[Indie] The 1975 – Chocolate

Swaggering into the last chapter of their introductory trilogy of EPs, Manchester’s The 1975 have just unveiled “Chocolate”, the lead track from their forthcoming Music For Cars EP. Cut from the same cloth as their two acclaimed EPs, “Chocolate” is another towering guitar-pop anthem with an infectious chorus that’ll stay with you long after the single has played out.

The 1975

Music For Cars drop March 4th via Dirty Hit/Vagrant

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[Denver Event Preview] Ellie Goulding 2/1 @ The Ogden Theater

It’s pretty damn hard to find someone that doesn’t like Ellie Goulding, or at least respect her for how she’s taken the world by storm in the past few years. Whether you like her for her solo work, or you like her for her sultry vocals laid over some deep dubstep or house basslines, the end result is the same.

The adorable London-based vocalist is in the midst of a massive worldwide tour, after having just released her 2nd full length album, Halcyon. Unless you’ve been hiding in your bomb shelter, waiting for the zombie apocalypse, then you’ve heard Ellie’s voice grace the airwaves at some point recently. You know what would be even better? Catching that voice in person. We know that the Denver show is already sold out, so make sure you buy your tickets now if she’s heading your way.

Ellie Goulding
Anything Could Happen (Radio 1 Live Lounge)
Ellie Goulding
Figure 8 (Breakages Crenshaw & Adams Mix)

Upcoming Tour Dates:

1/28 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
1/29 – Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
1/30 – The Pageant – St Louis, MO
2/1 – The Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
2/2 – The Great Salt Air – Magna, UT
2/4 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, Wa
2/5 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
2/6 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
2/8 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
2/9 – The Wiltern – LA, CA
2/12 – Hollywood Palladium – LA, CA

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[Indie Rock] Shout Out Louds–Walking In Your Footsteps

Nearly a month ago, us ninjas caught wind of Shout Out Louds‘ newest album-to-be, Optica, when we heard the catchy single, “Blue Ice.” Just as we are writhing from the prospect of waiting until late February — when the Swedish synth-pop group plans to release Optica — Shout Out Louds hits us with another musical appetizer. Like “Blue Ice,” “Walking In Your Footsteps” is another great example of the ode to ’80s electro-pop that is the Shout Out Louds’ sound, but this one has a unique contemporary flair. It’s a catchy little number with danceability to boot.

Walking in your footsteps

Get your copy of Optica from the Shout Out Louds sometime towards the end of February via Merge Records.

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[Ticket Giveaway] Snowball Festival: March 8 – 10 + PLAYLIST


By festie standards, Snowball Music Festival is still relatively young. However, in a few short years they’ve already put themselves on the map as one of the best in the west. People from all over the US head up to a chilly Colorado mountain town each year to hear some of the best music has to offer. This year’s lineup is absolutely ridiculous, which is why we’re stoked to give away two sets of tickets. Check out the details below.

How to enter the contest

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

2) “Like” the Snowball Festival on facebook:

3) Comment below this post with the names of three (3) of your favorite artists from the 2013 lineup.

More details
- Winner will receive 2 “General Admission 3-day Passes” (Hotel + Transportation NOT included) [$328 Value]
- Winners will be announced January 30th. We will make contact through a Facebook message.

To celebrate the amazing lineup this year, we have come up with a playlist of what you can expect to hear from our favorite, ninja-approved artists.

Pretty Lights
So Bright
Piss Test (Flosstradamus & A
trak Remix)
When The Dust Settles
When The Dust Settles
Kendrick Lamar
Poetic Justice (ft. Drake)
Kendrick Lamar
Swimming Pools (Drank) (prod. by T
Pretty Lights
I Know The Truth
Porter Robinson & Mat Zo
Iggy Azalea feat. Juicy J
Flexin & Finnesin (Prod By Flosstradamus x FKi)
Portugal The Man
Floating (Time Isnt Working My Side) (Snippet)
Portugal The Man
All Your Light (Times Like These) (Snippet)
Cold Blooded
Excision & Datsik
Swagga (Datsiks Trap VIP)
Illegal (Original Mix)
1 2 Cake Cake feat. Steve Aoki (Crizzly Remix)
Digital Liberation Is Mad Freedom

Flying Lotus
mister murky socks ///// LOS ANGELES ALT take mix2

Hard In Da Paint ((Bellizio Remix) Crizzly Edit) *CLICK BUY THIS TRACK FOR FREE DL*
Dont Stop (Version 2.0) (DL link in description)
Flying Lotus
lamentedmix3 Instrumental
The House That Heaven Built
Two Door Cinema Club
Something Good Can Work (RAC Mix)

Foster The People
Houdini (RAC Mix)
Jack the Ripper

Alive (Pegboard Nerds Remix) (FREE DOWNLOAD)
Deep in the Woods
My Number (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Amped Up
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2013 Round #4)

In the life of a true music lover, a silent world is a boring world. Which could possibly explain why a lot of us have a playlist for everything. Working out, road trips, getting down, getting ready for bed, getting up in the morning, studying, eating, partying, beaching, relaxing, chillaxin, waiting, working.  The possibilities of excuses to have music as a constant in our day to day living are endless and the indie dojo is just another way to fill up any left over empty space.

The Black Atlantic
The Aftermath (Of This Unfortunate Event)
The Strumbellas
Underneath A Mountain
Rue Royale
Guide To An Escape
Pickering Pick
On The Edge Of The Light
The Lone Bellow
You Never Need Nobody
Kait Lawson
Place In The Ground


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[Indie] Blank Maps – Everything Ends

We’re always impressed with a band that can create a huge, atmospheric sound in their music. There’s something to be said about creating this entire experience that almost borders escapism. Which makes sense because we often use music as a means of escape. So, when a band does it well, it’s important to call it to attention.

With that being said, we’re happy to bring you “Everything Ends” by Newcastle indie pop quartet, Blank Maps. This melodic, guitar laden tune is dripping with layered depth, and is a perfect tool to escape your every day struggles. This track will be available as a digital-download along with b-side ‘Ornament’ from all digital retailers on March 4th and as a free download from their soundcloud.

Everything Ends
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[Denver Event Preview] Bloc Party + IO ECHO 1/22

One of the perks of being a ninja is getting to review a ton of live shows. Last year alone, I personally attended over 80 concerts. My hearing will more than likely be gone by the time I’m 40, but at the same time I will end up having seen more shows than most people can dream of.

With as many shows as I’ve seen, there are still a few that are on my bucket list. This Tuesdays knocks another one off that list, as Bloc Party makes a return to Denver. If you’re not familiar with Bloc Party, then we have to assume that you’ve been hiding in a cave somewhere in the mountains. These British indie rockers have been using their catchy hooks and poppy structures for over 8 years now, and have sold upwards of two million albums world wide.

Bloc Party has brought on LA Duo IO ECHO for a little support. While this band is relatively young, they’ve managed to develop a following with their unique “east meets west” sound. With their first album coming out in April (Ministry of Love, via IAMSOUND) now’s as good as time as any to head out and see them live. Their complex sound layers industrial elements, the Japanese koto and Chinese violin creating a ethereal, shoegaze feel that’s sure to translate into an amazing live performance.

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