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It’s only been a few days since we announced our next Resident Artist, and we’re already bringing you a tasty exclusive from this quirky and inventive duo.

“try harder” is rife with calculated clicks, pops, razor-sharp synths, and booming bass hits, giving you all the delightfully dark vibes you’d hope for while watching a top-notch horror flick. It’s a rarity when artists can craft something that could easily be pictured in a cinematic vision, but these two have most certainly done just that.

Make sure to stay tuned over the next four weeks, because we still have plenty more exclusives to bring your way.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2016 Round #3)

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You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you’ll get the Indie Dojo that you need.

’Two Another – Keeping Me Under’
’PLGRMS – Fools And Their Gold’
’Modesta – Strut’
’Jake Herring – Little Mess ‘
’Katmaz – Nautical Things’
’Om Collective – I Didn’t Know I Was Trouble ft. Jacob Pearson & Maia Jelavic’
’Hein Cooper – Rusty’
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[Hybrid/Trap] Goja – Mosh Pit

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WOLV Records is quickly becoming a go-to place for great music. Dyro’s imprint is just over a year old, but its catalog is already stocked with tons of goodies, and that list continues to grow. Their latest release was a single called “Mosh Pit” by the Italian duo Goja.

With festival season underway, mosh pits are in abundance, so Goja’s single has come just at the right time. Its sound borders between dubstep and trap, bringing together elements of both into one festival crushing production. There’s a certain groove to it that head-banging bass lovers will appreciate to their core. Although its name would imply over-the-top energy, the song’s tone isn’t as provocative as you might think, but because this song’s sound design and groove are top quality you don’t really mind. Mosh pits are still going to form around this jam, and parties will be taken up a notch. Goja really put together a solid single with this one, which is why we went ahead and bought it. We’re thinking you are going to do the same.

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[Multi-Genre] Bad Royale – Immutable Timeline EP

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Bad Royale stands out above most acts for several reasons. One is their combined personalities that turn heads, and another is their music that get heads banging. Their unique style is unrivaled, and they continue to put out records that increase in quality each time out. The most recent outing was with Mad Decent via their EP Immutable Timeline.

Immutable Timeline is another five track project that is jam packed with the boys’ Caribbean bass sound. The really cool thing about them is no matter where they take the sound, whether it’s through trap like with “Dutty Heart” or moombahton with “All We Need Is Love,” is that they kill it time and time again without delivering anything with a hint of stale. There are few acts that can crank out records at the Bad Royale pace, and their are even fewer who can put out only fire tracks. The Immutable Timeline EP is another example of their prestige within the music scene as a whole. They didn’t put this one together alone, as is usually the case since they work with collaborators. This time around they created magic with IAmStylez, Konshens, Suit of Black and their buds Bunji Garlin and Richie Loop. Head on over to iTunes to get your copy of the EP. It’s worth every penny.

’Bad Royale – The Royale Anthem (feat. Richie Loop)’
’Bad Royale – Dutty Heart (feat. IAmStylezMusic)’
’Bad Royale – All We Need Is Love (feat. Konshens)’
’Bad Royale – Bun It Up (feat. Bunji Garlin)’
’Bad Royale – Suit Of Black (feat. Suit Of Black)’
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Gallant discusses his Prince tribute, Coachella, and Miyazaki films [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

We first fell for Gallant’s mesmerizing voice all the way back in 2013, highlighting “Manhattan” in our first-ever Sunday Night Soul series. As the years went by, our adoration, along with many other’s, grew insurmountably, release-by-release.

In between two jaw-dropping performances at Coachella, and an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, we were able to link up with one of the most buzz-worthy artists in the scene.

TMN: Thanks for taking some time to meet with us. We’ve been fans for quite some time, so it’s an honor to sit down with you.

Gallant: Thank you for all the support for so many years. For real.

TMN: First off, let’s talk about tonight’s show, which is here in Denver, Colorado. Is this your first time to the Mile High City?

Gallant: No, actually, on my tour with Sufjan Stevens in the fall we stopped by Denver. It was one of the best crowds I’ve ever played for. It was a sit-down auditorium.

TMN: Paramount?

Gallant: Yep! It was awesome.

TMN: You’re coming off of a massive two-weekend performance at Coachella. What was that like for you?

Gallant: It was surreal. I felt like that was the biggest crowd I’ve ever played for. To have Seal out with me the first weekend and Jhené Aiko the second weekend was crazy. I felt really undeserving, but I was glad the crowd was responding to it.

