Monthly Archives: March 2014

“MDNGHT” by The Pocket Rockets (Premiere)

number 3East L.A. scene stalwarts The Pocket Rockets return with a self-titled follow-up EP via Sick City/DR Records. Staying true to DIY, they recorded it in drummer Chris Magallon’s Boyle Heights bedroom and garage this past winter (that is, when they weren’t performing at some pop-up venue or indie rock fest). Their mentor Jon Siebels (formerly of Monsters Are Waiting, currently of Eve Six) returned to mix/master the album at Ultrasound Studios and the result is their best collection yet: an evolved blend of core-pop often breaking into dance-punk. Singles “Somewhere We Can Be Alone” and “Summer Girl” have been previously leaked, but here’s the opening track “MDNGHT”:

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“Old Robot” Lyric Video by James Supercave

1395676109CaraHandsShoot46edit1James Supercave isn’t a stage name or vigilante alias. In fact, it’s not even one person but instead a quintet of Echo Park locals (lead by Joaquin Pastor) who collectively conjure a fresh breath of sonic art that’s equal parts retro rock, indie soul, and experimental digi-pop. It’s sexy music, even if you don’t realize it –but soon, you’ll feel the groove. Their debut EP The Afternoon was recently released via Hit City U.S.A. Here’s the creative lyric video for its opening track “Old Robot”:

James Supercave‘s last March residency show at The Echo is tonight along with Mt. Ossa, Gothic Tropic, and HEALTH (DJ set). Come out, it’s free!


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“1965” by Zella Day

zella-day-1965Youngster Zella Day returns with the B-side “1965” off her forthcoming 7″ via B3Sci Records. Unlike her first epic single “Sweet Ophelia” (a more sanguine Banks), this track is a softer chamber-pop ode filled with bittersweet memories (a happier Lana Del Rey):

Tonight, Zella Day will headline School Night at Bardot along with Saint Seneca, Doja Cat, Finley Knight, and Knew Jack.


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“Staring” by Torches

Torches 1Due to the departure of Bridgette Eliza Moody (now of Haunted Summer), Torches became a man duo of Pasadena natives. But their flame still flickers –perhaps brighter now than ever. Their new single, “Staring,” is the first leaked track off their forthcoming EP, Endlessly Repeating, which was recorded and engineered by David Newton (The Soft PackThe Henry Clay People). The song shows off the band’s newly evolved sound with looping dynamics and grandeur harmonics that build up to a wall of sonics:

Torches performs tonight at The Roxy along with Moving Units and House Fire.

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“Stoned To The Bone” by The Cigarette Bums

IMG_4913You can’t be more authentically lo-fi than The Cigarette Bums. The Silver Lake band proudly coats a ceaseless fuzz over their retro garage-pop as if stolen from a long-lost beach bash flick. Fronted by bassist Steven Carrera along with drummer Paul Carter (of Snow Wite) and guitarist Jaime Rosas, the trio is currently recording their next release, Son Of The Bums (Lolipop Records), with Wyatt Blair producing. It’s not due until this summer, but for now you can enjoy “Stoned To The Bone” off their last EP Holy Smokes:

And here’s their self-made tour video featuring the song:

The Cigarette Bums next perform at KXSC Fest this Saturday, March 29th.


And later that day at Sick City Fest at The Redwood Bar.


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“Everything As It Should Be” by Sex Helicopter

SH-2Friends since high school, Downtown‘s Sex Helicopter contributes to the lo-fi revival but instead of trying to join the garage-punk party they embrace the retro psych pop. Here’s their first single “Everything As It Should Be”:

Sex Helicopter will next perform tomorrow (Friday, March 28th) at USC’s PopFest.


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“Kaleidoscope” Music Video by OONA

Oona_'Kaleidoscope'__FilmStills_DevinSchiro_27Filled with dreamy synth-pop and airy digi-beats, “Kaleidoscope” is OONA‘s dance anthem off their latest EP Flying At The Sun. And recentlydirector duo Side of Fries decided it deserved a music video. Shot in the desert and around L.A., it follows a young man’s journey after discovering a certain gold object in a dumpster:

OONA will perform tonight (Thursday, March 27th) at The Spare Room.


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“Touch” by Say Say (Premiere)

saysay_69RSZIndie popwave duo Say Say returns with another track vindicating their love of “analog synths, drum machines, and ambient guitar.” Less ’80s tinged than their first single “Like An Animal,” “Touch” builds up to a buoyant chorus of digi-beats blended with synth-pop guaranteed to incite some pogo-dancing:

Say Say will next perform on Monday, April 14th at the Constellation Room along with Bear Hands.

Observatory show

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“I’m Not Sorry” by Papa

1398167_10153444436365584_769935052_oFriends since their childhood in Encino, drummer/vocalist Darren Weiss (formerly of Girls) and bassist Danny Presant formed PAPA while still college students in New York City. Now based back home, the duo released their debut full-length Tender Madness (Loma Vista) last year replete with heartland rock anthems rooted in blues-pop (a la Cold War Kids, The KillersSam’s Town).

"Tender Madness" by Papa

The band recently leaked the cut track “I’m So Sorry” which beautifully highlights Weiss’ baritone vibrato voice through a more somber vibe:

And to prove their songs were truly made to be experienced live, the duo recently released the live EP Tender Madness Sessions for free. Here’s a video of them performing “Put Me To Work” mostly at the El Rey Theatre:

PAPA will next perform at The Echo tonight along with Hindu Pirates and Cillie Barnes.


And here’s their spring tour dates:


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“Golden” by Parade Of Lights

_w4a4420Drummer Anthony Improgo and vocalist/guitarist Ryan Daly originally met in 2006 to form the band Polus. The group went defunct after releasing one EP, but four years later fate reunited the two songwriters while on tour in Australia for separate bands. The artistic bromance rekindled and Parade Of Lights was born. Now a Silver Lake-based quartet, they claim supremo shoegazers My Bloody Valentine and spacial alt-rockers Failure as influences, but every one of their songs is an undeniable party anthem replete with blasts of synth-pop and electro rock (a la Youngbood Hawke‘s breakout hit “We Come Running“). This is the new direction of SoCal pop rock (and we love it). Parade Of Lights‘ second EP, Golden, drops today via Astralwerks. Here’s its title track:

Parade Of Lights will be touring in April with X Ambassadors.


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