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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 10/16

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have 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
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Tom Swoon - Oct 16
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Holika

Snails - Oct 17
Snails & Antiserum
Wild VIP

Trent Cantrelle - Oct 18
Pretty Tony
Fix It In The Mix (Trent Cantrelle & Steven Lee 2014 Edit)
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Daddy’s Groove feat. Teammate – Pulse (Benny Benassi Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Pulse (Benny Benassi Remix)

After having premiered TeamMate’s song, ”Goldmine” in June, we knew it wouldn’t be the last we’d be hearing of them. Now just months later, we’re hearing those engaging vocals, only this time, set to some dance-inducing beats.

Teaming up (pun intended) with Italian trio Daddy’s Pulse, this collaboration recently resulted in an energetic progressive house tune, which released on Ultra Records back in September.

Any time you have incredible vocals on a dance tune, a remix package is soon to follow, and today we’re happy to bring you one of them. Taking on a tune from his countrymen, longtime dance legend Benny Benassi infuses his signature sound into “Pulse,” giving us a something that boasts the same melodic vibe from the original, yet brings in a tech-style house bassline and synth structure.

Benassi always brings up feelings of nostalgia with his tracks, calling back on the many shows we’ve seen of his throughout the years. If you’ve never personally witnessed what one of his sets entails, we highly encourage you to catch one. You won’t be disappointed.

Oct 24 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Oct 25 – New Orleans, LA – The Sugar Mill
Oct 30 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Arena
Oct 31 – San Bernardino, CA – Escape from Wonderland
Nov 1 – Tempe, AZ – Gringo Star Streetbar
Nov 1 – Tucson, AZ – The Slaughter House
Nov 12 – Miami, FL – Mad Decent Boat Party
Nov 13 – Miami, FL – Mad Decent Boat Party
Nov 14 – Charlotte, NC – Label
Nov 15 – Miami Beach, FL – LIV
Nov 16 – Tampa, FL – Hogan’s Beach Club

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[Indie] Coasts – A Rush of Blood

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A Rush Of Blood

One listen through “A Rush of Blood” will have you confirming the fact that Coasts are one of the next big things. Soon to follow other notable explosive indie rock acts such as Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975, this band is on a current trajectory to be heard in every corner of the world.

We’ve been on board with this Britol 5-piece since we first laid ears on their Paradise EP, and we can’t foresee any reason why our adoration won’t continue, even after their done crafting monster tunes.

Alright, enough gushing, let’s talk about the song at hand. In true Coasts’ fashion, “A Rush of Blood” boasts a true stadium-filling cinematic sound, carried by the powerful lead vocals. The production is on flawless, thanks in part to producers Mike Spencer (Rudimental/Alex Clare) and James Rushent (Does it Offend You Yeah), one which develops truly encapsulating sound. While the production is noteworthy, the instrumentals deserve their own moment in the spotlight, carrying this song from a drawn-out build-up to a surging crescendo of splashing cymbals, charging guitar chords, a driving bassline, and understated piano work. All of the aforementioned create the perfect backdrop for what drew us to this act in the first place: the bold, unrelentless lyrics that capture your emotions with ease.

This song is on their second full release EP, Rush of Blood. Released on the independent label Tidal Recordings, this outfit has recently signed to Capitol Records for the USA after being confirmed for some notable festivals.

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City Reign – Disappear [TMN PREMIERE]

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The progression of the music scene is a funny thing, casually taking us along a path of discovering new genres and bands. Tastes tend to evolve as goes along this path, continually moving and evolving, while never forgetting our musical pasts.

Seeing as how I’m a bit older than most bloggers out there, a lot of my musical past is rooted around acts who adorned stages at Warped Tour. Having worked merch for a buddy’s band on said tour, I’ve often found myself gravitating to the likes guitar-centric, fast-paced, and heavier songs.

While the world has been focused on folksier indie rock, electronica, and ambient, the guitar is making a strong comeback, and Manchester based City Reign is a perfect example of this up-swinging trend. Fusing together dreamy, cinematic soundscapes with roaring percussion and intricate guitar work, “Disappear” is a far departure from the happy-go-lucky Apple commercial indie pop. And we’re pretty damn excited about that.

Maybe now it’s time, to close our eyes and disappear, make this all disappear!

On the heels of their recent single, “When You Got It All,” the band is back with this premiere. Boasting vocals that are somewhat reminiscent of Oasis, only much less calm, it’s delightfully dark and heavy. With an unrelenting surging energy, it’s no wonder these cats are garnering nods of approval from Steve Lamacq, Clash Magazine, Fake DIY, and many others.

Upcoming shows:
14 November – The Garage, Islington London
15 November – The Deaf Institute, Manchester

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Catey Shaw – Outerspace [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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We spend so much time buried in emails, scanning from soundcloud link to soundcloud link , that we rarely get to see the more human side of the music industry. Even if we head out and catch a show, or interview a band at the venue, we don’t get to see all that goes into this tumultuous lifestyle, which should be chronicled and highlighted.

