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Five Ninjas. Five Coachella Stories. [Event Review]

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Story 1 – Clayton Warwick

Day one of Coachella was an interesting one for me. Coming off of a full day of food poisoning hell, sitting through twelve hours of hot sunlight was the last thing I wanted to do. None the less, I bucked up and rode down to the festival with our crew. Despite severe dehydration, an uneasy stomach, and a blinding headache, I made my way through some of my favorite artists that were playing that day.

Before I delved into performances, I had to stop off to interview the legendary Gareth Emery in the press area. Thankfully, they were fully stocked with hydrating beverages, which helped my recovery quite nicely. After a fun and engaging chat with Gareth, I was ready to take on what day one had to offer.

The highlights were too abundant to cover in great length, featuring notable sets from Ellie Goulding, Aloe Blacc, Zedd, and of course Outkast. While Outkast’s performance wasn’t my favorite musically, it was still amazing based on the sheer nostalgic appeal. I found myself belting out lyrics through a queasy stomach on multiple occasions, simply not giving a fuck at how I felt. At that moment, I knew they had something special going.

Day two was a much more enjoyable experience for me, especially given the fact that I saw the most impressive set of the entire festival, in my honest opinion. We worked our way to the very front of the Mojave tent to catch the always entertaining post-rock instrumental band Mogwai, and were absolutely blown away. In a 50 minute set of pure musical intoxication, Mogwai utilized their slow, building rhythms to provide a complete encapsulation. It was truly amazing.

There were other highlights from Day two as well, including an absolute ear-fuck from Skrillex, whose visuals essentially were the internet boiled into one 50 minute set. Other acts that impressed included Kid Cudi, Capital Cities, Head and the Heart, and City and Colour.

Day three was probably the most memorable for me, musically, as I was able to witness some acts I’ve been writing about for the past few years. Right out of the gates we caught James Vincent McMorrow, who had the best vocal talent out of any artist at the festival. His set was mesmerizing, and was then followed up nicely by his labelmate, The 1975, who displayed their up-and-coming rock god status. Matty casually flipped his mic cord around as he strutted the stage, boasting nothing but sheer swagger.

For the last few sets of the night, we were honestly so exhausted that we listened from afar, sitting with the aching-foot crowd of parents and older festival-goers. Disclosure was nothing short of stunning, even though we couldn’t see the stage from where we were at.

Once again, Coachella has proved to me that no matter how hard you try, your plans will be proved futile. It’s so easy to get caught in the moment, forgoing your well thought out plans for those of the friends you are with. It’s both a blessing, and a curse, but 100% worth every minute of it.

Story 2 – Brooke Ferguson

As I walked into the Polo Fields Campgrounds, I instantly felt like I was at home. Each and every year that I attend Coachella, I automatically know that my mind is about to enter into an entirely new dimension full of phenomenal music, abstract art, and memories to last me a lifetime. This year, I decided to change up my festival routine and experience music on an entirely new level. I ventured off into a hypnotic place where I was surrounded by some of the most enchanting people I have ever come across. Their love for music and inter-human connectivity fulfilled all of my festival cravings. There is nothing more exciting than being around a bunch of weirdo’s who love to vibe on a level that promotes the provocation of a divine synchronicity.

Every day brought forth new experiences, new people, and new music. It is nearly impossible to see everyone you plan to watch, but I guess that is what makes Coachella such an adventure in and of itself. We are given the opportunity to either solidify ourselves to a strict schedule, or we can simply allow our wandering souls to guide us towards the unknown; the only place where insurmountable beauty exists.

This year at Coachella, I decided to let the music bring me solace and peace of mind. I spent a lot of my time underneath the glorious Sahara Tent where the bass could be felt a mile away. I should have remembered to bring some diapers with me because there were plenty of sketchy moments where I could have totally lost all control of my bodily functions. When you have artists like Dillon Francis, Carnage, The Glitch Mob, Krewella, and more, the probability of crapping your pants increases with each rise in frequency. I know I wasn’t the only one who experienced moments of uncertainty as to whether or not it was the beat that dropped or my pants. I am still contemplating this to this day.

Overall, Coachella provided its attendees with a wide array of talent to please everyone’s musical inclinations. Having an eclectic taste in music made it extremely difficult to choose my top acts of the weekend. After nearly a week of battling an extreme case of cognitive dissonance, I have finally made up my mind as to who blew my mind away. The winning sets this year go to: Flight Facilities, Cage The Elephant, Kill Paris, and Adventure Club. Each of these artists evoked a different side of me, whether it be my inner diva at Flight Facilities and Kill Paris or my inner flower child at Cage The Elephant. I guess it’s safe to say that I can diagnose myself with multiple personality disorder because there were many different sides of me that made their debut that weekend. Only at Coachella is it socially acceptable to black out from being over-stimulated by your surroundings and not recall the absurdity of your behavior.

