Lollapalooza 2016 – Must See Acts [TMN EDITORS’ PICKS]

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If you’re from Chicago, then you know that Lollapalooza is one of the biggest–if not the biggest–weekends of the year. There’s nothing else comparable to being able to see all your favorite artists in the heart of the city, sandwiched between Lake Michigan and the scenic downtown skyline. This year’s Lollapalooza is even more special than usual, considering that the festival will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. In honor of that, an extra day(!) has been added to the lineup, making it one of the most packed, can’t miss events of the year. Because of that, I’m sure the choices of who to see can be a bit overwhelming. Of course, that’s where we come in to help. On the next few pages, we’ve highlighted some of our picks to help guide your decision-making process and possibly influence you to check out some new talent. No matter who you end up choosing, make sure to have fun and be safe out there guys!

(P.S. Even if you won’t be partaking in the festivities this year, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to join in on the fun. The beauty of Lollapalooza is that all your favorite artists are gathered in one location, so chances are there’s another gig in the city you’ll want to be at. You can check out the full list of aftershows over at Do312.)

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Wednesday Workout Playlist [Vol. 6]

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With so many great festivals this summer, we want to keep feeding you the best and freshest finds to get you excited for some massive sets. In addition, we know how exhausting a single day at a festival can be, so why not conquer the night time fatigue by building up the endurance before hand? To help you all boost that stamina, we curated a playlist that will keep you guys going even longer during those exercise regimens. By the time your favorite artist’s set begins, you’ll still have as much energy as when you arrived.

’Deep End’
’Carnage ft. Young Thug and Shakka – Don’t Call Me’
’Ghostboy Feat. Claire Ridgely’
’Fade Out ft. Gavin Turek’
’Coolwater Set & RAC – The Coast ft. Jvzel’
’Hudson Mohawke – Chimes (Alexander Lewis X Y2K Flip)’
’RKCB – Elevated (Nikö Blank Remix)’
’Manila Killa – Youth ft. Satica (k?d Remix)’
’In My Head (ft. RKCB)’
’Tired of talking (ATrak & Cory Enemy Remix)’
’Richard Caddock, WRLD, Nitro Fun, Slips & Slurs & Subtact – Break The Silence’
’Selena Gomez – Hands To Myself (Anders Young Remix)’
’MAX – Lights Down Low (Two Friends Remix)’
’manila killa – youth feat. satica (qrion remix)’
’Fabian Mazur & LUUDE – Right Now’
’rick ross & skrillex – purple lamborghini (gill chang edit)’
’Jumpa & Bad Paris Feat. Reece – Don’t Go’
’Duskus – On My Own’
’PatrickReza – Let U Fall (Feat. Aubren Elaine)’
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[Event Preview/Playlist] The Underground Music Showcase – 7/28 – 7/31 – Denver, CO

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It’s no secret at all that The Underground Music Showcase in beautiful Denver, CO has become a mainstay for our Mile-High Ninjas, and as we’re just a day out, we are once again gearing up for another edition of one of the U.S. festival scene’s best kept (not-so) secrets. One of the few remaining music gatherings in the fair city of Denver to eschew the typical smattering of major label festival fare, The UMS boasts a lineup of over 400+ acts strewn across various shops and bars dotting Denver’s historic South Broadway district, and we’ve been salivating like one of Pavlov’s pit-bulls in anticipation of this year’s entry.

Headlined by a number of intriguingly eclectic acts including Poliça, Thee Oh Sees, Sunflower Bean, Allah Las, Lee Fields & The Expressions, and The Bright Light Social Hour as well as some of the city’s most promising acts like Flaural, Shady Elders, déCollage, The Yawpers, Inner Oceans and Sunboy; 2016’s version of The UMS offers us yet another tastefully curated weekend of music in one of the best settings possible. We’ll be out in full force all weekend, and in anticipation of this year’s festivities, we’ve put together a playlist highlighting some of our favorite UMS artists. Get your sunscreen ready, and we’ll be seeing our Denver friends in the sun all weekend!

