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KING KRULE + STANDING ON THE CORNER @ THE EL REY THEATRE

King Krule is a contradiction. His music leans obscure and evasive, but Archy Marshall is as warm and open a personality as you’ll get.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: BUYEPONGO ‘TUMBALO’ EP

L.A.'s Buyepongo are practically omnipresent in local music—they play show after show without losing a bit of their relentless live power, and now they've managed to capture that magic on their new Túmbalo EP, recorded at producer (and L.A. RECORD contributor) Jonny Bell's Jazzcats studio. It's absolutely crackling with energy—a pitch-perfect fusion of Buyepongo's (beyond) pan-Latin sounds with lightning-strike chicha guitar, rhythmic inspiration from at least three continents and a particularly contagious kind of energy. Their record release show is tonight at Zebulon, and then they'll be lighting up the terrific Tropicalia festival with Chicano Batman, Kali Uchis, Os Mutantes and more this weekend! See them live any chance you get and grab the EP here!

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WIN TICKETS TO THE SOUNDS AT THE FONDA ON NOV. 12 + 13!

Sweden's The Sounds just put out an EP of sleek atmospheric new wave this summer—Stranger Things, take note—and they're doing a special run of California shows to mark the occasion ... and we've got tickets to their two-night stand at the Fonda! To enter to win, just email us at rsvp@larecord.com subject SOUNDS and we'll pick winners at random! (Must be 18+ to enter and please include your full name.)

Interview

KOOL KEITH: FUTURISTIC FUNK STUFF

Kool Keith is the Greatest Rapper Of All Time. From Ultramagnetic MCs’ first album Critical Beatdown in 1988 all the way up to his latest albums, Keith has had a huge impact and influence on the culture of hip-hop and on music and style in general. So jump on your favorite search engine, do your research and play some of his shit as you read this. Kool Keith performs on Mon., Nov. 13, at the Teragram Ballroom. This archival interview conducted last fall for the release of Keith's Feature Magnetic by the Koreatown Oddity a.k.a. Dominique Purdy.

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CULTS + CURLS + THE WILLOWZ @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM

We were treated to the world premiere of the “Right Words” video, songs throughout the evening were heartwarmingly dedicated to various personnel and members of the crowd, and singer Madeline Folin celebrated her birthday on stage—her brother Richie James Follin of opener The Willowz presenting her with an Offering birthday cake, the outstretched hands from their latest album’s artwork visible in the midst of the glowing candles.

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WAND + LARS FINBERG + OLGA @ THE HI HAT

Sometimes a blue-ish cloud hanging over is a good thing. In the case of Wand, it's not only their album art for Plum, but one was perched on an amplifier and provided light during their set at The Hi Hat as they wrapped up their tour.