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Hillström & Billy – Keys in the Lake [TMN PREMIERE]

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Hillström & Billy
Keys In The Lake

The indie scene is alive and well in Stockholm, and the musical collective known as Hillström & Billy are living proof of it. Debuting today here on TMN, “Keys in the Lake” is a first glance at this outfit’s upcoming album. Already garnering some success from their previous four albums, we’re getting a fresh glance at these guys after an 18-month hiatus. While a break may often sound negative for a band, the reason for this hiatus is a positive one, simply needing some time to harness their craft.

The artistic growth in taking Hillström & Billy from a one-man band to a musical collective of fellow musicians in that hiatus is displayed in this glowing tune, which holds the ideals of unity, collaboration, and being held back.

Musically, “Keys in the Lake” boasts a truly dreamy and cinematic soundscape, carried on the back of rolling percussion work. Couple in some larger-than-life piano chords and wavering guitar riffs, and the rich, layered melody starts to form together, creating the perfect compliment to lead singer Petter Hillström’s inspiring vocals. It’s a tune that one can get easily lost in, which should be the perfect remedy for those middle of the week blues.

This song can be found on their upcoming album, which is expected to drop Spring 2015. Follow them on Facebook to keep tabs on when it does.

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RAC Talks about His Roots, the Blogosphere, and Andre the Giant [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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RAC
STRANGERS (PREVIEW)

As we get ready to welcome in RAC to the Mile High City, we were able to have a quick fifteen minute chat with him to talk about this tour. Before you head out to Gothic Theater tomorrow night, take a few moments to see what he had to share.

TMN: Hey Andre! Thank you for taking some time to talk with us today. Let’s kick things off by talking about your upcoming “Something Classic” tour.

RAC: Thanks! Yeah, I’ve been trying to organize my life! I feel like I’ve been working towards this for a long time, like months now. It’s nice to get things ready and get on the road. We’ve kind of switch things up a bit with this one – we’re doing a fully live show. It’s new territory. It’s a weird mix of nervousness and excitement.

TMN: We’re obviously excited to have you in Denver, but what are your thoughts about coming to the Mile High City?

RAC: I love Denver. It’s always a great time. I’m really glad that we finally get to do the live show there. It’s not like we intentionally skipped over Denver or anything, but I’m glad it’s finally happening.

TMN: So are we! Strangers was just fantastic, by the way, highlighted by your smash single, “Cheap Sunglasses.” It also features artists like Tokyo Police Club, Penguin Prison, Tegan and Sara, etc. This approach almost reminded me of a classic hip hop album. Talk to us about bringing all these acts in and why?

RAC: Thanks! (Laughs) Well, it’s kind of funny that you mention that, because I think that there is some of that mentality there. It’s clearly a feature record, and the reason why I went in that direction is because I can’t sing. I need singers! I needed someone to fill in that side of things. I wasn’t interested in doing the standard dance record. I wanted to do something a little different and work with artist I really like. It’s a wide variety of people – all that I like and have worked with in the past. I’m really happy it came together the way that it did.

TMN: You seem to be drawn to Kele, having worked with him on “Let Go” and remixing his tune “Everything You Wanted.” Is he one of your favs in the scene right now?

RAC: We go way back. Well, first of all, we’ve never actually met in real life. We’ve only spoke over email and whatnot, which is kind of funny. But, we kind of go way back. Before RAC, in 2005, I did my first official remix for someone and it was Bloc Party. So, they kind of kicked off a lot of things for me. We’ve been working on stuff for a long time since, so it’s nice to keep that going.

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HIDEOUT – Rookie [TMN ALBUM PREMIERE]

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We were lucky enough to take a walk down memory lane today, casually basking in sweet musical nostalgia. With our headphones in, we were practically transported to a different era, cruising around Haight Ashbury, enjoying warm, sunny vibes. How were we able to achieve this higher level of musical experiences? Quite simply, really. Press play on the first track below, and enjoy the ride.

Formed on the road, HIDEOUT is Gabriel Rodriguez (guitar/vocals) and Cory Stier (drums), two longtime friends who are also touring members of the NYC indie act Cults. Even despite a severe geographical issue (living on opposite sides of the country), these two were able to share pieces back and forth of, culminating in their 11-track debut album, Rookie.

