[Contest] Win 2 VIP Tickets to BUKU Music + Art Project & Hang with Ekali

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The Big Easy. The Crescent City. Nawlins. New Oar-leans. Whatever you call it, you know that it stands upon a few strongly-planted pillars–good food, good music, and good times. We’ve had some epic moments down in New Orleans, which is why we’re beyond stoked to be heading to BUKU Music + Art project. As if one of the best party cities in the world wasn’t enough, this epic 2-day festival just added some rather unnecessary icing onto that Creole cake.

Our excitement is obvious, but we’re not here to talk about that. No, no. We’re here to get you excited. How do we plan to do that? Well, it’s pretty simple. We’re offering up two, two-day VIP 2-Day Passes tickets to one of our can’t miss festivals this year, PLUS a chance to hang with one of our favorite performing artists at said festival. That’s right. One lucky winner will be taking a friend down to Louisiana with a couple of free ticket and some epic hang time with the one and only Ekali.

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So, what do you have to do to enter? It’s pretty fricken’ easy. Just check out these instructions below:

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

2) “Like” the BUKU on facebook:

3) “Like” the Ekali on facebook:

4) Comment below this post with why you deserve to win. Maybe you just went through an epic break up? Maybe you hold the record for most shrimp eaten in a single sitting? Fill us in! We want to know.

More details
– Winner will receive 2 VIP 2-Day Passes
– TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS ARE NOT INCLUDED.
– You have to be 18+ to enter.
– Winner will be chosen on March 3rd at 12:00 EST and notified via Facebook
– You must come correct with some wicked dance moves all weekend long.

GOOD LUCK, NINJAS!
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2017 Round #3)

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Roses are red, violets are blue, we made an indie dojo, and we made it just for you. XOXO
’Gems – X Valentine’
’Parcels – Older’
’Floor Staff – Saviour’
’Stevie Talks – Pollyanna’
’Dan Clews – Mountain’
’Shy Nature – Eyes So Cold (Acoustic)’
’Pi Ja Ma – By The River (demo)’
’St. South – Furthest Thing – (Drake Cover)’
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FayRoy – Life and Death [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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It shouldn’t take you long to fall in love with this Indian Rocks Beach-based four-piece. With a tasteful blend of psych and garage rock, New England occult, and 1960’s surf culture, they have a brand and sound that stands out above the noise that clutters pages of blogs and publications on a day-to-day basis.

FayRoy Members Zachary Hoag, Kyle Fournier, Greyson Charnock (Someday River), and Dallas Eubanks (The Jackettes) accomplish this through highly engaging lyrics, clean, spacey guitar work, and well-pronounced basslines. “Life and Death,” which is dropping on their upcoming debut LP, is a perfect example of that. Smooth riffs give a laidback beach vibe, yet the expansive soundscape complete with epic instrumental breakdowns are perfect for getting blissfully lost. Instrumentally, the track does have somewhat of a somber mood, which ties in perfectly to it’s underlying meaning.

This song pretty much stems from a proverbial slap in the face of perspective we had before a show. We were with a big group of friends outside of the venue and all witnessed a group of teenagers get into a fight across the street. The scuffle appeared to just be another Friday night for these kids until we heard a gunshot and watched one of them fall to the ground as everyone else scattered. It happened so quickly that many people in the surrounding bars had no idea that it even happened. Life and Death is about a realization that the world has billion of situations constantly happening at the same moment, and for the most part, you are just one of them. We all share that. It’s a scary thought, but also incredibly liberating, depending on your perspective, of course.

Sit back and enjoy the official music video for this stellar track, then head over to their Facebook to keep up with news on the release, upcoming shows, and pictures of the always gorgeous Gulf Coast.

Directed by Michael Joseph Azcui

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[Mp3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2017 Round #2)

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There’s nothing really too cool about Tuesday, other than it’s not Monday and we are that much closer to Friday. But what if we just go ahead and throw an Indie Dojo in the mix? That might just step it up a couple notches.

’Sasha & the Bear – See Me As I Am’
’Graeme James – Alive’
’Keston Cobblers Club – Almost Home’
’Alfie – Over Our Heads’
’Kyle Morton – Survivalist Fantasy’
’Black Oak – The Clearmountain Pause’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2017 Round #1)

indie-dojo-music-ninja Music can be oh so many things in our lives. A party starter, a travel buddy, a sleep soother, a workout spotter, a motivational speaker, a love proclaimer and a distraction provider. In almost any time of need, music’s got our back. And the indie dojo is here to bring us all together.

’Cattle & Cane – 7 Hours’
’Glassio – The Weight Of The World On The Girl’
’Greyface – Delilah’
’Ocean Flaws – Silver Screen’
’THE WATANABES – An Insult To The Present’
’Gold Star – Sonny’s Blues’
’Son of the Velvet Rat – Blood Red Shoes’
’Sea Girls – Daisy Daisy’
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Montoneros – Not Now, Not Never [TMN Premiere]

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As a self-described obsessed music hobbyist, being able to draw inspiration amidst one of the country’s most diverse, and burgeoning music scenes manifests in some amazingly fortuitous moments of discovery.The latest batch of apples to this writer’s eye (or ear for that matter) to arrive to these revered online pages of TMN is Montoneros, a Denver-based synthesis of space, indie & math-rock formed in 2014, fronted by Argentinian-born singer Gaston Leone. Most recently, Montoneros released the Heat Horse EP, signaling their place front and center in their home city’s bustling indie scene, while also landing them direct support for the likes of  Jimmy Eat World & Lydia. Now with a bit more rumble inside of their engine, Montoneros is gearing up for a breakthrough 2017.

In the midst of their recent ascent, the four-piece recorded a new extended-play to pace the year, Good Bones, set to release on Washington-based indie imprint Ronald Records, and they’ve shared the lead single “Not Now, Not Never” with our Ninja faithful first. The tune falls on elegant math-rock guitar noodling to establish its foundation; letting its melodies rise and fall like the breath of a lover slumbering beside you. Leone’s subtle reverberations float atop Montoneros’ dynamic instrumentation akin to a Griottines cherry on an ice-cold Manhattan; making all those slippery time-signature shifts feel as effortless as any established indie act could.

As Montoneros continues to develop their sound with every passing release, they’ve managed to draw us in just a little bit closer. So without any further prompting, do yourself a solid, hit the play button above and be on the lookout for more from Montoneros in the near future.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2017 Round #4)

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Looking for something other than the madness? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Indie Dojo, take us away.

’Mt. Joy – Sheep’
’The New Mystics – Sparrows’
’Madeleine Mayi Meyere – You Want More’
’Grown Ocean – Like I Do’
’Bell The Band – Isn’t That Life’
’Emily Donohue – Saturday Night (Misfits Cover)’
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