The 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.
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Burlington-based Henry Jamison has us really tied up. At times, he calls on associations of classic storytellers like Bob Dylan or Johnny Cash. Other times, he reminds us of endearing country songs that blare out of rickety bar speakers at any number of dusty dive bars across the contiguous United States. Regardless of what box we try to put him in, we know one thing for certain. There have been tens of thousands of people with great voices behind an acoustic guitar, a few plucks from a banjo, and a soft kick drum. Not all of them can keep your attention past a few minutes. But, Henry? He’ll stay with you long after this song ends.
“Real Peach” has a warm, comfortable feeling. Lyrically, it’s a song that you can’t help but give in to, even if you’re not the “sing-along” type. We most certainly are, so we quickly found ourselves murmuring the chorus through a beaming grin.
even when the night come crashin’ down
and the nighttime rolls away, alright
and we’re comin’ back to the demon-killing work of love
With only a handful of followers, you’re one of the first to get acquainted with this budding, young artist. Make sure to keep tabs on him by following him on Facebook.
There is not one day in our lives that ends up being the same, nor is there one song we listen to that is exactly the same as another. So start off this different day with a bunch of different songs brought to you by this different than lasts weeks Indie Dojo and enjoy the path it takes you down.
Looking at the foreboding winter months quickly approaching on our calendars can be easy to do, especially considering that we’re already nearly halfway through August. Yet, we still have a few solid weekends that could be filled with plenty of warm-weather adventures, and Massachusetts-born, Oakland-based Grumpus has another addition to those accompanying playlists.
Dropping on his upcoming album, Sequestrian, “Weakdays” highlights the endearing indie pop qualities you’ll come to know and love from this budding young artist. Set to the backdrop of lazy strumming, the tune is defined by the unique and addictive vocal tone and lasting lyrics from solo member Graham Stevenson. It’ll squeeze perfectly in between both uplifting indie rock tracks and calming folk tunes, coming together in perfect harmony for that last road trip, camping excursion, or laid-back night on your back porch.
Make sure to follow Grumpus on Facebook to keep up to date with his upcoming releases and live shows.
Summer is slipping through our fingers whether we like it or not. So go outside and make the best of it. And be sure take the Indie Dojo with you. You’re gonna need a soundtrack to help those fantastic summer memories stick.
New stuff can be scary stuff. Even venturing into a new genre of music. But don’t turn your ears off before giving something a chance. You could be tapping into a brand new music obsession you never knew you had. And that is why the Indie Dojo is a perfect transition into the unknown world of new indie jams. We promise not to shove anything down your throat, but we do encourage you to at least give it a try.
It’s no secret at all that The Underground Music Showcase in beautiful Denver, CO has become a mainstay for our Mile-High Ninjas, and as we’re just a day out, we are once again gearing up for another edition of one of the U.S. festival scene’s best kept (not-so) secrets. One of the few remaining music gatherings in the fair city of Denver to eschew the typical smattering of major label festival fare, The UMS boasts a lineup of over 400+ acts strewn across various shops and bars dotting Denver’s historic South Broadway district, and we’ve been salivating like one of Pavlov’s pit-bulls in anticipation of this year’s entry.
Headlined by a number of intriguingly eclectic acts including Poliça, Thee Oh Sees, Sunflower Bean, Allah Las, Lee Fields & The Expressions, and The Bright Light Social Hour as well as some of the city’s most promising acts like Flaural, Shady Elders, déCollage, The Yawpers, Inner Oceans and Sunboy; 2016’s version of The UMS offers us yet another tastefully curated weekend of music in one of the best settings possible. We’ll be out in full force all weekend, and in anticipation of this year’s festivities, we’ve put together a playlist highlighting some of our favorite UMS artists. Get your sunscreen ready, and we’ll be seeing our Denver friends in the sun all weekend!
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