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Private Island – Drugs [TMN PREMIERE]

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Private Island
Drugs

There’s an air surrounding “Drugs” that carries a nonchalant level of cool, casually not giving a fuck by who’s impressed or who’s not. Although, we can’t imagine many fall into the latter category. Just take a moment to drink it in. There’s an undeniable swagger to it, almost like it belongs in the opening credits of a sexy crime thriller, rife with scantily clad women surrounding an infinity pool that overlooks the twinkling lights of the Hollywood Hills.

Yes, SoCal-based Private Island certainly can tell a story with their music, both instrumentally and vocally. After seeing some impressive success with their last release, it’s not hard to understand why more and more indie music, blogosphere hunting music lovers are turning a keen ear over to this impressive six piece, embracing their vivid abilities.

Today’s premiere is simply encapsulating, brought to life by resonant percussion, sensual guitar riffs, and a groovy bassline. Laying on top of those are lyrics that leave you wanting more, frantically looking for the repeat button again and again.

Appropriately named, this tune, which drops on their EP in a few weeks, will demand your attention time and time again. Go ahead and give into the temptation. You won’t be disappointed.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta – 2/11 – 2/14

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As we continue along into 2016, we’re excited to bring you more opportunities to check out our favorite club. As you probably already know, we’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta for over three years now. We know you’ve had some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Get there before 9PM on Sundays.
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

See you on the dance floor.

Herobust - 2/11

Skurt Reynolds
Netsky - 2/12
Work It Out Feat. Digital Farm Animals
Superstar Saturdays - 2/13
Tale of Us - 2/14
Kiasmos
Swept (Tale Of Us Remix)
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[Indie] Alfred Hall – Safe & Sound (Radio Mix)

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Alfred Hall Music
Safe & Sound (2016 Radio Mix)

As soon as the calendar flips over to the new year, we’re anxiously awaiting tracks that will encapsulate the masses throughout the year. They may be those legendary festival-worthy dance tracks that get our feet and hips itching for a shot at the dance floor. They may be those memorable indie tunes that give us inescapable lyrics that cross our lips for the duration of the year, and beyond. “Safe and Sound” falls somewhere in the middle, giving listeners a reason to kick back, or boogie, all while dreaming of sunny days, grassy fields, and the enveloping music that’s right around the bend.

Hailing from Norway, Alfred Hall is made up of Hans Tomas, an engineering undergrad, and Bjørn Tveit, a medical student. After deciding to form the band in the summer of ’09, they’ve since grabbed the attention of A&Rs, signed to Sony Norway, received a nomination for Scandanavia’s Best Music Video, and a nomination for Best Pop Album at the Norweigan Grammys. Now, they’re ready to take on the rest of the world, and this tune is going to lead them there.

“Safe & Sound” is simply radiant, lifting listeners up with a warming sense of wonderment. Set to the luscious backdrop of beachy drums, playful guitars, and whimsical whistling, it casually latches on, demanding you to bear a toothy grin, shake your hips, and sing along. Speaking of singing along, it won’t take you long to catch on. We’re a few listens through, and we’re already belting out each lyric, line by line.

Per usual, we’re going to highly recommend you like these guys on Facebook today. Aside from being in the know when their EP drops on March 26th, you’ll also be able to one-up your friends when they eventually catch onto them.

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Flora Cash – For Someone [TMN PREMIERE]

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Flora Cash
For Someone (radio Edit)

There’s something about the frigid temperatures, piling snow drifts, and the swiftly darkening days that bear a special bond with folk music. Maybe it’s the introspective nature that’s so often associated with this time-tested genre. Maybe it’s the fact that so many of us spend the winter months more so in isolation than in connective socialization. Whatever it is, we often find ourselves throwing on some gloomy folk, bundling up with a blanket, some whiskey, and a good book during the not-so-sunny months.

Swedish husband and wife folk duo Flora Cash certainly have added another piece to our weather-induced introversion with “For Someone.” Within only a moment’s time, this tune draws you in with its haunting beauty like Alice is drawn to the circling plumes of curling smoke from the Caterpillar. Part of that allure comes from the delightfully dreary guitar strumming, which provides an approachable backdrop for the enchanting alternating vocals from Cole Randall and Shpresa Lleshaj.

Their debut record, Can Summer Love Last Forever? is due out in March. Coincidentally, that’s a question so many of us will ask come then. Until Summer comes, you can find us nose down in a Kindle, with Flora Cash radiating through our speakers.

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[Show Preview] Emancipator Ensemble – Denver, Boulder, Aspen – 2/5 – 2/8

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It may come as a surprise that after five years as a music blogger, I still have a concert bucket list. One of the perks of our passion-driven careers is the ability to catch a show, often at no charge, which leaves us with an endless possibility of live acts to witness. With choice come sacrifice, though, and one of those sacrifices has been the Emancipator Ensemble. That is, until now.

In less than a week, this Portland-based ambient artist will be bringing his down-tempo, luscious, and downright captivating sounds to three different locations in our home state. Showcasing his recently released Seven Seas , Doug Appling will be boasting a variety of string instruments, including guitar, banjo, and violin, played by Doug himself and collaborator Ilya Goldberg.

This is a dream come true for Mile High music lovers, seeing two worlds collide in a fusion of electronic and traditional. All three shows are nearing their capacity, so we highly recommend picking up tickets quickly. And, if you need a quick refresher of his latest work, simply look below, press play, and get yourself in the right frame of mind.

All In Here
Seven Seas feat. Madelyn Grant
1993
Ocelot
Vision Quest
Land & Sea Feat. Molly Parti
Canopy
Delta Trance
The Key
Oasis
Honey
Barnacles
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Keiandra – Icing Sugar [TMN PREMIERE]

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Keiandra
Icing Sugar

18-year-old emerging singer-songwriter Keiandra has us caught in a delightful limbo. Most of the time, we’re able to peg exactly what type of situation a song would be ideal for. Consider it a pleasant side-product for the years of servitude to the industry. Yet, we’ve mulled over today’s premiere at length, and can’t quite decide what neat little box it fits into. Maybe that’s why we enjoy it so damn much.

“Icing Sugar” is just her second release, following up “Wanted,” which released just two months ago. After only a few releases, this budding young chanteuse has listeners wrapped around her finger, unable to shake her dreamy vocals. They seemingly carry so effortlessly on the back of well-crafted, ambient, and slightly industrial instrumentals, leaving an impression that this is a seasoned musical vet.

“Icing Sugar,” and all of it’s intoxicating allure, will be available on February 12th. Make sure to look for it on iTunes and Spotify.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 2/4 – 2/7

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As we cross into 2016, we’re excited to bring you more opportunities to check out our favorite club. As you probably already know, we’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta for over three years now. We know you’ve had some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Get there before 9PM on Sundays.
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for Saturday and Sunday.

See you on the dance floor.

Benny Benassi - 2/4

Benny Benassi & Marc Benjamin ft Christian Burns
Who I Am
Epctic + Skism - 2/5
Kill Them All
SWEAT - 2/6
Already Sweaty
The Booty Mix
Robag Wruhme - 2/7
Premiere: Cubicolor
Falling (Robags Uppa Baash Remix)
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