Turtle Giant – Constellations [TMN PREMIERE]

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Are we really sure that Turtle Giant are from where they say they are? Supposedly from Sao Paulo, this Brazilian three-piece has me envisioning foggy-eyed, long-haired, and peace-loving hippies on the corner of Haight-Ashbury. All kidding aside, it’s hard not to get taken away to that classic era of music while listening to their latest release, premiered here on The Music Ninja.

While it may not be as laid back, or focused on lengthy improvisations as the aforementioned musical period, “Constellations” boasts a timeless, hazy sound that would make most of the greats smile, tap their foot, and nod their head in unanimous approval. The driving beat creates an engaging tempo, one which supports the near-bluesy guitar riffs, which come together in a memorable structure.

This outfit flaunts their musical prowess even moreso with the addition of a harpsichord in the bridge, building up to a eyebrow raising call-back chorus. The end result is something worthy of a classic rock radio station, mixed in between The Dead, Joplin and Hendrix. The best part is, these guys are still alive and kicking, ready to keep rolling out overwhelmingly memorable songs for the foreseeable future.

“Constellations” can be found on the upcoming album titled Golden Summer, due out later this year. Make sure you keep an eye out for it by liking their page on facebook.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2014 Round #4)

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Goodbye, Summer. Hello, everyone complaining about the cold ass weather. You have to admit though, there’s nothing quite like kicking back and cuddling up to a playlist full of heartwarming indie music. Sometimes, music sooths even the coldest of souls.

RiotHorse
Rabbit Hole
Beaty Heart
Yadwighas Theme
NoMbe
Seminole
Deaths
Lonewolves
Sundays
Theia Mania
Twin Caverns
Drown
The Dubarrys
Undress Your Soul
Palace
Veins
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Duke Evers – Handful of Pennies EP [TMN PREMIERE]

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Mondays are a bitch, aren’t they? There’s not much that can help you over that seemingly insurmountable hump that is the start of the week. Aside from a breakfast beer, the only thing we can really think of is some solid tuneage, which is exactly what we have for you today.

Coming out of the Emerald City (that one up in the Pacific Northwest, not the one from that classic movie) this two-piece can produce more sound than your average five person band. Their sound is booming, to say the least, inciting references from that classic Homer Simpson line, “no, no, no, don’t stop a rockin’.”

Dropping today on your favorite music blog, Duke Evers are releasing their EP, Handful of Pennies. Officially releasing to the public tomorrow, this EP delivers eccentric guitar work and fast-paced, thundering percussion worthy of replacing the strongest cup of coffee you can find. “Lions” embodies the bands sound, creating a soundscape that calls on associations of The Killers, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Kings of Leon and other notable energetic indie rock acts. The crux of its attractiveness lies in its engaging, encapsulating and invigorating tempo, driven by drummer Kyle Veazy, who delivers a five minute ride thrill-ride.

Other tunes in the album display why this band has made waves recently at the Capitol Hill Block Party and CMJ in NYC. “Seaside” boasts a slightly more folk-driven feel in comparison to “Lions,” rife with a catchy hook and twangy guitar chords. It has the pop sensibility that will approach the masses, while still maintaining it’s indie originality that will have the blogosphere clamoring. “Pixies,” which is assumedly a tribute to the Boston-based alternative act, has a strong 90′s-style vibe. Lead singer Josh Starkel definitely harnesses his inner Eddie Vedder on this tune, providing listeners with strong associations to the great grunge-rock act of yesteryear.

As a whole, “Handful of Pennies” gives us a glimmer of excitement in an otherwise mundane start to the week. Press play, and get ready to grin ear-to-ear.

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[Acoustic] The DuBarrys – Undress Your Soul

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With our day finally coming to a slow halt, we’ve about reached that time where we can finally kick off our workin’ shoes and replace them with our favorite fuzzy bunny slippers. While we’re at it, we might as well open up a bottle of Chardonnay and get into a more relaxed state of mind. Helping sooth our aching minds with some refreshing acoustic melodies are The DuBarry’s and their soul-quenching new original, “Undress Your Soul”.  The DuBarry’s have completely stripped us of our worries and exposed our ears to a beautifully arranged set of impeccable instrumentals, tranquilizing harmonies, and intrinsically moving lyrics.

Don’t give it up, no, oh, you said to me..

Who would have thought that being vulnerable could translate into complete and utter euphoria? “Undress Your Soul” exudes an incredible wave of emotion over us as it effortlessly builds into a true crescendo, only to subtly dissolve itself into a lingering trail of elusive notes. The DuBarry’s have really caught our attention with this delightful number, and we’re about on the edge of our seats just waiting for what is to come next.

Stay connected with The DuBarry’s on Twitter, Facebook, and Soundcloud.

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[Indie Pop] CRUISR – Kidnap Me

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Philadelphia-based indie group CRUISR has released another track that’s going to be featured on their up and coming All Over EP.  This summery tune is titled “Kidnap Me”, but it’s nothing like anything you would imagine off the song title. Possessing the traditional indie pop vocals, CRUISR is band that drives for a fun and exciting sound that makes everyone sing along to their tunes. It’s something you would listen to when you take your boyfriend/girlfriend out on a picnic.

Give it a listen and make sure to check out their soon-to-be released EP here. Get ready for a compilation of colorful summer anthems!

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[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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