Apex Shrine – Can’t Help Myself [TMN Premiere]

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Apex Shrine
Can't Help Myself

The St. Louis natives, Apex Shrine, have cooked up a truly classic sound that feel like they time traveled straight out of the late 60’s. With a mix of southern rock and psychedelia, these good ol’ boys shred their way through a prime track that kicks off their debut album, Home Baked in a raucous fashion. Blues influenced riffs and solos are the highlight of “Can’t Help Myself,” as they pair the grit of Wolfmother with the melodic capability of The Raconteurs into their own dynamite sound. The chops they exhibit match up with their alternative appeal nicely, and this single stands as a impressive introduction as to what these Missourians are going to be capable of. Be on the lookout for Home Baked in April and rock out with “Can’t Help Myself” above!

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The Score – Catching Fire [TMN PREMIERE]

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The Score Official
Catching Fire

Every once in a while, an act comes around that embodies the Americana-rich daydreams we often fixate on while focusing on the warmer months. You know the ones – you’re camping with friends, cooking s’mores, drinking whiskey, and listening to music blaring out of your friend’s car. While that friend’s car battery will surely die, those memories will live on in infamy, and The Score writes songs that are the perfect soundtrack for those memories.

Following their monster hit, “Oh My Love,” is no easy task. This tune amassed over two million plays on soundcloud and YouTube and can also be heard in Starbucks nationwide this month. However, “Catching Fire” doesn’t disappoint, instead adding to the general allure that’s radiating off of these guy’s catchy-as-hell vibes.

As we saw before, the LA-based duo has a knack for anthemic pop, artfully crafting easily memorable hooks paired with booming percussion and light, accentuating guitar work. It beckons on associations of other quickly-rising indie pop stars, reminding us of Young Rising Sons, The Griswolds, and CRUISR. All in all, it’s one of those tunes that you just can’t shake, not that you would ever want to.

Be on the lookout for more from these two. You’ll surely be hearing more of them in 2015.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2015 Round #2)

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No matter how much we try to plan our life or how methodical our daily routine may be, every second of our day can really go any way it damn well chooses. Except for our music. We can always choose our music. Unless the internet goes down, then….well, then, the universe decided to do whatever it damn well pleased. BUT if you are here now, you’re in good shape…..Hit play. HIT PLAY.

The Isles
John James
Aces
Find Me Out
Beach Baby
Ladybird
Might As Well Swim
Keenan OMeara
Rozi Plain
Actually
Corey Fox
Fardell
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[Resident Artist of the Month] Jack Garratt

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Jack Garratt
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February came and went in a hurry, and we’re now looking forward to March, spring, summer, and, of course, all of the festivals that are heading our way. The first festival on our list is SXSW, and one of our must-see acts is inventive pop singer/producer Jack Garratt.

We’ve been fans of this magnificently-bearded, UK-based, self-producing musician for quite some time, quickly becoming enamoured at first listen. Back then, we stumbled across “I Couldn’t Want You Anyway,” and haven’t turned back since.

With this lasting adoration and panicky “we have to post his new song within minutes of it being live” urges, we felt it necessary to extend him an offer to be our Resident Artist for the month of March. He has, of course, accepted, and we couldn’t be happier.

So, stay tuned as we bring you four different pieces of content on this quickly rising artist, including an exclusive interview coming up soon.

Photo Credit: Daniel Alexander Harris Photography.

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2015 International Women’s Day Playlist

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In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve spent the afternoon compiling tunes from some of our favorite musical women. We looked into all of our usual genres – indie rock, hip hop, RnB, pop – and did our best to shine some light on the industry’s best and brightest.

The lines blur from genre to genre at times, and the definition of a “female musician” does as well. Some bands have male members. Some women are covering a song from a male artist. At the end of the day though, we tried our best to showcase acts that have a heavy female influence in their art.

So, sit back, relax, and take some time to appreciate some of the best work from women musicians around the globe.

INDIE ROCK / POP

Feist
How Come You Never Go There
Breakfast
Boris
Gordi
Taken Blame
Tei Shi
See Me
Regina Spektor
Small Town Moon
Cat Power
Sea Of Love
MEG MAC
Roll Up Your Sleeves

Say Youll Be There
Ryn Weaver
OctaHate
The Narcoleptic Dancers
Again And Again
Courtney Barnett
Avant Gardener
Daughter
Landfill
Gnarls Barkley
Crazy (Cover) by Daniela Andrade
Lauren Aquilina
Sex (The 1975 Cover)
Grace Mitchell
Runaway
Black Honey
Madonna
Lyla Foi
Shoestring
Owl Eyes
Something About Us (Daft Punk Cover)
Luluc
Small Window
Bets
Rooftop Lover
Husky Rescue
Deep Forest Green
Laura Welsh
Here For You
Marika Hackman
Animal Fear
London Grammar
Sights
Little Joy
Unattainable
Birdy
Skinny Love
Julia Stone
Youre The One That I Want
The Staves
The Motherlode
Noosa
Sail
Zella Day
Compass
Mapei
Dont Wait
Chelsea Lankes
GHOST
Janelle Kroll
Sunny Days
Catey Shaw
Human Contact (Original Mix)
Lucy Rose
Our Eyes
Jose Vanders
Blue Notes
Maiday
Wish Youd Met Me First
Lily Allen
I Dont Mind Babe (gknew1)
Gabrielle Aplin
Let Me In
Kawehi
Anthem
Sylvan Esso
Coffee
Phoebe Ryan
Mine
XYLO
America
Mr. Little Jeans
The Suburbs
Naomi Pilgrim
Its All Good
Broods
Bridges
EVVY
Collide
Little Daylight
My Life
ACRE TARN
Dawn Faces
MS MR
Hurricane
MarzXLeon
L O N E R
Rae Morris
Under The Shadows
HAIM
The Wire
Yellow Flicker Beat
Lorde
BANKS
GODDESS
Ellie Goulding
Tessellate (Alt
FKA Twigs
Two Weeks
Lana Del Rey
West Coast
Shura
Touch
Jessie Ware
Tough Love
Lykke Li
Gunshot
Florence and the Machine
What Kind of Man (Radio Edit)
Little Dragon
Klapp Klapp

