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White Fence: Local Band We Love

Posted August 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,012 views]
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If White Fence’s Tim Presley sleeps, it must be upon a bed of white polar bear fur floating on a cloud of pink smoke high above an animated George Dunning landscape.
But I doubt he does, as in the last 4 years, his White Fence project has released 6 studio albums, 2 live albums and a collaborative album with garage rock genius Ty Segall.
In approximately half …

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WAZ: Local Artist We Love

Posted July 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,486 views]
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Jason Bentley premiered the track “Lights Go Down” by LA artist WAZ on Morning Becomes Eclectic and now we’re happy to offer it up as a free download!

It’s an uplifting pop anthemwith lots of oohs, heart-tugging guitar lines and a giant chorus –with a dash of the galloping folk that has been so ubiquitous lately.
For fans of Young the Giant and the Temper Trap …

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Wildcat! Wildcat!: Local Band We Love

Posted June 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,338 views]
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I first encountered the band Wildcat! Wildcat! a few years back after stumbling across a track called “End of the World Everyday“ somewhere on the blogosphere.
This song captivated me from the get-go… a slow-burner with a spacey, cinematic intro that evolves into a tasty slice of synth-pop.  I was hooked…

Not sure if the song ever got a proper release, but I was happy to …

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Zella Day: Local Artist We Love

Posted June 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,545 views]
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Zella Day was raised in a small mountain town of Arizona and started her music career performing covers of Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Bobby Darin in a coffee shop owned by her parents.
Cut to 2014. She now lives in Los Angeles and has a debut EP set for release via B3SCI (Jungle/Misun) in mid-August.
Jason Bentley instantly gravitated towards her first single “Sweet …

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Michael Rosas: Local Artist We Love

Posted June 16, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 913 views]
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Michael Rosas became known to me as the frontman of the Costa Mesa band SMILE.
I was a huge fan, and their album “Girl Crushes Boy” was one of my top indie-rock albums of the 1990s. I would check them out live every chance I got.
SMILE seemed to disappear for a long time, but then all of a sudden they reunited for a few live …

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Fire Chief Charlie: Local Band We Love

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,427 views]
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Folk collective Fire Chief Charlie first came to my attention around 2011. At that time, they were based in Chicago, and had recently self released an album called “Town”, from which I’ve spun the song “Animals”.
As is the case with most groups that refer to themselves as a “collective,” the line­up of this one has changed quite a bit over the last few years. …

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KCRW Exclusive: Stream Tijuana Panthers’ “NOBO”

Posted May 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,289 views]
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Last week, KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad played a brand new track by the Long Beach, CA surf-rock trio Tijuana Panthers called “NOBO.”
On its surface, it’s a perfect lazy summer day stroll through vintage Southern California pop but beneath the low-fi buzz lay something a bit darker and distorted. Sort of a perfect euphemism for the city of Long Beach in general. With driving bass-line …

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Waters: Local Band We Love

Posted April 23, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 1,339 views]
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WATERS are currently based in the Bay Area but since they are planning a move to LA this summer, I’m preemptively deeming them a local band!
I was sent their single “Got to My Head” and it’s a pop rush of a song.
Remember pixy stix? Imagining downing a few of those and then going for a run through a beautiful pasture. It has that exhilarating, …

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Local Band We Love: Xu Xu Fang

Posted April 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,084 views]
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Xu Xu Fang — “Noir State Beach”
The start and stop of Xu Xu Fang’s “Noir State Beach” is seductive and hypnotic. The transition between the rock rumbling and the dreamy chorus really grabs your attention. A blast of pyschedelic droney rock with a sweetly sung middle. Like a raspberry filled chocolate bon bon.
The LA-based quintet recorded it in Mar Vista and it’s their first …

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SXSW Preview: Vertical Scratchers

Posted March 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,008 views]
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Guitarist John Schmersal has lived a few different musical lives over the past twenty years.
As a member of Ohio-based indie rock legends Brainiac during the 90′s, he helped establish a synthpunk sound that would later influence bands like Muse and Nine Inch Nails.
After the tragic death of their vocalist Tim Taylor, Schmersal headed to the East Coast and formed the band Enon, who became …

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