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2014 Mega Summer Playlist Vol I: Indie Rock & Folk

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As the calendar slowly turns another page, bringing to most what is considered as the last month of summer, we can only hope to make the best of what’s left of this incredible season. For most of you out there, you’ve probably hit a festival or two. For some, you just simply enjoyed being outdoors, doing what you love. Whatever it is you have on deck for the next month, we have you covered as far as tunes go.

To celebrate the last three months of incredible music, we’ve once again banded together as a clan, calling on ninjas all over the world to give us their favorite tunes from the summer months. Just as we did last year, we’ve created you four top-notch playlists, starting this week with our Indie Rock and Folk selections.

The 2014 Mega Summer Playlist Vol I: Indie Rock & Folk is stacked top to bottom, ranging from laid-back vocalists singing over a singular instrument, to fast-paced garage rock bands, who will get you out of your seat, to everything in between. Press play and get ready for over 100 songs of greatness.

Vance Joy
Riptide
Young Rising Sons
High
DWNTWN
Til Tomorrow
The Griswolds
Beware the Dog
Absolutely Free
Beneath The Air
Jeremy Loops
Skinny Blues
Kid Astray
Taking You With Me
Noosa
Sail
Nate Eiesland
Drifting
Mainland
West Coast (Coconut Records Cover)
ESCAPISTS
Eyes
Husky
Im Not Coming Back
I Am the Sky
Half A Man
Cold Weather Company
What Do I Do
Sean Oneill
Vienna
PHOX
1936
The Oh Hellos
Second Child, Restless Child
GEMS ≠ Scars
Washed Out
Dont Give Up
Gardens & Villa
Bullet Train
Tokyo Police Club
Hot Tonight
Young Rising Sons
King Of The World
OK Go
The Writings On the Wall
Colony House
Silhouettes
SALES
vow
Somos
Dead Wrong
Bad Suns
We Move Like The Ocean
Friendly Fires & The Asphodells
Before Your Eyes
Future Islands
Seasons (Waiting On You)
Tennis
Mean Streets
Jack + Eliza
Hold The Line
St. Vincent
Digital Witness
Hospitality
Rockets and Jets
MISUN
Eli Eli
The Black Keys
Fever
MYNGA feat. Cosmo Klein
Back Home (Original Mix)
Field Mouse
Two Ships
Tycho
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White Reaper
Half Bad
Jack and Eliza
Secrets
We Were Evergreen
Daughters
The Holidays
Tongue Talk
Real Estate
Talking Backwards
Frankie Animal
Obsession
Wolfgang
Black River
Kishi Bashi
Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
Magic!
Rude
Bleachers
Shadow
Carla
Heart Trips
Bad Suns
Salt
Gold
Bears
Oslo Parks
Twin
White Reaper
Cool
Sonic Avenues
In Your Head
HAIM
My Song 5 feat. A$AP Ferg
Alt J
Left Hand Free
Mexico City Blondes
Fade
Panama Wedding
All Of the People (RAC Mix)
Panama Wedding
Uma
Noosa
Wildfire
Only Real
Cadillac Girl
Lowell I Love You Money (from We Loved Her Dearly out Sept 16)
Bruno Merz
Into The Air
Tennis
100 Lovers
Prelow
For The Team
Tennis
Never Work For Free
Lana Del Rey
West Coast
Tin Gardens
Crossed My Mind
Brett
Golden
Brett
Chalon
Anders
I Wish (You Were Mine)
Spoon
Do You
Decorations
Girls
Bad Suns
Dancing On Quicksand
Death From Above
Trainwreck 1979
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Vampires
La Sera
Running Wild
Tacocat
Crimson Wave
The Tins
They Arent Evil
Avi Buffalo
So What
Generationals
Gold Silver Diamond
Noosa
Walk On By
St. Lucia
Forgiveness
Coasts
Oceans
Coasts
Tonight
Wooderson Slater
The Lake
The Rentals
Thought Of Sound
Jenny Lewis
Just One Of The Guys
Fake Laugh
Nothing But Good
WOODS
Tambourine Light
WOODS
Leaves Like Glass
Lana Del Rey
Shades Of Cool
Coldplay
Magic
Bob Mould
I Dont Know You Anymore
Wye Oak
Logic of Color
Hospital
Revelation
THE CLOCKTOWER
Take A Chill Pill
Niykee Heaton
INFINITY
Young Man
Five
Hundred Waters
Xtalk
Black Honey
Sleep Forever (Demo)
Real Estate
Crime
The Raa
Terrified
The Careful Ones
For A Moment
Foxes in Fiction
Shadows Song
Metronomy
Im Aquarius
Ruu Campbell
The Call(Heartsong)
Axel Flovent
Beach
Nick Hakim
The Light
Nick Hakim
Cold
Smallpools
Killer Whales
COMPNY
Begging Me To Come Back
Model Aeroplanes
Innocent Love
High Tyde
Karibu
Bombay Bicycle Club
Luna
Phantogram
Fall In Love
Broken Bells
After the Disco
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[Festival Review] TMN Dives Into Denver’s Underground Music Showcase

