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VIDEO PREMIERE: KEVIN “BIKE”

August 15th, 2019

L.A. trio Kevin—much like L.A. trio Susan—is a band with the name of a person and a lot of personality, too, and their new video "Bike" is an blown-out visual acid-bath that's a perfect fit for those local summer days when the asphalt starts melting and the sidewalks get too hot to touch. Quincy Larsen (Cat Scan, just premiered here, and Sextile), Julian Smith and Kimi Recor wanna be "the perfect mix of the Screamers and La Bouche," they say, which is probably one of the last unexplored conceptual combinations out there—and they do have that serrated Screamers synth tone making everything in this song seem especially unsettling.

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TRACK PREMIERE: JESS JOY “FINALLY BLOOMING”

August 13th, 2019

Jess Joy's "Finally Blooming" is a song that's all acrobatics and loop-de-loops, or if you want to use the metaphor from the song itself, it's one of those endlessly climbing twisting flowering vines that start from nothing and grow so wild and fast they turn whole buildings into vertical gardens. Joy wrote "Blooming" to music by drummer/composer Mike Byrne—a former Smashing Pumpkin who also backed Sky Saxon of the Seeds, interviewed here—to process tumult personal and political, including both the 2016 election and the dissolution of her band Moon Honey (reviewed here), and after plenty of study and introspection she was able to find solid ground and grow. As she explains:

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TRACK PREMIERE: CAT SCAN “DIRTY MOVIE”

August 9th, 2019

Explosive locals Cat Scan finally have a debut album set to release, and it's not a second too soon. Live, they're like the Suburban Lawns performing with set-on-fire intensity, and the new "Dirty Movie" captures that frantic/ferocious energy perfectly. It's like Dangerhouse's Deadbeats playing at Dead Kennedys velocity, or Pylon if they'd been one of the early South Bay bands. California has a great tradition of this kind of revelatory razor-sharp art-punk, and Cat Scan fit in perfectly. After all—what's a cat scan but a machine that shows you real guts? Their In Nature is out Sept. 6 on Volar, and you can get it here.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: TEEBS + CAURAL “CEIBA” EP

August 8th, 2019

NYC/LA label Strange Neighbor put out the very L.A. comp Oscillations last summer, and they're back now with a particularly neighborly new EP that pairs much-loved local producer Teebs with Chicago's similarly visionary Caural.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: SADGIRL “MISS ME”

July 31st, 2019

L.A. trio SadGirl are on the cover of our summer issue and riding high on last month's release of their full-length Water, out now on Suicide Squeeze. (Get it here!) One of the things they do best is (bitter)sweet slow-mo b-side ballads, and "Miss Me" is just that, swinging between regret and righteous revenge as our cast of not-quite-satisfied customers find out the disgusting difference between beverage 1 and beverage 2. (As you'd expect, cool pure Water is the good one.) They're singing about a situation here that's as old as humanity itself, and they've got a chorus for the ages, too: "Miss me ... with that bullllllshit ..." They'll be playing at Echo Park Rising next month and then—after an Observatory show in Santa Ana in Sept.—they'll be doing a giant tour with Tiger Army. Full dates and full credits for the video below!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: THE SHAKING HANDS “TAKE YOU”

June 28th, 2019

The Shaking Hands are an L.A. band with a very appropriate name—this is jittery stuff that'd fit well with the Urinals, the (early) Garden or Gary Wilson, who the Shaking Hands actually opened for at Non Plus Ultra. If you remember how the punk comps in the 80s used to put the hardcore on side A and the experimental stuff on side B ... Shaking Hands are definitely (and probably proudly) a B-side band.