[Denver Events] This Week at Beta 1/10

Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.

Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.


For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!

Emma Hewitt - January 10th
Chris Lake Feat. Emma Hewitt
Carry Me Away (Original Club Mix)
Clockwork- January 11th
Bless Di Nation (Clockwork Remix)
Congorock Ft. Sean Paul *Out Now*
Cedric Gervais - January 12th
Cedric Gervais : Miamication Podcast : December2012
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[TMN Resident Artist] Figure + Biography

Did we tease you just a little bit with that quick release of Figure’s tour dates? Are you wondering what does this “artist resident” thing every month mean for you ninjas? Let me break it down for you real quick:
Every month TheMusicNinja will be featuring a talented artist/group to be our “resident” for a whole month, yes a whole freakin month they get to share just a bit of themselves with you wonderful readers and music junkies. The month will go as follows:

Week 1 – Artist Introduction – This post will introduce the artist to you all. A quick bio and news of their upcoming shows is the perfect thing to get your toes twinkling for the next week.
Week 2 – Artist Interview – This post will be more of a non-traditional interview. We are TMN are kind of a funny bunch and we’d like our interview to be more lighthearted with a few entertaining facts to really let everyone get a good insight into the artist’s personality.
Week 3 – Artist Exclusive Minimix/Cover/Track – This post will feature some exclusive music. For Producers and DJ’s it could be a minimix or a mashup. For bands/vocalists it will be a fun cover, or an unreleased b-side or something to that effect.
Week 4 – The artist is going to let us in on what music they are jamming to at the moment and share some of their favorite tracks for our ears to enjoy along.

So there you have it! We are super excited for some of the amazing artists who have already signed up. It’s like a little surprise present every beginning of the month, perfect.

About Figure

With all that said, we were stoked to have Figure release his tour dates to us to begin our write-up and now we would like to introduce the man behind the dirty bass drops, Mr. Josh Gard.

Gard is a Midwest boy hailing from Indiana (which he is very proud of his of; as all Midwesterners should be…call me biased I hail from Chicago). He has a long history in music and like many artists of his genre he began in electric house music before shifting to more dubstep and bass music. While he still works a lot with electric music, he gets noticed for his dirty tracks with body dropping bass.

Gard has worked alongside many of the best in music industry such as Diplo, Tommy Lee, Flux Pavilion, and Excision to name just a few. His music has been ranked high on countless charts and he is praised by other artists and fans alike for his captivating live performances. I can account for that, seeing him in Denver was nothing short of unbelievable. With his undeniable stage presence, Gard is a must see for his long list of fans. And he, being a huge fan of horror, decided to produce his Monster series which is a production of his true loves. The series exemplifies just how much talent Gard has and gives his audience an inside to him as a musician.

That is another thing to love about Gard, he supports his supporters by supplying his latest productions for free and his guest lift at shows is reserved for fans in need. He is very close with his family and fans, a tribute that can be hard to find sometimes in the music world. But it is these things that make Gard an amazing artist and an amazing person with a big future that is already blowing up this year. Whether it is large festivals such as EDC, Starscape, The Bounce or small venues in cities all over the world, Gard, aka Figure, is an artist to watch and admire. Plus, he has one of the most knockout tennis shoe collections this writer has ever seen. Big props Figure, big props.

His early work

2009 & 2010
Early in his career, Figure focused primarily on bass driven music. After a couple of originals and remixes, His IN & OUT OF BROOKLYN EP released in 2009 combined bouncier elements of dance music with the emerging wobble of dubstep, catering to the underground scene. Not everything was hard and heavy as we know Figure today, releasing a couple “THRASH BASS” tracks like “Dirty Damage” and then taking on a lot of dubstep influences with “Torture” and “Phantom” back in 2010. Continue reading

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[Indie Pop] IYES – Lighthouse

