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Dancehall provocateurs (and recent Deli poll winners) Okapi Sun are about to set the stage ablaze with a record release show at Silverlake Lounge tomorrow, April 25. Their skewed brand of IDM is felt with a directness, even in all its auto-tuned glory, throughout their debut album Techno Phaedra, a quality that shines through their colorful tunes. It comes out next Tuesday, April 29 via Phaedra Records.

April 25, 2014
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Air Life is nose-diving straight into the heart of L.A. and right into a weekly residency at The Satellite venue every Monday in May. Their newest single, "Tell Me Anything", has smooth jazz beats, subtly soulful 70’s vibes, and endearing lyrics: “Tell me how you feel, when we are apart baby.” It’s incredible when certain songs can put you into different moods, folding into different styles and situations as they collaborate to the setting you're in. This song, in particular, should be played in the bedroom; lying next to your partner with lights strung above and gazing into each other’s eyes - you get the point. Speaking of the 70’s, this song has a groove evocative of that time with its energetic rhythm section, all the while Taylor Dextor engages the audience with his soothing, sensual voice. - Kayla Hay

April 25, 2014
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Emerging like a phoenix from the garbage pile of the internet, Habits, the sample-based one man show created by Dustin M. Krapes, has finally released his collection of songs as a full length LP, 'Unselves in Arrival.' Most of the songs that make up this collection would be as much at home at a dancehall as they would be at the Church on York. To categorize this as electro rock, or synth pop, or at all for that matter, severely undercuts the scope of his work. I can merely, at my best, describe it as a chopped up, caffeinated, cut and paste collage of found sounds from music's past tailor-made for the future. This is one of the albums that should surely be buried in 2014's time capsule, perhaps sent in a rocket to whatever planet we end up colonizing next.
Trite as it may sound, the bombardment of submissions from kids playing music like it's a video game, is overwhelming, and their efforts, more than underwhelming. Not only is Habits' music commenting on this aspect of our modern age, it's beating them all at their own game. - Jacqueline Caruso

To continue reading the full review, click here.

April 21, 2014
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The new album by the soft-spoken, inventive songstress, Priscilla Ahn, 'This Is Where We Are', was released earlier this year. It's a gutsy departure from her more acoustic offerings, and our ears are delighted. Lead single, "Diana," has all the sweetness, euphoria, and mystery of paragliding across a rainbow. Quirky, and at times aggressive soundscapes dance between serenading melodies. Her intimate and heartbreaking qualities are still on full display, especially on the ballad, "Remember How I Broke Your Heart." Filled with delicate instrumentation and breathless harmonies, this is Ahn in her purest form. The entire album seems to be a push and pull between comfort and exploration. Stream "Diana" below and catch her live set at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on May 30. - Jacqueline Caruso

April 18, 2014
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San Diego quartet The Donkeys previously released two sumptous, country-laden albums under the Dead Oceans imprint. Its dust-drenched melodies and stately arrangements were slack to say the least, but there was something about those twanging guitars that filled the room with a warm glow. Now under new LA-based label Easy Sound, they're making their return with Ride The Black Wave, a slightly more ambitious effort that continues their tradition of melding chiming Americana hooks with the lush swing of seventies FM radio. Take a listen to the single "Scissor Me Cigs" below, a swaying pop ballad that nestles one with effortless ease. See them live at Church on York on June 6th. 

 

April 18, 2014
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Jeff "Jeffertitti" Ramuno may be best known for playing bass with Father John Misty, but he's doing just fine on his own. Of all the emerging psych rock bands in LA, and there are plenty, the crown belongs to Jeffertitti's Nile. They are in great company, but with their upcoming sophomore release, 'The Electric Hour,' they have (for now) solidified themselves as leaders of the pack. The energy of the cosmos, like the intangible ether inside a crystal ball traveling the edges of space-time, is packed into every nanosecond of every song. The deeper down the rabbit hole you go with these cosmic warriors, the further from reality you get, and the closer to a mystic truth steeped inside a universe with infinite dimensions. Jeffertitti's Nile are making music like its a movement. Stream lead single, "No One," and get lost in their sonic web. 'The Electric Hour' is due out April 29 on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond. - Jacqueline Caruso

April 16, 2014
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