Ever have one of those days when you find yourself driving around in complete silence ’cause you just can’t find a damn thing to listen to and you dare not turn on the radio? Well, today is not that day, because we’re here to slice that awkward silence with Indie Dojo sword.
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When we first stumbled across Bayonne’s new album, we were absolutely mesmerized from start-to-finish. This one-man army brings the sensational ability to create an immersive listening experience, both on record and at his live shows, which is no easy feat. After being incapsulated for the better half of an hour, we decided to reach out and set up an interview with him ahead of his show at the Lost Lake in Denver, Colorado. Here’s what went down.
TMN: Hey Roger, welcome to the Mile High City. Is this your first time here?
B: I’ve played here a couple of times, back when I was doing a folk thing three years ago. I’ve been here a lot more than I’ve played here too.
TMN: You’re in the midst of a pretty lengthy tour, which included a few showcases down in Austin for SXSW. As an Austinite, what did those showcases mean to you?
TMN: Also, as someone who calls Austin home, do you all have a secret celebration when SXSW is over so you can resume normal life?
Creating a name for yourself as a band just trying to break out is an arduous process. However, when you find something that works, you run with it, and LISBON‘s most recent effort, “Shark,” delves into all of these feelings with a heavier style than their previous work. They certainly aren’t shying away from their opinion of the shadier side of things, and the tone they’ve created from the lyrics alone couples well with their exploration into broader and heavier instrumentation.
Many people have dealt with and seen the “sharks” they sing about, and LISBON clearly has no reservations when it comes to outing them in a song. A little courage goes a long way sometimes. For you UK fans, they embarking on a tour soon, and we’ve got the dates and tickets listed below. In the mean time, enjoy “Shark” while you search for a show near you!
UK Tour Dates (Tickets)
18th May, Oporto, Leeds
19th May, Independent, Sunderland
20th May, The Great Escape, Brighton
21st May, The Great Escape, Brighton
22nd May, Waterfront Studio, Norwich
23rd May, The Maze, Nottingham
24th May, Sound Control, Manchester
25th May, The Studio, Sheffield University, Sheffield
26th May, Fruit, Hull
27th May, Surf Café, Newcastle (sold-out)
28th May, Surf Café, Newcastle (sold-out)
29th May, Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
31st May, Islington Academy, London
2nd June, The Buskers, Dundee
3rd June, Fibbers, York
4th June, The Cookie, Leicester
Few acts burst out of the gates with such a far-reaching resonance like what we’ve been witness to with Oakland based troupe Day Wave, and for good reason. Cohesive and developed ensembles like Day Wave come along but once in a while in today’s highly saturated musical climate, so it’s with great excitement that we announce our next ‘The Music Ninja Presents’ concert in Denver, CO, headlined by one of the most exciting bands in any corner of the music industry. Most recently, the Jackson Philips led four-piece released their second EP Hard to Read, and after their earliest singles including “Total Zombie” and “Nothing At All”and of course the Mark Hoppus championed “Drag”, its only solidified their place near the top of countless critics’ ‘Breakout Acts of 2016’ list. On Tuesday, May 3rd at our favorite intimate venue, the Lost Lake Lounge, Day Wave bring their hazy brand of pop structured indie-rock to the Mile High City for the first time, and we’re beyond delighted to help ring them in properly with what will no doubt be a completely packed house. It seems like just yesterday we caught and interviewed Philips & Kevin Friedman’s (who is also an integral part of Day Wave’s touring band), first project Carousel, perform to about 20 people at the Walnut in Denver; so May 3rd also marks something of a sentimental show and reunion of sorts for a few of our TMN mainstays, but let’s save the nostalgia for a few weeks down the line…
Of course, it wouldn’t be a ‘TMN Presents’ night without letting our savvy readers in on the fun, so we’ll be giving away TWO pairs of tickets to this one. 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 Day Wave song, and boom, that’s it! (We even provided five 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 are only $12.50 and can be purchased using the ticket link 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 Lost Lake door.
Check out our preview mini-playlist, start commenting below and best of luck ninjas!
Nick AM is a new artist with a knack for house music. A few days ago and I came across this track by the producer and was instantly feeling it. The subtitles of deep house can be tricky to get a handle of, but Nick AM has his sampling down and impresses listeners. When checking out a smaller project that’s just starting out, I honestly wasn’t expecting such a polished song.
“Veronica” is great for a wild club night or as top notch background music. Isn’t that the best part about quality deep house? Pumping bass and choice synth chords are brought together with classic house rhythms that keep “Veronica” moving along. The New York-based producer is just getting started. NYC residents out there you should keep an eye out for a Nick A.M. set and follow him here. He has a sound that fits in well with the city that never sleeps.
Just when you think you have heard enough of your played out music collection, Tuesday rolls around and the Indie Dojo surprises you with a whole new batch of songs to add to your arsenal.
As we continue to dig deeper throughout the internet for music, we can get blindsided (in a good way) by a sound or voice we’ve never heard before. Maybe it’s a new style of production or a groove you can’t quite figure out the finer details of. It could even be a remix that completely reshapes your initial feelings of a song. Whatever it may entail, that slight bit of confusion or excitement you feel is the exact moment you know when you’re on to something. It’s a wonderful revelation, and that’s what this playlist is all about. Time to explore!
It’s been a little over a year since we covered Diveliner last, and the wait was certainly worth it. Diveliner thrives in almost total anonymity, and his newest effort reflect his ability to cut through saturated sounds and build up his own monumental creation. The jarring and filtered vocals scatter across the shadowy production with a robotic flourish. It would almost be disconcerting if it wasn’t so well-made. If you’re looking for something conventional in Diveliner, you won’t find it. That’s exactly what makes his mystery his own. Luckily, he has an EP on the way, and “Catwalk” is an encouraging second addition to his upcoming project.
Even as Moving Castle continues to explode in size and popularity, they’ve found their sound and stuck with it for a few years now. Recently, Kidswaste has hopped on board, and his first release with the label is a charming and melodic remix of Chet Porter. It reworks all of the best elements of Chet’s gorgeous original into a slightly more upbeat and orchestral tune, while simultaneously allowing the power and precision of Kidswaste’s talent shine through. It’s really just a nice listen and has an undeniable replay value. If you dig it, be sure to treat yourself to the free download also!
Some memories are nice. Other are not. Limbic Void constructs “Little Boy” around the latter. It’s really quite an interesting juxtaposition. Even with boisterous production, the lyrics paint a different picture entirely. He sings about a time he wasn’t proud of. That isn’t easy to do. He encapsulates a past pain into something beautiful, and it’s honestly made us do some reflecting of our own. Be on the lookout for his EP dropping on May 26th.
Everything about this tune by SiR is phenomenal. From the slick production of Rascal, to the smooth delivery of every pining line, “Tricky” is a triumph. If you’re in need of an excellent late night song, stop right here and hit play. It’s the kind of track that provides an instant calm. Everything slows down and seems much less complicated. You begin to get caught up in the moment. It’s exceptional. End your day right with “Tricky” and absorb every subtle nuance of this sleek SiR invention.
The Blancos are a wild bunch, as clearly stated by the name of their most recent release. Having premiered with Pigeons & Planes earlier this week, this duo continues the wonderful blurring of lines between genres that more and more artists have taken to applying. With a little bit of rock, alternative, and even a tinge of blues, The Blancos swagger can’t and won’t be stopped. “Wild Child” explores the feelings of an outcast with a grit that is oddly welcoming, and most people catch themselves relating to this sort of thought process at some point in their life. Why not enjoy a great song to soundtrack it with while you’re at it?