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Hot Band Alert: King Callis and Black Peace Invite You To Brunch

King Callis is the most notable member of North Carolina’s small Black Peace artist collective. On his lush debut mixtape Brunch (Food For Thought) he establishes the crew as a serious musical force, one with a keen ear for production and a palpable hunger for success. Throughout the tape, Callis’ beats are front and center; […]

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Hot Band Alert: Boolan – Debut single “Passenger” is a charming dream pop number

Watch out Los Angeles! Five piece indie dreampop outfit Boolan may be new to the scene, formed just earlier this year, but they are ready to bring down the house. The group is comprised of Andru Bautista (rhythm guitar), Patrick Maniquis (lead guitar), TJ Perez (drums), Juan Rodriguez (bass) and Selena Vernon (vocals). The band […]

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Hot Band Alert: Flames of Durga — like two maenads taking part in a rite of delirium

Like two maenads taking part in a rite of delirium, twin sisters Beah and Cecilia Romero of the new East Los Angeles band, Flames Of Durga sure know how to put on an impressive rock show. Not only do these fierce brunettes deliver those early female punk vibes (think Babes In Toyland and Bikini Kill), but they’re […]

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Hot Band Alert: East LA’s The Bloodhounds dish up mouthwatering rock ‘n’ roll

If you had any fear that rock n’ roll was dead, don’t worry because all the things that you love about it are alive and kickin’ now that East Los Angeles four-piece The Bloodhounds have released their debut studio album, Let Loose!  via Alive NaturalSound Records. Power pop legend Arthur Alexander (Sorrows, The Poppees) produced this […]

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Hot Band Alert: Electric Youth — Stream debut album Innerworld

Toronto and L.A.-based synth duo, Electric Youth have created a stunning debut album titled Innerworld and it’s ready for the world to hear. The album set for release Sept. 30th via Secretly Canadian / Last Gang Records is now available for you to stream in all its entirety before its official release date. With soothing 80s […]

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Hot Band Alert: The Beverleys Unleash A Snarling Debut EP

From the moment The Beverleys’ explosive self-titled EP begins you are smashed with a wave of supercharged grunge/shred. It was then, as I made the perilous journey to the volume button on my MacBook, that I reevaluated the album’s cover art. Is that Road kill? A possum if I am not mistaken? The Beverlys put […]

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Hot Band Alert: L.A. based Locas are chock-full of balls to the wall garage punk

Photography: Ian Pohl San Fernando Valley duo, Locas may be a young 19 and 21 years old, but they are already getting the ball rolling with the release of their debut six-track EP Demonstration, available on Bandcamp and via cassette on White Raven Records. Formed in 2012 by Andy Locas (guitar/vocals) and Eddie Locas (drums), the band […]

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Hot New Artist: With just one song, L.A. based Odessa is on the rise to stardom

Sometimes it takes just one song to be hooked on a new artist. This applies in the case of Los Angeles-based Odessa, a talented singer/songwriter that should definitely be on your watch list. Her lone track available, “I Will Be There”, has been featured in a couple of commercial and T.V. spots over the past […]

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Hot Band Alert: Ex Hex — Mary Timony’s new power trio is about to let it “Rips”

Feature by Ziv Biton Mary Timony of Ex Hex has no first gear. Or, if she did, she revved up to 4th (and probably 5th) a while ago and has since busted the clutch. Listing off her prolific career arc is daunting; even if you started right now you would be hard pressed to accomplish […]

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Hot Band Alert: Mexican Slang – Fierce punk transcending atmospheric psych

Sometimes an unexpected run-in of like-minded people can create a significant change in our lives. Sometimes it all comes down to fate. While they may not have won the lottery or anything, a little touch of fate is what made Toronto psych-punk, noise-pop trio Mexican Slang what they are today. Vocalist/guitarist Annabelle Lee started Mexican Slang […]

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