What is the Indie Dojo good for? For those days when your eyes have been glued to a computer screen for an obscene amount of hours. When the whites of your eyes look like you confused Red Color 40 for Visine and it feels as if there are a million tiny men with lit torches running around in circles. In times of a much needed break from our technology driven world, we suggest this. Hit play on the Dojo, turn off your computer monitor or dim your laptop screen, lean back, and let your ears take the next shift.
It’s inevitable. There’s always a few times a year that seem to be overrun by absolutely amazing shows. Here in Denver, that time is now. Tomorrow is one of those nights where we’re faced to make a decision, and we’re opting to catch the psychedelic rock stylings of Maserati.
This Georgia based four piece is touring and promoting their latest album Maserati VII. The album marks the band’s first release with new drummer Mike Albanese who replaced Jerry Fuchs after his untimely passing. While Mike will be sorely missed, we know that the band will bring their usual driving rhythms, lengthy tracks, and psych-dance-rock good times. If you’re in the need of a great show to catch, head down to the Hi Dive
To celebrate the recent worldwide trending of his Pro Era crew, Brooklyn’s young star, JoeyBada$$, delivers a dope new track with fellow rising emcee, Chance the Rapper. On “Wendy N Becky,” Joey spits with his impressive, classically-styled lyricism about some dangerous ladies over an appropriately smooth instrumental from the always jazzy Thelonius Martin. Chance, who hails from Chicago, holds his own with a light, syncopated flow. Enjoy this chilled-out cut below and look out for Joey and the Pro Era to take over this year.
Joey Bada$$ Wendy N Becky (Feat. Chance The Rapper) (Prod. Thelonius Martin)
Bonus: Chance the Rapper’s recent single, “Acid Rain,” has been grabbing a lot of attention in the last week or so and with good reason.Over an airy Jake One instrumental, Chance cultivates powerful bars conveying a breadth of deep thought and emotion. Listen and grab a free download below.
In the last few weeks we’ve been previewing Youth Lagoon‘s sophomore album, Wondrous Bughouse, with tracks like the kooky “Dropla” and the dreamy “Mute”. Considering his debut album The Year Of Hibernation was such a success, the anticipation surrounding the new LP has only built with every passing week. But wait no more, ninjas: it is now online for your streaming pleasure a week before it’s official release date (March 5 via Fat Possum).
This Spring, England’s Little Boots will return with her sophomore album, Nocturnes. To get the anticipation revved up, she recently dropped this addictive, yet calming new track called “Motorway”. Full of ambient, dark-pop production and lush, longing vocals, this is the perfect tune to put on repeat when you want to drown out the noise of life’s stress. Listen in below and grab a free download via her official site.
Not too long ago I posted Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ “Maps” as I got all nostalgic and antsy for new music. Luckily for me and all you avid music fans out there, 2013 is shaping up to be one hell of a year for the industry in terms of comebacks, reunions and the like. The band, led by the always kooky and effervescent Karen O, will put out their fourth album Mosquito on April 16th, and today, BBC Radio’s Zane Lowe premiered this ultra, ultra new single called “Sacrilege”. Hit play, get excited, and start the countdown.
Watch out contemporary music scene, there are some ladies from the Pacific Northwest that are imposing their will. “Sure as Spring” from La Luz is a great contribution to the world of indie psych-rock. The track has a unique balance of electricity and musicality. Based in Seattle and currently only signed by tape label Burger Records, I foresee the ladies of La Luz growing into their own within the next year and beyond. Keep an eye out. Until then, spin “Sure as Spring” and the rest of the Damp Face EP whenever you see fit.