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Hot Band Alert: Swedish experimental pop trio Hey Elbow impress with debut album

Swedish experimental pop trio, Hey Elbow just released their debut album, Every Other, and it’s been running through the Grimy Goods speakers non-stop. With a unique marriage of ethereal sounds and distortion, Hey Elbow’s eccentric blend of music makes for quite an exquisite debut. The group took its curious name from an aerobics warm-up exercise they were […]

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Recommended: Fool’s Gold New Album “Flying Lessons” & Interview with Luke Top

Whittled down to a quartet, Los Angeles Afro-pop infused indie outfit Fool’s Gold, may have the least amount of band members than ever before but they are really getting down to the good stuff, the cream filling if you will, of their unique sound. Their third album, Flying Lessons (ORG Music), is scheduled for a limited release […]

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Recommended: Tomás Pagán Motta shines on debut solo album

Often times, solo records from lead singers are problematic. Often losing the chemistry that made a band special is lost and often times, a vocalist free from compromise make self indulgent records that lose the things that made them great. For a few years now, Singer/songwriter Tomás Pagán Motta has been making professional but less than […]

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Hot Band Alert: Dynamic Los Angeles rock duo The Two Tens set to release Volume 3 EP

Dynamic Los Angeles rock duo The Two Tens, aka Adam Bones (guitar/vocals) and Rikki Styxx (drums), are set to release Volume 3 EP, the third of their four volume garage-punk assemblage, on February 10th (2/10!). The duo originally played together in the band Adam Bones but when that band began to falter, they realized that it […]

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Fall in Love with Sleater-Kinney’s New Album “No Cities to Love”

Indie rock trio Sleater-Kinney last left listeners with the spectacularly dark, edgy and gut-wrenching album The Woods back in 2005, before they went on an indefinite hiatus the following year. Some of the band’s riot-grrl rooted previous releases like Dig Me Out and The Hot Rock had already been on the peripherals of my musical radar. […]

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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: 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: 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 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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Hot Band Alert: Priests – D.C. Quartet Packs a Punch with their Fearless Noise Punk

Washington, D.C.’s Priests deliver a packed punch (seven tracks in 17 minutes) of aggressive yet catchy-as-fuck tunes on their debut EP Bodies and Control and Money and Power. The EP dropped on June 3 on Don Giovanni Records/Sister Polygon and was recorded at Inner Ear Studio (Arlington, VA) and Fancy Time Studio (Philly, PA). The […]

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Kitten’s debut record is full of impeccable sheen and relentless energy

L.A. based band Kitten formed in 2010 and have since released three EPs, Sunday School, Cut It Out and Like A Stranger. The band has come full circle in a short time and are set to release their self-titled, full-length debut on June 24th via Elektra Records. The new album traverses heavily and primarily through ’80s […]

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Hot New Band Alert: Hunterchild — this Indiana duo drips with soul and allure

Sometimes we feel the urge to get away from the daily grind, and escape into the arms of a lover. No lover handy? No worries. You can escape into the loving, musical arms of Hunterchilds‘ self-titled debut. The album dropped May 13 on Temporary Residence LTD and was fine-tuned by co-producer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Wax […]

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