[Indie] Pageantry – Vicious Wishes

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Pageantry
Vicious Wishes

The close of the weekend definitely calls for a healthy dosage of dreamy encapsulating indie rock to help ease us into the inevitable start of yet another work week. Luckily for us, we stumbled across Denton-based Pageantry, and have subsequently added this lil’ beaut into our Sunday rotation.

“Vicious Wishes” soars with textural layers of piano, guitar, and soft, rhythmic percussion, giving listeners a chance to escape the worries of day-to-day minutia for a full five minutes. It seemingly teeters perfectly along the narrow line between spacey psych rock and hip-swaying indie rock, somehow perfectly pulling in elements of both. We don’t know whether to lie back in our favorite recliner and get lost in our own minds, or whether we should get up and dance around. Maybe we’ll alternate as we hit the repeat button. Problem solved.

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[Event Preview] Enchanted Forest – Black Oak Ranch – 7/22 – 7/24

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It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that we love to get down, let loose, and imbibe quite often. However, we also understand the importance of taking care of the temple and making sure our ninja minds stay fine-tuned and on point. With that in mind, Enchanted Forest and its healthy dosage of sweet grooves in a life-altering collective social environment is calling our name next week.

For four days, festival-goers will be part of a once-in-a-lifetime musical and cultural experience, with more than 70 internationally-acclaimed live and electronic musical acts, including Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo, Hamsa Lila, PANTYRAID, Minnesota, Fanna Fi Allah, Autograf, Lila Rose, Thriftworks and more.

In addition to the lineup, Enchanted Forest is also home to what they call, “NorCal’s Sauciest Soiree,” where visitors are encouraged to “fully embody their highest and truest self.” That means inside this fairytale woodland setting are 50 workshops in yoga, dance, movement and flow arts instruction, led by globally-renowned teachers. Yoga not your jam? Maybe you’ll find something of interest at one of over 60 educational workshops and forums covering subjects around relationships and sexuality, science and spirituality, health, wellness, nutrition, and ancestral arts.

The forest is full of healing sanctuaries, foam dance floors and, of course, plenty of shade for comfy camping. Forewarning, if you’re trying to booze up, it’s maybe not the festival for you, as they have “Get saucy, not sauced” policy, which promotes a safe, alcohol-free environment. But, after marathon party sessions at festivals like EDC, Coachella, and Ultra, this could be a very welcomed break.

Before you dive into the playlist we curated for you, we also should mention that our friends over at Cadence & Cause have your chance to win two (4-Day All-Inclusive) Yogi Passes, a Saucy Spa Pass (in case you need a shower), and a $100 gift certificate for merch at the festival. Your entry will help impact a cause that really hits home to the show’s promoter’s – planting new trees in American forests – so events like this can continue to happen for a long time to come.

’Thirftworks – The Newter Shooter’
’Lynx – Picture (The Polish Ambassador Remix)’
’Wildlight – The Tide – Rain’
’pantyraid – Wanting Moves’
’Where are ü now – Ember Island cover(Minnesota remix)’
’Minnesota – Hold Up’
’Minnesota – Living Together’
’Doja Cat – So High (StéLouse Flip)’
’Owl City X Said The Sky – Fireflies (StéLouse Edit)’
’Champagne Drip – Open Your Eyes’
’Champagne Drip – Moonlight’
’Autograf – Dream.’
’Autograf – Metaphysical (ft. Janelle Kroll)’
’Autograf
Future Soup (ft. Patrick Baker)’
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The Mystical Music of the Islamic Sufis arrives at Enchanted Forest [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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For some, the gathering of like-minded, free-spirited individuals in the forest for 4 days of non-stop music, workshops, speakers, and art is enough to transform the soul. To show you another way to live, a more enriched, fulfilled way of seeing the possibilities all around us. But for others, this is not enough. To satisfy the desires of a diverse crowd, Enchanted Forest doesn’t stop there. They bring some of the most unique attributes of the festival scene into play, including a liberating #freethenipple campaign, 24-hour shower parties, a 100 percent alcohol-free experience, and a “Save The Planet” charity initiative with Cadence & Cause, where you can win 2 all-inclusive tickets to the festival simply by donating.

