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SINGLE PREMIERE: POLYPLASTIC “NEXT SLIDE”

L.A.'s Polyplastic is Charlie Ellis and Emily Ibarra (with drummer Casey Baird and guitarist Dylan Bostick) and they have a tour and an EP coming this summer. But right now they've got a new single with two tracks of dark and dramatic Bryan Ferry-goes-Factory Records-style post-punk. (You could dance to it, or you could just ... soak.) "Next Slide" will also be on their Not No EP coming June 29—keep an eye out for it here—and Polyplastic co-founder Ellis explains why it feels so desolate: "I used to travel a lot for work and we would stay in AirBnBs around the US. Usually we would be put up in these large suburban homes, giving us a weird insight into the homeowners lives without ever meeting them in person. 'Next Slide' is about running away from home by taking up personalities of other people, living their lives for a week and then moving on." Visit Polyplastic here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: JJUUJJUU “BLECK” (ELECTRIC BELL REMIX)

Last month L.A.-adjacent reverb artists JJUUJJUU put out their full-length Zionic Mud—but since then, JJUUJJUU has been releasing remix-slash-rethink singles where friends of the band work their own magic on JJUUJJUU tracks. Here's one by Metz, and above is one by Electric Bell, which is Vinyl Williams' keyboardist/guitarist Ian Gibbs. He changes "Bleck" from a tense and brooding psych-prog track into something deeper, clearer and more subtle—a gentler form of Primal Scream's Screamadelic-ification. You can get JJUUJJUU's full album here, and watch for them on a full national tour this summer—dates below!

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POND + FASCINATOR @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM

Photos by Stephanie Port Words by Neelofer Lodhy Aussie psych rock quartet Pond finally made their long awaited return to LA to play a very delayed, but sold out show at the Teragram Ballroom. The band who initially was supposed to perform back in January,…

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GANG OF YOUTHS + THE PHILISTINES JR. @ MOROCCAN LOUNGE

Photos by Zb Images The sold out Gang of Youths show at The Moroccan Lounge on Monday was packed with fans from their homeland, Australia who were in disbelief that they were seeing the band in such an intimate venue. Although they are not a…

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WIN TICKETS TO KILO KISH + DOJA CAT + SUDAN ARCHIVES ON THURS., MAY 24, AT UCLA ROYCE HALL!

This Thursday, UCLA's SCA presents DOJA CAT & KILO KISH with L.A. RECORD cover featuree Sudan Archives—an all-female lineup coming to UCLA Royce Hall at 8 pm on May 24. It's free for UCLA students but tickets are for sale here. Want to enter to win tickets to go for free? Email rsvp@larecord.com with subject KISH and we'll pick winners at random before the show! (Must be 18+ to enter and please include your full name—details on contest rules and privacy policies here.)

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TRACK PREMIERE: SIMULCAST “LOS ANGELES ENDS”

L.A.'s Tristan Rodman makes music as Simulcast, and his new Los Angeles Ends I-IIIEP is a work that's ambitious on every level—he even invented a new way to press a record just for this release. Instead of vinyl or a flexi, Rodman is putting out Los Angeles Ends as a playable paper record that he calls an "imprint," something he invented with support from Rhode Island's Design Innovation Grant. Think of it like a handwritten letter—a fragile but personal message that could persist for a hundred years or end up crumpled and lost, depending on how history and circumstance work out.

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