And photog Koury Angelo was there to shoot the show.
I Am Strikes is the indie pop project of Sacramento native Kelly Rosenthal. The young songstress recently leaked the track, “Love Is Just A Way To Die,” off her debut EP, Low Standards, (dropping June 23rd) which was brazenly inspired by a broken heart. Built on punchy digi-beats, haunting synths, and cynical lyrics, the single is melodic dark pop at its finest.
“If heaven is a place you’ll go, I don’t know if I will ever see you.”
And here’s the song’s horror-inspired B&W music video by Star Splitter Media.
I Am Strikes will begin tour with Oh Land on May 3rd.
Sam Dew is a seasoned songwriter who has worked with a slew of top talent (Rihanna, Wale, Jessie Ware), but now it’s his turn to sing his own songs. The (now) DTLA denizen recruited Dave Sitek (of TV On The Radio) to produce his debut EP, Damn Sue (RCA), and the result is a stellar intermix of experimental effects, edgy pop, and neo-soul. And slicing through every track is Dew’s oh-so-sharp falsetto. Here’s his EP’s final track “Victor”:
“…that is not my name.”
Two Cheers returns by leaking another single, “Brinka,” off their forthcoming sophomore album Splendor. The superb song is slightly sedated compared to the buoyant jangle pop of “Anchor” and instead carries a sincere melancholic vibe of post-punk passion.
“‘Cause my last few breaths will be full.”
Two Cheers will perform at Jimmy’s Place on May 5th.
Highland Kites (aka Marissa Lamar) returns by leaking the first single, “Small Frame,” off her forthcoming debut LP All We Left Behind (dropping June 29th). Produced by Raymond Richards (Local Natives, Avid Dancer), the indie folk rock song is her finest ode yet with a warm ambience of raw acoustics, twangy tones, and an echoing voice.
“I’m more than just a small frame.”
Highland Kites will perform at Artisyn Studio on May 2nd.
L.A.’s favorite disco danseuse, Gavin Turek, has returned by releasing two singles, “Frontline” and “Don’t Fight It,” via IHC 1NFINITY. The tracks are off her forthcoming EP Prime, but for now the popstress just wants us to brazenly “dance, dance, dance” to her glittery dancefloor funk.
This summer, look out for Gavin’s collaborative album with TOKiMONSTA (via Young Art Records) and catch her onstage as Tuxedo‘s guest vocalist.
Garage rawkers Kim and The Created will perform at the 4th annual Desert Daze on May 2nd…
…so Free Bike Valet and MINIVAN Photography recently hung out with frontwoman Kim House at Lolipop Records and her Echo Park apartment to shoot some pics and ask some questions as she prepped for the music fest.
Where do all of your infamous stage costumes come from?
“I imagined wearing one and my mother actually found my first one online. I’ve borrowed some from my drummer who is also a costume designer. I create a lot of them and the others I buy in vintage stores. I always look for the most shocking material. I have tons of ideas I want to do still –including space pattern and fire. I try to wear a new one for each show. My Desert Daze costume is going to be handmade and very different than anything else I’ve worn before.”
“We currently have limited edition tour poster t-shirts, band logo image by MINIVAN [Photography] t-shirts, our tapes from Burger [Records] and Lolipop Records, and CDs. Also pins with many different logos by different artists and brand new tote bags with our brand new band logo on it! The bestsellers are the tapes and the pins of each of the bandmates on them.
“I haven’t sold a stage costume. I plan to keep them.”
“I was really excited and actually kind of shocked. I played the first Desert Daze on drums for another band. I co-booked and presented the first ever Beyond The Witching Hour and have worked in film, production, and promotions for Desert Daze for years. But to be asked to play with my own band was really special. Especially with the long history and finally being on the stage with my own thing.”
“It is personal and special to me because of my long history with the festival. I’ve seen it grow and been on so many sides of it. I’m really proud to be a part of it.”
“I am planning my costume. Making new merch. Thinking of new designs for pins. Teaching new band members parts. Thinking of how to grow as a band constantly. Always trying to be creative! Excited to be there and see everyone play and camp. We leave for tour the following day and I learned from last tour: Pack light!”
“I always try to top my last show and push myself further. I aim to shock people while expressing every dark and personal emotion I have for everyone… to get it out and to show others not to give a fuck!”
r.e.l. is a young, modern chanteuse steadily leaking indie pop tracks built on snappy digi-beats, broodwave synths, and a smooth, sharp vox. Her forthcoming self-titled debut EP was produced by Dan Burns in Burbank and includes the sing-talk single “Headed For The Sun”:
“We’re headed for the sun . All systems go.”
And here’s its music video featuring the singer in a bedroom tent (but not alone).
Philipp Yaw returns by releasing a rad music video for his fierce synth-soul single, “Weirdo Wasteland,” off his forthcoming debut EP, Friction, dropping May 7th via Domfeh Music. Directed by Zack Campbell, the video takes you to a busy party at HOTT MT‘s former practice space in Chinatown. And besides Yaw himself, the camera switches between Paul Doyle (of Midnight Faces), Nick Logie, and Ashleigh Allard (both of HOTT MT) wandering throughout the crowds.