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The Chainsmokers – KANYE (Kasum Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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The Chainsmokers
KANYE (Kasum Remix)

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that what The Chainsmokers have done in the past few years is beyond impressive. Song after song continues to chart on the Hype Machine, and a few have even become mainstays in the pop world. Anytime you have this amount of success, remixes are sure to follow. While some aren’t worth batting an eye at, this Boston-based master of the melodic has dialed up one you’ll surely place in your regular rotation.

With SirenXX’s vocals left very much in-tact, “Kanye” is given a uplifting, near-tropical facelift, focusing on synths that have a steel drum feel. The steady four-to-the-floor beat accentuates the glowing melody and vocal samples expertly, giving a smile-inducing interpretation of this smash hit. And while the original had plenty of oomph, this remix is an energetic thrill ride at a dancefloor-friendly 128 BPM, which is sure to provide some aching legs and tired feet.

While you’re probably no stranger to Kasum, especially if you pay attention to the Hype Machine, take a moment to like this college student’s (that’s right, college student) facebook page.

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Preston Knight – Danger [TMN SONG & VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Preston J Knight
DANGER

We’re to a point in society where we can pretty much all agree that Top 40 music is definitely lacking in soul and originality. While there’s always a few exceptions to the rule, we all tend to lean to the blogosphere to find unique and engaging tunes, which is a strong indication to what we think of traditional mediums.

Hailing from the City of Angels, Preston Knight has been creating and performing for the majority of his life. Inspired by film, comic books, anime, and truly monumental pop artists (MJ, Lady Gaga, Prince, etc), this newcomer is hoping to inspire that escape that so many of us look for when we’re hunting for our new favorite songs.

My goal is to bring magic and soul to mainstream pop music – Preston Knight

Today, we’re bringing you not only the premiere of this up-and-coming artist’s new song, “Danger”, but we’re also giving you the first look at the music video. Produced by Danny Score (producer/writer for TMN fav Jez Dior), this cinematic-quality, suspenseful thrill ride harnesses trap-style elements with classical piano work and Knight’s soulful vocals to an engrossing listening experience.

The video boasts pure professional quality, which is rare to see with a new artists. Regardless of how it came to be, we’re excited that the time was spent to get it to this point. When we asked Knight what the thinking was behind it, here’s what he had to say:

Directed by Stephen Mallett of Green Glow Films and styled by Jordan Stolch, the video was heavily influenced by Fahrenheit 451, Matrix, Equilibrium, Thriller, 1984, Akira, Captain EO, and the current state of our hand held touch screen generation that is heavily detached from the human connection and lead to believe in a “Life-Like Fake Life” (original coined term written on the rebel hero’s jacket).

“Danger” is now available as a free download on Preston Knight’s soundcloud page.

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Fictionist – Fictionist [TMN ALBUM PREMIERE]

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Somewhere in the bubbling cauldron of brilliance that is Fictionist, we’re offered an incandescent soundscape that’s inescapable, causing us to stop what we’re doing and simply enjoy. While we can’t pinpoint what moment caused this almost chemical reaction, we can assure you that the quest to finding that moment is just as good as if you actually found that moment in this 10-song, wildly satisfying journey.

Harnessing numerous musical influences, from classics like Pet Shop Boys and Peter Gabriel, to the more modern pop masters like MGMT and Passion Pit, Fictionist has a sound that’s spawned from pieces of many, yet maintains a personality on its own with ease and accessibility.

With a new album coming out October 7th, this Utah-based five-piece have yet to gain the recognition they deserve, but we have a feeling this latest collection of tunes will help give them the adoration that is inevitably coming their way. Yes, we’re giving high praises to this LP, but it’s definitely earned.

Kicking the album off with a level of audible addiction is a lackadaisical journey that floats along a well-defined bassline, coupled with only slow, rhythmic percussion work, grainy vocals, and simplistic piano work. “Cut String Kite” is the perfect song for a laid-back Sunday, or a lengthy road trip, either way, fully encompassing you in its attractive progression.

“Miss You” boasts glowing synthesized tones which expertly accentuate the lead vocals, all of which caress a crawling bassline that gives this song a painfully familiar vibe. On the other end of the spectrum, “Free Spirit” is defined by its danceable percussion and bass, coupled with glowing synths provide what we can only imagine is one hell of fun part of their live performance.

