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TRACK PREMIERE: RAINSTORM BROTHER “HEAVY BLUE”

Rainstorm Brother is songwriter John Isaac Watters (who you might remember from his Hi-Hat residencies, or other street-level sets) and electronics wrangler Tyler Chester, who together make an atmospheric kind of future folk, and "Heavy Blue" is a glimpse of their coming debut. It's a desolate piano-and-synth almost-ballad with barely-there drums and a relentless sense of tension and release. (If Springsteen covered more than just that one Suicide song, he might end up with something like this.)

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ALBUM PREMIERE: DOE PAORO ‘SOFT POWER’

L.A.’s Doe Paoro has a new album with a new sound that’s actually an old sound. No more synths and digi-drums—at its best, Soft Power connects Paoro’s vocals to a classy/classic big-budget/big city 1970s soul backing band, the kind of top-flite outfit that helped put soft power in the sad songs on Bobby “Blue” Bland’s Dreamer or Roberta Flack’s Quiet Fire.

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TRACK PREMIERE: THE BUTTERTONES “MADAME SUPREME”

L.A.'s Buttertones have a surprise-attack single out right now and here's the A-side: "Madame Supreme," a dramatic noir-wave love song to a once-in-a-lifetime kind of woman or maybe to a nuclear bomb? Either way, it's about what happens when you got the power to really light up a room. "Madame Supreme" comes out today (get it here!) on Innovative Leisure with the b-side "Shutout," a cover of an extremely Buttertones-y song from the Walker Brothers' last full-length. (Dudes, check out the Numbers Band if you're seeking future flipside covers.)

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IDLES + BAMBARA @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM

Photos by Debi Del Grande The wait was finally over as English punk rockers Idles played a sold out show at The Teragram in support of Joy As an Act of Resistance. It was refreshing to see a punk band play songs that are of…

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MY BLOODY VALENTINE: IT’S QUITE SIMPLE, REALLY

In 2013, My Bloody Valentine self-released a surprise new LP, 22 years after their critically acclaimed, fan-adored, awe-inspiring—and what many call a masterpiece—Loveless. But what exactly the band were doing during those years in between is a topic that’s provoked equal speculation and frustration, as well as lots of gossip and assumptions. I first met Kevin Shields, the band’s front man and Oz behind the curtains, in 1999, right in the middle of this “off” time. I was happy to have a new conversation with Kevin before he started a tour with My Bloody Valentine. We speak here about future plans for the band, the real way digital and analog fit together, and what he thinks people still get wrong about him. They perform Sunday night at Desert Daze. This interview by Tiffany Anders.

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TRACK PREMIERE: ALEX LILLY “DISTRACTING ME”

Alex Lilly has been a part of plenty of lovely local albums—including releases by Dengue Fever, the Bird and the Bee, the Living Sisters and more—and in January she'll be putting out her debut full-length release 2% Milk. Lead single "Distracting Me" is a light (but not slight) pop song with a punchy beat and engaging twisty-turny melodies, written about how romance re-orders priorities—and how every so often the unexpected choice turns out to be the right one.