[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (April 2015 Round #2)


If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. Or have a seat and listen to the free Indie Dojo we made especially for you. No one will notice if you are gone for a while. The brain needs a break from trying so hard every now and then.

Cape Lion
Called You Mine
The Watermelons
The Peaks
Best Of You
Ben Harvey
These Streets
Rebel Kites
Atlas Sky
Babe Come Down
Jep and Dep.
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High Rule – Enough [TMN PREMIERE]

High Rule

A lot can happen in a few months, and nobody understands that more than Chicago-based duo High Rule. In less than 60 days, this act has gone from releasing their debut song to peaking at #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 Chart, showing the world that they’re ready to make a splash.

Following up on that debut release, “Enough,” is premiering here on TMN. Stylistically, it follows the intriguing nature that we quickly fell for, showcasing an ambiguous sound that flirts with multiple genres. Somewhere in between dance music, hip hop, and RnB, we’re left hitting the repeat button again and again, just like before.

“Enough” does change gears from their debut single though, which had us grinning with its entertaining lyrical nature. This release has a more somber message, which is rooted in something that everyone can identify with – the struggle of not being able to let go of someone who isn’t right for us.

Click here to get free downloads from this up-and-coming act.

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[NEW] Ratatat – Cream On Chrome


It’s hard to believe it’s been five whole years since we last heard any new material from Ratatat, but the wait is finally over. Returning with a brand new single ahead of their highly anticipated Coachella set later tonight, the Brooklyn duo pick up right where they left off with “Cream On Chrome”. The cut is presumably set to appear on their upcoming project due out on XL Recordings later this year, widely speculated to be titled LP5.  Check out the slick new track below, and make sure to catch a live stream of the band’s performance when they hit the stage in a few hours.

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[Indie Pop] Day Wave – Drag

Day Wave - Drag
Day Wave

In the age of electronic music, many indie acts could struggle to appeal to the masses. Oakland-based musician Jackson Phillips a.k.a Day Wave once again proved otherwise with the release of “Drag”, a track that possesses an organic sound that is supported by the lo-fi vocals. The quick drums complement the clever guitar melodies, as the sustained vocals further bring out the uplifting vibe of the track. It’s one of those songs you’ll catch yourself singing along to after a couple of listens.

With only three tracks under his belt, Day Wave showcases his ability to create music with endless mellow melodies. As he continues to put out hits after hits, we simply can’t wait for what’s next for the talented musician.

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Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail – The Sea at Night [TMN PREMIERE]


Sometimes, two of the least expected things can come together and create something truly beautiful. That’s exactly what we’re staring down right now, as we gaze into the haunting, surreal collaboration that is Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail.

Coming from two different worlds, these two couldn’t be further apart musically. Ciaran is a young alt-folk singer from Aghagallon, who has racked up an impressive 11 million plays on Spotify and was recently picked as Zane Lowe’s “Next Hype.” Ryan Vail is a minimalistic electronic artist who has won the support of the blogosphere, garnering respect and adoration for his intricate use of synths and found sounds.

Combining their two talents, these two have created a cataclysmic combination of worlds with their mini-EP, Sea Legs. We’re fortunate enough to bring you one of them this morning, gleefully premiering “The Sea At Night” for your listening pleasure.

Cinematic? Yes. Haunting. You betcha. This song is an epic quest worthy of the most intense pieces of film or TV, casually transcending generations with their timeless sound. The classic instrumentation comes to life with subtle guitar work, radiating sections of strings, and a booming bassline, which is coupled with soft, atmospheric layering. Everything melts together in a state of pure bliss, leaving the listener pleasantly lost in this lush, vast soundscape.

‘Sea Legs’ is released via Quiet Arch on April 17th in Ireland and April 20th in the UK.

Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail
The Sea at Night
Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail
The Colour Blue
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From Indian Lakes – Runner (Ansible Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]


Coming off a stellar album release back in October of 2014, Yosemite-based indie rockers From Indian Lakes are entering back into the blogosphere to help promote their upcoming tour. This time around, they’re bringing their sounds through the interpretations of a handful of remixers, one of which we’re premiering here today.

Formed by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joey Vannucchi, this unique outfit has since expanded to include Justin Stanphill (guitar and vocals), Chris Kellogg (bass and vocals), Tohm Ifergan (drums), and Enrique Gutierrez (keys and vocals). Their sound glows with articulated intention, thoughtfully crafted from start to finish. “Runner” embodies that calculated style, boasting a calming instrumentals, percussion-style vocal hums, and vocals and lyrics that pleasantly call on associations of one of our all time favorites, Ben Gibbard.

With those vocals and minimal instrumentation, Ansible had a somewhat blank canvas to work with. Crafting a subdued, ambient, and luscious soundscape, we’re instantly taken away for a few brief minutes. Highlighting the calming ride is the accentuation of the original vocals, which effortlessly glide along the aforementioned production. It’s simply gorgeous and should quickly find it’s way into that playlist you have containing Bonobo, Tycho, and Emancipator.

From Indian Lakes
Runner (Ansible Remix)
From Indian Lakes

4/9 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
4/10 The Barbary Philadelphia, PA
4/11 Stanhope House Stanhope, NJ
4/12 Jammin Java Vienna, VA
4/14 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
4/15 The High Watt Nashville, TN
4/16 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
4/17 Backbooth Orlando, FL
4/18 Epic Problem Tampa, FL
4/21 Fitzgerald’s Houston, TX
4/22 Stubb’s Austin, TX
4/23 Club Dada Dallas, TX
4/24 The Spot El Paso, TX
4/25 The Works Albuquerque, NM
4/26 Nile Theatre Mesa, AZ
4/28 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
4/29 House of Blues San Diego, CA
5/1 Constellation Room Santa Ana, CA
5/2 Slim’s San Francisco, CA
5/3 Strummers Fresno, CA

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[Festival Preview] Lightning in a Bottle 2015 + Playlist


Do you hear what we hear? It’s the sweet, sweet sound of festival season and it’s about time we get our eyes, ears, and minds ready for another year of sensational performances, overpriced beer, conflicting line-up times, and shower-less days to make us smell like regret the next morning. If you’re anything like us over here at TMN, then you understand just how important festival season is to us. Come on, who doesn’t love to spend hours upon hours of our weekends listening to some of the most talented artists from around the world while also connecting with like-minded individuals at the same exact time? Well, considering they’re not a wook…(please see THUMP article for more information on how to spot and avoid said wook).

With Coachella making it’s first pit stop this weekend and later this month, we can’t help but pack our bags a few weeks in advance because we’re prepared to take on this years Coachella head on. Clearly, we’re just really excited, but not because festival season is finally here, but because we just realized that we are 7 weeks shy of attending the latest and greatest gig, Lightning in a Bottle. Stationed out in the beautiful Bradley, California, LiB is back again and this time with loads of talent and entertainment that’ll rattle your bones and change your life all at the same time. We missed last years festivities and after listening to everyone and their mom (literally) tell us that LiB was the best thing to have ever happened to their lives, we can’t help but shed a million tears for not being present in the moment with some of the world’s most positive and uplifting people on this planet.


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