Natalie McCool – Pins [TMN PREMIERE]


Happy Thursday, ninjas. You’ve now officially made it through the halfway point of your week, which means you’re deserving of a little present to yourself. Set down the chips, snuff out that one cheat cigarette, and pour out that lunch time beer, because we have something more deviantly satisfying than any of those, or even all of those combined.

With a swagger appropriate for her last name, London/Liverpool-based pop artist Natalie McCool is offering up a delectable treat which will most assuredly make the highlight reel for your week. Set to a simplistic electronic backdrop, thanks in part to Dave Berger from The Outfit, “Pins” hums with delightful finesse. McCool’s vocals caress each digitally formed pop and clap, flirting in and out with the multiple arrangements of synths, all of which provide the perfect soundscape for the heart-grabbing lyrics.

You’ve stuck like a splinter in my finger
You know how much damage there is to be done
And so I have to take a hot needle to get in there
‘Cos you prick and chip away just for fun

Look for this tune to drop on her new EP sometime this year. From what we hear, it’s one not to miss.

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[Synth-Pop] Phoebe Ryan – Mine

Phoebe Ryan

Former songwriter turned indie-pop darling Phoebe Ryan burst onto many a critic’s radar with a blog-chart smashing, celestially delicate vocal mashup of R. Kelly’s “Ignition” with Miguel’s “Do You”. Luckily for us, the L.A. via New Jersey solo-crooner returns with a debut original recording, “Mine”. “Mine” plays like a buoyant parcel of vocal driven indie-pop, backed by a warm expanse of synth chords and a captivating hook; resulting in a tune we can envision soundtracking long night drives, blissful dance floors and heavy makeout sessions. As Phoebe Ryan continues to fine tune an already mature pop sound, we’ll continue to dive headfirst into the rising artist’s catalog. Stream “Mine” above.

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[Indie] The Score – Oh My Love

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The Score Official
Oh My Love

I’ve never lived anywhere else, personally. I’ve always found everything that I need in life to be right here in the Mile High City. However, for some, a change of pace can bring new vibes, new possibilities, and in this case, new sounds.

Having built their lives in the Big Apple, Eddie and Edan (The Score) then set their sites on the best coast, and haven’t looked back since. Their sunny disposition rings through their sound sharply, providing a feel-good listening experience that makes listeners want to smile, sing, and dance along.

“Oh My Love” is a pure embodiment of sheer glee, harnessing elements of country rock, gospel, and good ol’ fashioned Americana. It’s the type of tune you’d throw on at a BBQ, expertly balancing a full beer and a plate of grilled goodness. Something about the combination of twinkling ivories, booming basslines and kick drums, and percussive vocal harmonies all add up to something that’s patriotic, infectious, and grin-inducing.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January Round #5)


Sometimes all we need in life is a pair of headphones and a playlist……and would you look at that. We’ve got one of the 2 right down below. Sometimes life can be so simple….

Pilot Rouge
Zach Winters
Sun Culture
Crooked Line
William Wild  
Republic Cucumber Magazine
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[Alternative] Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun

Death Cab for Cutie
Black Sun

Death Cab For Cutie is back! Not only did they release a brand new single, but they also tacked on great news of an album release, Kintsugi, slotted for March 31st. Following up the shimmering Codes and Keys, Death Cab gives us Black Sun, a slight electronic progression (It’s extremely subtle.) from previous work for the band, with hints of Ben Gibbard’s past project, The Postal Service. It’s a perfectly low key affair, as we’ve grown to love from this band, and trickling synth work along with a simple, crisp guitar line molds the melody into an encouraging first look into the new project. In support of Kintsugi, Death Cab has also announced a HUGE tour that’s set to kick off this April. The presale for tickets  is opening up this week on Wednesday, January 28th, so check out the dates below to see if Death Cab is going to be in your city and kick off your week on a serene note with the stream of Black Sun above!

North American Tour Dates
04/23/15 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
04/27/15 Atlanta, GA The Fox Theatre
04/29/15 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
04/30/15 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
05/02/15 Minneapolis, MN Northrop
05/04/15 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
05/07/15 Toronto, ON Sony Centre
05/08/15 Montreal, QC Metropolis
05/09/15 Portland, ME State Theatre
05/12/15 Louisville, KY Iroquois Amphitheater
05/13/15 St Louis, MO The Pageant
07/12/15 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
10/03/15 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre

UK/ European Dates
06/08/15 London, UK 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
06/09/15 London, UK 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
06/13/15 Oslo, Norway Rockerfeller
06/14/15 Bergen, Norway Bergen FestivaL
06/15/15 Stockholm, Sweden Müchenbryggeriet
06/23/15 Zagreb, Croatia INmusic Fest
06/25/15 Paris, France Bataclan
06/27/15 Dusseldorf, Germany Open Source Festival

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Vienna Ditto – Hammer And A Nail [TMN PREMIERE]

Vienna Ditto
Hammer And A Nail

After one listen through Vienna Ditto’s “Hammer And A Nail,” we were ready to wrap up any music blogging we had left and switch gears into creative writing for the next few hours. In between the haunting vocals, the steady bassline, and rich, atmospheric layering, we couldn’t help but get lost in our own minds, slowly beginning to craft a story to fit this encapsulating tune.

Hailing from London, this outfit isn’t the easiest to describe. They definitely have strong electronic elements influencing them, but they also infuse traditional instrumentation and stylings, providing the listener with electronic pop, classic Americana and Rockabilly undertones. At times, they do take on a bit of a Parov Stellar sound, whom are well known for their impressively crafted electro swing sounds.

“Hammer And A Nail” comes out officially on February 23rd, but you’re getting an advanced peek here on TMN. It boasts a multitude of influences, as mentioned before, culminating in a swirling, intoxicating listening experience. Including playful country strums on an acoustic guitar, a glowing organ arrangement, accentuating brass, and a big, buzzing beat, you’ll have more than enough to let your mind wander. Just don’t let it wander too far. It is Monday, after all.

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[Alternative] Tor Miller- ‘Hold The Phone’ & ‘Midnight’

Tor Miller

Experience the talents of Brooklyn based Tor Miller with two cuts from his Headlights EP coming Feb. 2 on Glassnote Records. With his genuine pen and natural tone, this twenty year old is on his way to major success. These imaginative tunes are spirited and true. You’ll find yourself lost in the extraordinary piano work and gladly carrying the weight of Miller’s vocals on ‘Hold The Phone’ & ‘Midnight’. It’s easy to enjoy and support music with such backbone. In addition to Zane Lowe premiering ‘Midnight’ on BBC Radio 1, Billboard provided the initial online coverage, labeling it as a “stirring ballad.” His debut EP is sure to attract plenty of attention. It’s not everyday we learn of such a talented piano player.

Hold The Phone
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