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ALBUM PREMIERE: PRETTIEST EYES “POOLS”

Prettiest Eyes is the sci-fi Puerto Rican-Mexican-via-L.A. space-punk trio—including lead vocalist and drummer Pachy Garcia, bassist Marcos Rodriguez and keyboardist/electronics manipulator/vocalist Paco Casanova—whose new Castle Face album Pools is a terror from beyond space and time. It's twelve tracks of monstrous bass, relentlessly rigid Liebezeit-style rhythms and vocals torn from another dimension. There's some Chrome, some Hawkwind, some of the gnarliest moments of Sonic Youth and all of the cosmic noise and pain of space that drove Cordwainer Smith's fictional astronauts insane. Which of course all adds up to ... a close encounter of the fifth kind. (That's where the UFO communicates.) Order your vinyl Pools here and catch them at their record release this Sunday at the Echo! (They'll be touring the U.S. in February 2018 as well—full dates below!)

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GARY NUMAN + ME NOT YOU + NIGHTMARE AIR @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM

It felt like a Mad Max kind of evening at The Teragram Ballroom as Gary Numan and his cohorts took the stage, not adorned in traditional black, but acknowledging his latest endeavor Savage: Songs From a Broken World in desert sand attire, where we appear to be taken to a dehumanized world and our only hope is Numan's music.

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BORIS + TORCHE + ENDON @ THE ECHOPLEX

Looking along the front of the crowd, you could see lots of hands pressed to the stage, soaking in the vibrations from the massive wall of Orange amps-even when Wata broke out an accordion or conjured up a field recording, moving in front of the soundsystem would send air whooshing past your face.

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ARIEL PINK + GARY WILSON AND THE BLIND DATES @ THE REGENT

The stage was candle lit and gothic in scheme with a makeshift suitcase memorial of the album title’s man - a quirk as should be expected of Ariel Pink, who made the evening a breakneck rendezvous between the weird and wild.

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LCD SOUNDSYSTEM @ HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM

"I'm literally here all week" stated LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy with his typical dry tone. "These are the jokes, folks..."

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BEACH SLANG + DAVE HAUSE & THE MERMAID + SEE THROUGH DRESSES @ THE ECHOPLEX

Alex and his band are genuine in their songwriting, in their mission, and in their live chops, making them the sophisticated, Replacements-flavored choice for an aging crew of Vans Warped Tour die-hards that still have left-over feelings.

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