Outside Lands 2014: 10 Acts to See Before 3PM [Event Preview + Playlist]

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With the inevitable shenanigans that occur during preparation, it can be difficult to get to a music festival in a timely manner. As a result, its fairly common for festival-goers to miss out on acts that play early in the day. While headliners rarely disappoint, there’s something incredible about discovering an artist for the very first time during a live performance–a mutually beneficial exchange between artist and fan. The first few hours of a lineup provide ample opportunity to do so without compromise often producing some of the most energetic shows of an event.

Outside Lands is coming up on Friday, and we’ve decided to do our best to compel all our ninjas to make it to Golden Gate Park early this weekend by highlighting 10 acts worth seeing before 3PM. In creating the list, we found that there is certainly no shortage of artists, both established and up & coming, that we’re excited for during the first few hours of each day. If you can’t make it in early, don’t sweat, because at least a few of these bands will be headlining festivals themselves soon enough. Check out the playlist below and we hope to see some of you at OSL this weekend!

Day 1 (08/08):

Night Terrors of 1927 (Noon, Panhandle Stage)

Sounds like: Brooding, dark pop bringing together powerful emotions on either end of the spectrum.

Night Terrors of 1927
Young and Vicious
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Dust and Bones

Aer (12:45PM, Twin Peaks Stage)

Sounds like: A sunny blend of hip-hop, alternative rock and a splash of Sublime.

Aer
Feel I Bring
Aer
Wont Laugh

Run the Jewels (2:15, Lands End Stage)

Sounds like: Hardcore hip-hop with counter-cultural commentary.

Run The Jewels
Banana Clipper feat. Big Boi
Run The Jewels
Get It

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[Synth/Dance-Pop] Mansions on the Moon – Somewhere Else Tonight

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Somewhere Else Tonight

With So-Cal alt-pop troupe Mansions on the Moon‘s debut LP release right around the corner in October, our anticipation has been piquing towards the group like never before. A few weeks back, the tasteful pop purveyors dropped the first single from the album, “Don’t Tell”, and today they’re back with the latest offering from their impending self-titled long player: “Somewhere Else Tonight”. Whereas “Don’t Tell” rode a more subdued dance melody, “Somewhere Else Tonight” feels much more aimed towards the dancehall than almost anything we’ve covered from MotM in the past. Their cadence rides more agile and quick than most anything within their library thus far, feeding on an expansive synth and perhaps our favorite vocalist in the entire indie landscape to bolster the tune’s entire sonic atmosphere. Speaking about “Somewhere Else Tonight”, the crafty ensemble of skilled musicians stated: “We wrote Somewhere Else Tonight during our first few months in Los Angeles.  The chorus was inspired by our move from East to West Coast .  After we wrote the verses, the lyrics became a metaphor, not only for getting out of one’s comfort zone but also for returning to a childlike, imaginative perspective towards mundane everyday life.” That inspirative vibe is absolutely felt with every kick, clap and synth stab contained in this four-minute pop stride, so do yourself a favor and feel it above.

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[Swoon] Nick Hakim – I Don’t Know

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I Don't Know

As if pre-destined for major motion pictures, “I Don’t Know” possesses an undeniable charm that makes us want to give up music blogging, instead looking to a career in screenwriting. In an enchanting progression through this five-minute, cinematic musical journey, we can’t help but think of a drizzly day on the streets of our nation’s capital.

Nick Hakim is back, and he’s brought his glorious voice with him. In this latest release, out today, this DC-based crooner has pulled out all the stops. With a haunting bassline, light flicks of the guitar and an eloquent twinkling of the ivories, this story comes to life. The instrumentals are more than enough to hook our minds and hearts, Hakim sends us into another world with his sometimes smokey, yet always refined vocals.

If you’re looking forward to the fall months and the chilly weather that accompanies them, make sure to bookmark this page. This tune begs for a glass of something stiff and some grey, rainy weather.

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[Album Review] Faded Paper Figures – Relics

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American trio Faded Paper Figures provides a handful of styles and diversity on Relics that we’re not used to hearing. Some tracks have a bit of a folky feel to it, while others have a more electric synth-pop style. Ranging from subtle vibes to a bit more upbeat, Relics is a must-have record for any listener. Instead of picking out three that fit one style, we are going to run you through three that highlights their unique ability to differentiate their sound. Whether you are looking for a folky track to sing along to, or a more electric one to have a dance party with your ninjas, we has you covered!

