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VIDEO PREMIERE: DAM-FUNK “HOOD BIZ”

May 17th, 2019

L.A. mainstay DāM-FunK changed the landscape-slash-soundscape of L.A. music, not just with his sound but with his attitude, determination and dedication to principle—as he says so often, funk is a way of life, and he lives it. Now L.A. RECORD is honored to help spread the word on his brand new STFU II EP, sequel to 2015's STFU EP and immediate follow-up to last year's Gemini-twin Garrett album (reviewed here) and transcendent Architecture II EP. As DāM-Funk explains: “In this time of colossal distractions, easy trouble online, heavy trolling and cancel culture, this project provides an alternative to instead … just lay back, take a deep breath, stay outta trouble and simply ‘glyde’ for a while. Nothing illegal about that, right?” The STFU II EP was released last night at midnightget it here and get the vinyl here! Full credits for the video below.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: THE CURE TO HEADLINE PASADENA DAYDREAM FEST

May 15th, 2019

The Cure will headline the Pasadena Daydream Festival on Sat. Aug. 31, at Brookside at the Rose Bowl with support from Pixies, Deftones, L.A. RECORD featurees Chelsea Wolfe, Emma Ruth Rundle and lots more! Tickets go on sale at noon PST this Fri., May 17—get them here!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: JAGGED BAPTIST CLUB “CHANGE TODAY (START FEELING GOOD)”

May 15th, 2019

Blake Stokes was the former frontman of the underrated L.A. outfit TEST, but he's back with a supercharged new outfit called Jagged Baptist Club and a wild new song about going wild. The pounding four-on-the-floor frontal assault "Change Today" is like when Primal Scream decided to out Stones the Rolling Stones: 60s attitude with maxed-out rock-and-then-some production and an everything-in-the-red aesthetic that's got room for screams, shouts and even synthesizers if they sound like they're about to blow a circuit. Jagged Baptist Club's Reptile Super Show is out June 28 on Chain Letter Collective and you can pre-order it here now!

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SINGLE PREMIERE: STARCOTICS “FALL DOWN THE STAIRCASE” + “BLOODWATER”

May 13th, 2019

Starcotics is a new L.A. quartet—including Spencer Lewin, Wyatt Bridges, Dylan Bostick and sometimes L.A. RECORD contributor Bennett Kogon—and their debut single is two dreamy/screamy songs they very correctly call "emogaze." (They've got a few whisper-y moments, too, just in case you're worried they aren't hitting the full dynamic spectrum of emoness.) They're working on their debut Starcotica album, and you can immerse yourself in all things Starcotic here, here and here.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: DIA “BROKENHEARTED”

May 10th, 2019

Diā's new "Brokenhearted" is a torch song for the 21st century, where—much like the video itself—things that start simply reveal themselves to have layers upon lattices upon layers and more. Not many songs start with some understated ukelele and end up touching on opera, Italian folk songs, strings and/or Mellotron and a subtle heartbeat rhythm, but "Brokenhearted" makes its sound and its experience of heartbreak into its own pocket universe, precisely amplified both by the visuals and the production by Tim Carr. Says Diā, whose background actually does include opera training as well as work at NYU and CalArts:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: LAUREN EARLY “OUT OF STYLE”

May 3rd, 2019

Lauren Early is an extremely accomplished Valley kid who ricocheted through at least three of the most active music scenes in America—ours, San Francisco and New York—and then came home to make her debut Patience EP and this ecstatically charismatic video. There's a major Pete and Pete opening credits vibe here—especially Early's little leap off the kick drum on the front lawn—and there's some of that unique Pete and Pete feeling here, too. Early's Patience EP is out Fri., May 24, and will be streaming here, here and here.