WILD – Back To You [Music Video Premiere]

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WILD
Back To You

It’s a pretty safe to assume that a good lot of you out there need a mid-week pick me up. The daily grind has started to wear down on you, leaving you with a bleak stare on your face as you look ahead into two more days until that pure bliss of weekend freedom. If you find yourself in that boat, this trio of Angelinos has just the thing to brighten your spirits.

WILD has seen tremendous success with only a handful of tracks, racking up hundreds of thousands of plays across SoundCloud and YouTube. It’s not hard to see why, given their instantly infectious nature brought forth by charming, anthemic indie rock stylings. Take “Back to You,” for example. Lead by layers of calculated finger picking, danceable bassline, memorable lyrics, and playful vocal harmonies, it latches on with ease, leaving you with the insatiable desire to dance around your desk. Don’t worry – we won’t judge you. Your co-workers might, though.

Today we’re bringing you a first glimpse at the band’s visual interpretation of “Back To You,” which carries a heartwarming story of a couple trying to find each other after getting lost on a snowy mountainside. Take a look below, then head over to WILD’s Facebook page and give them your support.

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

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It’s the first of the month, so hit play on the Indie Dojo, cash your checks & get up.

’Yoke Lore – HEAVY LOVE’
’Woodes – Daggers & Knives’
’Scott Orr – Undeniable’
’Fell Runner – Dream Catching’
’Lowpines – Part Of The Plan’
’May – Taking Champagne’
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[Rock] Episode – Lost in Cali

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Lost In Cali (demo)

Infected by their first release ‘Swim’, we have delved further into Episode’s releases. As a more delicate piece, ‘Lost in Cali’ explores mixed perceptions of California and LA, against their nostalgia of New York.

The track was born in LA, and the band describe it as “a beautiful city, and at it’s highs it feels surreal and distorted, but at it’s lows it feels empty in the way that New York feels whole”. Have a listen, and let us know what you think!
We’re stoked to have stayed in touch with these guys, as they’re set for awesome things in the near future!
Up and coming shows include ‘Arlene’s Grocery’ in New York on 4th March.
Enjoy!

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[Indie Rock] Yoke Lore – Heavy Love

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HEAVY LOVE

As the week closes out, we’ve got another brand new artist for you. Well, sort of. Musician Adrian Galvin is a founding member of the band Yellerkin, who were featured in our Indie Dojo playlist almost exactly a year ago. Earlier this week, the multi-talented artist announced a solo project under the moniker Yoke Lore with a song that we absolutely had to share. Diverging from the folk-stylings of Yellerkin, “Heavy Love” features a soaring sound with beautifully layered vocals to match. Additional electronic instrumentations–atmospheric pads and pounding synths–add a chillwave flavor that truly ties the song together. Still, Galvin’s somber, emotive crooning may be the most enticing part of the track drawing the listener in from the very start.

“Heavy Love” is the first single of Yoke Lore’s upcoming debut EP, Far Shore, which is due out this spring. In the meantime, save this soothing gem for your weekend hangover and peep what Galvin had to say about the project below.

Yoke Lore is about connections and contact. Music is a medium for communicating ideas and identities and stories. Yoke Lore is a set of stories; a collection of mundane accounts of relationships between people and things. We use these stories both in times of dejection to find solace and in times of bliss in order to remember ourselves… Yoke Lore is a mythical language that gives voice to all of us who at times cannot articulate why living is so tough.
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Faulkner – Waters Are A Rising [TMN Premiere]

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Everyone knows the phrase, “snitches get stitches.” The bi-coastal band Faulkner has taken that phrase to heart for the creation of their latest song “Waters Are A Rising” that the ninjas premiere to you. The retributive single takes the best rock sounds from the past few decades and puts them into one single creation. The verses and chorus juxtapose each other incredibly well, and then Faulkner changes things up again with the refrain in the second half of the song that leads to a climactic finish.

There’s a real push and pull with this record that makes it a great listen. You won’t simply be listening to the song; rather, you will feel engaged with it. That’s when you know you have something special. “Waters Are A Rising” is the second single off Faulkner’s upcoming EP Revanchist. You get full peak of the track early, however you will have to wait until March 11th to own it thanks to Street Invasion Records. In conclusion, we will leave you with a little fun fact about this record: RZA was one of the producers.

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StaG – Code Of The Schoolyard [TMN PREMIERE]

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Code Of The Schoolyard

Los Angeles-based duo StaG has been churning out solid tunes for a few years now, showcasing their adept ability to playfully combine dancy electronic elements, traditional instrumentation, quirky lyrics, and unique vocal styles. With dozens of releases already behind them, they’re now focused on their upcoming album, Don’t Check Out.

The album as a whole was inspired by a night so many of us are familiar with – drunkenly mulling over life in general. The title, initially purposed to describe the experience at being mediocre at best, eventually evolved into a tribute to the weird, intimate, and oddly perfect friendship between bandmates Matt and Will. Truly a vulnerable moment that we can all appreciate, especially given the opportunity to share it by enjoying this body of work.

Part of that collection of songs is today’s premiere, “Code Of The Schoolyard,” which is highlighted by some glowing falsettos that pair up perfectly with ethereal synths. The upbeat, hi-hat heavy percussion help drive the song along, giving a splendid juxtaposition to those vocals we just can’t get enough of. When asked about the meaning behind this tune, the guys had this to say:

“Code of the Schoolyard” is inspired by a Simpsons episode wherein Bart gets repeatedly beat up by Nelson Muntz before putting together an army of kids to fight back. It takes Bart’s experience in that episode and relates it to feeling like the weird kid in the corner.

Make sure to support these guys and pick up “Code of the Schoolyard” and the rest of the album over on StaG’s bandcamp page.

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Glint – Get Out The Way [TMN PREMIERE]

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Get Out The Way

For a lot of you, this is probably the first time being introduced to this New York-based duo. After today, though, you’ll be scrambling to like their facebook page, follow them on twitter, and marking their album release down on your calendar. It’s due out March 11th, by the way, via Votiv/Universal. Feel free to put that reminder in your phone now.

Glint is the product of Jase Blankfort, who left a successful career on Broadway to create what you’re experiencing now. The other half of this impressive, quickly-rising duo is Anders Fleming, who joins Jase as another multi-instrumentalist, bringing a bevy of talents to the entire production.

While their social following seems like these two are just getting started, they’re actually already quite seasoned, having opened up for acts like MGMT, TV on the Radio, The Airborne Toxic Event, BT, Ghostland Observatory, Broken Social Scene, and more. Those shows caught the eyes and ears of countless publications and tastemakers, getting praise from Billboard, Artrocker, and NME.

Now focused on releasing their new album, the band has graciously agreed to premiere the lead single with us today. “Get Out of The Way” is a commandingly anthemic song, led by goosebump-inducing, gorgeous vocals. Emotive, powerful, and entrancing, the combination of lyrics, booming percussion, and soft, fluttering synths leave listeners with feelings of introspection and inspiration. We’d be surprised if you don’t find yourself reaching for the repeat button a few times over.

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