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Cheatahs: Artist You Should Know

Posted March 27, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,467 views]
Cheatahs

Last week, London four-piece Cheatahs played an early set to a nearly full house of eager kids camped out for a full night of hard and fast rock and roll at the Echo.
They set the tone of the evening (which was the third stop on their four week tour with FIDLAR and Wavves) by careening through the bombastic, guitar-centric, and above all else hook-laden …

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White Arrows: Local Band We Love

Posted May 9, 2011 by | 5 Comments | 6,649 views]
White Arrows by Rosa Mercuriadis

By KCRW DJ Marion Hodges -
White Arrows have been busy.  Between crafting their catchy glam-infused indie rock jams, and securing a monthly residency at the Bootleg Theater, they’ve also found the time to do some rather nifty remixes for Local Natives and Alexander (the solo project from Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes).
In fact we have White Arrows’ remix of Alexander’s …

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Crystal Stilts: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 6, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 4,540 views]
Stilts_ by Erika Spring

I remember first reading about Crystal Stilts some time in the late part of 2007.  It was on the Seattle-based indie focused blog Three Imaginary Girls.  They were recommending this band from New York that had been recommended to them by Kip Berman, the front man of soon to be indiepop break out stars The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.  He …

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Review: The Go! Team at the Echoplex

Posted April 20, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 2,259 views]

From KCRW DJ Marion Hodges:

Having suffered a little bit of Coachella envy from reading the tweets, and blog posts of my colleagues I was ready for some bands to show me a good time.  Last night at the Echoplex, The Go! Team did just that.  I’ve long been a fan of their unique mix of noisy indie rock, soul, hip hop, and inextinguishable …

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SXSW Preview: Those Dancing Days

Posted March 10, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 3,403 views]

From KCRW DJ Marion Hodges:
Day parties at SXSW are the best.  You almost never need a festival pass to get into one, so if you plan smart, you can see pretty much every band you would hope to see without spending a small fortune. Plus, they almost always have free beer.
One name from the day party circuit this year really jumped out to me …

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A Visit With Kisses – New Songs, Tour Dates and More

Posted February 17, 2011 by | 4 Comments | 3,767 views]

From KCRW DJ Marion Hodges:
Stream Kisses’ “People Can do the Most Amazing Things”
I’ve been bopping around to the nine songs that comprise Kisses’ debut Heart of the Nightlife pretty much non-stop since well before I first wrote about them here eight months ago.  I was anxious to know when I’d have new songs from the local band to add to the rotation, so I …

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Ocean Tango: Artist You Should Know

Posted January 6, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 2,792 views]

From KCRW DJ Marion Hodges:
Towards the end of the year, I came upon a beguiling record called the Ocean Tango from an artist of the same name.
It’s a collaboration between indiepop’s most elegant/eccentric lounge lizard Louis Phillipe, and Swedish pop band Testbild!
The result is something like an alternate universe Lawrence Welk show; lush, and sentimental, but at the same time challenging and thought provoking.
Every …

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Liechtenstein: Artist You Should Know

Posted December 17, 2010 by | 0 Comments | 2,808 views]

From DJ Marion Hodges:
Liechtenstein have been operating in the shadows of so many cool things for roughly the past three years. The Swedish girl foursome has released a couple of strong singles on frontwoman own Fraction Discs Label, a full length record last year on the indie pop stalwart Slumberland Records, and naturally gone through a line-up change or two.
The last time that I …

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The Russian Futurists: Artist You Should Know

Posted December 3, 2010 by | 2 Comments | 4,749 views]

The Russian Futurists have been described by other publications as “lo-fi” and “twee.” When I listen to their current release The Weight’s on the Wheels, however, I feel like I’m hearing the indie rock equivalent of the R&B jams I used to listen to on V-103 as a 12-year-old girl.
Tracks of polished whimsy that insist upon you shaking your booty to it immediately.
Stream “Golden …

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Cinema Red and Blue: Artist You Should Know

Posted November 16, 2010 by | 0 Comments | 2,127 views]

From KCRW DJ Marion Hodges:
When I heard that members of Comet Gain, Crystal Stilts, and the Ladybug Transistor were collaborating on a record to be released this year, I became very excited.  Wild fantasies began to swirl through my mind of a dark, cinematic swirl of twisted surf pop, and razor sharp garage rock anthems.
They would call themselves Cinema Red and Blue, and even …

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