[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2015 Round #3)

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It’s Tunesday AND St. Paddy’s Day! 2 great excuses for a celebration. And what is a celebration without a playlist!? Nothing…a celebration is nothing without a playlist. So cheers to free playlists and copious amounts of green everything.

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Running (Prod. Helping Hands)
Arum Rae
Waving Wild
B.Miles
Nine Matches (prod. by Noise Club)
Sam Thomas
If You Dont Love Her
Joni Fatora
Blueless Bird
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Gently (Demo)

 

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SXSW 2015 – Must See Acts [TMN EDITOR’S PICKS]

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Portable charger? Check. Craftily packed suitcases? Check. Showcase RSVPs sent? Check. Yep, ninjas. We’re ready to head out to SXSW next week. We can’t believe it’s finally here, but it is. It’s time to charge down to Austin to wander the streets seeing band after band, DJ after DJ. As you’ve come to know from following this site for so many years, each of our editors has a unique set of musical tastes. Sometimes we all have picks in the middle of our colective Venn Diagrams, but, for the most part, we all lean our different ways. With that in mind, we wanted to highlight the must-see acts from each ninja. So, bust out your pen and notepad. You’ll want to write these down.
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Daniel Wilson

This artist popped onto our radar with the undeniable charm of “If You Went Away.” His vocals are somewhat unrefined, which definitely adds to the appeal. We’ve only heard a few tunes, and the whole time, we’ve been wondering – what does his live show sound like? We’ll find out soon.

If You Went Away

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CRUISR

If you’re looking for a raucous indie rock show that’s sure to be full of energy, catchy pop hooks, and the unavoidable need to dance, then CRUISR will be a show not to miss. These cats have a knack for engaging pop-driven indie, and we’re positive it will translate into a live performance with ease.

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Go For It

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ELEL

This eclectic Nashville act promises to deliver plenty of on-stage intrigue, given the amount of instrumentation that goes into their “world pop” arrangements. Their vocal arrangements are extremely original as well, which should be interesting when translated into a live show.

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Jack Garratt

This has got to be one of our favorite artists as of late. Undeniably unique, unpredictable, and unconventional, this vocalist always dazzles with his impeccable range, and intricate soundscapes. If there is one artist that I personally “can’t miss,” it’s Jack Garratt.

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Jeremy Loops

What would Texas be without some beer-drinkin’, whiskey-shootin’, shit-kickin’, dusty-floor-dancin’ tunes? This infectious folk artist embodies those long-lasting memorable moments with a few friends, some cold drinks, and some frivolous dancing. He encapsulates Americana in pop-centric folk rock, and he does so from all the way down in South Africa.

Skinny Blues

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JP Cooper

We had the pleasure of interviewing this young Manchester-based vocalist a few months back, and we have to say, we’re overwhelmingly excited to catch his live show. In fact, if there’s a “must see” show based on vocal finesse, it would be this one. His tone, range, and dexterity is something that we just can’t pass up.

Closer

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Library Voices

We’ve been hip to this act for quite some time, falling enamored with their highly contagious tune, “Drinking Games.” Part of our adoration came some of their projects with Red Brick Song’s Casablanca sessions, which our the best collaborations the indie scene has seen in the past few years.

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If Raymond Carver Were Born In The 90s

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ASTR

After playing our raucous ‘TMN PResents’ party in Denver in late 2014, ASTR has continually set the bar higher on already engaging live sets. After 2014’s incredible ‘Varsity’ EP, we’re hoping 2015 sees a proper album from the New York alt-poppers.

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Operate

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Fred Falke

A man within the confines of dance music needing no real introduction, Fred Falke’s ‘French-Touch’ and disco inflected house records have been a staple of countless critics, artists and fans alike for nearly two decades. Any chance to see The Fred at such an incredible festival is a must.

