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Duke Evers – Handful of Pennies EP [TMN PREMIERE]

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Mondays are a bitch, aren’t they? There’s not much that can help you over that seemingly insurmountable hump that is the start of the week. Aside from a breakfast beer, the only thing we can really think of is some solid tuneage, which is exactly what we have for you today.

Coming out of the Emerald City (that one up in the Pacific Northwest, not the one from that classic movie) this two-piece can produce more sound than your average five person band. Their sound is booming, to say the least, inciting references from that classic Homer Simpson line, “no, no, no, don’t stop a rockin’.”

Dropping today on your favorite music blog, Duke Evers are releasing their EP, Handful of Pennies. Officially releasing to the public tomorrow, this EP delivers eccentric guitar work and fast-paced, thundering percussion worthy of replacing the strongest cup of coffee you can find. “Lions” embodies the bands sound, creating a soundscape that calls on associations of The Killers, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Kings of Leon and other notable energetic indie rock acts. The crux of its attractiveness lies in its engaging, encapsulating and invigorating tempo, driven by drummer Kyle Veazy, who delivers a five minute ride thrill-ride.

Other tunes in the album display why this band has made waves recently at the Capitol Hill Block Party and CMJ in NYC. “Seaside” boasts a slightly more folk-driven feel in comparison to “Lions,” rife with a catchy hook and twangy guitar chords. It has the pop sensibility that will approach the masses, while still maintaining it’s indie originality that will have the blogosphere clamoring. “Pixies,” which is assumedly a tribute to the Boston-based alternative act, has a strong 90′s-style vibe. Lead singer Josh Starkel definitely harnesses his inner Eddie Vedder on this tune, providing listeners with strong associations to the great grunge-rock act of yesteryear.

As a whole, “Handful of Pennies” gives us a glimmer of excitement in an otherwise mundane start to the week. Press play, and get ready to grin ear-to-ear.

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Lions
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Seaside
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Pixies
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Dancer
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[Acoustic] The Western Settlers – A Monster

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A Monster
Acoustic Draft

It could quite possibly be our Rye-induced state that’s making us drawn to music of the acoustical nature. There’s something about those simplistic guitar chords coupled with a singular vocalist and harmonica player that send us into a booze-fueled dizzy, and to be honest, we’re overwhelmingly grateful for that fact.

You see, there’s something to be said about the simplicity in life. Sitting at home, drinking a wonderful Rye whiskey, and listening to some calming folk music is nothing short of amazing at this age. Looking at what other people are up to on a night like tonight, we’ll gladly opt for some large ice cubes and unfiltered music. Call us old fashioned, but we like some of the more basic indulgences, and we salute The Western Settlers for providing one song in our brown-bottle soundtrack.

Coming out just hours ago, “A Monster” was released as an acoustic draft. It’s pure, raw, and engaging, providing us with a reason to stop and hit repeat over and over again.

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[Aww Yeah] Body Language – Philadelphia : PA

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Body Language
Philadelphia : PA

If you’re staying in with that certain someone this evening, it’s important for you to have the right playlist. If you go full on RnB, they might think you’re a bit too cheesy. If you go full EDM, they might think you’re too much of a party kid. Why not fall right in-between, closing the gap on the best of both worlds?

Released in their Beats Diary, this sixth track from Brooklyn-based Body Language has us all worked up. The sexy bassline, the wavering synths, the crackling atmospheric elements, and the vibey soul vocals all culminate in a listening experience worthy of a bottle of Courvoisier, some massage oils, and a solid set of speakers.

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[Future] Childish Gambino- 3OO5 (Jauz’s Future Remix)

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Childish Gambino- 3OO5 (Jauz's Future Remix) @jauzofficial

Hey there, ninjas. What are you up to right now? Maybe getting ready to head out for the night? Maybe calling it a night, yet not able to peel yourself away from the computer? Well, whichever camp you fall into, Jauz has a delectable take on Childish Gambino’s “3005″ that you should really stop and listen to.

