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Benny Benassi on Danceaholics, “Cinema,” and Staying Healthy on Tour [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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TMN: Hey Benny! First off – thank you for being a part of our Residency program. It’s an honor to have a legend like you onboard. Let’s kick things off by talking about Danceaholic, which is currently smashing up the charts. Talk to us about how you approached this project as a whole.

BB: I’m very fond of the instrumental track “Danceaholic” which lends its name to the whole album because it takes me back to my roots and projects me forwards at the same time.
The album is a bigger project of course. It’s a mixture of tracks that were already released and brand new material, so it’s a kind of a bridge between the last four or five years and where I’m going!

TMN: You have an eclectic group of artists with you on the album, including singer/songwriter legends like Chris Brown and John Legend, as well as a nice collection of other producers. How did you go about selecting who you wanted to work with?

BB: I work first and foremost collaborate with my cousin Alle Benassi. He’s my musician and producer. But I really love working with different collaborators. Chris Brown is such a great artist. Everything he sings just comes to life and is amazing. Since working together on “Beautiful People” we have an artistic relationship and always feel free to send ideas to each other, that’s how ‘Paradise’ came about.
 As for John Legend I met him through a mutual friend of Alle and I, Jean Baptiste, in LA, who was working with John at the time, then we performed together at Coachella and we just knew we’d collaborate on the new album.


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Everything is Green – Totally Sober [TMN PREMIERE]

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Everything is Green
Totally Sober

It’s only Wednesday, but I’m already dreaming about an ice cold, fruity cocktail, the sun’s warming rays, and a comfy chair on my back deck. Part of the reason I’m in this mental oasis is due to the stresses of another stacked week. The other part is thanks to my recent discovery of this glowing, psychedelic tune from Monterey-based Everything is Green.

Coming off their upcoming album, Sweet Teeth, “Totally Sober” is another one of those songs that twists you up with an interesting juxtaposition. Musically, it’s a jovial, subtropical, alt-pop offering that feels perfect for the closing weeks of summer. Lyrically, it’s a bit more intense, telling the story of a relationship delving into sobriety, and the subsequent effects.

Totally Sober at its core is a love song about two people growing up together and figuring out each new step in life together. One of these steps dealt with particularly in this song is sobriety and how that can effect a relationship for the better and for the worse. It’s a pretty straightforward song about a very complex issue that I think a lot of people (especially those in their late 20’s) are dealing with.

With that in mind, I might have to switch that fruity cocktail out for a glass of iced tea.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about singer, songwriter, and producer Nick Pappageorgas (the sole member of Everything is Green), we’re pretty sure you’ll feel the need to keep tabs on him from here on out. You can do so by following him on Facebook and Soundcloud.

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Future Generations – Stars (PillowTalk Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Stars (PillowTalk Remix)

When we premiered “Stars” from New York-based Future Generations, we were already looking forward, past its release, to the inevitable remixes to follow. With a highly engaging piano melody, upbeat percussion, and memorable vocals, we knew that stellar interpretations would be coming down the pike, and we were right.

Just as we did with the original, we’re back with a first look and listen to this stellar flip from San Fran-based PillowTalk. Rife with laidback, summertime vibes, it boasts a groovy-as-hell bassline, island-style percussion, and a playful guitar riff, everything comes together in a perfect addition to your warm-weather playlist.

So, fire up the grill, pick up a sixer of your favorite craft brew, and get ready to jam out.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 8/17 – 8/21

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Fall weather is right around the corner, which means it’s go time. You only have a few, fleeting weeks left of summer, before the leaves and subsequent snow starts falling. With that in mind, we strongly encourage you to get out of the house this weekend and head down to Beta Nightclub to check out another stacked weekend of beats.

Per usual, we’re making it incredibly easy for you to get off your couch and head down. Why’s that? Because we’re hooking you up with free entry.

Here’s how:
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Get there before 5:00p on Sunday.
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for ALL NIGHTS this week.

Before you go, we need to fill you in on another secret. Beta has teamed up with Cadence & Cause to do some good for the Denver community. If you make a small donation, you could win a silent meet & greet with the mysterious UZ. On top of that, you’ll be helping out at-risk teens in Denver through Youth on Record, an incredible charity that provides music education. Click here for details.

