[Folk] A-ha – Take On Me (Seven Handle Circus Video Cover)

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We absolutely love it when people pay tribute to classics of the past, and even more so when they do it well. Enter Atlanta folk outfit Seven Handle Circus, a bluegrass influenced six piece with an affinity for 80′s music.

Recently traveling to New Orleans to play a packed show at Tipitina’s, the group circled up to do an impromptu recording of the 1984 synthpop hit, “Take On Me.” The end result was something uncontrollably smile-inducing, rife with nostalgic undertones. When asked about this song in particular, vocalist Shua Spencer stated:

We like to play cover songs that need a revival. ‘Take On Me’ is a song that so many people love, yet need a little bit more of in their life.

Our suggestion? Catch one of these next few shows the guys have. Even if they don’t cover this live, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be a fantastic show.

Upcoming Tour Dates
Sep 20 Greenville, SC @ Traffic Jam
Oct 10 LaFayette, GA @ Fly Free Festival
Oct 18 Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre
Oct 24 Macon, GA @ Macon Octoberfest
Oct 31 Auburn, AL @ Bourbon Street
Nov 06 Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm & Brews
Nov 08 Charleston, SC @ Lowcountry Hoedown
Dec 31 Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall

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Young Rising Sons talk Zooey Deschanel, The Jersey Shore, and Fat Sandwiches [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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A few weeks back, we had the pleasure of catching Young Rising Sons‘ first show in the Mile High City. Playing the mid spot in support of Little Daylight, they captivated the entire crowd at Larimer Lounge with just five songs. After the show, we sat down with them to get a little more story behind how this fast-rising Jersey act came to be.

TMN: Hey guys, welcome to Denver. Is this your first time in the Mile High City?

Andy: It is. It’s been amazing. We’ve felt so welcomed here.

Dylan: Denver was the first place to play our song on the radio, and also you guys premiered our song on The Music Ninja, which was amazing.

TMN: Did you guys make the same stop that everyone does, hitting up a dispensary for some legal goods?

Dylan: We tried to! To be honest, none of us smoke weed regularly, but it’s legal here. We were like “fuck it.” We went to a spot down the street and it looked like a doctors office. There was a waiting room and you had to sign in.

Julian: It was too much. We were like, it’s a no go.

TMN: Alright, let’s talk about your guys’ roots. How did Young Rising Sons come to be, and where did you come up with the name?

Andy: We’ve been playing for a while now. It’s been about four and half years. These three guys have been playing forever. I was going to school in NY and playing acoustic in some bar in NYC. They happened to be there and came up to me and asked to jam sometime. It was instant chemistry. We became best friends and band mates, and it’s been the best thing ever since.

TMN: And where did the band name come from?

Andy: The name came from one of our songs, “Red and Gold” which is from our EP. The second verse has the words “Young,” “Rising,” and “sons”.

Steve: But they’re flipped around in different ways. If you listen close though, in the second verse of “Red and Gold,” you’ll hear it different order.

Julian: If you want a fun fact about that, Dylan actually thought of those while he was at Disneyland.

Dylan: Yep. Walking into the Magic Kingdom in Orlando.
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[Electronic/R&B] DiRTY RADiO – Illegal

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After their first installment, “Relentless”, in what we were promised would be a series of mixtape style remixes from Vancouver’s DiRTY RADiO, they’ve held up their end of the deal and are back with their sophomore entry: “Illegal”. Following the blueprint of molding tunes around their favorite producers as they did with Pomo on “Relentless”, this time around DiRTY RADiO has taken a wonderfully malleable, disco tinged R&B beat from French producer Darius and  cobbled together yet another irresistible dance ditty. This one leans on the beatsmithery of Darius to lay a shimmery gloss across the tune, coalescing harmoniously with the DR boys’ sultry vocal track which all results in a listen sure to satisfy dance and R&B fans across all walks of life. Slip into something comfortable, pour your favorite glass of wine or whip up your favorite cocktail (that is if you’re over the legal U.S. drinking age of 21 of course) and let this one wind down your Tuesday. We promise it’ll do your night right.

