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TRACK PREMIERE: SMOKESCREENS “USED TO YESTERDAY”

June 14th, 2018

L.A. band Smokescreens' last album was nicely noisy Flying Nunnery, but this title track to their coming full-length sounds like one of Wire's catchiest or the Clean's very cleanest.

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EP PREMIERE: MAYACAMAS “I-5”

June 14th, 2018

L.A. producer Mayacamas (Duncan Woodbury) is about to put out his new I-5 EP, with each track precisely suited for one of those long almost-lightless night drives up or down California's backbone freeway.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: THE PRETTY FLOWERS “WHY TRAINS CRASH”

June 14th, 2018

L.A. indie quartet the Pretty Flowers are days away from releasing their debut Why Trains Crash, twelve songs like Guided By Voices' hi-fi power-pop and Mountain Goats-style poetic righteousness plus—at least on "Sitting Duck CA"—a little twin-engine Thin Lizzy guitar acrobatics, too.

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TRACK PREMIERE: HEALING GEMS “NUBES DE PIÑA”

June 8th, 2018

Locals Healing Gems have created a whole little world of their own—a high-contrast technicolor paradise inspired by a lot of exotica, a little tropicalia and plenty of mid-century-modern cartoon charm, too. Why stay grounded in strawberry fields when you can take off with Healing Gems in search of pineapple clouds? This track "Nubes de Piña" is from their new Feathered Serpent EP, recorded at Echo Park's the Cone studio and due out Mon., June 11—more info here! And you'd better be getting ready for their annual Tiki Trash Island fest with High Curbs, Kwid, Lily Waters and many more, all erupting on Sat., June 30—get tickets here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: ZACKEY FORCE FUNK “BODYROCK SHOTGUN”

June 5th, 2018

Sci-fi street samurai Zackey Force Funka man whose life and music is like three or four insane movies happening all at the same time, at least two of which can only be shown after midnight—has a new epic on deck for L.A.'s Mofunk label, and this title track "Bodyrock Shotgun" is a particularly slick production by Mofunk's XL Middleton—the kind of neon-lit desert-noir g-funk that defines a certain kind of new-breed smooth criminal. It's part of an album that also includes work by Brian Ellis, Boy Dude, Elegant Borzoi and other top-rank modern funk masters, and it's out July 20 on MoFunkpre-order a copy of this monster for yourself here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: GREAT DANE “SORRY STEVE”

June 4th, 2018

L.A. producer and Team Supreme co-founder Great Dane has a new album due out on July 20 on his new ADBC label, and lead single "Sorry Steve" is a particularly reptilian track, bristling with spikes and the kind of ultra-bright colors that mean its got an especially poisonous bite. That makes it a perfect fit for Dane's coming Gamma Ray, designed as the not-so-cuddly sequel to his previous Alpha Dog and Beta Cat full-lengths: "Since we’ve moved from the most common house pets in the world to a stingray," he says, "you can expect things to get weird." Ray was written in between Dane's first-ever international tour dates last year, and points the way to Dane's sonic future—which you can visit at his Hypnothesis co-residency at the Echo on July 19. Visit Great Dane here and prepare (and pre-order!) for Gamma Ray to surface here.