Grumpus – Weakdays [TMN PREMIERE]


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.

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


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.

’VHS Collection – Ghost’
’Amir – Design’
’Bad Wave – 3AM’
’Daunt – Beamish Boy’
’phosphenes – Dust (not your lover)’
’Shells – Jagwar’
’Liyv – Now You Say You Love Me’
’MTMBO – The Hill’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2016 Round #1)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaNew 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.

’Von Sell – Stay’
’Fever Charm – Never Had Before’
’Lady Wray – Get Ready’
’Luna Bay – Colours’
’The Lagoons – California’
’Los – Sinful (Rough) 2’
’Haarlo – Loves Gone’
’Julia Jacklin – Leadlight’
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[Event Preview/Playlist] The Underground Music Showcase – 7/28 – 7/31 – Denver, CO


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!


’POLIÇA – Chain My Name’
’Thee Oh Sees – Web’
’Sunflower Bean – Easier Said’
Las – Buffalo Nickel’
’The Yawpers – Sister Mary’
’Lee Fields & The Expressions – You’re The Kind Of Girl’
’Bright Light Social Hour – Escape Velocity’
’Flaural – Mind Field’
’Inner Oceans – WILD’
’Sunboy – Oracle’
’Shady Elders – Pale Blue Dot’
’déCollage – Rise Above’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2016 Round #4)

Well hello there. Fancy meeting you here. Why don’t you take a seat, kick up your feet & stay awhile. We’ve got an indie dojo all queued up just for you.

’Beware of Darkness – Dope’
’Two People – If We Have Time’
’Birdtalk – Graveclothes’
’Sutherland – We Are the Love’
’Lauren Mann – Make Smooth’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2016 Round #3)


The same music doesn’t work for everyone. We all come across that song that makes us say “Seriously. What the hell is this?” But you know what, SOMEONE out there likes that song. And that someone might say the same thing about a song you absolutely love. Like with everything, we all have our own tastes, which is why the Indie Dojo is the perfect solution. Skip through the ones you hate and repeat all the ones you do. There is something out there for everyone and if not in this week’s, there is always next.

’BF/C – Temple’
’Gizmo Varillas – Give A Little Love’
’Ja Ja Nene – Here Today Gone Tomorrow’
’Hush Moss – It Takes A Lot’
’Dives – Fresh Air (ft. AJ the Aged One)’
’Dhana Bhutan
’Marly Luske – Organ and Nylon’
’Daniel Trakell – Wasted Light’
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The Mystical Music of the Islamic Sufis arrives at Enchanted Forest [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]


For some, the gathering of like-minded, free-spirited individuals in the forest for 4 days of non-stop music, workshops, speakers, and art is enough to transform the soul. To show you another way to live, a more enriched, fulfilled way of seeing the possibilities all around us. But for others, this is not enough. To satisfy the desires of a diverse crowd, Enchanted Forest doesn’t stop there. They bring some of the most unique attributes of the festival scene into play, including a liberating #freethenipple campaign, 24-hour shower parties, a 100 percent alcohol-free experience, and a “Save The Planet” charity initiative with Cadence & Cause, where you can win 2 all-inclusive tickets to the festival simply by donating.

To top it off, Enchanted Forest brings with them some of the most well know and carefully selected musicians the festival space has to offer. Including a fascinating 8 member Qawwali group called Fanna Fi Allah.

Qawwali music is something that most of us from the festival world have never heard of. It is a cultural phenomenon in South Asia and has been around for almost a thousand years, so why are we introduced to it now?

We sat down with their founder Tahir to ask a few questions of this uniquely inspiring band before heading into the forest.

TMN: So, how long have you guys been around and where do you play most of your music?

Tahir: We have been touring for 16 years and actually only play about 5% of our music at American festivals. Most is spent in Pakistan, India, and the Punjabi cultures in South Asia and the Middle East.
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