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IAN SWEET unveils new single "Hiding," new album out 10/26

There's nothing worse than ruminating on what you've done wrong. Those unproductive thoughts persist throughout IAN SWEET's latest single, "Hiding," a mental exercise which songwriter Jilian Medford puts into elegant practice on the track's artful music video. Medford constantly repeats "I forgot myself in you, you, you," which may imply that she's referring to somebody else. But Medford is having a battle with herself, where she tries to figure out where or not it's okay to accept things even if they're not necessarily to her liking. And come to think of it, if Medford's way of channeling this thought is through a scorching artillery of swift percussion and heavily-punctuated guitars, then that makes the self-retreat more than worth it.

"Hiding" is the first single off of IAN SWEET's forthcoming LP, Crush Crusher, which comes out on October 26 via Hardly Art. You can also catch Medford perform at the Lodge Room in Highland Park on October 18.

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Anna St. Louis unveils new single "The Bells"

A ringing bell beckons Anna St. Louis on "The Bells." We're never exactly sure what the call entails, or what is about to transpire in Louis's darkly sinister present, but there's always the expectation that something crucial, even dangerous, is about to happen. Much like a western score, the Kansas City-bred, Angeles singer-songwriter's sweet, yet parched vocals describe an expansive, natural setting alongside a thrumming bass line and a heedful fiddle. With the assistance of Kevin Morby and Kyle Thomas of King Tuff, Louis's calm, moody suite leaves an indelible impact due to its seductive nature.

"The Bells" is the latest single off of Anna St. Louis's forthcoming LP, If Only There Was a River, which is out on October 12 via Woodsist/Mare Records. She's playing a hometown album release show at Permanent Records in Highland Park on October 20. - Juan Rodríguez



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Shoegaze trio Tennis System release video for new single "C O M I N G D O W N"

 On C L E A R E R, the previous video Tennis System released off of their latest LP, P A I N, a young woman is caught up in the midst of a personal dilemma as the rest of the world continues to move on. Continuing on this theme, the restless shoegaze trio once again focuses on this character's plight on the video for their latest single, C O M I N G D O W N. This time, though, the young woman is put front and center, as we see her go by her day in a hazy state of lethargy and solitude. Let the trio shimmer a guiding light on this narrative, since their cascading noise hits with an emotional pulse unlike we've seen from them before. - Juan Rodríguez

Tennis System will perform at Teragram Ballroom in support of post-rock duo El Ten Eleven on November 29. P A I N is out now on all streaming platforms.

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Wake Up, SFV Fest Moved Amidst Venue Closure

On August 31st, the music school, retail shop, and de facto DIY venue White Oak Music & Arts will shutdown indefinitely due to continued noise complaints from neighbors. In light of this situation, the annual locals event Wake Up, SFV has been moved, and there will be no further known shows held at the venue for the remainder month.

White Oak (WOMA for short) has been a staple venue of the San Fernando Valley since 2013, picking up the torch when another DIY venue, Cobalt Crane, closed its doors. Headed by two individuals Carlos Costa and Evan Lindley, WOMA has been the stomping grounds for many Valley-based music collectives like [Redacted], TwoHearts Shows, MVMNT Presents, Dog the Cat, Vale Records, and more. Despite being a nexus for the 818 to cultivate musical talent and communities, repeated acts of littering, loitering, and rowdiness prompted residents to take their complaints up with the local authorities and landlord, according to a detailed Instagram post found in the tagged posts for #WOMAismyHOMA.

Wake Up, SFV, an all-ages music and art showcase, enters its sixth iteration this year and includes Valley veterans like The Unending Thread, Young Lovers, and Kid Cadaver. It will be held on September 1st at The Grand Palace in Arleta, CA. - Ryan Mo


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