The Mystical Music of the Islamic Sufis arrives at Enchanted Forest [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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For some, the gathering of like-minded, free-spirited individuals in the forest for 4 days of non-stop music, workshops, speakers, and art is enough to transform the soul. To show you another way to live, a more enriched, fulfilled way of seeing the possibilities all around us. But for others, this is not enough. To satisfy the desires of a diverse crowd, Enchanted Forest doesn’t stop there. They bring some of the most unique attributes of the festival scene into play, including a liberating #freethenipple campaign, 24-hour shower parties, a 100 percent alcohol-free experience, and a “Save The Planet” charity initiative with Cadence & Cause, where you can win 2 all-inclusive tickets to the festival simply by donating.

To top it off, Enchanted Forest brings with them some of the most well know and carefully selected musicians the festival space has to offer. Including a fascinating 8 member Qawwali group called Fanna Fi Allah.

Qawwali music is something that most of us from the festival world have never heard of. It is a cultural phenomenon in South Asia and has been around for almost a thousand years, so why are we introduced to it now?

We sat down with their founder Tahir to ask a few questions of this uniquely inspiring band before heading into the forest.

TMN: So, how long have you guys been around and where do you play most of your music?

Tahir: We have been touring for 16 years and actually only play about 5% of our music at American festivals. Most is spent in Pakistan, India, and the Punjabi cultures in South Asia and the Middle East.
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[Festival Preview] Noise Pop Anniversary “25 To 25” Event Series

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The 2017 Noise Pop Festival – a personal favorite of TMN – will return with ten consecutive days of music, film, and art in San Francisco for their 25th anniversary: February 17-26, 2017. Leading up to this quarter-century milestone, Noise Pop is proud to present the 25 To 25 series. Featuring 25 curated music, film, and art events ending with a blowout Noise Pop Festival lineup announcement party in November 2016.

The entire 25 To 25 series will be selectively announced over the next couple of months, with the first batch of music artists arriving today. Series performers include Canadian punk four-piece TOPS; Owen, the solo project of Mike Kinsella of American Football; Philadelphia rock group Sheer Mag; electronic musician Juan MacLean (DJ Set); Norwegian indie electronic duo Lemaitre, and more to come!

Local Bay Area talent will also have the chance to join many of the upcoming music performances, and they are encouraged to apply via Sonicbids.

Filmmakers who wish to feature one of their productions in one of the film events, can visit Film Freeway to submit.

Music lovers can enjoy the 25 To 25 series and Noise Pop Festival 2017 by purchasing single tickets to each of the events or a Super Fan Badge, which go on sale noon (PDT) Friday, July 15 and can be purchased through the website. Super Fan Badges will not only grant access to all of the events in the 25 To 25 series, but all of the shows, events, and pass perks during the Noise Pop Festival February 17-26 as well, clocking in at more than 60 events.

In honor of 25 years of Noise Pop, the producers will be making the 2017 festival a particularly spectacular and memorable year. Crowds can expect a genre-blurring mix of indie, hip hop, electronic, pop and beyond, plus intimate performances set at the Festival HQ, Swedish American Hall. The 2016 Festival, which saw some of the highest attendance numbers for the Festival to date, included amazing sets by Kamasi Washington, Bill Callahan, The Mountain Goats, American Football, Vince Stables, DIIV, Metric, Neon Indian, and many more. Since the Noise Pop debut in 1993, the Festival has featured many emerging performers who have gone on to wide acclaim, including The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, and Bright Eyes.

Follow along with the Noise Pop Festival news, including the upcoming lineup this fall, at www.noisepop.com/2017, as well as on Facebook and on Twitter.

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[Electronic] DUX – CTL feat. Stan Carrizosa

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One artist who has quickly grabbed our attention in a big way is DUX out of Los Angeles. Not only does DUX provide high-quality records, but their uniqueness is something that has sparked our attention since the project began. Despite just releasing a single around two weeks ago, we already have another, but we’re certainly not complaining.

DUX’s latest single is called “CTL” and it features Stan Carrizosa on vocals. “CTL” is one of those records that causes instant relaxation. It’s got some groove to it, despite it not being a dance-centric record. It’s more like an electronic slow jam with a vocal that is just as emotional as the music behind it. “CTL” has a certain organic feel that makes it all warm and fuzzy, which is just the vibes you’ll get when it takes over the airspace around you. DUX has impressed us in the past, but this may be the best record in the catalog. Stream it today and get ready for more dope tunes to come as this year unfolds.

