[Indie Folk] William Fitzsimmons – Fortune (Acoustic)

William Fitzsimmons - Fortune
William Fitzsimmons
Fortune (Acoustic)

Chicago-based singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons has recently released his Acoustic Sessions EP, in which consists of the unplugged version of four songs off his “Lions” album. Among these gems we have the acoustic version of “Fortune”, where Fitzsimmons gives an excellent display of his musical genius through minimal instrumental.

Taking away the electric guitar, the fast-paced drums, the harmonizing female vocals and replaced them with melodic acoustic fingerpicking, the bearded musician provides a stripped-down, naked and more emotionally driven version of the song. His under the breath singing is similar to Joshua Radin‘s whisper-rock style, but it surely amuses us how much this tune contributes to the audience with just his voice and a guitar. His voice is too soothing for words so go give it a listen, but we definitely want to see what other tricks William Fitzsimmons got hidden in that giant beard of his.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 8/14 – 8/16

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Bad Boy Bill - Aug 14
Bad Boy Bill
Can You Feel It (Remix)

Genetix + Coffi - August 15
Genetix ft. Padman
Aristocracy

Behrouz - August 16
Carl Kennedy & Tommy Trash
Blackwater (Behrouz Ibiza White Ireland Mix)
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[Ticket Giveaway] Little Daylight, Young Rising Sons, Motion Trap – Larimer Lounge 8/15

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It’s that time again. We have a couple of hot little tickets in our ninja glove covered hands, and we really need to hook one of our lucky fans up. This time around, we’re offering up two tickets to what is shaping up to be one hell of a show at Larimer Lounge. Opening up will be local Denver outfit Motion Trap, who are an instrumental electronic act. Playing the middle will be one of our new favorites, Young Rising Sons, who will provide catchy indie rock anthems left and right. If you haven’t checked them out yet, it won’t be long before you’re not only familiar, but also unaware as to how you know every lyric to their songs.

Closing out the night is Little Daylight, who are coming in all the way from Brooklyn NY. This trio (Nikki Taylor, Matt Lewkowicz, Eric Zeiler) have seen tremendous success in the blogosphere with choice remixes of artists like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Neighbourhood, and also have garnered a significant following through their infectious synth-driven pop originals.

Winner will be contacted by email tomorrow, Friday (8/15) at 10:00AM Mountain Time. PLEASE CHECK YO EMAIL, PEOPLE. This is the only way we can get a hold of you. If the winner does not reply by 11:00AM, we’ll go onto the next person.


UPDATE: Contest is closed. A winner has been notified via email


There are a few rules, of course:
– You must be 18 or over to enter.
– You are responsible for transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
– You must sing “I’m a Little Teapot” in a Ron Burgandy-esque voice while waiting in line.
– We were kidding on that last one. However, if you do accomplish that, you will forever live in TMN contest infamy.



Good luck, ninjas!

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Young Rising Sons
High
Little Daylight
My Life
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Gregori Klosman, Albin Myers & Tristan Garner – Pressure [TMN PREMIERE]

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Gregori Klosman, Albin Myers & Tristan Garner
Pressure (Available August 18)

Over here in the states, we’re either getting ready to head out to lunch or looking for that much-needed afternoon pick-me-up. If you’re out in Europe, you might be gearing up for a random Wednesday night out with your crew. Regardless of which situation you’re currently facing, this European powerhouse collaboration will suit you well.

“Pressure” is due out next Monday on by way of Sander Van Doorn’s DOORN Records, and it’s already garnering support from some of the biggest names in EDM. Avicii, Martin Garrix, Dada Life, and Sander Van Doorn have all generously complimented the work from Gregori Klosman, Albin Meyers and Tristan Garner, throwing it on in their sets, podcasts and radio shows.

The tune itself is ripe for devastating clubs and festivals, boasting a banging four-to-the-floor kick, driving bassline, and gritty, industrial style synths waiver in and out. With a heavy focus on percussion work and a well-timed and expertly sampled vocals, “Pressure” cooks up an undeniable energy which is sure to please the ears, hearts and feet of all that give it a listen.

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[TMN Interview] A quick chat with Meg Mac about ‘Rolling Up’ her sleeves

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We got to have a quick chat with the lovely and talented Oz artist Meg Mac about her latest song release, along with the beautiful music video. After chatting with her, we are even bigger fans.

TMN: Meg! First off can I just say, personally and from the lot here at TMN we are huge fans of that wonderful voice of yours :) Let’s talk about this song you released, “Roll Up Your Sleeves.” It is one of those songs you love to wake up to in the morning, to start the day with a bang and take on the world. Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind this song?

MM: Thank you guys! I started writing this because I was trying to understand why it is easier to pretend you don’t give a shit. Doing the right thing is hard sometimes and I was stuck on this thought. By the end I felt like I was writing this song to myself, to know that the most you can ever do is choose to do the right thing and then I think that everything has to be alright. Hope that makes sense!

