Troup – Always On Fire [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Troup
Always On Fire

If ever there were a moment where you felt like dropping everything, packing a small bag, and hitting the closest west-bound highway, it would come while listening to “Always on Fire.”

Crafted by LA-based rockers Troup, this tune has a classic air surrounding it, one that’s truly worthy for the open road. With a buzzing combination of both classic and modern rock elements, it’s engaging across both verses and choruses, urging you to tap the steering wheel, nod your head, and sing along. But, before you slip into a daydream about an epic road trip, let’s get you caught up to speed on how this act came to be.

After performing as the frontman of Brit pop-punk act Crashland, and performing with the likes of Coldplay and Queens of the Stone Age in the UK, Alex Troup headed west to Los Angeles. While browsing some vinyl bins at Ameoba Records, he incidentally met producer/keyboardist Evan Beigel, and the act was born out of a love for 70s’ rock, analog synths, and Brit pop. Members Graham Roby, Claudio Tristano, and James Jannetty completed the now five-piece, which then put out tracks that received loved by tastemaker radio stations like KCRW, KCSN, and BBC Radio.

Their latest EP, Mercury and Gold, is set to release later this month, and we have an exclusive sneak peek at the official music video for “Always On Fire.” Check it out below, then make sure to RSVP to their EP release party, which takes place on October 24th, at the Hi Hat in Los Angeles.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2016 Round #2)

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You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you’ll land on this page, have a brand new indie dojo and totally get what you need.

’M.I.L.K – U and Me’
’Minature Tigers – Crying In The Sunshine’
’Giant Party – Where Have You Been?’
’Alex Izenberg – To Move On’
’Jack and the Weatherman – Special Girl’
’Edges – Walk Away’
’Braille Face – Because’
’Luca Fogale – Used to Be’
’Fenne Lily – Top To Toe’
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Former Faces – the Runaround [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Former Faces
the Runaround

If there’s one thing we love here at TMN, it’s breaking brand new artists. We view premiering a debut track like a badge of honor adorning our shinobi shozukos. Before you pop open a fresh browser for a google search, we’re, of course, talking about the traditional ninja outfit, which we most certainly wear while blogging and completing stealthy missions in pale moonlight.

Enough about us, though. We’re here to talk about the very first offering from Ryan Parmenter, aka Former Faces. What’s been described as a “study in dreams and memories crossing paths,” this project from Silverlake-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist had us swooning within seconds, and we’re pretty sure you’re going to follow suit.

“the Runaround,” which is self-written and self-produced, is the first taste of what’s to come. With a sensual, groovy, and delicate soundscape, Parmenter’s vocals really come front and center. However, while they’re certainly noteworthy, the true hero in this piece is the well-comprised balance of his enchanting lyrics, smooth percussion, break-beat synths, haunting vocal harmonies, and accentuating spoken word samples. All-in-all, it’s a complete track through-and-through, which has us waiting anxiously for the next release.

Recorded music aside, this act has plans for a live show, brought to life with the help of David Lee (guitar), Brian Blake (bass), and Abraham Kim (drums). Before they dial in that performance, though, you should pry study up on some lyrics. Luckily for you, we’re making it easy on you. Just look below.

Photo Credit: Ian Flanigan

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[Alternative] Nilüfer Yanya – Keep On Calling

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Nilüfer Yanya
Keep On Calling

Nilüfer Yanya took command of her sound on a simply wonderful cover of the Pixies “Hey”, and she’s been on a roll ever since. The London native is back with “Keep On Calling”, a tune traversing the line between effervescent and melancholy with its minimal percussion, reverberating guitar riffs, and impassioned yet equally restrained vocals. As evident from the song’s message, there’s no fumbling around when it comes to Nilüfer’s emotion, and we’re on board for her straightforward approach all the way.

You may notice a slight similarity to King Krule throughout her work so far, but Nilüfer exceeds all comparison once this song’s chorus rolls around and ramps up in tempo and drive. Her voice is sweet but strong, and she has a way of demanding your attention the very moment she begins to sing. If you’re looking for more from Nilüfer Yanya (which you honestly will be after “Keep On Calling”), be sure to check out her debut original, “Small Crimes”, as well.

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

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It’s crazy to think that a kabillion songs are uploaded to the interwebs every day. Ok maybe a slight exaggeration, but you catch the drift. There are a plethora of songs flying through the infinite world of digital music just wanting to be heard. Slightly overwhelming to think about trying to find all of them, yes. But that’s why we are here. We’ll keep handpickin’ all the goodins’ so you can just indie dojo & chill.

’Avi On Fire – Pearls’
’Wet Leather – Secret Preference’
’Fresh Big Mouf – One Step, Two Step’
’Soayla – No Good’
’Izo Fitzroy – Reckoning’
’Mooryc – You Will Go’
’Skin and Bones – Ain’t No Water’
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Robbing Millions – In The No Air [TMN PREMIERE]

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Robbing Millions
In The No Air

“In The No Air” switches back and forth effortlessly, pulling you in and out of what seems like a psychedelic dream, only to place you back in reality, strutting down the street with a head-nodding confidence only music is capable of providing. We wouldn’t expect much less, though, given what we’ve come to know from previous works released by this this Brussels-based act.

Comprised of band leaders Lucien Fraipont and Gaspard Ryelandt, as well as live accompanying members Daniel Bleikolm, Leo Campbell, and Jakob Warmenbol the quirky and unpredictable Robbing Millions is set to release their debut LP, which is eponymously titled. We’re lucky enough to bring you an early taste of this imaginative body of work, which should have you eager to pre-order the November 25th release.

If you’re hoping to get helplessly enveloped by a song this Monday morning, look no further. Once you’re walked into the experience by playful vocal hums and forward-facing guitar strums, the hefty bassline, Brit-pop-esque verses and dream state-style choruses will have you swirling, deep inside your own mind. Which, if you’re struggling to ease into the day, might be just the thing you need.

Make sure to keep up on Robbing Millions by following them on Facebook.

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[Event Review] Porches & Japanese Breakfast @ The Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO – 9/26

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’Porches – Be Apart’

In the relatively short expanse of two years or so, Aaron Maine’s Porches project has undergone quite a rapid transition in nearly every facet of singing, songwriting and production development (such a rapid acceleration of prowess in fact, that Maine also recently released the first wave of Pool demos, as a completely separate LP entitled Water, just a few months back). Just one listen from both 2014’s Slow Dance in the Cosmos to this year’s excellently crafted Pool, and it’s clear that the New York based Maine & co. have caught lightning in a bottle with their current iteration. In the process of constant evolution, Porches have become a magnetic live presence as well, gaining the notice of discerning listeners, critics, and labels alike, and this past Monday we were able to witness them in live glory at one of our favorite intimate indie venues in Denver, the Larimer Lounge.

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