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The extremely chill volunteer-run collective OC DIY is throwing an early evening show tonight as Seattle's grungy/gazey trio Where My Bones Rest Easy make their way through Fullerton with their newest 12" Exercises In Futility. On support: the extremely loud, extremely brutal Hemet outfit Crisis Arm and the feedback junkies Airs, who are both playing early on. Punk from the Uplands MAMMOTH warm up the stage for WMBRE, with Long Beach's kawaii post-hardcore quartet Struckout closing the night. It's gonna get heavy tonight at Fullerton's skate shop Programme HQ with all kinds of Fugazi/Smashing Pumpkins/MBV-inspired sounds — remember to respect the space and respect the bands. 5bux cover to support the touring band, flyer art by Sophia Zarders. - Ryan Mo

July 26, 2015
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This Sunday, DIY collective Mountair hosts a benefit festival for Pehrspace dubbed The Dark Frontier — an all-day event featuring chilling '80s-inspired sounds. Performances will run the gamut of post-punk, synthpop, and electropunk with BCGs, Ghost Noise (who just released the single "Crucifix" for their upcoming double-album), Intimatchine, Terminal A, and more, with DJs Michael Fierstein (KXLU) and Carlos Rossi (Death Waltz Recording Company) playing between sets. 

The event is all ages and doors open at 3 PM. Proceeds will help maintain the art gallery/performance venue. - Ryan Mo

July 24, 2015
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If you didn't get to see Pretend's stellar performance during Young Lovers' residency at Pehrspace, know this: Nick Reinhart was grooving pretty damn hard to their music, and Pehrspace hit capacity before the encore. 

Now that you know you missed out on something big, here's a second shot to catch the enigmatic musicians: along with guitar-drum mathcore duo 100 Onces, Pretend will support touring New Jersey trio Vasudeva, whose last album Life in Cycles will definitely connect with fans of upbeat mathy post-rock like Enemies, The Bulletproof Tiger, Dios Trio. Then again, if you know of such bands, you're probably very familiar with these three and are wondering how you didn't find out about this earlier.

Presented by Sound of a Vacuum, the show is happening at North Hollywood's Bonnerhaus, doors open at 8pm. Vasudeva are moving through California for the first time, and tonight they're playing in Fresno at Frank's Place/Star Palace with The Unending Thread. You can still catch them on Saturday in Anaheim's The Eclectic Room with locals like Hollow Ran, Panoramic, and Twentytwofourteen. - Ryan Mo

July 23, 2015
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NoMBe, the nom de plume of one Noah McBeth, first caught the attention of many with his breakthrough single "California Girls". It introduced the world to an artist with a quietly confident demeanor, his smooth vocal inflection perfect for the track's loungy psychedelic mood. Now he's revealed the second single off his promising second EP Mood Indigo, "Miss Mirage", an austere and seductive listen with a dreamy, prop-pop flair that wanders about idly in a delirious state.

Listen to "Miss Mirage" below, and make sure to keep an eye out for Mood Indigo later this year. - Juan Rodríguez

July 23, 2015
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San Fernando Valley has this band called Draag, and they don't play by genre conventions. After splitting with his first band Tremellow, guitarist/vocalist Adrian Acosta started with an idea to get the finest musicians he knew in one room, playing whatever they wound up playing. He admits to SpeakIMG in an interview, "When I started the band, I really had no idea the kind of band I was putting together. I just knew who I wanted on my team." That statement might sound like heresy to a lot of musicians, but in this case it worked out perfectly for Draag, who recently played at the Make Music Pasadena Festival with The Electric West, Hobart W Fink, Tashaki Miyaki, and more.

Their influences go off several deep ends, from Talking Heads to The Pixies and Autechre, and you might hear bits of new wave, post-punk, krautrock, and surf punk. Hell, Traci Lordz's opening track "Milk Money" even gets into some a cappella goodness. But Draag aren't just piecemealing these elements to show their skills (we acknowledge said skills, though) — they're faithfully honing their own ideas with an arsenal of sounds: high-gain fuzz, '80s synth presets, oscillating delay, and dance-y drum machines. So far, it's working out really well for them.

Draag released their debut record Traci Lordz earlier in January, and are currently in the process of booking their fall shows and working on a new release. Listen to "Gown" from Traci Lordz below. - Ryan Mo

July 23, 2015
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Liphemra is headed to perform this Wednesday at the Low End Theory with Brooklyn's future soul savant Taylor McFerrin, experimental hip-hop from Monterey Ashtre Jinkins, and LA's ill goddess LINAFORNIA. Expect top shelf performances by residents The Gaslamp Killer, Nobody, D-Styles, Low End Theory host Nocando, and independent label Alpha Pup co-founder Daddy Kev.

Due to unforseen circumstances, Liphemra was unable to perform at the Low End Theory in May. But that hasn't slowed them down — Liphemra worked last-minute support for Algiers' West Coast tour, gave a stellar performance at the second Lolipalooza, and released their zine did u cry through Lollipop and Burger Records to fan acclaim. Now, the four-piece dubbed by IMPOSE as "one of LA’s most passionate and sonically progressive phenomenons" are in full gear, with a return to the annual Echo Park Rising festival and new material in the works.

Watch the premiere of the music video for Liphemra's recent release "Magazines" directed by Liza Mandelup and witness the grandeur live Wednesday night at the Low End Theory. - Ryan Mo

Liphemra // Magazines from Liza Mandelup on Vimeo.

July 20, 2015
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