The album as a whole has a really unique story behind it, all set to hazy rhythm guitars, crunchy riffs, understated percussion, and a shimmering soundscape that truly evokes sentimentality. While the piece as a whole does give way to rocks greatest era, the subject matter is anything but, boasting an intergalactic storyline. Check out what the band had to say about it:

Three songs on the album are actually an interconnecting story, starting with “Skylights”, which tells of a young boy’s kidnapping by lights in the sky. The boy is returned home with no recollection of his family or life before the lights. “Battle Lights” gives the listener a peak into the boy’s life a few years after his return. Now having visions, the boy hears voices that tell him to preach the lessons learned during his space journey. And of course, he’s seen as delusional. “Stronger” is told from the perspective of the boy’s mother. After he is committed, she sits in his hospital room wondering where she went wrong. Was there more she could have done? The visions have taken over.

Enjoy this full album stream a day before it comes out via on Thrill Me Records. Simply click, kick back and enjoy.

All I Want
Where Youve Been
It Ends
Skylights
Neon Lighting
New Music
Stubborn Child
Battle Lights
Change
Stronger
Changing Us All
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Noah Kenton – Oh No [TMN PREMIERE]

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Noah Kenton
Oh No

Somewhere in-between drawing on comparisons to Postal Service and Bright Eyes, we found ourselves becoming completely enamored by this Virginia-based youngster. At just the young age of 17, Noah Kenton has already developed a truly unique and encompassing sound, which is why we were on-board to bring you the premiere of his song “Oh No.”

To be honest, we can’t really peg what part we love most about this tune. We’re definitely into the echoing guitar riffs, high-pitched synths, and steady percussion, but we also can’t get over those Conor Oberst-esque vocal moments. All in all, it’s just a solid culmination of his influences, and experiences as a budding young musician.

Check out what Noah had to say about his debut EP, which is due out this fall:

From a different angle, this EP for me is a lot more about resolving problems from my past more than anything else. From aspects like coming to grips with my distaste for the religion I was brought up to just missing people and failed friendships. This project brought me a lot of closure on some issues that I had been working through during the recording process and I feel so free now that it’s all finished.
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[Get Crunk] TMN’s 2014 Ultimate Halloween Playlist

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Putting together the ultimate Halloween playlist is no easy task. There are so many factors that need to be assessed. Will it make people dance? Is it too heavy in parts? What ratio of Halloween-esque songs to popular songs do you use? What classic party songs or subsequent remixes of those songs should be included? And probably the most important factor – will girls be into it (c’mon fellas. You know you have to have some tunes in there to please the ladies).

Well, the thing is – it’s pretty subject to the listener, but we think we have it pegged. Instead of putting together every single “Thriller” and “Monster Mash” remix out there, we picked only the best, and mixed them in with some of our favorites from the past year. It starts out real deep and groovy, which should warm your guests dancin’ shoes up nicely. It of course progresses into some slightly heavier selects, which should come in right as things start to turn up.

You can press play on this bad boy and let it play all the way through. Feel free to play bartender or head chef at your party, because music is one thing you’re not going to mess with.

