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PRINCESS NOKIA @ THE EL REY THEATRE

Photos by Maximilian Ho New York rapper Princess Nokia brought her raw and edgy sounds to the El Rey Theatre. The adoring fans sang along to songs off her debut album 1992 Deluxe, which included “Brujas” and the hypnotic “G.O.A.T”. DJ Suzi Analogue kept the…

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SURFER BLOOD + TERRY MALTS @ THE HI HAT

Their alt-surf, guitar-heavy sound is bulkier live—the force of “Miranda” and “Instant Doppelgängers” a departure from the restraint of the recorded versions. It was during “Floating Vibes,” that Mills and Pitt really started to play off each other, locking in as McCleary noodled around on top.

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TEENAGE WRIST + TENNIS SYSTEM + SOUVENIRS @ THE HI HAT

The band kicked off the evening by debuting some new tracks off their forthcoming record, Chrome Neon Jesus set for a March release. Hints of alternative influence accompanied by some heavy riffs took over the room.

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WOLF PARADE + CHARLY BLISS @ THE FONDA THEATRE

Playing against a backdrop of dramatic lighting, the sparkling, anthemic melodies from Spencer Krug on the keyboards and driving, seductive guitar lines from Dan Boeckner propelled Wolf Parade's show to the next level.

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JIM JAMES @ AMOEBA MUSIC

“I feel like it's the place at the end of the galaxy, where we all wind up when we die. And we all listen to records together.”

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TRACK PREMIERE: TRIPTIDES “ALL MY LIFE”

L.A.'s Triptides have psychedelia down to a science—it's really just chemistry, after all—and their newest "All My Life" is a brightly colored splash of prime '66 UK pop-psych that starts at "Tomorrow Never Knows" and takes off toward a kaleidoscope sun. (Yes, there is lots of phaser!) It's the first track on their coming Visitors album, due out April 6 on their longtime label Requiem Pour Un Twister, and they'll naturally be touring Europe next month to mark the occasion. They'll also perform at the Jesus Sons residency at the Echo on Mon., Feb. 26, but full tour info and flyer is below!

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