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The UMS Main Stage (Photo Credit: Robert Castro Ultra5280)

If you’re wondering whether or not Colorado’s music scene is embodied solely by bass-heavy barons devastating Red Rocks on a regular basis, or the constant national and international accolades given to Beta Nightclub year after year, you can stop that right now. While much of the Mile High City’s music scene’s notoriety falls into those two aforementioned venues, The UMS flexed it’s mighty indie muscle two weekends ago, showing the city, the state, the nation, and the world that a handful of tiny venues deserves just as much attention.

Taking over one of Denver’s most prized neighborhoods, The UMS flooded the numerous dive bars, galleries, and restaurants that adorn the colorful South Broadway stretch. In a meticulous blend of some well known acts coupled with hyper-indie (so indie, even the hippest of your friends haven’t heard about them yet) there was more than enough to appease the auditory appetite of the thousands of festival goers that flooded the streets.

Knowing that there was too much music for one ninja to cover, we had to break up The UMS between two from our clan. Check out what Matty and Clayton experienced during their first full experience of this must-attend event.

Day 1, Thursday:

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CRL CRRL. (Photo Credit: Robert Castro Ultra5280)

While we couldn’t yet make it out in full force to the first night of Denver’s incredible Underground Music Showcase, we did manage to make it to one of our favorite electronic artist’s sets, with CRL CRRLL (pronounced Carl Carrell) at Blue Ice. An abbreviated set to say the least, CRL CRRLL managed to warp our minds through different texturized soundscapes played off of his bevy of machines, MIDI controllers and gadgets on stage through the 40 minute performance. This was the second time we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing him live, as he played our TMN presented show in Denver with Young & Sick (which if you haven’t heard his remix of their tune “Glass”, check it out below) and it seems in the short span of time, CRLCRRLL’s reached a more fluid, comfortable and mature stage presence.

Young & Sick Glass Remix By CRL CRRLL

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Five Ninjas. Five Coachella Stories. [Event Review]

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Story 1 – Clayton Warwick

Day one of Coachella was an interesting one for me. Coming off of a full day of food poisoning hell, sitting through twelve hours of hot sunlight was the last thing I wanted to do. None the less, I bucked up and rode down to the festival with our crew. Despite severe dehydration, an uneasy stomach, and a blinding headache, I made my way through some of my favorite artists that were playing that day.

Before I delved into performances, I had to stop off to interview the legendary Gareth Emery in the press area. Thankfully, they were fully stocked with hydrating beverages, which helped my recovery quite nicely. After a fun and engaging chat with Gareth, I was ready to take on what day one had to offer.

The highlights were too abundant to cover in great length, featuring notable sets from Ellie Goulding, Aloe Blacc, Zedd, and of course Outkast. While Outkast’s performance wasn’t my favorite musically, it was still amazing based on the sheer nostalgic appeal. I found myself belting out lyrics through a queasy stomach on multiple occasions, simply not giving a fuck at how I felt. At that moment, I knew they had something special going.

