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Crisis Arm is really loud. I saw them at a house show once. Everyone who didn't wear earplugs seemed to be thrown into a stupor. The ones who did had trouble getting to the door. The sound guy broke down in tears. It was beautiful.

This homegrown fuzz outfit from Riverside County has been responsible for widening fault lines and caving in cochleas since 2009. Most of the members live and raise 10 cats together in Hemet, and share a strong love for anime and video games; RPG fans might trace their name to a weapon in the legendary Square title Chrono Trigger. The band's humble beginnings eventually lead to underground acclaim with their 2014 LP Rend (via Mayfly Records): a collection of diffuse, lo-fi dreamscapes that merged sounds of My Bloody Valentine, loveliescrushing, and Spacemen 3. On stage, Crisis Arm roars with the strength of several fullstack amps, channeling their melancholic guitars through infinite muff and reverb pedals. In the past several years, Crisis Arm has played out DIY shows like the Blood Orange Infoshop (Riverside), dA Center For The Arts (Pomona), Dynamite Vinyl (Fresno), and White Oak Music and Arts (Van Nuys). 

Crisis Arm will be touring California for the next few weeks with their other half, San Francisco punk/gaze project Airs. This Sunday, they're playing a Part Time Punks show at The Echo with Creepers, a psychgaze band cofounded by members of Deafheaven, and veteran LA psych/post-punkers Dirt Dress ($8a/$10d). Listen below to "resemblance," the first song off Rend. - Ryan Mo


April 23, 2015

“The Ocean and The Sea,” Bird Dog’s lead single on their debut album Hello Latigo, grabs you with its reverent calling, drawing to mind the vocal harmonies of the Avett Brothers (but as if the Avetts were playing arenas these days). The song builds, driving an imaginary tempo-change, tossing in woodblock hits and a bass line as it moves from the beginning's tranquil birdsong to a chugging guitar bridge that heads, presumably, to the ocean and the sea. Check it out if you’re into sweeping grand folk like the Kings of Leon but still down-to-earth.

You can catch them at 3Clubs in Hollywood on April 22nd or the Hotel Cafe on May 1st. - Brian J.K. Regan


April 21, 2015

Blood of underground hip hop and jazz courses through her veins as she tightens her traditional grip. Radiohead and Flying Lotus color her psychedelia-coated lips as she paints haunting, hypnotic images laced with electronic beats. She's waded deep into LA's DIY scene, playing with bands like Gothic Tropic and Tapioca & the Flea, even interning for LA's underground hip hop label Stones Throw. Now, multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Liphemra steps out front and center to make her own way. Working with vintage drum pieces, pedals, loopers, and synths, the experimental siren has captivated onlookers with dissonant allure and breakbeat rhythms, opening for groundbreaking artists like Connan Mockasin, Blonde Redhead, and DIIV.

Liphemra will perform live at The Echo next Friday, April 24 with Young Fathers. Listen to her newest single "Magazines" below. - Ryan Mo, photo credit: Carl Pocket

April 20, 2015

Yesterday (April 19) the lo-fi jangly mastermind behind the project Catwalk kicked off his return with a record release party at the Echo: singer/songwriter Nic Hessler performed songs from his newest album 'Soft Connections.' Hessler originally started Catwalk when he was 14, when he released 'Shiny Girl' in 2006, a surfy indie rock EP that led to 2008's follow-up EP 'Past Afar.' Nic's continued success led to his induction into Captured Tracks' roster at age 18: under that label he revealed the fruits of his labor with the singles "(Please) Don't Break Me" and "One By Words," before being struck by a sudden sickness that put him out of commission and prevented the release of debut LP: 'Guillain Barré Syndrome.' Four years later, Nic returns to complete 'Soft Connections,' an album bridging new wave textures of past and soulful indie grit of present. Nic was joined by two fast-rising LA acts: The Echo's resident band Winter and indie babes Cre-Scen-Do, who also have an upcoming album.

Listen below to "Hearts, Repeating," the feature single from Soft Connections, out now on Captured Tracks. - Ryan Mo

April 20, 2015

Do you love bands that bleed 80’s alt rock like Jesus and Mary Chain and The Cure? Are you in San Diego, or able to carpool out there next Sunday, April 19? Can you bring $5 cover to a 21+ event? Then head to the iconic Soda Bar to see The Chantepleures perform some new songs for their debut album. The four-piece beach natives exude romanticism with nods to Jim Reid's breathy aesthetic and pastel guitar color, exemplified in their 2012 EP "Feels Like Heaven," and later in the 2013 single "All Our Days." Los Angeles post-rock group Young Lovers and San Diego 90’s psych/alt rockers Future Age will be supporting. Come out and dance like it's Saturday night (even though it's Sunday night). - Ryan Mo

April 17, 2015

“How did I miss this lesson when I was young?” The most beautiful string of words put together in Miya Folick’s new single, "Talking With Strangers." Of course, that is only my personal opinion, though the lyrics throughout the whole song end up wrapping you up in personal memories and elastic emotions. Miya, a new and upcoming artist in the Los Angeles area, has started a musical journey of relaxing vibes and spirituality that consumes your body into an all-natural mood setter. Miya’s voice in "Talking With Strangers" defines a time in your life when you need help to push through. Her lyrics are uplifting while the piano, bass and drums create a stress free environment that involves deep breathing and focus. At 25 years old, Miya has truly found a calling in the music industry. Her grunge and folk style is a refreshing quality of music that demands to be heard and also felt. - Kayla Hay

April 16, 2015


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