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Bad Blood (Fred Falke Remix)

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Hundred Waters

The only non-dance affiliated act on Skrillex’s OWSLA Records, Hundred Waters crafts a stripped down brand of avant-garde pop stylings. Their live sets are as engaging as they are melodic and tasteful. If you haven’t yet, pick up their sophomore LP, ‘The Moon Rang Like a Bell’.

Show Me Love

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George Maple

George Maple is an iconic vocalist reining from none other than the homeland of pure talent – Australia. After having collaborated with the likes of Flume, the Future Classic artist is well on her way of becoming a global sensation. George Maple, the harmonious goddess, is making her way out to this years SXSW and we guarantee she is one not to miss.

Vacant Space

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Hudson Mowhake

The big name at Numbers never fails to impress with his tunes. Having been involved with Yeezus, being half of the former power duo TNGHT with Lunice, and just killing it all around, HudMo’s influence and discography knows no bounds. He continues to tear it up with every release and always puts on a great show.

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Chimes (Official)

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Leon Bridges

Leon is the second coming of 50’s soul. His style is a mix of Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke that epitomizes emotion in the always growing realm of singer-songwriters. “Coming Home” is a landmark single and his album is on the way. If you’re looking for an old school vibe, Leon is your man.

Coming Home

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BØRNS

Here’s someone muddying the lines between electronic rock and folk in his own unique and refreshing fashion. His recent EP, Candy, is a must hear if you haven’t caught it already. This LA native is poised for a strong rest of the year and will be a perfect fit for the SXSW community.

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Sweater Beats

HW&W & Symbol’s very own Sweater Beats is making his SXSW appearance this year and needless to say, this is a monumental step for the young producer. The forward-thinking artist has been soaring over the industry and this year will only be more promising for his career. If you’re headed to SXSW this year, make sure to catch Sweater Beats – but leave your sweater at home because it’ll be too hot to handle.

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Drop the Game (Sweater Beats Remix)

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Beacon

Brooklyn duo, Beacon, is undoubtedly one of the most underrated artists in today’s music world. I was foruntate enough to catch them last year on tour with Tycho and words do not do their live set or music any justice. Their eloquent way of storytelling is exemplified in their intricate sound designs along with moving melodies and touching synths. If you want an ambient, yet tranformational experience, Beacon is definitely one not to miss.

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Bring You Back

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Little Simz

Being both a female and a UK native, Little Simz is a minority in the hip-hop realm, but please don’t underestimate her. Able to hold her own with any emcee out there, Simz first impressed us with her E.D.G.E EP last summer. Since then, she’s followed that project with multiple mixtape releas, proving that Simz has an unparalleled work ethic. The girl definitely has bars, and we’re excited to see what she brings to the table when she comes stateside for her performance at SXSW.

It Aint Safe (Freestyle)

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Torey Lanez

A true triple threat, Tory Lanez never ceases to amaze us with his many talents. As one of the brightest acts emerging from the Toronto music scene, Tory made waves with his Lost Cause mixtape last fall. The consummate entertainer, Tory’s show promises to be a memorable one, as the emcee exudes a natural charisma that draws the audience in from start to finish. Expect him to crowd surf a minimum of five times, as the Canadian strives to have as much fun as possible every night.

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Dímelo #songsfromscratch

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Trippy Turtle

Making a name for himself last year with his quirky, uptempo, R&B insprired remixes, Trippy Turtle has undeniably become the face of Jersey Club music. Armed with an uncanny sense of humor and some high energy, bed-spring infused productions, Trippy’s showcase promises to be a blast, and we expect you’ll be struggling to catch your breath when it’s all said and done. Eee…Err Eee…Err Eee…Err FOFOFADI!

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Trippys Theme

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Mick Jenkins

Mick Jenkins is a Chicago emcee who combines some serious jazzy vibes with an intelligent lyricism matched by few other up ‘n coming rapers. In many ways, his style transcends the current trends in hip-hop without sacrificing dope, forward-thinking production. Mick promises to be an enlightening, laid-back and smooth performance–if you haven’t already check out his mixtape The Waters to prepare.

