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Simi Valley doomgazers SHEER return from the studio depths to announce the release of their debut LP Uneasy, and we couldn't be happier for them. The 11-song album has garnered comparisons to Galaxie 500 and The Smashing Pumpkins, of which we could say are somewhat accurate. The hooks are fuzzy, the feels are deep, and Gina Almaguer's voice resonates wildly in our hearts, though we'd rather compare her to Rachel Goswell over Billy Corgan. But don't take our word for it — SHEER are playing on October 23rd at Carla's Bakery (best Mexican food in Moorpark, no joke) with noisegasmic locals Sustains, Sea Lions, and Losing End.

If you were sold on our previous coverage of the band, you can pre-order their debut album via The Native Sound. Uneasy will be out on digital download and in limited-release cassettes November 20th. - Ryan Mo

October 13, 2015

Out in Riverside, Graeme Crane, the owner of the limited-run Salope Cassette label, has been busy for the past few years pushing out tapes of hard-to-find artists. It's good stuff; local acts that don't get nearly as much exposure as their PR-privileged peers, yet carry strong Internet cult followings.

Graeme's also programming/vocals in the coldwave group Cruelty Code, with keyboardist Kevin Martin (ex-Apathean, Eisenhower), bassist Derek Page (The Victoriana), and guitarist Jack Montgomery (ex-Contraciel). Their aloof and meme-friendly Facebook demeanor tends to precede their sound. Listener be warned: this is harsh, ominous, and emancipating — a stereoscopic experience of 80's dystopic overscoring and lo-fi recordings cut with adulterants. Mixed with acts like Ghost Noise, Band Aparte, Crisis Arm, and Michael Vidal, and you're pretty much guaranteed a dissociative evening via sensory overload.

Catch them at the next hidden warehouse show with Crescendo and Foliage this Halloween. - Ryan Mo

October 13, 2015

It seems only yesterday that the Los Angeles trio Superhumanoids sculpted cane sugar citadels in the EP "Parasite Paradise", after their new wave adrenaline debut "Urgency" in 2010. When The Deli last spoke with the band, singer/guitarist Cameron Parkins admitted to indulging in "our more pronounced production traits," remixing tracks from Local Natives, Xiu Xiu, New Beat Fund, and more. Then in 2013, Superhumanoids went molecular and built tones from scratch in the charged LP Exhibitionists, only to mutate their sophomore game two years later with the confident electropop nightwalk Do You Feel OK? At this point it's pretty clear that Sarah Chernoff's voice goes well with everything — even copious amounts of gamma radiation.

So it's not just that we like Superhumanoid's diverse and uniquely superhuman sound.

We really like Superhumanoids' shared devotion to secret-formula serums, and occasionally exposing their friends' tracks to mutagenic chemicals.

We like that they're throwing a homecoming party to end their Fall Tour, with Blackbird Blackbird and Rush Midnight on Wednesday, 10/14 at The El Rey Theatre.

But what we like most about Superhumanoids: their songs are always free to stream online. Seriously. - Ryan Mo

October 12, 2015

Alyeska is the recording moniker of Alaska Reid, a Montana native now based in LA with a dry, brittle-as-fine-glass vocal tonality reminiscent of contemporaries like Sharon Van Etten and Laura Marling. Her latest single, "Medicine River", is a drifting anthem that soars with an emotional freedom that allows her to cleanse herself thoroughly from all wounds. Produced by recording mastermind John Agnello, the track’s jagged guitar lines and thumping snares are accented with a newfound clarity that follows the song’s theme to move the story forward.

You can catch Alyeska play an acoustic show at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs on October 15th, followed by a full band show at the Study on October 16th.

October 09, 2015

OC post-rock and trip-hop fans rejoice: you can catch James LaValle's solo project The Album Leaf performing the day before Culture Collide at The Wayfarer (fka Detroit Bar, Club Mesa). Supporting LaValle are the cinematically organic North OC duo Let's Drive to Alaska, and the cathartic threnodies from Los Angeles trip-hop solo artist Omniflux.

There will be more than a few surprises tomorrow night: Omniflux is gearing up a lightshow to complement her set, Let's Drive to Alaska will be joined by dance ensemble The Grigori, and The Album Leaf will probably most likely debut some new songs of his forthcoming album, as will Let's Drive to Alaska from their new album The Fifth House. Ticket information available from The Wayfarer. - Ryan Mo

October 07, 2015

The dreampop five-piece Nightjacket are opening for bi-coastal experimental outfit Guardian Ghost tonight at Harvard & Stone, with Ventura garage-rockers The Pullmen. If you haven't already, now's as good a time to check out Nightjacket with the recent buzz they've received on their fluorescent EP "Eternal Phase", a strong sign for the group's continued efforts.

For fans swamped with work and school on a Wednesday, you're in luck — they're also performing this Friday at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena at 7 and 9pm, as part of the bi-annual ArtNight Pasadena event. Both shows are free, by the way — Harvard & Stone is 21+ with strong drinks and cabin décor, and ArtNight opens up 21 galleries and institutions for eye candy to go along with your ear candy.

Need a refresher? Listen to "The Right Way To Fall" before you head out. - Ryan Mo

October 07, 2015

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