Riverside raised sisters, Chelsea and Justine Brown, are bringing their sun-drenched garage pop to the Bootleg Bar every Monday this month. The two girls, who are both self-taught on their respective instruments, blend 50’s style pop harmonies over gritty rock ‘n roll. Their sugar and spice approach to the retro genre has gained them a fan base in Japan, where they are signed to IRMA Records. Summer Twins is California Dreamin’ at it’s best - breezy, romantic, and catchy, with just the right amount of kitsch. Peep their new video for “Forget Me,” the song which will be on their 7 inch EP due out June 25 on Burger Records. The video is a mod-tinged surf pop dreamland, sprinkled with cats and crafting and all the delightful vintage touches you would expect. - Jacqueline Caruso
Echo Park indie rock band NO have kept mum about their long-awaited full-length (when it coming, guys!), but that doesn’t mean they’ve been active for the past few months. The band just released a new 7”, What’s Your Name/Eleven Eleven, and now there’s a video to accompany side A. Just as the song quietly builds into a soaring, powerful finale, “What’s Your Name” begins in a hushed sleep, with a man getting up as the sun rises in a dark, overcast morning. The video is stylized with a poetic feel, showing the beginning of a day in the life of a contemplative soul whose silent stroll speaks volumes. It’s told through leisurely, evocative shots that allow its protagonist to hit an emotional chord with striking intensity.
Back in Brooklyn, she was known as Bitch. Now that the Indie Electro songstress is putting down roots in sunny Los Angeles, she’s going by the more SoCal appropriate name, BEACH. The first single off her upcoming LP, ‘In Us We Trust,’ set for release July 16 on her own label, Short Story Records, is a humorously biting break-up song hoping to become your summertime anthem. Dirty beats courtesy of her collaborator, Alligator, and a rap breakdown amidst the repeated “Ibuprofen when you gonna kick in?” are harkening to an MIA comparison, but BEACH has her own story to tell. A classically trained violinist from the age of four - she even took fiddling lessons from Andrew Bird - she now brings her dance-y rock tunes to life with an electric version. BEACH is staying busy working on a documentary and touring in support of her upcoming release. - Jacqueline Caruso
The Summer Music Festival Season is upon us and it’s sure to be a busy one. The Jubilee Music & Arts Festival, which was formerly the Silverlake Jubilee, will kick off the local season with a lineup of 50 musical acts, as well as authors, comedians, and of course vendors, food trucks and adult beverages. Spanning the weekend of June 7-8, the Fest will set up shop in the Arts District at Santa Fe and 6th Street. The lineup boasts Black Lips headlining Friday night and The Drums on Saturday, with a plethora of local and touring bands in between. It’s an awesomely overwhelming list, which the masterminds behind it all have attempted to simplify by allowing you to create your own custom schedule on their site. We’ve got a pair of weekend passes, valued at $50 a pop, to giveaway to one lucky reader. The first one of you to tweet “@thedeliLA I want passes to @jubileemusic 2013” will be the winner.
The enigmatic drift of Western Lows stifles as much as it soothes, placing an emphasis on its whooshing atmospheric soundscapes with a distancing mood. The frame in which the trio works may be wide in scope, but instead of wandering in nebulous distortion, their arrangements have a more direct melodic approach. The songs they've unveiled off their upcoming release "Glacier" are finely calibrated with slick shoegazing guitar work, yet the driving rhythm section is the backbone of the band, constantly veering in subtle textures while never dismissing the central beat of the song. The coy shiver of singer Jack Burnside brings on a pleasant lull that is just right to the band's controlled bliss, capturing an expansive panorama that is glazed with a melancholic tinge. Produced by Andy LeMaster of Now It's Overhead fame (Azure Ray, Bright Eyes), "Glacier" will be released on July 9th via Jaxart Records. It's sure to temper the upcoming summer heat.
Songwriter/composer Jonathan Haskell, known as Seven Saturdays, has just unveiled a video for the song "One in 3", which is part of his upcoming self-titled release, out on May 28th. There's an aura of mystery surrounding the video, which depicts a portrait of self-discovery for a man and a woman as their ties of brotherly affection are strenghtened in the process. Or at least that's what lead me to believe. Regardless, the stark, commanding images fit the song's ambient synth segues and nippy guitar passages.
Echo Park based label Sargent House is set to take over the Echo and Echoplex this Thursday and Friday. Japanese post-noise trio, Boris, will be headlining both nights at the Echoplex playing a wide array of classics and never before heard tunes. San Francisco-based black metal quintet, Deafheaven, will be joining them both nights at the Echoplex, with Marriages opening the show on Thursday and Ides of Gemini on Friday night. Some hardcore math rock will be taking over the Echo on Thursday night with NorCal band, Tera Melos headlining, and Oxford based This Town Needs Guns lending support. Marriages, formerly Red Sparowes, are the newest band to join the family, and are based here in Los Angeles. Having recently released their debut EP, Kitsune, they have announced a national tour in support of Deafheaven this summer. Alluringly sensual dramatic rock with shades of doom and psych, the 6 song EP is streaming below from their bandcamp. - Jacqueline Caruso
DEAFHEAVEN & MARRIAGES Tour Dates:
Jun 19, 2013 - Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Jun 21, 2013 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Jun 22, 2013 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
Jun 23, 2013 - Houston, TX @ Mango’s
Jun 25, 2013 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
Jun 26, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Jun 26, 2013 - North Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
Jun 27, 2013 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone Club
Jun 29, 2013 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
Jun 30, 2013 - Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
Jul 1, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
Jul 2, 2013 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
Jul 3, 2013 - Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s Place
Jul 5, 2013 - Cleveland Heights, OH@ Grog Shop
Jul 6, 2013 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Jul 7, 2013 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge
Jul 8, 2013 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
Jul 9, 2013 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater
Jul 10, 2013 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Jul 11, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Jul 13, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Bunker Bar
Jul 15, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ The Bottom of the Hill
Founded in 2012 by Jayk Gallagher, Hobart W Fink describe themselves as slightly nerdy, ironic indie rock with a soupçon of grunge. The band’s co-lead singers, Gallagher and Marie Bollinger, blend razor sharp harmonies atop their eclectic stew of rock influences. Their debut single, “Hundred Dollar Bill,” is gutsy, grungy, and raw. A fast-paced and edgy rock tune that never takes itself too seriously. The band has a release show at The Satellite May 30 followed by an EP release in July at Casey’s Pub. - Jacqueline Caruso