Jazz (Prod. by OnGaud)

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Jay Prince

Jay Prince is a UK-based, Soulection-affiliated rapper and vocalist who made waves with his debut project, BeFOR Our Time. Prince’s music has a distinct soulfulness to it that when combined with instrumentals from producers like IAMNOBODI, who will also be at SXSW, creates a sunny, nuanced aesthetic. Jay Prince is definitely an artist on the up ‘n up who will be awesome to see perform this early in his career.

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Haywyre

It’s crazy to think that there are people who still question the legitimacy of electronic artists as musicians. Vancouver producer Haywyre is just one of many to disprove the closed-minded with lush, complex sonic arrangements and a clear understanding of musical composition. His performance promises to showcase impressive skills on both the keyboard and controller but, more importantly, should be a huge dance party.

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All We Need (Haywyre Remix)

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Kaytranada

Another member of the Huh, What & Where collective, Kaytranada has been pioneering the future R&B/soul movement for years now and it’s been paying off in big ways. He’s been pictured recently with Rick Rubin and has created countless hits with an array of artists. His live sets are soulful, funky and ubeat making him likely one of the funnest DJ sets you’ll find at SXSW.

MNEK
Wrote A Song About You (Kaytranada Edition)

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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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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2015 Round #1)

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It’s March. Holy crap its March! Seriously though. Where does the time go and is there any such thing as a time stopping machine? No. There isn’t. But there is a music playing machine. It’s called the internet and it brings joy into many, many lives in the form of a weekly Indie Dojo. Enjoy.

Nick Hill
Rut
Har
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Hustle Rose
Make You Mine
Carroll
Boxing Day
Aero Flynn
Crisp
Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail
The Colour Blue
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Old Man

 

 

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2014 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaThere are a lots of things that have the power to alter our mood. And for a lot of us, it has been nothing but the weather. Wind chills and super storms and all the things opposite of warm, happy sunshine soaking into our skin. So today, instead of focusing on something we can’t control, unless you are harboring some secret X-Men like power that you should really just share with the world at this point, we should focus on something we can. Play, pause, rewind, fast forward, replay all you want. The power of mood-altering music is in your hands.

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The Dreamer
Theme Park
Something Good
Vetiver
Current Carry
The Tallest Tree
Ill Be Your
Jack McMullen
If I Go
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[Indie Folk] Joshua Michael Robinson – Sweet Ascension

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Sweet Ascension

Well, here we are, thinking we’ve made it all the way through New Music Tuesday, when this fabulous tune hits us like a ton of bricks. Pun slightly intended, we caught this on Red Brick Songs’ soundcloud, and we’ve had it on repeat ever since.

Dropping only a few hours ago, “Sweet Ascension” is an absolutely mesmerizing tune from Joshua Michael Robinson, and it carries complex intricacies of soft, lazy strumming, smokey verses, harmonious choruses, and lasting, afterglow found in only the most enchanting songs.

Written and performed by Joshua Michael Robinson, Jason Haberman and Hayden Bursk of Oh Travioso, this tune is a far departure from JMR’s usual soulful sounds, but we can’t be more grateful he decided to put it out. Simply put, it encapsulates the sheer, stunning beauty that a person’s voice and a few instruments can create. One can’t help but simply sit back and smile, drinking in all that is “Sweet Ascension”.

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(MP3 Playlist) Indie Dojo (February 2015 Round #3)

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It’s amazing how the musical world never stops pumping out new jams. Every day, every hour, maybe every minute even, a brand new musical creation is being pushed into the swirling magic of the world wide web. And one by one, we pluck them and place them into an Indie Dojo to be shared with whoever crosses our path. And no matter how many we pluck, we never, ever have to worry about extinction ’cause someone is already working on the next replacement.

Aurora
Runaway
Gosh Pith
Prints
Flora Tropics
Visual Diet
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back again
Jesse Davidson
Laika
Peppermint Cloud Club
Young Lovers
Jens Kuross
Steadier
Sierra Reeves
Give It Up
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