[Denver Event Preview/Ticket Giveaway] Black Marble @ Lost Lake – 5/27

Chris Stewart’s darkly tinged avant-pop, lofi bedroom recording project turned Ghostly International staple, Black Marble, has always managed to stir within a slew of our writers some of the most emotive connections to music we’ve formed in years. Last October, Stewart put out a second long-player under the Black Marble moniker, It’s Immaterial (check out our coverage & video for “Woods” here), which followed highly acclaimed debut full-length A Different Arrangement; while now, Black Marble find themselves finally embarking on It’s Immaterial‘s accompanying North American tour. With an expansive run of dates which extend through July, there will be plenty of chances to catch Black Marble in the coming months.

This Saturday, May 27th, The Music Ninja is delighted and excited to present Black Marble at one of Denver’s most intimate indie venues, Lost Lake Lounge, along with Draa and Voight for what will be top-to-bottom an excellently curated night of music. As always, we want to pack the venue with some fellow Music Ninjas, which is why we will be giving away a pair of tickets in utter anticipation. As always, entering our contest is as simple as ever.

How to Enter

1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on Facebook here:

2) Comment below this post (click on the post header if you are still on the homepage) and tag who you’d bring to the show and BOOM, you have been entered!

There are a few rules, of course:
– Must be 18+
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to guarantee entry at the Lost Lake door.
– 1 Winner will be announced May 27th, the day of the show.

Enjoy our mini-playlist in anticipation of the show, and we will see you on the 27th Denver! Start commenting below!

’Black Marble – Frisk’
’Black Marble – Iron Lung’
’Black Marble – Woods’
’Black Marble – A Great Design’
’Black Marble – Pretender’
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[Contest] Win Two 3 Day VIP Passes To Dreamscape Festival With Autograf, Keys N Krates & More

Autograf
Simple (ft. Victoria Zaro)

With festival season upon us, it’s hard to choose which exact festivals to go to. Sure, you want to make them all, but you’re not made of money. Luckily, there are giveaways and contests to get you those festival passes for a charge of $0. One such festival who’s running a contest is Maryland’s Dreamscape and they happen to be running it in the dojo. Now that you’re here, you’ll get a chance to get the prize!

The three day festival boasts a lineup that includes Autograf, Barely Alive, Destructo, Ekali, Keys N Krates and many more talented artists. However, despite the fun of the festival starting on Friday, the current giveaway will allow you to roll in Thursday to get all your camping needs set up so your Friday can be spent simply enjoying the music.

Two, 3 Day Full Immersion Passes can be won, alongside a Standard VIP upgrade which allows access to the VIP lounge that will have secret headliner sets, a private bar, games and artist meet & greets. You’ll also be given a lineup poster and commemorative wristband and merchandise discounts. Enter below and you just might be taking a friend to Dreamscape next weekend! If you would just like to purchase tickets, you can do so here.

Contest Entry Instructions:

1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on Facebook here:

2) “Like” the Dreamscape on Facebook:

3) Comment below this post with why you deserve to win. Can you say the entire ABC’s with one burp? Did you just get a speeding ticket when you were only going 1 over? Do you hold the record for most fish caught bare-handed at your local lake? Whatever your reason, we want to know!

Contest Details:
– Winner will receive 2, 3-Day Passes + VIP Upgrade
– TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS ARE NOT INCLUDED.
– You have to be 18+ to enter.
– Winner will be chosen on May 30th at 8:00 EST.
– You must come correct with some wicked dance moves all festival long.

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[Event Review] Gabriel Garzón-Montano Delivers a Passionate San Francisco Debut

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Gabriel Garzón-Montano at The Rickshaw Stop

Saturday May 13, 2017

Following the release of his debut full-length album Jardín (see our review here) in January, it was only a matter of time before Gabriel Garzón-Montano shared his creation with fans in person. After kicking off his tour to start the month of May, Garzón-Montano introduced himself to San Francisco’s music scene at the Rickshaw Stop this past Saturday. The sold-out crowd enjoyed 75 minutes of passionate soul-baring as Gabriel gave the crowd his all. 

