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Forebear, originally Wise Cub, formed in 2011, though their raw talent would suggest they've been playing together far longer. Scott Goldbaum's guitar work is transient and breathtaking. He plays with experience reminiscent of a long-gone classical era with influences of Spanish guitar juxtaposed with modern indie rock vocals. Goldbaum's brilliant stylings aside, the band is not short of inspired instrumentalists. With Molly Rogers on viola, keys and vocals, Mike Musselman on drums and Nick Chamian on bass, the band meanders through various genres with the skill set of a seasoned band. Their new track, "North Korea & The Five Stages of Grief", showcases the effervescence and ease they have championed in playing together. Harmonies between Goldbaum and Rogers are ethereal and the track finishes memorably with a graceful viola solo by Rogers.

 

October 08, 2014
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The ladies of Willow Willow are longtime friends who share an equal kinship for music from a very young age - they know each other since kindergarten - and those who followed the discography of LA sixties/seventies psych rockers Love will recognize where their band name comes from. Judging by the name of their sophomore effort, Listening to Music, they most probably venerate the activity with great rejoice. Their new single, "I Will Tire of You", is an understated, catchy number with a classic doo wop melody that emphasizes their dual harmonies. It shows they have a bookish knowledge of Brill Building pop considering how faithfully they recreate it, though it still retains the folk-based elements found on their debut. The self-released Listening to Music will come out on November 11th. 

October 07, 2014
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It seems like forever since San Diego quintet The Tragic Thrills first released their jaunty anthem "Tears", and that's because it's been a staple in their body of work since it was first unveiled last year. The track rightfully opens their utterly celebratory self-titled full-length, which was just officially released this week via Washington Square Music. What follows are nine more amicable, head bobbing cuts with a snappy, early aughts pop rock feel that are ready for constant radio airplay. Make sure to make your day a little bit brighter by watching them play at Hotel Café on Wednesday, October 29th.

October 01, 2014
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September 26, 2014
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Simplicity can be both a strength and a weakness. Garage rockers Maniac like to venture barely outside the lines with their no frills dirty rock, and their compulsion to urgent hooks and fierce, metronomic drum work simply just works. There’s a dash of power pop sensibility on the track “Dim Sum”, which was featured on their last 7", a brazenly jubilant number with a hard-edged backbone that has singer Zache Davis crying the refrain “shake it out” like proper mod punks. It careens wildly but it’s smartly constructed, a crunchy, straightforward anti-anthem that somehow ends up striking a winning chorus. The band are following it with a new full-length, Demimonde”, which will be released on November 11 via La Ti Da Records.

September 26, 2014
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Benjamin Newgard, a native New Yorker turned LA transplant, debuts his first EP under the moniker Tarot School. His new EP, Giver of Names, is an acoustically driven project backed by powerful lyrics and vocals. Title track, "Giver of Names" captures the collective milieu of the EP with soft echoing vocals and multi-genre influences. "Silly Love", written by Daniel Johnston and performed by Newgard, is perhaps the most heartbreaking excursion on this collection. But it is rivaled by the lyrical and fittingly West Coast "Ghost, Ghost", with lines like "I suspect you might be here to stay"; one can only imagine that Newgard will be. - Jennifer Mergott

September 25, 2014
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