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Tuesday Night Feels with Captions, BOKONON, Mind Monogram

Tonight Los Globos flirts with the balm and breeze as autumn finally rolls in to Los Angeles. Three coastal dreampop outfits from the AndFam collective pack the bill: Captions travels out from Ventura to front the night with some new jams, like the most recently revealed single "Two-Step". Bokonon, a new band that started this year with the release of their eponymous debut EP, follows after just a quarter past 11. Their slowed-down synthy ballads has been heard at house shows, local venues like The Lost Knight, Lot 1 Café, and Ham & Eggs Tavern, and even out in Tijuana. The night ends with the chamber quartet Mind Monogram, who has also shared bills with Bokonon and the valley's raucous shoegazers Draag.

This is an 18+ show with a 5$ cover that starts at 10 PM; check the event page for more info on set times. - Ryan Mo

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San Fernando Valley's noise engineers Draag are prepping new material for Los Angeles

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

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Make Music Pasadena 2015 sets a high bar for SoCal summer fests

Saturday opened with an overcast morning that blossomed into balmy summer weather for downtown Pasadena — with an expected turnout of over 50,000 the conditions were perfect for this year's Make Music Festival. Parking was ample and spread out: structures capped event parking at $20, and streetsmart locals snagged meters on Raymond Ave. and others. Food and drink were plenty with specialty trucks lining major streets. Every café, restaurant, and pub had all hands on deck to offer a cornucopia of tastes from lobster rolls to microbrews and milk tea. Six main stages were raised mere blocks away from each other and nearly two dozen venues dotted around them, delivering folk and punk and alt rock and blues. With pop-up shops on every other curbside, and even good vibes from security and the boys in blue, any SoCal music fan would have wondered: why aren't more cities getting in on Make Music?

But if you were holed up last weekend, don't worry — The Deli got down and dirty in the press pit to bring you photos of some great acts throughout the day. Beach balls and sunburn aside, Old Pasadena lined up some of the best performances of Make Music's history, and we are grateful to have covered it.

Check out more photos from the show here. - Ryan Mo

 Kera and The Lesbians

Kera and the Lesbians — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

Kera and the Lesbians — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

Kera and the Lesbians — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

DARK FURS

DARK FURS — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

DARK FURS — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

DARK FURS — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

Kishi Bashi

Kishi Bashi — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

Kishi Bashi — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

Kishi Bashi — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

How To Dress Well

How To Dress Well — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

How To Dress Well — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

How To Dress Well — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

Crystales

Crystales — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Crystales — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Crystales — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Sir Sly

Sir Sly — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Sir Sly — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Sir Sly — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Draag

Draag — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Draag — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland, Ryan Mo

 

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The Deli's picks for Make Music Pasadena 2015

LA County's kickoff festival is here: Make Music Pasadena is happening tomorrow, June 6th, with over 150 bands playing at the heart of downtown Pasadena! Along with main stage big-timers like Kishi Bashi, How To Dress Well, Sir Sly, Nick Waterhouse, and rising stars Jr., Kera & The Lesbians, and Autumn in June, music & arts collectives around the county will also curate some of the tastiest home-grown acts. The main stage activities end with Pasadena Symphony & Pops' grandeur performance, but these side venues will be going strong late into the night.

You can find the complete schedule here on MMP's site, and we definitely recommend hitting up these side-stages below:

All Scene Eye presents two live stages at Armory Center for the Arts: check out Kat Myers & The Buzzards, The Electric West, Draag, Holland Belle, Tashaki Miyaki, and more.

Sherpa Music MGMT, One Question Sessions, and De La Vie TV presents at Old Towne Pub: DARK FURS, Crystales, Sanglorians, LA Takedown, Le Cos, and more.

For Friends Of Sound presents at Der Wolfskopf in the evening: OYLS, Kid Bloom, Slow Graffiti, GDNA, and more.

Montecito Music and Media presents at Shoppes at Stats: Shattered Skyline, Cool Face, The Wild Reeds, Valley Queen, bed, and more.

Open Kanvas presents at Club 54: Veteran Assassins, Noah V, Kennis Clark, Born Allah, and more plus a surprise headliner.

Remember: this music festival is FREE and starts at 11 AM. Parking structures are dotted across the city, but will definitely fill up soon, so make it out early! - Ryan Mo, photo credit: Chris Molina

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