Day two was a much more enjoyable experience for me, especially given the fact that I saw the most impressive set of the entire festival, in my honest opinion. We worked our way to the very front of the Mojave tent to catch the always entertaining post-rock instrumental band Mogwai, and were absolutely blown away. In a 50 minute set of pure musical intoxication, Mogwai utilized their slow, building rhythms to provide a complete encapsulation. It was truly amazing.

There were other highlights from Day two as well, including an absolute ear-fuck from Skrillex, whose visuals essentially were the internet boiled into one 50 minute set. Other acts that impressed included Kid Cudi, Capital Cities, Head and the Heart, and City and Colour.

Day three was probably the most memorable for me, musically, as I was able to witness some acts I’ve been writing about for the past few years. Right out of the gates we caught James Vincent McMorrow, who had the best vocal talent out of any artist at the festival. His set was mesmerizing, and was then followed up nicely by his labelmate, The 1975, who displayed their up-and-coming rock god status. Matty casually flipped his mic cord around as he strutted the stage, boasting nothing but sheer swagger.

For the last few sets of the night, we were honestly so exhausted that we listened from afar, sitting with the aching-foot crowd of parents and older festival-goers. Disclosure was nothing short of stunning, even though we couldn’t see the stage from where we were at.

Once again, Coachella has proved to me that no matter how hard you try, your plans will be proved futile. It’s so easy to get caught in the moment, forgoing your well thought out plans for those of the friends you are with. It’s both a blessing, and a curse, but 100% worth every minute of it.

Story 2 – Brooke Ferguson

As I walked into the Polo Fields Campgrounds, I instantly felt like I was at home. Each and every year that I attend Coachella, I automatically know that my mind is about to enter into an entirely new dimension full of phenomenal music, abstract art, and memories to last me a lifetime. This year, I decided to change up my festival routine and experience music on an entirely new level. I ventured off into a hypnotic place where I was surrounded by some of the most enchanting people I have ever come across. Their love for music and inter-human connectivity fulfilled all of my festival cravings. There is nothing more exciting than being around a bunch of weirdo’s who love to vibe on a level that promotes the provocation of a divine synchronicity.

Every day brought forth new experiences, new people, and new music. It is nearly impossible to see everyone you plan to watch, but I guess that is what makes Coachella such an adventure in and of itself. We are given the opportunity to either solidify ourselves to a strict schedule, or we can simply allow our wandering souls to guide us towards the unknown; the only place where insurmountable beauty exists.

This year at Coachella, I decided to let the music bring me solace and peace of mind. I spent a lot of my time underneath the glorious Sahara Tent where the bass could be felt a mile away. I should have remembered to bring some diapers with me because there were plenty of sketchy moments where I could have totally lost all control of my bodily functions. When you have artists like Dillon Francis, Carnage, The Glitch Mob, Krewella, and more, the probability of crapping your pants increases with each rise in frequency. I know I wasn’t the only one who experienced moments of uncertainty as to whether or not it was the beat that dropped or my pants. I am still contemplating this to this day.

Overall, Coachella provided its attendees with a wide array of talent to please everyone’s musical inclinations. Having an eclectic taste in music made it extremely difficult to choose my top acts of the weekend. After nearly a week of battling an extreme case of cognitive dissonance, I have finally made up my mind as to who blew my mind away. The winning sets this year go to: Flight Facilities, Cage The Elephant, Kill Paris, and Adventure Club. Each of these artists evoked a different side of me, whether it be my inner diva at Flight Facilities and Kill Paris or my inner flower child at Cage The Elephant. I guess it’s safe to say that I can diagnose myself with multiple personality disorder because there were many different sides of me that made their debut that weekend. Only at Coachella is it socially acceptable to black out from being over-stimulated by your surroundings and not recall the absurdity of your behavior.

