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An autodidact by way of KRS-One with a punk spirit blessed by Bane and the DIY patron saint Beats Antique, Lawrence Lindell is nothing short of a multi-genre musician. And with glitched out nods to Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, Lindell's penchant for percussion takes IDM to the ground-level, serving up sounds of indiscriminate densities on a bed of beats.

Lindell began his electronic trek in 2009, taking on different identities (most recently as LAw) before settling down with himself and the home-grown label Noise Met Sound in 2013. With it, Lindell joined up with like-minded musicians like ambient noise artist Gypsy Eyes and experimental chamber group Inner Ecstasy. From empty backyard pools to the dA Center and the LA Fort, Lindell has been unapologetic in his art and vision. And slowly but surely, people are beginning to notice.

"The philosophy I stick with is "Never apologize for being who you are." Do things your own way and forget about what everyone else thinks or has to say about it. DIY is the basis of everything we do. If we can't find someone to distribute for us or book us for shows, we do it ourselves."

Lawrence Lindell recently released two albums, Magic Megaphone and Cinema of Soul, which will be out as a two-disk set in June. Listen to "Ego Death" below, and stay tuned for more news on live shows.

May 27, 2015
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Songwriting collaborators Aaron Mort and Sami Akbari, known as The Bad Years, show us a day in the life summary of things to do in LA County on their video for the track "Beautiful Liar", the first single of off their just-released EP of the same name. Curiously enough, it's the second music video we present to you this week that exalts our city as musical poetry. The sandy, grainy photography of the video fits the song's finely attenuated psychedelic elements, which hover gently in a hazy shimmer as they both drawl their words surrounded by woozy guitar tones. 

The Bad Years will perform a record release show at The Satellite on June 11. 

May 27, 2015
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Young Lovers - Omnia from Alfred Aquino II on Vimeo

The paramount post-rock boys Young Lovers are proud to release their debut music video for the song that started it all: "Omnia". Directed by Alfred Aquino II, the video is a tale of a young man's imagination led by the written word through exhilaration, anger, and sorrow. 

Starring nu-folk singer/songwriter Sienna Moffitt, Crown Dancer vocalist Jesus Barron, "Omnia" features landmarks of Los Angeles: the Urban Light installation (Chris Burden) at LACMA, Walt Disney Hall, the Jewelry District, and more.

Young Lovers will perform this Saturday for the fourth night of their residency at Pehrspace with Crystales, Echophonix, and Judy Gloom. Come experience the grandeur live — there are only three nights left! - Ryan Mo

May 26, 2015
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Facebook likes aren't everything; just ask Crown Dancer. Formed in 2013 somewhere in South East LA, the five musicians Fernando Nunez, Keith Hernandez, Jesus Barron, Marlow Coloma, and AJ Dungo were more interested in crafting wildly poppy songs from their prismatic and far-flung influences: outwards from Japanese post-rock math group Toe and the British jazz-punk King Krule, to the hip hop messiah Kendrick Lamar and late soul wonder Lee Moses.

What came out from hours in the studio was a sound consciously inflected by emotive synth, crash, and fuzz. With noisy-yet-catchy compositions and high-energy lives fit to open for acts like No Age, Future Islands, and The War On Drugs, it’s almost heinous that they're still infants in the social media scene.

But don’t take their sparse Internet presence as a sign of youth: Crown Dancer have performed with the finest underground acts in all corners of city, sounding off with the progpunk duo The Littlest Viking, glistening noise trio Take Pictures, and the Gutter Trunk hip hop muse Bizzart aka GOTHIC CHOLO.

Crown Dancer are currently working on their first EP “Leftovers”. Recorded and mixed by Dylan Wood (Pageants, Time of Wolves, ex- 60-Watt Kidd), this year-long labor of love is slated to finish by the end of June. They have plans to begin recording a full-length soon, and will make their last appearance (for a while) tomorrow at Young Lovers’ third night of residency with The Littlest Viking. Listen to the first three demos of “Leftovers” EP and see them live tomorrow night at Pehrspace! - Ryan Mo

May 24, 2015
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Culture Remixed and Sumo Hair come together for the third Cutting Room experience, celebrating four years of beat coverage by Culture Remixed! Come early to clean it up at downtown LA’s Studio R with cuts from Sumo Hair, then get dirty with sets from Aztlan Quetzal, Luke Cage, Josh Spoon, Nite N Dae, Point 10, and Rob Bliss.

Julián Félix is the man behind Culture Remixed, covering the Los Angeles Beat scene, emerging Latina/o electronic artists, and independent labels around the globe. As a writer, community college professor, and moonlighting DJ/visual artist, Félix began covering Lincoln Height’s experimental hip hop and electronic music purveyor Low End Theory, and started Culture Remixed as a way to improve his DJing. He has since branched out to write and feature producers across the country and in LA’s backyard, including Open Mike Eagle, Bür Gür, and Kenny Segal. Along with his bread-and-butter, Félix also spins jazz, soul, funk, R&B, Afro beat, and more from Boyle Heights’ Radio Sombra.

Stream Culture Remixed at Radio Sombra every Saturday Night from 6-8pm PST, and check out the eclectic lineup tomorrow, free from 7pm – 1am! - Ryan Mo

May 22, 2015
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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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