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Future Soul sensuals Air Life performs new songs at The Satellite tomorrow

Oh Taylor Dexter!

Beloved drummer of Hunter Hunted and the Body Parts. He who watched Daniel Garner and Ryder Bach raise roofs from afar. An apostle of the kit, born-again singer and frontman who spread the word of Pop and the future spirit of Soul into our hearts. Though our daily grind leaves us broken and defeated, the collective voice of Air Life lifts us up with such energy and funk, and carries us on.

Blessed are we Angelenos to have witnessed Air Life's residency at the Satellite, the collab performance with HOLYCHILD, and the back-to-back showcases at Echo Park Rising. Blessed are the stalwart sextet backing Dex, musicians of immeasurable talent — bassist Brad Babinski and drummer Brijesh Pandra, Derek Howa of keys and Mark Einhorn of the brass, the dextrous Wesley Singerman on guitar, and singer Cassandra Violet who loops and spits like it's nobody's business.

Woe to the music purveyors who forsake Air Life's next show, happening tomorrow at The Satellite with Steady Holiday and an undisclosed special guest to open the night. Forgive them, for they know not what they are missing out on (new music, an awesome live performance, $6 entrance with RSVP). - Ryan Mo

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Video: Cassandra Violet, "Beyond The Fray"

LA native and singer-songwriter, Cassandra Violet, has been quietly building an army of devoted followers with her catchy and clever folk pop tunes. Her 3 song EP, 'Beyond The Fray,' was funded through a kickstarter campaign. She also made a video for the title track. Hand claps and stomps make up most of the instrumentation, along with Violet's powerful harmonies. The song's sparse arrangement matches the wide open deserted landscape chosen for the setting in the video. While the song has a pretty quality, it's just a guise luring you in like a black widow calling you into her web. She creates a spooky, ghost town, chill-inducing atmosphere. Reminiscient of The Civil Wars if they were produced by Kimbra, Cassandra Violet is certainly one to watch. Peep the video below and get caught in her web. - Jacqueline Caruso

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