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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 12/29 – 1/1

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With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, we have one thing and one thing alone on our mind. It’s time to head down to 19th and Blake and ring in the new year in the best way possible – by dancing to some top notch beats. Per usual, we’re making it incredibly easy for you to get off your couch and head down. Why’s that? Because we’re hooking you up with free entry.

Here’s how:
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Get there before 9:00 on Sunday
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for SUNDAY this week.

Rusko - 12/29
’Kid Sister – Pro Nails (Rusko Remix)’
Feed Me / No Mana - 12/30
’Premiere: Feed Me ‘Spilt Milk”
Goodnight 2016 NYE Party - 12/31
’Magnetic (Extended Mix)’
Henry Saiz - 1/1
’Unmei (Live At Sonar 2014 Version)’
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SHEAFS – Nobody’s Watching [MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE]

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After forming just a year ago. Sheffield-based indie act SHEAFS are on the right track. Highlighted by an iconic, guitar-driven sound, they’re quickly turning the collective head of tastemakers, bloggers, and some of our favorite emerging bands alike. And, it doesn’t look like there are any signs of slowing down.

Their style is one that fuses multiple genres and influences together, lead by dark and twisted lead guitar work. At times, it calls on associations of the legendary Surf Rock guitarist Dick Dale, if he were crafting the soundtrack to a sadistic horror movie. And, at other points, we can’t help but think of the Arctic Monkeys, if they were hopped up on too much caffeine and going through a bout of darkness.

Today, we’re bringing you the first look at their debut music video, produced by Sheffield Filmmakers Ben McFarlane and Jordan Carroll. Shot in the basement of Theatre Delicatessen in Sheffield, the story of “Nobody’s Watching” comes to life through a black and white treatment, an industrial background, and quickly shifting shots that keep up with the fast and furious tempo lead by impressive bass and percussion work.

If you’re feeling the haunting vibes from this tune and accompanying music video, we highly recommend visiting the other selections from their 4-track EP.

Photo Credit: Lewis Evans

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[Indie] New Mystics – Sparrows

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Somewhere along Route 66 where decaying service stations quietly rest and rustling tumbleweeds cross regularly, “Sparrows” plays lightly in the background alongside cascading plumes of smoke from a Marlboro Red, the stale smell of old coffee, and rays of sunlight filtering through an aging strip of tint at the top of the windshield.

“Sparrows” brings to mind time-worn images like this.

The funny thing is, it just came out — yesterday, in fact. And already, it’s blanketing me with a delicate sense of nostalgia. I just can’t shake its gripping familiarity in an intriguing new package.

New Mystics and the man behind it are, perhaps appropriately, mysteriously shrouded, so there’s not much to disclose about this artist yet. That said, I’m certain that he has an old soul. The sheer power of these songwriting abilities feels like it would be at home on an old, dusty 45 getting broken out with a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle for one of those special occasions. The verses call on associations of one of the most iconic folk artists, Neil Young, while the choruses give way to memories of listening to Lennon and McCartney.

Its style beckons on the greats of 50 years ago, and the modern twist of the falsetto that floats in before the last run through the chorus brings this song solidly into 2017.

For both young and old music nerds across the globe, New Mystics is one to watch — open road ahead of you or not.

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Catching up with The Vryll Society [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Back in October of last year, we had the massive pleasure of bringing you guys the first full listen to the debut EP from Liverpool-based act The Vryll Society. We’re sure you were instantly hooked, just as we were, by the wide-ranging offerings infused with psychedelic, funk, folk, and classic rock influences. Well, if they happened to fall off your radar since then, we’re here to rope you in once again. With their most recent release coming out just a few weeks ago, we thought it was a good time to get reacquainted.

TMN: Hey fellas! It’s great to sit down and catch up with you. After all, it’s been just over a year since we covered your debut EP. So – tell us. What has life been like since you released Pangea.