With the help of drummer David Frazier, Gabriel Garzón-Montano delivered an incredible musical experience in the intimate, hazy ambiance of the Rickshaw Stop. Highlights included GGM’s sensual crooning on “Six-Eight”, and the funky vibes of popular song “Crawl”. He relied heavily upon a participatory audience during the show, one that was very excited to engage in clapping, snapping, and singing along to Gabriel’s call-and-responses. Furthermore attendees were delightfully treated to a bilingual set. After interlacing a song or two in Spanish throughout his repertoire, Gabriel’s encore was nearly entirely in Spanish with the exception of first track “Bombo Fabrika”.

Garzón-Montano took us through a musical journey of his entire discography, and then some. With his masterfully-crafted music and soulful approach to showmanship, we continue to have high expectations for this artist in the future.

Future tour dates can be found here— don’t miss a chance to see Gabriel Garzón-Montano live! Continue reading

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[Event Review] Sango Returns to the Comfort of San Francisco

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Sango at Regency Ballroom, Friday February 3, 2017

“In the Comfort Of” Tour w/ Monte Booker

Sango has been pulling double duty for a few years now, touring at a constant pace while also releasing full length works consistently through the year. Following the release of his Dave B. collaborative album Tomorrow in 2016 which we covered here,  a nationwide tour kept the Seattle native busy well through the winter months. Shortly after the end of the Waldo/Sango tour, fans were gifted news that the star producer has been hard at work in the studio, a new release titled In the Comfort Of. While the latest project has not yet been circulated, Sango revealed the first single titled “Dance for Blessings” on the night of his Bay Area performance. Hoping to catch some of his new music as well as the evolution of his live performance since his October show, the Ninja team set out to the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco to evaluate.

Unsurprisingly, Sango did not disappoint. With an advanced set up comprised of multiple CDJs as well as the ever-challenging Novation Launchpad at his disposal, Sango took a distinctly different turn from previous performances. Mashing some of the Brazilian percussion-based elements made popular in his Da Rocinha album series, Sango sampled a healthy dose of hip hop and R&B tracks that were staples to our collective millenial childhoods. Starting with a reimagined version of UGK’s 2007 “Int’l Players Anthem”, Sango had the crowd engaged from Bar 1. Leaving a mark with his remixes of Justin Timberlake, Craig David, Missy Elliot and many more, Sango wrapped up the show with a satisfying Stwo remix to his most impressive song, “Middle of Things”.

’Sango ft. SPZRKT
Middle Of Things, Beautiful Wife (Stwo Remix)’

Listen to “Dance for Blessings” on Spotify here , on Soundcloud here, or if you prefer on Tidal. Continue reading

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Choirs Sing As Tchami’s Prophecy Tour Lands In Richmond [Contest]

2016 was an intense year for Confession artist and owner Tchami. The french producer embarked on a Pardon My French tour with DJ Snake, Mercer, and MALAA while throwing in plenty of festival stops of his own such as Mysteryland and Moonrise along the way. Now he’s back with Mercer for an unforgettable North American Prophecy tour .

Tchami’s infusion of hip-hop and dark future house is gracing The National in Richmond, VA on February 11th and we have a contest to help you get there along with a friend. Contest rules can be found below and after entering, make sure to check out the Tchami’s 2016 recap video. There might even be a special unreleased Tchami track playing in the background, but that’s all we can say for now. View all the stops and purchase tickets for your city here.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets, all you have to do is:

  • LIKE The Music Ninja & Tchami Facebook pages
  • COMMENT at the bottom of this article why you want to come to the show
  • SHARE this article on Facebook or Twitter

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[Event Preview] Wobbleland 2017 With Snails, JOYRYDE, REZZ, Datsik & More

Every year, there’s one particular event the Bay Area of California really looks forward to. That is the one and only Wobbleland. Held at City National Civic in San Jose, this event sees bassheads flock from all over. With top quality production and lineups that highlight the top up and coming talent, Wobbleland has cemented itself as a go-to event every time it is held.

