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Hot New Music: Guadalupe Plata – Album Review

Photo: Ben Irwin of Pinpoint Music Like most “seen it, done it” rock fans, I have the unbearably annoying habit of looking for reasons NOT to like some new rock band before I look for reasons to like it (you, me and my therapist can discuss that later if you’d like); and you can double […]

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Hot New Music: The Bronx – Bronx (IV) – Album Review

L.A. punk rockers the Bronx are set to release their first new album in five years, Bronx IV, on White Drugs/ATO Records this February 5.  While the band has remained active and served up some great music and live shows with their steady moonlighting gig as Mariachi El Bronx, their return to their punk roots is […]

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Hot Band Alert: Wild Belle – Performing at the Echo Nov. 26, 2012

Chicago sibling-duo Wild Belle are making their way to Los Angeles, Echo Park to be exact with a headlining show at the Echo on Monday, Nov. 26. The breezy duo are easy on they eyes and even smoother on the soul. Composed of Natalie and Elliot Bergman, the band evoke that classic radiance of yesteryear with their  psychedelic-soul jams, blistering with […]

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Hot Band Alert: Vinyl Williams – Lemniscate – Album Review

Hot Band Alert: Vinyl Williams – Lemniscate – Album Review While the Los Angels-based Viny Williams, led by the 22-year-old Lionel Williams, offer some trippy motives — I prefer to let the sound speak for itself. Falling into the shoegaze and psyche pop genres, Vinyl Williams carves out a much more primal niche with their debut […]

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Hot Band Alert: People Get Ready

Brooklyn four-piece, People Get Ready are a group that envelop art and movement as much as they do music. New York’s famous art house, The Kitchen, served as the base from which the band got their start in 2009 and from there they spring-boarded into a unique collaboration where they welcome contemporary dance, art and music into […]

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Emily Saex |
Hot New Music: Ken Stringfellow – Danzig in the Moonlight – Album Review

From his days as a founding member of powerpop icons, The Posies, to  later work with legendary bands like R.E.M. and Big Star, Ken Stringfellow is something of a savant in the world of heartfelt, meticulously crafted pop music.  Now located in Paris, Stringfellow benefits from the musical synergy of working as a producer for […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
The Soft Pack – Strapped – Album Review

Strapped is an album largely compromised of past demos that stand as strong songs on their own, but suffer from zig zag tracklisting.  The Soft Pack seem undecided on whether or not to risk alienating their fans by completely abandoning their previous sound or to fully embrace their newer ventures. While it is refreshing to […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Eraas – Self-Titled – Album Review

From the rubble of the now disbanded, New England experimental rock band, Apse, core members Robert Toher and Austin Stawiarz have regrouped and transformed into the new Brooklyn based quartet Eraas, a group with simpler but more carefully crafted sounds.  Eraas’ self-titled debut, released on Felte on October 2, 2012, plunges straight into the sonic […]

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Emily Saex |
The Heavy with the Silent Comedy at the El Rey Theatre – Photos & Show Review – September 7, 2012

  What better way to spend a Friday night in L.A. besides dancing your ass off?  Oh, that’s right there is no better way!  The packed El Rey Theatre  for The Heavy’s headlining gig on Friday, September 7 was proof of that and I have never seen more folks dance, clap-along and have a good […]

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ESP – Self-Titled EP – Album Review

L.A. trio, ESP, self-released their six-song, self-titled EP on August 28, 2012. Brother/sister duo Aska and Seiya Matsumiya take charge on the keyboards/vocals/electronics while Bobby Evans provides backbone with the drums/additional electronics, bringing us a teaser of tripped out tunes that crisscross through experimental dream pop and shoe-gaze soundscapes with mesmerizing ease. The title-track starts […]

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