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Folsom foursome, now locals, Brown Shoe recently released their latest EP, Lonely Beast II, the second of three EP's that symbolically unify an entire full-length. The single they're promoting off the EP, "Nightcrawler", is a surging rocker with indie rock inclinations that ultimately thrills and delights. It keeps the emotions genuine and real, and its lush soundscapes soothe with a feeling of cathartic release. The band is making an appearance at The Spare Room on October 2nd, and shortly therafter at Silverlake Lounge on October 24th.

September 18, 2014
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Black Bananas, the alternative rock band lead by the fur-adorned, aviator-wearing, erstwhile DC heroine Jennifer Herrema, has released the music video for "Creeping The Line" on September 11th. The band formerly known for their rock roots as RTX, garnishes laid-back auto-tuned melodies sung over an electric guitar. The Jess Holzworth directed video is creatively intriguing- prepare your eyes for crazy pops of color, 1 gigantic teddy bear, 2 very-skilled pole dancers, and 3 chic-looking dogs! Be sure to check out the rest of the tracks off their summer album Electric Brick Wall, out now. And if you’re heading to Los Angeles, catch them October 23rd at Los Globos in Hollywood. – Sade A. Spence

September 17, 2014
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Minimalist garage duo Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad have a cautionary tale for all of us through the vague, yet felt message lying within their cryptic track "Jane". The vocals are as clear as they can be and with good reason - these two have a story to share and they want you to hear every single word, built around a steady guitar line and a slinky bass throb that keeps the tension high as they hone in on their message: "girls and boys if you are listening/if you feel imprisoned/feeling like your mouth is glued tight shut/you were born for a reason/share all your feelings". The screeching cries that accentuate each verse seem to imply some sinister wrongdoing, which makes it all the more effective. Girlpool are officially releasing their self-titled debut EP on November 18th through Wichita Recordings. And make sure to catch their hometown residency at the Echo this coming December. 

September 15, 2014
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Soft Swells release their sophomore album, Floodlights, on September 30th, which follows their self-titled debut (2012) and follow-up EP Lifeboats (2013). Their first single, "Floodlights", was just remixed by the electro-pop band EXROYALE, lending the original's garage sounding guitar riffs a slightly more mellow pop finish. "Don't you want to think this is our time", the song's mantra echoes in both versions. The band name also serves as a pretty good description of their music. It's derived from surf terminology, and their sound mimics the ease of the small waves it represents. Though they may have started small, their swell is definitely growing. They have a standing Monday residency at the Echo until September 22nd. After that, they'll kick off their tour - the next stop being Austin, TX. Catch them before their wave breaks. - Jennifer Mergott

September 11, 2014
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Singer/songwriter Jen Hirsh, otherwisde known as MONOGEM, continues to bridge the current surge of eighties-leaning synth pop with nineties R&B with "Stay With Me", a soulful slow-burn with a metallic sheen that's a sharp contrast to her previous, more dance-oriented single "All We Have". Hirsh follows a measured, more atmospheric tone that brings her delicate, yet robust vocals to the forefront. "Stay With Me" should be part of her upcoming EP, which, according to her official facebook page, should be arriving very, very soon.

September 10, 2014
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They say that it's almost impossible to recover from a bad first impression, but when three dudes choose a band name like Cretin Stompers (pictured) it is obvious that they are not interested in impressing anybody... Nonetheless, this is what you may call a bicoastal supergroup of sorts, featuring members of Wavves and Jay Reatard (from LA) and Brooklyn's own BIG MUFF RADIO. Their debut record 'Looking Forward To Being Attacked' is quirky enough to deserve the "cretin" denomination - together with the 'fun' one - with its bizarre arrangements, insane bursts of madness, recurrent super high pitch shifted vocals, and an overall approach that's somewhat reminiscent of a crazier, lo-fi, garage pop version of early Flaming Lips or Mercury Rev. It sounds like the high pitch vocal trick comes from BIG MUFF RADIO's 'hat,' since 100% of his latest record 'The Immaculate Collection' features that effect. He will be performing at Baby's Allright tomorrow (09.10) with WAVVES.

September 09, 2014
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