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Local Band We Love: Xu Xu Fang

Posted April 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 948 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 | 751 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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Local Bands We Love: SXSW Preview Edition by Marion Hodges

Posted March 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,071 views]
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(L to R: Marion Hodges, Jules Medeiros, and Sandra Vu)
As the esteemed curator of this very music blog put it recently, “It’s going to be a good year for L.A. music.”
With that in mind, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite local bands you shouldn’t miss if you’re Austin bound for South by Southwest this year!
SISU
Sisu is the brainchild of Sandra …

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LA Artists to Watch in 2014

Posted February 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 4,268 views]
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I can tell already it’s going to be a good year for LA music and we have a front row seat!
First off, it must be mentioned that Beck has created one of his best albums yet with “Morning Phase” and current LA resident Greg Dulli has announced The Afghan Whigs will be releasing a new full length in April, their first in 16 years!
But …

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Oddience: Local Band We Love

Posted January 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,174 views]
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This is a long overdue post I’ve been meaning to write for months about one of my favorite local acts, Oddience.
This LA trio consisting of rapper/producer Tulip Pezley and sibling singer/MCs Eddington Again and Miche Maya, crashed onto my radar for about a year and half ago with their track, “Smile“.

Honestly, how can you listen to this song and not feel good? It’s the …

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Crystal Antlers: Local Band We Love

Posted November 28, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 917 views]
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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 …

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De Lux: Artist You Should Know

Posted November 22, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 4,314 views]
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Wowowwowow!
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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Rare Times: Local Artist You Should Know

Posted August 19, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,559 views]
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Local duo Rare Times are set to release their second EP later this month. “Mist” follows up their solid, seductive downtempo debut EP, “Missionary“.
Led by Anthony Calonico & Alex Talan, “Mist” finds these two further investigating the lines between 80′s radio RnB, House & synthpop.
Nightdrive music for a Miami Vice reboot, this is the moody, cinematic version of the vibe that has made household names of …

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Warships: Local Band We Love

Posted August 7, 2013 by | 5 Comments | 2,629 views]
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KCRW DJ Chris Douridas started spinning Warships earlier this year and every time he put it in a set, it caught my ear.
Their indie pop is just my style and when I found out they were local, I only loved them more. He’s on record calling them “one of the best unsigned bands in the country.”
The band released their debut EP “Shadows” in June …

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Seven Saturdays: Local Band We Love

Posted June 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,977 views]
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Musician/composer/arranger Jonathan Haskell, who records under the moniker Seven Saturdays wants you to know that, despite any evidence to the contrary, it’s going to be o.k.

At least that’s the sense that I get when I listen to Seven Saturdays‘ self titled, debut full length.
This rings even more true considering the origins of this project: A six song EP composed and performed by Haskell to …

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