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CUCO: I’M JUST SHOWING WHO I AM

Omar Banos, the dream-pop sweetheart who performs under the name Cuco, never found his niche within our city’s ‘DIY’ music community. His parents weren’t Hollywood producers or famous musicians—instead, they’d immigrated from Mexico just prior to Omar’s birth in Hawthorne. And Cuco was born out of Banos’ sheer loneliness, his desire for earnest expression, and a dedication to stay true to himself. He performs with Portugal. The Man on Fri., Aug. 10, at the Shrine. This interview by Bennett Kogon.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: THE MAY COMPANY “SO STONELY”

L.A./O.C. Shocking Blue-style garage psych trio the May Company are here with a pointedly psychedelic instructional video—directed by Daniel Lake and the band's own May McDonough—that demonstrates scientifically what happens when you go past reefer madness all the way to psychotropic bubble-blowing cosmic insanity.

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BLACK CRYSTAL WOLF KIDS @ L.A. ZOO AND CASEY’S IRISH PUB

Tired of the same old venues? Want to have some more fun with catching a live band and maybe participate a bit more? Look no further than attending a Black Crystal Wolf Kids show where they cover your favorite alternative hits. We caught two shows over the weekend.

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BEACH GOTH 2018 @ L.A. STATE HISTORIC PARK

A sense of nostalgia took over the L.A. State Historic Park as The Growlers found a new home in an area where a lot of great music has been played via FYF. With the name Beach Goth back in its hands, it was time to really party-albeit hot as hell in August as opposed to hot as hell in October.

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MARY LATTIMORE: OUT OF THE DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT

Somewhere along a drive through rural Kentucky en route to Graceland, avant-garde harpist Mary Lattimore pulled into a funeral home parking lot and gave me 45 minutes of her time. Her album Hundreds of Days is out now on Ghostly International and her swimming habits, Southern upbringing and connection to Prague are just a few of the details she was kind enough to share while overlooking the flowers in the graveyard. She performs with Dylan Carlson of Earth on Tue., Aug. 7, at Resident. This interview by Christina Gubala.

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TRACK PREMIERE: OBJECT AS SUBJECT “POM POM MOVES”

Paris Hurley is a longtime performer and violinist—who's worked with Amanda Palmer, Mirah and YACHT, among many others—and OBJECT AS SUBJECT is the self-described feminist art punk outfit who deliver an explosive combination of performance art and revved-up stripped-down punk supercharged with political power. OBJECT AS SUBJECT's PERMISSION is out Fri., Aug. 17, on Lost Future and you can get it here. And OBJECT AS SUBJECT's record release ritual (presented by This Is Who We Are Now) is on Sat., Aug. 18, at El Cid in Silver Lake—info and flyer below and get tickets here!