Now that my favorite festival has come to an end and the post-Coachella depression has subdued, I must endure the next 365 excruciating days of monotony until I can once again return to my Utopia.
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The Ultimate Outkast Setlist (30+ Songs We Want To Hear On Their Comeback Tour)

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With just one day remaining before the debut performance of Outkasts highly anticipated 40-stop reunion festival tour, we ninjas can not contain our excitement. To keep ourselves occupied as we impatiently wait for Coachella to kick off, we spent the last week putting together our dream setlist from the legendary hip-hop duo. For anyone who will be in attendance during Andre 3000 and Big Boi‘s marathon of a tour, this playlist should certainly prepare you for what promises to be an incredible string of shows. If you won’t be able to make it, we hope that this will be the next best thing.

We’ve also put these tracks in a SpottieOttiefy Playlist (we mean Spotify, in case you didn’t get our sly ninja joke) for those “ATLiens’ out there who want to listen to “GhettoMusick” when they “Git Up, Git Out” and explore “The Whole World.”

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International Players Anthem (Feat. Outkast)
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Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
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Church
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Da Art of Storytellin (Pt. 1) ft. Slick Rick
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Ms. Jackson
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Players Ball
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Git Up Git Out (feat. Goodie Mob)
Outkast
Roses
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The Whole World (ft. Killer Mike)
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Two Dope Boyz (In A Cadillac)
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Elevators (Me and You)
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Aint No Thang
Jay Z
Poppin Tags ft. Big Boi, Killer Mike & Twista
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We Luv Deez Hoez
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Aquemini
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GhettoMusick
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So Fresh So Clean
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West Savannah
Frank Ocean
Pink Matter (Remix) ft. Big Boi & Andre 3000
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DJ UNK
Walk It Out (Remix) (feat. Andre 3000 Of Outkast & Jim Jones)
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Skew It On the Bar B (feat. Raekwon)
Cool Breeze
Watch For The Hook ft OutKast, Goodie Mob & Witchdoctor
The Purple Ribbon All Stars
Kryptonite (Featuring Big Boi, Killer Mike, Blackowned C Bone & Rock D The Legend)
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Daddy Fat Sax
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Royal Flush (feat. Andre 3000 & Raekwon)
Outkast
Return of the G
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Chonkyfire
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The Way You Move
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Rosa Parks
Outkast
B.O.B
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[The Love Playlist] Indie Songs for Lovers Vol. 2 (70+ Tracks)

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As we slowly wake up from our hibernation laden winter, we’re gleefully looking ahead to spirited adventures with that special someone. There’s something about it, isn’t there? The warm weather. The flowers. The waves slowly lapping against the shores. Some people may argue that summer is the best time to be single, but we know all of you hopeless romantics out there disagree, as you patiently wait for the grand-scale plans that you have laid out.

Back in 2012 we released our first “Indie Songs for Lovers” playlist with a resounding appreciation from you all. While we may have missed the boat last year, we’re back at it again with a heart-warming selection of over 70 tracks that will leave your lover swooning.

Starting with accoustic folk, this playlist will take you on a journey through poppy indie rock all the way to some smooth rolling beats to set the mood.

Press play and get lost in love, ninjas.

James Vincent McMorrow
Cavalier
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Dawn Golden
All I Want
Josh Record
For Your Love
Josh and Mer
All Was Right
Panama
Always
Josh and Mer
From The Sea
Frett
Porcelain
I Know Leopard
She
Imaginary Future
The Thick and the Thin
Few Bits
Shell
The Last Song
Tom Misch & Carmody
Joel Baker
Every Vessel Every Vein
Blue Stahli
Ghost of Love (David Lynch cover)
RY X
VAMPIRES

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[ULTRA 2014 Schedule Recommendation] TMN’s Must See Guide to Ultra (Miami 3/28 – 3/30)

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Ahh. The time is finally here. All winter long we’ve been angrily looking at the calendar, not-so-patiently awaiting the start of festival season here in the states. To kick things off in 2014, we’re obviously overwhelmingly excited for what Ultra 2014 is bringing to the table.

As you would guess, this year’s line up is stacked, as usual. There’s a veritable pantheon of EDM legends, coupled with some amazing up and coming artists as well. We traditionally like to do a full stream of everyone that’s going to be there, but this year we’re going to change it up. Instead of giving you a tiny sample of each artist who’s playing, we’re going to give you our recommendations, day by day.

Scheduling is going to be tricky, so make sure you set out a proper game plan. It might be hard to stick to after a few beverages, but take it from us – don’t miss out on seeing your favorite artist, or any of these suggestions below:

Friday March 28th

Chainsmokers – Stage 7

Picked by Bryn Carter & Clayton Warwick

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TMN Staff Comment: Two handsome devils reigning from New York who can make ANY song the ultimate remix. Make sure to check out these two who will keep your feet moving and your mind spinning with their intense indie/electronic melodies.