IYES, a new indie/electro pop duo from the UK, mix simmering, ambient electronics with powerful pop. The result? On “Lighthouse” — which they’ve dubbed as a demo, but trust us, it sounds way better than a scratchy, homemade recording — the group transcends where The xx might have otherwise left us a little unsatisfied. The beginning is sparse, minimal (and yes, very xx-like), with bits of sound fluttering softly like tiny ripples in the ocean. But it doesn’t stop there; this is actually where it picks up energy. The track reaches out and pulls anxiously. This needing, longing feeling that aches and won’t go away, is propelled not only by the nice dueling male/female vocals, but by the general exuberance, umph of the rest of the song. Demo or not, “Lighthouse” is not one to miss. Tune in below:

Lighthouse (demo)
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[Experimental] Young Wonder – To You

Young Wonder, an electro-pop duo hailing from Cork, Ireland, dropped an eponymous debut EP in April of last year. But it wasn’t until their single “To You” was released in early December that people began to wonder about Young Wonder. They say their songs are filled with “big beats, pitched vocals, euphoric synths” and the sweet timbre of front-woman Rachel Koeman. The group’s primitive, colorful aesthetic (evident in the track’s music video) brings to mind Crystal Fighters while the sounds verges on Purity Ring wanna-be.

No remix I’ve heard thus far does the song justice, but they each offer up different, unique takes on the original. The “Keep Shelly in Athens Remix” dubsteps it up and distorts the vocals beyond recognition while “The Ambassadeurs Remix” elongates and chops up the ambient trance parts.

To You
To You (Keep Shelly in Athens remix)
To You (Ambassadeurs Remix)

Look out for their Show Your Teeth EP coming Spring 2013.

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[Indie] Guards – Ready To Go

New York indie rock band Guards nail it on their newest song “Ready To Go”. With chiming church bells, winding guitars and a huge, anthemic chorus, what more could you possibly ask for? While the previous singles “Coming True” and “Silver Lining” (all off their forthcoming debut LP In Guards We Trust) were catchy enough, this one might just be the absolute standout. Hit play and lose yourself in its euphoric vibes.

Ready To Go

In Guards We Trust comes out February 5th via Black Bell.

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[Hip-Hop] A$AP Rocky – I Come Apart (Feat. Florence Welch) (Prod. By Emile Haynie & Amanda Ghost)

While most of you have probably already heard the leaked version of Long.Live.A$AP, I’m sure there’s still at least one last song you’ve been eagerly anticipating. That would be this collaboration right here. Although relegated to being a bonus track on the deluxe edition of the album, this brand new track boasting the gifted talents of Florence Welch does not fail to impress. “I Come Apart” is unlike anything you’ve heard from A$AP Rocky before. Certainly his most ambitious undertaking to date, the song is all about the unraveling of a relationship at its seams and the repercussions that follow when trying to assemble the pieces back together. The key to this one is finding a balance between the soaring vocals of Florence and the whispering murmurs of Rocky as tries his hand at his best Kid Cudi impression. At times it may sound like A$AP’s heart truly isn’t set in the material, and it shows in his energy through certain portions of the track (that may be possibly due to a lack of experience with its subject matter). However, this one is still worth a listen for the British siren’s vocal prowess alone.

As you must know by now, A$AP Rocky’s debut album Long.Live.A$AP, drops this Tuesday, January 15th. I would be really cool if you checked it out to show your appreciation.

A$AP Rocky Ft. Florence Welch
I Come Apart
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[Folk Rock] Matt Walters – I Would Die For You (Video)

The power of sharing music online can be a wonder at times, unearthing hidden gems that serve to connect with an audience that wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to experience it. This could not be more true for independent Melbourne artist, Matt Walters, whose melancholy ballad “I Would Die For You” reached cult status after a fan-uploaded video soared over one million hits on Youtube, touching the hearts of listeners worldwide. Following up on this unprecedented success, an official video for the song has now been released for eager fans. Featuring hauntingly beautiful scenes and mesmerising choreography, the visuals perfectly accompany the mood of the story being told. This is one to lose yourself to during those deep, pensive moments.

Check out a slightly different rendition below:

I Would Die For You feat. Washington
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