The Night VI
Heroine (backstroke. Remix)
Dontcha (Need & Necessity Edit)
Eli & Fur
Feel The Fire (Journeyman Remix)
ALESSO
HEROES FT. TOVE LO (AMTRAC REMIX)
Galantis
Smile (Action 52 Remix)
Drake
Hold On, Were Going Home (TJR 120bpm refix)
Marvin Gaye
Grapevine (Autograf Remix)
Calvin Harris
Blame (The Him Deep House Edit)
Maverick Sabre
I Need (Luis Leon Blue Sky Edit)
Chase The Devil (Original Mix)
Usher
She Came To Give It To You (Tesher Remix)
Stevie Wonder
Superstition (Autograf Remix)
Destructo feat YG
Party Up
Sammy Bananas
Money Time feat. Antony & Cleopatra (Option4 Remix)
Calvin Harris
Bounce (DEVI Deep House Remix)
Ludacris
How Low (Action 52 Remix)
Destructo
Higher
Corona
Rhythm Of The Night (Hotel Garuda Remix Ft. AObeats)
D4L
Laffy Taffy (Justin Jays Halloween Edit)
Thriller • The Reflex Halloween Disco Edit
The Griswolds
Beware The Dog (Autograf Remix)
Bee Gees
Stayin Alive ( ItaloBros Remix )
The Magician
Sunlight feat. Years & Years (Tobtok Remix)
Shawn Mendes
Life Of The Party (Kayliox Remix)
Oliver Heldens
Gecko (Original Mix)
DJ Fresh feat Ellie Goulding
Flashlight (Jack Beats 4am Remix)
Oliver Heldens, Mr. Belt & Wezol
Pikachu
Everyday is Halloween (DJ Dan & Mike Balance Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ridney
At Night
The M Machine
Just Like
JACK BEATS
Beatbox
Move That Dope (Sleepy Tom Bootleg)
Future feat. Pusha T
Gregori Klosman & MC
Gig (Original Mix)
ZHU
Faded (Steve James Remix)
Draper
Ghost Town (FREE Halloween Download)
Justin Timberlake
What Goes Around...Comes Around (MUTO Remix)
Victor Niglio feat. Ray Parker, Jr.
Ghostbusters 2014
Penguin Prison
Calling Out (Elephante Remix)
Sander Van Doorn & Oliver Heldens
THIS
Adventure Club
Wonder (The Chainsmokers Remix)
Radio Stereo (Radio Edit)
Wolfgang Gartner & Tommy Trash
Hounds Of Hell (Original Mix)
Mr. Larson (Original Mix)
When Will The Bass Drop (Koyote Edit)Lonely Island // Sean & Bobo // Davvincii // Lil Jon // Sam F
Michael Jackson vs. Dillon Francis & Martin Garrix
Thriller (Kastras Set Me Free Mashup)
Daft Punk
One More Time (Black Boots Remix) / @BlackBootsX
Maxx Baer x KRNE
Cosmic Canyon
TJR
Polluted feat. Dirt Nasty (TAITO Remix)
Deadmau5
Ghosts n Stuff
Zombie (3LAU TomorrowWorld Edit)
Calvin Harris & John Newman
Blame (R3hab Remix)
KANYE ft. SirenXX
Duck Sauce
Big Bad Wolf
The Isley Brothers
Shout (Gummy Trap Remix)
Dillon Francis
Whats That Spell (feat. TJR)
Deathcrime
#KeepItTrill
YOGI ft Pusha T
Burial (Moody Good Remix)
Infinite Daps
Baauer & RL Grime
Willy Joy & Buku
Sting
Drake
6 God (Gravez Remix)
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
MY LOVE (SHASHU REMIX)
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The Night VI – Heroine (backstroke.remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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The Night VI
Heroine (backstroke. Remix)

Is there a better day to be writing up such a haunting tale? Couple in some devilishly dialed up future bass beats to the aforementioned story, and we pretty much have the perfect track for your Halloween adventures.

Coming off their second EP, DIY, The Night VI have brought us into the dark and unsavory with their track “Heroine.” Lead singer Sophie Rose Harper elaborates on her cautionary tale:

Heroine is a femme fatal. She knows what she wants and how to get it but she’ll ruin you much like the drug. She’s like your mum’s worst nightmare but there’s another side to her one that raises you up and keeps you wanting more.

Enter backstroke, a DC-based remixer who was brought in for a tasty twist on this vocal-driven tune. Expertly extracting and sampling sections of the original vocal score, “Heroine” has been given a dancefloor friendly vibe, complete with heavy bass, rolling snares, and chilling synths.

Aside from this premiere, you can also find this tune in our upcoming Halloween playlist. Make sure to check back with us later today!

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 10/30 – 11/1

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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! Unfortunately though, this is a stacked week at Beta, so this ninja deal is only valid for Saturday night. If you wanna see Van Dyk or Infected Mushroom, you’re going to have to cough up the dough.

Paul Van Dyk - Oct 30
Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
Poor Choice Of Words (Paul van Dyk Remix)

Infected Mushroom - Oct 31
6.Nation Of Wusses

Lee Burridge - Oct 18
Für Die Liebe (Dub)
Matthew Dekay & Lee Burridge
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