Lotus Talks Red Rocks, “Eat the Light,” and Sour Beers from Crooked Stave [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]


Lotus is once again adorning legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater with their unparalleled sonic and visual experience, showcasing their brand new album, Eat The Light. If you’re not up to speed on their latest offering, it brings a fresh perspective that hasn’t been seen by fans yet. The entire album, all 10 tracks, feature vocals, something that this storied fivesome has never done before.

Some of those vocalists will even make an appearance this weekend at Red Rocks, including Denver’s Gabe Otto of Pan Astral (“Eats the Light”) and Rachel Eisenstat of Raven Jane (“Suntan”) as well as LA’s Oriel Poole (“Anti-Gravity”). Additionally, fans will get treated to two knockout openers with El Ten Eleven and Tycho, both of which are favorites around TMN HQ.

Before you head out to buy tickets, take a moment to check out our conversation with Luke Miller, the man behind the guitars and keys for Lotus.

TMN: Thanks for taking some time to sit down with us, virtually. We’re excited to see your upcoming show at Red Rocks. Speaking of that show–you guys are no stranger to that venue. Does it lose it’s luster after having played there already? We have to imagine each time is just as incredible as the first.

Lotus: Red Rocks is always breathtaking and inspiring no matter how many times you go there. I think each time we play Red Rocks we get more comfortable with it. The first time is kind of intimidating since it’s such a historic place. But relaxing into the venue and vibe of the crowd there usually begets a better show rather than trying to stress and over-reach.

TMN: For those who’ve been to your shows in the past, what can they expect this go around?

Lotus: Well, last time at Red Rocks we did the Talking Heads De-Constructed. This time, we’re back to a regular Lotus show. So expect the typical Lotus stew of genres and all the jams that go with it. Plus a killer light show, we are rolling out new productions. And we’ve got a few other surprises in store.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2016 Round #2)


It’s September, it’s still warm, and you may have already busted out your fall gear a little premature. We understand. All we want to do is curl up with a cup of something warm and chill out to an indie dojo too. At least we can do one of the two.

’Sunjacket – No One’s Around You’
’Connor Brooker – The Line’
’Jordan Dean Riddle – OUR TIME’
’Luke Morris – When It All Goes Down’
’Oddo Bam – Sweet Ocean’
’WILD – American Love’
’Joe Mungovan – Again’
’Nathan Ball – Alone’
’Sam Tilley – Love Of The Woods’
’Charlie Straw – St. Ives’
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[Indie] Flawes – Consolation / Don’t Wait for Me


At this point, London-based Flawes doesn’t really need much of a push from us. After a “Track of the Week” selection from BBC Radio 1, smashing up Spotify’s Viral Charts, and getting massive air time on Fox’s hit television series “Lie To Me,” the world already has their ears fixated on this impressive up-and-coming band.

The two-track selection we’re offering up below should be more than enough to get your feet wet. In all honesty, you’ll pry dive head in after the first track, much like we did, giving in to larger-than-life nature of both “Consolation” and “Don’t Wait for Me.”

Before you get your suit on, know that these are two massively different tracks, even though they fall into the same neat little box, stylistically. “Consolation” reminds us a little bit of one of our favorite artists, Jack Garratt, showcasing a powerful range of vocals behind artfully crafted basslines, guitar samples, and rhythmic percussion.

Conversely, “Don’t Wait For Me” has a more delicate nature to it, brought forth by digitally treated acoustic guitar riffs. It has an air around it that could easily cross over between a dusty, middle-America saloon, and high-end speakers from the most discerning music snobs.

That’s the beauty in these tunes though – they cross over effortlessly, bringing a massive appeal to those who don’t have their head buried in the music blogosphere and those that do. And, for us, we can’t help but think that’s a recipe for tremendous success.

You can find these two on the bands EPs, Ctrl and Unspkn, which are both out via Red Bull Records.

’FLAWES – Consolation’
’FLAWES – Don’t Wait For Me’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2016 Round #5)


What cha doing right now? Sitting down with an indie dojo and discovering new music, that’s what your doing. Now, we’re not here to tell you what to do. We’re just here to help you do what’s best.

’Obliques – Cut Me Loose (Ill Feeling)’
’Me nd Adam – Foolish Lover’
’Midnight Faces – Sirens’
’Fjord – I Get It Now’
’Ainslie Wills – Drive’
’William Wild – Fast Stack (Remixed/Remastered)’
’Corey Harper – I’m On Fire – (Live from Studio One)’
’Dan Owen – Made to Love You’
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[Resident Artist(s) of the Month] The Hunna

Album Hero Press Shot

As a person that easily binge watches TV shows, it is easy to get to a point where you have almost seen it all. Or at least, all that appeals your interest. Yet, the minute that you find out the release date of your favorite show’s next season, you suddenly have more purpose in life. Ok, maybe my life is a “little bit” more Netflix-driven than yours, but my point is that finding out when The Hunnaa was releasing their full-length debut, 100, gave me just enough rivaling purpose. Introduced through their lusciously euphoric rock single ‘Bonfire’ back in October 2015, capable of filling rooms with their anthemic rock sound, The UK-based four-piece grabbed our hearts and ears from the very start. Ten months, millions of Spotify streams later and praised Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Huw Stephens, The Hunna have captured just more than an audience. They are one of the few bands today that can define their own following as a ‘movement’ and 100 further proves their case.

This brings us to why we are incredibly honored to present the next Artist(s) of the month: The Hunna, as their kicking off their debut album this week. Join us this month as we get to know Ryan (Vocals/Guitar), Dan (Lead Guitar), Jermaine (Bass) and Jack (Drums) and their quest to conquer the world (musically).

’You & Me’
’We Could Be’
’Still Got Blood’
’Be Young’
’She’s Casual’
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Everything is Green – Totally Sober [TMN PREMIERE]

Everything is Green
Totally Sober

It’s only Wednesday, but I’m already dreaming about an ice cold, fruity cocktail, the sun’s warming rays, and a comfy chair on my back deck. Part of the reason I’m in this mental oasis is due to the stresses of another stacked week. The other part is thanks to my recent discovery of this glowing, psychedelic tune from Monterey-based Everything is Green.

Coming off their upcoming album, Sweet Teeth, “Totally Sober” is another one of those songs that twists you up with an interesting juxtaposition. Musically, it’s a jovial, subtropical, alt-pop offering that feels perfect for the closing weeks of summer. Lyrically, it’s a bit more intense, telling the story of a relationship delving into sobriety, and the subsequent effects.

Totally Sober at its core is a love song about two people growing up together and figuring out each new step in life together. One of these steps dealt with particularly in this song is sobriety and how that can effect a relationship for the better and for the worse. It’s a pretty straightforward song about a very complex issue that I think a lot of people (especially those in their late 20’s) are dealing with.

With that in mind, I might have to switch that fruity cocktail out for a glass of iced tea.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about singer, songwriter, and producer Nick Pappageorgas (the sole member of Everything is Green), we’re pretty sure you’ll feel the need to keep tabs on him from here on out. You can do so by following him on Facebook and Soundcloud.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2016 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaThe world of indie music is a deep & sometimes treacherous adventure into a vast ocean of musical talent. Even if you aren’t the adventurous type, let the Indie Dojo be the wings to your water and just float, float on. Go ahead, dive in. We’ve got you on this.

’Covey – Bows’
’Hanging Valleys – Endless Wave’
’Astronauts. – Breakout’
’Tom Grennan – Something In the Water’
’raener – why’
’Martin Luke Brown – Love Me Sober’
’Brightner – Remote’
’Chris Staples – Relatively Permanent’
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