appeal extends across multiple borders. For the better part of the past ten years and under the moniker St. Vincent, she is recognized as one of the most innovative voices and artists in music. She has been featured in Q magazine while gracing the covers of NME, Guitar World, and Nylon. She is a fashion trendsetter with more […]

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The Matinee August 15th

The Matinee August 15th

The Matinee August 15th will hopefully get you focused on the tasks at hand. Who are we kidding. The ten songs will have you contemplating the events of the world, reflect on your past, and mostly entertain you. As you listen to each song, hopefully you’ll fall head over heels for the artists and bands like we have. We kick […]

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The Matinee July 27th

The Matinee July 27th

Once again we take a new music trip around the globe on The Matinee July 27th edition. Speaking of trips, some of us, including myself, are en route if not having already arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, and we hope one of these days the artists listed below will be gracing the stages of NFF or one of the after-parties. […]

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Saturday Sampler July 1st

Saturday Sampler July 1st

Happy Canada Day! We could have prepared a Canada Day playlist, but in true Canadian spirit we’ve decided to celebrate the beautiful mosaic of new music across the globe. Some of the songs are by recognizable artists, and they are standing next to bands and musicians awaiting their major breakthrough. Enjoy the holiday weekend Canada and may everyone else have […]

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The Matinee June 2nd

The Matinee June 2nd

In the past twenty-four hours, Radiohead shared “I Promise”, an unreleased song from their seminal album, OK Computer. Phoenix revealed “Goodbye Soleil”. Lorde shared “Perfect Places”, the latest track from her house party-influenced new album. Finally, Arcade Fire unveiled the disco-pop track, “Everything Now”.  We’ve opted to go in a different direction for The Matinee June 2nd, sharing tunes by lesser-known […]

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Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (album review)

Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (album review)

On his remarkable album, 2014’s No Bright, Mike Hadreas unveiled a different side to Perfume Genius. He was vulnerable, assertive, commanding, and proud, and No Bright was the pinnacle of his canon. It was simultaneously a sermon and an enlightening for all willing to hear his message. Three years later, Hadreas has returned with a new record that still requires […]

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The Matinee May 2nd

The Matinee May 2nd

The Matinee May 2nd offers a mix-and-match collection of new music. There are some fiery rockers, some tender folk tunes, and some get-up-and-move songs. Just listen below to discover some great new music from around the globe. Brass Phantoms – “Waiting Up” (Dublin, Ireland) RIYL: Foals, Kasabian, City Calm Down As U2 gets ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of […]

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Black Mountain – “IV”

Black Mountain – “IV”

After a five-plus year hiatus, Vancouver rock outfit Black Mountain returns with their fourth album, the boldly named IV (yep, just Like Led Zeppelin & Black Sabbath). Considering that two significant rock bands have equally significant albums with the same name puts almost unnecessary pressure on this release. Naming the album IV was not accidentally. The band was clearly confident […]

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Hidden Gem – The Brilliance of Esther Joy Lane

Hidden Gem – The Brilliance of Esther Joy Lane

Sometimes it takes years for someone to find their calling. For others, they know from the start what they are suppose to do, but are not able to succeed on the first, second, or even third attempts. For Oxford, UK musician Esther Joy Lane, she long knew music was her path. However, that path didn’t always lead to the expected […]

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Weekend Showcase: February 27th Playlist

Weekend Showcase: February 27th Playlist

The Weekend Showcase returns once again with new music from some artists you should get to know. The playlist is at the bottom, but if there’s a track that you want to repeatedly hear, click on the song title. If you like what you hear from an artist, click on their name. “The Game” by Orlando synth-pop duo, Priest (formerly […]

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Mvrie Celeste – “Animalia”

Mvrie Celeste – “Animalia”

“Animalia” is from UK producer and singer-songwriter Mvrie Celeste, who has dabbled in EDM, alternative, punk, indie rock, you name it. This single is best described as electronic-indie rock or synth-rock, and it will be part of her forthcoming EP, due out in May. If the EP is as mysterious as the songwriter and this track, it should be something […]

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