The Mispers – Shoulder [TMN PREMIERE]

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The Mispers
Shoulder

Sometimes beauty can be found in the most unrefined parts of life. Not everything has to be incredibly polished in order to be attractive, which is why music provides such an unique, individualistic adventure for everyone.

After releasing their sophmore EP Dark Bits earlier this year, The Mispers have returned with this brand new single, “Shoulder.” Having only been together for 18 months, this outfit has already garnered a tremendous following, selling out nine shows in London, playing festival gigs, and trotting along through European venues as well.

Calling back on our intro paragraph, “Shoulder” does boast an attractive indie rock progression with melodic guitar work, but lead singer Jack Balfour Scott is anything but a crooner. Yet his vocals provide a delightfully stressed persona as they strain across the fluttering guitar notes and steady percussion work. No, it’s not smooth and refined, but god dammit, it’s good.

Bringing forth associations of fast-paced, energetic indie rockers like We Were Promised Jetpacks, Alt-J, and Frightened Rabbits, The Mispers are set to be one of those blogosphere darlings, soon to spill over into the mainstream. We’re just happy we had them on here before that happened.

If you happen to be in London in November, make sure to catch one of the, if not all three of the shows below.

Nov 4th – Sebright Arms, London.
Nov 10th – Basement, London.
Nov 20th – The Flyover, London.

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[Event Review] The Verge Campus Tour w/ Chance The Rapper + Kygo – Boulder, CO – Balch Fieldhouse – 10/1

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Last Wednesday in beautiful Boulder, CO, a couple of us Ninjas were treated to one of the more eclectic concert pairings to ever come through such a musically rich and diverse city; and both acts proved to deliver on their global hype. The author of one of our favorite albums of 2013: Acid Rap, Chance The Rapper and Norwegian tropical house sensation Kygo were the main course for what was a beautiful night of distinct and divergent sounds right in the heart of Colorado University- in their football stadium’s adjoining training center, the Balch Fieldhouse of all places. At roughly 4,000 strong and mostly of the college-aged persuasion, there was a sporting match vibe to the night as the trained crowd which was armed with more than enough glowing paraphernalia to light a small village for a few days, would unexpectedly erupt into stadium style soccer chants in support of the night’s fearless artists. It was an exciting one to say the least.

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First up for the evening was an artist with whom our TMN faithful should be more than familiar with at this point: Kygo. The 22 year-old sensation has earned an incredible following in a relatively short span behind his unique, melodic and charming take on laid back tropical leaning house structures; such as his intoxicating remixes of The Weeknd, M83 and more, as well as recently inking a major label deal with Sony Entertainment. Kygo’s two-hour set was built upon those feelgood inklings from which he draws such a large fan base as he cycled through a groove heavy sampling of mostly original tunes and remixes. From deeper cuts like Kidnap Kid’s “Animaux” to lighter, but just as effective top-40 fare including Thomas Jack’s epic Of Monsters and Men remix, an edit of Milky Chance’s “Stolen Dance” and Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” (which unfortunately far too many young attendees left us as only a handful of concert-goers to know the words… c’mon!) the light on his performance was certainly a luminous one. Not to mention, it was quite revitalizing witnessing a crowd that large dancing to a more tranquil end of the EDM spectrum rather than just fist-pumping to the standard college diet of big-room electro and house. Once the dust cleared on a lovely performance from Kygo, we quickly realized that most of the night’s music consumers had, in their eyes, placed Chance The Rapper as the night’s most worthy spectacle.

Read the rest of our review and check out more pictures of the event after the jump!

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[Concert Preview/Denver-Boulder Giveaway] RÜFÜS DU SOL, Option4, and Hermitude – 10/15 – Fox Theatre

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RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DU SOL
We Left (Night Version)

Us Denver Ninjas are getting pretty dang excited for next Wednesday’s Fox Theatre show in Boulder, CO. The bill showcases one of Australia’s single most coveted musical exports, and one of TMN’s favorite acts in the entire electronic and indie landscape, RÜFÜS DU SOL who are bringing their entire live act for one of the most anticipated concerts on our agendas to round out 2014. The Aussie trio combine the spectacle of live instrumentation with a keen pop sensibility and dance undertones to hone a sound that has thrust them into international spotlight over the last few years. With singles like “Desert Night”, “Take Me”, official remixes for The Presets and most recently ZHU, as well as a pending debut long-player, Atlas; the indie-dance triumvirate have begun to bubble over into more mainstream consciousness during perhaps their richest musical stretch in the band’s short history. Further rounding out the card is another TMN favorite, Denver house maestro option4, who has become a serious mainstay here over the last year behind a jacking, soulful and unique take on house music, including his most recent debut on Fool’s Gold Records; and rounding out the evening is fellow Australians Hermitude who will undoubtedly pace the night wonderfully with their blend of instrumental, hip-hop infused electronicism.

Of course, we wouldn’t just tell you all about a show and not get our awesome readers involved. So we’re giving away a pair of tix through another contest! Entering is a breeze as usual, just “like” the TMN Facebook page and enter your e-mail below for a chance to win. There are a few rules as always, and be sure to stream “We Left” from RÜFÜS above. Winners will be notified via e-mail on Monday, October 13 at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Get to it!

There are a few rules, of course:
- The even is all ages (12+) so tell your friends!
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at will call.
-You ABSOLUTELY MUST come correct with your hottest dance moves and put them on display the entire day on behalf of The Music Ninja



 

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[Indie] Emily Wolfe – Ghost Limb

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Ghost Limb

Sometimes it’s difficult to understand exactly why we live in a world where genre is such a predominant consideration.

