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Manimal Vinyl showcase at Spaceland

 

Corridor is multi-instrumentalist Michael Quinn’s chillingly beautiful head-dives into obscure psychic worlds via expertly orchestrated guitar, cello and sampler loops and digital effects. You’ll also want to catch our neighbors from the north, Sister Crayon out of Sacramento. At Spaceland tonight around party hour.

 
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Stellar residency at Spaceland ends tonight!

Helen Stellar draws comparisons to London's "shoegaze" movement of the early 90s with thunderous drums, thick-grooved bass melodies and distorted guitar bliss. But elements of their sound transcend the genre. A bit Radiohead and a bit Cure. Check out the last night of their Monday-night residency at Spaceland tonight at 11pm.

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Big Whup in the Flesh April 27th at La Cita!

If you ever find yourself wondering what it would be like to see Big Whup live and in person, redirect your gaze to the video above.  This band of five does not discriminate against instruments.  These equal oppurtunists do not stop at the go-to guitar, drums and bass.  They utilize saws, violas, tap shoes, organs, triolas, banana shakers and their own bodies.  If that doesn't sound like a good time, I'm not sure I know what one is. 

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Open Hand to play Origami Record Shop on Saturday

There are only two steps you must follow upon reading this sentence.  Firstly, watch the video up there ^.  Secondly, go see Open Hand in the flesh on the 24th at Origami Vinyl Record Shop in Echo Park.  Begin!

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Coachella Coverage: Local Natives Won't Be Local For Too Much Longer

Coachella seemed to be the proper happy ending to this indie-band fairytale, right? Five L.A. lads form a band, rent a house and make some music. Their songs are laced with perfectly-pitched harmonies, inescapably catchy rhythms and epic-esque melodies. They book shows at neighborhood lounges, then sell out holiday fundraisers. Suddenly, said band (with their effortlessly-coiffed facial hair and worn in skinny jeans) make it big and achieve the impossible SoCal musical dream they book Coachella.

It quickly became apparent though, from the get-go of their 2 p.m. Sunday set, that this wasn't an end by any means for the Local Natives, but a mere milestone in their budding career. "This is awesome," said a very gracious Taylor Rice to an impressively packed Gobi tent. Yet, even for a fan as big as me, I worried whether they could handle the "heat" (after all, it's Coachella). With only a few minor sound problems in their way, the humble quintet did what they do best and did it well
they drove their three-part harmonies home and rocked their polyrhythmic orchestration the way their fans (some smeared with tribal paint across their faces) knew they could c/o their debut album Gorilla ManorAnd though we wouldn't say this is their last desert fest appearance, the guys played as though there was no guarantee of a next time, from the opening strings of "Wide Eyes" to the shouting choruses of "Sun Hands." We can't wait to see what's ahead for our Silverlake sweethearts, but we know it's big, and after what most people have been calling their "breakout performance," we know the Local Natives are more than up for challenge. -Sara Tan

 
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