[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (April 2019 Round #1)

If this post were only day earlier we’d probably have to get all up in some sort of April Fool’s joke or something. But you got lucky, it’s April 2nd and there’s no foolery going on here. Just a brand new, fresh af, indie dojo. Happy day after April fools everyone.
’Junaco – Willow’
’Ted Jasper – Back For More’
’Cousin Kula – Jelly Love’
’Minitrees – Steady Me’
’Mikey Mike – Life on Earth’
’Rows Arc – Some Days’
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Shawn James on The Dark & The Light, Folklore, and the Best of the Windy City [TMN INTERVIEW]

In just a few short days, Shawn James will be returning to the Mile High City in support of his recently released album “The Dark and The Light.” Before we head down to Globe Hall on Saturday to catch what will surely be a sensational show, we reached out to get to know the man behind this incredibly soulful, powerful and meticulously-crafted music.

TMN: Thanks so much for taking some time to answer a few questions ahead of your show in Denver. Is this your first time in the Mile High City?

No problem! Thanks for the interview! It’s not my first time in Denver.

I’ve been coming there since 2013 typically playing a few shows a year while on tour. I’ve got a great group of friends/fans and the shows always seem to keep growing and getting better. It’s one of my favorite cities to play.

TMN: You’re currently touring on the heels of your recently released The Dark & The Light. How has the reception been so far?

Incredible. Better than I even expected honestly. It’s been the strongest set of songs I’ve ever released in terms of positive response & interaction.

TMN: “Orpheus” is one of our personal stand-outs. It’s absolutely larger than life, as is a lot of your music. Talk to us about the vision behind that one.

I’ve always been obsessed with mythology, legends & folklore. The story of Orpheus & Eurydice has always been one of my favorites and I finally felt like I was ready to tell it in my own way. I tell it from the first person perspective of Orpheus as he loses the love of his life and has to go through hell (literally) trying to save her only to lose her a second time. The story has this sad, tragic and yet beautiful element of not giving up even if the odds are impossible to achieve which I love. It’s very romantic to me in that sense. I think it could also be applied to lots of other life circumstances regarding death, addiction and the relentless aspect of truly not giving up.

TMN: This album is all about inspiring others to turn darkness into light. Knowing the music carries such an intimate personal connection, have you had any fans reach out and share what your music had done for them?

It blows my mind with just how many messages I receive everyday where people relate their personal stories and how my music has helped them through something. It give me a true purpose.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2019 Round #4)

So this is the last Indie Dojo of March, huh? Not sure where the time went on that one, but here we are. On to the next…
’Ozwald – As The Crow Flies’
’George Gretton – Tread Water’
’Ryan Pollie
Blackout’
’Saint Lo. – Blueberry Fields’
’Samuel Romero – No Name No Face’
’Victoria Bigelow – sweet thing’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2019 Round #3)

Well hello, hello. Come here often? Or at least once a week? Every Tuesday, for a new playlist? No pressure if you don’t. Just putting it out there in case you were unaware.

’Barrie – Darjeeling’
’Augustine – Luzon’
’Estes – Laurelli’
’Lannds – 2093’
’Nick Kingswell – Undertow’
’King Commoner – HERE IT COMES AGAIN’
’The Hollow End – torms’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2019 Round #2)

The daylight is staying longer, the weather is getting warmer (kinda) and the Indie Dojo is ready to serenade every glorious second of it.
’Perfection – What A Nice Time’
’Dove & the Wolf – Television’
’Beck Pete – Vertigo’
’Rachel Mazer – Crowds’
’Benjamin Dakota Rogers – Better By Now’
’Johnny Gates – bandit’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2019 Round #1)

At this point, the Indie Dojo needs no introduction. Unless you are new here. Then helloooo and welcome to the Indie Dojo! Where we hand pick the indie goodness floating around the internet and place it all into a little pretty playlist, all for you, every Tuesday of every week.

’Andrew Applepie – Salted Caramel’
’More Fatter – Yeah You’
’Benedikt – KMG’
’runnner – eggshell’
’Jake Tittle – Sounds Like Everything’
’NKLS – Over’
’Tyler Burkhart – Waiting for you’
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BOYS – Mind Games [TMN PREMIERE]

Hazy, dreamy, and encompassing, the latest release from London-based BOYS is an artfully-crafted indie rock offering, with just a touch of 80’s new wave.

Released today on all major platforms, “Mind Games” the perfect tune for the upcoming transition in seasons. The shimmering guitars and catchy chorus will have you dreaming of warmer months, while the somewhat dreary vocals will keep you grounded in what’s left of the colder months.

When asked about this tune, the 4-piece had this to say:

“Mind Games” was written after the end of a long-term relationship and is all about the thoughts that go through your head after the break-up. Even though you no longer see or hear the person anymore they’re still in your head playing mind games

BOYS will be heading stateside for New Colossus Festival next month, before returning to their London roots for their first UK headline show of the year. Make sure to follow them on Facebook to keep in-touch with those live performances.

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