The Wanted
We Own The Night(The Chainsmokers Remix)
The Chainsmokers vs. Tove Lo
Habits
#SELFIE

Friday March 28th

M.I.A. – Live Stage

Picked by Eric Gossett

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TMN Staff Comment: The ever-controversial M.I.A. is definitely a “don’t miss” performance at this year’s Ultra Music Festival. The singer just released her critically-acclaimed album Matangi last year and is currently being sued by the NFL for $15 million for her performance at the Super Bowl. So if that was what they (couldn’t) show at the Super Bowl, I can only imagine how wild her uncensored stage show must be.

BRING THE NOIZE
M.I.A.
Bad Girls
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Friday March 28th

12TH Planet – UMF Radio Stage

Picked by Clayton Warwick

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TMN Staff Comment: Last year, I had the pleasure of introducing someone to trap, and did so by watching 12th Planet’s set on Sunday afternoon. This well respected, LA based producer will be throwing down a massive set full of filthy beats. If you want to get down and dirty, don’t miss this set.

Pretty Lights
Go Down Sunshine (12th Planet Remix)
Smoked Out
12th Planet & Protohype
Paper on @smogrecords

Friday March 28th

Kill The Noise – UMF Radio Stage

Picked by Michael Serratore

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TMN Staff Comment: There are plenty of players in the world of filthy bass, but no one does it quite like KTN. There’s an undeniable energy in everything he does, and that will only be taken to the next level amongst a crowd of frenzied fans

Thumbs Up (For Rock N Roll) with Feed Me
DUCKSAUCE
NRG (Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis RMX)
Kill The Noise & Dillion Francis
Dill The Noise

Friday March 28th

Chance the Rapper – Live Stage

Picked by Baseer Ahmad and Clayton Warwick

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TMN Staff Comment: You say you’re going to Ultra to only listen to beats? Don’t limit yourself. A break in the bass will be welcomed, and who better to give you said break than Chi-Town native, Chance the Rapper?

Childish Gambino: They Dont Like Me (ft. Chance the Rapper)
Lil Wayne
You Song Ft Chance The Rapper (Dedication 5)
Chance The Rapper
Brain Cells Live (5day)

Friday March 28th

The Glitch Mob – Worldwide Stage

Picked by Rachel Haroldson

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TMN Staff Comment: This is a no brainer. Glitch Mob absolutely throws down with live performances, from the insane stage set-ups to the energy of the group, you can just see that these guys have a passion for performing and love giving the audience an unforgettable show.

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Monday (The Glitch Mob Remix)
A Dream Within a Dream
DRINK THE SEA
The Glitch Mob
We Can Make The World Stop
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[Synth Pop] Ben Khan – Youth

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Ben Khan once again demonstrates the hype surrounding his unique blend of nocturnal soul is entirely justified. Proving his sound can evolve whilst still maintaining its own distinct identity, ‘Youth’ marks a noticeable progression in the young British artist’s already forward-thinking songwriting. At once innovative and accessible, the forthcoming ’1992′ EP looks set to provide Ben Khan with a platform to step out of the shadows and cement his status as one of the most exciting new talents around.

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[Fresh] Ben Khan – Savage

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With his rhythms running in the red, Ben Khan keeps his foot firmly to the floor with new track, “Savages”. Retaining his unique character, whilst dialling in a fresh intensity, “Savages” is perhaps Ben’s most ambitious track to date – an unnerving, idiosyncratic cut that showcases the young artist’s flair for the epic. There’s little to no information available about the elusive Londoner, but the vocal hooks on ‘Savage’ are more than enough to cement Ben on your ‘ones to watch’ list.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Lose Your Panties for PANTyRAiD – Denver, CO 11/9

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Polka dots.
Bikini style.
Boxers.
Even the ones with little kitty faces on them.

If we were you Colorado, we would make sure to wear my best panties this Saturday for when PANTyRAiD comes to The Fillmore to make those panties fly.

Josh (Ooah) and Marty (MartyParty) are bringing there sexy and seductive dance floor songs, along with 3,000 pairs of panties, to the Mile High city to show the world what a true PantyWar would look like and the Music Ninja is giving away two sets of tickets to a few lucky panty patrons.

If you can’t cough up the dough for a ticket, we’re here to help. Our good friends at Awesome Factory have asked us to spread the love by hooking up two people with sets of tickets. That’s right. Two winners. Each will win a set of tickets. All you have to do to enter is “like” our facebook page and Awesome Factory’s page, then comment with which PANTyRAiD track you want to hear most in our comment box directly below this post. One winner will be chosen from those comments, and notified via facebook (PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR ‘OTHER’ IMS ON FACEBOOK AT 4PM MOUNTAIN TIME FRIDAY. 11/8). Winner will receive two GA tickets to the show. You must be 18 to enter. You must provide your own transportation. TMN and Awesome Factory are not responsible for anything you do during or after the show. If you have an amazing time, you may sing our praises.

HOW TO ENTER:
1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on facebook here:

2) “Like” Awesome Factory on facebook:

3) Comment below this post with what PANTyRAiD track you want to hear most.

We’ll pick one winner 4pm Mountain time on Friday, Nov 8th. Please be paying attention at this time.

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