Like many others, it’s not occurred to me to premeditate all my record buying. I generally like to casually peruse a store: have a purchasing ponder, a quiet consideration, a vinyl vs disc dilemma. In fact, the only place I rush is home, to ascertain whether newly procured record-in-hand lives up to all expectation. But to be reductive: efficiency triumphs and the genre riddled record shop remains. Without the ‘locate indie here’ directive I may find myself fumbling through a dub step section; and that people, is a place I never wish to be.

We procrastinate, but the point is poignant enough: I don’t know where Emily Wolfe should be placed within our label loving social scenario. The genre dilemma is readily avoided in worldwide webspace. We can attach many a tag to the track, but ultimately new release Ghost Limb is an accolade to authentic sentiment and subject. Emily Wolfe is considerably honest, and if we were all honest all of the time, we definitely wouldn’t sound the same on any two days. So if you’re relying on Emily Wolfe’s previous release Swoon for direction, look away now.

(Disclaimer: For those of you whose heads are swimming with questions like ‘is she really indie though?’ we are succumbing to the social norm and will attempt to categorise).

Ghost Limb (released October 7th) is a starkly haunting and head turning effort, combining the straight forward matter of classic rock, with something a bit more sultry. Featuring the sort of raw riff the mid-nineties would be proud of, Ghost Limb resonates with palpable passion. Whilst the subject matter speaks to the perils of consumerist society, there’s a grabbing grittiness lurking beneath the unblemished but believable vocal.

Save the pop passé stamp, this is a more vintage rock, meets femme sincerity, sort of affair.

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[Alternative R&B] JMSN – Street Sweeper

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Street Sweeper

The multi-talented musician Christian Berishaj a.k.a JMSN has the voice of an angel. Here we have a track titled “Sweet Sweeper”, where he gives us a sneak peek of his upcoming self-titled album. Incorporating retrograde R&B vocals with new-generation electronic sound production, JMSN is definitely one of the frontrunners of this genre, along with big names like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean. Talk about a butter-smooth voice; it’s one of those tunes you can listen to all day and not get tired of. The feels are so strong with this one.

So do yourself a favor, put this record on and we’ll cry our eyes out together. Also, brace yourself because JMSN album is coming out 12/9. It’s one of those albums you do not want to miss out on.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October Round #1 2014)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaPlaying out your personal music library is a natural occurrence.  Sometimes we just can’t help it, right? We love something so much we can’t get enough of it, until that one last “repeat” where all that love seems to drain right out of our ears. And then it hits us like the plague. The boiling point where ALL of the music we have spent so many years collecting just seems lame and embarrassing, yet we cant find anything good enough to replace it. You know we’ve all been there, whether you like to admit it or not. But you know what? Good riddance! Nothing better than starting anew. It’s not like we wont go back to those songs years from now and totally fall in love all over again as we reminisce on the good times. But for now, just walk away and don’t look back. The Indie Dojos got you covered on rebuilding the library you will one day get sick of again.

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10,000 Emerald Pools
Flake
We Are The Night
FreeSwim
By Your Side
Open Swimmer
Sugar Bowl
Fictionist
Cut
Ánders
You Didnt Need My Love
Andrew Judah
Better & Better
Wonder Wonder
Shark
Sylas
Shore
Gordi
Nothings As It Seems

 

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Fictionist – Fictionist [TMN ALBUM PREMIERE]

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Somewhere in the bubbling cauldron of brilliance that is Fictionist, we’re offered an incandescent soundscape that’s inescapable, causing us to stop what we’re doing and simply enjoy. While we can’t pinpoint what moment caused this almost chemical reaction, we can assure you that the quest to finding that moment is just as good as if you actually found that moment in this 10-song, wildly satisfying journey.

Harnessing numerous musical influences, from classics like Pet Shop Boys and Peter Gabriel, to the more modern pop masters like MGMT and Passion Pit, Fictionist has a sound that’s spawned from pieces of many, yet maintains a personality on its own with ease and accessibility.

With a new album coming out October 7th, this Utah-based five-piece have yet to gain the recognition they deserve, but we have a feeling this latest collection of tunes will help give them the adoration that is inevitably coming their way. Yes, we’re giving high praises to this LP, but it’s definitely earned.

Kicking the album off with a level of audible addiction is a lackadaisical journey that floats along a well-defined bassline, coupled with only slow, rhythmic percussion work, grainy vocals, and simplistic piano work. “Cut String Kite” is the perfect song for a laid-back Sunday, or a lengthy road trip, either way, fully encompassing you in its attractive progression.

“Miss You” boasts glowing synthesized tones which expertly accentuate the lead vocals, all of which caress a crawling bassline that gives this song a painfully familiar vibe. On the other end of the spectrum, “Free Spirit” is defined by its danceable percussion and bass, coupled with glowing synths provide what we can only imagine is one hell of fun part of their live performance.

While this is an album that can be listened to start to finish with ease, we can’t say that you won’t have to mess with it once you start listening. Don’t get us wrong, you won’t have to skip any songs, but you will have to hit repeat on a few. They’re simply that good.

Tour dates:
10/17 – Provo, UT @ Velour Live Music Gallery
10/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Living Room – Williamsburg (Big Picture Media Official CMJ Showcase)
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop (CMJ Music Marathon)
10/25 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (CMJ Music Marathon)
10/25 – New York, NY @ Pete’s Candy Store (CMJ Music Marathon)
11/3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room

Cut String Kite
Not Over You
Free Spirit
Lock and Key
Statue In The Stone
Miss You
Cant Get Enough
Give It Up
Leave the Light On
City At War
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