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VIDEO PREMIERE: WILL SPROTT “MY NAME” (MEM. SHANNON AND THE CLAMS)

September 22nd, 2017

Will Sprott is the keyboardist for Shannon and the Clams and the solo creator of this garage-y little song from his new solo album Ten Fingers. "My Name" comes bearing some Lee Hazlewood-style gunslinger gravitas and a few flashes of subliminal menace, too, which makes a nice match for the bristly video—nicely curated and edited by La Luz's Shana Clevekand—and the surprise cameo by Smokey The Bear! (Spoiler alert?) Ten Fingers is out today on Burger and Sprott's own Hairdo Records, and you can get one for yourself here! He'll be performing at the Love Song on Nov. 8, but he'll be hitting Europe and more—like the beloved Bob Baker Marionette Theatre!—with the Clams next month. Full credits, tour dates and bio info below!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BRAINSTORY “FRUITLESS TREES”

September 21st, 2017

We had a lovely talk with Brainstoryincluding live musical accompanimentback in July and now they've returned with this late-night basic-cable video for "Fruitless Tree," the stand-out lead track on their recent self-titled mini-album. (Which was ably produced by Chicano Batman's Eduardo Arenas.) Consider it a glimpse at the old-school version of augmented reality—and all natural, too! They'll be performing at Long Beach's Music Tastes Good festival next weekend. Credits and video thesis statement below!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BOYO “INSOMNIA”

September 20th, 2017

BOYO is Robert Tilden, once of Bobby T. and the Slackers but now gone solo and gone a little deeper and weirder, too, and this is the first extremely advance single from his next album. "Insomnia" is (naturally) an uneasy, anxious and even melancholy indie song with what the craftspeople among you might call "live edges, always the mark of a true artist. In this video directed by Nathan Castiel, you'll watch as the watcher becomes the watched—literally, actually—and then think about where that leaves you. BOYO's Me, Again will be out on Danger Collective in January 2018, and you can visit BOYO here. Some coming tour dates and full video credits below!

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WIN TICKETS TO TOGETHER PANGEA + TALL JUAN + SIDE EYES ON FRI. SEPT. 15 AT THE EL REY!

September 13th, 2017

Together Pangea have a powerhouse new album out now and they'll be doing their blow-out hometown show this Friday at the El Rey with Tall Juan and L.A. RECORD alums Side Eyes. Want to enter to win tickets? Just email us at rsvp@larecord.com with subject TOGETHER and we'll pick winners at random day of show! (Must be 18+ to enter and please include your full name!)

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VIDEO PREMIERE: TOM BROSSEAU “I LOVE TO PLAY GUITAR”

September 7th, 2017

We gave Tom Brosseau's Treasures Untold a beautiful review last month, and now Brosseau sends us this just-as-beautiful video for his Loudon Wainwright III-y original "I Love To Play Guitar," which delivers on every promise it makes and then some. Treasures Untold is out now and Brosseau performs tomorrow night at McCabe's before a short but potent tour with Daniel Levitin, and this is how he explains the story behind this song:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: VUG ARAKAS “LINES OF LOVE”

September 5th, 2017

Vug Arakas is the resolute L.A. songwriter—well, originally from Ohio, where they secretly make some of the best rock bands ever—whose painstakingly put-together homemade pop recalls greats like Shoes, the Replacements and even the Mice, and this spontaneously serendipitous song invokes Arakas' characteristically potent mix of resignation, resilience and barely repressed heartbreak from its first Westerberg-ian line: "We're better off this way ..." Arakas will be performing on Sat., Sept. 9, at the Hi Hat with Butch Bastard and L.A. RECORD alum Devon Williams. "Lines of Love" will be released on his forthcoming Restless EP, slated for release on Fri., Oct. 20. As for the way this video found its way to this song, Arakas explains: