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ALBUM PREMIERE: BRIAN HILL ‘AND THE NOH STARRS’

August 11th, 2017

NYC's Brian Hill was once roommates with Joo Joo Ashworth from Froth in Echo Park, and from that little connection a powerfully L.A. backing band—including Joo Joo, Laena Geronimo of Feels and much more, Sasami Ashworth of Cherry Glazerr and Tomas Dolas from the mighty Mr. Elevator—was born. The Noh Starrs album is out Fri., Aug. 18, on Modern Sky U.S.A., and Hill and his Noh Starrs are headlining a nicely curated residency every Monday this month at the Bootleg, with Pinky Pinky, Shannon Lay, Janelane and more all set to make appearances. Complete line-up info below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: JAMES V “TIRED OF WOMAN”

August 10th, 2017

L.A.'s James V (V as in "5th," not as in "Victory") was last spotted on the San Narcisco cassette EP on Marriage Records, home of YACHT, Lucky Dragons and more. Now's he got a glossy new mix of his home-recorded San Narcisco just about to come out, thanks to some time spent with engineer extraordinatire John Congleton, who you may recognize from the fine print in albums by St. Vincent, Franz Ferdinand and Sparks' FFS and lots more. His "Tired Of Woman" 7" will be out soon, followed by a video, followed by the full San Narciso EP at the end of September—pre-order here and get two tracks instantly! He'll be performing at the Hi-Hat on Mon., Aug. 21, with the Lentils, Nequaquam Vacuum and Bokonon, too. Flyer below and uncommonly entertaining bio below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: DERDE VERDE “TURN”

August 9th, 2017

L.A. trio Derde Verde are newly signed to the European label Kursaal and are prepping a slew of new releases, and here's their single "Turn," an impeccably put-together indie song that opens gently but builds both strength and tension toward a potent and propulsive climax. Derde Verde isn't toying around with obvious hooks, but "Turn" will hook you nonetheless. The "Turn" single is out Fri., Aug. 11, on Kursaal, to be followed by a full EP this fall, and Derde Verde will be performing at the FIERCE HEART benefit for the Youth Justice Coalition at the Smell on Sat., Aug. 26, with Polartropica, Minibear and more. (Including a self-defense class led by Women's' Jiu Jitsu Warriors!)

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TRACK PREMIERE: JOEL JEROME/COSMIC BEARS “ERRBODY WANTS SOMEBODY”

August 9th, 2017

Cosmic Bears are Joel Jerome's newest crew of top-flight psychedelicists, including a heavy presence from Tall Tales & The Silver Lining—whose Evan ApRoberts, Tim Ramsey and Trevor Beld-Jimenez contribute bass, Moog and Mellotron and drums, respectively—as well as South Bay man-of-many-talents Lawrence Sanchez and Jerome's longtime collaborator (and brilliant songwriter all his own) Miguel Mendez. Cosmic Bear Jamboree comes out Friday, Aug. 11, through Elite and Light In The Attic. The Cosmic Bears will host a cosmic jamboree release party at Delicious Vinyl also on Friday—enticing flyer plus Mendez' bio-and-also-origin-story below!

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ALBUM PREMIERE: EARTH GIRL HELEN BROWN ‘MARS’ EP

August 2nd, 2017

L.A. RECORD is honored to present the premiere of this portable little powerhouse EP by Earth Girl Helen Brown and her Center for Planetary Intelligence Band, second in a series metaphorically exploring the planets and what they mean. This thing is bristling with big-credit guests (Ty Segall, Nora Keyes, Jack Name, Shannon Lay … see below for complete list!) but more importantly it’s bristling with charm, personality, originality, commitment and—because this record never stops at four things when it can try five—conviction, too. Listen til the very end—duty demands it. The Mars EP is available Friday from Empty Cellar and Earth Girl Helen Brown et al perform at a bunch of local shows soon, starting Sunday at Zebulon and culminating at Echo Park Rising. Full credits and dates below. And can't wait for the Pluto EP!

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TRACK PREMIERE: EASY LOVE “LOOP”

July 28th, 2017

Easy Love is the new band fronted by Justine Brown of L.A. RECORD alums Summer Twins, and the brand-new "Loop" is their lovely dreamy slo-mo ode to what could have been—or just what already was? It's perfect little sequel-slash-single to their spring debut full-length on Burger / Lolipop, as well as their recent Volcom single. Listen now and stay in touch with Easy Love here!