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TRACK PREMIERE: JAMES V “TELEVISION”

L.A. waking-dreamer James V is back with the new "Television," four minutes flat (or not so flat) of squishy-squashy AOR-tar that's got a pop primal-scream-era Lennon vocal dissolving in some Eno-y primordial production soup, and of course it's a song named for the second-messiest medium out there. (You're reading this on the first.)

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PINKY PINKY: SO DRASTIC, BUT SO COOL

None of the members of L.A.’s Pinky Pinky take themselves the least bit seriously, and their music reflects that—at the heart of their punchy, timeless rock n’ roll sound is a sly sense of humor that’s like catching a private wink from across a crowded room. They play an early show at the Echo on Sat., June 16. This interview by Julia Gibson.

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THEE OH SEES + ICE BALLOONS + POW! @ ZEBULON

Photos by Marcos Manrique Word quickly got around that Thee Oh Sees were playing the tiny Zebulon on Tuesday as a benefit show for the family of long time friend Chris Corales who passed away last month. They also had a very special guest Le…

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TRACK PREMIERE: SMOKESCREENS “USED TO YESTERDAY”

L.A. band Smokescreens' last album was nicely noisy Flying Nunnery, but this title track to their coming full-length sounds like one of Wire's catchiest or the Clean's very cleanest.

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EP PREMIERE: MAYACAMAS “I-5”

L.A. producer Mayacamas (Duncan Woodbury) is about to put out his new I-5 EP, with each track precisely suited for one of those long almost-lightless night drives up or down California's backbone freeway.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: THE PRETTY FLOWERS “WHY TRAINS CRASH”

L.A. indie quartet the Pretty Flowers are days away from releasing their debut Why Trains Crash, twelve songs like Guided By Voices' hi-fi power-pop and Mountain Goats-style poetic righteousness plus—at least on "Sitting Duck CA"—a little twin-engine Thin Lizzy guitar acrobatics, too.