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LOCAL NATIVES @ THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM

Photos by Leslie Kalohi Rounding up a six-week tour, Local Natives played to its beloved hometown with a sold out show at the Hollywood Palladium and longtime fans of the band couldn’t be happier. Before heading to Europe and more U.S. dates on the Spiral…

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JAMES SUPERCAVE @ THE BOOTLEG THEATRE

Photos by Miguel Vasconcellos Hot off a tour with Mini Mansions and a brand new single, “Falling,” L.A. based James Supercave hit the Bootleg Theatre bringing their surreal psych-pop sensibilities to a crowd sporting their dancing shoes. Bringing some sweet local flair were Bay Ledges…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: def.sound “12TH AVE”

The rose that grew from concrete, the vine grown from the desert: South Central soliloquist def.sound has built a career around lush, buoyant instrumentation and polysyllabic re-imagination of a life anchored in L.A. And what a unique life it’s been. A lifelong vegan born in a food desert, he’s well-versed in contradiction and in the work it takes to water oneself until fully grown. The song—from COLORED Disc 1ne, out July 23—is built around a Vine of Shiloh Dynasty singing and playing guitar, a recent-aughts reference too good to not mention here. (From apps to slaps—damn.) For all the rhapsodic, confessional bars in his oeuvre, this is the strongest return to his roots.

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TRACK PREMIERE: WILD WING “TRIUMPH”

From the future-now department comes this unexpected new song by L.A.'s Wild Wing, who normally deal in heavy-to-crushingly-heavy punk-y/psych-y rock. On "Triumph," however, they cut out everything but the cool steel frame of the song and bring in some synthesizers to fill out the space. The intense and unsettling result is somewhere between a Devo deep cut (especially on the topic and the backing vocals) and a Neu! outtake, with some animal desperation in the vocals just to make sure this still fits in with the rest of the wild Wild Wing discography. "Triumph" is from Wild Wing's New Futures, out today, and the band will play a record release show tonight (presented by Pretty But Wicked) at Non Plus Ultra. Lyrics below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: JOEL WESLEY HARDING “I DON’T MIND YOU”

Local legend-slash-hero Joel Jerome—of unflagging dios (malos) fame and mastermind behind the Abbey Road West studio, which incubated a bunch of the good bands in L.A. right now—has a new full-length called Glassell Skyline and the new name Joel Wesley Harding. (Well played on both counts, Joel.) He'll be giving away the album as he plays it in full at a show at McCabe's in two weeks, and here's a teaser track, designed like the rest of the record "to listen to while sitting in the tub thinking about old flames," he says.

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TRACK PREMIERE: PACHYMAN “BIG & EASY”

You know Pachy Garcia from synth-punk firestarters Prettiest Eyes—we just reviewed their coming album here—but now it's time to meet Pachyman, the DIY alter-ego who's about to put out a totally together set of classic reggae, dancehall and dub. "Big & Easy" sounds like a straight shot of 1960s/1970s Lee "Scratch" Perry/Keith Hudson-style analog dub with endless negative space and a perfect sense of pace and dynamic, even though it was inspired by a notable figure from Jamaica's early 80s. Pachyman In Dub was written/recorded/produced by Pachy himself in his own house earlier this year, and will be out on Permanent Records on July 12—pre-order here!

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