[TMN Interview] A quick chat with Meg Mac about ‘Rolling Up’ her sleeves

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We got to have a quick chat with the lovely and talented Oz artist Meg Mac about her latest song release, along with the beautiful music video. After chatting with her, we are even bigger fans.

TMN: Meg! First off can I just say, personally and from the lot here at TMN we are huge fans of that wonderful voice of yours :) Let’s talk about this song you released, “Roll Up Your Sleeves.” It is one of those songs you love to wake up to in the morning, to start the day with a bang and take on the world. Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind this song?

MM: Thank you guys! I started writing this because I was trying to understand why it is easier to pretend you don’t give a shit. Doing the right thing is hard sometimes and I was stuck on this thought. By the end I felt like I was writing this song to myself, to know that the most you can ever do is choose to do the right thing and then I think that everything has to be alright. Hope that makes sense!

TMN: And can you give us a quick history about you as a musician? Hailing from Down Under, we have noticed a large surge of musicians from your part of the world who really are taking over in a way. When did music first enter your life?

MM: I think I have the usual growing up and loving music/wanting to sing all the time story. But I started songwriting at about 17 and I was hooked on it. I could not get over the idea that I could be the first person in the whole world to sing these lines and things I was writing. I was kind of taken over by being able to make something no one sung yet. It was overwhelming, all the possibilities and I am still addicted.

TMN: The video for “Roll Up Your Sleeves” is simply stunning, really. Just your face, black and white, belting out this incredible song. I commend you for making a video that really is about you and the song. Where did you come up with this concept?

MM: Thank you, I was so happy with how it turned out. The song means a lot to me and is so real to me, I wanted to just sing my song so you knew I meant it.

TMN: Finally, can you tell us what we have to look forward to next from you?

MM: Shows! I want to sing these songs for everyone before I get moving on recording all my new stuff.

Watch her video for “Roll Up Your Sleeves” below and make sure to check out all things Meg Mac in the future.

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[Rock] Amber Run – I Found

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Oh man.

You know when you hear a band for the first time, and all you can feel is shivers running down each inch of your spine because the music is just that powerful? It is one of the most magical feelings when listening to a good song or a good artist.

I got to hear Amber Run for the first time the other day and their hauntingly beautiful song ‘I Found’. The five gentlemen from Nottingham, UK want you to know, they are here to make music that is timeless, rather than cool in the moment music. “We’re not writing edgy music that sounds like 2014 – it’s music for the whole decade, not just for now. We want people to be coming back to our music in 20 years.” And the thing is, their music is a sound that could move from this generation to the next easily. Their stunning vocals combined with their calm melodies combine for a sound that makes you feel, well, just a little bit of everything. Have a listen for yourself and see why these rockers will capture your own ears as well as many ears to come.

 

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Alt-J – Every Other Freckle

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Every Other Freckle

Alt-J‘s upcoming album is shaping up quite nicely. Earlier today, the U.K. alternative rockers released the third consecutive quality track from the project. In tandem with the other two songs we’ve heard thus far, their latest offering helps crystalize expectations for their highly anticipated sophomore record.

Each glimpse has featured a different dimension to the band’s sound–“Hunger of the Pine” full of sultry, powerful longing and “Left Hand Free” feeling more upbeat and catchy. “Every Other Freckle” presents yet another facet falling in between the other tunes in terms of energy but incorporating some of the vocal patterns found on An Awesome Wave, most notably “Breezeblocks.” The range of styles presented in these first singles suggests that we can expect a versatile and engaging mix from This Is All Yours, which is available for pre-order on iTunes and drops on September 23rd.

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[Alternative] Paramore – Ain’t It Fun (Kavalier Cover) feat. Molly Williams

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Ain't It Fun (Kavalier Cover) feat. Molly Williams

We were just about to share a different song by Kavalier when this popped on our radar. Molly Williams has always dazzled us with her sublime talent but we were blown away when she made the pop crossover and joined Kavalier on this Paramore cover. “Ain’t It Fun” maintains the upbeat, airy vibe of the original, however something must be said of Sean and Jake’s reconstruction of this track, especially the almost distorted bassline by Sean. This is just one of many features in their cover series so be sure to keep tabs on the Kavalier boys as well as the gorgeous Molly Williams.
 

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[Deep House] Xavier Rudd – Follow The Sun (Alex Cruz Remix)

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Alex Cruz-Follow The Sun ft. Xavier Rudd (Bootleg)

If you’re carefully calculating a playlist for your Labor Day adventures, look no further. First off, the original tune “Follow the Sun” is perfect for any road trip, camping trip, or even flight to a far off destination. Xavier’s gritty folk vocals give an intense life to the lyrical interpretation, which is brought to fruition with the subtle strumming of an acoustic guitar and a few whimsical notes off the harmonica.

While some of you out there might not be too keen on the folkier side of music, rest assured that we have you covered with an electronically inspired interpretation of this summertime tune. Coming out of the Netherlands, Alex Cruz has laid this tune over a sexy, smooth deep house bassline, letting a chopped up sample of the guitars dance perfectly over hallow kicks.

Leaving the vocals relatively untreated, this remix maintains the original integrity, coupling it only with a lively beat and some repeating shakes of a maraca.

Download this booty and upload it into your playlist for Labor Day. We garuantee it will illuminate whatever adventure lies ahead.

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[Electronic] Local Natives – Black Balloons (lost kings remix)

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Black Balloons (lost kings remix)(Radio Edit)

It’s very rare to find a progressive house remix of an alt-indie track that not only fits, but bumps as well. Luckily for us, our friends lost kings were up to the task and they took on Local Natives’ “Black Balloons” in a stunningly energetic and melodic edit. Scrapping the track down to the vocals and working their way back up, the Angeleno duo creates gorgeous and uplifting riffs in what can only be described as a remix perfect for closing out festival season.

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[Indie Rock] Stuart Newman – One Big F

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Stuart Newman has a grasp on crafting mellow indie rock, and he has for quite some time. Seeing releases on his Soundcloud page that date back to 2009, we’ve admittedly never heard of this folksy rocker. Having said that, we’re happy we stumbled across him this week.

With a backdrop of some traditional acoustic guitar work and muted percussion, Newman’s understated vocals shine through, creating a hazy blend of shimmering indie rock artistry, worthy of listening to with your Ray Bans on, windows down and a grin on your face.

Lyrically, Newman takes on a somewhat story-teller-esque approach, leaving complicated lyrics to the wind. In it’s stead, we’re left with smile-inducing, easily-approachable structure, that couples with the surging Moby-like song progression.

This tune is a free download on Newman’s website. Just enter your email address and enjoy.

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