Now that my favorite festival has come to an end and the post-Coachella depression has subdued, I must endure the next 365 excruciating days of monotony until I can once again return to my Utopia.
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The Ultimate Outkast Setlist (30+ Songs We Want To Hear On Their Comeback Tour)

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With just one day remaining before the debut performance of Outkasts highly anticipated 40-stop reunion festival tour, we ninjas can not contain our excitement. To keep ourselves occupied as we impatiently wait for Coachella to kick off, we spent the last week putting together our dream setlist from the legendary hip-hop duo. For anyone who will be in attendance during Andre 3000 and Big Boi‘s marathon of a tour, this playlist should certainly prepare you for what promises to be an incredible string of shows. If you won’t be able to make it, we hope that this will be the next best thing.

We’ve also put these tracks in a SpottieOttiefy Playlist (we mean Spotify, in case you didn’t get our sly ninja joke) for those “ATLiens’ out there who want to listen to “GhettoMusick” when they “Git Up, Git Out” and explore “The Whole World.”

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International Players Anthem (Feat. Outkast)
Outkast
ATLiens
Outkast
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Outkast
Church
Outkast
Da Art of Storytellin (Pt. 1) ft. Slick Rick
Outkast
Ms. Jackson
Outkast
Players Ball
Outkast
Git Up Git Out (feat. Goodie Mob)
Outkast
Roses
Outkast
The Whole World (ft. Killer Mike)
Outkast
Two Dope Boyz (In A Cadillac)
Outkast
Elevators (Me and You)
Outkast
Aint No Thang
Jay Z
Poppin Tags ft. Big Boi, Killer Mike & Twista
Outkast
We Luv Deez Hoez
Outkast
Aquemini
Outkast
GhettoMusick
Outkast
So Fresh So Clean
Outkast
West Savannah
Frank Ocean
Pink Matter (Remix) ft. Big Boi & Andre 3000
Outkast
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DJ UNK
Walk It Out (Remix) (feat. Andre 3000 Of Outkast & Jim Jones)
Outkast
Skew It On the Bar B (feat. Raekwon)
Cool Breeze
Watch For The Hook ft OutKast, Goodie Mob & Witchdoctor
The Purple Ribbon All Stars
Kryptonite (Featuring Big Boi, Killer Mike, Blackowned C Bone & Rock D The Legend)
Big Boi
Daddy Fat Sax
Big Boi
Royal Flush (feat. Andre 3000 & Raekwon)
Outkast
Return of the G
Outkast
Chonkyfire
Outkast
The Way You Move
Outkast
Rosa Parks
Outkast
B.O.B
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[The Love Playlist] Indie Songs for Lovers Vol. 2 (70+ Tracks)

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As we slowly wake up from our hibernation laden winter, we’re gleefully looking ahead to spirited adventures with that special someone. There’s something about it, isn’t there? The warm weather. The flowers. The waves slowly lapping against the shores. Some people may argue that summer is the best time to be single, but we know all of you hopeless romantics out there disagree, as you patiently wait for the grand-scale plans that you have laid out.

Back in 2012 we released our first “Indie Songs for Lovers” playlist with a resounding appreciation from you all. While we may have missed the boat last year, we’re back at it again with a heart-warming selection of over 70 tracks that will leave your lover swooning.

Starting with accoustic folk, this playlist will take you on a journey through poppy indie rock all the way to some smooth rolling beats to set the mood.

Press play and get lost in love, ninjas.

James Vincent McMorrow
Cavalier
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Dawn Golden
All I Want
Josh Record
For Your Love
Josh and Mer
All Was Right
Panama
Always
Josh and Mer
From The Sea
Frett
Porcelain
I Know Leopard
She
Imaginary Future
The Thick and the Thin
Few Bits
Shell
The Last Song
Tom Misch & Carmody
Joel Baker
Every Vessel Every Vein
Blue Stahli
Ghost of Love (David Lynch cover)
RY X
VAMPIRES

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[ULTRA 2014 Schedule Recommendation] TMN’s Must See Guide to Ultra (Miami 3/28 – 3/30)

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Ahh. The time is finally here. All winter long we’ve been angrily looking at the calendar, not-so-patiently awaiting the start of festival season here in the states. To kick things off in 2014, we’re obviously overwhelmingly excited for what Ultra 2014 is bringing to the table.