TMN: And can you give us a quick history about you as a musician? Hailing from Down Under, we have noticed a large surge of musicians from your part of the world who really are taking over in a way. When did music first enter your life?

MM: I think I have the usual growing up and loving music/wanting to sing all the time story. But I started songwriting at about 17 and I was hooked on it. I could not get over the idea that I could be the first person in the whole world to sing these lines and things I was writing. I was kind of taken over by being able to make something no one sung yet. It was overwhelming, all the possibilities and I am still addicted.

TMN: The video for “Roll Up Your Sleeves” is simply stunning, really. Just your face, black and white, belting out this incredible song. I commend you for making a video that really is about you and the song. Where did you come up with this concept?

MM: Thank you, I was so happy with how it turned out. The song means a lot to me and is so real to me, I wanted to just sing my song so you knew I meant it.

TMN: Finally, can you tell us what we have to look forward to next from you?

MM: Shows! I want to sing these songs for everyone before I get moving on recording all my new stuff.

Watch her video for “Roll Up Your Sleeves” below and make sure to check out all things Meg Mac in the future.

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Get To Know: 1DAFUL [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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Production and DJ duo 1DAFUL have just dropped their explosive electro anthem “This Is Life” via Australian dance label VELCRO. The pair – David A and MC TB1 bring a heightened level of passion and energy to their tracks, previously highlighted in their remix of Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone.” “This Is Life” is progressive and elevated, packed with dynamic synths, grinding bass and impassioned vocals. We spoke to 1DAFUL to hear more about their music making and taking their sound worldwide.

TMN: A big fuss about EDM is that DJs “just push buttons”, but don’t actually do any work on stage. Judging from your live shows, you clearly put on quite a performance full of energy and fun, that I think everyone needs to experience at least once in their lives. Tell us more about what goes on behind the scenes, any rituals beforehand?

First of all, thanks for the love! I think we come from a school of thought that we are “button pushers”, but you need to know how to push those buttons well, and know what they’re going to trigger to make a crowd go wild. We put a lot of time and effort into deciding what the people want to hear – lots of 1DAFUL mashups, and tracks that will make people lose their minds. We always decide our first track about 5 minutes before we go o n and don’t play the same set but pride ourselves on reading a crowd rather than playing a pre-made set. No pre-show rituals but we have some fun things that we always do during a show, that crowds have started picking up on.

TMN: What’s a day in the life of 1DAFUL?

It depends on the weather! We have a great group of friends; we’re really a family unit. It often consists of us sitting in or around a pool, hanging out, working on our laptops or phones, working out, and chilling. Then depending on the day, it often ends with with a gig and an after party. We love going to new cities and meeting new people, and partying with them in their surroundings.

TMN: Name your top 5 acts right now.

Steve Aoki
Carnage
DVBBS
MAKJ
Adventure Club

TMN: What was the concept behind your latest remix of “No Flex Zone”?

Well, we’re absolutely in love with Melbourne Bounce and we love to spin it. We’re also obsessed with “No Flex Zone”, us and our friends always have that “song of the month” that we just love to vibe out to. NFZ is so good, so we had to do it!

TMN: Have you played any US shows? If so, how do you see the difference in crowd as opposed to Montreal?

We have played a few in the US, and to be honest, we all have something in common; A love for EDM and the classics. All those huge festivals are a testament to everyone worldwide coming together and partying in the same crazy way. We’re also super excited to be playing our first festival, Mystik Sanctuary in OKC, September 5-7. That’s really gonna be our inaugural festival/US gig and we can’t wait!

TMN: Lastly, any plugs to include? Now’s the time!

Hahah, I guess we started with the plug for Mystik Sanctuary in the last question, so come there and party with us and Krewella, Bassnectar and more. We’ve got our debut single “This Is Life” out now and lots of originals to follow. Some cool collaborations are in the works and they’re definitely gonna be fun! Also, we’d be silly to not say follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud and our website: 1DAFUL.com. We always give away free music and exclusive stuff to our website subscribers.

Pick up a copy of “This Is Life” here. 

 

 

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This Is Life
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[Rock] Amber Run – I Found

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Amber Run
I Found

Oh man.

You know when you hear a band for the first time, and all you can feel is shivers running down each inch of your spine because the music is just that powerful? It is one of the most magical feelings when listening to a good song or a good artist.

I got to hear Amber Run for the first time the other day and their hauntingly beautiful song ‘I Found’. The five gentlemen from Nottingham, UK want you to know, they are here to make music that is timeless, rather than cool in the moment music. “We’re not writing edgy music that sounds like 2014 – it’s music for the whole decade, not just for now. We want people to be coming back to our music in 20 years.” And the thing is, their music is a sound that could move from this generation to the next easily. Their stunning vocals combined with their calm melodies combine for a sound that makes you feel, well, just a little bit of everything. Have a listen for yourself and see why these rockers will capture your own ears as well as many ears to come.

 

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