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MALPAS – Promise EP [TMN Premiere]

’MALPAS – Charlemagne’
’MALPAS – Us Afloat’
’MALPAS – Here Comes The Rain’
’MALPAS – Promise’

Bordering between Indie Rock and experimental bedroom sensibilities, Malpas delivers an excruciatingly colorful palette of bright, at times elusive, melodies well surrounded by the soothing vocals of songwriter Ali M Forbes. Originally from Birmingham, the duo also brings forward the talented and meticulous production of Andy Savours, known for his involvement with major indie artists including The Horrors, Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine.

The inherently organic sounds from the debut EP ‘Promise’ seem progressive in nature, perhaps mirroring a cohesive grassroots movement that from its foundation of loops of layered acoustic instruments quickly build from the bottom up, only strengthening over the course of each rhythmic bar. The production clearly showcases Andy Savours’ confidence and sonic maturity while still maintaining an emotional honesty that pairs beautiful with the comfortable and welcoming vocals of Ali. It is quite clear in songs like ‘Here Comes The Rain’ of the active collaboration between the two and their respective roles – an exciting marriage that leads us to want more.

‘Promise’ EP, which is to be expected September 23rd via Killing Moon feels like one continues story, separated by four distinctively unique chapters that tell a tale through a mixture of intimate folk songs and ambient electronica.

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] James Bay – Move Together (Free Download)

James Bay
Move Together

It almost seems distasteful to share this song without pouring our hearts out on a love note. Stripped down to the bare essentials, “Move Together” is an intimate rendition of love and its very struggles. Wrapped around soft piano notes and light, heart-felt guitar strums, singer-songwriter James Bay produces a vulnerable setting for his vocals to carefully lay on.

Inspired by heroes Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne and James Taylor and raised in a the small hamlet of Hitchin, Bay has quickly captivated fans all over the world with his ability to create raw, emotional-driven experiences to the support of his endearing and husky vocals. “Move Together” the lead track from The Dark Of The Morning EP, serves as a warm introduction to Bay’s musical core, confidence and brilliance.

Today we’re offering up not only a live video session of Bay’s tune “Move Together,” but he’s also allowed us to provide you with a free download, in an effort to promote his upcoming tour with ZZ Ward throughout America. So, download and enjoy this soulful gem, and check this website for tour information to see when Bay will be coming to a city near you.

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[TMN Premiere] Max and the Moon – All I Know

Max and the Moon
All I Know

With empathetic and robust amplification of feel good summer melodies, the emerging Southern California four piece, Max and The Moon, have blessed us with the premiere of their latest single ‘All I Know’. The harmonic and poetic undertone that are united by the two vocalists, encompassing a fully lit, chemistry-driven instrumentation of bright harmonies and soulful endeavors has made this band one of our highlight discoveries of the summer. Max and the Moon are being compared with the classic harmonies of the Beach Boys intertwine with the lighter experimentation dance beats of Passion Pit and ‘All I Know’ delivers a very strong case for the claim.

The band also has an upcoming LA residency at the Bootleg Theater

October 7th – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA
October 14th – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA
October 21st – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA
October 28th – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA

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[TMN Premiere] Crooked Hands – The Stream (Live)

Somber beginning for a Monday morning but just as satisfying comes this live recording of the heartfelt single ‘The Stream’ from Crooked Hands haling out of Newcastle, UK. Elongated piano notes and accentuating slow burning guitar riffs paired with ambitious vocals make their latest single be completely rooted in honest emotion. The five piece band will tour heavily through Europe in September and through the end of the year.

