[Event Preview/Denver Giveaway] TMN Presents: Zammuto – 9/12/14 – Lost Lake Lounge

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Hegemony

Perhaps one of the most forward thinking musicians in the world, Nick Zammuto -who made quite the name for himself as a member of one of the most influential and acclaimed indie acts from the past decade The Books-  brings his progressive, lo-fi take on music, fittingly called Zammuto, to Denver at Lost Lake Lounge with a little help from your trusty friends at The Music Ninja this Friday, September 12. Coming off of their incredible LP Anchor which dropped on September 2, Zammuto’s live act is nothing short of an incredibly layered and beautiful spectacle. One which we were so excited about in fact, we wanted to extend our hand in presenting to our Denver readers for a chance at a pair of tickets. Entering the contest is a cake walk. Simply follow these steps below and CHECK YOUR EMAIL. We will draw a winner on Friday, Sept 12th (day of show). If you don’ respond in two hours, we’ll go to the next person. You snooze, you lose.

There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 21 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door



 

 

In anticipation of the show this Friday, stream one of our favorite cuts from Anchor, “Hegemony” below, and  read our track review of “Need Some Sun” here. We’ll see you out this weekend!

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2014 Round #2)

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Worried about the Zombie Apocalypse and/or the Robot Uprising? Yeah, you know who you are. The one who’s got their survival kit packed in the trunk of the car as you read this. Well, we don’t want to throw any more anxiety in your head, but have you ever really thought about what would happen to the world if music just died? Nothing new could be created and all musical talent disappeared? Yeah, we don’t like to think of it either. There are not enough survival kits in the entire world to prepare us for such horrors, except for maybe some Indie Dojos. We’ll just keep building up our arsenal of songs, so if there is ever such a tragic event (we don’t like to think about it, but at least we are prepared), you know where to find us. We will be more than happy to share our lifeline with you.

Xavier Dunn
Fuckin Problems (A$AP Rocky Cover)
Brijs
Tell It How It Is (with Ben Bishop & Dandelion)
Mid Ayr
My Mayhem
Little Shoes Big Voice
Nightfall
Lectures
Talking In A Vacuum
Sundara Karma
Indigo Puff
Natalie McCool
Dig It Out
Woodlock
Lemons

 

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[Dreamy] slow skies – Ice Fields

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Ice Field

As we wind down from a busy day of reviewing music, we’re switching over to the slower and dreamier variety of tunes to help us escape the endless onslaught on internet communications. Luckily for us, Irish singer/songwriter slow skies just released a deliciously dreamy tune to unwind to

“Ice Fields” beckons on associations of cold winter nights, making us call on foreshadowing of blankets, fireplaces, and spiked hot cocoa beverages. Karen Sheridan’s soul-captivating vocals remind us of a combination of Sigur Ros and Bjork, leading us down a calming, cinematic journey.

This ambient gem just dropped two days ago, and it’s surely populating everybody’s “Chill Out” playlists as we speak. If you’re not hip to it yet, you are now.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2014 Round #1)

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Welp, August, it’s been more than fun. Except for  the sweltering degrees of weather you have been gifting us, you will be missed. Just remember to K.I.T. We’ll be seeing ya next year! And September, September you old friend, we welcome you with open arms and the first Indie Dojo to embrace the the beginning of the end of summer.

Sticky Fingers
Gold Snafu
Sinkane
New Name
Montoya
Carry oceans
Grand Pavilion
Stranger
Rubblebucket
Sound Of Erasing
TOPS
Way to be Loved
Oso Leone
Crisantemo
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[Indie] Oslo Parks – The Night

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The Night

Oslo Parks just released their newest single, “The Night,” and it definitely brightened our day. This Brighton-based outfit has a unique take on indie house, of which they described as “layered vocals over a mixture of live and electronic instrumentation – pop writing in an alternative setting.” This latest release encapsulates that layered approach, with harmonized vocal sections carefully laid over a groovy bassline, and some heavily treated 70′s style guitars.

This is only the duo’s second track, and we’ve been nothing but impressed. Their production quality really shows that they didn’t just start making music yesterday, displaying something too impressive and mature for us to think they are new to this.

If you’re digging’ these vibes, pick up “The Night” on iTunes.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2014 Round #5)

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Summer might be winding down, but it ain’t over yet. There’s still plenty of daytime hours and warm weather to soak in. Don’t let it go to waste. Just like you wouldn’t let an Indie Dojo go to waste. Someones gotta play it.

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20 Years Tall
Flyte
We Are The Rain
ATTU
Dont Sleep
Tower
Cant Vibe
Vinyl Pinups
Gold Rays
George Bennett  
Calling You
Stuart Newman
One Big F
I.AM.L
Lionheart
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[Electronic Folk] Dirtwire – Damn Rooster

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Damn Rooster

Even though we know the majority of our readers consider themselves to be true music nerds, capable of switching between genres effortlessly, we know that some of you out there have an aversion when it comes to certain genres. We also know that gritty country and folk probably are two of those genres. Well, today we’re going to bridge the gap between those who love beats, and those who love those twangy, back road sounds.

Coming off of their upcoming EP, The Carrier, Dirtwire has offered up this dusty little number as a free download. Backed by Beats Antique Records, “Damn Rooster” has an undeniable folksy charm, populated by only classic instrumentation often associated with folk music. The slight shake of a tambourine provides ample percussion for some wicked southern rock guitar riffs, delicate banjo plucking, and a rather impressive harmonica solo.

Fusing the two sounds together, this Oakland based duo has brought these timeless instruments to 2014 with smooth, rolling bassline. Coupled with some atmospheric elements and some country-style background noises, and we’re left with an engrossing soundscape that has us wanting to head out to the country this weekend.

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