[Video] Grease (The Movie) – One That I Want (Xavier Dunn Cover)

One That I Want (Xavier Dunn Cover)

If you’re of the persuasion that none of the incredible singalongs from 1978 mega-musical Grease could be brought up to a beautiful, contemporary pace, well; we’re here to change that. After the success of his adaptation of A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin Problems” and Rae Sremmurd’s “No Type”, unsigned Australian producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xavier Dunn has stepped up yet again, this time reviving that classic change-of-heart closing scene between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, “One That I Want” from the aforementioned Grease. Adding orchestral arrangements and slowing the cadence to a breezy stride for his own adaptation, Dunn once again impresses with a vocal-oriented and highly emotive rendition.

But, we don’t just have the tune for you today, as we’ve accompanied Xavier Dunn’s wistful cover with the visual piece as well. A modern twist on an old classic, Dunn’s music video splices together videos of protests and rallies from the 60’s up to the present to solidify his message of non-discriminatory love. With all of the recent breakthroughs we’ve had towards marriage and love equality in the U.S., there still lies a fight waged by millions around the world for basic human rights, and Xavier Dunn’s message couldn’t have come at a more serendipitous time. Stream Xavier Dunn’s “One That I Want” cover above or indulge another one of your senses and check out the official music video below. Happy Friday Ninjas, and peace & love.

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Jain – City [TMN PREMIERE]


Every so often, we stumble across an artist that lights our hearts and ears with genuine endearment. Today is one of those days, as we bring you first listen from this quirky, playful and avant-garde French musician.

Jain, where is it you’re from?
You’re a girl from everywhere and other places.

Jain comes through your headphones and speakers all the way from Toulouse, but brings with her a myriad of international influences. After having lived in multiple spots across the globe (Pau, Madagascar, Dubai, Toulouse), this up-and-coming artist’s jet-setting ways bleed through in every note of her music. Today, you’re experiencing “City” which comes off her upcoming EP, Hope.

Releasing officially tomorrow, “City” boasts an undeniably infectious nature complete tribal drumming, upbeat guitar strumming, and impossible-not-to-sing-along-lyrics. It’s pleasantly difficult to describe, something that doesn’t happen all to often. What we can say is – yes, it does have some pop influences, but the structure is anything but, giving a highly engaging experience throughout.

After you’re done giving it a spin, check out “Come,” which is not only making waves through TMN HQ, but on YouTube as well.

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Passport to Stockholm – All at Once EP [TMN PREMIERE]


It was a strange occurrence when I came across Passport to Stockholm. In less than a week, I’ll be wheels up, passport in hand, heading to Stockholm’s airport. Needless to say, I couldn’t help but dive into their upcoming All at Once EP, which left me grinning ear-to-ear at this serendipitous happening.

Members Barny (vocals), Tom (guitar/loop pedal), Mariona (cello), and Henri (beats), have been together for just over a year, but their sound reflects that of a polished, time-tested chemistry. Initially funded through a small, but passionate fanbase, the act has since worked with Gordon Mills Jr. (Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner), Nick Atkinson (Gabrielle Aplin, Saint Raymond), Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Lewis Watson) and Athlete’s Carey Willets.

The end result can be found below; a four-song collection rife with lingering lyrics, vastly rich soundscapes, and dextrous songwriting abilities. Starting off with the recently released, self-titled track, this London-based act delves into their textured mixture of electronic elements and classic instrumentation. The combination brings associations of legendary producers and singer/songwriters alike, calling on elements of Moby and Coldplay alike. Conversely, “Let Me Know” highlights the folkier side of their artistry, bringing in strong Celtic influences through Mariona’s cello work and Barny’s vocal cadence. However, while the track definitely has influences that have transcended decades and country borders, its modern styling rounds it out perfectly for today’s blogosphere scouring music nerd.

Once you’re finished having a listen through all four tracks, head over to the band’s facebook page to keep tabs on the release and upcoming shows. Word on the street is, their live act is not to be missed. Luckily for our readers across the pond, you can catch them at Weyfest on September 5th.

All At Once
Let Me Know
Wanted It More
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2015 Round #4)

Yup, the end of summer is right around the corner. No need to cry about it though. We’re just gonna ease right into it. Seasons may change, but the Indie Dojo stays the same…as in every Tuesday, for many, many seasons to come.

