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Three years ago, The Deli caught a whiff of The Littlest Viking on their self-titled LP off Mountain Man Records. It was hairy. It was sweaty. It was 12 songs of start-stop rhythms and callus-inducing riffage that would make Pete & Pete beam with pride.

The labor and lust of Ruben "Emo" Cortez and "Metal" Christopher Gregory (first released in 2009) matches breakneck shredding and irregular time signatures that are as fun to play as they are to dance to, influenced by bands like Jawbreaker, Drive Like Jehu, and American Football. Fans of Giraffes? Giraffes! and Cinemechanica will feel right at home in TLV's whirlwind of perspiration and referential music jokes.

This year, Littlest Viking is setting out to do the near-impossible: work a new album with a well-thought out pop direction. Says Cortez:
 
"While the first album was a portrait of two young punks trying to play every lick and fill we knew with ridiculous speed and the second album was a more self-aware album where we were trying to sift through the previous work, this new album is a focused collection of songs that is more methodical and self-edited than previous. We joke around that it's going to be an emo Santana's "Supernatural" album, which will make sense once it's fully completed and we can finally get a callback from Michelle Branch."

And if you're itching to see, smell, and hear these guys perform, you're in luck: Littlest Viking will be joining Young Lovers for their third night of residency/music video premiere at Pehrspace on May 25th.

Not sold yet? Listen to "Lumpy Space Princess" off their self-titled LP below. - Ryan Mo

May 20, 2015
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Corsica Arts Club have fully evolved into their own identity with their self-titled debut EP, four catchy tracks of spiky guitars and lush electronics that invigorate with a gentle, cool mist. The original project of Brendan Thompson and Arash Parsee, they've since matured into a thrillingly confident quintet to bring their Labrador records-recalling indie pop into a live setting. 

The band is celebrating the EP's June 9 release with an album release show at the Satellite on June 12th. 

May 20, 2015
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Punkgaze trio Tennis System, who built an empire of sound in the DC and LA scenes, released their newest video for "Ungrown," the third track from their 2014 album Technicolour Blind. Produced by and featuring Erica Terenzi of Italy's dreampop team Be Forest, the video matches swerving guitars and sun-blistered vocals with nostalgic memories simmered in psychedelic color. This release comes two weeks shy of Tennis System's long-awaited residency at The Echo. Catch them each Monday night in June with local alternative acts new and old, including United Ghosts, Blood Candy, Teenage Wrist, and THE FLASH HITS.

When interviewed by Free Bike Valet on what to expect for the residency, Tennis System's Matty T said: “We’re going to be trying out new songs, playing a lot off of our latest release Technicolour Blind, some off of Teenagers, and some really old ones. Each week will be different. I don’t want to give too much away, but I can assure you won’t want to miss one. Each one builds off of the week prior.”

Watch the new video for "Ungrown" below, and check out Tennis System on Facebook for more details on their upcoming Echo residency. - Ryan Mo

May 18, 2015
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Pehrspace is holding its second ever No Voltage Night to coincide with Young Lovers’ second night of residency. All acts will perform their sets acoustically with only candles to light the venue.

Young Lovers have arranged their dreamy post-rock songs especially for the night, backed by a chamber orchestra with very special guests. Diverse musician Matt Kivel, (of Princeton, ex-Gap Dream) who just finished his newest album Janus, will perform along with back-to-back girl-boy duos: folk-inspired Sacred Destinies and acoustic instrumental rock Littlest Sister. Folk singer-songwriter Sienna Moffitt will make an appearance too; stream and download her recently released demo on Bandcamp!

Come tomorrow, May 18, and enjoy an intimate evening with friends and loved ones. The show is all-ages and completely free! Doors open at 7:30 pm.

May 18, 2015
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The 8th annual non-profit festival Make Music Pasadena is nearly upon us! On June 6th, over 150 acts in alternative, jazz, folk, electronic, and more will be playing in downtown Pasadena from 11am til 11pm. Over 50,000 attendees are expected for this all-ages event located right outside of restaurants, gastropubs, and boutiques. And best of all: entry is 100% free!

Make Music Pasadena will span 20 city blocks in Pasadena, offering five main stages and over 30 supporting venues from IX-Tapa to the Old Town Pub. To help festival attendees cover so much ground, MMP and DoLA have created an interactive schedule to track the performances. Get from stage to stage more quickly with free rides on the Pasadena ARTS buses all day, and listen to the live sets on board.

If you've been itching for an outdoors music event without breaking the bank, then this is your chance to see rising Los Angeles notables like bipolar folk act Kera and the Lesbians, South Central synthwave revivalist Autumn in June, psych-pop team Kid Bloom, art rock outfit The Moth & the Flame, and indie funk jam brothers Jr.! Performances will also include renowned acts like Kishi Bashi, How To Dress Well, Hundred Waters, Lydia Ainsworth, Sir Sly, Hidden Charms, Opus Orange, Caroline Smith, and many more to be announced, with a special set by the Pasadena Symphony/The Pasadena POPs in the evening.

Check out Make Music Pasadena’s website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates and cool giveaways! - Ryan Mo, Photo Credit: Chris Molina 

May 15, 2015
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Couple Skate announced that they will be releasing the debut LP, Dream Center, from Michael Vidal on June 9th. Michael Vidal was previously part of punk shapeshifters Abe Vigoda, and by the sounds of his first single "Dreams (Come Back to Me), it seems to carry over the lush synths and pristine guitar work of their pre-demise album Crush. Vidal also released a rather curious video for the single, which you can watch below.

You can catch Vidal with Girl Pool and Stephen Stephen Steinbrink at Eagle Rock Center on June 1st. 

May 15, 2015
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