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IDLES + FONTAINES D.C. @ THE FONDA THEATRE

Photos by Debi Del Grande If you missed the insane show at The Fonda Theatre the other night, don’t fret because the fine Englishmen that call themselves IDLES will be back in October to play an even bigger venue – The Wiltern with our local…

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TRACK PREMIERE: GEMMA CASTRO “LOVE ME BABY (SHINE UR LIGHT)”

L.A. singer Gemma Castrowho premiered this haunting video with us last spring—comes to us now with the starkly affecting new song "Love Me Baby (Shine Ur Light)", a raw and intimate acoustic lament with just enough spacey synthesizer to make her sound somehow even more alone. Unhappily, the story behind "Love Me ..." is just as sad as the song. It's the only survivor of a library of sessions that lived on her laptop, and when the laptop was stolen, she lost everything she'd made except this—only because she'd texted it to a friend. Castro will play a solo set at the Hi-Hat on Thurs., May 30, for this single's release with Fake Jazz, Wanding Lake, Luke Sweeney (doing an album release) and a Healing Gems DJ Set—get tickets here! And she'll also have cassette copies of her coming Angeles y Demonios available.

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TRACK PREMIERE: DOT “LONG DISTANCE”

Like the title suggests, L.A. producer/polymath Dot's "Long Distance" covers a lot of ground. It's something of an exercise in practical possibilites, she says, and here she deploys her considerable experience as a producer (and as a music production teacher) to demonstrate exactly how to turn a little into a lot. Her coming Atomic Age mixtape—due out Fri., June 21, on her own Unspeakable Records—was put together with a portable production set up during two years of transcontinental travel, and in three minutes, Dot moves through a whole landscape of sound—peaks, valleys, chasms, spires and maybe even cloud forests, all built from the pixels up—with the musical equivalent of an ultralight backpack.

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MAVIS STAPLES’ 80TH BIRTHDAY BASH @ THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL

Photos by Stephanie Port “Am I having a birthday party or what?!” shouted R&B, soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples amid her 80th birthday (which is officially July 10th) celebration at Ace Theatre last evening. There was another cause for celebration–Staples’ 14th studio album We…

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DOWNTOWN BOYS @ THE SMELL

Photos by Sarah Hess Providence punk five-some Downtown Boys filled The Smell with an air of defiance. Between her punk sermons urging fans to fight a system backed by colonialism, patriarchy, and white supremacy, frontwoman Victoria Ruiz thrashed around stage, donning a black veil, like…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: SAFE JAZZ “SWEET, JUICY & DELICIOUS STRAWBERRIES”

Jesse Schuster is nothing if not busy—besides performing and producing for a lot of locals, including L.A. RECORD featurees BOY DUDE and Chrome Canyon, he also helms the Full Screen Mode music video party at Echo Park's Semi Tropic. Safe Jazz is his personal project, Schuster says, and this "Sweet, Juicy & Delicious Strawberries" video—directed, shot and edited by Kellen Malloy, whose YERSELF label has a Safe Jazz 7" and other worthy releases—is a a deep dive into aural/oral indulgence as our subject sinks into a song while slowly and lovingly attacking a bowl of strawberries. Red is the color of passion, so there's lots of red, and green is the color of life, so there's lots of green, too, especially when we see children at play and musicians at work.

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