[Fresh] Brika – Expectations

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Brika
Expectations

Sometimes days at the dojo can be a little time consuming. Constantly caught up with our day to day activities of ninja star practice, slinking around in the prone position, and learning the perfect way to extract precious artifacts from other clan’s dojos, we sometimes miss out on something special. While we as ninjas are proud, we’re also humble. We missed the boat on this one, and for that, we apologize.

Coming out of Miami, FL Brika carries a swagger that is undeniable. Signed to Art House Records, she encourages you to sell your clothes and keep your thoughts, which is a mindset that we’re can’t admire enough, especially given the current state of pop culture.

“Expectations,” is an alt-soul tune, simplistic yet powerful in nature. With only a future-bass style backdrop, comprised of a booming bassline, a dark melody, and Brika’s god-given talents, we’re left speechless.

While we’re sad we haven’t been enjoying this for the full two months it’s been out, we’re sure as hell glad we finally stumbled across it.

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[Indie Pop] Bastille – Bad Blood (Little Daylight Remix)

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Bastille
Bad Blood (Little Daylight Remix)

Gotta love new music Tuesdays, right? Earlier this afternoon, Brooklyn’s alt-electronic trio Little Daylight dropped their debut album Hello Memory via Capitol Records. To commemorate this day and the announcement of their US tour dates (featured below), the group has released this stunning indie pop remix of one of our all-time favorite artists, Bastille.

Boasting a dancy percussion mix and a some echoing guitar riffs, this band proves why their high-octane show has toured with the likes of Bastille, Charli XCX, The Neighborhood and more. Including some festie performances, their highly charming sound has impressed the blogosphere, and will continue to do so with this energetic remix.

7/15/14 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Record Release Party) ** SOLD OUT **
8/7/14 Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
8/8/14 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
8/9/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn *
8/11/14 Houston, TX @ House of Blues *
8/12/14 Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr. Bar-B-Q *
8/13/14 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
8/15/14 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
8/16/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed *
8/18/14 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
8/19/14 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
8/20/14 West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour *
9/15/14 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
9/16/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
9/17/14 Harrisonburg, VA @ James Madison University
9/19/14 Washington, DC @ DC9
9/20/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
9/23/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater #
9/25/14 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile #
9/26/14 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #
9/27/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore #
10/3/14 Sacramento, CA @ TBD Festival

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[Indie Rock] Young Rising Sons – King of the World

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Young Rising Sons
King Of The World

If Michael Cera, Ellen Page, Zooey Deschanel, and Zach Braff made a movie together, this song would be on on the trailer.

After premiering Young Rising Son’s debut track, “High,” we knew that this Jersey-based quartet was onto something special. A few short weeks later, and this up-and-coming indie rock sensation landed themselves a deal on Interscope Records. Not too shabby, eh?

In their latest release, we’re offered up a summer-inspired, infectious rock anthem that has one of those choruses that refuses to leave your memory. You could hear this song once, go out for a long night of boozing, and still wake up singing

We’ll rule the world, together, forever. With hearts of gold, who needs any treasure? We’ll take our time just living our lives, our castle in the sky-ay-ay, if I was King of the World

These guys are quite possibly hitting up a city near you soon. We suggest you pick up tickets ASAP, as this is a show you wont want to miss. Peep the tour dates below and whip out that credit card.

August 7 // The Basement, Columbus, OH // with Little Daylight

August 8 // Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN // with Little Daylight

August 9 // Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA // with Little Daylight

August 11 // House of Blues – Bronze Peacock, Houston, TX // with Little Daylight

August 12 // Stubbs JR, Austin, TX // with Little Daylight

August 13 // House of Blues – Cambridge Room, Dallas, TX // with Little Daylight

August 15 // Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO // with Little Daylight

August 18 // Club Congress Phoenix, AZ // with Little Daylight

August 19 // Voodoo Room, San Diego, CA // with Little Daylight

August 20 // Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA with Little Daylight

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Northern Nights Music Festival 7/18-7/20 in Mendocino, CA [Festival Preview + Playlist]

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The most common complaint about the meteoric rise of music festivals has been their commercialization. Regardless of your stance, its hard to argue that events are generally far more pleasant when there’s some room to move around and, even more so, with a scenic, temperate backdrop. For those looking for a break from the usual stress of festivals, this weekend’s Northern Nights Music Festival might be the perfect opportunity.

