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It's difficult to contemplate music absent of pop structure or influences in the age of genre-revivalism and commercialized indie. Difficult, but not impossible. Just ask Media Jeweler.

Formed in 2013 from three members of the now-defunct Moon Pearl, an “8+ piece tidal wave of uncomfortable party music” based in Irvine, the avant garde Media Jeweler has ties to Irvine's DIY arm Acrobatics Everyday, and two of the members simultaneously create musical/sexual tension as part of Santa Ana post-hardcore band Windy. Self-described as free rock, i.e. "not grunge, not punk, not alt, not anything," Media Jeweler have confused listeners (in a good way) playing convention-defying music across California venues with freaky local acts like So Many Wizards, Roman Candles, and most recently Girlpool. In time these musical entrepreneurs hope to establish a travel agency, produce a cooking show, and create a Media Jeweler smartphone app with the end-goal of making millions by playing popular rock music. Fingers crossed.

Media Jeweler’s debut album $99 R/T Hawaii will "come out" sometime this summer. Expect to see their 7” debut single “Looking Back” in June, a song about “the feeling of thinking about the stuff you did before the moment that you are in at that moment. It has no words but that is the sort of feeling you are supposed to feel when you listen to the song.”

They'll be playing a string of shows in San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles this week to support touring band Ava Luna and Young Lovers. Watch their album teaser below. - Ryan Mo

 

May 13, 2015
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There's a loose, unhinged attitude about Losing End that's easy to admire. The no-frills three piece play their hearts out with a freewheeling rock n' roll spirit, gravitating towards careening, amped-up scorchers that are faintly softened with sharp hooks and rousing choruses. There's noise involved, but played with a ragged-but-right melodic richness that entices one to listen to them over and over. Their debut EP Are We Still The Same makes its case in just about thirteen minutes with barely a second wasted - these are tight, biting punk songs played as pop, delivered with an unaffected candor that aligns well with their discerning changes in guitar dynamics. Just as it ought to be. - Juan Rodríguez

May 13, 2015
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Coldplay cinematics, Massive Attack instrumentation, and Depeche Mode lineage. That’s a pretty good triangulation of [debut]’s sound. While songwriter/producer Gareth Thomas is the locus of the project, he’s recently expanded the lineup for full-bodied live performances. And with his recent release party at Complex LA, things are off to a great start. Older albums had a more granular texture with plenty of analog synth action, but the new Kickstarter’d album Postcards from Berlin, released April 4, features significant amounts of piano and strings, adding dynamic to the bread and butter of 80’s sounds. Thomas also contributes vocals for the first time here, along with project mainstays Cyd Claire, Angela Bartys, and Sammi Doll.

Watch the video for “More Than This,” from the new album Postcards from Berlin. - Ryan Mo

May 12, 2015
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Indie music reining from Los Angeles seems to be in abundance nowadays, but with so many musicians trying to make it big in a place full of ‘stars’ seems near impossible now. So what can musicians do to stand out? Ask Ghost Lit Kingdom. The quintet has a way with words, and their incredibly dynamic style of ‘indie’ music is quickly catching fans by storm. Redefining the genre with an innovative mix of folk, pop, hip-hop, jazz, electric and alternative, Ghost Lit Kingdom has escalated to a new type of genre.

Their newest single, "You Don’t Know Me", is a masterful ballad that leaves listeners with goose bumps and an overwhelming feeling of losing self-control. “My body wants no part of me, steady as it goes.. .you don’t know me”, sings lead singer Ela Kitapci, a constant struggle to try and figure out what we are capable of doing in this world while trying to figure yourself out, too. Many adult teens growing up find complications in trying to define who they are, and the lyrics send the message that sometimes you don’t necessarily have to. This is the first single of many to come this year, and their growing fan base is sure to follow them on their journey to musical success. - Kayla Hay

May 08, 2015
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Young Lovers are a post-rock band based in Los Angeles whose music perfectly captures the infinite of the moment. Listeners can trace elements of Broken Social Scene, Mogwai, and Explosions In The Sky from their debut self-titled LP, but the band’s combination of impeccable technique and sonic exploration is more than pastiche: the ideas behind their LP have been continually refined since the band’s inception in 2011. Their debut single “Omnia” is perhaps the brightest of stars in the album, rousing feelings of sublimity by building up riff and rhythm to glorious crash and rapture.

Young Lovers will be taking up residency at Pehrspace through the second half of May, and will be joined by other talented acts throughout Los Angeles County to perform. The Deli is proud to feature these select bands to raise awareness, as well as new and exclusive performances by Young Lovers. Best of all, each night of the residency is open to all ages, and entry is only $5! See them next Saturday with a diverse cast: Brooklyn's experimental R&B group Ava Luna, Stones Throw’s minimalist soul/R&B duo SILK Rhodes, and OC’s math-rock upstarts Media Jeweler. Get your Friday feels on with Young Lovers’ track “Omnia” below.

May 08, 2015
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If you missed Liphemra's set at The Echo with Scottish hiphop Young Fathers and indietronica savant MAS YSA, it's okay: Liphemra announced a show at The Airliner's Wednesday night showcase "Low End Theory" on May 27. Low End Theory has hosted some groundbreaking local hiphop crews and DJs, and recently featured THE GASLAMP KILLER as resident act. We can only hope that Liphemra will be headed in this direction, with a debut EP over the horizon that will dutifully recreate the grandeur of their live performances. Mark your calendars, and listen below to Liphemra's recently released "feel nothing," an ominous b-side that's haunting in its sampling and brevity. - Ryan Mo

 

May 08, 2015
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