Today we’re that all up by bringing you an inside look at one of our favorite new artists, Catey Shaw, and her band-mates make their first trip to Canada. Shot and directed by SVA alumni Bryan Russell Smith, the video for “Outerspace” is a completely different take in comparison to his previous work with “Human Contact,” which was a more traditional pop-style music video. Today’s premiere goes the route of a tour diary, displaying the raw the often-quirky Shaw from two different debut performances, one in Toronto and one in Montreal.

Set to the playful percussion of bongo drums, and a repeating guitar lick, the video winds itself around the engaging structure of the song. Flirting back and forth with upbeat, groovy verses and dreamy choruses, we’re offered what life on the open road would be like, and what a fan gets to experience at a live performance.

The bad news? You’ll pry never get closer to touring with Catey Shaw than this video. The good news? You can catch this delightful indie pop act next week at one their three upcoming CMJ showcases below.
CMJ Showcases:
October 21 Marlin Room at Webster Hall for BalconyTV Showcase @ 7pm
October 23 Gibson Showroom @ 7pm
October 25 Spike Hill for Deli Mag Showcase @ 12am

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The Kooks Front Man on His Father, Doing Prince Songs, and Paper Dreams [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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For a lot of you out there, The Kooks have had a very special place in your heart over the past few years. This Brighton-based indie outfit has been churning out hits that inspire even the most shyest curmudeons to light up and sing along.

Right after their absolutely stellar show in Denver, we were able to catch up with front man Luke Pritchard to ask a few choice questions about this latest album. Surprisingly open about some very intimate details about one of our favorite new tunes, “See Me Now,” this down-to-earth singer/songwriter casually talked to us as if we were a close mate, which is always refreshing.

Before you get too far into this transcribed phone call, know that this current tour is one not to miss. While you’ll hear some of their new tunes (as to be expected), you’ll also come across all of your favorites, ensuring you’ll leave the venue with satisfied ears and hoarse voice.

TMN: Hey Luke, thank you so much for taking a few moments to speak with us. We’ve been fans for a long time! Let’s chat about this tour you’re on – how’s it going so far?

Luke: No problem. It’s actually a pleasure. The tour has been excellent. It’s great that we can see so many places in the US, do you know what I mean? The fans have been pretty receptive to the album too, which is pretty cool for us. So, it’s been great!

TMN: You just hit up Denver, which is where we’re at. What are your thoughts on the mile high city?

Luke: (Laughs) Good! I’m really intrigued by this legalization thing. It’s always fun here though. We’ve had some great times in Colorado.
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Jared Wohl – You Are [TMN PREMIERE]

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We have the unique pleasure of hearing hundreds of stories a week. Hundreds of emails a day come across our screen, all of which are sharing a small piece of their life with us. Whether it be whimsical and light-hearted, dark and gloomy, or incredibly uplifting, we get a chance to hear more than just music. We get a chance to hear about people’s lives through their art. Today marks one of the more remarkable stories we’ve come across, as we take a deeper look into Jared Wohl.

Having previously worked with Wohl on his initial project, Farewell Luna, we had never known any of his backstory, until now. Eight months ago, this New Jersey native laid in the transplant unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital recovering from a traumatic surgery leaving him with only 35% of his liver. Just two years earlier, he had sat in the same hospital, undergoing extensive testing, which would reveal whether or not he could save his brother’s life. Cameron, Jared’s brother, has been living with a chronic, potentially fatal disease (Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis) for over a decade. The brothers soon realized that in addition to sharing the same birthday three years to the day, they would soon share something much more significant. On February 11th 2014, Jared successfully donated 65% of his liver to Cameron.

Going through a life experience like Jared did is sure to incite powerful life changes, which is why he has decided to reintroduce himself as a singer-songwriter, only this time, as himself. While he had a strong following under his previous moniker, the gravity of becoming a living organ donor, and inevitably saving his younger brother’s life, gave songwriting an entirely new meaning.

The title track for his new EP, which can be found on their upcoming documentary (trailer below), is premiering today here on The Music Ninja. Wohl once again reminds us of why we were drawn to him in the first place, effortlessly displaying his stunning vocal tone and range. Set to the backdrop of energetic percussion, some light and glowing guitar work, and a steady bassline “You Are” instantly hooks the listener in, commanding attention for the full five minute tune. While the focus on vocals is heavy in the beginning, the instrumentals ultimately catch up, leading way to a soulful outtro that leaves a lasting impression.

After you’ve listened through, take a moment to watch the trailer for the Wohl brother’s documentary below, which will ultimately shed light on their newly formed foundation, The Wave Set.

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