[Indie Rock] CRUISR – All Over

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CRUISR
All Over

Summer may be coming to a close, but based on what we’ve found in the past few days, there’s plenty of music that begs to differ. Today’s offering comes via the latest Vagrant Records signee, CRUISR. This Philly-based four piece dropped “All Over” just minutes ago, giving the blogosphere a taste of what’s to come of their debut EP (September 23rd). Lifelong fans may have just cringed at that last sentence, but it holds true. While having released music under the moniker Cruiser in the past, the band is somewhat starting back at the beginning, clearing off their Soundcloud for everything CRUISR.

With a cascading blend of playful vocal harmonies, a dance-inducing bassline, and some quick bursts of clean guitar work, “All Over,”  has an anthemic pop structure that immediately induces grins. The hook-inspired, lyrics leave the listener completely engaged through the short, yet infectious three-minute ride. Carrying sportive associations to the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, and even newcomers The Griswolds.

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[Festival Review + Playlist] Take Us Back: Outside Lands 2014 Highlights through Photos & Songs

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During the Gold Rush, the area where Golden Gate Park currently resides was referred to as the “Outside Lands,” a sprawling seemingly uninhabitable expanse, before being adopted by the city of San Francisco and developed into what is now the gorgeous western portion of the city. Today, Outside Lands carries a whole new meaning as the the premiere music festival of the Bay Area located in the heart of the park. Every event has a unique charm and, for OSL, the magic of San Francisco’s physical and cultural beauty is truly at its core. With breathtaking scenery, quality food/wine and the lingering remnants of the hippie movement, Outside Lands 2014 served as yet another reminder of why the area has become, and has for so long been, such a desirable destination even with its famously cold summer weather.

Just over two weeks have passed since we took our final steps out of what was the most popular OSL in the event’s history. In the days following a festival, the mundanity of everyday life can become particularly evident. Luckily, with concerts, there’s always an artist’s music to revive the excitement of your most memorable, albeit sometimes least remembered, moments. This year’s Outside Lands lineup featured an incredible diversity in artistic styles making for a broad range of experiences to look back on. Join us as we take revisit a dozen of our top highlights from the weekend through photos and songs. Continue reading

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[Pop] VÉRITÉ – Weekend

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Weekend

Sultry. Seductive. Sensational. VÉRITÉ embodies so many descriptors with her captivating voice that it’s hard to imagine this is just her second release. Dropping just hours ago, “Weekend” is a stunning follow-up to her debut song, “Strange Enough.”

Showcasing her vocal range, this NYC artist displays a smokier side to her vocals that remind us a bit of Lana Del Rey in the verses. However, in sheer pop brilliance, she flaunts the higher notes in the choruses, which provide tremendous amount of energy and vigor throughout.

Written by VÉRITÉ and Elliot Jacobson, produced by Elliot Jacobson, and mixed and mastered by Mike Tuccillo, this lyrically engaging gem will garner high praise from the blogosphere, fans, and new ears alike. Whether it’s the easily accessible lyrics, the uplifting pop nature, or VÉRITÉ’s vocals that tickle your fancy, you’ll find yourself pressing play again and again.

So we can hang our noose
under stars bright
ready to glow
and we can fall in love for the weekend
We’re on the edge baby
two hearts starting to slow
and we can fall in love for the weekend
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2014 Round #5)

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Summer might be winding down, but it ain’t over yet. There’s still plenty of daytime hours and warm weather to soak in. Don’t let it go to waste. Just like you wouldn’t let an Indie Dojo go to waste. Someones gotta play it.

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20 Years Tall
Flyte
We Are The Rain
ATTU
Dont Sleep
Tower
Cant Vibe
Vinyl Pinups
Gold Rays
George Bennett  
Calling You
Stuart Newman
One Big F
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[Neo-Soul/Pop] Caroline Smith & Lizzo – Let ‘Em Say

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Let Em Say

The city of Minneapolis has been quietly carving out a name for itself as one of America’s most eclectic metropolis’ for years now. From their budding culinary and artistic communities to a thriving indie music scene; it’s safe to say we’ve had a watchful eye on the Minnesotan hotbed with a passion. So when we heard two of Minneapolis’ most revered female artists, Caroline Smith & Lizzo, were collaborating on a new tune to benefit the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota we had to wrap our ears around it at once. A gliding R&B laced pop diddy on the surface, “Let ‘Em Say” was recorded to promote the empowerment of girls and women around the world and after multiple plays, it was clear the tune’s lyrical content rolls much deeper than its inspirative instrumentation. Both vocalists’ respective incantations playfully bounce off one another to create a saccharine sweet listen; while it remains next to impossible not to add a little hip-wiggle while getting your aural fix on to this one.