While this is an album that can be listened to start to finish with ease, we can’t say that you won’t have to mess with it once you start listening. Don’t get us wrong, you won’t have to skip any songs, but you will have to hit repeat on a few. They’re simply that good.

Tour dates:
10/17 – Provo, UT @ Velour Live Music Gallery
10/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Living Room – Williamsburg (Big Picture Media Official CMJ Showcase)
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop (CMJ Music Marathon)
10/25 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (CMJ Music Marathon)
10/25 – New York, NY @ Pete’s Candy Store (CMJ Music Marathon)
11/3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room

Cut String Kite
Not Over You
Free Spirit
Lock and Key
Statue In The Stone
Miss You
Cant Get Enough
Give It Up
Leave the Light On
City At War
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 10/2 – 10/4

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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.

Night Bass Tour - Oct 2
DJ Fresh feat Ellie Goulding
Flashlight (Jack Beats 4am Remix)
AC Slater
Fifty K

Torro Torro + CRNKN - Oct 3
Borgore feat. Waka Flocka Flame & Paige
Wild Out (Grandtheft + Torro Torro Remix)
Chiefs & CRNKN
Glow
Items & Things - Oct 4
Marc Houle
Alpha Bit
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Glass Caves – Go [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Glass Caves
Go

Known for their relentless touring tactics, this super-charged UK rock act has been not only taking their own country by storm, but also garnering tremendous success with the blogosphere as well. The best part? Glass Caves have done that with just a few songs, one of which, we’re featuring today.

Coming off their debut album, “Go” is featured as the first song in the collection, and what a song to kick things off. Simply put, this is a three minute thrill ride which is carried by flawless and intricate guitar work, cymbal-heavy percussion, and encompassing chorus driven by the powerful, yet grainy vocals. It boasts instant nostalgia, which is saying a lot for a band getting ready to release their first album (10/27).

The music video for “Go” takes a classic approach, displaying the bands energetic persona as they shred through verses and choruses, instantly connecting the viewer to what the live show would be like. Luckily for some of our readers, you won’t have to wonder for long. Head over to their facebook page and see when you can catch these guys live.

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[Ticket Giveaway] Bahamas – Larimer Lounge – Oct 7th

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If you’re a Bahamas fan and you haven’t had the chance to see them play live, we highly recommend you do so. If you don’t know who Bahamas is, and you’ve also never seen them live, then we highly recommend you do so. If you live in Colorado, or in a neighboring state, here’s your chance to score some free tickets.

Promoting their recently released album, Bahamas is Afie, this Toronto based indie outfit are making their way to Denver, stopping in at one of our all time favorite venues. Having seen this tremendous act on two different occasions, we can assure you that we’re not only excited to catch them in an intimate setting, but we’re also excited to give people the opportunity to catch this soon-to-be-rare occurrence. So, if you’d like to snag one of two pairs of tickets to the show, all you have to do is enter your email address below.

We will pick winners on Monday, October 6th at 3:00PM Mountain Time. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL.

There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 18 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at will call.



 

Stronger Than That
Little Record Girl
All The Time
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Ed Prosek – Hold On Tight [TMN PREMIERE]

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Ed Prosek
Hold On Tight

At the young age of 22, Californian turned Brighton UK resident Ed Prosek certainly must have some stories to tell. Luckily for us, he’s one hell of a musician, which provides an outlet for his life stories.

After releasing his debut EP, California, Prosek gained a strong following. In fact, his cover of Paul Simon’s classic hit, “Homeward Bound” was actually chosen as the soundtrack to a major TV advertisement for Cathedral City, taking this budding young artist to a national audience in a very direct way.

Coming off of his upcoming EP, “Hold On Tight” showcases the orchestral folk capabilities, giving us a booming four minute, emotional ride. Crossing in-between references of Patrick Watson, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men, Prosek has found his knack with raw, powerful and engrossing vocals. Set to the backdrop of rambling guitars, steady snare hits and playful banjo work, this tune carries the heft of other radio-ready folk singles. We’re just happy we were the first ones to bring it out into the open.

Make sure to follow this young man on facebook to keep up with his shows, releases, and general goings on. We have a feeling he’s going to be one to keep and eye on.

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