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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: How To Dress Well, The Men, Cool Ghouls, Quilt

Posted July 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 391 views]
First City Festival is in Monterrey, CA // Aug 23rd & 24th

Its a Four Songs You Should Listen To: First City Festival Edition!
They call Monterey the “First Capital” of California because it was home to the states’ very first Public Library, Theater, Printing Press and Newspaper.
In June of 1967, Monterey staked its claim to another first when the Monterey Pop Festival introduced to the world Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Otis Redding and was the first …

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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Spoon, White Fence, White Arrows, Sea Wolf

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,200 views]
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I’m dubbing this post the “Twitter Inspiration Version” of my regular column. I also noticed at the end that all of these bands of local! (Word is that Spoon’s Britt Daniel moved here a few years ago)
So here it goes…
White Fence – “Like That” + White Arrows – “I Want a Taste”
A few weeks ago, I approached the Twitter-verse for help clearing up …

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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Bahamas, Alvvays, Hollie Cook, The New Pornographers

Posted July 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,782 views]
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Bahamas – “Stronger Than That”
I’ll be honest. It took me a couple listens to get into the new Bahamas album.
But once I did, I fell for it hard. There’s always something more rewarding about those albums that require a closer listen, a bit more attention and focus to make their full impact. In 2014, focus is ever harder to come by so the reward …

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Five Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Ladies Only Edition

Posted June 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,184 views]
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I usually don’t have a theme for these posts but there are SO many great female artists catching my ear right now that I wanted to share their tunes in one place!
Zola Jesus – “Dangerous”
The new Zola Jesus song is a BANGER (to use one of the favorite words of my fellow blogger Mario Cotto).
It’s a synth pop track that manages to be both …

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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Pete Molinari, Father John Misty, Sylvan Esso, Parquet Courts

Posted June 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,417 views]
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Pete Molinari – “Hang My Head in Shame”
I opened a package with the Pete Molinari album last night and everything about it said folk – the cover art of him with a guitar, a list of influences that include Woody Guthrie – but when I put it on, I was met with “Hang My Head in Shame” which in anything but.
It’s an incredibly catchy …

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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: French Style Furs, Old 97′s, Thomas Dybdahl, Pillow Talk

Posted May 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,538 views]
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French Style Furs – “All the Way Down”
I was listening to MBE the other day and heard an instantly recognizable voice – it was Cold War Kids’ Nathan Willett.  The song was urgent and in your face, but what was this??
Come to find out it’s a new project called French Style Furs, which also features CWK’s Matt Maust and fellow Angeleno Nathan Warkentin from …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Jose James, Crash, Curtis Harding, People Get Ready

Posted May 7, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,160 views]
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Crash – “Motion Animal”
Community Music is the label behind Edward Sharpe and the  Magnetic Zeroes so anytime they send me music I pay attention.
Ten seconds into this song I was a fan – I liked the drums, the horns, the funky groove, the keys. All of it.
It’s from an artist named Crash, who was the frontman for LA’sThe Deadly Syndrome but puts his falsetto to …

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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Boogarins, Katie Herzig, Neulore, Inventions

Posted April 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,183 views]
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Boogarins – “Erre”
Brazil’s Boogarins have created an excellent psychedelic pop record in “As Plantas Que Curam” (translated as Plants That Heal).  It came out last Fall on LA’s Burger Records but after rave reviews for their live show from SXSW, they got a second push. Band members Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz are still in their late teens and met while in school in …

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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Eno * Hyde, Woods, Supreme Cuts, Aztec Camera

Posted April 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,455 views]
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Eno * Hyde — “Daddy’s Car”
The announcement of a full album featuring a collaboration between super producer Brian Eno (U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, and so many more) and Underworld’s Karl Hyde was enough to make Jason Bentley shout with joy and share the news on Facebook. (and I can tell you for a fact he doesn’t shout with joy very often). It seemed …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now

Posted March 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,723 views]
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Magic Trick – “The Store”
It was love at first listen when I heard Magic Trick’s “The Store”.
It’s my favorite kind of pop song, with surf guitar, and sweetly sung backing vocals layered over the baritone vocals of bandleader Tim Cohen. The band is based in San Francisco and it wasn’t until I did a bit more research that I realized it was Tim from …

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