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[Multi-Genre] black. Vol. 1 Compilation

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Bass music and charity are two of our favorite things. Recently they came together to benefit Youth On Record, an organization dedicated to guiding at-risk youth in Denver through leadership and musical pathways. Who brought these two together you might ask? That would be the black. collective with the first volume of their black. compilation.

Thanks to Cadence & Cause, the black. collective’s charitable desires came to life. Before the charity, the music had to be made. This epic collection of bass tracks, ranging from dubstep to moombahcore to trap, were put together by over ten artists, including BENTZ, Kompany, Tuslo, and WILLY P. As far as up and coming producers go, all these cats are talented gems that will blow your mind. From start to finish, all eight tracks are as good as it gets. There are a lot of compilations out there whose quality goes up and down throughout the project, but here, we have non-stop fire. Stream the compilation below, and if you would like to purchase the album or simply donate to the cause, head over to the compilation’s page.

’BENTZ X G
REX – Violets’
’Adair X Too Vain – Instrument Of War’
’Kompany – Byte’
’ESQ – L’s’
’Tuslo – Favela’
’TOP $HELF X Patches – Infinite Dabs’
’TYNVN – Haunt’
’WILLY P – Extra Mile’
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta – 7/14 – 7/17

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Once again, we’re excited to bring you more opportunities to check out our favorite club. As you probably already know, we’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta for over three years now. We know you’ve had 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 11pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Get there before 5:00p on Sunday.
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is ONLY valid for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights this week.

See you on the dance floor.

Milo & Oatis/Henry Fong - 7/14

’Galantis – Louder, Harder, Better (Milo & Otis Remix)’
’Henry Fong & Reece Low – Slapjack (Original Mix)’
Funtcase - 7/15
’Virtual Riot & FuntCase – Borg’
Bad Boy Bill vs Richard Vission - 7/16
’DJ Deeon – Where The Hoez (Bad Boy Bill & Gettoblaster Remix)’
’Scotty Does Know – The Creator (Richard Vission Edit)’
Bruno Pronsato - 7/17
’Lies About Nights’
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[Electronic] Justice – Safe and Sound

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Take a moment from your daily Pokemon catching rituals and think back to 2011. Was there even color TV that long ago? How did we get around before Uber? Remember what you were listening to? I would wager that – like all of the TMN staff – you were jamming to Audio, Video, Disco on repeat. Today, almost 5 years since AVD’s debut, French duo and electronic masterminds Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay have returned with their newest release, “Safe and Sound”. Continue reading

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Wednesday Workout Playlist [Vol. 5]

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Good evening Ninjas and happy humpday! With these past couple weeks providing too many great new releases to count, we compiled an awesome playlist to summarize them. For this Wednesday’s edition, we’ve supplied an array of tunes for you all to re-energize yourselves & get down and physical to at the gym.

’Elephante – Catching On (feat. Nevve)’
’Boombox Cartel – Colors Ft. Grabbitz’
’SvanteG – Let Me (ft. Lou)’
’Mothica – No One (Frank Pierce Remix)’
’Jinco – Tokyo’
’Ookay – Thief (ToWonder Remix)’
’Rain Man – Bring Back The Summer ft. Oly (Prismo Remix) [Premiere
’Kayliox & 1DAFUL – Chinchilla’
’DVBBS & Shaun Frank Ft. Delaney Jane – LA LA LAND (Corporate Slackrs Remix)’
’Autograf – Future Soup ft. Patrick Baker (option4 Remix)’
’Blood Orange – EVP (Godmode America Remix)’
’Cheat Codes & Dante Klein – Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)’
’Tears (LDN Noise & Pretty Sister)’
’ADAM K & SLANDER – BREATHE ft. Matthew Steeper & Haliene (ARMNHMR & MYRNE REMIX)’
’Sash_S – Crank (Original Mix)’
’Blink
182 – I Miss You (Two Friends & Shoolz VIP Remix)’
’Love Me Better Feat. Ariel Beesley’
’MAX – 10 Victoria’s Secret Models (Whethan Remix)’
’Mall Grab – I’ve Always Liked Grime – Unknown To The Unknown’
’HDLCK’
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