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Grouplove premieres video for "Colors"

Grouplove has released the official video for “Colours” off their self-titled debut EP, released in January on Canvasback Music. The video resembles a short film that makes a strong connection with the song itself (a bond that most videos fail to make), as its story line takes you on a cowboy and Indian adventure. It sparks a childlike fuse that'll make you want to paint your face and place feathers in your hair.

Grouplove's recordings are creative and energetic, but even more so live! The band will be hopping around Europe until they land back in the states March 23rd for a show at The Independent in SF, and are back home March 25th for a show at the Troubadour here in Hollywood.

-Margarita Castellanos

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Akron/Family are back with a new album + play Knit on 02.17

Akron/Family's new album "S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT" was released today together with this video of the single "Silly Bears". Don't miss the band's show at The Knit on 02.17.

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Beach Fossils release EP on Captured Tracks

When will it be summer again??? The band Beach Fossils have to tease me with their promises of beachfront indulgence while my BedStuy backyard shows no signs of melting away its snow anytime soon. Weather aside, Beach Fossils is one more reason to think this trend of summer-drenched music is not fading away anytime soon. Their music communicates the wistful pleasures of hanging out, doing nothing and being happy with all your free time... it's refreshing to hear a band candidly describe the creature comforts of middle-class Brooklyn hipsters. The songs never get weighty with false grandstanding, instead delivering a simple, digestable formula that could easily provide the soundtrack to your next getaway weekend. Now they have a new EP on its way courtesy of Captured Tracks, a label that has taken an active interest in curating some of Brooklyn's finest Lo-Fi jangles. Singer/guitarist Dustin Payseur and bassist John Peña have composed 8 new tracks for What A Pleasure that includes a guest appearance from Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum on track Out in The Way. Look for it March 8. - Mike Levine

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NoLibs Music Fest Rundown at The Fire Feb. 8 - 13

It’s Northern Liberties Music Festival week at The Fire! So here’s your opportunity to catch a lot of interesting local acts in an intimate venue. Here’s a quick rundown of what you might not want to miss this week. Now, if you like a good cover tune, you can’t really go wrong this evening with the songs of Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed. Hezekiah Jones, Ron Gallo, Chris Kasper, and many more will be sharing their renditions of some of their favorites. On Wednesday evening, the sounds of hip hop are taking over The Fire. O.G. Schoolly D will be headlining the bill, but he will be having plenty of support from rhyme-slinging, lyrical warrior Reef the Lost Cauze, Verso, Dru Chris and Alien Architect. We’re a little confused why Thursday’s lineup isn’t booked for a weekend evening. With the bill of Toy Soldiers, Adam & Dave's Bloodline, East Hundred, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Dangerous Ponies, Arrah and The Ferns, and Attia Taylor, this is a certainly a highlight of the festival and should sell out (definitely, if it were a Friday or Saturday night)! But Friday is all about Cookie Rabinowitz featuring Schoolly D. Please do yourself a favor. Go check out the Cookie Rabinowitz animated series here, and you’ll also get some behind the scenes footage with Freeway. Saturday begins to wind down the festival, and is a good time for deadicated XPN fans to escape the confines of the Tin Angel and World Café Live, and see what’s been happening on Girard Ave. with Andrew Lipke, Sisters 3, Cowmuddy, Emily Zeitlyn (of The Weeds), and Charlotte Littlehales. And on Sunday, dirty Jerz will be representing at the fest and hosted by locals Bruce Lucy and The Rowdies. There you go. Now head out this week to whatever strikes your fancy! - The Deli Staff
 
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An interview with The Silent Comedy

The Silent Comedy is a unique mix of heart-felt melodies and western grit. After a busy year of touring, sold out EPs and the exit of violinist Ian Kesterson, we caught up with Joshua Zimmerman (vocals/guitar/bass) to pick his brain.

Is being a band from San Diego, in your opinion, easier than being a band from Los Angeles?
Every city has unique challenges for emerging bands. San Diego is no different, but this city has been experiencing a renaissance in the past few years.

The bands image is very western meets 1920’s. Was this a planned thing?
Our aesthetic has been a part of the band since the very beginning. It developed from my love of early film, and the time period that surrounded it (early 1900s). Some of the members of the band brought their personal style to the stage, and it spread to everyone.

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-Kimberly Brown

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