[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2018 Round #4)

It’s hard finding good music sometimes. You gotta have some patience and whole lot of time on your hands to start digging through the depths of the internet. That’s where the Indie Dojo comes in. Now we know you aren’t going to dig every song we ever post, ‘cuz every one is different, but we’re pretttty confidant you’ll find at least one or a few you might add to your rotation. And knowing that we might’ve helped spark a new musical adventure in you is kinda all we live for.
’Dontask – ocean’
’Me&you – Drunk & Dancing’
’Appleby – Lady Sunshine (prod. Elias Abid)’
’TALES – So Blue’
’Kuoko – Birds On The Fire Escape’
’Juliana Daugherty – “Baby Teeth”‘
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[Event Review] Bad Bad Hats – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive

’Bad Bad Hats – “Nothing Gets Me High”‘

Last weekend, Kerry Alexander and her Minneapolis based four-piece Bad Bad Hats brought their fuzzy and addictive blend of indie-folk, rock and sugary pop tropes to one of Denver’s most storied rock venues, the Hi-Dive. The venue in question couldn’t have served as a better backdrop for Bad Bad Hats, who after their most recent LP Lightning Round command their stage with more confidence, playfulness and maturity than we’d ever seen in the past.

The troupe trotted out to a number of Lightning Round high points, including an early and excellent live version of their most recent single “Nothing Gets Me High” to which over half the crowd belted out with the same unflinching sincerity that Alexander herself wields. While mostly alternating between acoustic offerings and garage-leaning indie-rock on their debut album, 2015’s Psychic Reader, Bad Bad Hats’ aural aesthetic has settled nearer to comfortable mid-tempo pop with a scuzzy guitarists’s backbone; and it is one that fits their live performances perfectly. Not to mention the on-stage chemistry between Alexander and her husband, Bad Bad Hats multi-instrumentalist Dan Hoge is as adorable as it is effective.

As the sweatily packed crowd pleaded for an encore, Bad Bad Hats strode back out for perhaps the highlight of the night in the form of “Super America”, which came with an absolutely hilarious explanation and even better performance of the tune. Bad Bad Hats will remain on the road for nearly the rest of 2018, so be sure to check them out if the quartet will be landing in a city near you, and stream Lightning Round on Afternoon Records now on all platforms.

’Bad Bad Hats – “Super America”‘
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2018 Round #3)

Welcome to the Indie Dojo, where the indie world is your oyster. Go ahead, have at it.
’okaywill – the youth group’
’Fake Shark – Feel Alive’
’Pool – Moving On’
’Marco – When I Was A Ghost’
’Ainslie Wills – Society’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2018 Round #2)

Tuesdays were made for Indie Dojos. But so were Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays AND Sundays. Long story short, we’ll be here with some fresh indie jams, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Rain or shine.
’The Flavians – On The Radio’
’Delta Will – Nothing Is Enough’
’Charlie Lane – Crazy Happy’
’Your Smith – Bad Habit’
’Felivand – Same Old’
’Edward + Jane – Please Don’t Leave Me Like This’
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[Indie] No Kind of Rider – “Autumn/Distinct”

Portland-based 5-piece No Kind of Rider caught our attention earlier this year with their sticky single “Distinct.” With a deep and ethereal soundscape, this tune couldn’t be shook from my mind. Haunting vocal hums carry along in the background, harmonizing perfectly with glowing synths and singular guitar notes, all of which are counter-balanced by enchanting vocals. At times, it beckons on old school Minus The Bear, which is a tall order. But, these cats pull it off well.

While that tune is top-notch, I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t call “Autumn” to your attention, as well. Another somber take on indie rock, it’s definitely a keeper for the colder weather that’s approaching. Buzzing basslines and a high-pitched synth are the biggest driver in this one, leading you down an introspective journey.

Be sure to keep an eye on this act moving forward by following them on Soundcloud.

’Autumn (Single)’
’Distinct (Single)’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2018 Round #1)

Come here often? If not, ya should. At least every once in a while. Tuesdays are a good day. Brand new indie dojo just waiting to be played. No pressure though. We’ll be here whenever you are.
’Kimball – Weave Teeth’
’Tuxedo Wildlife – Depths’
’Joel Porter – Amaranthine’
’Ella Metherell – Lost (Frank Ocean Cover)’
’Patric Johnston – Gold’
’Hollie Col – Let Yourself Down’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2018 Round #5)

We don’t really want to talk about it, but let’s be real, summer’s end is sneaking up on our asses. Let’s just pretend it’s not happening and hang on to the last moments with brand new Indie Dojos. ‘Cuz good music makes the memories so much better anyways.
’Millie Turner – Eyes on You’
’Darci – Darling’
’The Solarists – Cup Of Tea’
’Moontower – Leaving You Behind’
’Colyer – Enough’
’Muna Ileiwat
– Baby’

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