The three day festival is jam-packed with heavy hitters ranging from headliners Snails, Zomboy and Datsik, to artists like JOYRYDE, Kayzo and Party Favor. Those names alone is enough to get excited about, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. With back-to back sets from Jameston Thieves x YOOKiE, KRANE x Alexander Lewis, Luca Lush x Josh Pan and Sam F x Yntendo, Wobbleland is set to be one of the most memorable festivals of 2017.

Wobbleland is slated for February 17th through the 19th. Ticketing information, as well as the full lineup can be found at the festival’s ticket page. Music Ninja will be in attendance, so hope to see you there! In the mean time, get familiar with the festival’s roster by enjoying the official Wobbleland 2017 Spotify Playlist below.

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Party Thieves Talks Max Capacity Tour [TMN Interview]

PARTY THĮEVES
100K #THEFTARMY MIX

What better way to show fan love than a four stop mini tour in 300 capacity venues all for free? One of our favorite heavy hitting trap producers is doing just that for fans across the country. Party Thieves recently took to social media to get a feel for what his #theftarmy thought of the idea and, naturally, the dedicated fans and his team helped bring this generous offer to fruition.

Kicking off at New Orlean’s Republic in February with a stop at popular venue, Heart in Miami, a 3rd stop (not yet revealed) and ending at Fulton 55 in Fresno, Party Thieves is stealing the party from larger capacity venues to bring an intimate experience. Free of charge. For his biggest fans. Wait for it…no strings attached. We got the opportunity to speak to the man himself about the Max Capacity Tour below. Join the army by clicking this registration link.

TMN: Was there any pushback from your team when you decided to do these intimate shows considering they’re free?

Party Thieves: Funny you ask this first. My manager at first did not think we would have enough time to do this as well as finish getting my first big headline world tour done. My team is all about giving back to the fans so the free concept was something they were in favor of.

TMN: Why do you think it’s important to give fans this kind of experience?

PT: Music is a very powerful thing. To be able to make the type of music I love and have fans that vibe with it is amazing. I want to be able to share that feeling I get when I play, whether in front of 300 people or 15000 people. They have been with me from the start so I want them to feel that same energy and this is a way I can do that.

TMN: What would you consider some of the pros and cons of larger events that require tickets?

PT: There are no cons here. Cons only will come from the actions of the people at the shows. Pros are more people to share your music with.

TMN: A lot of the larger shows, when they sell out, end up with outrageously scalped tickets, what are your thoughts on scalpers?

I want people buying tickets to my shows that want to be there. That goes for other artists as well. Don’t buy a ticket if you don’t plan on coming.

TMN: How did you choose which cities?

PT: I was very vocal on social media prior to really deciding what cities we chose. I had a lot of people email, DM, or directly call my team wanting to be part of this tour. A lot of promoters really appreciated the fact I want to make something more intimate and personal with my fans. One city that I definitely kept a look out for was Fresno. I was supposed to play Trap Fest late 2015 but had transit issues that kept me. So I wanted to keep my word and give back. We still have yet to announce the 4th show so have one more city to go!

TMN: What can attendees expect besides a smaller crowd and it being free?

PT: These shows will be like if a Meet & Greet met an actual show and lasted for the length of a set. I think that should paint a good picture for everyone.

TMN: Could you see yourself doing this multiple times a year or in twice as many cities?

PT: I don’t think I can give an answer on how many times per year but this is definitely something I’d like to have grow into more cities. I will keep doing it until every fan has that chance to attend.

TMN: When was the last time you played a show this small, but unintentionally, and can you describe the experience/memory?

PT: Oh man, I don’t remember the city but might have been like a year and a half ago I had a last minute venue change. I don’t think the promoter got the memo out and there were like 50 people. I still put on a wild set so those 50 left happy haha.

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