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If the summer heat doesn't melt you, Cesar Alas' double finger-tapping might. We hope not, though—he'll be traveling through several cities with bassist/co-vocalist Kim Reyes and drummer Julian Rogantini next month, and the medical bills add up. The Unending Thread performs next at The Hi Hat on July 2nd with complextro producer R!OT to support nu-jazz duo KNOWER's tour before embarking on their own. From July 7 to 18th, the San Fernando trio will trek up the 5-Interstate to Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington before coming back down for two more shows in San Francisco.

The Unending thread is also slated to release a split with Berkeley Emo quartet Forget It. through Old Press Recordings—look out for more details. #surpriseaugust12th for cliffhanger effect. - illustration: Renzon Sanchez

June 29, 2016
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Art gallery by day and music venue by night, Pehrspace was known in the southland as one of the better DIY spaces that exhibited local underground indie music. With the rare admission of all-ages for most shows and affordable admission fees, Pehrspace was regionally known as a small, accessible place to enjoy good music with good people. Notable acts include Vice Cooler, HEALTH, No Age, Dan Deacon and Moses Campbell, as well as the highly praised Sean Carnage who regularly DJ'd and hosted Monday nights. Unfortunately, after a 10-year lease in Westlake since their opening in 2006, Pehrspace was handed a 60-day notice to close by a new landlord.

Pehrspace is currently crowdfunding to find a new space with via GoFundMe. - Kaitlyn Tang

June 29, 2016
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Digital punk/experimental pop artist Meishi Smile's recently released a music video for the title track to 2015's pico-noise LP ...Belong. Directed by Japanese animator Yuka Maeda, the video subverts the Music Anime Douga aesthetic with 3-D model manipulation and references to cult horror films, psychological drama narratives and video games.

If the feeling is still ripe, watch Meishi Smile play a DJ set with live visuals by DJ Saiato (Glitch City LA) at the 21+ Fakku Panel on July 3rd—Anime Expo pass holders get in free.

Meishi will also perform with Zoom Lens labelmate oh my muu, Kraftmatik & Olek Mular collab YEAR of the OX, and Project Blowed alumnus dumbfoundead at a free concert hosted by Japanese American National Museum on August 18th. You can also listen to May Yim's newest album "(reclamation)" on the Zoom Lens Bandcamp. - photo by Brian Vu

June 29, 2016
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We regularly hear about new bands that balance the early days of emo with post-hardcore coming from either the Northeast or the Midwest. There's always the odd exception of course, like Torrance's very own Joyce Manor, but there's still a general lack of representation coming from the West Coast. Consider Chatrooms as that next promising act to bring some meaning into the current emo revival: they're the type of band that defies categorization, sporting a guitar-driven sound that is spiked with vexed, passionate vocals, sure, but they also experiment with more steady rhythms that are plaited together with lush atmospheric touches. The title track off of their debut EP, "Negative Tension", is an urgent, melodic rocker that places emphasis on yearning chord changes with drifting guitar passages.

Chatrooms are playing at the Echoplex's monthly emo night, Taking Back Tuesday, on Tuesday, July 5. - Juan Rodríguez

June 29, 2016
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From the sheer ferocity present on their latest single "Worse For Wear", one would be forgiven for believing that Lawndale band NOYES (pronounced "noise") was pulled straight out of a No Wave-era CBGB gig. From the vocalist's Thurston Moore sneer to the thickly fuzz-ridden bass, everything about this group is pure hardcore. Each track on the single is a frantic beatdown serving to let out an unbridled rage that is rarely felt in modern punk. The wailing of "I don't care!" in the title-track is wrought with more self-loathing and apathy than even the most biting Sebadoh piece. Lou Barlow would be proud.

"Worse For Wear" can be listened to on Bandcamp, along with the band's latest album Relapse. NOYES will bring their scuzzy noise punk to The Smell on July 29th with some New York blood: Lazy Queen and Lady. - Justin Ashby

June 27, 2016
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Happy Lives - the rather unpredictable indie pop duo who recently relocated from Brooklyn to LA - are back. and this time they're trying an "alt soul" hat on for size. Having done their own spin on Beck-era "caucasian rap" a year ago," on "Sick Love," the two return with their usual appraoch of stripping down songs to their core and then adding in elements from other genres (synth-pop on this track). The result is a rather convincing song about break-ups that, despite its minimalist arrangements and simple back-up vocals, feels filled to the brim with emotion. With their outright refusal to stick to a consistent genre, it's honestly hard to tell with these dudes whether they're taking their craft seriously or simply just trying to have a good time, however, with the consistency of their recent releases it's easy to keep any skepticism at bay — for now. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

June 27, 2016
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