Sloes – Young [TMN PREMIERE]

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Sloes
Young

Sometimes it takes a little added inspiration to craft something truly worthwhile. It could come from reading a completely engrossing book, feverishly turning page after page as the clock seemingly ticks at an alarming pace. It could come from an epic adventure somewhere far, far across the globe, giving you that much-needed perspective that you had previously lacked. For London-based five-piece Sloes, it was the latter, and what resulted after was something you’ll want to be a part of.

This quintet originally started as a duo, with members Jerome and Jo songwriting as they traveled through Columbia. From there, piece-by-piece, others joined in, including Paul, Luke, and Katie–Jo’s little sister. Today’s premiere, “Young,” showcases the breadth of their collective talents.

Vocally, Jerome’s powerful tone and cadence instantly hooks you in. Things only grow more enveloping, as Katie comes in on accentuating harmonies, giving a glowing counter balance. The structure is intelligently crafted, harnessing elements of classic folk strings, clean guitar work, and rolling hi-hat hits that maintain a highly engaging energy throughout.

This is more than likely the first time you’re hearing about this act, but we can assure you it won’t be the last. Make sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up with future shows, releases, and general musings.

LIVE DATES:
Jul 31st, Sidmouth Fringe Sessions, Devon
Aug 3rd, BBC London Introducing Sessions at The Scoop, Southbank
Aug 27th, Stroud Fringe, Gloucestershire
Aug 30th, Old Street Records, London
Sep, 17th, City Square live at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester

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Kid Bloom – Lately It Feels Alright [TMN PREMIERE]

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Kid Bloom
Lately It Feels Alright

California five-piece Kid Bloom certainly knows how to pull on my 90s music-loving heart strings. Maybe it’s the casual vocal cadence that beckons back on acts like Beck or Cake. Maybe it’s the crunchy power chords that give me joyful flashbacks to start-to-finish listening sessions Weezer’s Blue album. Yet, as much as we hear influences from that era, we also catch plenty of modern vibes from some of their techniques, which call on associations of one of our personal favorites, Tame Impala. Either way, elements from both decades are coming together seamlessly, leaving us grinning ear-to-ear.

“Lately It Feels Alright” is the third single from their debut EP, A Different State of Mind, following up the release of the title track, and “Electric U.” Guitar driven in nature, it presents a wonderful collection of both psychedelic riffs and foot-tapping, distorted chords. Those dueling styles provide the perfect backdrop for the nonchalant vocal style, giving way to an immensely enjoyable 3-minute ride.

If you happen to be in the SoCal area this Friday, we highly recommend heading to the Soda Bar in San Diego to catch their opening set for T.O.L.D. If you’re anywhere else in the world, just make sure to follow these cats on Facebook to keep tabs on upcoming news.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2016 Round #1)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaNew stuff can be scary stuff. Even venturing into a new genre of music. But don’t turn your ears off before giving something a chance. You could be tapping into a brand new music obsession you never knew you had. And that is why the Indie Dojo is a perfect transition into the unknown world of new indie jams. We promise not to shove anything down your throat, but we do encourage you to at least give it a try.

’Von Sell – Stay’
’Fever Charm – Never Had Before’
’Lady Wray – Get Ready’
’Luna Bay – Colours’
’The Lagoons – California’
’Los – Sinful (Rough) 2’
’Haarlo – Loves Gone’
’Julia Jacklin – Leadlight’
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[Event Preview/Playlist] The Underground Music Showcase – 7/28 – 7/31 – Denver, CO

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It’s no secret at all that The Underground Music Showcase in beautiful Denver, CO has become a mainstay for our Mile-High Ninjas, and as we’re just a day out, we are once again gearing up for another edition of one of the U.S. festival scene’s best kept (not-so) secrets. One of the few remaining music gatherings in the fair city of Denver to eschew the typical smattering of major label festival fare, The UMS boasts a lineup of over 400+ acts strewn across various shops and bars dotting Denver’s historic South Broadway district, and we’ve been salivating like one of Pavlov’s pit-bulls in anticipation of this year’s entry.

Headlined by a number of intriguingly eclectic acts including Poliça, Thee Oh Sees, Sunflower Bean, Allah Las, Lee Fields & The Expressions, and The Bright Light Social Hour as well as some of the city’s most promising acts like Flaural, Shady Elders, déCollage, The Yawpers, Inner Oceans and Sunboy; 2016’s version of The UMS offers us yet another tastefully curated weekend of music in one of the best settings possible. We’ll be out in full force all weekend, and in anticipation of this year’s festivities, we’ve put together a playlist highlighting some of our favorite UMS artists. Get your sunscreen ready, and we’ll be seeing our Denver friends in the sun all weekend!

 

’POLIÇA – Chain My Name’
’Thee Oh Sees – Web’
’Sunflower Bean – Easier Said’
’Allah
Las – Buffalo Nickel’
’The Yawpers – Sister Mary’
’Lee Fields & The Expressions – You’re The Kind Of Girl’
’Bright Light Social Hour – Escape Velocity’
’Flaural – Mind Field’
’Inner Oceans – WILD’
’Sunboy – Oracle’
’Shady Elders – Pale Blue Dot’
’déCollage – Rise Above’
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Up Is The Down Is The – Two Places At Once [TMN PREMIERE]

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Up Is The Down Is The
Two Places At Once

It’s not every day we stumble across a stellar, up-and-coming artist from Boise, Idaho. In fact, this may be the first time we’ve ever written up an Idahoan. But, today proves that the state’s official nickname holds true, as we uncover this gem of a song, “Two Places at Once.”

If this is the first time you’re catching wind of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Martin, also known as Up Is The Down Is The, you’re definitely not alone. With only a small following of a few hundred fans, you’re in the unique position to start supporting him from the very beginning, something that holds a special place in every music lover’s heart.

“Two Places at Once” is officially coming out on this act’s debut album, Memory, which is due out on August 3rd. It’s an interesting blend of indie rock and R&B, rooted in sultry guitars, and powerful, wistful, and highly infectious vocals. Its calming yet bold nature gives the song a unique weight, showcasing Andrew’s affinity for acts like James Blake, Sampha, Radiohead, and Madlib.

Make sure to follow Up Is The Down Is The across the board, on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2016 Round #4)

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Well hello there. Fancy meeting you here. Why don’t you take a seat, kick up your feet & stay awhile. We’ve got an indie dojo all queued up just for you.

’Beware of Darkness – Dope’
’Shakes – STRANGE TIDES’
’LIFER – NIGHTLIFE’
’Two People – If We Have Time’
’Birdtalk – Graveclothes’
’Sutherland – We Are the Love’
’Lauren Mann – Make Smooth’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2016 Round #3)

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The same music doesn’t work for everyone. We all come across that song that makes us say “Seriously. What the hell is this?” But you know what, SOMEONE out there likes that song. And that someone might say the same thing about a song you absolutely love. Like with everything, we all have our own tastes, which is why the Indie Dojo is the perfect solution. Skip through the ones you hate and repeat all the ones you do. There is something out there for everyone and if not in this week’s, there is always next.

’BF/C – Temple’
’Gizmo Varillas – Give A Little Love’
’Ja Ja Nene – Here Today Gone Tomorrow’
’Hush Moss – It Takes A Lot’
’Dives – Fresh Air (ft. AJ the Aged One)’
’Dhana Bhutan
Close’
’Marly Luske – Organ and Nylon’
’Daniel Trakell – Wasted Light’
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