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LA music & arts collective Bonus Druthers are hosting a second Pity Party tonight (wait — when was the first one?!) at the Missing Piece Theatre in Burbank. Stuck in NoHo with no plans? Start your summer break by getting intimate and sweaty with four great LA bands.

The Electric West: the post-punk blood brothers that will fog up any venue. Dig their new album Verdugo but missed them at Ghost Noise's residency? Redeem yourself! You'll be glad you did.

Tiny Stills: moniker of Kaitlynn West, Tiny Stills blasts easy-dancing indie pop way loud, the kind of stuff that would make Colleen Green proud. 

Sullen Ray: producer Seth Eubanks' solo-thing-that-turned-into-a-duo with singer Dee Clement. Rosy 90's reminiscent duets and righteous jams. 'Nuff said.

Draag: the up-and-coming quintet sporting valley fuzz and valley feels. It's crunchy, it's heavenly; it's gaze-inspired rock that inspires you to mosh.

Feeling thirsty? Bonus Druthers got you covered with a pop-up the traveling Baxter's Speakeasy: all-you-can-drink happy hour from 5-7PM while supplies last! Shoutout to Culver City's Exposition Studios who are helping out with live sound. Acoustic sets start at 5 — get some earbuds if you bus in at 8. Tickets 10$.

May 29, 2015
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Teenage Wrist, featuring members of Chain Gang of 1974 and Swing Hero, create stormy yet catchy post-rock, reminiscent of Jimmy Eat World before the radio years. Their latest single, "Summer," is naturally a summer tune, with big dramatic guitars made for the outdoors; that said, it still feels like a good song to get sullen to, which makes sense given the tune's origin in a failing relationship (according to guitarist Marshall Gallagher).

You can listen to EP Dazed at their Soundcloud and then go catch them at the Silverlake Lounge on June 18th. (21+, so, unfortunately, no teenage wrists allowed.) - Brian J.K. Regan

May 29, 2015
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An autodidact by way of KRS-One with a punk spirit blessed by Bane and the DIY patron saint Beats Antique, Lawrence Lindell is nothing short of a multi-genre musician. And with glitched out nods to Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, Lindell's penchant for percussion takes IDM to the ground-level, serving up sounds of indiscriminate densities on a bed of beats.

Lindell began his electronic trek in 2009, taking on different identities (most recently as LAw) before settling down with himself and the home-grown label Noise Met Sound in 2013. With it, Lindell joined up with like-minded musicians like ambient noise artist Gypsy Eyes and experimental chamber group Inner Ecstasy. From empty backyard pools to the dA Center and the LA Fort, Lindell has been unapologetic in his art and vision. And slowly but surely, people are beginning to notice.

"The philosophy I stick with is "Never apologize for being who you are." Do things your own way and forget about what everyone else thinks or has to say about it. DIY is the basis of everything we do. If we can't find someone to distribute for us or book us for shows, we do it ourselves."

Lawrence Lindell recently released two albums, Magic Megaphone and Cinema of Soul, which will be out as a two-disk set in June. Listen to "Ego Death" below, and stay tuned for more news on live shows.

May 27, 2015
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Songwriting collaborators Aaron Mort and Sami Akbari, known as The Bad Years, show us a day in the life summary of things to do in LA County on their video for the track "Beautiful Liar", the first single of off their just-released EP of the same name. Curiously enough, it's the second music video we present to you this week that exalts our city as musical poetry. The sandy, grainy photography of the video fits the song's finely attenuated psychedelic elements, which hover gently in a hazy shimmer as they both drawl their words surrounded by woozy guitar tones. 

The Bad Years will perform a record release show at The Satellite on June 11. 

May 27, 2015
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Young Lovers - Omnia from Alfred Aquino II on Vimeo

The paramount post-rock boys Young Lovers are proud to release their debut music video for the song that started it all: "Omnia". Directed by Alfred Aquino II, the video is a tale of a young man's imagination led by the written word through exhilaration, anger, and sorrow. 

Starring nu-folk singer/songwriter Sienna Moffitt, Crown Dancer vocalist Jesus Barron, "Omnia" features landmarks of Los Angeles: the Urban Light installation (Chris Burden) at LACMA, Walt Disney Hall, the Jewelry District, and more.

Young Lovers will perform this Saturday for the fourth night of their residency at Pehrspace with Crystales, Echophonix, and Judy Gloom. Come experience the grandeur live — there are only three nights left! - Ryan Mo

May 26, 2015
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Facebook likes aren't everything; just ask Crown Dancer. Formed in 2013 somewhere in South East LA, the five musicians Fernando Nunez, Keith Hernandez, Jesus Barron, Marlow Coloma, and AJ Dungo were more interested in crafting wildly poppy songs from their prismatic and far-flung influences: outwards from Japanese post-rock math group Toe and the British jazz-punk King Krule, to the hip hop messiah Kendrick Lamar and late soul wonder Lee Moses.

What came out from hours in the studio was a sound consciously inflected by emotive synth, crash, and fuzz. With noisy-yet-catchy compositions and high-energy lives fit to open for acts like No Age, Future Islands, and The War On Drugs, it’s almost heinous that they're still infants in the social media scene.

But don’t take their sparse Internet presence as a sign of youth: Crown Dancer have performed with the finest underground acts in all corners of city, sounding off with the progpunk duo The Littlest Viking, glistening noise trio Take Pictures, and the Gutter Trunk hip hop muse Bizzart aka GOTHIC CHOLO.

Crown Dancer are currently working on their first EP “Leftovers”. Recorded and mixed by Dylan Wood (Pageants, Time of Wolves, ex- 60-Watt Kidd), this year-long labor of love is slated to finish by the end of June. They have plans to begin recording a full-length soon, and will make their last appearance (for a while) tomorrow at Young Lovers’ third night of residency with The Littlest Viking. Listen to the first three demos of “Leftovers” EP and see them live tomorrow night at Pehrspace! - Ryan Mo

May 24, 2015
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