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Spooky Cigarette straddle a fine line between frayed no wave and arty new wave. But it's in that confusion that the San Diego band ultimately excels, where they push forth a pleasant melodic guise even when it sounds like it's all about to crumble at any minute. One of the tracks off of their upcoming EP As Loud as I Can, "Days in Repetend", focuses on soft, lo-fi synth lines that are nestled in layers upon layers of reverb alongside sharply punctuated bass lines. This is all lead by singer Frank Mindingall, a compelling performer that knows how to transmit an anxious energy into his work with distinctive confidence. It doesn't hurt that you can kind of dance to it, too!

As Loud as I Can is due out on May 20 via Bleeding Gold Records. - Juan Rodríguez

 

May 11, 2016
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Psychedelic rockers EFG boldly embrace a heavily-textured array of driving, over-amped guitars that brings back a certain bravado to the genre. It serves to mention that all of its members are veterans in this kind of setting, as Imaad Wasif (lowercase, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Josh Garza (Secret Machines) and Tom Biller (Liars, Warpaint) all have a steady track record within the modern noise/experimental persuasion. Their most recent single, Outlier”, seamlessly merges reverbed guitars and pounding drums with a strong sense of pop melody that falls somewhere between classic Detroit rock and cosmic krautrock.

The band is opening for Swedish psych-rock institution Dungen at the Echo tomorrow, May 5th. The “Outlier" 7’’ is currently available for purchase via bodankuma.com. - Juan Rodríguez

May 04, 2016
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Cecilia Della Peruti is a creative force to be reckoned with in the LA scene. Her band Gothic Tropic's musical output could be seen as a permanent effort to defy categorizations: disparate influences like rock, pop, ambient, African melodies and even jazz find a place in her repertoire, without affecting its cohesiveness. The band is about to unveil a new single on May 30th at Resident, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to refresh your memory about their music with their best single to date ("Flesh Dance, streaming below). We also took the opportunity to organize a Delicious Audio feature focused on Cecilia's guitar pedals!

May 04, 2016
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Electronic producer PAIDEIA (aka Charlie Mischer) has released a string of new tracks that reveal his penchant for cerebral dance music. The lavish "Myth" is no exception - behind the song's gilded synths and shimmering atmospherics there's an underlying concern, where Mischer advises that the idea of all-consuming love doesn't necessarily lead to personal growth. He puts himself in a vulnerable place by actually singing alongside high-energy musical concepts that are equally buoyant and mysterious, a quality that will surely connect with those who want to listen to his songs both in and out of the dancefloor.

PAIDEIA's self-titled EP is due out later this Summer.

April 29, 2016
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Jubilant San Diego trio The Young Wild have a sound that's tailor-made for modern alternative radio, given that their hummable choruses and upbeat melodic style can instantly turn frowns to smiles. The band have much to celebrate after the release of their debut EP All the Luck, which they'll be performing songs off of at the El Rey this coming Saturday, April 30th. 

You can stream All the Luck EP in its entirety by clicking the sound widget below. 

April 28, 2016
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Marks is the artistic moniker of Lindsay Marcus, a singer, songwriter and producer who's pulsing electro-pop has an emotional candor that's immediately likable. The first single off of her debut full-length, The Modern Life, is a tasteful and stimulating pop song that still has some mystery to it despite its tuneful directness, especially how its throbbing synths and lush vocals incorporate a strong sense of melody. This stylistic direction is something of a change of pace for Marcus, as she's previously devoted most of her time scoring for a variety of television and film projects.

The Modern Life is due out on June 3rd. In the meantime, listen to "Heartbeat", streaming below. 

April 22, 2016
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