Taking verses from one of our favorites in the game, Jauz has deconstructed then resurrected “3005″ with some booming future bass stylings that have us wishing we were out and about, instead of at home, in front of a laptop. However, if the latter weren’t true, you wouldn’t know about this fresh new tune.

Released a few months ago, yet never posted to Soundcloud, this remix boasts incredible percussion work that help to define this stellar remix. It’s playful, refined, respectful of the origins, yet completely unique, as we’ve come to expect from this LA-based baron of bass.

Download this sucka fo free and have yo self a bad ass weekend, and keep in mind that it pained us to write like that.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 9/18 – 9/20

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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.

Cedric Gervais - Sept 18
Missing You ft. Rooty

Pegboard Nerds - Sept 19
Pegboard Nerds
BADBOI

DJ Jazzy Jeff - Sept 20
Play Dat! DJ Jazzy Jeff featuring Dayne Jordan
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[Folk] A-ha – Take On Me (Seven Handle Circus Video Cover)

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We absolutely love it when people pay tribute to classics of the past, and even more so when they do it well. Enter Atlanta folk outfit Seven Handle Circus, a bluegrass influenced six piece with an affinity for 80′s music.

Recently traveling to New Orleans to play a packed show at Tipitina’s, the group circled up to do an impromptu recording of the 1984 synthpop hit, “Take On Me.” The end result was something uncontrollably smile-inducing, rife with nostalgic undertones. When asked about this song in particular, vocalist Shua Spencer stated:

We like to play cover songs that need a revival. ‘Take On Me’ is a song that so many people love, yet need a little bit more of in their life.

Our suggestion? Catch one of these next few shows the guys have. Even if they don’t cover this live, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be a fantastic show.

Upcoming Tour Dates
Sep 20 Greenville, SC @ Traffic Jam
Oct 10 LaFayette, GA @ Fly Free Festival
Oct 18 Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre
Oct 24 Macon, GA @ Macon Octoberfest
Oct 31 Auburn, AL @ Bourbon Street
Nov 06 Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm & Brews
Nov 08 Charleston, SC @ Lowcountry Hoedown
Dec 31 Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall

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Young Rising Sons talk Zooey Deschanel, The Jersey Shore, and Fat Sandwiches [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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A few weeks back, we had the pleasure of catching Young Rising Sons‘ first show in the Mile High City. Playing the mid spot in support of Little Daylight, they captivated the entire crowd at Larimer Lounge with just five songs. After the show, we sat down with them to get a little more story behind how this fast-rising Jersey act came to be.

TMN: Hey guys, welcome to Denver. Is this your first time in the Mile High City?

Andy: It is. It’s been amazing. We’ve felt so welcomed here.

Dylan: Denver was the first place to play our song on the radio, and also you guys premiered our song on The Music Ninja, which was amazing.

TMN: Did you guys make the same stop that everyone does, hitting up a dispensary for some legal goods?

Dylan: We tried to! To be honest, none of us smoke weed regularly, but it’s legal here. We were like “fuck it.” We went to a spot down the street and it looked like a doctors office. There was a waiting room and you had to sign in.

Julian: It was too much. We were like, it’s a no go.

TMN: Alright, let’s talk about your guys’ roots. How did Young Rising Sons come to be, and where did you come up with the name?

Andy: We’ve been playing for a while now. It’s been about four and half years. These three guys have been playing forever. I was going to school in NY and playing acoustic in some bar in NYC. They happened to be there and came up to me and asked to jam sometime. It was instant chemistry. We became best friends and band mates, and it’s been the best thing ever since.

TMN: And where did the band name come from?

Andy: The name came from one of our songs, “Red and Gold” which is from our EP. The second verse has the words “Young,” “Rising,” and “sons”.

Steve: But they’re flipped around in different ways. If you listen close though, in the second verse of “Red and Gold,” you’ll hear it different order.

Julian: If you want a fun fact about that, Dylan actually thought of those while he was at Disneyland.

Dylan: Yep. Walking into the Magic Kingdom in Orlando.
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