To top it off, Enchanted Forest brings with them some of the most well know and carefully selected musicians the festival space has to offer. Including a fascinating 8 member Qawwali group called Fanna Fi Allah.

Qawwali music is something that most of us from the festival world have never heard of. It is a cultural phenomenon in South Asia and has been around for almost a thousand years, so why are we introduced to it now?

We sat down with their founder Tahir to ask a few questions of this uniquely inspiring band before heading into the forest.

TMN: So, how long have you guys been around and where do you play most of your music?

Tahir: We have been touring for 16 years and actually only play about 5% of our music at American festivals. Most is spent in Pakistan, India, and the Punjabi cultures in South Asia and the Middle East.
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2016 Round #2)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaIn the midst of all the chaos, music sometimes provides a little relief, even if only temporary. Sometimes it’s necessary to kick back, relax and lose yourself in some indie goodness for a while. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Hit play on the Indie Dojo and let your mind travel to a more peaceful place, wherever that may be.

’Super Massive – POWER’
’Polar Bears Can Dance – Light and Sound’
’The Migrant – Belly of a Man’
’Simen Mitlid – Sleeping’
’Tom Speight – Falling’
’Matt Sucich – Montauk’
’Mesa Luna – Don’t Let Go’
’Sweet Jean – Everything Changes’
’Benjamin Longman – Steady’
’Fields – I’m On Fire (Cover – Live Acoustic from Coffee Hill Studios)’
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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Viceroy Shares his Favorite Summer Tunes

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When you earn the title of Sultan of Summer, it’s safe to say that you’re somewhat of an expert on all things warm-weather. We definitely know where we’ll turn if we’re looking for a refreshing cocktail recipe, the best beach destination, or a collection of the best summer tunes. That’s right – it’s our Resident Artist, Viceroy.

Of course, our pool playlists are brimming with tracks he’s produced, but we wanted to dig a little deeper and find out what he’s personally jamming to when he’s manning the BBQ or walking the beach. Take a look below and start getting those weekend plans in order. You’ll want to be outside to enjoy this nice little collection.

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

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For some of us, the harsh reality of the end of a long weekend will hit us really hard today. May we suggest easing into it with a new Indie Dojo? We know it’s not another day off, but it’s definitely better than nothing.

’Wild – Silver & Gold’
’Softer Still – New Age’
’Chain Wallet – Shade’
’Toulouse – Hurtin”
’Bo Rocha – Hold My Gaze’
’Daniel Spaleniak – Back Home Feat. Katarzyna Kowalczyk’
’Avid Walker – Who’s Your Lover’
’Merival – Alay Alas’
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Sleepers’ Reign – King Into Delight [TMN PREMIERE]

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Sleepers' Reign
King Into Delight

We were only a minute through “King Into Delight” when we realized we had something exceptional on our hands. The radiating glow of calculated layers are more than enough to rope any listener in, but what follows is what will keep you coming back again and again.

This wonderfully otherworldly listening experience is coming your way via the Belgian-based experimental-pop group known as Sleepers’ Reign, who are getting ready to release their debut album come September through Sialia Records.

While we haven’t been privy to the rest of the collection, “King Into Delight” should be more than enough to pique your interest with its gorgeous mixture of psychedelic atmospherics and catchy-as-hell pop sensibilities. At times, you’ll find they flirt with nuances of acts like Mew and Passion Pit, while still maintaining their own unique sound.

The album is about sincere, honest issues that everybody has to deal with on their road to maturity. A willingness to expose oneself poetically, without making it any bigger than it really is, that is what it is about. – Sleeper’s Reign

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