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Kelela Mizanekristos's style and soul has caught not only my attention but also LA based producer Kingdom. Her sweet sounding voice and low key, yet hype beats spun a much-acclaimed 13 track mixtape last year called CUT 4 ME. The sinfully true lyrics tell stories of heartbreak, and relationships with rousing beats that really do lead from the car, to the club, and to the bedroom. Her newest single, OICU, featuring LE1F, has a twist of Childish Gambino, Jhene Aiko and The Weeknd packed into one song. It’s catchy and extremely fun rapping to, especially if you’re anything like me and can’t sing. Producer P Morris composed a perfectly blended mix of freestyle, instrumentals and synergy between all the parties involved, effectively mixing complex beats to help this upcoming star emerge from LA’s underground scene. - Kayla Hay

 

September 09, 2014
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Hotly-tipped pop chanteuse Zella Day has garnered heaps of attention for her sweeping, uplifting synth pop, a marked evolution from her days living in a small ranch in Pinetop, Arizona. At an early age, Day would perform at her family-owned coffee show, playing a variety of covers in what could be described as a stately, idyllic setting. These days, Day is pursuing a grander, more accessible sound, in which an atmospheric veil of droning synths and pompous, thundering drums crash against her simple, yet affective vocals. Day may write finely-polished ballads that have the potential to become big hits, but they’re also intricately produced and suffused with a sultry elegance that’s equally exacting and fulfilling. Expect her still nascent career to really take shape in 2015.Day's debut self-titled EP is slated for a fall 2014 release via B3SCI records. And make sure to catch her play a set at The Echo next wednesday, September 10th.  

September 03, 2014
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To compliment the lingering haze of this week's scorching sun, it would only seem appropriate to fall in love with the psychedelic twang of The Mystery Lights. The New-York-by-way-of-Cali band has uncovered and reintroduced a vintage sound of surf-psych that combines a rock-n-roll heart with a trippy surf mind. Combining the stabby bi-coastal garage resonance of the 60’s and 70’s with occasional flourishing blues riffs and southern-style soloing, you’d think The Mystery Lights were from everywhere (man), but it seems fitting that they are headquartered both in NYC and California. Frontman Mike Brandon, and fellow guitarist L.A. Solano serve as the backbone of the project, while Alex Amini and Nick Pillot play bass and drums, respectively, in New York, and Joe Styles and Steve Miller play bass and drums, respectively, in California: a pretty cool, and ideal setup. When they get back from China, check them out at Union Pool on September 9th. – JP Basileo

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September 03, 2014
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Nicholas Krgovich, a multi-instrumentalist originally hailing from Canada, is set to release his first full-length studio album, On Sunset,  on September 22nd. The album is a dynamic mix of experimental pop and modern 80's dance rhythms with a slightly melancholy edge. Krgovich, also of No Kids, GIGI and P:ANO, has ventured out on his own for On Sunset. The standout track, "Along the PCH on Oscar Night", is a quiet night drive in off-duty LA. The video captures Los Angeles loneliness whether intentionally or not, by painting Krgovich upon a background of empty Hollywood landmarks. There's a restlessness to this particular night which perfectly suits Krgovich's dancey pop melodies. For a city that functions primarily around celebrity, "Along the PCH" separates Los Angeles from its' glamourous Hollywood counterpart. There is something anxious and exciting about the city through this perspective. Krgovich laments about "going home empty-handed" in the ironic loneliness of the city's most popular night. - Jennifer Mergott

September 02, 2014
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Echo Park septet Sweet Bump It can be described as the unlikeliest garage revivalists, playing a more agreeable and less snotty form of chugging blues rock that is loaded with primal power and an utter sense of fun. The video for the track "Dauphine" shows the band members playing in true form, featuring singer/guitarist Nicole "Paco" De Leon" wielding her guitar with a soulful disposition as the other band members - and three backup dancers to boot - augment the song's musicality. Sweet Bump It could very well be a reimagining of a Daptone act with a punk spirit, and "Dauphine" is proof they've got the chops to live up to that promise. 

August 27, 2014
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Opening for festival closers The Strokes, Haim took the stage with intense energy, finishing out the last show of their Days Are Gone tour with fervor. It’s no secret why the three sisters have gained national attention as the pop-rock nineties band of today. They have a vibrancy when they perform, and their closeness as sisters reflects in the form of a familial fan-base. “I like seeing people on top of other people’s shoulders,” Este announced. And their fans were happy to oblige – immediately jumping up on each other’s shoulders as the sister’s opened with “Falling”, a fan favorite off the stacked album. They wanted the show to feel like one of their house-party jam sessions – as Este announced before they broke into a seriously gnarly version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well”. Danielle’s time in the music business is glaringly apparent, especially during these moments – she toured with both Jenny Lewis and Julian Casablancas when she was just 17. Their intensity continued as they yelled their love of everything LA into the crowd. Hailing from San Fernando Valley, it’s not surprising the sisters were excited to play their last show of the tour at home. Home: the theme of the evening. - Jennifer Mergott

 

August 27, 2014
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