A few hours north of San Francisco in the gorgeous expanse that is Northern California, the festival offers a pristine setting for camping under enormous Redwoods. Its location along the Eel River lends itself to the awesomely unique option of hopping in a floaty and going for a relaxed trip downstream—something us ninjas could’ve used at this year’s blistering Coachella. Just as its more remote location might suggest, Northern Nights boasts a refreshing lineup leaning towards underground electronic and alternative genres. In addition to the music, there will also be various art exhibits, food, drinks, workshops and yoga classes.

With the live-electronic band, Beats Antique, headlining, the festival features a number of other TMN-favorite artists, which we’ve included below in our preview playlist—we’ll let the music do the talking! Don’t just take it from us, though, and make sure to check out some of the names you’re not yet familiar with.

If you’re up for the adventure, and feeling the lineup, make sure to head over to Northern Nights’s website to grab your tickets.

’Beats Antique – Roadworthy (feat Antibalas Horns)’
’ODESZA – Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)’
’Minnesota – Float (Featuring Zion I)’
’Viceroy – The Life Feat. Penguin Prison’
’The Floozies – Love, Sex, And Fancy Things’
’DallasK – Alienz (Two Fresh Remix)’
’Giraffage – Music Sounds Better With You (Remix)’
’Mr. Carmack – another intrepidity, with evil needle’
’Lindsay Lowend – Wind Fish’
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[Ambient] Komodo – Orange Ocean (Loscil Remix)

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Orange Ocean
(Loscil Remix)

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been slowly sifting through an endless sea of minutia and manure today. Whatever industry you’re in, we’re sure you have you slow, building frustrations, and those frustrations need to be addressed properly.

Rather than going on a regretful twitter rant, we suggest you calmly press play, and get lost, if only for seven minutes. Taking a crack at Brooklyn based Komodo’s tune “Orange Ocean,” Loscil has dialed up an interpretation worthy of your deepest dreamscapes. Taking a piano-centric approach to the melody, this Vancouver-based musician will easily take you out of whatever stresses have been ailing you today.

This tune is off of the upcoming Pattern and Light LP, due out July 22nd.

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[Garage Rock] Racing Glaciers – VHS

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Racing Glaciers
VHS

Frantic and frenzied, Racing Glaciers new track VHS certainly underlines it’s analogue title: presenting a throw back to Northern England’s indie golden era. Disposing of the modern blueprint, Racing Glaciers exchange carefully crafted climaxes for a dose of the DIY. A somewhat raw release, VHS side steps all things overly curated and instead replaces the modern thirst for soundscapes of intellectualised intricacy with some good old fashioned Northern Soul.

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[Folk] Ruu Campbell – The Call (Heartsong)

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Ruu Campbell
The Call (Heartsong)

This morning I was woken up by severe thunderstorms. Literally every thirty seconds I would hear the loudest thunder, and lightning even hit my neighbors house. I got on facebook, and I received a message regarding this track. The sun came out as I hit play, and it was a pretty unique moment. It’s almost like Ruu Campbell‘s song made the weather from dark to beautiful. As I am listening to “The Call”, I feel at peace. “The Call” took my mind away from things I have been going through, and I am completely focused on how wonderful this song is. No more negative feelings about what I could have done, or how I am feeling in general. Ruu Campbell washed away all of that negative energy with one track, and I am impressed. Now that Ruu Campbell made me feel better, I am going to run to the beach and get some sun. Ciao

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