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“I Was Born” by Ghost Lit Kingdom (Premiere)

photo_42121Ghost Lit Kingdom is a quintet of South Bay kids who aptly label their sound as “anthemic indie rock.” What began as an acoustic side project soon became a collective of solid musicians focused on creating a natural, melodic collaboration of acoustic sonics, intertwining coed vocals, and an epic swirl of passion. And once again they deliver with their latest leaked single “I Was Born.”

“Push the soul away.”

Ghost Lit Kingdom will perform on July 30th at The Troubadour.

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“Queen Of France” by Royal

17 (1)When Imad-Roy El-Amine isn’t spinning as one half of SoySauce, he’s making “conscious pop” as Royal. The Silver Lake denizen recently leaked his new single, “Queen Of France,” as a follow-up to his debut EP Cycles. The track opens with minimal synth notes, sharp percussion effects, and a crooning vox until the sporadic, beatcentric indie pop production pounds it all into a high BPM outro. Absolutely serene-cum-vigor.

“We’re staring at the same old stars.”

Royal will perform on August 1st at Hard Summer Music Festival.


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“Girls Your Age” by Transviolet

IMG_1788Transviolet is a group of kids living in The Valley who transplanted from NYC and just leaked their debut single “Girls Your Age.” The track opens with sharp scat aiding a breathy voice with a digital echo before crescendoing into epic pop production. The result is mesmerizing, arresting, and outright stellar.

“I’ve got a renegade heart.”

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“Like You” by RYWOLF (Premiere)

WONT TELL NOONEAs RYWOLF, Zach Palmer and Chrys Ryan “just wanna see you move yo body.” The Venice Beach-based duo recently collaborated with veteran producers Guy Roche and Steve Diamond on their upbeat, forthcoming debut EP Rocket Pop. The result is a five song collection they aptly describe as a “funk-infused, soul-laced debut of dance jams, anthems of hazy nights, and sweat-soaked hair.” And each track is smoothly led by creamy falsettos which alternate then harmonize such as on “Like You.”

“We can’t be friends no more.”

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“Lonely Prisoner” by A Yawn Worth Yelling (Premiere)

KS-AYWY-124A Yawn Worth Yelling is a San Jose-based quartet making zany-pop indie rock laced with buoyant, melodic harmonies. The young dudes just leaked another single, “Lonely Prisoner,” off their forthcoming fourth EP Play Pretend.

“So take a look in a mirror…”

A Yawn Worth Yelling performs on July 17th at The Elbo Room.

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“Jungle” by Royaljag (Premiere)

unnamedFrom the Inland Empire town of San Bernardino comes four young men making infectious indie rock as Royaljag. The band consists of twins Jay and Roland Garcia (vocals/guitar and bass), David Ajoku (keys), and Luke Johnson (drums) who claim SoCal staples such as Local Natives and Young the Giant as key inspiration. And the influence is evident on their danceable debut single “Jungle” off their forthcoming debut EP being produced by Jesse Barrera.

“All my dreams may haunt me…”

Royaljag will perform tonight (June 1st) at Bootleg HiFi.

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“Misquote” and “Wildabeast” Music Video by Hills Like Elephants

FullSizeRenderHills Like Elephants may have begun as Sean Davenport’s electronic-focused solo project, but the act has evolved into a collaborative quintet. On their fourth release, Tell Tales, the North Park-based band delivers a collection of seven tracks deeply rooted in indie rock pop and danceable post-punk. Here’s the album’s first singles “Misquote” and “Wildabeast”:

And here’s the oft-trippy music video for “Wildabeast” showing off nighttime San Diego in between paintbrush close-ups and a studio performance:

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“Watcher” by ALMA

IMG_3861With a hushed vox like a sultry whisper, ALMA recently leaked the first single, “Watcher,” off her debut EP Dark Matter. The Davis-native indie popstress recruited Virtu to produce the track’s brooding cum heavy-hitting electro production and the result is stellar enough for Kill Paris to release the album on his new, aptly named label Sexy Electric.

“I’ll be watching you, as I’m walking on the moon.”

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