It’s truly quite enlightening to see two young, burgeoning artists use their respective artistic mediums to get behind such a worthy and noble cause. Caroline describes this collaboration as a “celebration and recognition of all the ladies out there that were told they were ‘too this’ and ‘not enough that.’ This is for all of the mamas out there busting their asses and all of the girls and women out there that make us proud to hold a microphone”, While Lizzo added: “We’re liberating ourselves as women in this industry and as citizens in this industry and as human beings, and we’re so excited to be able to share that with everybody. When we made “Let ‘Em Say” it was so gratifying, because the song is everything we had been trying to get off of our chest.” Both performers will invest in their vision by donating a portion of the proceeds from this syrupy pop burner to the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota through a “Pay What You Can” on Bandcamp here, so why not do a little bit of good in this world and throw a few bucks to a pair of incredibly talented, altruistic and uber bad-ass musicians to start your week. Stream “Let ‘Em Say” above for the perfect Monday pick me up, and if you missed our lovely interview with Caroline Smith back in February, let her charm your socks off here while you listen.
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[Indie] Hurry Death – Goodbye, Lyla Garrity

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Remember being demurely distressed? Standing alone somewhere, pining for a love lost or after a cake when the cake shop shut. Imagining if your life were to take film form for a moment, a sad-scape would creep into the backdrop and pathetic fallacy would take it’s course. Fear not. Tuck your tears in. We have a soundtrack to accompany any morose moment. Hurry Death, an LA based and hard to categorize collective, have released an emotionally charged dream riddled record.

Understated and sentimental, “Goodbye, Lyla Garrity” is perfectly poignant. Whilst Hurry Death in it’s name may emit visions of thrashing metal mosh pits, by nature, the product couldn’t be more removed. Emotionally charged, but distilled amidst a dreamy motionless five minutes: Hurry Death have bottled sadness, then diluted it across a hazy accolade to heartbreak. The simmering, mournful sound will gently fizz it’s way into your bones. If ever a song so encompassed the loneliness of longing and the torturous dread of departure; we hadn’t heard it until now.

It’s not often such a simply stated sadness avoids the emo label so smoothly. But side stepping any cheesy traps, Hurry Death ensure that the scenery of farewell never sounded so nostalgic. I don’t know who Lyla Garrity is, but this is certainly a grabbing goodbye.

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Johnny Green – Oneiro feat. Mammals [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Whether we want to admit this or not (which we are happily admitting), Australian music has come to point where their sound and productions are far beyond anything we can logically conceptualize. We have become fascinated with everything about their culture, their music, and their adorable accents. Whenever we receive something from down under, we cannot help but feel like a 6 year-old child in candy store – the excitement is that real.

Today we have a stunning video to share with all of you from Sydney producer, Johnny Green. We are so fortunate to have gotten this opportunity to premiere this video with all of you ninjas because our jaws dropped and our minds opened up as soon as we finished watching this original piece of art. Johnny Green takes us all on a visually seductive journey in his latest track, “Oneiro” (Greek word for ‘dream’), to which we shoot straight through the clouds and into an entirely different realm of the universe. After having been inspired by the aesthetically pleasing sights of Casa China Blanca in Punta de Mita, Mexico, Johnny immediately escaped from his reality and entered into his “Oneiro” only to return to earth with an artistic vision that led to the inspiration of this song and video. It is clear that the Sydney producer wants to take his music and his listeners to new elevations in this mind-melting, bone-chilling, aquatic masterpiece. With a stunning synth progression, a smooth organic percussion, and a haunting vocal from Mammals singer, Guy Brown, “Oneiro” is bound to send you all into state of celestial bliss.

“Oneiro” is out now on  DJ & producer, KatXX’s label Love F.A.M.E Records and can be purchased on Beatport as well!

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