Arty - 8/18
’Ed Sheeran & Rudimental ‘Bloodstream’ (Arty Remix)’
12th Planet - 8/19
’LOUDPVCK & 12th Planet – Guess Who (feat. Key!)’
Tommy Lee & DJ Aero - 8/20
’Nick Thayer – Optimize ft Tommy Lee and DJ Aero’
Kölsch - 8/21
’Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons ‘Trouble At The Séance’ (Kölsch Remix)’
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St. Tropez – Which Side Are You On [TMN PREMIERE]

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St. Tropez
Which Side Are You On

Whether you’re slap-drumming your steering wheel as you sit in gridlock traffic, or firing back Jameson shots as you prep for an epic night out on the town, “Which Side Are You On” will provide you with the perfect, grungy accompaniment. It’s a short ride, but, it’s one hell of a ride, none the less.

This might be the first time you’re hearing of Amsterdam-based St. Tropez, which is totally ok. They’re on the come-up, which means you have the rare opportunity to out-hipster your friends this weekend. Just know one thing – even though they bear the same name as the beachy, Provincial French beach town, their tunes certainly aren’t for unwinding with a nice bottle of rosé as you watch the waves roll in. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

“Which Side Are You On” is a beautiful blend of multiple decades, including catchy-as-hell, anthemic punk from the 80’s, and crunchy, guitar-centric alt-rock from current acts like Tame Impala or Eagles of Death Metal. Complete with an inviting opening riff, powerful chords, a wicked solo, and a sing-along chorus, it should have you chanting along after one spin through. Just remember one thing – try to keep the singing to a dull whisper until you’re in a safe space to start belting it out.

If you happen to be one of our European readers, we highly recommend catching them at The Shacklewell Arms in London, on August 24th, or at OT301 in Amsterdam on August 26th. If you’re anywhere else in the world, well, you’re going to have to wait a while, just like us.

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[Folk] Henry Jamison – Real Peach

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Henry Jamison
Real Peach

Burlington-based Henry Jamison has us really tied up. At times, he calls on associations of classic storytellers like Bob Dylan or Johnny Cash. Other times, he reminds us of endearing country songs that blare out of rickety bar speakers at any number of dusty dive bars across the contiguous United States. Regardless of what box we try to put him in, we know one thing for certain. There have been tens of thousands of people with great voices behind an acoustic guitar, a few plucks from a banjo, and a soft kick drum. Not all of them can keep your attention past a few minutes. But, Henry? He’ll stay with you long after this song ends.

“Real Peach” has a warm, comfortable feeling. Lyrically, it’s a song that you can’t help but give in to, even if you’re not the “sing-along” type. We most certainly are, so we quickly found ourselves murmuring the chorus through a beaming grin.

Cuz my baby she’s a real peach
even when the night come crashin’ down
real peach
and the nighttime rolls away, alright
and we’re comin’ back to the demon-killing work of love
(my god)

With only a handful of followers, you’re one of the first to get acquainted with this budding, young artist. Make sure to keep tabs on him by following him on Facebook.

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Getaway Dogs – Lost in the Ebb [TMN ALBUM PREMIERE]

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Santa-Cruz based Getaway Dogs will soon be adding a much-needed spark to the closing of the few, fleeting, warm weather weeks that lie ahead. Luckily for you, you won’t have to wait until Friday to drink in this collection of indie folk beauties. Why’s that? You guessed it. We have a sneak preview of the entire album for you, right now.

If you’re not familiar with this Bay Area 6-piece just yet, don’t fret. Lost in the Ebb is their debut album, which means you’re coming in at the perfect time to get acquainted with founder Kai Killion, and the other brilliant puzzle pieces that make up this act, including Sam Stone, Mikey Whalen, Andrew Dreher, Lucas Heinel and Elliott Kay.

This 15-track body of work is purely intoxicating, leaving you with a dizzying smile and slowly creeping warm-n-fuzzies. Somehow, it feels like the track was written, practiced and recorded in an extremely natural setting, infusing atmospheric nuances throughout the entire listening experience. Take the lead single, for example. “Indonesia” has a glow that radiates with organic vibrations, instantly transporting you away from the hustle of the city, and into the great, wide open wilderness.

“Wild Guess” is another one of our favorites, boasting calculated acoustic guitar picking intertwined with psychedelic electric guitar chords. The playful back-and-forth vocal exchanges give an endearing feeling, one that sticks with you long after the song wraps up.

In all honesty, we could go on, and on about each and every track in Lost in the Ebb. We mean that. This is truly a “press play and walk away” album. Between the articulate finger-picking, nods to mother nature, enchanting vocals, and infectious indie folk structure, we’re pretty sure you’ll think so too.

’Lowtide’
’Indonesia’
’Excuses/Opinions’
’Wild Guess’
’Standstill’
’Jago’
’Koda’
’Your Ladder’
’Paper Soul’
’Something Like Color TV’
’Cachoeira’
’Time Is A Rising Tide’
’Saturated / The Dunes’
’Stillost’
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