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Xenia Rubinos first came to my attention via a text message KCRW DJ Chuck P sent me asking what I thought about her recent release. I was at a loss and a tiny bit embarrassed that I hadn’t yet heard of her. (I don’t know how Chuck P always hears about bands light years ahead of everyone else!)
Well, it didn’t take me long to …
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After releasing one of last year’s most lush albums, ”fIN“, and grinding through a pretty exhausting tour schedule, John Talabot has released a gorgeously woozy mixtape which sits firmly, shoulder to shoulder with some of the best artist curated comps out there.
The DJ Kicks series of mixes (like Late Night Tales, Back to Mine and Fabric) have always been a revealing communication between artists and their fans. Balancing inspirational …
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Long Beach’s Crystal Antlers‘ name has always suggested a delicate balance between a potential shattering and a glistening goring…a kind of “walking contradiction.”
Having built a rep on a sound that was as psych-garage as it was snarling, it was hard to tell if they’re punks who wanna be hippies or hippies playing at being punk, but they’ve toured the coast in a bus powered …
Midlake – “Provider”
I’ve been hearing about the band Midlake from Denton, TX for years. I’ve always liked their songs but nothing really grabbed me. Yet, I had numerous friends who were obsessed with them. I wondered what was wrong with me. But then, they released “Antiphon”. NOW I’ve joined the fan club.
The band underwent a major makeover recently – frontman Tim Smith left the …
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Allow me to introduce you to a band with the musical talent, drive, and chops of any great rock band out on the global market.
They’re called 424 and hail from the beautiful sub-tropic country of Costa Rica.
There’s nothing super fancy about this band. It’s your straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll quartet configuration: guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. But what they execute with this simplicity reminds …
That was my reaction the first time I heard De Lux.
The Glendale-based duo, comprised of 22-year-olds Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco, met while skateboarding and were actually in another band together before splitting off on their own.
They recently signed to LA label Innovative Leisure (home to Hanni El Khatib, Allah-Las, and Classixx among others) and will release their full length in the Spring.
But first, …
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Our favorite Aussie DJ duo Flight Facilities have been putting out excellent single after single, having us chomping at the bit for more – and perhaps a full album.
Well, it looks like 2014 will be the year for FF fans!
From FF: “We’re half finished with our first large format release for mid-2014. We hate the term concept album, but it’s feeling a little like …
There’s one every year…an album that at the very end, once you think it’s all sealed up and you’re ready to welcome the next year’s albums…runs the old football play, The Fleaflicker…and sneak attacks, catches you off guard and runs into the end zone, winning the game and leaving you speechless.
This year that album is Axel Boman‘s “Family Vacation”.
A stunningly lovely collection of lush …
For years I’ve held Brookyln synth duo Xeno & Oaklander near and dear to me, albeit in a very cold, dark corner of my heart.
Since very early on, their particular brand of lo-fi minimal gothic synth-pop transcended the mid-late 2000s Minimal Wave redux. Their production was as stark as an Eastern European Cold War era pop outfit, but X & Os real raw power always lay in their unique mix of …
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Although their latest edit based project has elicited smirks and guffaws whenever I’ve mentioned it, Soul Clap‘s Gator Boots is no laughing matter.
A collaborative limited 12″ (and download available through their Crew Love website) Gator Boots Vol. 1, is a bold series of edits of classic tracks that are fit for tweaking, but are so good most people don’t mess with them.
The edit game is …