[Indie] VERO – Hello

VERO
Hello

Get your indie fix from a new act on the scene that goes by the name VERO. “Hello” is the Sweden trio’s debut single, out on their home country’s sector of Sony Music. There’s a reason a major label hopped on these cats and you’re about to find out why.

Although it’s labeled as pop on Soundcloud, “Hello” has a grungy, indie edge that can’t be refuted. It’s a cool little jam with psychedelic vibes that will get you all spaced out if you’re not too careful. Expect more from VERO who have a few more records ready for release, so those will be coming out this year. In the meantime, enjoy their introductory expression in “Hello.”

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[Denver Event Preview/Ticket Giveaway] TMN Presents: Fenech-Soler @ Lost Lake – 5/16

The U.K. based duo consisting of brothers Ross and Ben Duffy, Fenech-Soler, have supplied our highly sensitive Ninja ears with some of the most danceable, tasteful, and wistful electro-pop for years. First appearing on our hallowed pages all the way back in 2009, Fenech-Soler have fashioned an even tighter grasp on their cheery synth-pop iterations in the time since. This year, the pair have already unveiled two full releases in the form of their LP Zilla, and the appropriately titled cover EP The Covers; which both sound of a band confidently coming to terms with their sound while steadily refining it. Loaded with personality and excellent fits of experimentation, their latest releases have been straightforward, unashamed pop music fusing indie sensibilities with grandiose synths and razor-sharp electronic production that we know will play wonderfully in a live scenario. Yet another reason we are thrilled to be presenting their next live date in beautiful Denver, CO at Lost Lake Lounge.

Of course we had to get our Ninja faithful involved as well, so we’re giving away a pair of tickets rather simply and painlessly! As always, entering is beyond simple (click on this post header if you’re still on the TMN front page), just follow our two easy steps below, and for those who would rather guarantee their entry into the show, tickets can be purchased here as well. Best of luck Ninjas!

How to Enter

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

2) Comment below this post with your favorite Fenech-Soler song (we’ve included FOUR below, c’mon!) 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 16th, the day of the show.

Enjoy our mini-playlist in anticipation of the show, and we will see you on the 16th Denver! Start commenting below!

’Fenech Soler – Grace’
’Fenech Soler – Cold Light’
‘Fenech Soler – Last Forever’
’Fenech Soler – Maiyu’
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Northern Faces – Messin’ With Me [TMN PREMIERE]

Northern Faces
Messin' With Me

The old saying, “three’s a crowd,” doesn’t apply here. It’s quite the contrary, in fact. We’re beyond excited to guide you into the third album (via Equal Vision Records) from Big Apple-based rockers Northern Faces. While we can’t showcase the entire body of work just yet, we can uncover just a tidbit for you today. But, it should provide ample reasons for you to get excited for what we’re calling “one hell of a progression.”

Not to say that we weren’t already fans of this impressive trio, but we’re thoroughly enjoying their growth and maturation. “Messin’ With Me” proudly boasts just that, providing the inevitable desire to nod your head, tap your feet, and shake your hips. It’ll be hard not to, considering the driving bassline and catchy-as-top-40 hooks that lay oh-so meticulously on intricate guitar work.

More so than other bands we write up, we’re especially excited to catch these dudes live. Why’s that? It’s all in their attitude towards their live show.

Our live shows are our pride and joy. We take a lot of pride in trying to put on a show that leaves a lasting impression on the audience. The stage really is our home.

We’re planning on witnessing this tune, amongst others, at their upcoming show in Denver. We highly recommend you get out and do the same. Take a look below, figuratively circle that date, and get ready to lace up your dancing shoes.

6/2 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
6/3 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Sache at Intersection
6/4 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
6/5 – Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
6/6 – Indianapolis, IN @ The HiFi
6/7 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
6/9 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/10 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/11 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion***
6/13 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
6/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post
6/16 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
6/17 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
6/18 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
6/19 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
6/21 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
6/22 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
6/23 – Dublin, MN @ The Red Herring Lounge
6/24 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

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Francesca Milazzo – Little Boy [TMN Premiere]

Francesca Milazzo
Little Boy

New York City has plenty of hidden gems as far as artists go, especially musical artists. The city is home to Francesca Milazzo who without a doubt falls into that category of special musicians whose art emanates through the cityskape. Today we share with you the premiere of her new single “Little Boy” that comes as her second original work.

“Little Boy” sees Francesca stepping away from the indie dance style that was expressed by her first single “Ghosting Me.” Instead, she goes all acoustic, with her voice leading a charge of organic instruments to show another side to her project. This capacity for dynamic creations will give her an edge that some artists just don’t have. Not only does her creativity reach over genre bounds, but her voice is just stunning. Enjoy the premiere of “Little Boy” today and get ready for more tunes from this lovely lady.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2017 Round #2)

Some days in life can be tough. And sometimes on those tough days there’s nothing better than laying in the middle of the floor, or couch, or bed, or hay stack (whatever) and listening to some good ass tunes. Now, finding the right tunes can also be tough (and frustrating). So we’ve done all the hard work for you. We got hours and hours of Indie Dojos that will continuously play until your ears fall off. So kick back, relax and listen for as long as your heart, soul & ears desire.
’Boykie – Jet lagged’
’Dreamspook – Island Castle’
’The Dip – Sure Don’t Miss You’
’These Winter Nights – Heart’s on Fire’
’lucas jones – ripples in the pond’
’Jacob Wylde – Ocean Liner’
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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 78: Pop Explorations + Mini-Mix

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 #78: Pop Explorations + Mini-Mix

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Built around new music from Gorillaz, HAIM & Sylvan Esso, this pre-recorded sesh became a meditation on pop music in the broadest sense. Highlighting some left field, up ‘n comers alongside those more established artists made for far-ranging sounds. To close the show, Ninja Ash took his XDJs out for a mini-mix of some vibey house tunes.

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[Indie/Electronic] Cosmos & Creature – Unsteady

Cosmos & Creature
Unsteady

Some of you may recognize “Unsteady” from Cosmos & Creature. As many producers do remixes, indie acts do covers and this one is breathtaking. The duo started performing this on their first tour and now they’ve dropped it on the internet as a free download.

We can only imagine how amazing this would be to experience live. In its recorded form, “Unsteady” is a cool jam much like its original form from X Ambassadors. Despite it’s birth in a live atmosphere, the song has a bit more of an electronic and ethereal edge to it than what we’re used to. Even though we’re used to “Unsteady” a certain way, the new life that Cosmos & Creature breathe into the track makes for an incredible record.

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