Kawehi – Anthem [TMN PREMIERE]


Photo Credit: Michael Lerner

If you want something done right, do it yourself. No one knows the truth of that statement more than Hawaiian solo artist, Kawehi.

Coming off of the blazing hot coattails of her viral video cover of “Heart Shaped Box,” originally crafted by the legendary Seattle grunge rock outfit, Nirvana, this young lady is ready to make an even bigger splash in the music industry with the release of some original materials. Backed by a solid Kickstarter fund (created after the enormous wake of her viral video stardom), Kawehi has been quietly working on a brand new EP, “Robot Heart,” which has it’s debut single premiering here on TMN.

Armed with only the gifts that god gave her (and a few musical inventions that help her do this on her own) she creates everything in her music. Beatboxing to create a percussion, laying down ethereal vocals, playing guitar, playing keyboards…all of these are done entirely by her, and we couldn’t be more excited that she chose that route.

When we asked her about this song, and especially about her seemingly spiritualistic lyrical representaition, she had this to say:

I realized after writing the songs for Robot Heart, they were all about ripping out people’s hearts! So I wrote ‘Anthem’ as a positive end to the EP – as a reminder that yeah, we can be assholes at times – but as a race, we are in charge of our own lives – and ultimately we can make a difference in the lives of others through generosity and compassion.

I believe in you – you are the answer, you are the truth – so whatcha gonna do?

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[Soul] Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves

Meg Mac
Roll Up Your Sleeves

Maya Angelou once said, “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

I would second that quote, and I believe Miss Meg Mac would third that with her latest song, ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’. This neo-soul vocal powerhouse from Melbourne released her third single today off of her upcoming debut EP MEGMAC due out this August. Mac has one of those voices that just cater to your ears, an edgy sound with a hinge of soulful delight that carries any and all notes. Mac’s song simply puts it that everything is going to be all right, and the best thing any of us can do is roll up our sleeves and keep moving forward. Cannot wait to hear the rest of this sassy soul-stress’ EP, keep an eye and ear out for more from Miss Mac.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2014 Round #1)


Here’s to short weeks in celebration of summertime holidays. Bring on the BBQs, swimming pools, adult beverages, and indie dojos.

Mayra & Mr. Mow
Elephant Revival
Birds and Stars
Lewis Watson
Stay (We The Wild Remix)
Im Fine (And Other Lies)


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[NEW] Jeezy & Jay Z – Seen It All (Prod. Cardo)

Jeezy & Jay-Z
Seen It All

When you’ve been in the game as long as Jeezy and Jay Z have, chances are you’ve already “Seen It All.” Despite their differing styles, Jeezy and Hov have always shared an undeniable chemistry together, and throughout the years have often challenged each other to stay on their toes as they rip through each record. This song is no different, finding the talented emcees in peak form as they trade eloquent bars about their street upbringing over some banging Cardo production. Originally recorded during the sessions for Magna Carta Holy Grail, the single finds a new home as the title track off of Jeezy’s upcoming fifth studio album, set to drop on September 2nd.

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[TMN Premiere] The Naked and Famous – In Rolling Waves (Strange Babes Cover)


If I say The Naked and Famous, that already is enough to get you excited right? Well of course it is. The wonderful Auckland group are releasing a deluxe version of In Rolling Waves today with pre-orders starting July 17th. In honor of that, N&F is letting you get a little taste of the remixes to come.

Another Auckland group, Strange Babes, covered In Rolling Waves with their own unique sound. A blend of Indie melodies with a hint of rock acoustics, the band makes this song roll along with a wave like feel. With some hippy like chimes that give the song an intoxicating taste, the melody takes us on a wavelength of divine interpretation of this invigorating piece.

Sit back and close your eyes, this is one psychedelic musical ride.

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Taking the blogsphere by storm, Young and Sick have quickly made a name for themselves. This NY/LA based RnB outfit amassed close to 500,000 plays on their hit single, “Heartache Fetish” and have had the pleasure of hitting some extremely notable venues since then (ahem, Coachella.)

As we get ready to bring them in for a show in Denver, we wanted to get to know this brand new act a little better. Check out what lead man Nick had to say about his Dad’s old records, Sriracha, and his silky smooth voice.

TMN: We’re talking with Nick from Young and Sick. Thanks for taking a few minutes to speak with us today.

Y&S: Of course.

TMN: First off, we have to admit something. We tried so hard to get to your set at Coachella, but were struggling a little bit from the previous night’s festivities. How did that go for you?

Y&S: I believe it, it was early! But, it went well. It was kind of a different experience on both weekends. The second weekend, on Friday we opened for Foster the People in Vegas at the Cosmopolitan hotel, after which we had to drive through the night to make it for our 8AM load in. It was interesting.

TMN: Sounds pretty rough!

Y&S: It was great though. We had so much fun.

TMN: While we’re sure there were plenty of people like us, they can rest easy as you guys are about to head out on a pretty significant tour. Talk to us about which cities you’re most looking forward to.

Y&S: Actually, I’m very much looking forward to all of them. Not to sound cheesy, but I have not seen enough of the US, seeing as how I’ve only been living here for a little while. I’m interested to explore all the states, and especially some of the small towns in between. I’ve also heard the most amazing things about Chicago, and I think that’s one of the ones that I’m most looking forward to.

TMN: Speaking of your tour spots, we’re honored to be sponsoring your show here in Denver at Lost Lake. Is there anything you’d like to say to our Denver ninjas?

Y&S: You guys are so lucky to live in such a luscious state with so much beautiful forests around you. You should get out and explore!
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[Acoustic] 3LAU feat. Bright Lights – How You Love Me

3BLAU_how_you_love_me(Acoustic Version)
3LAU feat. Bright Lights
How You Love Me (Acoustic Version)

Hailing from Sin City, Justin Blau (3LAU) has made quite an impact on the EDM world over the past few years. We had a chance to speak to this talented young man back in 2012 when he was putting out insane mashups, which were enough to get 3LAU in front of crowds all over the world, including a set at Global Dance Festival hosted at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Since then, we’ve seen an evolution in his artistry. The mashups became less of a focus, and his own production came in the forefront. Showing people that he’s not just good at pairing pop tracks with dirty beats, he’s put out his stunning original “Bright Lights,” as well as plenty of other solid collaborations and remixes to boot.

Today we’re given a deeper understanding  look at what this former TMN Resident Artist is capable of, which comes via a piano and Bright Light’s delightful voice. Justin’s piano work is flawless, showing how much really goes into the music he writes. Check out what he had to say about his inspiration to share this with the world, then get ready to press play again and again.

For me, every musical idea starts on the piano. I wanted to show you all the initial inspiration for How You Love Me, revealing the spark that made the entire song possible. I’m a musician BEFORE I’m a Producer/DJ, and this is the first of many more non-EDM tracks you’ll hear from me!
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