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[Rock] Waters – I Feel Everything

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San Fran five-piece Waters, sing a scuzzy statement of intent via new track “I Feel Everything.”

Waters delivers thrashy riffs and simple sentiments, retaining the raw roots that encapsulated the 90′s alt rock genre. Having worked with Grouplove (the band, not dabbling in orgies) their semi-ethereal charm is evident, but “I Feel Nothing” is executed in a particularly carefree fashion. Definitely one for fans of Cage The Elephant, or a good old fashioned honest sentiment.

“I Feel Everything” is taken from the bands forthcoming EP, It All Might Be Ok via Vagrant Records.

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EXROYALE – Stuck In My Head [TMN Video Premiere]

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God, we love a good story to go along with a music video. See here’s what happened, at the end of May while in Portland, EXROYALE awoke in a loft to the gleam of the Toronto skyline. He set out to get an espresso before the day’s writing session. On his morning walk, the artist-producer came across a message boldly displayed on the side of a building: “YOU’VE CHANGED.”

In that moment, he connected with the truth and how it related to someone that was on his mind and returned to the studio filled with inspiration that quickly turned into EXROYALE’s new single, ‘Stuck In My Head.’

The video feels almost dream like with the lyrics appearing briefly before disappearing in giant white light spots. It is almost as if you looked at the sun for a second and then looked away to see the circle of the sun’s outline in your visionary line. A video that fits perfectly with the thought and feel of trying to get rid of a person who has made themselves at home within your head and refuse to leave.

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[Indie/Synth-Pop] GEMOLOGY – First & Last [TMN Premiere]

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We’re starting this fine Tuesday morning with a beautiful bang in the form of a TMN Premiere for Brooklyn dream-pop duo GEMOLOGY‘s first ever single “First & Last”. The translucent and multifaceted pairing of Natasha Chitayat and Joanie Wolkoff, GEMOLOGY respires a new life into an often times saturated synth-pop genre while providing their listeners with a visionary brand of pensive and introspective pop assemblage. While Natasha is a multi-instrumentalist/producer with an unwavering pop sensibility with Joanie cutting her teeth as a songer/songwriter with credits on projects such as Foxe Basin, Safra Nikoto and a forthcoming project titled “Her Habits.”; it seems they’ve both found the perfect musical balance for each others’ strengths. “First & Last” is a brooding slice of Chitayat’s resolute pop sensibility coupled with Wolkoff’s penetrating voice and lyrics; pulling from us a sense of longing, but also simultaneous hope. They say art in its purest form makes its audience feel something; and “First & Last” delicately pulls its listener in a number of welcome directions.  This one from GEMOLOGY got us off on the completely right foot this morning. Let it do the same for you.

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Brolly – They Run, They Hide [TMN PREMIERE]

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We’ve admittedly never heard of Yuba City, as we’re sure most of you haven’t. This small city of just over 65,000 people may have previously been known for the world’s largest dried fruit processing plant, and a sixteen-year host to the California Dried Plum Festival, it’s claim to fame is about to become something very different, as the world becomes familiar with Brolly.

Wikipedia research aside, this California-born five-piece is part of the growing hotbed of indie rock coming out of the northern part of the golden state. Founded by childhood friends Jacob Ithurburn, Cody Martin, and Jacob Michaelis, as well as Kristen and Chelsea Famularo, Brolly have created an ambient and circumferential sound, capable of encompassing your every thought.

Calling on associations Cold Play, The National, and Band of Horses, this outfits talents engage it’s listeners with ease, as heard with today’s premiere. “They Run, They Hide” features cinematic-quality progression, carried through with booming kick drums, driving finger picking, and absolutely stunning vocals.

Coming off their beautiful and emotion-rich EP Wolfe, this tune and a handful of other absolute gems will be out on Sept 23rd.

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