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Benny Benassi – Let This Last Forever ft Gary Go (Sunstars Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Benny Benassi
"Let This Last Forever" ft Gary Go (Sunstars Remix)

You’re probably at the end of a long, exhausting week, and the first thing you said this morning was “ho bisogno un caffe.” Well, skip the espresso machine and get ready for a full dose of electro house induced energy, courtesy of Parma-born Andrea, Luigi, and Alberto, the three members of Sunstars.

As if I didn’t have enough reasons for loving Parma, what with the prosciutto, and all, I now have three more with this up-and-coming DJ/Producer trio. With only one official release out to date, we were admittedly excited to bring you a relatively unknown act, and what better way to do so than with a remix of another fellow countryman, the legendary Mr. Benny Benassi.

Dropping on today via Ultra Records, “Let This Last Forever” boasts Benassi’s beloved signature sound. Coupled with Gary Go’s inspiring, summertime lyrics, some acoustic strumming and a soaring melody, this is sure to please dance fans across the globe.

With such infectious lyrics, it’s only natural to expect a remix package to follow, and we’re lucky enough to bring you one of those tracks here. Sunstars takes this tune out of the festival fields and drops it straight into the club with a supercharged electro house drop. The energy is undeniable, inciting whoever’s listening to stop what they’re doing and “danza!”

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 7/10

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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.

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GTA & Juyen Sebulba
Hard House (Original Mix)
LOUDPVCK / Victor Niglio - July 11th
PAPER DIAMOND X LOUDPVCK
WYLIN
Victor Niglio & Jake Sgarlato
Swing! (OUT NOW!)

 

Pan-Pot - July 12th
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Young & Sick – Lost Lake Lounge (Denver,CO) – 7/12 [TMN TICKET GIVEAWAY]

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If you’ve been following our site for the past six months, you’ve come to know two things for certain. For starters, you’ve probably realized that we post some pretty bad ass music, and we’re a site that you should check out on the regular. More importantly, or more pertinent to the post you’re currently reading, is that we love ourselves Young & Sick.

Just a few weeks ago we posted an exclusive interview to get your psyched for this show, and we’re continuing that trend by offering up two free tickets to this show on Saturday, July 12th. There are a few rules involved in this giveaway, per usual. Peep the deets below and then enter for your chance to win.

Winner will be contacted by email Friday (7/10) at 5:00PM. PLEASE CHECK YO EMAIL, PEOPLE. This is the only way we can get a hold of you.

There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 21 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
- You must have a be willing to get down on some soulful grooves on behalf of your friends at TMN.
- You must sing “I’m a Little Teapot” in a Ron Burgandy-esque voice while waiting in line.
- We were kidding on that last one. However, if you do accomplish that, you will forever live in TMN contest infamy.



Good luck, ninjas!

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Get to know Denver’s UMS – 7/24-7/27 [Interview and Showcase Playlist]

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We’ve been proponents of underground artists for as long as we’ve been in existence. In all honesty, we get more of a thrill from reading a submission with a subject line like, “Debut song from indie/folk artist from the UK,” than we do from something like, “Mega superstar announces 1,000,000 city tour.” There’s a certain excitement in showcasing an up-and-coming artist that simply can’t be obtained from any other type of music review.

The Underground Music Showcase (better known as The UMS) shares this affinity for what most call “Hipster One-Upping” by continually bringing in top-notch, lesser-known, independent acts for nearly a decade and a half. Starting out in a single venue, this showcase has grown tremendously, to the point where it now aggressively takes over a stretch of Denver’s most coveted neighborhoods, turning it  into a four-day music festival.

We had a chance to catch up with one of the organizers, Kendall Smith of The Denver Post, who dropped some knowledge on how this thing started, whom he’s excited to see personally, and what this musical frenzy goes to benefit.

TMN: Thank you for taking some time to speak with us today. We’re less than two weeks out from The UMS, how are things coming along so far?
You bet. The clock seems to have sped up, but things are shaping up nicely. We keep improving every year. This year looks to be no exception.

TMN: Talk to us about the origins of this festival. It’s going into it’s 14th year, correct?

That is correct. The UMS was started by John Moore, formerly of The Denver Post. He wanted to showcase a few local bands he thought weren’t getting the attention they deserved. It started as a one night, one venue event. Eventually, the pop music critic for The Denver Post, Ricardo Baca, took it over, moved it to South Broadway and created the multi day, multi venue model it currently operates under. John and Ricardo are brilliant, passionate and talented men. I am a fortunate person to have worked with them both.

TMN: You’re bringing in artists from all over the world, including one of our current favorites, The Griswolds. How do you go about selecting your worldwide and national underground talent?

We have an awesome talent acquisition team led by James Irvine. James is the founder of Holy Underground and also books Larimer Lounge. We met The Griswolds through our efforts down in Austin during SXSW. The UMS produces a day party for our pals at Reverb every year. The Griswolds played this past year and turned in a burner of a set.

TMN: Some people may not know this, but this festival benefits the Denver Post Community Foundation. How did this partnership come to be and what types of causes does it support in the metro area?

