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TRACK PREMIERE: CROWN PLAZA “NO NEED TO SHOUT”

June 13th, 2019

Nima Kazerouni is a person who never has nothing going on, and in that spirit here's a new song by Crown Plaza, one of his many varied off-center pop projects. "No Need To Shout" is a teaser for a long-in-coming full-length produced by Scott Barber of the Barber Shop, as well as a gentle take on what happens when you're feeling like you're spread too thin. Crown Plaza plays tonight at Harvard and Stone with recent premiere-ees Soft Sailors and more, and you can get "No Need To Shout" at their BandCamp for the next month here.

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TRACK PREMIERE: FELL RUNNER “SAME WAY”

June 12th, 2019

L.A.'s Fell Runner are a cluster of CalArts alums (including L.A. RECORD featurees Gregory Uhlmann and Tim Carr) whose exuberantly experimental indie rock is the kind of music that materializes when every instrument is in an inspired conversation with every other instrument. It's crackling with a stop-start energy that's the sonic equivalent of " ... and you won't believe what happened next!" They start a quick west coast tour tonight but they'll be home for their record release show at the Bootleg on Wed., June 19get tickets here! Full dates below.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: TOLLIVER “TWISTED”

June 10th, 2019

Never-predictable L.A. musician (as well as L.A. RECORD contributor) Tolliver has a special appearance at School Night tonight and a surprise new video to go with it. "Twisted" is the closing track from last year's Rites EP on the Swedish ICEA label, available here. It's unflinching personal relevation set to a crystalline R&B track—the kind of sound 1984 hoped we'd actually have by 2020—and it's matched to a homage/re-enactment video that includes some winning personal touches and the heroic obliteration of a couple clocks and a giant bowl of flour. He'll perform tonight at a special Pride edition of School Night at the Avalon with Desi Valentine, L.A. RECORD alums Object as Subject and more—as always, free with RSVP here. Flyer below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: MIRRORBALL “NATURAL WORLD”

June 6th, 2019

Mirrorball is the duo of vocalist Alexandra Johnstone—formerly of White Dove, enthusiastically reviewed here—and longtime local guitarist Scott Watson, and on "Natural World" they're matching stylishly narcoticized 80s FM AOR production to a melancholy song about uncertainty and confusion. If there's unexplored territory between Fleetwood Mac's best b-sides and Kate Bush at her most celestial, that's where Mirrorball wants to be. "Natural World" is the B-side to Mirrorball's Dangerbird Microdose 7" released last month, which you can get here.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: LITRONIX “KENTER CANYON”

June 5th, 2019

Kevin Litrow's Litronix is a project about discovery—of self, of psyche and psychology, of potential and personality and more. The pill imagery that surrounded his last full-length Pump The Gas (reviewed here) in 2017 offered a simple signal: he's here to help you feel better. But now he's got a new song, and a new formula, too. "Kenter Canyon" is instantly different from Pump The Gas' seething Suicide-slash-Sensations' Fix synthesizer songs. Litronix performs tonight, June 5, at the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa with Jesika Von Rabbit and Coleman Moore—get tickets here! Full video credits below.

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TRACK PREMIERE: SOFT SAILORS “WHAT WE LIVE”

June 4th, 2019

L.A. musician Geoff Geis has a long and distinguished history: Big Whup, Pizza!, the solo songs that made him something of a SoundCloud sensation and appearances in L.A. RECORD both as subject and contributor. And now that he's "older and presumably wiser," he says, he's got a new outfit called Soft Sailors and this anxious/angsty art-wave track "What We Live."