 

’POLIÇA – Chain My Name’
’Thee Oh Sees – Web’
’Sunflower Bean – Easier Said’
’Allah
Las – Buffalo Nickel’
’The Yawpers – Sister Mary’
’Lee Fields & The Expressions – You’re The Kind Of Girl’
’Bright Light Social Hour – Escape Velocity’
’Flaural – Mind Field’
’Inner Oceans – WILD’
’Sunboy – Oracle’
’Shady Elders – Pale Blue Dot’
’déCollage – Rise Above’
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[R&B/Soul] Xavier White X Paul Couture – Bad Blood

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Lush Records just came out with with a huge new single from Xavier White and Paul Couture. Their work on “Bad Blood” is just what the crossover R&B style needs at this moment in time. Nothing is watered down, and we get a real work of art from some talented individuals.

“Bad Blood” meets in the middle of a crossroad between R&B, soul and trap. Instead of watering down each element and creating something that doesn’t identify as unique, Xavier and Paul worked to have their single stand out. From the get-go, the piano chords grab your attention, and things only get more enticing as the song moves forward. Paul’s work on the instrumental is as good as it gets. That leaves us with Xavier’s vocal. The same can be said for his performance. His voice encroaches on perfection for this type of song, and he even flexes his pipes towards the end showing just where he can take things. “Bad Blood” is the one song you need today. Great thing is, it’s out now as a free download.

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Up Is The Down Is The – Two Places At Once [TMN PREMIERE]

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It’s not every day we stumble across a stellar, up-and-coming artist from Boise, Idaho. In fact, this may be the first time we’ve ever written up an Idahoan. But, today proves that the state’s official nickname holds true, as we uncover this gem of a song, “Two Places at Once.”

If this is the first time you’re catching wind of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Martin, also known as Up Is The Down Is The, you’re definitely not alone. With only a small following of a few hundred fans, you’re in the unique position to start supporting him from the very beginning, something that holds a special place in every music lover’s heart.

“Two Places at Once” is officially coming out on this act’s debut album, Memory, which is due out on August 3rd. It’s an interesting blend of indie rock and R&B, rooted in sultry guitars, and powerful, wistful, and highly infectious vocals. Its calming yet bold nature gives the song a unique weight, showcasing Andrew’s affinity for acts like James Blake, Sampha, Radiohead, and Madlib.

Make sure to follow Up Is The Down Is The across the board, on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.

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[Electronic] Coolwater Set & RAC – The Coast ft. Jvzel

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Coolwater Set is a project made up of Far East Movement and the Scandinavian artist, Autolaser. As if that doesn’t already sound sweet, they bring in house legend RAC to collaborate on their latest single, “The Coast.” Right now they only have two songs out and we haven’t seen new music from Coolwater Set since last year’s single “Up To No Good” so I honestly didn’t see this one coming. On “The Coast” theses artists blend their own unique styles into a sick electronic/hip-hop groove. Jvzel keeps the cool with R&B backing vocals as the rhythms and bass build together. The resulting tune possesses a diverse sound, one that almost everyone can appreciate. After tuning in, you’ll be happy to hear that a full Coolwater Set EP is on the way.

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[Electro] Loopers – Roll Up

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If you like electro house, then you need to know Loopers. There’s no way around it. Despite the fact that he is an up and coming producer, his talents outshine where his fanbase is at. If you’re not a fan already, after hearing his new single “Roll Up” you will be.

“Roll Up” comes to us through WOLV Records, which has been supporting Loopers for around a year now. Not only does Loopers put out insane records, but he continues to hone is skills and his sound as time moves forward. Summer time is all about raging, festivals and getting your party on; which is just the atmosphere that his tracks thrive in. Take “Roll Up,” with its unwavering fervor. Even when the the song’s full force isn’t engaged, it’s still dance-able. One thing that always sticks out to us with Loopers is his sound design, and he really took it next level with “Roll Up.” This Summer has had plenty of party tracks, but this is THE one. Stream it today, or head to a digital store to get a copy.

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