When the festival was brought in house at The Denver Post, the decision was made to add it to the portfolio of Signature Events offered by The Denver Post Community Foundation. Net proceeds of the event are distributed to local non-profits to support of programs that benefit children, the arts, literacy and education and the provision of basic human services.

This year, we have two charitable partners. The first, a youth facing organization, Youth on Record, is a long time partner of The UMS. Our second, and a new partner this year, is an artist facing organization, MusiCares, a nonprofit arm of The Recording Academy.

TMN: Most festivals/showcases try to bring in those marquis artists that will sell tickets. You guys do exactly the opposite of that, providing music lovers with a glimpse into some lesser known bands. What are some of the struggles with putting on a show like this?

How much time do you have? Kidding aside, the core mission of The UMS is to showcase the vast talent we have in this region while also growing the audience for the local scene. We hope through our efforts, we continue to build trust. Trust with fans that the quality of the bands is going to be great. Trust with national booking managers that The UMS will a great look for them in Denver.

TMN: Denver seems to be a hotbed for all different types of music, filling up a sizable number of venues week to week. Aside from the obvious notable venues (Red Rocks, Fillmore, Beta Nightclub) what are some of your favorite spots to catch a show?

We are so lucky in this town. There are so many great rooms. I love the Gothic, hi-dive and Larimer Lounge. I recently saw a pretty rad Devo show at Summitt Music Hall and Colorado Springs has a pretty terrific new room at Ivywild.

TMN: What’s the one venue at UMS that everyone should check out, if they haven’t already?

All of them! Four days is plenty of time. I encourage everyone to check out the Main Stage this year. We have moved next door to Security Service Federal Credit Union and have made some upgrades to the stage and infrastructure. It’s going to be great!

TMN: What artist are you most looking forward to checking out this year?

I love and hate this question. I love the lineup this year, but we get so busy running things I just don’t ever plan on being able to see anybody in particular. My best bets are usually to see some of the main stage acts. Should a happy accident occur whereby I am in the right place at the right time and get to see any one of Ark Life, A Tom Collins, Eros and the Eschaton, Dragondeer or Roadkill Ghost Choir, I will be way pleased.

TMN: If you had to describe this event in three words, what would they be?

Music. Community. Goodness.

TMN: Thanks for your time! We can’t wait for the showcase July 24-27.

Thank you! See you on South Broadway!

HEADLINERS

Real Estate
Crime
Blonde Redhead
People Under The Stairs
Acid Raindrops

TMN’S PICKS

The Griswolds
The Beware the Dog
GEMS ≠ Scars
Brother Tiger
This Must Be the Place (Talking Heads Cover)
Miniature Tigers
Used To Be The Shit
Native Daughters
GDS
Speedwolf
Up All Night
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Ffunny Ffrends
Baths
Miasma Sky
Hillary Hand
Tameless Tongues
American Tomahawk
Do Not
Kyle James Hauser
Maria
Goodnight, Texas
Santa Cruz
Fort Frances
Chicago
Heart Attack
Lions & Lambs EP
Rose Quartz
Scarves
RUMTUM
Alona
Mosis
Where It Was
Keepers
Hello (Original Mix)
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[Indie Rock] The Bronze Medal – Tunnel

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The Bronze Medal
Tunnel

Patience is a virtue. It’s something that we’re not too familiar with in our information-in-nanoseconds society we live in, but there’s something beautiful about having to wait just a little bit for something good.

The Bronze Medal understands the afformentioned fifth century proverbial phrase, providing listeners with slow-building indie rock that like a gorgeous bottle of wine, needs some time to reach it’s full potential. Not to say that the epic, cinematic builds that these guys put out aren’t something to marvel at, but it’s not until you hear the full song that you realized what you just experienced.

Seeing as how I’m a huge fan of instrumental post-rock (praise be to Mogwai), I was more than pleased to experience the layering of elements that slowly make up the full experience of “Tunnel.” Produced by Vageir Sigurosson (Brian Eno, Sigur Ros, Feist, Damon Albarn), this stunning song is off the band’s debut LP Darlings, which is due out in September.

Set down your phone, press play, slow down, and enjoy the ride.

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[Trop House] Kungs – Candy (feat. Jasmine Thompson)

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Kungs
Candy (feat. Jasmine Thompson)

With the warm summer months upon us, it seems like Trop House is one of the darlings of the blogosphere, and today we’re bringing you a look at one hell of a poolside pleaser.

Best known for deep house hits, Frenchman Kungs (Paolo Nutini) definitely knows his way around the chilled out side of dance music. With “Candy,” we’re offered up some beautiful spanish guitar work, tropical style synths, and Jasmine Thompson’s mesmerizing vocals. It encapsulates a worldy feel effortlessly, cascading it’s way through through five minutes of summery vibes.

This tune is a free download. We suggest you pick it up and load it into your poolside playlist.

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Inky Jack
Freedom (Cesare Remix)

In a somewhat fortuitous coincidence, we came across a solid remix of Inky Jack’s “Freedom” the day after the Fourth of July. … Continue reading »

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