Fake Shark
Cheap Thrills
You Never Knew Me
Mosquito Coast
Call My Name
Travel Slow
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Viola Beach – Swings & Waterslides [TMN PREMIERE]

VB - single artwork (web version)
Viola Beach
Swings & Waterslides

With the warm, summer days slowly winding away, and fall’s grey, gloomy head peeking around the corner, it’s important us all to live every sunny day to its fullest extent. We needn’t look any further than our television for examples, as advertisers across the globe seem to visualize these experiences to a tee, showing smiling faces sitting around a fire, drinking whatever alcoholic beverages they’re pitching. So, pack up your tent, cooler, and the essentials to build a long-lasting fire, but most importantly, bring your solar charger for your Bluetooth speaker.

As if it were crafted specifically for these epic summer adventures we’re always so fondly planning and executing, “Swings & Waterslides” will roar into your warm-weather playlist with ease. Catchy? Yes. Anthemic? Most definitely. Able to get both genders up and dancing around a campsite? We’d bet our life savings on it.

With a vocal style that beckons on other notable Brit-pop bands, there’s an immediate familiarity with Warrington-based Viola Beach. Yet, as much as it reminds us of a few other notable frontmen, it carries a unique and boisterous attitude of its own. The lyrics are easily captured in the memory, highlighting the deft songwriting abilities. When mixed in with some playful shouts, inventive guitar work, and delightfully raucous percussion, we’re left unable to wipe the toothy grin from our face.

What’s one of the best parts about this newly released, highly-addicting, and incredibly infectious tune? It’s the bands first release. That’s right, you’re getting the very first online look and listen at what will soon become a widely popular band. At least, we certainly believe so.

“Swings & Waterslides” will be available as a free download for the next 24 hours following this post. Head over to their Soundcloud and pick it up.

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[Indie] Piranhas And Sharks – Red Road/Wake Up


There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the internet has completely revolutionized the way the music industry works. From back in the Napster days, all the way to twitter and facebook interaction with labels, agents, and publications, it’s evolved into a space where any artist can get their music heard. We have one of those examples today, as we highlight Glasglow-based Piranhas And Sharks.

Earlier today, we were followed by this act on twitter. While, this is nothing out of the ordinary for us, we felt compelled to click on their profile for some reason. It only took us one listen through “Red Road,” before we were loading up this post to hopefully shine some light on this small, independent act.

Below you’ll find two tracks of theirs, which have a combined play count of under 1,000. Both boast a nostalgic sound that effortlessly fuse multiple decades of musical style. Lyrically, both capture your attention with ease, making it simple to start picking up on the choruses after just a few listens. Both are coupled with some inventive progressions, guitar work, and energetic percussions, all of which add up to an extremely enjoyable listening experience. Both are a shining example of why we love what we do.

Make sure to follow them on facebook and Soundcloud to keep track of upcoming releases.

Red Road
Wake Up
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[Indie] James Vincent McMorrow – How To Waste A Moment

James Vincent McMorrow
How To Waste A Moment

Taking a break from his usual, slow, sensual, and swooning style, our favorite Irishman is back with a freshly released tune, and it delivers on multiple levels. Per usual, we’re welcomed into the soundscape with James Vincent McMorrow’s painfully beautiful vocal tone, one which we’ve fawned over more times that we can count. This time, though, that soft, yet distinguished voice is set to an upbeat, walking synth melody. Coming in on the back of a booming bassline, and pronounced percussion, it all culminates into an addicting combination.

We can only imagine that “How To Waste a Moment” is being incorporated into his live acts. If you’re one of the lucky ones that’s planning on catching it, we’re sure you’re eagerly waiting hearing it live, just as we are.

Catch JVM on tour at one of the following dates below. Having seen him multiple times before, we highly recommend picking up some tickets and checking him out.

Aug 19 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO
Aug 20 The Bluebird w/ Blake Mills Denver, CO
Aug 22 Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Salida, CO
Aug 24 Weesner Amphitheater w/ Kevin Garrett Apple Valley, MN
Aug 25 Majestic Theater w/ Kevin Garrett Madison, WI
Aug 26 Thalia Hall w/ Kevin Garrett Chicago, IL

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