With one of the most clever titles we’ve seen, “Not The End Of The World (Even As We Know It)” starts off smoothly. Don’t let that smooth introduction fool you though; this song builds into a rock song with lyrics that compliment the honest approach to production we can tend to miss nowadays. “Unfortunately life goes on, but it’s not the end of the world- even as we know it.” This statement alone will really hit home with a lot of people. Life gets tough at times, and what may seem like minor tasks to some become major tasks for others. No matter how hard things get you need to keep moving.

“Wake Up Dead” has a really innocent folk sound to it. The hard panning on the guitar at the start really sucked us in, and the duet style vocals really kept our attention focused. The particular patch they used on the synthesizer has a very nice analogue techno sound to it, which is a great addition in an age where electronic music is everywhere. Everything about this song has a mature feel to it. It just seems to be composed with a lot of thought and determination.

The last track we’re touching base on, before we leave you to enjoy the album in its entirety, is “Real Lies”. This one has a four to the floor drum style that a lot of us can relate to nowadays. The song has a consistent style to it, but then at the end it takes an unexpected turn. The turn isn’t anything bad, if anything that is one of the main reasons we picked this track. It goes from the house, or disco style drums, to an eastern style outro. It isn’t an abrasive change of styles whatsoever. It really transitions into the eastern vibes smoothly. Another nice part of the outro is the vocal recording used over it. “Real Lies” has a powerful message, as do all of the songs on “Relics”.

The eclectic style of this trio really shines through on this newly released album. We don’t often get an opportunity to relate to so many different messages provided on an album, but Faded Paper Figures made that rarity a possibility. Ranging in all different styles of music, this album is a must have for anyone. If you don’t agree, we strongly encourage you to listen to it from beginning to end, absorbing the meaning behind each song. We hope that it leaves you at a place of understanding in life, and you can appreciate every aspect as much as we did.

 

Not The End Of The World (Even As We Know It)
Wake Up Dead
Real Lies
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Black Honey – Teenager [TMN PREMIERE]

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Teenager (Demo)

Taking a moment to drink it all in — the swirling guitar chords, the clashing cymbals, the echoing surf rock riffs that complement the brooding vocals in an effortless fashion — we can’t help but get completely encompassed in the latest release from the newest Duly Records signee, Black Honey.

“Teenager” is the second release from this practically unheard-of band, who dare to explore the dark chasms of indie rock through nostalgic instrumentation rife with Americana-style undertones. Their first release, “Sleep Forever,” soared through Hype Machine, tugging on the ears of the blogosphere. In a commanding fashion, this newly formed outfit calls on associations of the legendary Lana Del Rey, as if tipping their proverbial cap to her sultry swagger.

While there’s not much information about this intoxicating band, they’ve offered up an opportunity to remedy that situation. In a completely unorthodox and rather impressive attempt to open up to the world, Black Honey is available through text message. That’s right. Shoot them a text, and ask them whatever your little heart desires. Just promise us one thing, though? Keep it PG.

Black Honey – 07578533359

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2014 Round #2)

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We all need some sort of support system in our life. Whether it be lovers, friends, extracurricular activities, anything that helps us get through a hard day. For some of us, it’s music.  We get home, wrap our ears in a blanket of our favorite tunes, and fall back into the arms of a magical swirl of sounds. If that sounds like something you can relate to, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve knit a wonderful little blanket full of love and support just for you.

Average Mammals
The Senses
Lupa
Statues
I Am the Sky
Half A Man
Paper Lights Music
Never Let You Go
Paul Cook & The Chronicles
Come Out Wherever You Are
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[Pop] Ryn Weaver – Promises

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Promises

Believe you me, Ryn Weaver is on next. The 21 year old took over the blogosphere a month ago with “Octahate“, a debut single that was later revealed to be produced by Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, and Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos while being vaulted into the spotlight by Charli XCX. She returns today with “Promises”, a warm and upbeat smash hit that should carry you through the rest of summer. I cannot stress enough how big this starlet will be in just a matter of months, so be sure to give her a listen now and join the hypetrain.

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