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The haunting discord of Katie Gately’s new single, “Lift”, has everyone up in arms. With over 400 different layers, this ex sound producer for film has created an aesthetic ode to her own childhood that everyone can relate too. Gately mentions in an interview with Complete Music Update that her favorite childhood sounds were ‘fireworks, high-pitched screams, claps, smacks and stomps’, noises I am sure we all can relate to and remember. So soak in the nostalgic sound of an eccentric childhood dream in Gately’s Colors come October 14th. Your memories will be glad you did. - Kayla Hay

September 29, 2016
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Steady constancy is not a means of creation for Michael Anthony Espinach. The Long Beach-based multi-instrumentalist likes to find new approaches that stimulate him, different forms of expression that are starkly honesty even if they could impart some obvious discomfort. His musical project, BREATHERRR, is about taking chances with undaunted persistence - it’s meant to fit no obvious genre, a technique that wholly feeds into his unpredictable streak. What once was an industrial-inspired-project with art rock elements has now transitioned into a sound that’s more embracing but no less challenging. “Plume”, the third track off of his third full-length Almond Noir, is one of the first times where Espinach places himself front and center, a candid piece of free-flowing poetry that is exceptionally suitable for the song’s glitch and thrumming electronic elements.

Almond Noir has a set release date of November 11 on all major music platforms. You can catch him on November 3 at Prospector Long Beach. - Juan Rodríguez

September 29, 2016
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Led by Shelbi Bennett's soulful delivery, San Diego alt country band The Midnight Pine are set to release their latest self-titled record on October 7. Prior to its release, the band are playing a show at the Satellite on October 5.

Listen to their most recent single, "Vice", below.

September 23, 2016
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Lacei make their introduction with a cooing embrace on "Cold Moon", a song that finds a nexus point between folk, pop and electronica. It sounds like a weighty combination if you list them all together, but the duo of Jessica Lombardozzi and Viktor Ahlgren bring it all together effortlessly by weaving over a pleasant strum that turns into a driving, drum n' bass-inspired chorus. This is the moment when Lombardozzi lays out her pastel-toned vocals, a quality that gives this project its distinctive character.

The duo is performing at The Study on October 21st. - Juan Rodríguez

September 19, 2016
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Folk pop quartet The Brevet find beauty by keeping a steady balance of bombast and subtlety. The Orange County quartet's latest single, "Meet Me in the Night", has something of a cinematic quality that's both tender and heroic, bolstered by a twangy arrangement that builds into a chest-swelling chorus with an elegant, radio-ready sensibility. It makes more sense when you read how songwriter Michael Jones was inspired by old western films, an element that truly broadens their harmonic Americana sound. 

"Meet Me in the Night" is off the band's recent EP Embers: Chapter 2, which can be currently streamed on all major music platforms. They'll be celebrating the release of their EP with a hometown show on September 22 at Hotel Cafe. - Juan Rodríguez

September 12, 2016
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Straddling the line betweeen Otis Redding's soulful vintage pop and Nico's decadent, maudit songwriting, Weyes Blood (aka Natalie Merring, who recently relocated from NYC to LA) is certainly a singular talent. Gifted with an incredibly deep and expressive voice, until recently the singer songwriter performed solo on stage with just an acoustic guitar and a four track recorder playing anything from vintage sounding instrumental tracks to background noise, but she will be joined by a full band for her upcoming tour. Weyes blood recently unveiled two singles from her forthcoming album, Front Row Seat To Earth, titled "Seven Words" and “Do You Need My Love” (both streaming below). The latter, released a few days ago, struggles with impossible love, and the feedback loop that such a love engenders: the harder to grasp, the easier to let oneself slide into unchecked romance. Angelinos will be able to catch her at The Resident on September 15th, while New Yorkers who missed her performance at Rough Trade this weekend will get another chance on November 10th at The Park Church Co-op.

September 12, 2016
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