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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.

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CAT SCAN + ANDY HUMAN & THE REPTOIDS + RED CHANNEL + R. CLOWN @ THE ECHOPLEX

Summer has started off hot and heavy with the June Monday residency belonging to Cat Scan.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: LUNCH LADY “DEEPER”

L.A. band Lunch Lady's Demos came out on cassette in March, and now lead track "Deeper" comes to life in this uncomfortably sharp video, in which a song about a certain feeling of loss turns into a bunch of not-really-doctors performing a not-really-medical procedure not really carefully, although they do pry out (spoilers?) some surely painful bugs and doll heads. Explains the band: