[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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Kidsmoke – And Mine Alone [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

Kidsmoke
And Mine Alone

With a few fast-paced guitar strums, some upbeat snare work, and a groovy bassline, Wrexham-based Kidsmoke have us daydreaming about sun-soaked adventures. In fact, it’s pretty damn hard not to picture this, the second single off their upcoming EP, as the soundtrack to whatever lies ahead of us over the next few months. It’s bright, shimmery, and full of a youthful vibrance–the kind we tend to look for around this time of year.

Aside from the release, which dropped nearly a month ago, we’re also here to bring you a first glimpse at the music video for “And Mine Alone.” A playful cinematic interpretation of the tune, it’s perfectly informal, offering up plenty of time with all four bandmates.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, we highly recommend catching this highly-infectious tune, among others, at one of their four upcoming shows.

Live Dates

May 26 – Dot To Dot Festival

June 09 – Telford’s Warehouse, Chester (EP launch)

June 16 – The Finsbury, London

June 28 Wrexfest 2017

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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 79: Form Arcosanti, Slowdive & R&Beats

Music Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm from 4-6PM PST every Friday.

Music Ninja Radio
Episode #79: Form Arcosanti, Slowdive + R&Beats

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After a week away at Form Arcosanti, there were a bunch of new albums to catch up on from Slowdive, Nick Hakim, Nite Jewel, Hoops & more. The resulting mix made for a more laid back episode until the end where we got into some vocal-driven indie electronic tunes from Nick Murphy and newcomers Worth Way along with some hard-hitting bass music from the likes of Vincent, Flume and Sinjin Hawke.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2017 Round #3)


We know you’re really only here for the music, so we’ll keep it short and sweet. Every Tuesday, right here, a brand new Indie Dojo. Set an alarm, write it in your planner, tie a ribbon around your finger. Whatever you do, don’t miss out (but if you do, we’ve got archives too).

’Brvthr – Here We Are’
’Jole –
Birds’

’Peter Piek – 01 1st Song’
’Ten Sleep –
Roommates’

’Anghara Drake –
Baby’

’Midday Swim – Hold On Tight’
’Fleurie –
Soldier’

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Someone – The Deep [TMN PREMIERE]

Someone
The Deep

We see it all the time. Artists are continually evolving as people, and with that lifelong progression, their sound typically follows. Sometimes it takes shape by way of a completely unexpected album (think Thrice’s Vheissu), and other times it comes to fruition through another project. What we’re bringing today is the latter, as Someone is the brand new act via former teenage singer-songwriter Tessa Rose Jackson.

This new project is all about creating, as showcased by a series of EPs that will cover a notably different theme. The first, which we’re highlighting currently, is The Deep which loosely describes the somewhat messy evolution from TRJ to Someone.

I wanted a name that meant: Don’t worry about who I am. Just check out what I make. I make a lot. Some you may like, some you may not. But I’ll like it. And you know what, I’m someone too.

The self-titled single has been streaming in our headphones for the past few days and we just can’t get enough. It still has elements of that well-defined pop sensibility, given the quite catchy hooks and heavenly voice, but the addition of buzzing guitars, laid-back percussion and basslines, and soaring strings bring it into an entirely different realm. And, it’s one that we’re sure you’ll be quite fond of.

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[Indie/Electronic] Vargas & Lagola – As Long As I Have To

Just six days ago we covered a sweet little music video from Vargas & Lagola. A whole week hasn’t even passed and they already have something else that has come out. That something else happens to be the single “As Long As I Have To.”

The duo’s indie meets electronic style is played out in a vibey tune that is perfect for your weekend soirees. It’s a bit different than their previous release, but it can hardly be expected from these two that they would simply release an echo of their previous record. With tracks coming out at this pace, it has us wondering what is on the horizon. We’d wait as long as we have to for something like an LP, but hopefully that is coming sooner rather than later. For now, enjoy “As Long As I Have To” today.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2017 Round #3)


Long days, warm nights, and endless indie dojos. Bring. It. On. (Please).

’Callum Pitt – Least He’s Happy’
’Sam Fender – Play God’
’Ivy Nations – Live By Design’
’Doctrine
Play’
’BOND
BARBRA’
’Alex Fisher – She Dreams of Dolphins’
’Nick and June – Home Is Where The Heart Hurts Pt. 1’
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