Tour Dates
Aug 30 UK London – Barfly
Sep 01 NL Apledoorn – Gigant Cafe
Sep 01 NL Den Bosch – W2
Sep 03 DE Berlin – Privatclub
Sep 04 DE München – Milla
Sep 05 DE Nürnberg – Stereo
Sep 06 DE Chemnitz – Atomino
Sep 07 DE Leipzig – Wärmehalle Süd
Sep 08 DE Maastricht – Bruis Festival
Sep 09 DE Darmstadt – Zucker
Sep 11 DE Hamburg – Astra Stube
Sep 12 DE Köln – Wohngemeinschaft
Sep 14 NL Haarlem – Stad Als Podium
Sep 15 NL Venlo – Perron55

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[Denver Events] This Week at Beta 4/11

Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.

Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.

For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!

Fedde Le Grand - April 11th

’Fedde Le Grand – Dark Light Sessions 036’
Subscape - April 12th
’Subscape – No Time To Chill’
Green Velvet - April 13th
’Green Velvet The Stiff Kitten – Belfast, Ireland (12/22/2012)’
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[Ticket Giveaway] MODESTEP with Mimosa, Dirty Phonics and DJ Muggs @ Club Nokia (Los Angeles)

Deciding to make 2013 even bigger, the London-based dubstep act MODESTEP are on an onslaught of tour dates all across The United States bringing their movement of quality wobbles to as many cities as possible.
With the help of Music Ninja favorites Mimosa, Dirty Phonics and veteran dj/producer DJ Muggs, the Evolution Theory tour is starting to head west after an extensive coverage of the east coast early this year.

We are working with both MODESTEP and Interscope to bring you a solid ticket giveaway for the Los Angeles event at Club Nokia on April 18th. We have two sets of tickets, which means we’ll select two winners! Instructions are below:

How to enter:

1) Like The Music Ninja on FB

2) Like MODSTEP on facebook:

3) Comment below this post and tell us what is your favorite track from either MODESTEP, Mimosa, Dirty Phonics or DJ Muggs.

Contest ends Friday April 12th. Prizes include only 2 tickets to the show. No travel will be provided in this contest. You are responsible for getting yourself to and from the show. Winners will be notified through this comment stream via FB so please pay attention! Good Luck!

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Celldweller – Cellout (Winter Mix 2012) [Dubstep]

Cellout (Winter Mix 2012)

You can always count on Celldweller to bring it. The Detroit-based producer whose fascinations include fusing heavier elements of electronic rock into multifaceted layers of instrumentation and uncompromising baselines.

‘Cellout’ is an hour long mix including Klayton’s own productions, Celldweller remixes and hand picked fresh tracks of the last couple of week. With a heavy emphasis on dubstep, the mix still packs an exciting array of tracks that continue to keep the with as much energy as possible.

1. Celldweller – The Complete Cellout
2. Faith No More – Epic (Synchronice Remix)
3. Tristan Garner – Digital Rocker
4. Culprate – Diablo
5. Celldweller – Tainted (DJ Set)
6. Skism – Experts
7. Hirshee & Sue Cho – Hold On To Love (KillaGraham Remix)
8. Emma Hewitt – Rewind (KATFYR Remix)
9. Josh Money – Let Go With You (Drivepilot Remix)
10. Adventure Club feat. Krewella – Rise And Fall (At Dawn We Rage Remix)
11. Celldweller – Louder Than Words (Bare Remix)
12. Miss Murder’s Personal Jesus (Celldweller Klash-Up)
– AFI ” Miss Murder ”
– Depeche Mode ” Personal Jesus ”
13. Schoolboy – Aftershock
14. Icona Pop – I Love It (Case & Point Bootleg)
15. Celldweller – Frozen (DJ Set)
16. Tommy Noble & Celldweller – Meteorite
17. Kill The Noise – Thumbs Up (Dub Mix)
18. Doctor P – Flying Spaghetti Monster
19. Documenet One – Body Pump (D is for Document One)
20. Protohype – Vile (Rekoil Remix)
21. Zomboy – Nuclear (Hands Up)
22. Mediks & Texas – Fast Lane
23. Netsky – We Can Only Live Today (Puppy) feat. Billie (Camo & Krooked Remix)

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