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VIDEO PREMIERE: ASAL HAZEL “CAN YOU HANDLE”

December 15th, 2017

Here's something special from L.A.'s Asal Hazel, who put out a happily hazy track with producer mndsgn in August and whose forthcoming Like Water EP includes work from not just mndsgn but Lindsay Lowend and L.A. RECORD alums Swarvy and KNXWLEDGE—look for that in 2018! But for now we've got a striking teaser video shot by Lyle Mouton that'll hold you til to then: "Can You Handle," which takes a few lines from the heart of the Usher song and turns them into a smoldering midnight mood piece. If there's such a thing as R&B noir, this is it. (Live version here too, if you want more!)

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VIDEO PREMIERE: LIMMS “WORRY, NOW”

December 11th, 2017

L.A. quartet LIMMS have an EP called Don't Worry set to release on January 1, 2018, and here's an excellent way to get to know them: the jazzy spaced-out slow-burner "Worry, Now" (because worrying is the first step to not worrying) and a deceptively pastoral video to match. It might seem like a nice pleasant ride through northeast L.A., but watch closely ... our bike rider isn't as cheerfully alone as he might think. LIMMS is Julian Keith (vocals/guitar/bass), Joel Martinez (bass/guitar), Evan Parulan (drums/percussion) and Elvis Galvez (guitar/vocals) and they'll be playing the mighty Bananas in Leimert Park on Tue., Dec. 19, and on Fri., Jan. 12, at the Indie Brewery in Boyle Heights—and if you miss them in real life, you can keep an eye on them here and here!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BADLANDS “I FEEL LOVE”

December 11th, 2017

Here's a lovely cover by Badlands, the solo project by L.A. multi-instrumentalist Adrian Chi Tenney of PANGEA, God Equals Genocide and Spokenest. In this time-and-space-traveling video directed by Dave Paige (with cinematography by Marco Cordero and editing by Isaiah Fernandez) she takes the classic Donna Summer-Giorgio Moroder track "I Feel Love" and strips it down to the absolute essentials: rhythm, pulse and that timeless endless hook. As she explains: "'I Feel Love' is interpreted here by Badlands as an ode to self love, and recognition that we all deserve to feel love, in all the various ways we may feel it." "Love" is a teaser for Badlands' coming Slow Growth full-length, due next year from Lost Sound Tapes and Bite The Cactus Records.

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WIN TICKETS TO THE SOUNDS AT THE FONDA ON NOV. 12 + 13!

November 10th, 2017

Sweden's The Sounds just put out an EP of sleek atmospheric new wave this summer—Stranger Things, take note—and they're doing a special run of California shows to mark the occasion ... and we've got tickets to their two-night stand at the Fonda! To enter to win, just email us at rsvp@larecord.com subject SOUNDS and we'll pick winners at random! (Must be 18+ to enter and please include your full name.)

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WIN TICKETS TO THE DRUMS AT THE FONDA ON NOV. 2-3-4!

November 1st, 2017

The Drums came roaring back in force this summer with their Abysmal Thoughts album, and now they'll be headlining a three-night stand at the Fonda this week—want to enter to win? Just email us at rsvp@larecord.com with subject DRUMS to enter, and we'll pick winners at random before the show! (Must be 18+ to enter and please include your full name.)

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WIN TICKETS TO EXENE AND JOHN DOE OF X PLUS MIKE WATT AND THE SECONDMEN AND FEELS ON SAT. NOV. 4!

October 31st, 2017

Brouwerij West presents Exene Cervenka & John Doe of the band X, Mike Watt & The Secondmen and L.A. band FEELS on November 4 in a benefit concert for Palos Verdes Art Center. All ages welcome and doors are at 6 PM. Tickets and info at OneNightOnly.Livegeneral admission is $15 and you can enter to win a pair of general admission tickets right now by emailing rsvp@larecord.com with subject "PVAC" and winners will be picked at random before the show! (Must be 18+ to enter and include your full name!) Proceeds from the concert will help enable Palos Verdes Art Center to expand art education programs for neighboring communities of the Port of Los Angeles.