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[Indie] Absofacto – History Books

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Absofacto
History Books

It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard something from one of our all time favs, Absofacto. This Ann Arbor-based solo singer/songwriter has probably been busy between a stint with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and his work with Hollow & Akimbo, but we sure are glad he’s back with this peculiar new tune.

“History Books” is a delightfully messy piece, boasting a spastic and glitchy persona, all of which carry along Visger’s engaging vocals. Purposely crafted in this manner, this song gives an inside look at his psyche, which he elaborates on:

“History Books” is a confused, neurotic song in some ways, but I think that’s part of why it really captures how I’ve been feeling. It’s fanciful but honest, a little sad but still having fun, hopelessly lost but enjoying the adventure anyway, indignant but good-natured… and in the end, it’s far from perfect. And that’s something I can accept, and even love.

“History Books” came out a few days ago, and can be purchased for just a buck on his bandcamp page. Head over and pick it up for yourself.

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The Landing – We Are [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Just in time for the Holiday where we celebrate the unknown, the macabre, the mysterious, and the mystical, The Landing dropped this extraterrestrial video for the glowing tune, “We Are.”

Riding along the backbone of a bassline that would make Pinback proud, the instrumentals for “We Are” are delicate and cosmic, creating an ethereal soundscape. Accentuated by the gloriously refined falsettos which caress an other-worldly message, we’re left drifting along to other worlds while listening to this title track from his recently released EP.

While we admittedly miss the soundbite from British philosopher Alan Watts in the intro, the lead-in paragraph does more than enough to set the tone of “We Are.” Following that, masked beings pair up with this solo artist, creating an intergalactic dance party, which is assumedly outside of a recent crop circle. Feel free to steal some of those moves for your upcoming Halloween celebrations.

If you want to get taken to another planet via dreamy space pop, please hit up one of his upcoming shows:

Brooklyn, NY
11/2 @ Cameo Gallery – 7pm

New York, NY
11/8 @ Rockwood Music Hall – 12am

Arlington, VA
11/15 @ IOTA Club and Cafe – 9pm

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[Dreamy] Talos – Bloom

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Talos has made quite the splash in the industry, and it’s not hard to see why. Bursting to the forefront of the blogosphere back in March with his debut song, “Tethered Bones,” this Irish multi-faceted artist racked up over 300,000 plays. Some people take years to get that many plays on a track. He saw it shortly after the track went live.

Boasting a similar new-school electronic R&B vibe, we find a little more inclusion of classic instrumentation in the build. Somewhat reminiscent of Active Child or James Vincent McMorrow, “Bloom” carries a chilling build, complete with haunting piano, rolling tom hits, and those oh-so-glorious falsettos. The song takes a cinematic turn at the two minute mark when a devilishly deep bassline hits, creating beyond-sultry vibes. It’s undeniably charming, causing you to sink deep in its soothing grip. Do yourself a favor and just submit. You’ll be glad you did.

“Tethered Bones”/”Bloom” is released on 12″/digital on Feel Good Lost on December 01, with remixes from WIFE (Tri-Angle), Eomac (The Trilogy Tapes/R+S) and Slow Magic (Downtown Records.) We suggest you mark your calendars.

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[Ticket + Signed Merch Giveaway] Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – Fox Theatre – Oct 28

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We hate to use that classic line, but if you’ve never seen Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. before, you’re really missing out. Coming from a group of people who see hundreds of shows a year, we can easily say that this Detroit-based electro pop outfit is one of our favorites. No joke. They’re that good.

With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with the Fox Theatre to bring you a chance to win a pretty epic prize pack. Two tickets are a part of it, per usual, but this time the deal is sweetened with a signed album and a t-shirt. All you have to do to enter is fill in your information below. It’s that easy.

We’ll pick a winner on Oct 27th at 4:00PM. Please check your email at 4:05PM to see if you’ve won. Seriously. Put a notification in your calendar.

There are a few rules, of course:
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at will call.
- You ABSOLUTELY MUST come correct with your hottest dance moves and put them on display the entire day on behalf of The Music Ninja



 

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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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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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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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