January 3, 2012

Busdriver - Bon Bon Fire

Happy 2012, everybody! I hope you all had safe and pleasant holidays, now back to the music! I am completely obsessed with this new track, “Bon Bon Fire” off experimental indie rapper Busdriver's forthcoming release Beaus$Eros, which is slated for a February 14 release date (how romantic). Though you may not have heard of the Los Angeles-based rapper, he has been in the game for ten years, collaborating with the likes of The Roots, CocoRosie, Aesop Rock, The Glitch Mob, and Deerhoof, as well as releasing six albums to date. Stay tuned for 2012 tour dates!

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January 31, 2012

The Ross Sea Party - Thunder (video)

When I moved to LA last year and started delving into its fabulous music scene, I instantly fell in love with The Ross Sea Party after seeing the band play a compelling set at The Satellite. Vocalist Brady Erickson’s crooning voice paired with jangling guitar riffs and percussion stole my heart, and I set out to obtain the folk-rockers’ debut EP, Plains of Id immediately after their performance came to an end. Since then, I have seen the quintet a number of times and was able to witness the debuts of new tracks that (I assume) will comprise the band’s forthcoming freshman LP. One of those tracks was “Thunder,” a striking, two-minute siege complete with rattling drums, playful guitars, and delightful “whoa-oh-ohs.” This came to be one of my favorite songs to hear live and almost literally jumped for joy when I saw that The Ross Sea Party had not only recorded the song, but filmed a video for it, too! I hope you all love this as much as I do. Enjoy!

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March 2, 2012


My Portland-based buddies, AAN, are currently touring the West Coast on their way down to good ole Austin for SXSW in mid-March, and tonight marks their show in LA (which I’ve been anticipating for a long time). They play at Home Room with LA rockers The Oddfaces, Maston and Mothers of Gut, with special DJ sets by Gothic Tropic. Show starts at 9 pm, costs a measly $5, and is all ages, so there’s no excuse not to attend! 

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March 7, 2012

White Arrows Signs with Votiv Music

I had seen the name floating around the blogosphere but had never actually listened to White Arrows until I saw the quintet open for Unknown Mortal Orchestra at The Echoplex in late February. All I can say about the Los Angeles-based “psychotrpoical” five-piece’s performance is holy shit. It blew me away. What also blew me away was the fact that this band had yet to release a record. But that’s all about to change. The group recently signed with Votiv Music and will be releasing Fireworks of the Sea, a short, three-song EP to hold us over until the debut full-length. Below is the EP’s title track, which will be available April 3rd.

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March 27, 2012

Bikos - “y3k” (Video)

The good guys and gal of LA’s Bikos will be releasing a brand new EP entitled Let Down Your Avant Garde on April 3rd and decided to give us all a sneak peek of the single, “y3k,” in the form of a quirky “Doomsday Preppers”-esque type video. In true Bikos form, the instrumentation is tight and the song is catchy and dance-inducing. Well done!

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March 28, 2012

White Arrows LIVE @ The Roxy, 3/27/12

Last night, White Arrows played its first ever all ages show at the famous Roxy Theatre on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip as part of KROQ’s “Locals Only” showcase. Though the Los Angeles-based psych-tropical-pop-rock-experimental-whathaveyou troupe had never played to a younger crowd before, there were plenty of under-agers going nuts for the five-piece—calling for each member by name. It was quite Beatles-esque and made me even more confident that this band is going places. During the set, I went a little click-happy and snapped about 80 photos. I’ve narrowed them down to the 20-ish below. 

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March 30, 2012

RACES Album Release Party TONIGHT at The Echo

The unbelievably talented LA-based indie-folk troupe, RACES, released its debut full-length album, Year of the Witch, on Tuesday (March 27th) via French Kiss Records and will be celebrating its release with a show at The Echo tonight! Incan Abraham and Living Things will also be playing.

Set Times:

Incan Abraham - 9:30 pm

Living Things - 10:30 pm

RACES - 11:30 pm

Word on the street is this show will sell out, so make sure to get there early! $8. 18+.

RACES on Tour:

4/1 - San Francisco, CA: Cafe Du Nord

4/2 - Portland, OR: The Bunk Bar

4/3 - Seattle, WA: The Sunset

4/4 - Boise, ID: Linen Building

4/5 - Salt Lake City, UT: Kilby Court

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April 10, 2012

Hands Releases Debut EP

The Los Angeles-based tropical indie pop troupe Hands first tangled me in its web when I saw the quartet perform at The Satellite  a few months back. Since then, it has been a band on my radar, and when I caught wind that it was releasing its debut EP, I was ecstatic. Entitled Massive Context, the mini album features six tracks, all dripping with groovy instrumentation and Geoffery Halliday’s James Mercer-esque tenor. Below is “Magic Fingers,” the first track off the EP,  which you can stream in its entirety and order here.

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August 7, 2012

Photo Review: NO @ Pershing Square, 8/2/12

Last Thursday, NO played alongside fellow Angelenos The Dead Ships as part of Spaceland Present's weekly “Downtown Under The Stars” showcase in L.A. Pershing Square. As usual, both bands rocked hard and blew away the audience. NO took the performance as an opportunity to try out some new material in front of a local audience before heading on tour with Electric Guest this fall, and (no surprise) the new songs sounded great, layered and complex. 

I snapped some photos of NO’s performance, which you can see below. Check out the full reel on my Flickr, and look at NO’s tour dates here. If they are coming through your town, I highly recommend seeing them. 

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