Montoneros – Not Now, Not Never [TMN Premiere]

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Montoneros
Not Now, Not Never

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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[Announcement] The Music Ninja Spotify Dojo Has Launched!

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Over the past couple of years, Spotify has cemented themselves as the premiere place for music streaming. We strive to be one of the premiere places on the web, but we felt it was time to branch out a bit. So, we went ahead and put together The Music Ninja Spotify account.

Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. You can still catch what we have to share on the website, however the dojo has grown and we want to offer you even more music. We’ve already created thirteen playlists for you to enjoy, with music ranging from future bass, to dubstep, to pop, trap, rock and even moombahton. We’ll continuously be updating each playlist, as well as creating more. Some of our current playlists include Back That Bass Up, House, Sweet House and Pretty Poppin’.

We want to thank you all for your continued support of the ninjas. We wouldn’t still be sharing music if there was nobody to share it with! In 2017, we’re looking to do some big things for you all. Stay tuned and make sure to follow the Spotify account if you are a user! Want a taste of what we’ve got going? Check out our Dive Deep playlist below, complete with our favorite deep house records.

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[Indie] Hollow Coats – Fold

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Neatly nestled in-between Alex Clare and Patrick Watson, you’ll find the emerging, Austin-based act known as Hollow Coats. With an emotional combination of painfully beautiful and delicate falsetto hums juxtaposed against booming basslines and soaring synths, “Fold” will have more than enough to hook you in, just as it did with us.

This act came to be when composer Michael Wisdom (formerly of The Digital Wild) found himself on the hunt for a new musical adventure. Not too soon after starting out on this epic quest, he came across singer/songwriter Adam Diener, who’s known for his inspiring lyrics and soaring vocals. Shortly thereafter, the two linked up with long time friend, multi-instrumentalist, and well-respected producer Bryan Ray, who you might recognize from previous posts here on TMN, under the moniker Lonely Child.

The end result is what you’re delving into right now. Americana-rich guitar and vocal harmony pairings should welcome you in instantly, giving you those warm-n-fuzzies you’ve become used to with your favorite singer/songwriters. From there, an electronic twist is added to traditional instrumentation, showcasing a unique blend of influences from this impressive trio. Our favorite part comes in much later, though, where a curious, yet infectious vocal cadence adds a layer of intrigue you won’t find anywhere else.

Our advice? Follow these cats on Facebook. This is just their first offering and we’re pretty damn sure there’s more on the way.

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich talks touring, Kanye, and having wine with Damien Rice [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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After years of pouring over Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s music, on both sunshine-filled days and blustery winter nights, we finally got what we’ve always wanted. It took six years for us to see him perform, but it was worth every bit of those agonizingly long 2,000+ days.

Before we watched him perform, we, of course, had to spend some time with him to get up to speed with everything that had happened in that lengthy wait. Instead of crafting questions, though, we ended up just talking for a half hour. Nothing was planned, rather just two music nerds talking about life, and everything that comes with it.

TMN: You’re on a tour right now, going through the states, and you’re midway through. How’s the reception been so far?

BFL: It’s been amazing. We did a tour up here in July — a shorter tour. Kind of normal places to play. This time, I’ve played at places I’ve never been to in my life. Mobile, Alabama. San Antonio, Texas. Spent a night in New Mexico. Dallas. Houston. Orlando. Denver, Colorado, where we are now. I really take that stuff very seriously.

Where I’m at as an artist, some nights we’re playing to a lot of people, some nights we’re playing to very, very few. The truth is — I love it all. Even when it’s a few people. Those people have driven so far to be there and I’m so grateful to have them there. It spurs me emotionally as well. I know what it’s like to fall in love with a record.

It’s an amazing feeling and I’m lucky to tour with such a nice group of people. I’ve met some beautiful people. And, so much of the music I’m into is American, or heavily influenced by America in some way. Tom Petty. Springsteen. Even someone like Tallest Man on Earth. He’s one of my favorites. I know he’s Swedish, but he’s influenced by American worlds.
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[Alternative/Rock] Shiny Wet Machine – Hospitals

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Shiny Wet Machine already caught our ears with their debut single “Stun Gun” and now they have returned with more. Their sophomore single “Hospitals” just hit the web through Sizzy Rocket’s imprint Diet Punk.

With “Hospitals” the group tones down the energy and attitude a bit, but they still hold true to the values that brought these artists together. There’s still some sass, but it’s not as outwardly provocative. Sizzy’s performance is as incredible as always and her lyrics are captivating. The thing I really love about this song and the project at large is they are able to play both sides of the line between the professional sound and the intimate, local rock vibe. Shiny Wet Machine is what every band you hear playing at backyard shows wants to be, but doesn’t come close. No offense, just listen to “Hospitals” for yourself and see. While you’re at it, grab a copy on iTunes.

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[Denver Event Preview/Ticket Giveaway] TMN Presents: Great Good Fine OK @ Larimer Lounge – 1/25

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Brooklyn based electronic-pop auteurs Jon Sandler & Luke Moellman -better known as Great Good Fine OK -first landed themselves amongst the heaps of fine music here at TMN all the way back in 2013, and have found themselves supplying our listeners time and time again with a lush brand of heartfelt, synth-driven ditties in the years since. Outside of these Ninja confines, the duo have found themselves racking up countless moments of acclaim; from music video premieres on MTV, features in Billboard, and appearances at some of the world’s most notable festivals, GGFO have established themselves as a forceful live act blessed with the ability to fill eager rooms wherever their sound careens through a loaded set of live monitors.

Great Good Fine OK find themselves marching into 2017 armed with a new EP, III , (stream “Take It Or Leave It” & “Always” from III below) which lead vocalist/songwriter Jon Sandler noted as housing “…some of the best songs we’ve ever written…”, a hefty upcoming North American tour, and a more polished, mature aesthetic. On the heels of all that hype, we’re feeling like some rather eager beavers to be presenting their Denver stop on January 25th at the Larimer Lounge, and we wanted to get our readers equally as excited by giving away a couple pairs of tickets. Entering our contest is as always, beyond easy. Just “like” The Music Ninja on FB, click on this post header if you’re still on the TMN front page, then comment below with your favorite Great Good Fine OK song, and boom, that’s it! (We even provided a few below if you need!) And of course, we want as many people as possible to come dance with us, so for our friends looking to secure their spot, advance tickets can be purchased here.

There are a few rules, of course:
– The event is 16+ Be sure to tell all of your friends to increase chance of winning!
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Larimer Lounge door.

Check out our preview mini-playlist, start commenting below and best of luck ninjas!

Great Good Fine OK – ‘Take It Or Leave It’
Great Good Fine OK – ‘Always’
Great Good Fine OK – ‘Already Love’
Great Good Fine OK – ‘Something To Believe In Ft. St. Lucia’
Great Good Fine OK – ‘You’re The One For Me’
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