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TRACK PREMIERE: THE PRETTY FLOWERS “CREAM OF CANVAS”

The Pretty Flowers is an L.A. indie quartet ("indie" meaning "indestructible" as much as it means "independent," of course) made up of members of the Breakups, Jungle Jungle, the Shirley Rolls and the mighty Henry Clay People, and "Cream of Canvas" is the debut single from their coming Why Trains Crash full-length. (Record release show tix here!) It's heartfelt Thermals-core with a little warped Pinkerton-ian melody—a downer but a rocker at the same time, which you may well discover is kind of the Pretty Flowers' specialty. They've got a small set of local shows coming this summer—dates across the greater L.A. area below!

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PORTUGAL. THE MAN + CHICANO BATMAN + DEAP VALLY @ SANTA BARBARA BOWL

WE ARE NOT VERY GOOD AT STAGE BANTER, SO TONIGHT'S PERFORMANCE WILL FEATURE SOME SLOGANS WRITTEN BY OUR MANAGEMENT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED UNDERSTANDING.

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THE DREAM SYNDICATE + FORD MADOX FORD @ THE TROUBADOUR

It is almost criminal to hear a band and wonder how the hell they haven't been more commercially successful or how do not more people know about this band? This is definitely the case with The Dream Syndicate-a Los Angeles band that was established in the 80s, reunited in 2012 and after 30 years, has a new album out, How Did I Find Myself Here?. Granted, the average age at The Troubadour show was about 50. While tuning his guitar, Steve Wynn was in the middle of telling a story about nearby restaurant Dan Tana's when a man passed out on the floor. People called for medics. Luckily, he ended up staying for the show.

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DJANGO DJANGO + TANK AND THE BANGAS + THE SESHEN @ THE FONDA THEATRE

Another fine Localchella show went down at The Fonda Theatre as British quartet Django Django treated us with a very special show. They brought the same energy and creativity to a tad scaled down number of fans. They are touring in support of their latest creation Marble Skies with singles “Tic Tac Toe” and "In Your Beat."

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EARTH GIRL HELEN BROWN: I’M A COSMIC OPTIMIST

This month In The Red will release Four Satellites, an LP collecting tracks from each of the EPs that works as a sort of fly-by survey for the Earth Girl Helen Brown universe, with incandescent inspiration from the Raincoats, Dolly Parton, Patti Smith, Sun Ra and more. It’ll show you just enough to make you wanna build a rocket ship of your own. Earth Girl Helen Brown's record release for Four Satellites is Sun., Apr. 22, at Zebulon, and the Earth Girl Helen Brown Center for Planetary Intelligence band also performs on Fri., May 4, at the Natural History Museum. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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TRACK PREMIERE: DREAM PHASES “EASY LOVE”

Dream Phases is the longtime solo project of L.A.'s Brandon Graham, who's crossed paths with a lot of top-flight L.A. pop-psych luminaries—from Joel Jerome to Brian Bell's the Relationship to the Blank Tapes' Matt Adams, who guested on this track—and who's working on what sounds like it'll be a knockout full-length for summer release. Here's the A-side of their just-out-today single on Lunar Ruins, an effortlessly winning piece of gently psychedelic power-pop that sounds like Teenage Fanclub turning into Apples In Stereo. (Teenagers In Stereo?) Anyway, what that means to you is: oohs, ahhs, hooks, riffs and unflagging confidence and charisma. The record release show for this 7" will be on Tue., Apr. 24, at the Hi Hat with Send Medicine and more, with a short West Coast tour to follow. Characteristically charming flyer by Matt Adams and full dates below!

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