As you would guess, this year’s line up is stacked, as usual. There’s a veritable pantheon of EDM legends, coupled with some amazing up and coming artists as well. We traditionally like to do a full stream of everyone that’s going to be there, but this year we’re going to change it up. Instead of giving you a tiny sample of each artist who’s playing, we’re going to give you our recommendations, day by day.

Scheduling is going to be tricky, so make sure you set out a proper game plan. It might be hard to stick to after a few beverages, but take it from us – don’t miss out on seeing your favorite artist, or any of these suggestions below:

Friday March 28th

Chainsmokers – Stage 7

Picked by Bryn Carter & Clayton Warwick

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TMN Staff Comment: Two handsome devils reigning from New York who can make ANY song the ultimate remix. Make sure to check out these two who will keep your feet moving and your mind spinning with their intense indie/electronic melodies.

The Wanted
We Own The Night(The Chainsmokers Remix)
The Chainsmokers vs. Tove Lo
Habits
#SELFIE

Friday March 28th

M.I.A. – Live Stage

Picked by Eric Gossett

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TMN Staff Comment: The ever-controversial M.I.A. is definitely a “don’t miss” performance at this year’s Ultra Music Festival. The singer just released her critically-acclaimed album Matangi last year and is currently being sued by the NFL for $15 million for her performance at the Super Bowl. So if that was what they (couldn’t) show at the Super Bowl, I can only imagine how wild her uncensored stage show must be.

BRING THE NOIZE
M.I.A.
Bad Girls
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Friday March 28th

12TH Planet – UMF Radio Stage

Picked by Clayton Warwick

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TMN Staff Comment: Last year, I had the pleasure of introducing someone to trap, and did so by watching 12th Planet’s set on Sunday afternoon. This well respected, LA based producer will be throwing down a massive set full of filthy beats. If you want to get down and dirty, don’t miss this set.

Pretty Lights
Go Down Sunshine (12th Planet Remix)
Smoked Out
12th Planet & Protohype
Paper on @smogrecords

Friday March 28th

Kill The Noise – UMF Radio Stage

Picked by Michael Serratore

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TMN Staff Comment: There are plenty of players in the world of filthy bass, but no one does it quite like KTN. There’s an undeniable energy in everything he does, and that will only be taken to the next level amongst a crowd of frenzied fans

Thumbs Up (For Rock N Roll) with Feed Me
DUCKSAUCE
NRG (Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis RMX)
Kill The Noise & Dillion Francis
Dill The Noise

Friday March 28th

Chance the Rapper – Live Stage

Picked by Baseer Ahmad and Clayton Warwick

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TMN Staff Comment: You say you’re going to Ultra to only listen to beats? Don’t limit yourself. A break in the bass will be welcomed, and who better to give you said break than Chi-Town native, Chance the Rapper?

Childish Gambino: They Dont Like Me (ft. Chance the Rapper)
Lil Wayne
You Song Ft Chance The Rapper (Dedication 5)
Chance The Rapper
Brain Cells Live (5day)

Friday March 28th

The Glitch Mob – Worldwide Stage

Picked by Rachel Haroldson

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TMN Staff Comment: This is a no brainer. Glitch Mob absolutely throws down with live performances, from the insane stage set-ups to the energy of the group, you can just see that these guys have a passion for performing and love giving the audience an unforgettable show.

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Monday (The Glitch Mob Remix)
A Dream Within a Dream
DRINK THE SEA
The Glitch Mob
We Can Make The World Stop
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[Synth Pop] Ben Khan – Youth

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Ben Khan once again demonstrates the hype surrounding his unique blend of nocturnal soul is entirely justified. Proving his sound can evolve whilst still maintaining its own distinct identity, ‘Youth’ marks a noticeable progression in the young British artist’s already forward-thinking songwriting. At once innovative and accessible, the forthcoming ’1992′ EP looks set to provide Ben Khan with a platform to step out of the shadows and cement his status as one of the most exciting new talents around.

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