 

DANCE

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Super Moon
Kimbra
Miracle
AlunaGeorge
Supernatural
Phantogram
Fall In Love
Purity Ring
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Mark Johns
5 South (Prod. Alexander Lewis) Ft. Brasstracks
Alison Wonderland
Lies
DABIN
Endlessly feat. Anna Yvette
Anna Lunoe
Say It Again (Nina Las Vegas & Swick Remix)
dOP
Close Up (Louisahhh!!! Remix)
Polar Youth
Bae
Jessie Ware
Keep On Lying (TOKiMONSTA Remix)
Anna Lunoe Ft Jesse Boykins III
Heartbreak In Motion
Karin Park & Pandora Drive
Hurricane (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
REZZ
Black Energy (Original Mix)
Lupe Fuentes
Gotta Keep Holding On
Kittens
Tell Me How U Feel
Fei Fei
Born
HELENA
Raven (Original Mix)
Armin van Buuren
Ping Pong (Dani Deahl Remix)

 

R&B / HIP HOP

Kali Uchis
Call Me
Jhene Aiko
The Pressure
Kehlani
FWU (Prod. by Swagg Rcelious)
RAYE
FLOWERS
SZA
Julia (Prod. Felix Snow & Dave Free)
Snakeships
Gone (Feat. Syd)
Cyril Hahn
Slow ft. Rochelle Jordan
Rubee Rayne
DSYLM (Dont Say You Love Me)
Venessa Michaels
 Touch Me ft. Kiana Brown
Cashmere Cat
Adore feat. Ariana Grande
Rapsody
Lonely Thoughts Ft. Chance The Rapper & Big K.R.I.T.
Selah Sue
Together (Feat. Childish Gambino)
George Maple
Where You End And I Begin Feat. Grande Marshall
Nylo
Fool Me Once
Little Sims
Enter The Void (Prod. Balistiq)
Vanessa Elisha
Ocean (Prod. By J Louis)
Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Fantasy
DeJ Loaf
Try Me (prod.by DDS)
Tinashe
Pretend featuring A$AP Rocky
Kiesza
Bad Thing Feat. Joey Bada$$
Marian Hill
Lips
Cathedrals
Want My Love
Jeni Suk
Dont Let Me Down (feat. IamSu & AR 2)
Niykee Heaton
Bad Intentions
LIZ
Y2K (Prod. by Lido)
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October Glow – Cellar Door [TMN PREMIERE]

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Cellar Door

Sunday is a bittersweet day. On one hand, it’s developed a notariety for being the a day of rest, allowing you to slowly wind down before another week in the rat race. On the other hand, it is the last day of the weekend, presenting itself as a daunting reminder that real life kicks back into gear before you know it.

Regardless of whether you’re a “glass half full,” or “glass half empty” person, one thing should be a constant. Music plays a huge role in shaping our lazy day at home, and October Glow is adding to that with their debut song, “Cellar Door.”

Accentuating the laid-back vibes of this day properly, this Essex-based producer/vocalist brings the tune in with a South East Asian riff. Calling on associations of Apparat, Absofacto, and Tom Vek, “Cellar Door” crackles with anti-pop radiance. The understated vocals effortlessly blend with the instrumentals, leaving us yearning for more. Unfortunately, this is all we have for now. You’ll just have to exert some patience as we wait for more.

“Cellar Door” is now available to download via Sweet Release Records. Head over there, pick it up, and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

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7 Acts We Loved At Noise Pop Festival SF, 2/20-3/1 [Festival Review + Playlist]

Flight Facilities-16Now in its 23rd year, Noise Pop Festival has become an absolute staple of the Bay Area for fans of independent music, film and art. With multiple shows every night at some of the best venues SF and Oakland have to offer, Noise Pop presented the best kind of difficult decisions on a daily basis. The Noise Pop HQ, at the newly renovated Swedish American Hall, was a fantastic destination as well hosting intimate shows, happy hours and even a live podcast recording with Toro y Moi where he premiered “Half Dome,” the eighth track from his upcoming album. Although there were plenty of activities outside of the concerts, being the ninjas we are, we’re going to focus on our favorite performances from the week. Browse through some pictures and songs in our chronologically ordered list below.

1. Flight Facilities, 2.24 @ The Regency Ballroom

Why we loved it: Australian DJ duo Flight Facilities, of the esteemed Future Classic, took stage at The Regency in full aviation gear for an energetic set. What really took their performance to the next level was live vocal assistance from talented Owl Eyes and Surahn Sidhu, member of Empire of the Sun, who covered female and male parts of Flight Facilities’ countless hits. [Photos by: Justin Yee]

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Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Extended Version)

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