[Show Review] Dillon Francis – Boulder, CO

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Like Home (Dillon Francis Remix)

For a guy who started off making music in his parents guest house, Dillon Francis has come a long ass way in the past year exploding onto the music scene with his catchy, body dancing sound.

Taking the stage in Boulder on Thursday, Dillon’s bright white hair and his pearly white smile beamed as he gazed around the many fans crowded into the Boulder Theater. And then, the beats began. Dillon has such a stage presence about him, he’s always rocking along with his music, smiling and singing along with the lyrics in his remixes. He was right to take the huge risk on music and it is paying off one hundred times over. The crowd was constantly moving, girls were screaming at the top of their lungs and many fans were finding themselves lost in the lights and the captivating rhythms. Dillon dropped his new remix of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” which added even more catch to the already catchy song. Dillon has the ability to take any song and put his own charm into it. Thanks for the smiles Dillon, keep rocking that sunshine hair, just makes you that much brighter.

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[R&B/Soul] Tuxedo – Tuxedo EP

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It looks like the comeback of Justin Timberlake‘s got everyone stepping their soul game up. After Robin Thicke reemerged last week with his brand new single, “Blurred Lines,” mysterious soul group, Tuxedo, has also decided to show off why they’re better than any old “Suit & Tie.” Rumored to be a collaboration between Motown crooner Mayer Hawthorne, and industry veteran Jake One, Tuxedo is a godsend for enthusiasts of the smooth and funky. Although the EP is only three songs deep, it has just enough flavor to keep you satisfied. Starting things off with the hip-swinging, finger-snapping “Do It,” the EP soon proceeds onto the classic West Coast rhythms of “So Good,” before finally winding things down with the slowjam, “Get U Home.” The EP is definitely worth a listen the full way through, and we look forward to learning more about the identities behind this enigmatic group in the coming weeks.

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Do It
Tuxedo
So Good
Tuxedo
Get U Home
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2013 Round #4)

There’s plenty of dead space in life to drive a person mad. So, keep somewhat sane and fill up the silence with some Indie from the Dojo today and for the remaining future Tuesdays of this lifetime

Logan Vath
Better Man or Ghost
Tall Tall Trees
Waiting on the Day
Vance Joy
Riptide
The Mariners Children
In My Bed
Shes A Keeper
Happiest Hat in the Hat Shop
Brendan Losch
Son Of A Gun
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[EP Review] City 17 – Ignite it

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DJ Duo City 17 made a huge splash in the EDM world by recently winning the Lights All Night Festival contest and landing a chance to play with the likes of Tiesto, Zedd, and Avicii. So, just how did this LA/Seattle based DJ duo win the contest? Well, it was with a last minute submission with the title track off this EP, “Ignite It”. Thankfully for Felipe Pereira and Justin Anderson they decided to enter!

The title track, “Ignite It” is an electro house gem that has poppy build with addicting vocals, a driving beat, and crunchy electro synths. It’s the perfect track to showcase their abilities to blend memorable melodies with aggressive dance riffs. It’s a sound that would be sure to draw people in to the dance floor and provide energy to keep them moving.

The other track that we particularly enjoyed was their vocal dubstep track, “Wage War”. It features a smooth build-up that focuses on Tatiana Lepsch’s vocals, which leads into a razor sharp drop that is a will make the crowd do some serious fist pumping.

If you dig City 17′s tunes, make sure to head over to Beatport and pick up a copy for yourself.

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Ignite It (Original Mix
City 17
Wage War (Original Mix)
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[TMN Exclusive] Dead Sara Interview

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Lemon Scent

Touring with the likes of rock giants Muse has got to be both exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time, which is why we were interested in knowing a little bit more about the female led rock band, Dead Sara. So, before their show in Tampa, we were able to fire over some questions via email and get to know this up-and-coming four piece. If you’re not familiar with the group just yet, know that their music is powerful, guitar driven, and features wailing gritty vocals from lead singer Emily Armstrong. Their live show in Tampa before Muse was electric and entertaining, and left us quite impressed.

Before we bore you with more details from our mouths, take a moment to hear it from theirs.

TMN: Thank you so much for taking some time to sit down with us. Right off the bat, we’d like to know what it’s like to be asked to tour with a band like Muse. We’re you nervous, intimidated or just downright excited when you got the news?

DS: Definitely both, all the above. It was quite the adjustment.

TMN: Talk to us about your musical production. Does Siouxsie lay down her monster riffs before hand or does Emily lay down the lyrics first?

DS: Riffs usually come first and then from there we jam and the lyrics flow.

TMN: Did you guys grow up around music? Was it something that your parents encouraged from an early age, or did you get into it later in life?

DS: Later, around 11. I’m pretty sure we all discovered it on our own.

TMN: Name your top three musical influences.

DS: Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Cocteau Twins

TMN: Alright, this one is a little off the wall but we ask everyone this question. If your music were an animal, what would it be?

DS: A lion, ’cause I love Leos in general.

TMN: Ok, back to the tour. What are your tour bus refrigerator staples?

DS: Well we haven’t really had time to fill it, hahhaa. But coffee, soy milk, water, hummus

TMN: On your facebook page you’ve stated your interests as, “Tour the world and play your house party.” Tell us about your first house party gig.

DS: It was a Halloween night in the back of somebody’s apartment in Hollywood. At the time we were like “This is so many people!” and it was about 100 people. It was the biggest crowd we had played to and we were totally stoked!

TMN: Alright, thank you so much for taking some time to chat with us here at TMN. Anything you’d like to tell our readers?

DS: Look out for our next single Lemonscent, we just finished the video. Should be out soon, hope you like it.

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[Garage] Matthew Postrel – Tipsy

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Tipsy

It seems like every time we turn a corner on the internet we run into some young, extremely talented producer. Well, around today’s bend lies 19 year old Floridian producer Matthew Postrel. There’s no doubt that garage has a permanent place in EDM, being one of the oldest forms. So, it’s always great when we hear someone pick it up and do it well. Matthew has accomplished a delicious future garage track that features well sampled vocals, beat skipping kicks, a big smooth groovy bassline, and atmospheric sounds that give a unique listening experience. This being Matthew’s first release, we’re certainly impressed and eager to hear more.

Head over to his facebook page and snag a free download of this young artists very first published track.

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[R&B/Soul] John Legend – Who Do We Think We Are (Feat. Rick Ross)

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John Legend
Who Do We Think We Are (ft. Rick Ross)

After nearly five years, John Legend is finally gearing up to release his fourth studio album. Last week, John gave us a preview of his album with the stellar track, “The Beginning.” Today, he brings us the first single from Love In The Future, “Who Do We Think We Are,” assisted by frequent collaborator, Rick Ross. Believe it or not, after all the songs the two have made together, this is the first time Ross is returning the favor by appearing on one of Mr. Legend’s records. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and as always, Legend’s vibrant, soulful vocals steal the show, just as they rightfully should. Ross brings things down to earth a bit, but in a “let’s pause for a second and remind everyone I’m the boss” kind of way. “Who Do We Think We Are” definitely serves as an appropriate introduction to Love In The Future, and we definitely look forward to seeing what else John Legend has in store for us in 2013.

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