TVS: We’ve just been building on it as much as possible to be honest, it’s been the catalyst to spark it all off. It gave people an idea of what an album by ourselves would entail.

TMN: Being on this side of the equation, we don’t think bands know just how excited we get to help break them. Conversely, we probably don’t know what you’re going through. Talk to us about getting early support from blogs, tastemakers, and radio stations.

TVS: Well I think if you’re not getting support from those types of avenues you need to have a good look at yourself! As much as you can pretend you don’t care what people think, if you’re putting music out and no one has got a good word to say about it that’s going to affect you, so having people acknowledging your work as being of a high quality is what’s needed as you embark on your journey.

TMN: Have you had a few “holy shit” moments over the past year? You know – where something so amazing happens you can only manage to utter one thing. Holy shit. Name one:
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Pre-Show Chat with Scott Kirkland of The Crystal Method [TMN INTERVIEW]

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TMN: Hey Scott – so stoked to have you back in the Mile High City again. This city, and Beta Nightclub, seem to be one of your favorites. What keeps bringing you back here?

TCM: To try and have as much fun as the last time at Beta! The room sounds great, you are close to the crowd, and who doesn’t love the big cryo moment? Denver has always been one of my favorite places to play.

TMN: We’re curious – when was your first show here in Denver?

One of our earliest shows was at the Bluebird back in ‘97 I believe. Our first show at Beta was at least 5 or 6 years ago.

TMN: This time around, you’re flying solo. Can you fill us in on the situation with Ken? Is he taking a touring hiatus?

TCM: Ken and his wife Janine are happily building a new life in Costa Rica and I am very happy for him. I am also excited about the music I am making right now in the studio.

TMN: There’s so much to cover with you guys, considering your long and impressive tenure in the scene. But, let’s look back on Vegas. For older fans, tracks like “Busy Child” and “Keep Hope Alive” help define their adolescence. Is it weird looking back on that for you guys, especially given the meteoric rise of dance music?
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta – 12/8 – 12/12

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With old man winter bearing down on the Mile High City, we have one thing and one thing alone on our mind. It’s time to head down to 19th and Blake and get toasty in the best way possible – by dancing to some top notch beats. Per usual, we’re making it incredibly easy for you to get off your couch and head down. Why’s that? Because we’re hooking you up with free entry.

Here’s how:
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Get there before 9:00 on Sunday
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY this week.

Solumun - 12/8
’Solomun Boiler Room Tulum DJ Set’
Trampa / Pogman - 12/9
’Trampa – Rise Up’
Crystal Method - 12/10
’The Crystal Method – Vegas (Full Album Mix)’
Route 94 - 12/11
’Route94 – Forget the Girl’
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option4 – The Melancholy Tribute Of Bodhi Paige [TMN PREMIERE]

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The Melancholy Tribute Of Bodhi Paige

There’s nothing quite like finding a choice offering of beats to kick off your weekend with, especially when they happen to be brand spankin’ new. Today, we have just that for you, giving you a proper nudge into a few sweet days of unadulterated bliss with this tasty new tune.

If you’ve been following us for some time, you should be familiar with Denver-based option4. From our Artist Residency to a few premieres here and there, we’ve been longtime fans of this highly infectious artist and his dirty, clubby, and inventive house beats.

“The Melancholy Tribute of Bodhi Page” is a dusty, organic, fresh from the farmer’s market offering. Seriously, you might find yourself drawn to a flannel shirt and some locally sourced kale after a trip through this one. The crackling atmospheric elements perfectly mimic the experience of listening to your favorite vinyl record, which gives this track a warm and familiar feel. The kicks are clean and pronounced, as we’ve come to expect from option4 through the years, pairing perfectly with hi-hat rattles and a big, soulful vocal sample.

Wherever your weekend takes you, even if it actually is a farmer’s market, make sure you have “The Melancholy Tribute of Bodhi Page” on hand and ready to jam.

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