The Griswolds talk Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jamie Lee Curis, and Tim’s Last Show [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Images courtesy of Nikolai Puc

Exactly three years ago, I premiered “Beware The Dog” by The Griswolds, and I’ve felt a kinship with these Aussies ever since. Their infectious energy is felt throughout both their recorded music and live performances. I don’t need to tell you that, though. Just head out to one of their shows and try jockeying for position amongst throngs of relentless fans who have patiently waited outside the venues on hours on end, awaiting that precious spot at the front of the stage.

In March, we had the pleasure of catching up with bassist Tim John and frontman Chris Whitehall at Denver’s charmingly divey Marquee Theater, where the group closed out their U.S. High Times for Low Lives album tour. Our lighthearted chat was pleasant – as it always is with these consummate professionals and all-around good guys — but the room felt heavy with the anticipation of what would be a momentous show in the band’s history: Tim, the band’s original bassist, was about to play his last gig in America, and after a few more shows overseas, he would retire from the Griswolds.

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[Event Review] Project Pabst: Denver 2017

In just its second year in existence as a four city national event (Denver, Portland, Philadelphia, Atlanta), the barley-pop funded Project Pabst has quickly cemented itself as one of the hottest tickets in each town it lays it Laser Horse inspired hooves. Always an eclectic lineup, in its brief run Project Pabst has consistently boasted a mix of both established and upcoming acts spanning myriad genres from Tame Impala, STRFKR, Violent Femmes, FIDLAR, Duran Duran & Iggy Pop to A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown, K. Flay & Big K.R.I.T. to name but a few; and this year’s Denver date served only to stoke the already vibrant fire within our Ninja hearts. It was yet another excellently curated day in Denver’s hipster bastion of the RiNo neighborhood, and we’ve got plenty to dish about the second Denver Project Pabst date.

As always, the day kicked off sprightly at 2:00 p.m. behind a choice segue into the beautiful day with a frenetic performance from Chicago indie rock outfit Twin Peaks. In a rather short span beginning in 2013, Twin Peaks have rapidly evolved from a hectic, sloppy group of teenage rockers into a firmly polished five piece with the ability to command a stage with the best of them. Twin Peaks cycled primarily through fare from LP’s Wild Onion and Down in Heaven including staples like “I Found a Way”, “Making Breakfast” and “Holding Roses”, but more than made sure to satisfy their diehards as well with a few cuts from debut long player Sunken. With the day’s first performance under our belts, it was time for some $3.00 PBR and a jaunt to the other end of Larimer Street for a little slice of scuzzy L.A. rock duo Deap Vally.

Read Our Entire Project Pabst Review After the Jump!

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2017 Round #4)

Who would of thunk Tuesday’s could be a favorite day of the week? But really, with a brand new Indie Dojo every Tuesday, how can it not be?
’Quantum Keys – Back With Me’
’Febueder – Morning Yawn’
’Sam Frankl – Gold Rush’
’Coastal Clouds – Wanna Come Down’
’Take Your Time – Love at First Sight’
’mk.gee – I Know How You Get’
’didirri – Blind You’
’Michal Geva – Let Me Go’
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Gonzalla – T.M.V. [TMN PREMIERE]

Gonzalla
T.M.V.

After living across the pond in London and Liverpool for nearly a half decade, Cody Randall, aka Gonzalla, is back in the states and up to some serious songwriting. Today’s offering, his first in nearly a year, was crafted just after his most recent move.

“T.M.V.” sparkles with pure, warm-weather brilliance, calling on associations of acts like Dan Croll, St. Lucia, and Absofacto, a few of our personal favorites around here. Wonderfully drum-centric in nature (hence the nod to Jean-Philip Grobler’s work), the big booming toms are counterbalanced with soft, accentuating synths that, together, create an enveloping soundscape perfect for Randall’s voice and catchy hooks.

After a successful stint at SXSW this year, we’re guessing Gonzalla is gearing up for one hell of a year. Make sure to tune in by following him on Facebook, Twitter, and SoundCloud.

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[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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[Music Video] Charge The Atlantic – I Know You’d Be There

Charge The Atlantic is back. Since the boys performed their song “I Know You’d Be There” with IPA beer bottles, they put together another video for the single. This time around it’s an official music video that is equally as cool as their previous.

The thing we love about Charge The Atlantic is their laid-back vibe and humility; they let the music speak for itself. You’re probably wondering how the music speaks for itself when a video is involved, but we’re getting to that. The video itself plays well off the music, playing up a fun tone while not going overboard. It was all filmed within a neighborhood setting, with no added fluff to catch your attention. The wavy, reggae-tinged tune and it’s visual counterpart are just two examples of why this band NEEDS to be at the top of your radar.

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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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