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Jet Black Alley Cat – Roxy Music Video [TMN Premiere]

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Jet Black Alley Cat enter the dojo to premiere their new music video for their single “Roxy.” Ahead of their upcoming tour, the music video is something fans can enjoy in their own homes, while the five piece band travel around the United States. We’re here to bring it to you early, as their tour starts in Nashville on May 21st.

With “Roxy” we get an amiable alternative rock record that shows off the band’s accessible sound that has put them on the air with the likes of MTV, Lightning 100 and more. “Roxy” is a memorable record that doesn’t just stick with you for a short amount of time; it’s going to be in your playlist for a good long while. The music video is equally as impressive, with an old-school feel that plays nicely with the song. It follows a lead female character, juxtaposing images from different settings throughout her day. Check it out first below, and make sure to check out if Jet Black Alley Cat are playing in a town near you! For those who would like to purchase “Roxy,” head over to iTunes.

Tour Dates:
May 21st @ Morgan Park – Street Festival, Nashville, TN
May 25th @ The Metropolitan – Annapolis, MD
May 26th @ The Otherside – Wilkes Barre, PA
May 28th @ Pianos – New York, NY
June 2nd @ The Camphouse – Chattanooga, TN
June 4rd @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
June 10th @ The Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
June 11th @ Low Brow Place – El Paso, TX
June 13th @ Rebel Lounge – Mesa, AZ
June 16th @ House of Guvera – Los Angeles, CA *
June 18th @ Billboard Live! – Salt Lake City, UT *
June 20th @ Moon Room – Denver, CO *
June 23rd @ Fubar – St. Louis, MO *
June 24th @ The HiTone – Memphis, TN *
July 1st @ Bombshells Tavern – Orlando, FL *
July 2nd @ Churchills – Miami, FL

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Saturday Selection Vol. 6

Saturday Selection

These past two weeks have been an absolute GOLDMINE for music fans everywhere. We’ve honestly never seen a month this stacked with releases both from established legends and exciting newcomers in a long time. It doesn’t stop, and we’d be fine it never did really. Even with all of the hype, you may have missed a few things, and we’ve got some highlights that you definitely need to hear. Switch up your taste a little today and show the talented folks below some love.


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CAFUNÉ – Don’t You Forget

We love CAFUNÉ. After having the amazing opportunity to premiere their debut EP, Love Songs For Other People, we’ve been hooked on their pristine style of electronically tinged pop. They continue to demonstrate their mastery of the genre with “Don’t You Forget” in a positive minded approach, both lyrically and production-wise. They’ve even been given praise from Pharrell Williams himself, so, even if you haven’t heard of them yet, you will. From their amazing covers to their catchy and sweet original material, CAFUNÉ show that pop music isn’t all formulaic, and we’re lucky to get to hear them break that barrier.


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Mura Masa – Lotus Eater (Tonton Remix)

Simply put, this is a stunning rendition of an already phenomenal song. Remixing Mura Masa is no small feat, and Tonton made it look effortless. The defining features of the original were kept, but this “Lotus Eater” update has skyrocketed into popularity on its own merit. Finding a way to still make your speakers go through a workout and maintaining a cool and collected sense of calm is quite the balance, but this remix handles both without fail. Keep your ears open to for more Tonton.


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Anna Straker – Late Night Swimming

We’ve got even more great pop coming at you this week, and it’s here courtesy of Anna Straker. Debut tracks on SoundCloud are always great to come across, and “Late Night Swimming” continues this trend without a hitch. You can soak up the sun with this one, or cruise around with the windows down as the breeze whips around you almost in time with the song itself. Anna Straker is enchanting throughout the tune, and, even with the strong production, her voice is the anchor holding “Late Night Swimming” together. We are VERY ready for more from her.


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Mishegas – Home

Building an emotional appeal with no words is something to be admired, and Mishegas‘ sophomore tune channels a similarity to artists in Foreign Family in this regard. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let “Home” transport you into another dimension of heavenly synths, swaths of reverberating drums, and a serendipitous melody that makes you feel like everything might just be alright. We’re catching onto Mishegas early, but there’s no stopping him if more tunes like “Home” are on the way.


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YOKE LORE – SAFETY

What do you get when you put a little bit of banjo into electronica? YOKE LORE. At first glance of that sentence, it may seem like a silly combination, but “SAFETY” has proven it can work, and very well at that. The group vocals chant harmoniously along with a strumming banjo, thumping kicks, and resounding synths that culminate into something extremely unique. This is one tune you’ll just have to listen to to believe. Grab their EP here!


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